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7D MK II Sample Images / Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: October 31, 2014, 08:25:54 AM »
7MII0399 by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr

Not bad for OOC JPG with LR adjustments (ISO 4000) in a high school gym....

50/1.2L at f1.2
ISO 4000

EOS Bodies - For Video / Aputure V control
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:16:49 AM »

Just picked up this electonic remote to help me with my focus pull while shooting video / volleyball games.  It has 4 presets, which should work well for where on the court I typically shoot (service, digs, sets and kills).  I have tested it on my 5d3 (1dIV and 7d) with a variety of lenses, and while when it works, it works well, but occasionally freezes and needs to be turned on / off to reset. 

Anyone else try this...??

EOS Bodies / Lost and Found - Not an April's Fool joke
« on: April 01, 2013, 11:50:17 AM »

Sports / Indoor Volleyball
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:18:57 AM »
A new thread for my main / favorite sports job

XNAI0677 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Camera   Canon EOS-1D X
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture   f/1.8
Focal Length   50 mm (50 1.2 L)
ISO Speed   1250

5D MK III Sample Images / Where am I ?
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:05:20 PM »
Time for a little geography lesson.
I'll start with a traditional American landmark-classic view, first poster to correctly identify wins a nickel....

PI5V0128 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / HIGH ISO Performance
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:47:32 AM »
I began shooting the other night at ISO 12,800 with my 1D Mark IV, just to see how it stacks up in real world situations to my 1D-X. While not 'organized' enough to standardize all the settings between the bodies, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it did stack up.  While not intending to use these photos for anything other than a high school website, I do not pixel-peep TOO much, but thought it would be interesting to see other real world, high ISO shots between all of Canon's bodies.  I'll start an 1D IV example, and as time allows, I'll find some others and post later.

NB1V0103-Edit by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Camera           Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Exposure           1/3200 sec
Aperture            f/2.8
Focal Length   70 mm (70-200 2.8 IS II)
ISO Speed   12800

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Packing list for trip of a lifetime
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:50:47 AM »
Travelling to the Galapagos Islands in a few short weeks with the wife and two teenagers, all de facto photo enthusiasts, and always love to hear how others would pick and pack our gear.  In theory, there is a weight limit of 45 lbs + one 15 lb carry-on per person, which must include ALL our clothes AND gear.

We will each have our own camera body, and obviously sharing lenses, but I am curious to how the forum would change my proposed choices, and we must respect this limit of our weight (in order to get on the plane in Ecuador). Also which travel bags would get most recommended.

The trip will include a week of 2x/day zodiac boat rides with wet shore landings, so water/weatherproofing transport suggestions are encouraged.

For the plane, we use Think Tank International and Retrospective 30 shoulder carry-ons, and that takes up all our allotted carry-on weight (for the bodies, and  70-200, 100-400, 16-35 and 24-70 zooms Ipropose, laptop, external hard drives. & accessories we plan on sharing).

Which travel / day-use bags would provide easiest access for our daily on/off water taxi/shore landings? Not sure the Retrospective is waterproof / comfortable enough for this type of use.

Also, any suggestions/personal experiences on an underwater camera/housing for a small point and shoot possibly? We will have opportunities for snorkeling (sharks / seals are abundant photo ops) and would add a P/S if people like one enough to convince me.  My 'old' P/s (Olympus 8080) has an underwater housing which is too heavy - looking for newer,  lightweight options. Was debating about getting a housing for the 7d and shipping it but cost-prohibitive.

Always fun to hear others' travel experiences/gear selections, so if you have opinions on other essentials, please add those as well, especially opinions on Gorillapod tripods, lightweight tripod/monopod heads etc. 

I am still debating the value (weight) of bringing my Induro GHB2 head (3+ lbs), Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber - Q90 - 4 Section tripod (another 3+ lbs) and /or monopod - versus lighter options.

Appreciate your ideas/reminders so I don't forget anything.

