« on: March 04, 2015, 08:06:02 PM »
f/1.8? [Twiddling my thumbs.]
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Lik's mortal sin was succeeding without going to art school or licking the boots of critics.Well said, and so what about the secondary market or whether or not his photos are museum-worthy or serious enough? I think the worst part of these articles is that they paint his customers as idiots. It's like you have to be qualified to buy "art". I know I've felt that way when I've walked into some galleries - like who are you and how dare you come in here? Profiting while thumbing your nose at the establishment is a win in my book, and personally, I like a lot of his work.
Typical sucess envy informs the entire article.
I'd strongly recommend getting the flash off camera and into a white umbrella. You'd need an ST-E3-RT or YN-E3-RT to trigger your 600, or use the older flashes you have and trigger them how you did for the skateboarding.
If you have to have on camera bounce then take a look at the Rouge FlashBender kit, I have the large version and it works fine, but it is no umbrella........
I have updated the gallery with a few photos from the past couple of days. Hopefully it's representational of the architectural and landscape capabilities of the lens.
At least that is the case with the Epson 3880. I had a Pixma Pro 9000II
Well, you switched from a $400 printer to a $1000+ one, I really hope you got something tangible in exchange - although it is true not always higher price means better quality.
Anyway an A2 printer may be too large and heavy unless you really need it - the Pixma Pro are already expensive, large and heavy enough for most (and maybe less demanding) "non professional" users.
The Pixma Pro reviews, including those on Northlight Images, are positive... anyway when someone asks something just telling him he bough the wrong product and switch is not that helpful, especially if what he bought is not that bad. It's like writing "got bad images with you Canon camera? Get a Nikon or a Sony! It works for me".
You can still buy the wrong product for your needs or expectations - but you really need to assess it is - and not just there's something wrong in the workflow leading to results below what could be really achieved.
Take a deep breath and look at the 20 year average for SLR / DSLR sales its 8.8M not the peak seen in 2011 / 2012 of 21M. We are seeing a market correction personally I think the majority of Smartphone pictures are crap and Laforet is welcome to them.
Good luck when you go on that safari to Africa that cost you thousands of dollars and you use your Smartphone, good luck when you go to an airshow and use your Smartphone, good luck at the race-track and good luck at rock concerts when your more than three rows back.
I love my iPhone the apps have changed our lives but as a camera it sucks (actually the keyboard also sucks compared to the Blackberry) but I understand for millions its good enough. Millions watch badly set-up TVs, poorly set-up sound and have no dress sense that doesn't stop others striving to do better.
Further, adding the TC to the 100-400 on the 7DII is a waste of time as the degradation of image and increase in noise nullifies any increase in resolution.
Thanks for your analysis, AlanF. Question: I find the 7D2 + 400 f/5.6 prime + 1.4x TC III to yield quite acceptable image quality. Have you experimented with this combo? I ask because I'm considering the 100-400 II and may trade my 400 prime as part of the deal. I could use my 5D3 + 100-400 + 1.4x, as you do, but would hate to lose the use of my 7D2 (higher FPS, better AF, etc.) when employing the TC. I'm shooting wildlife, including birds.
Sorry, I missed your post. I recant somewhat. The 7DII + 100-400mm II + 1.4x TC III does work very well, and I have posted some birds in flight etc in another Topic. Even the 7DII + 100-400mm II + 2x TC III works very well in liveview, and every increase of 1.4x in TC does give increased resolution. However, for much of the time, I prefer to use the bare lens for the extra stop of light and the wider field of view etc.
Wonder if the same will apply to this lens as it seems to do with almost every other new lens release.......some will come through then you'll wait months for any more?....eg the new 100-400 and 400 DO are two examples of this, and Canon can't tell when more will be available.
A strange sales and marketing policy.
any reason all the new canon lenses are F4 ?
Explain why you need f/2.8 at these focal lengths please. Please don't say "low light capability" because if you are using a lens like this indoors in professional use you will almost certainly be using a tripod. And upping the ISO nowadays by one stop isn't a big a deal as it used to be. The 6D works nicely even an ISO 6400. I don't even use that for stars in the middle of the night so unless you are shooting in a cave in complete darkness, handheld, with an older generation camera - the reason is pretty clear why f/4 is good enough.
If not - 14mm f/2.8 is your friend.
Here's a repost of another thread I replied to - I have all of my gear insured (no coverage limits) this way:
It's been a few years since I looked into this, but the best deal I found was to join the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) and buy insurance through Chubb (Rand Insurance is the broker). You don't have to shoot nature photos to join or anything, but that's who the majority of members are in the association. I've had two fairly small claims with them and they were extremely easy to deal with and processed my check quickly.
Membership is $100/year (NANPA) and the annual rate is $0.0245 per dollar of insurance. It was the best deal I could find, but in my case, I didn't need the PPA benefits or professional liability insurance. If I remember, PPA is $250/yr or more and their insurance was more like $0.04 / per dollar of insurance. The only thing you don't want to do is go through your homeowners policy. That's a guaranteed way to lose your money as they will instantly deny any claims they suspect are "commercial use". Here are the links: