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If you will be near it Utah, go to Antelope Canyon, or Canyon X for magnificent slot canyon shots.  Need a tripod, shutter release, and the lenses you listed would be good ( between 16 and say 50 mm, better at the shorter end).

Antelope canyon will be crowded, but Canyon X is a private tour with only 3 photographers and the guide Charlie.

It is a bit out of your way, but something to think about.

sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:35:29 PM »
what good is an image if the quality isn't good?

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EOS Bodies / It's just me but...
« on: October 26, 2014, 12:07:57 PM »
As the Canon's "Year of the Lens" closes I find myself disappointed with the new offerings. 

So far, no lenses have inspired me to upgrade ( last lens 24-70 2.8II, and it is excellent).  Otherwise, the lens announcements don't resonate.  I am still waiting for  great improvement in the full frame camera lines to replace the aging 5DIII or 1DX.

I'm a loyal Canon fan, however tech along with the propaganda from the other companies does appear  to leave the canon sensor in the dust.  A lot of the criticism is warranted and it  is starting to have an impact on how I view the company and its rivals.

Anyone else feel this way.

Hoping that 2015 will be Cannon's "Year of Revolutionary New Cameras, sensors, Focusing, and all things that make other camera companies wet their panties".

I'm wearing asbestos so I'm ready.  I intentionally did not mention dr, or talk numbers here, so I'm interested in how people feel.


sek

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Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:07:27 AM »
I have a light Sekonic (not this model) and never use it.  I think that if you are interested in balancing flashes it is the way to go.  If that is really important to your work product, get one.  If you have a ton of money to spend, buy it.  If you don't have a lot of money, a less expensive one will work fine.

If balancing flashes isn't something you will need to do and you are happy with your portraits without the meter, and you don't have money burning a hole in your pocket, borrow one.

sek

Dear Friends and Teachers.
I just  finish 1 st. Class of 10 Total class last nigjht , And The Name of The Class = " Creative Camera IV/ Photographic Lighting", Teach by the PRO, and Offer to me by our Local Technical Collage in my home county.
Yes !0 classes = 3 Hours per Class  = $ 95 Us Dollars.
I have a great first class last night, And great teacher , that I will learn a lot from this PRO.
My question to my dear teachers and my dear friends in CR. = Do I need Sekonic L-758  Light Meter = $ 634 US Dollars---That Require in my class( Yes, my new teacher tell us to buy Start from the cheapest $ 115  US Dollars and up to high end = $ 634 Us Dollars).
Well, My Hobby is shoot every thing in my sight---But Rearly shoot Studio Photos , In side my Studio Area in my home ( That I  already have most of the Require Studio Lighting that can create the great Photos)---
Now, The Question is =Do I need the High cost one---Just for this Class, and I might not use it again . because I do not like to shoot real studio photos?

Thank you Sir/ Madam.
Surapon

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Why not get a Mac?

You will love it compared to Vista.

Sek

I have been a Canon user my entire life.  I love the product, including DPP which is my RAW converter of choice.

I presently shoot with a 1D Mark IV and a 5D Mark III, which are fully supported by my present version of DPP.  The 7D Mark II requires that I update my DPP.

Here is my problem with that.....

The newer version of DPP does not support my operating system.  I run Vista 64.  Updating my operating system requires that I go to Windows 8 which needs a clean install.  Huge job.  Also, I'm not sure that a lot of my current software will run on Windows 8.  I have CS4 as well as plugins such as NIK, Neat Image and a slew of other free standing applications.

As much as I was not comfortable with the user interface of Lightroom when I tried a demo last year, I thought I would now have to go that route.  Guess what?  Right.  It's now only available under CC and I refuse to rent software on a monthly fee basis which is why I still run CS4.

I'm 72 years old so I guess my 1D4 and 5D3 will have to do me the rest of my life or until my computer cr@ps out and I have no choice.

