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Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM on the Way? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2012, 10:59:48 AM »
Is it in Canon's interest of producing a cheap long zoom for EF-S, something like 55-250, but longer.
Like Sigma's 50-500, or 150-500 (which i want, but is a bit too expensive)
Do you see it ever happening?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photokina 2012: Samyang 10mm f/2.8 for APS-C
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:49:09 AM »
Help me understand the need of F2.8 in such a lens.

I would think, that at 10mm, this lens will be mostly used as a landscape/architecture photography tool, and for that you will need the biggest DOF. Of course, at 10mm even 2.8mm will you give great DOF, but i will doubt that anyone will use it due to softness.

So why is it F2.8? so you could handhold shoot at night some buildings? (Most would still use tripod and bigger F stop anyway)

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Thanks for the replies.

I read a lot about it, and decided to rent a 580 flash (gonna get it in an hour)

I never used it before, but read a bit, and i think im going to be using manual with settings something like this (will depend on the location/lighting once I see it):
~1/50-1/25, F5.6, iso 400-1600

together with ETTL and flash compensation if required. I think this will be easiest/give best results given my situation.

Any final recommendations?
And is it always best to point flash straight up, with flash card up, or should i point 45 degrees to the front, o the side maybe?

thanks!

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Hello,

Situation:

My company is throwing an event tomorrow evening (indoors, ~50-80 people). As one of my colleagues has been doing photography as a serious hobby for the past 20 years, he was going to do it, but, as you can guess, he had to cancel. And he recommended me instead.... (Because they wouldn't find a proper photographer on such a short notice, or probably don't want to pay him, i don't know...)

It wont be a world class event, but still, there will be speeches, awards etc. so some nice pictures will still need to be taken. And I am quite worried but excited to do this too:)
(And I have to do this, because as they told me, its either me, or no photographer - so I should feel no pressure at all:D)

The reason I don't feel fully confident, is not that I just got in into photography (got my Canon 60D just a couple of months ago, 5000+ photos so far). But most of all, that I don't have a fast lens or a flash.... All I've got is 15-85 and 5 pound diffuser on my built in flash...  (Sigma 30mm F1.4 was next in my wishlist, but a bit later on)

So my questions to you:
Having just Canon 60D and 15-85 with no flash, what is the best way to get some decent pictures indoors?
What pictures to take?
What not to miss?
What to look out for?
Can I use ISO 6400 or should I limit myself to max 3200?
Can I use inbuilt flash at all? does that diffuser help? (I've used it for my personal shots, and it does seem to soften shadows on the face a bit..)
Aperture priority or manual?


Thank you for all your help.
And even if event isn't huge as such, it is huge for me, and I want to do my best, because I've never photographed anything official yet


P.S. Kit: Canon 60D, 15-85, F3.5-5.6, flash diffuser which goes on top of the built in flash, 2 batteries, 40GB+ of SD cards. Going to shoot in RAW, then process in LR, just in case i mess up a lot:)

P.P.S. I know my camera and gear quite good, I'm just not sure how it will cope in low light situation - thats my biggest fear

P.P.P.S. I cannot use other person's gear, because its Nikon, and I wont have time to rent a new lens, 15-85 is all I've got... (and I'm not sure i would know how to use external flash to the fullest extent, if I rented it - never used it before)

P.P.P.P.S. But I am excited about this, as well:)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 07, 2012, 11:26:35 AM »
I need a physics lesson:

Why cant they put bigger glass in it, and make it pancake size 40mm F0.5 or similar? :)

I guess bigger glass means longer Lens

But why it has to be longer? Cant they bend light sharply enough to use big glass in a very short lens? What are physics restrictions to this? (Just curious :), an article regarding this would be an interesting read)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 07, 2012, 11:20:59 AM »
I need a physics lesson:

Why cant they put bigger glass in it, and make it pancake size 40mm F0.5 or similar? :)

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Any tips on this, guys?..

I have a question exporting from RAW in LR.

At the moment Im trying to shoot in RAW, do my corrections in LR and then do one of the three options, and I just want to know what are the best export options there (i.e. if there isnt any difference between 100 and 80 quality setting, maybe i can use it and save a lot of HDD space?)

What settings should I use if I want to:

1) Save jpgs(?) for print.
2) Save jpgs to keep.
3) Save jpgs for web upload.

Im guessing that for 1) and 2) I need to save full res jpgs, but not sure about other settings. It looks to me that jpg quality doenst change at all when comparing quality at 80 or 100 (bus size differs alot). So what setting here do you recommend to use?

Thank you

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I have a question exporting from RAW in LR.

At the moment Im trying to shoot in RAW, do my corrections in LR and then do one of the three options, and I just want to know what are the best export options there (i.e. if there isnt any difference between 100 and 80 quality setting, maybe i can use it and save a lot of HDD space?)

