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Photography Technique / Re: E-TTL: To use or not?
« on: June 28, 2014, 03:15:23 AM »
I use manual flash when I CARE to control the light.  It does takes practice to know that you have to compensate by a stop when you move from 2.8 ft to 4 feet (or vice versa, or from 4 ft to 5.6 ft, etc.) I find that Manual gives me "better" light.  ETTL tends to meter a little under and photos come out a little too warm for me.  I know I can use exposure compensation but I prefer my own results when I shoot manually.  Just my personal taste.  I try to get as much right in camera and not rely too heavily on post.

For events when I don't need to pay that much attention to IQ (small family gathering, etc.), or when speed is more important, I'll use ETTL and correct any issues in post.

I say try forcing yourself to shoot manually.  It wouldn't hurt to get to know how to.  In my dimly lit living room, I'll shoot at ISO 1250, f/3.2, 1/160th, flash set to 1/16 power for starters and adjust my flash according to distance.

well... i sold mine to help pay for my 5D mark III.  Of course, there was a noticeable difference in IQ and low light capability but for $460, that's a pretty good deal.  For your use, it should be fine. 

Photography Technique / Re: Hazy California
« on: May 31, 2014, 04:53:06 PM »
You can try driving south for about 45 minutes to Orange County.  It's not as smoggy.  I don't like driving to LA.  The air there always gives me a pretty bad cough.  =)

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 03:16:33 PM »
This makes me confused and that makes me cranky.

Don't my existing DSLR's have this already? Don't we call it Av?


thanks for all the work you put into this for us =)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:14:56 PM »
Cecil on grandpa's lap

Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 11, 2014, 01:01:57 PM »
*professionalism almost surely calls for the flexibility of a zoom"

agreed.  our lead shooter will pull out the primes (14/50/100 MacroL) for the "creative shot" if the other shooter(s) have the important shots.  The usual scenario is one shooter on a 24-70 (I or II), another shooter on 70-200 (I or II).  We can get more than adequate shallow DOF with a 70-200 2.8.  in a wedding, speed/efficiency is key.  primes just don't offer that flexibility. 

That said, there are occasions when I shoot when I'd like to have the option to use a 50mm at f/1.4-2.  I'm seriously considering one of these Sigma Art 50mm lenses after I purchase a 16-35 f/2.8L II and a 100mm Macro L.

Canon General / Re: PMIdigital - worth it?
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:34:45 AM »
I purchased my 5D mk3, 70-200 2.8 IS II and my 24-70 2.8 II from them b/c at the time, their prices were better than B&H and Adorama.  It wasn't THAT much of a discount but I saved a few hundred $.  When I found my 24-70 was not as sharp as expected, they referred me over to a Canon service center, never even offered to exchange it (which is what I was expecting).  In my experiences with B&H, there were never any questions asked.  If I wanted to return something, they made it quite easy, as long as I was within compliance of their return policy.

For a larger purchase, I would recommend sticking with the authorized dealers with decent return policies.  eBay sellers....meh.  maybe for the little things, but I will not buy from them again.  It wasn't really that bad of an experience, but it was clear to me their customer service wasn't as good as B&H. 

EDIT: I should add that I had no problems whatsoever getting cleaning/repairs done at the Canon Service Center.  All warranties were honored without question.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 25, 2014, 05:10:31 AM »
I think I'm all set with my current EF lenses and the EF to EF-M adapter. 

I'd like to see a EF-M 50mm but I'd probably be just fine using the EF 50mm 1.4 with the adapter.... maybe a compact 60mm Macro for the M mount.

Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:42:07 PM »
Awesome work, sir.  I enjoyed every minute of it =)

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:43:20 AM »
That has to be the dumbest "proof" ever.

You are totally mixing up the ability to blur white and black bands, thereby creating grey, with lack of contrast, this is a spurious argument. That the Canon lens blurs the black and white bars faster than the others proves it has smoother out of focus blur. The fact that the dog picture didn't contain any black pixels whatsoever even though it has a black nose is a processing issue not proof that the lens has no contrast.

To prove your idea you'd have to show that a correctly exposed full spectrum image with areas in the background that are, 1, black, 2, out of focus, 3, large enough to not be affected by the range of tones around them. Your Bridget's dog image would have been a good example, had it not been for the fact that the black levels were raised to the level that they were no longer black, or even close to it. It isn't difficult to prove there is no black after you take it all out.

A few years ago I worked making content and creating characters for video games. I'm responsible for implementing the first bokeh effects into a best selling video game. I'm personally responsible for creating some of the most iconic CG images of the last decade, and in doing so I consulted a few people on bokeh which consisted of dozens of optics experts that researched for universities. I'm certainly glad you set the record straight. For years, I've been foolish enough to believe that Ivy League professors were legitimate and knew what they were talking about.

There is no such thing as "blurring faster" when comparing identical apertures and focal lengths. The diameter of the circle of confusion is identical, and your statement is mathematically impossible. The Canon adds glow to objects that are out of focus. This is a very simple concept to understand and is not debatable.

You can decide if you like this glow or if you do not like this glow personally. However I can tell you that it is an unusual feature. Basically all of the common pro Canon, Nikon or third party lenses do not exhibit this behavior.

Hope that helps.

I believe you'll find that people will be more willing to hear your arguments if you state them from a more neutral point of view.  Your initial post, though very thorough, was worded in a way that made you come across crass.  It seems it put some readers on the defensive. 

I personally disagree with you.  From my experience, the Canon produces images that I like... at the very least, the IQ did not make me feel like vomiting!

I appreciate the experience all of the CanonRumors forum members bring to this forum and I do a lot of reading on here. That said, you shouldn't have to boast about your accomplishments or who your sources are to verify that your argument is valid.  The argument itself should have its own validity.  Again, not a very good move on your part to prove your point. 

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:25:06 AM »
Never look at the Tamron. I just went straight with Canon. As I never buy any third party lenses. For the price its well worth it. Buy it right the first time and it will save you money in the long run.


« on: February 19, 2014, 01:35:30 AM »
Thanks for the post, surapon.  I too don't like the capacity of my Canon brand battery in my EOS M.  I use my opteka brand more.  I'll look into getting a couple of these, too.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:14:43 PM »
I agree that financial responsibility is important.  That said, since there are no mission critical events (since you do not make a living off of your photography), you can afford to save for longer to get what you actually want (the Canon 2.8 IS II).  I personally feel you should get what you want and not try to cut corners.  This saves money in the long run.  You'll save money NOT having to re-sell gear your used gear.  You can wait for a refurbished deal or a great rebate offering. 

I think everyone here on CR will agree that surapon is one of our favorite members.  He has some of the most interesting posts!  You never fail to amaze, amuse and impress me surapon!!  You 'da man!



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