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Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: October 10, 2014, 12:21:55 AM »
I haven't forgotten.  The cameras are simply tools and the better the tool, the easier it is for me to get my job done.  For those who think it's all about the person behind the camera, well, that's partly true.  The thing is, you'd likely rather use a 5D3 to do the job as opposed to a 10D (or at least I sure do for what I shoot).  Yes, you can get the shot but it will likely look nicer and will be immensely easier to get it with some tools rather than others.  So no, when I'm in places and circumstances wherein it is now easier for me to get my shot (and it looks better too), I don't at the time think "wow, this is much less work and a little more fun" but there have been times afterwards that I have.

Great response!

Software & Accessories / Re: Hello Windows 10
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:38:52 PM »
I really don't get the hate for windows 8. Once you understand how to use it it's way faster and better than previous windows systems. Windows 10 looks crap so far to me though. That combined metro/start menu looks horrid. Did a 2 year old design it for them? So far they haven't announced one feature that was interesting. If they decide to go with a subscription model then I'm gone. It's completely different for software worth many thousands of dollars to go that route. It made adobe products accessible to me and I've loved creative cloud so far. I won't touch office 365 either. I can't believe how many people don't realise how bad of a deal they are getting with that software.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:18:18 AM »
There's simply not enough reason to switch to a different company. Lens choice is great with canon and the equipment hasn't let me down so far. Sure there are certain other features that other camera manufacturers have that beat canon but canon's entire ecosystem is great and more than good enough for me to be able to capture great images consistently. The grass is not greener on the other side but it would cost me more.

Great discussion though. Having said that I'm not opposed to switching systems. I just don't see the need at this stage.

If I knew half what I knew now when I started I would have smacked myself upside the head. A few hours of study would have been far more useful.

This. I did vote for a slight improvement though because I started out with a 17-85 4-5.6 and before that I occasionally used my friends 350d with kit lens and I can tell you that my keeper rate went right up as soon as I got the 24-105 f4. There was certain low light scenarios that I just couldn't make work with the equipment that I had then.

To be brutally honest though most of my problems stemmed from a lack of understanding. I really didn't understand what was good light and what was poor. The lcd would tell me of course but it was all guess work. I had an understand of the basics but people don't grasp how much you have to understand to be able to get great shots in any situation. There really is a lot to learn.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:57:16 AM »
Looks good. Can't wait to see some sample images.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you need a really high ISO?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:43:06 PM »
One thing about high iso (from my understanding) is that it affects live view. The higher you go the more useful liveview will be at night or with dark nd filters. That may or may not matter to you but it's a nice bonus. But it doesn't matter so much for me in the traditional sense. I rarely need over 3200.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:31:46 AM »
Actually it's quite slow on a 5dmk3 body also. Super lens on a 1dx body, which focuses (drives the 85/1.2 II Ultra Sonic Motor) much faster because of the 11.1v battery compared to 5d's 7.2volt battery. I did some really simple focussing on some stuff when i received my 1dx and in my test setup (switching between targets at near and far distant) it was like 1.3 seconds on 1dx compared to 2 seconds on 5dmk3.
Great lens anyway!

Nice to know! Never realised that was the case as I thought it had more to do with the autofocus system itself.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:36:02 AM »
This is the key also having it on a 1d body makes a big difference. As for lens changes during an event just don't do it
Typically I'll leave my 85 on one body and have either the 16-35 or 35 1.4 on another  body depends on what is needed but generally I find indoor or night event 2 ff bodies with an 85 on one and 35 1.4 on the other a killer combo

I can second this statement. Putting the lens on a 1d3 really helped for me. When it's on my 5d2 it is infuriating how painfully slow this lens is. I'm sure it'd be great on a 5d3 though. I also second the part about having 2 bodies just in case. A black rapid double works really well in this case. YMMV.

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:22:19 AM »
Fortunately it is the same opinion as many others - including Canon  ;)

I'm putting money on the 7DII not having one.

That's one thing I'm not so sure on. It could go either way. It'll sure be interesting though to see what specs are actually correct and let's face it, it's a lot of fun to guess :)

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 16, 2014, 09:35:03 AM »
Another user here that is firmly in the camp of don't put a pop-up flash on my camera. Even for fill there are better alternatives.

There is no alternative if you don't have one with you.
Why the heck does the darn little flash hurt you guys so much? It won't break if you don;t use it. The fact you are worried about breaking almost hints that they you think you might find a use for it at times. And how does it break more easily than an external flash? If it breaks and you didn't want it anyway, who cares?
And NO it doesn't make you look like a cool, real pro to have no pop-up.

I don't know why you're having a go at me over expressing my opinion. I really don't care about a popup flash breaking as I'd never ever use it. It's something I don't ever want to have popup in the middle of a shoot or to ever worry about and as far as I'm concerned that space could be used for something more beneficial that I would actually need. I understand it's use on entry level bodies but once I discovered off camera lighting (including reflectors) or even bounce flash I really couldn't see a reason why something so harsh and direct  should ever be included in a pro body.

P.S. This is just my opinion and I have no problems with people finding a valid use for the popup flash. If you think it is absolutely critical to your work then I'll respect your point of view on the matter.

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:08:08 PM »
Another user here that is firmly in the camp of don't put a pop-up flash on my camera. Even for fill there are better alternatives.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 06, 2014, 07:25:48 PM »
I don't like the subscription model with no access to the adobe-files beyond end of payment. So I choose "never will" because that's what I do and what the company that I am working for will do too. We will look into other programs.

I always find that to be an interesting argument. You realise that as soon as you upgrade your camera, or even buy a new lens that it won't be supported by an older version of PS or Lightroom? Really the cost is pretty darn good for what you are getting. I understand that there are those who can't afford it, but really if you can't afford creative cloud now then how did you ever afford buying the older software outright anyway?

Site Information / Re: Critiques
« on: August 06, 2014, 07:16:37 PM »
The advantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image.

The disadvantage of posting an image for critique on the Internets Tubes forum is that anyone can give their opinion on the quality of the image. ;D

Getting critique from strangers about whom you know little about is of questionable value to me.

I would much rather get critique from people I personally know have experience, knowledge, and ability that goes beyond a post count on some internet forum.

This is so true. I've seen a lot of terrible critiques over the years. A lot of people just re-hashing what a professional said once without taking into consideration the context. To be honest you have to know who to ignore and who's statements should be carefully considered. It's about taking your ego out of the equation and asking yourself "is their advice valid"? Some people want to put all photography in a nice little boring box.

This is where I really like the idea of the SLR Lounge (or more recently fstoppers) setup. People create their own portfolios that are attached to their user profiles showing off only their best work. That way when someone gives a critique you can check out their portfolio to see if they really know what they are talking about. Of course even a newbie can give valid critique but I'm a lot more likely to listen to someone who is already creating what I want to create.

Site Information / Re: Critiques
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:22:36 AM »
I tend to agree with Privatebydesign. Few want honest critiques and are really just looking for praise/likes. I think honest critiques are the only way to go. As long as people can be honest without being rude I'd love to see some critiques happening. Just don't cry if you learn that you actually can improve. :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:42:40 PM »
I've been on since they announced to drop the price to $50 per month in Australia. Previously Adobe products were a complete rip-off in Australia but $50 a month is more affordable to me. My company pays for half that and I get to use any product I want at home and work (it can be installed on 2 machines). So far the protesters have been completely unjustified in my humble opinion as the price is reasonable and they keep adding new features. I've been very happy with the delivery system as well. Just one click to update any program I wish.

Really $10 a month for ps/lr is peanuts compared to other photography related costs. I'd say it's a must for any serious photography business.

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