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EOS Bodies / Re: More on The Coming 4K Camcorder [CR2]
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:19:03 PM »
This could be interesting, a small go-anywhere amateur looking camera.

The Sony is shown to have a = FF 29-348mm lens. This is way too long for my use. A wide end of 18mm would be much better for guerrilla film making. Think shooting in crowded public spaces like a bus/subway, without calling attention to yourself (NO permit).

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I do several things, and none of them are listed in your poll.
1. I use a hand-held incident meter.
2. I use an Expo Disc

Both result in you shooting in m mode, that doesn't mean you need to use the in-camera metering (I admit this was not a poll item open to interpretation). Otherwise further options might include... :->

4. I call upon the holy trinity to send me a divine message what expo to use
5. I shoot only with the lens cap on, defaulting to 1 second at f1.0, then raise the shadows in post


The question was "What metering do you use (and how does it work anyway)?" Not What in-camera-metering-only...

BTW using "P" for Professional is a lot like your #4. "I call upon the holy trinity to send me a divine message what expo to use"

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Reviewing Olympus 40-150/2.8
« on: December 10, 2014, 12:41:37 PM »
I am actually interested in seeing how the Olympus 300mm f4 performs when it starts shipping next year.  This combined with the recently announced 1.4tc could be a nice light birding solution with an 840mm FOV.

I'm thinking about the same too...
Waiting for the release and hopefully one for me to test it :)

Should work great for Surfing photos as well. Hand-held, no Wimberly II needed :)

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I do several things, and none of them are listed in your poll.

1. I use a hand-held incident meter.

2. I use an Expo Disc http://www.expoimaging.com/ This turns your camera into an incident meter and does color balance too.

3. I set the camera to "P" for professional. You'd be amazed at how smart your camera is at setting exposure (and fill flash) :) I do this for walk-around and even some paid work.

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 10, 2014, 12:01:50 PM »
Different way of thinking. due to No Chimping with film and limited number of shots on a roll of film.

When shooting Chromes (slide film) there is No margin for error in exposure. So you had to nail exposure -- every time. And because you couldn't Chimp you would not know if the exposure was right until the slides came back from the lab. Therefore you had to learn how to get your exposure right, if you wanted to get paid :)

Because I learned on Chromes I get good exposures on digital. Because I learned on film, I don't spray 'n' pray. And I don't waste time chimping, because I know from past experience that I got it right. Are all my shots keepers, of course not -- but even the losers are properly exposed :)

No wisdom to pass along except to learn to get it right in-the-camera.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 04:33:21 PM »
People here talk about not knowing anyone that buys Nikon and how Nikon is always making a loss and how Nikon cameras don't rate as well as Canon on Amazon, etc ...

Co-worker is planning their holiday and wanted the best camera to take on holiday and went with a D810 plus lenses.

My input into the buying decision? Didn't know that she was shopping until she mentioned what she'd bought.

Do they shoot sports? No
Do they shoot birds? No
What photographs will he take? Typical tourist pics.

When asked why she wanted the Nikon D810 her answer was simple: "I just want the best IQ."

No, I'm not making it up.

(Reposted because someone decided to be pedantic, so I've corrected for their pedantry.)

Would your headline read Co-worker INVESTS 5K ... if she had bought a Canon ???

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 04:23:10 PM »
Photo Books are becoming a commodity. There are lots of companies who do good work. It makes even more sense if you are doing books for the grandparents too.

Costco now does Photo Books http://www.costcophotocenter.com/Shop/Photobooks#/ I've never had a Photo Book done, but they have done lots of printing foe me.

A client needed 100 Product Hand-out for an event. I was quicker and less expensive to have Costco do 100 4x6 prints than have a Printer do 100 8.5x11 catalog pages.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 06, 2014, 03:55:33 PM »
Less than NO INTEREST in a full-frame camera. But I would buy a Canon Mirrorless APS-C camera that was ergonomic like a Sony NEX 7 or A6000, i.e. small size but with a LARGE GRIP.

A Digital camera like the EOS IX APS-C film camera (maybe EOS IX-D). For those not familiar with the EOS IX http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/film/data/1996-2000/1996_eos-ix-e.html?lang=us&categ=srs&page=eos it was a small/light (485 grams/17.1 oz) that used standard EF lenses. It used an optical viewfinder, but a Mirrorless would need an EVF.

Whatever they do please, please, please no 18-Ad infinitum zoomz.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:46:39 PM »
Most professional retouchers (people who do nothing but retouching for a living) use Apple Macs of one sort or another. The freelance retoucher/digital artist I use has an iMac. Another one I know, who works for a commercial photographer, uses a Mac Pro. Eizo monitors are common, but the freelancer I use works with the iMac's built-in, and I've never had a client or magazine complain.


Sorry c.d.embrey, but your statement above is analogous to saying that a carpenter does better work because he drives a Ford truck instead of a Chevy.  Or an import Toyota instead of a domestic Chrysler.  Or uses Makita power tools instead of Milwaukee.  I could go on and on...

Mr Geek, Lets start again from your original post.

Once again! Poor reading comprehension! My statement is analogous to saying that "All the carpenters that I KNOW (or know of) drive Ford trucks." It makes no value judgement about carpenters, based on the make of truck they drive. It says nothing about who makes the best truck, nor does it make disparaging remarks about Chevrolet, Dodge or Toyota trucks.

All the disparaging remarks have been made by you. And yes, you do go on-and-on :) Have a nice day.

