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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 01:34:59 PM »
As a news photographer, I am very accustomed to being questioned - accused - like this although I have to say it doesn't happen all that often. Generally I just ignore the person or ask them not to bother me. That usually works.
Having been in the news business for a very long time I can tell you that in general, as a subject, if you are in view of the general public, you can be photographed. It doesn't matter whether it's in a public park or in the picture window of your home, if you are in view of anyone passing by you are fair game.
As was mentioned before, taking pictures in public areas is perfectly legal in Canada and most places around the world.
But in no circumstance can you go on private property to take photos without permission. An earlier post suggested that a museum was a public place. It is not. Nor are shopping malls or libraries. Nor their parking lots.
If you are on a public street and see something happening in a parking lot or through the window of a building, you can shoot. But you can't walk around in a museum or any other private building or its adjacent property taking pictures without permission.
That, of course, only covers actually taking the photographs. What is done with them later is a whole other thing.
But the perception in the public that any person with a camera is a pervert in training - or in practice - is an unfortunate one. I don't know what we can do to change it.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mk3 Grainy footage. Any ideas?
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:33:33 PM »
Your clip is simply underexposed. Expose it properly and you'll be fine. There's no way to fix a shot like that. And shooting All-I won't make any difference. Underexposed is underexposed. Additionally, shooting All-I is overkill for web video and the like. IPB is fine unless you're shooting for theatrical projection.

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:06:05 PM »

... your opinion is irrelevant. I'm a photographer for a daily newspaper and I own a 5D III.

I have shot with a 5D3. As well as Sony Broadcast cameras, starting with the Betacam SP way-back in the 1980s.

My apologies. I made a foolish assumption. But I stand by my statements.

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2013, 03:41:27 PM »
It will never replace my DSLRs but as a light-weight, walk-around rig it has great potential. I'll be ordering the next model as soon as it's announced.


While shooting video the auto-focus of my Sony NEX-5n will keep a person in focus as they walk around a room, no problem :)

The Panasonic GH3 has better video specs than a 5D3 -- 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) progressive recording
72Mbps (ALL-Intra) in MOV format ,for only $300.00 more that the rumored price of an EOS M2. Canon needs to wake up and see what the competition is delivering.

You missed my point a bit. I don't want autofocus for video. For the kinds of things I do, autofocus can often be more of a hindrance than a help. I'm glad your Sony can AF for you and if the M will AF with the kit lens in video mode, well, that's good. But I'll keep it shut off. Just works better for me that way.
And as far as the GH3 vs 5D III - unless you've shot with both of them and can back up your statement, your opinion is irrelevant. I'm a photographer for a daily newspaper and I own a 5D III. I shoot stills and video with it on a daily basis. If the GH3 truly is better, it must be a miraculous machine.

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2013, 01:21:34 PM »
What is the market for this kind of cameras? Frankly here in Europe I don't see a real demand for relatively "entry level" mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. The people Canon aims this kind of camera to are usually happy with some fixed lens one with a decent zoom lens, which spares them the need to rummage inside a bag to get another lens and change it - and get also a bag to store lenses within. The Powershot G series covers that market already pretty well. IMHO the buyer of such cameras are those looking for something smaller/lighter than a DSLR to carry around as often as possible, with almost the same power. But they need a more powerful camera than the actual M is. If Canon delivers something with a good viewfinder - but please, not a "removable" one, such kind of cameras needs to be "simple" and fast to use - and a decent lens lineup I'll get one. I don't care if it is full frame or APS-C or whatever - I'll judge the versatility and image quality.

Unlike most people here, I've actually shot with an EOS M, both stills and video. While the autofocus for stills is barely adequate - I never use AF for video anyway - image quality is excellent. The M just needs a few usability tweaks, better AF and an expanded suite of lenses and, for those who actually take pictures rather than look at test charts and spec sheets, it will be a winner. It will never replace my DSLRs but as a light-weight, walk-around rig it has great potential. I'll be ordering the next model as soon as it's announced.


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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2013, 01:07:46 PM »
24mp APS-C Sensor = no sale here

Canon might want to look around before they come to market.

Perhaps if they offered full frame instead of APS-C and fewer mp in exchange for a much higher ISO, they might have something.

They're not going to compete with Sony et al with this product, but they have the opportunity to compete with Leica etc.  Especially at the proposed price point.  And they can do it.

Repackage the 6D sensor perhaps?


Might be wise to wait until the 24 mp sensor exists before slagging it.

