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I just read this article by Jay Goodrich and agree with majority of what he has to say:

For all respect to his success, I disagree with the majority of what he says.
The reason is simple, he puts everybody in his own shoes.
But, we all know that there are so many shoes on this planet. The fact that cheap tools work for him doesn't mean that it works for all of us "photographers".
1 - Laboratory sensors ... He assumed that all photographers are new photographers. Actually, photographers who deserve the title are experienced photographers, not snapshooters. And I find it an insult to all pro photographers that some  guy assumes that with an iPhone you will be able to shoot an NHL game for the photo to be on the front page of a news paper every single night game. You need the right tool to do the right job. No fantasy hear.
2 - Software plugins ... The fact that you work for National Geographic and 95% of your work doesn't need Photoshop didn't give you the right to categorize all Photoshop users idiots. Some people actually do beauty shots, for example. There is no way for you to be competitive not using advanced tools.
3 Diffraction ... If you ever have shot macro you would understand what is the meaning of that word. People wake up early to be able to shot tens or even hundreds of shots in order to stack them
4 HDR ... You said it yourself, it is about vision. The fact that people have different vision than yours don't give you the right to treat them as inferior.
5 - "If all you own is the phone in your pocket and you have a zest for creating, you WILL succeed."
Wake up, your Matrix is not for real. Get back to reality.

If the title was "5 Things We can ignore to become Photographers" then I would agree with him. Some photographers don't need all the bells and whistles.
But there are out there those who need to spend in order to succeed.
Especially, those whose success depends on repetitiveness at all time and conditions and not one/two, by mistake, state of the art.
The key is balance between need and want. And the name of the game is "repetitiveness and competition".

The only thing, really, I agree with him is: "So stop reading and go out and give it a try"

Sometimes, when someone is successful, he thinks he is the only one smart person on earth. Many dictators of this planet have the same mentality.
totally agree here alot of this stuff does have its place when used properly

Lenses / Re: Canon 28-300L 'super-zoom'
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:20:31 AM »
no sign of an update for the L coming, look second hand they seem to move around a bit but to be honest after having the lens and selling it its not worth the money better off with the 16-35 a fast 50 and the 70-200
a 16-35 f4L IS + 50f1.4 + 70-200 f4L IS is going to cost less weigh less and perform alot better and is a full stop faster in the 70-200 range which can also take a 2x TC and still AF on the 5Dmk3 (although performance drops alot so better off with the 1.4xTC

if you really want a super zoom consider the eos m and tamron 18-200 on it...

my dad got the a6000 when it came out with the top end ziess zoom 16-70 f4 or something like that
its an ok camera but i was playing with it side by side while using my eos-m and 11-22

the things i noticed are

the a6000 AF is not very accurate while it's burst rate blows the doors off the eos m the M is much more accurate and consistant for actually getting stuff in focus even in servo...

jpg files out of camera on the a6000 are horrible (not sure if they fixed this with firmware) raws are fine though

low iso (iso 100) shadow recovery on the a6000 raw files are just sooo much better than the m can do
handy if you under expose by 5 stops on a regular basis.... :P
high iso performance is basically a wash iso 3200 and 6400 theres nothing in it between these 2

bag space, you can fit 2 eos m bodies in the same space the a6000 takes

not having a touch screen on the a6000 was annoying since i was used to the M and kept trying to touch the screen to change stuff on the a6000

overall the build on the a6000 is not too bad its a decent camera but overall I still prefered the EOS-M to it

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX400 with NX1 BSI sensor
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:59:12 PM »
that looks nice!

any idea if you can get adapters to use EF-M lenses?
i could see this living attached to my 11-22...

very much doubt it, buddy... the NX flange distance is greater than the EF-M mount!
Also, with all the wire-focusing/aperture control etc in these MILC systems I can't imagine we'll be seeing inter-system compatibility adapters in a hurry!

bummer but it will be interesting to see how this lens performs

Samsung S 11-24mm f/2.8 ED OIS

so far the indications of the IQ and the AF performance of the NX1 really make
me have a good hard look at this upcoming little brother

EF-M 11-22 IS on my EOS M and EOS-M IR conversion
actually its all i've been using lately...

heres a couple from NYE on the bund in shanghai

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 50 Art "squeaky" AF sound
« on: December 27, 2014, 03:31:05 AM »
no mice in mine mate

Lighting / Re: Round light flash diffuser experience?
« on: December 26, 2014, 01:49:06 AM »
I was thinking of a knockoff of this: http://www.roundflash.com/roundflash_ring

I've got the expensive genuine one, its great does drop about 1.5 stops of light from a speedlight I found its better with the godox 360
can be used off camera as a nice softbox too

very very portable and convenient

the knock offs look good too

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX400 with NX1 BSI sensor
« on: December 22, 2014, 08:00:09 PM »
that looks nice!

any idea if you can get adapters to use EF-M lenses?
i could see this living attached to my 11-22...

