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Glass has gotten better, film no longer exits.

Speak for yourself, I ran a roll of Kodak through my Pentax MX last week :) It is excellent DSLR detox

Yes...but...what was the shadow noise of the film like, and could it compare to Exmor?  ;D

It was amazing, I pushed the shadows a full five stops and no banding what so ever was visible! I'm so switching to film!

Yes, the colours come out like that

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: Today at 12:27:42 PM »

From the Plym river valley in southwest England

Why would he need a post office every day? Surely you stick the stamps and customs declaration on the padded envelope and drop in a mailbox? You can't really send that many packets through tracked mail. The other obvious option is to burn DVDs with the photos. Sure you may need to do four a day but they are cheaper than thumb drives and probably at less risk of getting crushed. It also means you can pick up spindles of DVD-rs in whichever country you are in, most places will have them readily available in supermarkets, electronic stores etc. If you want to be extra safe buy a couple of laptop hard drives and an external drive enclosure and send a drive home using tracked mail every two weeks or something in addition to thumb drives.

Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:37:27 AM »
I tried BBF for a while but could never really get on with it but I did like the ability to stop AF when in servo mode so it is now set up for AF stop instead and that has worked really well for me.

Obviously the answer is yes, but is also a lot more complicated than that. What monitor are you running and what is your colour profile? What is your working space in lightroom?

Glass has gotten better, film no longer exits.

Speak for yourself, I ran a roll of Kodak through my Pentax MX last week :) It is excellent DSLR detox

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:42:57 AM »
I would possibly buy one but only if it came with features to make it better than the 1DIV as it is expected to land at roughly the same price new vs used.  I don't really know what it would take to convince me though.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f4 IS vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:51:38 AM »
How does the tamron compare to the canon 2.8 v1? The tamron is meant to be sharper but how is af and accuracy in comparison?

I use FTM sometimes when the focus  goes funny due to distractions, especially when there's a fence for example. Back buttons are set up for AF stop

EOS Bodies / Re: B & H is already selling 7D Mark II Accessories
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:08:06 PM »
If it was going to go the whole 1D direction (urgh, sorry) it would have a proper card door, proper eye cup and the diopter on that side would be replaced with the blackout lever. How much of this really makes it into a 7D II is anyones guess but I would be pretty confident they'd put a proper door on it if they were serious about it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:15:55 PM »
So DPAF will be the savior??

And what about for video where they took the world by storm with the 5D2? So they sit around and wait until 2017 to put out a 5 series that does 4k (and has reasonable built-in usability features and built-in 1080p RAW)? Canon will be so beyond and afterthought by that crowd by then it won't even be funny.

But how big and profitable is that crowd really? What you are forgetting is the entire eco system available and in that respect canon is brilliant. Just look at the C100, who in their right mind would buy that thing when you look at the specs on paper? Yet it sells pretty well for what it is. Maybe canon has decided the enthusiast VDSLR market isn't big enough to invest lots of money on, especially when they have a cinema line. This obviously does nothing to the appeal for the vast majority of people buying a canon camera and have heard the video is good. These are the middle class moms who want to film their kids school play and if they go frivolous they might get a XXXD camera. DPAF is likely to be more important that the right codecs or 4K for what they make their money on, i.e. entry level cameras.

The 5DII kickstarted this and laid the foundation for canon to be successful in video. Sure they aren't selling many C500 but the C300 seems to be the defacto standard in reality TV and given the majority of the programming available is in that genre Canon may actually be on to a winner.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 17, 2014, 04:42:04 PM »
pfft, it doesn't even have IS.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 16, 2014, 12:01:20 PM »
When people say the 24-105 isn't sharp, they are comparing to other high end offerings and it is worth bearing in mind you can now find them for less than a third of the 24-70 II. My copy is very sharp 24-70mm wide open but after that the IQ drops a little. The f4 is sharp enough for most people but f4 may be a little limiting in some situations. Maybe the Tamron 24-70 is an option?

Lenses / Re: Lens setup for wedding photography
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:27:55 PM »
I would suggest the 10-22, 50 and leave the 100mm in a bag unless you are very far off the bride and groom during speeches, in church etc. I wouldn't take the 70-200 as it isn't an IS lens and it is massive and very conspicuous. I'd leave the kit lens at home and focus on the wider angle shots. The 50 will be perfect for getting some nice shots of various friends etc. Take the flash but leave it in the bag with the 100mm if you can.

As for the official photographer, there are two ways to really go about it. First and best solution is to have a friendly chat with him (or her) and say you want to get a few photos of the evening but that you will stay out of the way. Second is to just stay out of the way and not draw too much attention. A rebel with a 10--22 or 50 1.8 will not draw attention but if you stick the 70-200 on it will. As for flash, just use the pop up flash, it will work pretty well for some light fill.

Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:43:08 AM »
Speaking of mastering, when you've got the hang of reverse engineering a light set up go look at works of the classical masters, i.e. paintings. You can learn a lot from the light in a Rembrandt painting for example

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