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Software & Accessories / Why won't my DPP use Lens Data?
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:06:03 PM »
Cannon's DPP Lens Data Feature corrects for Aberation and other things using Canon's own measurements and algorithms.  Great, but for my 2 most used lenses, 24-70 IS II, and 70-200 f2.8 IS II, it always says the lens data is not available.  I have added and deleted the lens data at least 10 times, updated DPP to it's latest version and still is says Lens Data not available.  It does work with my 24-105mm f4 IS.


Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 11.55.56 PM by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

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Business of Photography/Videography / Fee for shooting a College game?
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:41:10 PM »
As I am moving towards shooting sports I would like to shoot college, high school, even pro games.  I understand away teams do often contract local photographers, but I have no idea what this pays.  (I fully realize this is a tough question to answer)

I recently shot 12 college basketball games at a tournament, and offered photos to the teams after.  I had asked $800 for a complete set of the photos.  (4 games per team).  I had some interest in a few photos but nobody took me up on it or even made a counter offer.  I'd have shot the games for free for my own entertainment, so I'm not really out anything.  But if I was going to make this arrangement before the contest, what would I ask?  Was $800 too much?

BTW, I am OK at this.  I've been a photographer for 30 years and have the right equipment.  You can see my work from the tournament here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/103147492@N02/sets/72157638495325753/

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Sports / Baseball
« on: November 20, 2013, 01:07:18 AM »
Pro College, High School, Little Leage... Show your best baseball Photos

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr


Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

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I have 2 50mm lenses, the nifty 50 1.8, and the Sigma 50mm 1.4.  Neither of these seem to focus very fast or very well in low light.   At least my 70-200 f2.8 II blows them away, and my 24-105mm f4 IS is maybe halfway between the 50s and the 70-200.

Now the 50mm does give more light in the photo and lets you use faster shutter speeds, but it usually will not focus.  I am talking about a shopping center parking lot (bunch of guys getting their cars together) and things like that.  Yes I could use a flash, but that is not what I am after.

Logically it seems like the f1.4 or 1.8 should be a big advantage when trying to find contrast and focus, but it does not seem to work that way.  Is the Canon 50mm f1.4 better?

This is with my 5D Mark III and 1D4.  I used to have a 5D2 and 7D, and it seemed the same.


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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Singel Image HDR
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:31:19 PM »
I find myself using Phtomatrix Pro 4 to edit some of my images that I did not shoot as HDR.  It does work just fine with a single image. (yes, i understand I am not getting as much Dynamic range as if I'd shot more images) I remember a few years ago, you could do this, but you had to use photoshop or something to make 3 images using the original file (hopefully RAW) to make 3 images with 3 different exposures.

I often use this for action photos where taking 3+ photos is not possible.

One thing I've found is I can layer the HDR on top of the original image in photoshop, and just adjust the top layer's opacity until I get a blend that just looks like it pops, but you would not see as an HDR.

Do you do this?  What is your Technique / Software?  Lets see some examples.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / What is 20,000 shutter clicks worth?
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:45:36 PM »
I just bought a 1D Mark IV on eBay, and got a pretty good deal.  I paid $2925 and $30 for shipping.  Looks flawless, and only has 7500 shutter clicks (according to the listing)  Problem is the camera has 26,996.  (according to EOScount.com) Other than that the camera is spot on.  Looks flawless, has the accessories (2 batteries, A/C adapter, big 2 batt charger)

There was another hick-up in that the buyer emailed me asking for $35 more for shipping and seemed to think it was my fault that shipping was higher than his prediction.  I explained that I did not pick the shipping (set before the auction), or send the invoice with $30 shipping after the auction.  A buyer can't even change the shipping, it's set by the seller.  I was considering paying all or part of it when it arrived, but felt a little strong armed by the first emails.

Anyway, I think 19,494 clicks is a bit much to overestimate. And I intend to request the price is lowered, or return the camera.  I don't "need" it.  It was sort of a birthday gift for myself and an upgrade to my 7D. 

What do you think?  Just return it?   Just suck it up?  Ask for a partial refund? $300?

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EOS Bodies / 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:16:18 PM »
My brand new 5D III has twice locked up giving me Error 80, and requiring I pull the battery.  This is within the first 300 pics.

In addition, I have 8-10 times had the camera focus, give me the focus confirmation beep, and then not fire as I held down the shutter button. This has happened in AI-servo mode, as well as straight up green auto everything mode. I've had a 7d for 2 years, and am not unfamiliar with the new focus system.  I even read the manual. But it's not really a focus problem, the camera just refuses release the shutter.

I am traveling now so returning is not really possible for the next week.  Has anyone else encountered these problems?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / When/How to sell your 5D Mark II?
« on: March 04, 2012, 08:49:39 PM »
Many of us 5D II owners are going to sell to pay for the new 5D III.  But when?  How?

Obviously November 2011 might be a good time, but must i sell today?  Can i wait a month or two (or three) to get my 5DIII in hand first?  I have a back-up body to get me throughout the gap, but it's no 5DII.

For me straight to eBay ( I live in a small town far from the city), but for you?  And should I sell my 24-105 with it?, or separately?  (I am getting another lens, and don't need it)  How about my vertical grip.  Sell Body, Grip and Lens as a kit or separately? 

What am I missing? 

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United States / Canon's version of Fro? Kia?
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:50:01 PM »
A friend and fellow Canon shooter has asked me who it the Canon equivalent of Fro from Fro Knows Photo, or Kia from Digital Rev. (If you don't know who here guys are you are not wasting enough of your life on youtube.)

I don't think there is anyone quite like that.  Funny quirky, entertaining 1st, informative 2nd or... 3rd?  There is "FakeChuckWestfall", but he seems a little angry.

Any idea? Volunteers?

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EOS Bodies / Rain Photos - Wet Camera Photos/Stories
« on: October 30, 2011, 11:44:54 PM »
OK, so I keep seeing articles where the camera body and lens are photographed covered in water, and forum posts where people gush (pun intended) about how water proof thier DSLR is.  Maybe I'm the last person who puts thier camera into a nice waterproof camera bag when it starts to rain.   :)

So lets see some of these photos taken in the rain.  Seriously.  If you keep on shooting when it starts to rain, lets see some of those photos.


Photo by http://blog.larrymcneil.com/category/film-camera/

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