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How long is the room ? How wide is the room ? What type of portrait, head only, head and shoulders, waist up, full body ? How many people ?

If you want full body and multiple people, about 12" ceiling x 30" long x 20" wide is what you want. This may seem overly large, but a 9 foot seamless/muslin background only leaves you 5.5 feet on either side for lights, etc.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:43:11 PM »

That lens (sort of) exists, doesn't it?

- A

No, no, no! The EF 8-15mm f/4 L is a Fisheye Zoom. A Fisheye is NOT a substitute for a Rectilinear lens like the existing EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, the rumored EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5 or my proposed 8.75-17.5mm lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:53:43 PM »
I'd prefer an 8.75mm - 17.5 mm (= 14-28mm Full Frame). f/3.5-4.5 is OK on my 10-22mm.

BTW Olympus has a NEW 7-14mm f/2.8 lens coming (= 14-28mm FF)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 07:44:25 PM »
I hope it has the size and controls of the Fuji X-T1, has the 7D2 sensor, a swivel screen, and lots of videocentric features.

I don't think it will be that drasticallly different from what is out now, they would be in fear of cannibalizing their DSLR sales.

Steve Jobs said: "If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will." For me, that someone else was Olympus. I've already bought my last Canon DSLR, and if Canon doesn't come out with a Pro Mirrrrorless I've already bought my last Canon camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:41:23 AM »
It needs to be as good as an Olympus E-M1, a Panasonic GH4 or a Fuji X-T1. Anything less will not cause people to switch back to Canon.

DXO is for gearheads. Lots of discussion on the fora, but Pros don't pay much (any) attention.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 04:46:37 PM »
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens. $749.00

Here's Pekka Potka's preview

The Canon Experience Center is located at 123 Paularino Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. This is close to the John Wayne Airport. They have closed the repair facility in Irvine.

This is also the location of Canon Business Solutions.

Why NO ADDRESS in the press release ??? Why doesn't Canon respect their customers ???

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 02, 2014, 03:13:45 PM »
What I want is a CROP MIRRORLESS camera with an EVF.  Either a mirrorless 70D or a mirrorless 7D2 would be great.

New lenses needed -- EF & EF-S lenses with adaptor. For me, I'd need an 8.75mm f/2.8 (= 14mm FF), a 56.25mm f/2.8 Tilt & Shift (=90mm FF) and an 85mm f/1.8 (=135mm FF). I'm sure that there would be demand for a 11.25 - 187.5mm zoom (=18-300mm FF) :)

I have NO INTEREST in either Full Frame or Optical Viewfinder.

Lighting / Re: Shooting Full Body White Backgrounds
« on: October 28, 2014, 06:17:54 PM »
Here's how pro photographer Jerry Avenaim does it  I've never seen a better explanation.

Never heard of Jerry Avenaim? Here's his biography

Not every beginner wants to be a Wedding Photographer. Many people want to become Commercial Photographers, Photo Journalists and Fine Art Photographers. Also BIF/Wildlife and Landscape Photographers. Some also like Architectural Photography as a business. Did I mention non-PJ Editorial Photographers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:27:51 PM »

If you mean that pros don't care whether is called a "pro" camera? Of course they don't (are any actually called that?). Do pros choose their workhorse camera because it has a lot of features like those on my list? Absolutely. Otherwise they'd save money and get a Rebel. I'm sure the vast majority of pros that use Canon (for example) use a 1DX or 5D3 as their primary workhorse. Why? Because they have features not found on other Canons. Features that help them create images more easily  and miss fewer shots. Could they make great images with other camera xyz? Sure, maybe, but it would probably be harder. In the absence of other constraints, they would use the 1D or 5D because it has features that make their job easier and the images better. That's why they own it. These features make it a "pro" camera, as in "the choice of professionals," "appealing to professionals," "designed for and targeted at professionals."

I shoot in a studio, using Profoto packs and Canon FF cameras (if Canon made a 56mm f/2.8 T&S I'd use a xxD camera) and a Foba Camera Stand (because I hate to hold griped cameras). I don't need weather sealing. I don't need high ISO, I don't need high frame rate. I use single-point auto focus or manual focus (depending on the lens used).

For location work I like the ergonomics of a xxD camera without a grip. No weather sealing needed because It Seldom Rains in southern California :) I use light weight battery powered Profoto packs for location lighting.

BTW I don't own much gear, I prefer renting The Right Tool For The Job :) YMMV.

BTW2 I've had several photo essays published that were shot with a borrowed Film Rebel. I don't just talk-the-talk ...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 16, 2014, 03:17:27 PM »

My point was that most of us could easily classify most cameras pretty quickly as pro or non-pro by looking at the features ...

Only non-pros care. For some non-pros the right tool is a camera that makes him/her feel like a pro.

This is true across many fields. Experienced, sophisticated users understand, appreciate, and exploit the special features of higher-end tools ...

I always thought that middle-aged men bought a Red Porsche because they were trying to impress younger women. Now you inform me that they appreciate Horsepower & Handling ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 05:21:58 PM »

"the person behind the camera" is the one who chooses the right tool for the job, and uses it to produce professional work.

My point is that "pro" (or "pro-level" or "pro-targeted") is a characteristic of the camera and not the person using it.

Similarly, the vast majority would agree that a Rebel is not a pro camera. Why? Because pro cameras have a lot of features like those in my list ...

It's all about the right tool for the job. Your list has little or nothing to do with why a pro would pick a tool. As an example; a pro photographer needs to be inconspicuous (dangerous area), would he pick a 1Dx with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, a SL1 with a kit lens or maybe an iPhone ???

At the other end our pro needs absolutely the best image quality. Does he pick a Canon 1Dx or a Phase One IQ 280 (80Mp, ISO 35-800, .7 FPS, 3 Auto Focus Points). Most people will agree that the Phase One IQ 280 is a pro camera. But it's specs prevent it from being a pro camera according to your list :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:09:10 PM »
Any camera used by a Professional is a Pro Camera. Simple as that. :)

Yes, that means that the iPhones used by Photo Journalists in war zones are Pro Cameras :) Also the 4x5 Film Cameras used to shoot Arizona Highways magazine covers are Pro Cameras :)

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