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Photography Technique / Re: Superbowl Photo Help
« on: January 30, 2015, 06:07:28 PM »
Thanks for your input guys... after bouncing around a few ideas with their marketing and legal team, they found an image they have used before for another campaign of grass... Their logo is on it...  its vague enough that it should get the message across but keep us out of cross-hairs...  whatcha think? 

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Photography Technique / Superbowl Photo Help
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:07:11 PM »
Hey guys, so i am being hired by a local casino to take portraits of their VIP during their superbowl party.  The casino was providing the backdrop, all i needed to do was show up with lights and shoot.  I contacted the casino to make sure everything was good and backdrop chosen and what not, and was notified they were having some problems because of licensing, they aren't allowed to have any "sports themed" photo without paying royalties to the NFL.  They asked if i had suggestions...  Before i get in over my head, where can i look this up to find out what we can and cannot use...  Can we use helmets/footballs as props without being sued?  Backdrops? 

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Many moons ago, i went to my local store, sat down with my camera (and 7d at the time) and tried the tokina 16-50 pro lens, sigmas equivelent, canons 17-40, and even tamrons offerings...  I did lots of research on the lenses and the tokina was my favorite going into the test....  I wanted to love the tokina... i really really did... it was begging to take my money.... But it was just.... ok...  Sigmas 16-50 was awful...  Even when it was sharp, it wasn't that good....  The tokina, compared to the sigma, was better, but still left a lot of "eh" room... just nothing to really write home about, especially since it was so close in price to the 17-40... The 17-40, on the other hand, nailed focus time after time... It didn't have the range or speed of the other lenses being 10mm shorter and 1 stop slower, but it was consistently good.  In the end, we got the 17-40.  Not to say that the 11-20 will be in the same boat as lets say canons 10-20, but i wouldn't rule it out quite yet.   

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Lighting / Re: Speedlight help
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:11:22 PM »
Glad it's sorted.

@RLP, the assist beam works in One Shot whether AF is assigned to the shutter release, a back button, or both.

Edit: I don't recall if the AF assist works in AI Focus mode, and I can't check since the 1-series don't have that option.

I use AI Focus and the beam works in that mode. So AI Servo is a no-go in that regard. Thanks for your help! :-)

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Lighting / Re: Speedlight help
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:28:56 PM »
Thanks neuro!  That was it!  I was going crazy trying to figure it out

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Lighting / Speedlight help
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:18:07 PM »
Okay guys I have a question for you. I have an assistant who has a 5D Mark II and a 6D. Both cameras when using a speedlight, either the 580 or 430, will not emit the AF focus assist beam. Both flashes work good on my cameras so the flashes are good. And to throw a wrench in everything, when put on the green mode, the AF light comes on, so it must be a setting. I crawled theough his settings and his speedlight custom settings allow for AF assist beam. I don't see anything stopping it. Any suggestions?

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Photography Technique / Re: Portrait camera/studio
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:54:41 PM »
brings me back to my 4x5 days when i thought 8x10 view cameras were crazy... good lord... at least with a screen that big he cant miss focus

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I've played extensively with all 3 lenses... i shot a few airshows with the 70-300... it's a great lens, love that it goes to 300 and is a lot sharper than than the non-L counterparts.  The things i didn't really like was that it extended... I've had issues with lenses that extended... one in particular locked up while extended (my 24-105) and i had to send it to canon to be fixed...  a fluke accident, but a $400 fluke nevertheless.  It also is appreciably heavier than either than 70-200 F4's.  I owned the 70-200 F4... nice good lens... I recently had the opportunity to upgrade to a new 70-200F4 IS for under $1000 at an authorized store, so we took it and sold the non IS version.  the IS version is a hair sharper...  IQ i would say both the IS versions are splitting hair.  I want to give the edge to the F4, but it's really close, plus constant aperture...  Big plus.  IMHO

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Technical Support / Re: What a day: dropped my camera.
« on: December 22, 2014, 03:17:44 PM »
Yikes... what camera?  a few months after we got my 5d 3 I was at an event doing a photo booth for Union Pacific and my assistant was clumsy and tripped on a sync cord for my strobes and camera...  camera came crashing down, although the strobes were good...  camera and lens came through like champs... only a ding in the paint on the bottom of the camera... otherwise everything still good... scared me to death after spending $3500 on it.  Needless to say shortly after we went wireless with pocketwizards.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:54:34 AM »
Although I realize that this may be a single case would you mind mentioning which brand the SD was?

Thanks.

I tossed the card, but i want to say it was a sandisk if i'm not mistaken... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:52:43 AM »
Many '7DII Focus Problems' would be better termed '7DII user problems', and that's pretty much true with any new camera released.  Mostly, they come down to inadequate experience with the camera, not having RTFM, or expecting it to behave just like the last camera used.

Others have pointed out specific issues above.  IMO, the biggest issue is Automatic AF point selection.  The subject of the image should not be chosen by the camera, but by the person holding it.  IMO, there's only one situation in which auto point selection is warranted – tracking a moving subject in AI Servo.  In that case, the user selects the starting AF point, and the camera then tracks the subject using all points.

+1 and then some. But we still have a thread with the subject line "More 7DII focus problems" which is about as far as some people bother reading before declaring that the 7D Mark II is an unmitigated disaster.

