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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Update on SmugMug
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:29:02 PM »
I've used Zenfolio for years and been pretty happy.  If only I just had the number of pics that you do if I wanted to move!

As of today, my total appears to be...  33122 files, 131.2 GB
Is that all?  I guess I need to be uploading more of my photos to catch up ;)  Just kidding of course, and if you want to move, there are some services (or a service) out there that lets you move all of your photos.  I'd have to look for it again, but I guess they all have their stuff if Amazon's Cloud, so it's probably not as big of a deal as it sounds.   Okay, here's two: https://www.uploadjunction.com/ and for moves to SmugMug: http://smugglr.smugmug.com/

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Technical Support / Re: Repair or Return?
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:37:23 PM »
What would you do?

What would be the reason to return it anyway? If you get it repaired, they might even take the time to clean and calibrate it again (there are some spots on the front, even if most likely they won't show up on the shots).
The reason to return it is because it failed their QA process, which is rather disappointing, and because I should have to be the one to pay for the shipping to send it in for repair.  I can probably negotiate that with them, though.

The other reason is that now that I have a fisheye lens, I'm not sure if I really like the look.  Obviously that's a whole other issue and one only I can sort out.

Just call them- they are really nice and will provide you with a shipping label. They did so about 6 months after I bought my 17 TS-E and realized I can get them to fix the paint chips.
I was thinking about your experience the other night - you're the only person I've heard of that's had anything other than a great experience with their refurb stuff.  I'll definitely give them a call tonight.

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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:36:19 PM »
Very impressive and taking a careful look at the photo, I don't know how you did it.  It appears that everyone or possibly all but one person are actually looking at you, and nearly everyone appears to have their eyes open.  I have a hard time getting 3 or 4 people's attention sometimes!  And for it to look great, well-composed, in focus and exposed properly just make it all the more incredible.

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Technical Support / Re: Repair or Return?
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:29:34 PM »
What would you do?

What would be the reason to return it anyway? If you get it repaired, they might even take the time to clean and calibrate it again (there are some spots on the front, even if most likely they won't show up on the shots).
The reason to return it is because it failed their QA process, which is rather disappointing, and because I should have to be the one to pay for the shipping to send it in for repair.  I can probably negotiate that with them, though.

The other reason is that now that I have a fisheye lens, I'm not sure if I really like the look.  Obviously that's a whole other issue and one only I can sort out.

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Technical Support / Re: Repair or Return?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:34:25 PM »
Since you can't exchange it, have it repaired.  It looks like a keeper for one of the lens elements is loose, Canon will fix it.  You have a one year warranty, so if it happens again, you can ask for a replacement lens.
I'm definitely leaning that way - for some reason I had it in my mind to return in but it's been a hectic and sleepless week...

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Technical Support / Repair or Return?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:21:11 PM »
I got a pretty good deal on a refurb 8-15 fisheye during Canon's recent sale, but the stupid lens has some sort of washer/spacer right over one of the lens elements (see attached photo).  I can either return it for a refund (no exchange is possible as it's out of stock) or use the 1-year warranty and send it in for repair.  I'm sad as I have had about 6 great refurb experiences in a row

I'm really torn on what to do as I think it should have not have been this way when I received it, but then again, I can deal with the repair too as it was a refurb anyways.

What would you do?

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 12, 2014, 08:39:39 PM »
Just picked up one pack of Canon Pro Platium PT-101 4x6" (50sheets) at local Fry's. I was looking for 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte, but don't seem to carry.

Anyone know where I can get a pack of 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte?
I don't think they make it in matte (see here).  It seems us matte-lovers are in the minority these days, but the Platinum glossy papers produce such excellent results, making me forgive the matte finish.  I'm still looking for a matte I like at home, but I'd recommend Red River at the reasonable end and Moab and Hahnemühle at the high end.

Thanks mackguyver .

Love the look of matte. Is there other paper companies offer same quality as Canon?
Dylan, one of the cool things about Canon is they don't restrict you to using their paper if you want to use "canned" ICC profiles.  Here's a link to their site so you can see what all papers are supported:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/3rd_party_papers

To get close to the Platinum Pro paper, you'll want a paper that is 80lbs and 0.3mm thick with a high brightness and neutral white color.  Like I said, I'm still looking for a great matte paper, but others might have some suggestions.

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I'm guessing you meant this in regards to people who ignore the EV level indicator and use a handheld meter, the Sunny-16 rule/Zone etc., or the histogram.

Right, good point there :-) ... this option is there to basically cover "everything else" that doesn't rely too much or not at all on the camera's metering. That's because the intention of the thread is to find the best metering mode when in a hurry w/o even time for ae lock.

And in full M mode even looking at the camera's metering, you still have to think more when bringing the little green pointer to the center line. :-p. Btw esp. on the 6d this procedure is a pita: In comparison to the 5d2 (same on 60d) the green info line below the frame is very small and very hard to read when in bright ambient.

Because you noticed, you're getting the "Schlaubi Schlumpf" (smart smurf) award of the thread :-> ... I don't know know if these popular comics have made their way over the great lake to marvel's superhero country.


