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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 12:52:00 PM »
Wrong or Right ... People say images without an AA are sharper.  The moire sacrifice rarely makes it to the 'feature list' on the Best Buy card.

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Sports / Re: Critique My "Running" Photos?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:49:30 AM »
Tough conditions with regard to lighting and subject matter, so applaud you doing the work and practicing in the frozen tundra. It's hard to be steady when your freezing!

The good:
 - Really like the color and contrast so it looks like the white balance was correct
 - Focus is solid
 - There is some background separation with the DoF

The opportunities:
 - Agree with prior post on composition.  Perhaps getting low, putting the subject on the right third so there is more travel distance.
 - Easy to write but harder to do ... Capture a moment. This looks like it was on an average stretch of the course.  The more dynamic parts of the course (start, finish, tough hill climbs, or rough terrain) will generally give you greater opportunity to capture a great expression which helps draw the viewer into the moment.
 - A post treatment may lend itself well to this type of a shot to help grit up the athlete or tone down some of the distracting elements (yellow pole)

Overall if I were the parent or friend of this runner I'd think this image is great as a documented moment in time. As an event, sports photog, or artistic piece the above are a few things to try.

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EOS Bodies / Wait for it ... Revolutionary or Evolutionary in 2015
« on: January 04, 2015, 01:38:21 PM »
Will 2015 be the year when we see remarkable changes from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and others?

I'm thinking revolutionary as manufacturers fight to differentiate themselves with bigger MP, greater DR, retro styling, form factor, medium format bridge cameras, cheaper higher quality lenses, mirrorless, compact but capable, and weather capable equipment.

Share your thoughts!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film Simulation for Canon Cameras
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:25:35 PM »
Thanks for the additional links and software recommendations all :)

Been trying out some new settings in camera as well just to see how crazy things can get. Sure hope here is a 'reset all'

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film Simulation for Canon Cameras
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:18:00 PM »
Appreciate it. The reviews have highs and lows. They do offer a free trial so I'll give it a shot.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Film Simulation for Canon Cameras
« on: January 01, 2015, 11:27:09 AM »
I've been following Zack Arias and he's starting to sell me on the Fuji line based on the color rendition and film simulation of their cameras.

But as cool as some of the output looks I keep coming back to the fact that film simulation or color are really just functions of in camera or post processing to get a desired look.

I'm wondering if there are settings which are tried tested and true (changing saturation levels, contrast, etc in camera) or post production plug-ins or filters which add up to a similar style?

Also curious (from the tech savvy crowd) if there are sensor differences that play into 'the look' of a certain manufacturers images and if that is more of a design decision upfront in the R&D departments. I've heard plenty talk about the Canon look before.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2014, 01:15:03 PM »
Threads like this are why new photogs drop 8.5k on a 1DX and glass.

Everything else seems like a compromise.

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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:42:43 PM »
Good choice!  Lots of people using it so you should be able to leverage the knowledge of others :)

Its strange to hear that a software subscription service is unpalatable from some of the replies.  Seems like software that doesn't evolve would almost immediately be on a risk path.

Personally, I wouldn't want to be running LR2 or CS3 on Vista right now even if I did 'own' it (or whatever the OS was then).  Not sure you can trust the old stuff as the security community is constantly poking holes in dated software & OS.

Don't think any software manufacturer signs up for a lifetime updates/compatibility.

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:06:58 AM »
Warm it up, clone out all of the lions, and you'll have a nice snap of an African sunset.  subject isolation is difficult given the shooting angle.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is IQ better with smaller files?
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:39:36 PM »
Ken Rockwell says:  "Try shooting your 5D Mark III at its M (11MP) or S (5MP) settings. If you look at your images at 100%, you'll see that the lower resolution shots are sharper pixel-by-pixel! When I'm photographing family and friends, I shoot at SMALL JPG. Even SMALL is good enough for great 20x30" prints."

So based on that and other posts if I was going to shoot JPG only it's better to shoot smaller if I want better IQ?  And if I'm going to shoot RAW it's best to process the file in its full size, with NR or whatever, then output from that file as medium sizeish JPG?

Did I get that right?

I guess I'm just wondering then why some cameras have a medium JPG icon with a jagged edge, but a larger JPG with a smoother edge. Non verbal imply of lower output quality at lower size.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Is IQ better with smaller files?
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:25:13 PM »
I read a comment or a post recently which inferred that a 7D II file shot as a jpg at one of the smaller sizes was inherently cleaner than a larger file at similar settings (ISO etc).

Is there any truth to that statement?  If this is crazy talk just say so.

  I bring this up because I own a 7D and if someone can tell me that a Medium Jpg is 10x cleaner than a Large or Raw ... I'm locking those settings in today.  Moreover, is that the case with all cameras?  Is this phenomenon a jpg exclusive or is it the same with Raw?  I mean, I have printed like 40 files of size 8x10 and nothing bigger. So if I can get cleaner images that will print at that size amazing ... Awesome.. 

Why isn't this 'feature' advertised?

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EOS Bodies / AA Filter: Still Relevant, Marketing Ploy, or Obsolete?
« on: October 12, 2014, 11:58:10 AM »
Is it a foregone conclusion that any high MP bodies will drop the AA filter?  It seems like every time a body is launched this topic of AA filters comes up and frankly I'm a bit lost as to what problem they solve and if technology obsoleted the need.

For instance is there an impact on DR just because of the AA filter?  If this is more of an artistic choice, then why doesn't someone make the filter removable, or something you could layer onto a lens? Maybe that's impossible.  Just seems like whenever these high MP bodies drop there will be this discussion.

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Don't get caught up in the sensor stuff.  Determine what you shoot "most often" ... Buy the camera that does that job the best for the money you have. 

http://youtu.be/PHYidejT3KY


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:41:31 PM »
Other than 'new bigger sensors' is there anything else that Canon can do to create better images with higher IQ and less noise straight out of the camera?

Seems like whether we collectively agree that Canon will or should make new big sensors, evolution will inevitably kick in and lead them down this path.

People I see at Best Buy, talk to, or read about buy a camera on the premise that it has the capability of taking the best picture,...within a defined budget of course.  The capability of the photographer will always be there to add or subtract but you certainly don't sell a lot of camera bodies telling people they should learn how to use what they have.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Rumor Starter: The Canon 5DX
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:58:06 PM »
Spec list from 2012:

5D X

45MP (With a pixel size similar to the power shot G1X)
61 points AF (Similar to the 1DX but simpler)
3.4 fps, 100-6400 (50-12800)
1 Digic 5+ Digic 4

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