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My vote goes to EF 200-400 f/4 L IS w/1.4x TC .... as I prefer zooms to primes, coz I just don't have the patience to change lenses.
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i've been using the sony a7r since it came out. prob shot 1000 images.. havent had any problems at all.Absolutely! ... I've made over 15000 images with so far and haven't noticed any light leak issues ... of course screen blackout between shots and slow start-up times are a bit annoying but nothing that hinders my photos.
Heck man, this illustrates that every shoot presents untold amounts of unexpected problems and you just gotta be ready to work with/around those problems. Loved it! The photographer has a good and cheerful attitude and that helps everyone else keep going. Better equipment does produce better quality but more than anything it merely makes getting the shot EASIER. Better equipment doesn't replace the photographer or their vision.True the photographer was very cheerful with great attitude.
Woke up this morning with this sunrise, so I took a shot with Sony A7R with FE55 and 5D III and 24-70 f/2.8 II both at around 55 mm and at f/3.2 The 24-70 is a bit disadvantaged as it's barely stopped down, and the auto white balance of both cameras yielded very different WB, so I did my best to match WB.
Sony A7R, FE55mm by drjlo1, on Flickr
5D III white balance match by drjlo1, on Flickr
For the curious, this is how 5D III WB looked before matching. Recalling what my own eyes saw, I would say the sky looked like somewhere between Sony and Canon but more towards Canon.
Canon 5DIII WB, exposure match by drjlo1, on Flickr
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The EF 135mm f/2 L USM is the perfect lens for trail running, mountain biking, and any other action situation where it is difficult to find space. Even in tight quarters with tree-cluttered backgrounds you can get enough subject separation to make great photos. Here are a few from a MTB race I shot last weekend.Those are some cool action shots ... well done. I like the second one very much, that image portrays the whole picture showing the energy in that sport ... really cool. But the hairy man b00bs of the cyclist in the first pic are distracting
And it seems like some new "problem" is reported weekly for A7R, e.g. shutter vibration, "light leak," lossy RAW, not really weather-sealed, etc. The lossy sony RAW thing especially bugged me in the back of mind, especially since this kind of thing really shouldn't happen if you are aiming for the semi/professional photography market. It's also something Sony can fix *IF* they wanted to, but they don't seem willing to do so, just like they are not willing to admit to the FVL60M flash overheating problem after 20 shots.According to sonyalpharumors, a firmware update is due for release for the a7/a7R on the 19 March 2014, and they claim that the firmware update will bring "image quality improvement" ... maybe they will fix the RAW issue ... below is the content of that post:
Was in my local camera store this afternoon with a friend of my daughter and my daughter. Her friend has got into photography because of her iPhone 5 and just purchased an EOS 6d with 24-105mm f4L, 17-40mm f4L and 100mm f2.8 macro. Thats £ 2,983 minus mail-in cash back of £60.00 making £ 2,923 ($ 3,096). Its the smart phone generation that really gets into photography that will keep DSLRs as well as keen / club amateurs going. Were being pessimistic because sales are normalising but the flip side is of that 1 billion smart phones that were bought in 2013 even if a small percentage buy DSLRs that will be a large number.Excellent point, I am sure there will be many from the "smartphone generation" who will be getting DSLRs/lenses and take photography seriously ... however, I still don't think we will see the same "frenzy" (if I can call it that) for DSLR purchases, we've witnessed in the past 5 years ... and as far as the serious photogs are concerned, I think the DSLR industry has reached a saturation point and the sales figures reflect that.