See profile for list of body/lens options - I am also CPS member who could 'evaluate' just about any lens for a week, but with trip overlapping with Olympics, selection/availability might not be great. Was thinking about 28-300, so if Neuro (or others) have experience with that, let me know.   I am considering a trial of this lens to help limit my weight, but I love my 70-200 and 100-400, AND if I bring 3 white whales with me, not sure my wife will still want to be seen with me  :)

Software & Accessories / WFT-E2 IIa suggestions
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:00:52 PM »
Am going to evaluate the 'old' WFT- E2 IIa next weekend with my 1dIV and before connecting  to my Mac Pro or MacBook Pro wanted to get forum feedback on pitfalls / mistakes to avoid.
My plan is to use my ATT wireless 4G card to allow the camera to send images to either my laptop or maybe my desktop (27" display).  What are people's experiences with wifi networks / transfer times (RAW vs JPEG), etc.  I am planning on displaying photos from an indoor volleyball tournament (to then print/sell), but have not used this hardware before.  Previously I would swap out cards and my assistant would run a slideshow to generate sales, but through CPS I am going to try to go wireless / cardless. 
What problems can I expect??

Lenses / Damaged lens (filter)-service question
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:31:59 AM »
Had a mishap with my 70-200 2.8 II over the weekend :(

Dropped a few feet without the lens hood and dented the UV filter (and cracked JUST the filter luckily). 

Any ideas on how to get the bent / broken filter off and the need to have it serviced/re-calibrated?

Live in the USA, and was wondering how non-professionals get something like this fixed/checked.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:21:47 PM »
Had the guilty pleasure of renting a ID IV this weekend to serve as a second body (to my 7D) to shoot indoor volleyball tournament.  While I am not a paid professional (yet), I am striving to take me vision to the next level, and despite nice lenses, the low-light challenges continue to plague some of my shots with unpleasant noise. While I think about light, in my world I cannot control it very much, so I am forced to think more about my gear ;) but only in so much as it helps me achieve on paper (and computer screen) what I 'see' in my mind, and what my clients (players/parents/coaches) can treasure forever.
While I was able to get more 'usable' shots with the 1D IV in the higher ISO ranges (4000-12,800), I'm curious to the potential of the 1DX in this setting vs the 1D IV.  I have not yet seen output from the 1DX, and wondering should I expect $2K 'better' high ISO performance.  I have almost weekly tournaments to shoot between now and June, and am debating whether to take the plunge now and get my own 1d IV or 'tough' it out with only a single body till the 1Dx comes out.  I also have the trip of a lifetime this August (Galapagos Islands) and will 'need' the second body there as well.  Are the 7D and 1D IV too close in function and therefore should I wait till the FF 1Dx is available?? While both pricey, the 'extra' $2K has me wondering how much more useful the 1Dx will be c/w the 1D IV ??

Portrait / Candid portraits
« on: January 08, 2012, 02:36:11 PM »
Here's one to start off - I'd like to see more 'candid' portraits, rather than posed.  I'm curious to see what settings people use when they are not really planning on taking a shot, but rather when something interesting occurs and there is not always time to be 'creative' with the lights or the settings.  I was recently shooting a hoops game, and the cutest kid was on the bench teasing the players during a time-out. didn't have time to think, just took a quick shot with my 'action' settings. Love what the 135 2L can do here.

Third Party Manufacturers / Travel / carry bags
« on: December 27, 2011, 03:29:24 PM »
Santa left some gift cards and wondering which day bags people prefer?

Looking for over -the -shoulder, light models to carry a 7D with grip, 70-200, + 3-4 lenses and a flash.
Currently using the BlackRapid  RS-5 Strap but hoping to add something for accessories.

Also looking to upgrade bag to travel by air.

Just read that Scott Kelby is using the Think Tank series - any comments / suggestions on preferred models, alternate brands ?

Will be adding a second FF body in March (assuming I can get my hands on a 1Dx - any info on pre-ordering would be appreciated).

Sports / VB
« on: November 17, 2011, 12:20:27 AM »
Newbie to site, just joined  after reading along for almost a yr. :)
Thought I'd put up some of my Volleyball shots and get feedback.
Using 7D, 70-200 II, AI servo zone focusing, manual settings with auto ISO (usually 3200), trying to stop action. Mostly all JPEG for the whole of last season, but recently purchased PS 5 and learning to shoot / edit RAW.
Just purchased a 35 1.4 prime for when I get close to the court because my 24-70 didn't seem to catch focus fast enough. Anyone else with this problem with the 24-70? I should probably have it calibrated to my body, but reluctant to send in body and lens - need I be ? Where ?

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