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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 09, 2014, 11:44:29 PM »
i've been using the sony a7r since it came out. prob shot 1000 images.. havent had any problems at all.

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i bought the a7r and the 55mm f1.8 lens along with the metabones adapter for canon lenses.

i havent had a chance to really take many photos, that should change this weekend. But here are my initial impressions.

Its a VERY different camera than my 5dmk3.. the feel and the approach to taking pictures with it is different. The view finder and screen on the back are very very clear and detailed. the 55mm f1.8 lens is amazingly sharp and clear. it focuses very quickly.. fast enough for very fast sports? probably not.. normal every day stuff? yes definitely.

I've seen many people in the forums complain about slow focus speeds and only being able to shoot on a tripod.. i've not had that problem or seen those issues with the sony 55mm lens.. its works fine even in low light... as long as you pick the proper focusing mode and work with the focusing points.

with the metabones adapter i was pleasantly surprised.. yes it slower than sony lenses.. but autofocus works (i've heard it doesnt work with the 50mm f1.4 or the 24-105f4) but it does work very well. it takes between 1 sec and 2 sec to get proper focus.. but from my usage its tact sharp. (i've only tried with the 16-35mm f2.8L lens)
yes it does work better on a tripod, but handheld shots are doable.

my only real complaint is the battery life.. you get about 300 shots per battery.. with the metabones adapter and canon lenses battery seems to drain a little faster.

as for image quality.. its stunning.. from my informal tests DR is better than the 5dmkIII, images are sharper than the 5dmkIII with the same lens. (i did some basic comparisons with the 16-35mmL lens) RAW files hover around 28-30megs .. which is reasonable.

will i be selling my canon gear any time soon? nope.. but its a great addition.
the 5dmk3 is an amazing all around swiss army knife of a camera. the a7r .. is more specialized.. it makes you go slower.. plan your shots more.. and really think about what youre doing. i've been very impressed.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF on Sony A7R field notes
« on: February 02, 2014, 07:26:36 PM »
i too have been using an a7r with a metabones adapter and canon lenses.

So far i've been very impressed. Focusing is slow but not as slow as i expected. it takes about 1 sec to 2 sec to get a focus lock.. not good enough for action shots but perfectly fine for portraits or landscapes. i havent had much time to take really good shots.. but here is one with the 16-35mm L lens.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrellrhodesmiller/11693761616/#

as for camera handling.. it "feels" very different from my 5dmkIII.. battery life is pretty terrible.. you get about 300 shots per battery.. its small and light.. buttons and dials are nice.. but very different from canons interface.. HDR is a pain, without the option to take 3 consecutive bracketed shots quickly, you have to press the shutter each time. filesize for raw is surprisingly small for being 36mp.

VERY loud shutter, but i kind of like it..

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIV, 7DII and future of upgrades
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:36:17 PM »
i bought a 5Dmk3 right when it came out and upgraded from a rebel. i really think this will be the last DSLR i buy.. it really does amazing things, it really has all the megapixels i need, and plenty of low light capability. i wish it had GPS and maybe wireless functionality.. but more than anything i wish it was smaller and lighter. i do mostly portraits and street photography.. i dont want a camera that draws a lot of attention or intimidates the person i'm trying to take pics of. the 5dmk3 is an AMAZING camera.. but when i whip it out.. people take notice..

i'm really curious to see how canon (if canon) tries to compete with the sony a7 and a7r.. and the olympus OMD..

there will always be a need for a fast focusing powerhouse camera.. i wont sell my 5d mk3 anytime soon.. but i think the real advances will be in other directions..

there is a lot of good things to come..

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark III or 6d or stick with 7d
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:26:32 PM »
i went from a 7D to a 5dmk3 about 6 months ago. i was never happy with the amount of noise of the 7D, i really think i might have had a bad copy.. it seemed high even for a 7D. if you can afford a 5d mk 3, i couldnt be more happy. autofocus is amazing, low light/high iso is very good. its an expensive camera, but worth the investment if you do low light or need fast autofocus of moving subjects

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on the surface you might not see much of a difference between 3.6->4 or 5.. but the underlying technology has been improved quite a bit. From what i understand.. and what i've seen.. the image processing underneath has changed. like someone else has mentioned, you have far more control over shadows and highlights.. you also have far better noise reduction and sharpening. The healing brush in v5 is much improved also. The radial tool is great for vignettes and enhancing just certain parts of an image.

even with all these enhancements, ultimately its up to you. all these products have 30 day demos. give the demo a try.. but i encourage you not to just load the software up and continue using it the way you use v 3.6.. dig deep. get on the adobe site, youtube or whatever resources you have.. to really see what has changed.. and what the improvements are. if they are nothing you need or use.. no point in upgrading.. but if you find the new enhancements useful.. and give you the ability to push your work in a new direction it might be worth the time and money.