The comics haven't made their way to the US, but I remember them from my time in Europe.  Thanks for the funny memory.  Also, I understand and I'm so happy to see that Canon is moving the indicator to the side in the 7DII.  I love it there in my 1D X and hope that's the future direction for all x0D and above bodies.

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 12, 2014, 04:22:37 PM »
Just picked up one pack of Canon Pro Platium PT-101 4x6" (50sheets) at local Fry's. I was looking for 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte, but don't seem to carry.

Anyone know where I can get a pack of 5x7" Canon Pro Platium matte?
I don't think they make it in matte (see here).  It seems us matte-lovers are in the minority these days, but the Platinum glossy papers produce such excellent results, making me forgive the matte finish.  I'm still looking for a matte I like at home, but I'd recommend Red River at the reasonable end and Moab and Hahnemühle at the high end.

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Marsu42 aka Meinungsforschering-Zwei-und-Vierzig:  I just looked at the poll again and noticed option 5 - manual exposure.  I'm not sure that should really be there as the camera is still using the metering mode (Eval, partial, spot, or center-weighted) to determine the exposure level seen in the viewfinder indicator.  I'm guessing you meant this in regards to people who ignore the EV level indicator and use a handheld meter, the Sunny-16 rule/Zone etc., or the histogram.

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:41:24 PM »
Thanks for the compliments all.  I'm still around, just busy with my day job and still dealing with some rather annoying health problems that I can't seem to resolve.

The 600mm lens was a 300 f/2.8 IS II + 2x III :)

And yes, wildlife photography is mighty frustrating at times, but I love the challenge of it and the feeling when it all comes together in a great shot.  That said, I have LOTS of shots of AMAZING moments that were ruined by a stopped down aperture, slow shutter speed, bad framing, foliage blocking the shot, missed focus, and a litany of other mistakes or obstructions.  They're moments I'll never forget ;D, and never remember :'(

Back to the OP, timing is critical, whether you're a sniper (LOL, rpt) or photo shooter.  Marsu, film costs about ruined me, too, but thinking further, I think early digital may have actually honed my timing.  At the time, the shutter delay could be measured in parts of a second (or more!) and the time between shots if you took TIFF photos was often many seconds.  Determining when to press the shutter and which 4-6 shots a minute you would be able to capture certainly made up for the lack of film!  We 2010-something DSLR shooters sure are a spoiled bunch in retrospect!

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:26:36 PM »
Dylan, I've got the Pro-100, but as others have said, it's not great for much more than 8x10s.  I got mine practically for free from Adorama and then picked about 200lbs of paper during Canon's Buy One get 9 Free sale (seriously).  It's a nice printer and I have sold many small prints from it, but you really need Canon's best papers (Platinum) to get the most out of it.

I'd have to disagree. My Pro-100 produces excellent 12x18s on Canon 13x19 papers ... works very nicely with the pre-fab 18x24 mats and frames I buy at Aaron Brothers.
Jon, you're quite right and I should have elaborated on my point - I mean that it's not cost-effective to produce large prints (in terms of ink costs), but the quality is excellent.  At least IMHO.  If I print large prints, I try to save ink and use a lab.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:24:47 PM »
Nice colors. You were spot on time.
Thanks, FEBS.  I find it much easier to get up for blue hour this time of year...and sometimes it pays off with some nice colors in the sky.

First: I agree wholeheartedly on the correct timing and colours in this photo. Always inspiring to see.

Secondly: "Blue hour"? Is there any hour at this time of the year that isn't blue?? At best they seem to be grey... It's almost like if I take too long eating breakfast in the morning, I might miss the evenings sunset. :(
But 10 more days, then it will sloooowly become better again. Til' then we'll have to watch superb shots from those of you that make it out to spot any rays of the sun.
Too funny and nearly true!  I'm relatively near the equator so the day length doesn't change a whole lot, but throw in Daylight Savings and I get all messed up!  It also seems like good light lasts about 30 minutes this time of year...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 10, 2014, 04:33:07 PM »
I'm now looking at the 1DX while retaining the 5D3 as backup. Quick question here - does the fact that the 1DX is only 18mp bother you or limit you in any way? 
That's my set up and it doesn't bother me in the least.  In fact, I find myself using the 1D X most of the time, even for landscapes.  Unless I know I'll be enlarging to sizes beyond 20" x 30", I find 18MP to be plenty.

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 10, 2014, 04:27:11 PM »
I think the cost of film taught you to be more careful about taking shots.  That meant focusing more on composition, timing, and accurate exposure.  In particular, I find that my timing was really developed back in those days and when shooting with others, I'll take 1 or 2 shots (with my 1D X mind you) while others will hammer the motor drive (well burst mode).  Case in point - the shot below.  Not a great one, but a very difficult one with a handheld 600mm focal length on a moving boat through lots of foliage with a baby that slipped off its mother's back about 5 seconds after we spotted it.  I was the only one out of a group of around 15 people to get the shot, even though I only pressed the shutter once :).  Spray and pray vs. waiting for the shot to appear and timing the shutter...

On the other hand, trying to figure out what you did wrong hours, days, weeks, or more after taking the photos made learning so much more difficult.


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