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Software & Accessories / PS Photography Program
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:51:20 AM »
The recent Adobe offer for $9.99/month looks like a good deal. You get PS CC and LR5. I mainly use LR4 to touchup my photos (raw) and upload to SmugMug. I am an amateur. My question is what can I do in CC that I cannot do in LR4 for my BASIC touchups (exposure,noise,cropping,shadows,highlights etc.).

EOS Bodies / Black Friday Special: Refurb 7D or 70D NEW
« on: November 30, 2013, 09:36:55 AM »
I purchased a refurbished 7D from Adorama. I am having second thoughts  :-\ and may cancel the order and purchase a new 70D. Please advise on your experience in purchasing refurbished cameras.

The reason I purchased it was because I currently use a 40D for girls soccer and I hate it. It has really bad image quality (10MP) when I crop in on my shots.

I can't wait any longer for the 7DII. My daughter is a junior and will only play soccer for another year. I have no need for a crop frame beyond that. So my choices are to buy a cheap refurbished 7D or buy a new 70D.

Canon General / How to prevent condensation?
« on: August 20, 2013, 04:23:04 PM »
How long do I need to let my camera and lens sit in a plastic bag when going from an AC environment to a hot and humid environment? I waited about 30 minutes and the lens did not fog up. Could I have removed it from the bag sooner? I am on vacation and I hate that I have to wait for my lens to adjust to the environment temp before shooting pics.

Third Party Manufacturers / Monopod & Head recommendations
« on: November 12, 2012, 01:16:12 PM »
What monopod / head combination do you recommend for shooting soccer. I guess I am more concerned with the head attachment. I want something that moves smoothly. I have a cheap monopod that I used this weekend and I am thinking I may need to upgrade. I did not have a head on it, so it did not move very smoothly.

EOS Bodies / 5D III with 2X extender on a 2.8 70 - 200 Lens
« on: September 01, 2012, 06:05:55 PM »
I cannot find the threads that discussed issues using an extender on a 5D III. It had something to do with aperture 8.0. Can someone refresh my memory on what that the issue was?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Is it safe to shoot my DSLR at the beach?
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:20:30 PM »
I am going on beach vacation in a couple of weeks and want to shoot pictures with my new camera  :). I know not to change lenses while outside to avoid dust inside my camera. However, I am paranoid about using my camera on the beach. Do you advise against taking my camera to the beach or do you have tips on how I can keep my camera clean?

I know that crops are better for sports, but I was wondering if anyone is happy using the Mark 5D III for action shots.

EOS Bodies / The next 5D - 100% VF Feature - What is this good for?
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:39:38 PM »
I have only been shooting for about 3 years on a 40D. I am not familiar with this feature. How is this feature beneficial?

I acted too slowly to take advantage of low price ($70) B&H was offering. I may make the switch if I see prices fall again.

Lenses / Handheld shooting: FF vs. Crop
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:23:29 AM »
I am not a big fan of tripods or monopods. I prefer to hand hold my 40D camera, but I know that once you go past a 300mm range you risk blurry shots.

 I am considering a FF camera as my next purchase and want to know if there is a difference between hand holding a FF camera and a cropped camera using an IS lens with a long reach.

Lenses / Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM??
« on: February 09, 2012, 01:28:06 PM »
I have a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, can you tell me if this can be used with a FF camera?

Do FF cameras perform better in low light conditions such as in a high school gym or at an outdoor stadium at night? Would a 5D Mark II be my best choice for upgrading from a 40D? I was considering a 7D, however, I have read a couple of entries on this forum where it is mentioned that the 7D is not as clear as the 40D.

I have been using a 40D with my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM lens. I mainly shoot High School soccer in daylight. I am happy with my clear shots. I want to upgrade my camera. I want a camera that I can shoot indoor sports such as basketball/volleyball in a school gym and nighttime outdoor stadium games. Even with my 2.8 lens (and high ISO setting), I am not happy with my indoor sports shots.

I look forward to your advise on which type of camera I should purchase next.

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