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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 04:40:18 PM »
The children in the design department at Canon do stupid things and this time they did exactly what I feared... they removed the zoom +/- from the right side just like they did in the 5D II... HOW STUPID IS THAT? Having to reach to the other side of the camera to review a picture is pure stupidity when you use the big lenses like 500mm f4 etc. I hope the lever by the joystick is going to do just that.

The question is ... why remove something useful that did not imply extra buttons etc? They should let you chose any function for any button and that would solve the problem in a way.

The other improvement I hope for is the AUTO ISO function with ISO bracketing plus the multiple exposures.

And by the way... a grip with a joystick ... is that too much to ask?

Cheers

Take a deep breath and relax!!! :).  I just set the "Set" button to 100% mag, and voila, everything is done with the right hand :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: July 03, 2014, 09:36:07 AM »
I was initially sad to see this happen.  But reflecting upon what's at hand, this is the logical thing to do.  They're doing to photos what they did to video with FCPX.  Except, they wanted to avoid the FCP X debacle about releasing half-baked "pro" editor when they had to rewrite the code from the ground up. 

There will be some growing pains for sure, but in the long term, it will be good.  There will be plenty of inter-platform compatibility, something that's not present at the moment because of the original programs were written before cross-platform is viable.

The API extensions will be a boon for developers as well.  it will spur competition and creativity.  Al this extensions will live inside Photo app.  So I'm hopeful :).

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As always, when it comes to technical matters, Neuro is spot on :).  You can often get away with focus recompose on 2.8, but when you try shooting at 1.4, it's not very forgiving.

That was an issue when I had the 6D.  But with the 5D3, that all goes away by using the outer point for composing so that even if I have to recompose, it's minimal movement.

Now that I know how to properly do this, I'm trying to learn how to do this manually on the 6D.  So I got myself the Eg-S screen that allows me to see the thinner DOF.  It's quite amazing to see in person how focus-recompose alters the focus point as you move (as Neuro said, it's just a matter of geometry, simple as that).  So what I'm learning is just the right amount of focus-recompose-move my neck back :).  Definitely a better keeper rate that way.  Works great for portrait at thin DOF this way.

However, with moving kids... forget it.  This is where the 41 X point AF on the 5D3 saves the day.  Just put it on servo ai, keep that focus point on the eye, and hit the shutter button when the expression is just right.  I imagine it's even more glorious on the 1Dx :).  But I can't / don't want to swing that kind of cash right now :).

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tempting :).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:55:05 AM »
If you don't shoot wider than 2.8, then you don't need a prime.  The 24-70II is as good / better in many ways.  It's sharp wide open.

Unless you do wide angle landscape stuff, then 24-70II and eventually the 70-200II will cover most of your need.  I have the Tamron 70-200VC, and that worked great for me as well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 02, 2014, 12:41:41 AM »
You don't need it with the 41 cross point.  You just move the point to where you want it to focus and that's it.  For moving subjects like kids, I put it on AI Servo, and I'm good most of the time, even with the Sigma 85 1.4

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Lighting / Re: Cheetah Light CL-180 vs Canon 600ex-rt
« on: June 01, 2014, 05:19:18 AM »
I have the 360 and it's about 2 stops more than the 600EX RT.  If you don't venture beyond manual much, then it's a great option.

Another great and less costly option is the V850, or the V860 if you need some TTL.  For the price of 1 600EX RT, you can get 3 V850, and not have to mess with batteries, and battery packs.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 01, 2014, 05:06:14 AM »
I have both.  6D is great for travel as well because of the built in GPS.

If you don't shoot with FAST primes at wide open (1.4 or so), then 6D is perfectly fine.  I love shooting portrait at 14 and the 41 cross point AF makes that endeavor much easier :).

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 15, 2014, 05:28:17 PM »
Went on a retreat to Sizewell Hall in Suffolk, UK this past weekend


Calm by BoneDC, on Flickr

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FWIW, your post does indicate some condesencion on your part.  Photography is not an easy business to crack into. 

Much of your success in life will be related more to your ability to deal with people, albeit customers / clients, vendors, or just pretty much anyone you meet or have a relationship with.  Learn this skill well, and learn to serve your customers and clients.  In time, this will pay off.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:24:09 PM »
Sounds like gear envy to me :)

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:38:02 PM »
Still i find it somewhat odd that you would need three pro slrs and a dozen L lenses to photography your kids running round the house , that however you look at it is a complete waste of money and kit. I wager that the person in question does some other work with it too ;

That's not odd at all, I have shot concerts, weddings, pitch dark stuff, studio lit stuff, sports and NOTHING comes close to how difficult it is shooting kids playing, and I don't say that as a joke. Small flat faces with low contrast and bright colored clothes running in completely random motion and very unpredictable. You can't sit them down and ask them to smile, you have to be always ready, and for me the AF system of the 1dX is the only one that gives me those fun fast action shots time and time again. And for the fast shutter, a fast lens with great AF is needed. I could go on..


...Awesome.  I have to use this one next time I have an itch to get a 1DX.   :)

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6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 07:56:38 AM »
Beautiful images!  Just returned from a 10 day Mediterranean cruise myself with the 6D, and I find it to be plenty :).  It's nice having the GPS also.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:53:14 PM »
Like yourself, I would consider myself an entrance amateur. I decided to stick with the Tamron after having both the time on and the Canon Mark II with me for at least one week and shoot side-by-side. Again, the Canon is a little bit better, but it is not $500 better. What swayed me toward getting the Tamron also is because when I travel around Europe, I would like to have a black lens and not a white lens that would attract even more potential fees.

I just shot a wedding of almost 700 people in attendance this past weekend. I could not be any happier with my Tamron. It performed flawlessly. I was up at iso 2000 through 25,600 most of the time due to the low light condition.  If you do any lowlight events like these, you definitely need 2.8.

One thing I noticed though, is that this lens is big. So, in retrospect, I don't think it makes a difference whether this is a white lengths or a black lens, because it's just a honkin  big lens.

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Photography Technique / Re: Tips for using CPL
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:40:42 AM »
In general, underexposing will give you more vibrant colors.  So try underexposing by 1-2 stops, and you'll see more vibrant looking sky :)

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