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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:22:34 AM »
I keep two copies on separate external hard drives.

Canon General / Re: How do you store your gear?
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:09:38 AM »
In my gun safe.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:27:58 PM »
ok, so I guess this is in answer to nikon's new cheap full frame offering. Ho-hum, i'm a little bored. I am waiting for an upgrade to my 5D II but wasn't really WOW'd with the mkIII. And now this.
Anyways, why would it be the same sensor as the mark II?? I mean seriously, that sensor is what, 6 years old? And although it is a marvelous sensor why in the world would they put it in a new model camera? I would have to say "of course it will be a new sensor"

Get yourself a UDMA card and a UDMA card reader, and then watch your card load to your computer faster than you can imagine! I will never go back to anything less. Shop around, cheap prices are out there. The UDMA card reader even down loads my non-UDMA cards faster than before. i swear!!

Lighting / Re: Bar Mitzvah lighting suggestions
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:52:34 PM »
I dont know the lighting rules for Bar Mitsvahs but for the situations that you will be using lighting, for example your scenario in taking family photos, your thoughts are in the right direction. Since you already have a 580 I feel that you can get away with renting 1 more 580, two light stands and preferrably a couple of soft boxes, although umbrellas will do fine. This way you can light up the group with the 2 stands and fire them with a camera mounted transmitter. No flash required on camera with the stands. Your 24-105 will work fine for these shots. As far as renting other lenses, you need to consider your lighting in areas where flash will not be allowed. Your 85 will work good in dimly lit areas and be great for portraits, with or although flash. I understand you are on a budget so my recommendations are based on that. Since I own a flash bracket I would use it for this event. But still have it set up to bounce whenever possible. You may want to consider renting one of these as well but that all depends on your budget and ask yourself what are you going to be doing with these photographs. In other words, how important is it to achieve the absolute best results and at what cost.
As far as prints go, I use Mpix and have had good results with Adorama's services as well.
I hope all goes well!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with 5DmkIII sensor at high ISO?
« on: March 30, 2012, 01:10:32 PM »
Hey Stephen, I really dig that second photo you posted!

For the sports shooters that want faster than 1/250 shutter speed as minimum, what is your application?

With the feature set of the 5DII, I would always shoot sports in shutter priority (Tv) (which can be fixed to as fast as 1/8000).  Now with the flexibility of AutoISO in manual mode (M), I also have ability to fix the shutter speed and the aperture while leaving AutoISO to compensate for changes in lighting.

Now with the 5DIII, I would use the minimum shutter speed in Aperture mode, which I would use for events not sports.  The minimum shutter speed would safely ensure that I don't have blurry pictures as my subjects will not not moving fast.

This sums it up well, and if I may add..
Why would you need such a high "minimum" shutter speed? A minimum setting is just that, setting a LOW point. This is to prevent those blurry pics while in Av mode.

Why would anyone shoot sports or any other action shots in Av mode? Most would use Tv and set a good shutter speed to catch action with the option of letting the camera auto adjust ISO.

But wait, now we have changing lighting conditions and are afraid that the auto ISO won't be enough...Since I may not be thinking about light, Do I actually have to check my exposure and adjust my high dollar camera, which has infinitesimal adjustments in it, turning a knob here and dial there to get a good exposure?? NOOOOO! Just put it in the green box! Yes, now the camera will do everything and I don't have to think about what it's doing, and since you can now buy a cheaper camera that comes with a green box you will save money. Bonus! it will even come with a flash...

I also like that auto ISO has been included in M mode on the mkIII. And FYI on the mkII the ISO is not "locked" at 400, it is automatically set to 400. You can adjust it to whatever you want.

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