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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:35:14 PM »
Can we get a higher shutter speed than 1/200, leaf shutter perhaps? Also, can we get a lower ISO than 100.

These things combined with no AA filter would make me happy. 

Canon General / Re: Pixma pro 10 or 100?
« on: December 14, 2014, 08:09:06 PM »
Unless you are using them 3 or more days a week, sell them while they are new.  The printers do a self cleaning when turned on, and clog if left on, which means they will use even more ink.  If left off for a few days, they will clog and waste a lot of ink to clean them.
They generally only come with starter ink cartridges, so you'll need to replace them after just a few prints.  It can use half those starter cartridges just to set it up initially.  Buy a couple of extra sets to start.
The printers are free, but ink can cost you big bucks.  Check out the cost of a new set of inks before deciding.
I have a Epson 3880, and use Cone ink tanks and 1 liter refills which cuts the cost a lot, but even so, its expensive.  Still, its a fraction of the price of Epson inks.
The Pro 100 is dye ink based.  Dye ink looks nice, but is not long lasting, and not water proof.  It does not clog as easily, and there are compatible inks that work well.  Cost is $100 per ink set, they won't last long.
The Pro-10 uses pigment based inks, which will have a long print life, and are more water resistant.  They are what you should use if you want serious prints.  The down side is more clogging, $130 / set of inks or $15 each.  Those small ink tanks will not last long.  You will notice that more inks are used in a set.  This overcomes the inherent color pop advantage of dye inks, and provides sublime B&W prints.

Good post, thanks for the info.

Software & Accessories / Re: Please share you Mac Pro specs
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:20:00 PM »
2013 base quad core mac pro with D300 GPU's
You'd probably be better off with a 5k iMac with a fusion drive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 22, 2014, 11:12:17 PM »

50 ~ 204,800."

Intrigued by ISO 50

"Flash Sync: 1/200"


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:37:51 PM »

I have the 27" HP z27x Dreamcolor , probably the best price/performance wrt color monitors on the market, there are nice cheaper NEC's on the market but they don't support all of the color profiles of the HP. I wouldn't go with the Eizo's due to price constraints. , I'd go Dreamcolor or NEC if I were in the market again. If I were strictly doing photo's, NEC would be a great choice, but if you were into 4k video I'd go with the HP z27X, due to it's 4k input support, and supported color profiles.

Like others have stated, in order to get 10 bit support, all points in the chain have to support it. Graphics Card-Monitor-OS-Software all have to support 10 bit color. If you're on a mac like I am, it's basically useless to have 10-bit support at the moment. As long as their own monitors don't support it, I can't imagine they will ever support it. Really disappointing.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: October 26, 2014, 02:13:50 AM »
Definitley not just for people photography, it is my go to lens for product bottle photography.. so damn sharp at F18+.
Although the bottle shot is half finished btw, still some retouching and the right reflect to even up to the other two. It give you an idea of how close you can get without a macro lens.
Prefer it to the 100 macro as it compresses the image a touch more for a graphic look.
And of course great at candids, pets etc.
I think it’s pretty versatile and renders sharp and OOF really beautifully, sharp when it needs to be and creamy on the background. Although for me slightly more specialist due to the focal length as I tend to use shorter 50 & 85 much more in my work, this is one lens that has stopped me swapping to Nikon (D800) which would no doubt produce better files for my product shoots.. but with a lens as nice as this MP and DR are not everything ;)

very nice pics

How much were you listing it here for?

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:37:33 PM »
I used Abercrombie and Kent. I've heard good things about Micato, but they are more expensive.

I've read reviews on both and A&K gets the nod, but they are both very expensive.

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:20:06 PM »
What travel agency did you guys use for your Tanzania Trips, looking to honeymoon there in January.

If I was redesigning my site for a portfolio, this is what I'd be using:

That said, it depends a lot on what you want. If you're just showing off your work, there are a dozen ways to do that. If you're trying to make a business out of it, you'd need a completely different approach

That is an awesome theme. Pretty much checks all of the boxes for a photographer.

In this thread please post some of the best wordpress themes for photographers, paid or free.

I would like this thread to be a good resource/quick reference for anyone looking for a good theme that can fit their needs without having to do a million google searches for that perfect theme.


Test shot. Ended up too far away and the trees got in the way. Used 24-70 2.8 II

If you're not going to print this very large, you could use a wide angle 14mm / 16-35, etc. and put them in the middle of the frame (to avoid distortion), then crop out the bottom 1/3 to 1/2 of the photo, but given the type of photo (dramatic shot of a special memory), it needs to be high-res for a big print.  If distortion is not as much of an issue, you can get close, tilt up and have the arch & railroad converge.  Google ultra wide angle wedding photos or something like that for some examples (like this - scroll down to the three 16-35 examples).  That way you still get the full frame.

Another option is to use the TS-E 24 and the shift function to shift, rotate, and shift again for a full panoramic effect.  Or simply use shift to correct the verticals and you still have a great full frame shot.

A third option is to stitch, like you say, possibly using the Brenizer effect with a longer lens.  A lot depends on how far you can get from the arch - and if that's not the limit, communication with the couple will be an issue.

Just my 2c - there are plenty of ways to shoot this - I'd recommend trying at least 2 to 3 ways and letting the couple pick out their favorite.

Those 16-35 shots are perfect. It was good enough to get the height of the object into the scene, the only draw back is that he had to be very far away.

My goal is to get the full height and most of the width of the train tracks, but also close enough to get good detail on the couples face.

I would like to do an engagement photo at this location with the couple standing in the archway but I would like full view of the train tracks behind it. Should I rent a super wide angle lens like a Canon 14MM or 17mm TS-E(pretty tall tracks) or should I use my 24-70 2.8II and shoot multiple frames and use some type of pic stitch software (if so please recommend which one)

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