there are plenty of people out there that drive cars 20+ yrs old.. and they see no point in upgrading .. same goes or this. there are plenty of people out there shooting very old cameras.. even shooting old film.. and they get the results they want.

you dont always have to stay on the edge.. and chase the new stuff.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 11, 2013, 11:13:19 PM »
i would start with lightroom.. its an amazing piece of software thats VERY powerful.. but all the power isnt apparent at first glance. (all adobe products seem to be that way) it'll take some time and patience to learn. Lightroom 5 has really improved on a lot. i've been a photoshop user since version 3.0.. i still use photoshop quite a bit.. but with each new release of lightroom, i find i have to use photoshop less and less. Unless you really want to get very artsy.. or really get into deep editing.. Lightroom will do all you need. my suggestion is to buy lightroom for 100.00 or whatever its on sale for now.. and spend 20.00 for a lynda.com subscription.. and go through their Lightroom 5 essentials class. in about 4 hours (its broken into 5-10min lessons) you'll learn everything you need to know about lightroom. its worth the time and money.

photoshop elements is great. it has a few advantages over lightroom but unless you plan to really get deep into editing.. you wont need them. Photoshop has a far better healing brush and stamp tool than lightroom. these tools are used to hide blemishes.. and remove things from images.. like wires and telephone polls.. there are other things.. but i'd start with lightroom.. once you full learn lightroom and feel like yu've really hit a wall.. and you want to do things you just cant do in lightroom.. then look into photoshop elements or something else.

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i have both the 70-200mm f2.8 mkII and the 85mm f1.8.
the 70-200 is a great lens.. but attracts a lot of attention and is big and heacy. the 85mm f1.8 is great for when you want to stay fairly unnoticed. its autofocus is incredibly fast. its an incredibly sharp lens. i bought mine used. if i am shooting people or concerts its pretty much my goto lens

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from the Rebel XSi: Perpetual indecision
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:51:43 PM »
i used an xsi for about 4 yrs.. then upgraded to a 7d used it for 2 yrs.. then to a 5d mk III.
i will always have a special place in my heart for my xsi. great camera!

i took some great shots with the 7D.. but i was never really happy with it.. i always felt like the images were noisier than they should be. it really does perform well for sports or action photography.. but i rarely shot that type of thing. it was just the wrong tool for the job for me.

i shoot a lot of street/natural light portraits.. and a lot of bands in dark bars... a full frame was the right choice for me.. i couldnt be happier with the 5d mk III.. its truly an amazing camera.. focusing.. noise level.. its amazing.. the only complaint i have is the price. When i bought it, it was priced incredibly high. if your'e patient you can find one for about 2500.00 these days.. which is what is fair.. if the 6D was out when i was looking for a camera i would have seriously taken a look at it.

basically it comes down to each tool is a little different. you really need to take a look at what you really love shooting.. and what you really are passionate about.. all these cameras are perfectly capable. all can take the shots you want.. they just have different feature sets.

you can always rent them before you buy to try them out.. lensrentals and borrowlenses.com are great.




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i really like stuff by crumpler.. its a little expensive.. but very nicely made and doesnt look like a camera bag.. so great for traveling. i find what i want on their website.. then try to find it used on ebay to save money.

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i have a 5D mk3 and its one of my favorite features.. i dont use it all the time.. but indoors.. or at quiet events its great. i think the only real downside is a slower burst rate.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Worth getting an SD card for 5D3?
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:36:34 PM »
i've really gotten in the habit of using SD cards in my 5d mk III. yes burst rate isnt as fast.. but i rarely shoot sports or anything fast.. its just about convienience. my mac has a built in sd card slot. its just easy to pop the sd card out of the camera and stick it directly in my laptop. nothing to plug in or dig for in my bag.

when i do need fast burst rates.. yes CF cards are a better choice and you can tell the difference.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Software worth it?
« on: April 07, 2013, 04:26:21 PM »
its absolutely worth the 129.00

the noise reduction plugin is great...
colorFX and silverFX are both amazing..
HDR Pro 2 is the best HDR software out there.

when you buy the software you get more than the plugins, you also get their training.. their training videos are amazing.. the software is very user friendly, but there is a lot of power under the surface... Their training is by real photographers showing their workflow and technique. i highly recommend it.

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if you do mainly landscapes.. the 16-35L is one heck of a lens.. but i wouldnt call it a standard zoom. the 17-40mm F4 zoom is another great lens and is about 600.00

for a standard zoom.. and a standard lens you cant get better than the 24-105mm F4.. its a great every day lens.. does great at landscapes .. and everything else.


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Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:43:30 PM »
the 70-200mm range is a really nice range for portraits.. the F4 or the F2.8 lens are both very good lenses you couldnt go wrong with either. i'm surprised no one has mentioned the 24-105mm f4 L lens. its another very versatile lens.

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