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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 :)

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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. :)

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:15:19 PM »
I still don't see wedding photographers using more than entry level camera bodies, I've certainly never seen a 1D.

You need to get out more. I don't know of any seasoned pros that are using entry level gear. Amateurs and newbies are (for good reason).

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Software & Accessories / Re: To filter or not to filter
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:18:35 PM »
No filters are used to protect my lenses. Unless I am out shooting in sand or something where I figure that I need protection from the elements. I often use a circular polariser or ND filter though but that has nothing to do with protection. I used to use b+w uv filters for protection but one day realised that they were unnecessary for my style of shooting.

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Very well written unfocused! It is one of the best responses I've seen for a long long time!

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Lenses / Re: RLPhotos first impressions of the 16-35mm f/4L - Video
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:08:50 AM »
Great review. My 17-40 is being sold tomorrow and I'm just itching to take out my new 16-35 f4. Also thank-you for mentioning that tripods aren't allowed everywhere. Some people just don't seem to understand that point. The 16-35 seems to be better in every scenario so I'm already thinking I made the right choice. Thanks again for the effort you put into making these videos.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:00:11 AM »
I hope it is a really great camera, and sets some new standards.  Will I switch?  Nope.  I love the competition that will make things better for us all.

Frankly I wish Nikon well, but I'm not that interested in what they do.  To be honest, I have a lot invested in lenses, bodies, giizmos, etc., and I spend a lot of time and effort improving my photographic skills.  What I have discovered is that it isn't the hardware that is my limiting factor. 

Improvements in technology will help me get better, but so far, my beloved 5DIII, pooped on or not, still has plenty of head room for me to improve.

sek

+1

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Seems a bit of a stretch. I wouldn't mind a camera in the 45ish MP range however. But others have said that's definitely not enough focus points!  ;D What are these? Focus points for ants? It needs to be at least 3 times bigger!

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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 24, 2014, 03:34:15 AM »
Sharpness is important and for sharp pictures you need the right gear. But what do you need most for sharp pictures?

* exact focusing,
* optimal aperture,
* either fast shutter speed or heavy tripod,
* clear sunlight or flash,
* if available big format (the bigger the better, film or sensor is unimportant)
* and experience in developing and printing (unimportant whether files or film).

Lens design is only one factor, perhaps a minor one, most important in case of the lens is, that it is perfectly centered and adjusted to the camera.

Don't forget correct exposure and optimal contrast play a part in sharpness. There are plenty of people who don't need or want lenses so sharp but I'd rather have mine sharp and have to soften it in post (which I'll never do) than to need it sharper and not be able to.

Having said that, I do agree with the OP that sharpness is by no means the only characteristic people should be looking at when choosing a lens. There are many more factors that go into that decision and in the end it's up to the individual to decide if it's worth it.

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If the 5DIV releases next summer that will be a neat and tidy average for the 5D lifecycle.
I'd love it to be the case. I have the 5d2 and the upgrade to the 3 wasn't worth it to me so the mark 4 will definitely be on my radar.

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