What settings should I use if I want to:

1) Save jpgs(?) for print.
2) Save jpgs to keep.
3) Save jpgs for web upload.

Im guessing that for 1) and 2) I need to save full res jpgs, but not sure about other settings. It looks to me that jpg quality doenst change at all when comparing quality at 80 or 100 (bus size differs alot). So what setting here do you recommend to use?

Thank you

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New monitor
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:29:35 PM »
hmmm it costs more than half of a dell 2412... im not really sure i want to buy it for one time calibration...

is there any free/much cheaper options, that could be used to calibrate the monitor? (although i understand that it wouldnt be 100% correct)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New monitor
« on: April 27, 2012, 11:58:07 AM »
Thanks for links/ideas.

Another question:

Once I buy a monitor, I need to calibrate, right? What is the easiest way to do it? (I know there are special calibrators, but i dont want to buy it for a one time job)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New monitor
« on: April 27, 2012, 10:27:30 AM »
Ive read around abit, and Im looking at Dell 2410 and 2412 at the moment.
As i understand, the biggest difference between them two is the wider color gamut of 2410, but the question is if I will need it?

I will watching movies, playing games, general surfing, as well as photo editing from RAW from my newly bought 60D. If I am going to view most of the pictures I take on the computer (and send to other to view on their screens), and print only once in a while, do I need wider color gamut or will sRGB do?

(Other than that I think I 2412 will suit me well (it even has better response time)
(unless you can think of some reasons why not?))

P.S. 2412 only has DVI connection, but i could use HDMI to DVI cable to connect and get 1200p?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / New monitor
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:32:00 AM »
Hello,

I am looking into buying a general purpose monitor, which I would also use to edit photos, gaming and HD movies.

At the moment i have Asus G73 laptop, which has one of the best screens on a laptop, LED backlit 1080p  (according to reviews), so I definitely would want something as good and probably better.

Could you advise me on:

1) the best choice for ~22-24" 1080p monitor


Question:
As my laptop only has HDMI output, am I able to connect 1200p or 1440p monitors?
If yes, then, please advise if getting 1440p screen is worth it (I saw 27" Dell is ~500-600 pound, so much more then standard 1080p)

So if yes, please advise on:
2) the best choice for 22-24" 1200p monitor

3) the best choice for 24+ 1440p+ monitor (for this, price/quality ratio is important :))


Initially I wanted to spend up to ~200 pounds on it, but then I though, as I will be using it everyday, and wont be getting second monitor in the near future, and be using laptops 1080p as well, I thought that I could probably invest more into it, and spend ~500 pounds, if the difference can really be seen, and the resolution really makes a big difference.

I hope you understood my concerns, and thank you for your answers:)

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EOS Bodies / Re: How many actuations on your Canons?
« on: April 10, 2012, 12:22:54 PM »
Remind me never to buy a body from any of you. :)
Exactly my thoughts :D - although they will look perfect and well kept (probably :) ) on the outside, in the inside shutter has done a billion ups and downs :D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR handling tips
« on: March 30, 2012, 05:54:19 AM »
Thanks for your suggestions

One thing I shouldve told you is that even I am new to DSLR photography, I am reading internet/forums/magazines/books about photography, and I used manual settings on my girlfriends bridge camera, so a know a bit to start with. Also, I have ordered all the the accessories i will need in the beginning - extra battery, SD cards (sandisk extreme), strap, bag, lens cover, filter, cheap diffuser, cleaning cloth etc. I am just waiting for 60D + 15-85 to arrive

As for the second lens, i will get 50mm 1.8 soon, but first i just want to get familiar with the camera.

Tips that i want from you, is probably simple things you use everyday with your DSLR, but new person might do the same thing differently, and if he does it for a long period, he might not be able/want to switch to correct/faster way of doing thing :)

As someone mentioned grip, i think i will skip it for the time being. Will see later if i need it or not.

Anything else you can think of (like formating SD in camera, or suggested settings) please share :)

Also, is there any way that all those auto modes (portrait, landscape etc.) could be used as custom functions (there is only one in 60D, so adding more would be very useful)


P.S. I have read 60d manual

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / DSLR handling tips
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:09:43 PM »
Hi,

I am getting 60D in couple of days and I wanted to ask if you could share some tips on DSLR handling for a beginner. Things, that I could start using right in the beginning, so I wouldn't learn doing something the long or inconvenient way, or even incorrectly.

For instance, i read in this forum about using AF button to focus, and then shutter only to take pictures (is this possible in 60D?).

Also, that I cant delete photos on camera - better to do that on the computer by formatting the card (is that right?).

Things that seems obvious to you, might not be so obvious to a new user, so if you have a particular way of doing something, which is faster or more convenient, please share it:)

Thanks!

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