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Photography Technique / Re: My wedding photography job.
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:26:11 PM »
Dear Surapon, I love you have a style all your own!  Do whatever works for you.

I am only half the man you are haha  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy a 1dx
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:35:16 PM »
Hi there,

Newbie here so apologies if this has already been asked before! Anyway, I've been using a 5d III for a year now and am looking to step up a gear tot eh 1DX. However, this is going to be a huge one time investment  and I don't want to get one then find out that the successor will be on the market in a few months. Do folks think it's better to hold off time maybe Easter?

Cheers,
Tim

What sort of upgrade is going from 5D3 to 1Dx going to give you?  Think in terms of what is it your gear does not let you accomplish and then start from there.  Or if you are just trying to relieve GAS pressure, then by all means haha

I went from 5D classic to 1Dx, so yes, that was an upgrade in pretty much every way measurable.

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Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:17:58 PM »
zoom ring in the front, focus ring behind like the 70-300L?

No thanks.  That's the one thing that kept me from getting the 70-300.  My wrist kept resting on the focus ring, shifting it ever so slightly as I racked the zoom in and out.

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Chasing after the "best" anything in the category of consumer electronics is like chasing after the wind.

Perhaps because I don't earn a dime from my hobby, ever dollar spent on camera gear really needs to come from disposable income.  $10k is too deep for my pockets!

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Lenses / Re: 50 f/1.2L problems applicable to 85 f/1.2L?
« on: October 27, 2014, 12:43:17 PM »
Do the same focus shift related issues that make the 50mm f/1.2L "controversial" apply to the 85mm f/1.2L?

I don't see the same warnings on the rental page for the 85mm L lens (Lens Rentals) that I see on the page for the 50mm L lens.

Thanks!

I wonder if having floating elements in the 85 and none in the 50 have anything to do with it...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:13:18 AM »
I haven't left Canon because it's my skill holding me back, not my gear.

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:06:10 PM »
I throw everything away less the warranty card, and sell off the lens pouches that come with it (even the big, nice ones that come with L tele zooms like the 70-200 2,8.

I think I'm the only one who does?   ???

I sold my 16-35 II two years ago w/o box on ebay, and it didn't sell for noticeably lower than boxed used lenses at the time of sale. 

Less boxes means more room for lenses, cameras, etc  ;D

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Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:51:12 PM »
+1 I will also wait for independent reviews. People like Bryan Carnathan and Ken Rockwell may have already pre-ordered their new 7D2.

Ken Rockwell?  Why wait for his review!  He's had his 7DII review completed since the camera was announced along with a side by side image quality comparison against 7DI, 5DIII, and the 1Dx

KR is the Chuck Norris of photography! :D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:24:57 PM »
Save 2 cameras for events and sports.

If you're backpacking great distances, bring as little as you possibly can get away with - 1 body with an UWA zoom, CF tripod, and lots and lots of batteries.  If you have a small backup that can share with your kit, bring that too if you can afford the weight. 

Use that extra space for more dry socks and underwear, seriously  ;D

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:52:18 PM »
UWA for groups of people can be tricky, and that's not what I used to use my 16-35 for.  Often times, folks at the edges of the frame can come out distorted, making them look wider than they should.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:44:02 PM »
No I've only tried on paper and wood based surfaces.

I think you'll find once you start using the grip, the bulge alone is sufficient

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No, in open fields it's solid - like you said +/- a few meters

But if I'm next to any multi-tier houses, in a downtown urban area, or underneath a canopy of trees, the readings are crazy.

I suppose elevation isn't a huge deal since I can always find my way back to a stop using long/lat, but I'm just OCD like that  8)

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Right, I've been checking for that in the preview occasionally.

It's just nuts though!  I have 3 pictures I took in my backyard, across 30sec, and 1 has a reading of 6m above sea level, the other is -18m, and the last is 1350m

 :o

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The GP-E1 is pretty nice, but I find that elevation readings can be totally bonkers in anything but the best conditions (outdoors with no trees or buildings).  When I contacted Canon, they informed me the "3D" satellite icon must be present for elevation readings, but this icon is hidden beneath many menus and button presses and can't easily be checked every time you want to take pictures.

So even when the GPS indicator is solid and not blinking, one can't be sure if elevation readings will be captured. 

I'd actually much rather prefer no readings to incorrect ones.

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Lenses / Re: Which Tilt/Shift lens to choose?
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:33:31 PM »
I really like the 24 since it turns into a versatile, super close focussing 38mm on my crop factor M

truth be told, checking for planes of focus is soooo much better with a touch screen.

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