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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:18:15 AM »
Lift the 30 minute limit for video recording, at least in the US. It should record until it runs out of memory or battery power.

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Wedding Photographer here. I don't like removing cards on a shoot. I load each camera (5DIII) with a pair of 64 Gig cards. I write raw files to both cards. I can shoot all day without the need to change cards or batteries. I don't even think about either any more. Day before a wedding, I wipe down each camera, recharge batteries and format the cards. While at the wedding I never remove or format cards.

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600 EX RTs. I use 4 of them. It's a great system that is much easier/faster to use then external radios.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How big do you print?
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:28:50 AM »
I just received a request to resize a 3 megapixels photo shot with a point and shoot to a 96" x 96" wall portrait. The printing company wants a 200 dpi uncompressed tiff. So I used  Genuine Fractals and photoshop to resize and sharpen it. The resulting photo was 386 megapixels and 1.02GB in size. That is the largest file I have ever worked with and yes the resulting images will be very soft.

The largest single print I have ever done is 60' long, it was a building sign.

Most of work is 20x30 and smaller, usually much smaller.

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To start with I don't like the 50mm 1.4 at all. When you are wide open it is very soft. No sharpness anywhere in the images. I had one for a time but sold it. I get much sharper results from my Sigma 85 1.4.

As to macro lens or spacers I see opinions posted here with nothing to back it up. If your going to say that a macro is better, you need to say why it is better. Frankly I don't think it is better. Are your you going to get better depth of field with a macro lens? No, are you going to get a sharper image with a macro lens? No.

Are you really going to carry a macro lens around all day just to get a few ring shots? It takes me 30 seconds to set up a ring shot with an extension tube. I install the tube, crank up the ISO to 6400, turn the lens to F11, set manual focus and zoom my 24-70 to 70mm. Now I am ready to shoot macro and I did not have to go get a different lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d MkIII reliability
« on: September 04, 2013, 05:53:40 PM »
I've shot 54 full weddings (average 2000 shots per event) and many smaller events on my pair of 5DIII's. A couple of times I have had a body lock up on me but was fixed by pulling the battery out. I have done a few weddings in light rain without problems. Over all I am very happy.

Something totally surprising to me, is I have not yet cleaned either sensor. When I was shooting Nikon, I had to clean the sensors every 4-5 weddings. I have not changed the number of lens changes (I shoot the ceremony with 24-70 and 70-200, I shoot the reception with 24-70 and 85 1.4. The 24-70 comes off for ring photos at every event.  I shoot the same way but I have no problems at all with the sensors getting dirty.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:37:11 PM »
I moved to Canon from Nikon in early 2012. I have shot exactly 50 weddings plus assorted other shoots over the last year an 1/2 with my pair of 5DIII's. The very first wedding it was raining all day. Most weddings are dry but I have had many weddings on hot days including an all outdoor weddings at 110 degrees. Talk about a lot of sweat! Never had any problem with either camera. When I am not shooting, I keep the camera's and lenses in a roller bag. I occasionally toss into the bag those little silica packets to keep the air in the bag dry. 

Here is a shot from the very first wedding that I did as a Canon shooter, yes that was rain I was shooting in....

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I have 4 of the 600 ex rt's and use them for my wedding work. I have one on each body and I use 1 or 2 on stands. They work great and I have never had one overheat. 

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Canon General / Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« on: June 24, 2013, 11:25:39 AM »
I keep everything in a think tank roller bag. All the equipment stays in the bag all time. The day before a wedding, I recharge all the batteries, format the cards, clean the bodies and set the clocks.

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Win 8, ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard
i7 3930 6 core processor overclocked to 4.3ghz, w/water cooler,
32gig ram
NEC Pa271W 27" calibrated display
GTX570 graphics board
120G SSD, 6 TB internal storage.

Runs great for photoshop. For lightroom I can never have enough speed!

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United States / Re: USA photo liability insurance
« on: June 11, 2013, 07:20:00 PM »
I use "The Hartford" it costs under $700 a year, includes coverage for $20K equipment and $1,000,000 in liability. Their number is 866-467-8730.

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Canon General / Re: Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:43:01 AM »
I would love a 35-85mm 1.4 for wedding work.

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Software & Accessories / Re: GoPro Video and Helicopters
« on: May 12, 2013, 12:04:57 PM »
Graupner is no longer manufacturing props. They were good props but expensive. DJI (they make the frame, motors and flight computer) has a history of making cheap props that fail in flight resulting in many crashes. DJI recently released a new, 1038 prop that is both flexible and strong. You can bend them and they don't snap. They are also easy to balance. They only cost $3 each and I have been really happy with them. In flight failure seems to have been resolved with this prop. They are working every bit as good as the Graupners were.

Another thing DJI has done is provide new software for the Naza motor controller. With the new 3.01 software loaded if a single motor or prop fails (6 and 8 rotor configurations only), the controller will still allow for a controlled landing. With intelligent orientation turned on it is also possible to bring the helicopter back to home before landing. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: GoPro Video and Helicopters
« on: May 11, 2013, 09:42:24 PM »
For kite video and photos, I would use an 808 Keychain camera. Quality is a bit lower than the gopro but hey are only $40 and weigh just 18 grams.

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Software & Accessories / Re: GoPro Video and Helicopters
« on: May 11, 2013, 05:11:37 PM »
For aerial video the Hero 3 is a good starting point. The video quality is ok especially for just playing around. The Hero 3 is not a good choice for aerial photos. I don't have a way to switch the camera from taking video to taking stills. With the Sony NEX 5N I can switch between photos and video from the ground with the flip of a switch on my transmitter, through an LED remote sitting in front of the camera. With the Hero I can grab stills from the video, but I can get a much higher quality photos from the APS C sensor in the Sony in both still and video modes. There is also a lot of fisheye with the hero that becomes distracting.

I believe putting a good quality camera in the air has some interesting possibilities such as real estate work, I've also does a few large group photos from the air. There is some question as to how legal it currently is in the US, but Obama has given a directive to the FAA to formally allow drones for commercial use in the USA by 2015. Currently most other countries around the world allow for drone use on commercial work. Many of the tv and movie shots are now being done using these types of small RC helicopters.

Here is a photo of helicopter I am using now...

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