Completely agree... i came from cameras with lesser focusing system and the first time i picked up my original 7d, i couldn't get in focus shots until i sat down, learned the AF system, and learned how to use it to my advantage...  the 5d3 and 7d2 are no different...  Using all AF points is only asking for trouble as your asking the camera to read your mind and i'll let you in on a hint... they are terrible mind readers.  Even zone focus settings are going to hit or miss for that very reason... I almost always use single point with expansion...  It is just better...  Tells the camera specifically where you want it to look for focus, and if there's any issues with that point, it can lean on the other points to get that focus.  Also it's a good idea to periodically check AFMA on all your lenses...  just keeps the camera/lens systems in check... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:36:05 AM »
*  Dual Compact Flash memory card slots...this is as good of a time as any to move to the new CFast 2.0 compact flash cards.  Whichever memory card format Canon decides to use, I just hope Canon uses the same memory card format for both the new 1DX Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark IV, so those of us who own both cameras don't have to carry different types of memory cards with us all the time.[/b]

That's a terrible idea.  Maybe five years ago, but not now.  At this point, it would make a lot more sense to just adopt dual SD with full UHS-II support.  SD's maximum speed (512 MB/s) is almost as fast as CFast's real-world performance after factoring in SATA overhead, but is a lot more broadly compatible and a lot cheaper.

Also, CFast is probably a dead standard at this point.  A few years ago, the SATA folks realized that there was no feasible way to make SATA scale to the speeds of modern SSDs, so they basically stopped developing SATA and started developing a way for devices to use the same pins for a completely different signaling standard (PCIe).  The only way CFast will ever get any faster than it is right now is if they do a major redesign of both host and card hardware.

More importantly, one could extend the SD card standard to communicate using PCIe just as easily, but with SD, there are enough extra pins to provide 2x PCIe instead of 1x, so a pin-compatible SD card design based on PCIe would utterly stomp any PCIe-based CFast standard into the ground unless they also change the CFast pinout in what is likely to be an incompatible way.

Given that SD is more than capable of handling the fastest flash cards currently in existence, is cheaper, is more ubiquitous, and is better capable of scaling to faster speeds than CFast in the long run, it's really hard to justify going with CFast, IMO.  About the only rational reason to do so involves trying to keep two standards groups competing against one another for petty patent portfolio reasons, and that just doesn't justify the consumer harm, IMO.


Quite recently, my worst fear about SD cards came to fruition... I did a large expo... a combo of raw images and some grab videos...  We were the featured photographer...  didn't record to both cards, but had 1 cf and 1 sd, filling each up individually subsequently...  Anywho, i removed the cards after the expo, plugged them into the computer, the CF card popped right up on the computer, the SD did not... I grabbed another card reader, nothing...  i looked at the card and to my dismay, the entire side of the flimsy card somehow broke off!  that's why it wasn't reading...  crap...  nothing was working... luckily I was able to gently reinsert the card back into the 5d3 and it started reading it... so i had to USB import it over... Ironically it still would read in DPP or Canons utility like it normally would, but apple's iphoto saw the files and allowed me to copy the images over... After the card was done copying, i cut up that card and destroyed it...  But WTH?  I've used CF cards for well over a decade and only had 1 fail on me (a CF microdrive) and another have a corrupt file here and there which made me stop using that card.  But never anything like this. 

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 06:26:21 PM »
Thanks Ryan85 and awinphoto for your awesome replies. Correct if I'm wrong, if I read your responses correctly, the f1.2 does not focus fast enough to keep up with even normal-speed actions, let alone fast dancing. That was my main concern. It would make a dreamy still portrait lens, though, when we pose the groom and bride after the guests have all gone.

I would say that you are correct...  I shoot studio and on-location portraiture and tried many lenses... If you've ever played with the 50 1.2, i would say it's kinda the same issue... focusing is too slow and too unreliable... and to it's defense, 1.2 is shallow... extremely shallow, so it's a lot of glass to move and not something to take lightly...  So when it does nail the focus, it's very good... but, it can miss, and miss bad, especially in bad light...  To me, i couldn't risk spending $2k on a lens that was a crap shoot if i would get a shot or not... the 1.8 was a lot more reliable, and fast and extremely good quality of imagery. 

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:57:40 PM »
Excellent all-around responses! Thanks all! It looks like one of my main concerns wasn't made clear the first time, so allow me to add this wrinkle to my question: is the focus fast enough at for me to shoot reliably at f1.2 during a wedding event? Not at the altar where everybody is basically stationary, but when the bride is coming down the aisle or when she's tossing the bouquet or everyone is dancing at the reception... you know the drill. I'm all for big aperture and sweet bokeh, but is my subject going to be in focus? An all-bokeh pic of the bride's face (exaggerated) isn't going to sell money.

Thanks again!

While they are good at giving us a laugh, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adQHzNfvzFM#t=106 this gives a decent comparison... Fast forward to about the 7 min point.  they conclude that when the 1.2 does give sharp images, they are amazing, but the big word is WHEN.  If your shooting a wedding and you absolutely had to nail the first kiss, this ISN'T the lens i would rely on... the 1.8 is quite good on focusing and so far, so good...

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:45:54 AM »
I dealt with a similar delima... I eventually opted for the 1.8...  it's not as sexy as the 1.2, but very sharp, fast focus, and for professional portrait work, it works like a charm.  There have been some people who say that the 1.8 has some CA wide open... i typically shoot around the 2.0-2.2 range and if there is CA, it really isn't obvious or ugly...  Just did a jewelry catalog shoot with that lens only and images came out great! Now if they can issue a mark II of that lens to have IS, that would be perfect... until then, this is a great bang for your buck. 

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