Like Chuck Alaimo has already mentioned, people use it in auto mode ... the auto mode does a great job in good light or subjects that aren't moving too much, so sometimes they get good images in good light (e.g. outdoor day time ... even then the image requires a computer for resizing and uploading to their facebook/twitter accounts) ... but since the average person generally uses the 18-55 kit lens to take photos of birthdays, parties and other such dimly lit indoor areas or his/her kids running around etc (i.e. fast moving subjects), they soon realize that the photos are coming out all blurry - resulting in missing the "decisive/interesting moment" ... but they see they smartphone has a "Ultra Burst Camera" app that captures 40 frames per second and it only costs a measly few dollars in a device (smartphone) that they are already carrying everywhere they go and it captures the "decisive/interesting" moment and it isn't blurry ... also the average person can instantly upload to their facebook, twitter etc ... he/she would never print an image, so why lug around a hefty DSLR!In the last 7 years, I've seen 104 people in my office (out of the 148 total staff) who bought a DSLR ... but only 9 of them are actually doing something with their DSLRs. I have an American colleague who bought my entire kit (DSLR, lenses, tripod, flash etc for $2500) in 2009, but he hardly ever uses any of that gear (I think the last he used was over 2 years ago). I think that does reflect the vast majority of DSLR customers in the past 5 years or so ... a lot of them bought DSLRs thinking that it will somehow magically transform their images, because they see other photographers take great images with DSLRs. But they do not understand the basics of photography (i.e. f/stops, aperture, ISO etc) or have the interest in post processing ... most of them use the auto mode and get frustrated that the flash keeps popping up at the most inappropriate times or their photos, from their very expensive DSLR/lens, don't look any better than their smartphone and not many are willing to carry the weight/bulk that comes with DSLRs ... eventually they give up, some sell it off, other let it collect dust ... the DSLR sales "peak" we are referring to accounts for a vast majority of people who have bought them and pretty much never used them after the first few weeks or months ... basically it was the beginners who were caught up in the hype. Lets face it, DSLR photography is an expensive hobby and the upgrades are never ending ... not everyone is willing to keep on upgrading like some of GAS sufferers.
So, now, it the more serious hobbyists / professionals who are buying/upgrading DSLRs and not the vast majority of beginners (who used to buy till a couple of years ago).
Just the day before yesterday, I gave a ride to an English lady during a bird watching trip (organized by a famous birder), and she bought her Nikon D300 + 18-200 lens 5 years ago ... she told me that she shot less than 1000 photos with it, she says that most of her images don't look any better then her iPhone 4S. So she just uses her D300+18-200 once in a great while, when she thinks she might need some reach. So why should people like her, be upgrading to an expensive DSLR/lens ... so they basically stopped buying/upgrading them ... I think that is the biggest factor in the loss of sales, the economic slow down etc are just secondary factors.
I have to wonder what people are doing to mess up a shot with an SLR, when I upgraded from a compact I was satisfied with the results even after forgetting to focus with the first few images. I was shooting from a tripod though, maybe it's just flat out unrealistic to compare the experiences of a fiddly nerd type with the average person.
If you're just looking at images on a low resolution screen and not pixel peeping a decent cellphone camera might seem fairly competitive, at least in good lighting. Chances are most people compare quality on instagram (shudders).
Once we have 4K screens on everything... and upgrade instagram, that should help (make cellphone cameras look bad).
It's "New Homes" Sale baloonI think its a good thing that this Sony sensor is not in the 5D MK III ... the Nikon/Sony cameras (with 24 or 36MP
I so wish this sensor was inside my 5D III.
So if their new lens firmware is not upgradeable by the buyers feel free to risk your money to ... save some in the first place.
Fortunately these times are over now. Almost every programmable circuit nowadays uses flash memory for holding its firmware, and flash memory can be reprogrammed, usually with the circuit in place. As a result, Canon has not pulled another "we'll change the protocol a tiny bit so some third party lenses won't work with new camera models" stunt since 2003.
Thank you ... I'll give it a go when I get home.Could you please elaborate on "split the old one and import form another catalog"?Missed that they were jpegs, my mistake I haven't used them since, forever!The file I uploaded was JPEG, but I generally shoot RAW and this problem occurs also in RAW files as well.
I'd start by removing LR from my computer and reloading it.
I was thinking about reloading LR ... but am worried that it might be the catalog that is causing the problem ... but I'll reload it one of these days (anyway the catalog is safely backed up in several places. But if it is the bloody catalog, then I'd need to sort (around 40000+ images, which is what I shot since LR5 release) and re-edit ... now that is making me tired already.
If it is happening to RAW files it is 100% your catalog.
But fixing it isn't as onerous as all that. I'd start a new one, then split the old one and "Import from another Catalog....." do this in stages and you will narrow down where your issue is, you will save all your edits, ratings and keywords etc too.
Thanks in advance
Open LR in your current corrupted catalog (1), select several thousand images and then go File: Export as catalog...... (3)
Then open LR with a brand new catalog (Catalog 2) and go File: Import from Another Catalog........(3)
Then go back to your first, corrupted one (1), and export another few thousand images to a fourth catalog (4), then import that via the above moves to your new main uncorrupted one (2).
Sounds more complicated than it is
Edit: Doing this does not move or touch your actual image files at all, it is just manipulating the catalogs.