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:23:38 PM »
c.d.embrey, I think we are splitting hairs.  My point is that whatever you want to call them, creatives, retail photographers, professional retouchers, art students, CanonRumors Members, et al. use systems running Windows more than Apple supporters typically seem to admit.  The old conventional wisdom that you have to have a Mac to do serious art or graphics work started to fade several years ago when Apple started using Intel CPUs and Chipsets and Windows released Windows 7 x64.  Since then, the operating system that hosts creative software like Photoshop, Lightroom, Photo Mechanic, etc. is irrelevant because both OS's are solid and reliable and the creative software works the same regardless of the computer it is running on.

Creatives use software to edit images, not operating systems.  So the OS and the shiny box the software runs on is merely a personal preference.  And it's great that we have so many folks out there that are proficient with editing images to look so good while having a choice of systems to run it on.  Choice is good!

As I said before, poor reading comprehension is a BIG problem on the 'net. NO WHERE have I said that Macs are better. I've just told you about my experience in SoCal dealing with professional retouchers in my small part of the commercial photo business. And, sorry to say, NONE use Windows. This is just a fact of life, and there is nothing I can do force them switch to RustyTheGeek's favorite OS :)

I have no dog in this fight, I do NO retouching and own NO Adobe products. If my freelance professional retoucher were to switch to a Windows box, and Abandon All Abobe Products. I'd still use her. But I won't lie and tell you see has switched to Windows, when she hasn't.

BTW if I were King of the World, Lunux would be the only legal operating system ;) But I'm NOT King of the World, so fell free to use whatever OS makes you happy :)


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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 02, 2014, 05:00:51 PM »
Most professional retouchers (people who do nothing but retouching for a living) use Apple Macs of one sort or another ...

Sorry c.d.embrey, but your statement above is analogous to saying that a carpenter does better work because he drives a Ford truck instead of a Chevy.  Or an import Toyota instead of a domestic Chrysler.  Or uses Makita power tools instead of Milwaukee.  I could go on and on...

Poor reading comprehension is a BIG problem on the 'net. What I said is that "Most professional retouchers" use Macs. I live in SoCal and do not know of any commercial. advertising or editorial shooters who use professional retouchers who use Windows. The few commercial shooters I know, who do their own retouching, also use Macs.

I don't know any retail photographers so I have no idea what they use. BTW do retail photographers even use professional retouchers ??? [/quote]

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"Professionals" use what they know, their employees know and what makes them money.  The very successful pro studio here in town where I live uses PCs for their editing and selling and no one knows the difference or cares as long as their $2000+ photo packages are beautiful and ready on time.

A "$2000+ photo packages" sounds like retail photography. As I've said, I know no retail photographers.

Most advertising agencies and publications use Macs for their creatives. I'm sure that many (if not most) run their accounting depts. on Windows boxes.


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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:33:02 PM »
Most professional retouchers (people who do nothing but retouching for a living) use Apple Macs of one sort or another. The freelance retoucher/digital artist I use has an iMac. Another one I know, who works for a commercial photographer, uses a Mac Pro. Eizo monitors are common, but the freelancer I use works with the iMac's built-in, and I've never had a client or magazine complain.

Lloyd Chambers is a little over-the-top, but you may find his Mac Performance Guide useful http://macperformanceguide.com/

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 06:48:23 PM »

This is highly doubtful. The market is not going to disappear. It may contract, but it will not disappear. The P&S market is definitely suffering from the explosion of high quality cameras in smartphones, but those are still and never will be a replacement for the kind of giant sensors you get in a proper ILC. One way or another, the ILC market will persist. This is just Sony's interpretation of market trends...that doesn't make it the bible's truth. It is also based on PAST data...which, as everyone should know, is no indication of future trends.


Most markets have cycles. Some markets have very long cycles. The introduction of quality phone cameras is disruptive, and is thus impacting the cycle for ILC cameras. I don't think it is going to topple the ILC market entirely...I don't think smartphones have the power to. Different tools for different jobs. One is for your average snapshots, the other is for serious photography. Sure, some people go crazy, get additional lenses for their iPhones, and produce some great works of art...but 99% of smartphones are used to create instagram fodder.

The ILC market will not be toppled by smartphones.

If Thom Hogan is right "Just to stay at the same revenue levels as this year the camera makers would probably have to increase their average selling prices 2x or so just to hold ground. Look out Leica, you’re going to have company." How many people will buy Double Priced Rebels, xxD and Pro cameras ??? Will photography go-away as a main-stream hobby ???

Remember the old saying "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better" This really does apply to camera-phones. I can't wait to see how good the camera will be in an Apple iPhone10 :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 06:11:41 PM »
Sensors are and will be a commodity. Solid state mirrorless cameras will halve current dslr prices and deliver superior imaging capability. No need to panic. We are the buyers. Them ... Are just suppliers. If We dont buy, we will take pictures with our current cams. They go bust. :-)

So you think that Canon, Nikon, etc, etc going "bust" is a GOOD THING ??? If that happens "buyers" will have no-one to buy from :(

No problem, then we will capture images using sony or samsung cameras. Suppöiers dont matter all that much. We, the customers matter. Suppliers dont make what we want ... They'll go bust! :)

Please reread. "Canon, Nikon, etc, etc" Should be read as ALL CAMERA MANUFACTUERS.

BTW with the way camera sales are dropping there may be no camera buyers left in four (4) years. By then 99% of photography may be done with camera-phones :) and surveillance cameras :(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 05:13:39 PM »
There is no effing way I'll spend $2,400.00 on an 80D or $6,500.00 on a 5D4. YMMV.

Spend 1200 on the big cam instead of 1000 on a DSLR and 200 on a compact and it works out.
Bonus points: some lenses other then the kit one keep the revenue also up w/o increasing the camera prices.

Could you please explain. I haven't a clue to the meaning of "big cam" ???

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