Lenses / Re: Next Lens Purchase...where is the gap in my gear?
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:37:37 AM »
since money doesn't seem to be much of a stumbling block here i really think you should go and have good hard look at the 200-400 f4L IS with built in TC.

sure the new 100-400 looks sweet too but i dont think there is too much that can match the 200-400

i also second the 135 (since i got mine my use of the 70-200 dropped alot) however again if money is no real object i would go for the 200 F2L and the 85 f1.2 L II for a less tight portrait lens :D

really depends which option you will use more...

Lenses / Re: EF 100-400mm II - first impressions
« on: December 21, 2014, 05:42:36 PM »
    Any 7D2 user with the EF 100-400mm II and 1.4x TC??

   According to TDP, the aperture at 300mm for this lens is F5.0, so with 1.4x TC, it'll be 420mm F7.1. 7D2 can only use the center AF point at F8, so just wonder will 7D2 able to use other AF points at 420mm F7.1??

   Have a nice day.

um why not take the TC off and use it at 400 and f5.6 and have access to all the points and faster AF... ?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Have you repaired your 50 Art?
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:15:40 PM »
viggo do you have access to a 5D3 you can test it on?

mine is still amazing easily the most consistant and accurate AF 50mm i've ever used
its blazingly good in servo too (but i only use the 5 center column points using servo)

I have only the 1dx, but even with only center point with or without expansion points in any Servo or One shot mode it's the same results. I'm seriously considering a 35 L or 50 L AGAIN... At least the 50 L is pretty consistent and can be calibrated without wearing out the shutter with testing.
cant try it on another body in the shop?

its wierd mine was so far off out of the box but after calibration its been fine, sure it misses now and then but definitely not anything as bad as the canon 50 f1.4. I wonder if your new body firmware messed it up? can you try roll back the 1Dx firmware to the old version when it was working ok to trouble shoot it?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just picked up a 7D
« on: December 19, 2014, 05:59:24 PM »
on the 7D i would go with the sigma 18-35 f1.8 first as a general zoom
if you are in any doubt how good this lens is on a 7D have a look at the lens sample section and see
the images people have posted there. I don't have the lens but if i did have a crop i would have that lens

also for wide angle i suggest the 11-22 on your eos M the M will do slightly better at landscapes than the 7D
since it seems a bit better IQ wise and the 11-22 is an amazing lens
(I had to order mine from japan and have shipped to china but it was only about 2200 RMB so not too bad but well worth it)
for longer low light and portraits have a good look at the canon 85 f1.8 it is really really good value for money and should go well on the 7D it doesn't have IS though another really good option for lots of stuff on a crop is the 100 f2.8L IS macro AF speed is a bit slower but there is alot this lens can do.

I actually use my 135 f2L more than i use the 100L though but its too long for indoors generally but out doors its great and works wonderfully on the eos M too

Lenses / Re: What would you choose to complement a 50mm prime?
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:58:48 PM »
none of your options

probably tamron 15-30 f2.8 VC and 135 f2L

Nice image. 

Clearly, with all that fast-moving action in the scene, taking multiple images would have been impossible, making the image a perfect demonstration of when more DR is absolutely required for a single shot.   ::)  Of course, some highlight detail outside is blown out, so it wasn't quite enough more DR. 

But as I said, it's a nice image.
he should have bracketed even with the legendary a7R on that one

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 Art and the USB dock - calibration tips appreciated
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:48:00 PM »
oh its also a bit of pain in the arse taking the lens on and off the camera have a body cap nearby to keep poping on the body. I shoot a group of 5 shots for each one defocusing manually and refocusing between each shot

also do this shooting tethered using eos utility its much faster as you can see it up on the screen straight away

i did the calibration manually NOT using focal. I then ran the focal tests to confirm i was where i wanted to be
not sure if you have focal or not but i didn't use the focal results to make changes on the dock calibration
the final focal recommended a +1 AFMA but i didn't change it as this was close enough as makes no difference to me.

if i think of anything else i'll post it up

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