All Canon had to do was continue to support the operating system and I would have added a 7D2 to my bag.

Okay..... rant over.   :D

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 in combo with the 5D3
« on: October 13, 2014, 12:24:12 PM »
Excellent combination.

Sek

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D mk2 or 5D mk3
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:12:46 PM »
Neuro hit the head on the nail.  Also consider better performance regarding noise.

You do lose the crop factor however, and this is a consideration, but for your parameters, the 5DIII is your choice.

sek

Thank you, dtaylor, for that in-depth review of images. SOOC is good for SWMBO to post on FB, but I'm up for a bit of post to polish the product. High frame rate is not really that much of a requirement, so I would'nt miss the extra 4fps that the 7DII would bring. (I hope)
I really prefer natural light where-ever possible, so I suppose high ISO performance is probably more important to me than
I think. Particularly in theatres, where tungsten is my major challenge (although that is now being complicated by the trend to convert to LED, especially when there is a mix of the two (:-( ).
Still, it wouldn't be anywhere near as enjoyable if there weren't any challenges :-)

It's looking more and more like the 5DIII will be the way to go.

Thanks again to all of you who have responded to my plea for help.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D Mark 2 Rolling Review
« on: October 11, 2014, 04:07:14 PM »
I'm also glad to hear of the glowing reviews.  At present, I'm not considering this camera, but I was somewhat suspect of reviews like Kelby's who is associated with Canon.  With each independent review, more cred.

Can't wait to see example pics from all types of photogs.

Who knows, I may change my mind.

Good for Canon, good for us.

sek.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:38:39 PM »
New sensors have to be coming sooner or later.  The questions I have are what improvements will we see, when will we see them, and what camera bodies will they come in.  I'm ready for a new camera by next spring/summer, if it is the right fit.  Come on Canon, hit one out of the park for us.

Sek

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 05, 2014, 01:49:23 PM »
I would keep expectations low.  It says nothing.  Hopefully, they will read the message they have written and get on the ball with their sensors.  The new lenses are begging to be challenged.

Sek

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Canon General / Re: Site trolling
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:54:34 AM »
Very well said, Bravo!



There are fan boys on all the sites as there are complainers on all the sites.

There is not a camera made today that some won't be fan boys of and others will consistantly complain about (sometimes they are the same person!)

I do believe that the term "Troll" is being mis/over used on these sites.  Sometimes it seems that if someone has a different opinon, they are too quickly labeled a troll. It is a good ad hominem attack.

The important thing to remember is that if someone posts something you disagree with, you DO NOT have to reply.

On the Internets Tubes, no one ever wins an argument... but a lot of people lose one.  ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:42:16 AM »
All things considered, Canon is coming under a lot of pressure to advance their sensors.  This is great for US!

Sek

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Canon General / Re: Get ready Cave photographers
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:20:42 AM »

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EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:11:34 AM »
A big disappointment.

Hopefully, a 5DII will come with some great surprises and soon.

Sek

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:58:04 PM »
+1
Of curse, resolution is good, but I also want to see a significant improvement in image quality.  I would like to see the "Canon sensors are far behind "(fill in the blank manufacturers)complainers finally shut up already.

I'd like Canon to keep the 5D Mark IV in the 24-30MP range.  If they produce a higher resolution camera, then it should be a separate camera line....3D.

My 5D Mark IV wish list:

* 24-30MP
* Dual Compact Flash card slots
* 8 fps in burst mode with a buffer that can handle at least 35 full resolution RAW files writing to both memory card slots.
* Improved ISO & Dynamic Range performance
* Improved autofocus system with wider coverage of autofocus points
* Red lighted autofocus points that are easy to see in the view finder in low light conditions in all autofocus modes
* A better metering system with metering tied to the selected autofocus points
* 1/400 sec flash synch speed
* The back of the camera should have backlit buttons that are easy to see in the dark, like the Nikon D4

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