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2013, 12:37:42 PM »
Yawn. If Canon would look to the RX1 for some inspiration, then I might consider it.

The RX1 is priced like a 5D III and has a fixed lens. The EOS M is - and will be - an interchangeable lens camera for the masses. The RX1 is nothing more than a marketing exercise. Takes good pictures, true, but for the price of a 6D or a D600 and a Sigma 35 1.4 you'll get equally good pictures for less money. And you'll be able to put other lenses on it.
As well, full-frame sensor is absolutely unnecessary. Besides the fact that you can take gorgeous pictures with a crop-frame or 4/3 sensor, making the EOS M a full-frame camera will add to the bulk of the lenses as well as the camera, negating most of the advantages that mirrorless cameras have in the first place.
The RX 1 has simply taken a fixed lens and welded it onto a box with a sensor. And, like the EOS M, it has no viewfinder. The entire rig will have to be redesigned to allow it to be an interchangeable lens camera. It's already ridiculously expensive. Making it interchangeable will sky-rocket the cost. The RX 1 is a foolish model to emulate.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Transition from Nikon to Canon
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:17:02 AM »
Got to agree that there is no reason to switch systems. Although I prefer the look of Canon files, that's just an opinion and it's personal with no relevance to anyone else. Nikon makes excellent cameras and any of the newest ones will be magnificent. If you want to spend some money on gear, get a camera that matches up with your lenses. This Nikon vs Canon thing is just foolish. If you're not getting good pictures with the camera brand you have, the problem is not the camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:58:58 PM »
If true, is it me or is the Canon camera lineup getting confused? Used to be that upgrades were real upgrades, and you'd upgrade to get better features for a similar price as you originally paid. Now you're getting more, but paying more, and the difference between the bodies is getting smaller.  :o

Not quite.

Have a look at Thom Hogan's article entitled 'The Last Camera Syndrome'. We are getting there, if not there already.



I'm talking about me personally - I'd love to upgrade, I like to get the latest features and have the money to do it, but Canon just isn't giving me a reason to do it. A high megapixel body would do it though.

On "The Last Camera" yes DSLR's are past the point where you need to continually upgrade I believe. The 5DIII has great metering, great autofocus, great IQ etc. Even the 5DII with it's poor autofocus system is good enough to last me another five years easy. This is why I think Canon needs some big features like new sensor tech to lure us back.

A while back a Canon rep said "users need better pixels, not more pixels". Seems like Nikon is taking them up on that one. And besides they didn't really give us better pixels.

Sorry, but that kind of thinking is just foolish. How much more detail do you really need? And I said need, not want. We already have cameras that out-perfom the hallowed slide films of yore. And this constant foolishness with the Nikon vs Canon debate has to stop. If you can't shoot decent pictures with what's already available then the problem is not with which camera you're using.

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Canon General / Re: Since 7D MkII isn't coming soon.....
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:56:38 PM »
At our newspaper several of the guys shoot with Mark IV's and I shoot with the 5D III. The 5D III is at least one full stop better in low light and it blows the Mark IV out of the water for video. The only reason to get a Mark IV is to listen to the sound of the drive ripping along at 10fps. It's an obsolete - although still perfectly fine - camera.

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Canon General / Re: More Canon Store Information
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:49:41 PM »
Just came from a tour of the Canon store in Calgary. There's no retail sales area as such but you can order online from a desk terminal. It's a nice bright space with lots of nifty little dioramas where you can play hands-on with all the Canon stuff. In all, a cool place to spend a half-hour poking around. Less Apple store than interactive display, though. Not that exciting for pros, maybe, but the great unwashed will have a bit of fun.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D with 3 flavor + Improve AF (compare to 5dm2)
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:03:41 AM »
People, stop crapping on the 6D!!! Those who are "disappointed" without ever having shot a single frame with this camera are just being foolish. There is no way that Canon would build a camera that is worse than a four-year old model like the 5DII. Seriously, Canon is not stupid. They want to sell quality. Assuming that the AF is going to be bad based on the number of cross-type points is crazy. Billions upon billions of photos have been shot on 5DII's with it's admittedly mediocre AF. But to assume that a modern camera like the 6D won't be an order of magnitude better based on a spec sheet is just plain crazy.
Wait for some real-world tests by actual photographers - not gadget guides like Engadget or their ilk but people who actually make their living with photos and video - and then decide. In the meantime, quit prowling the fora and go take some pictures with what you already have. Become a better photographer. Then maybe you'll be able to make a truly informed decision.
Stop hating on cameras - or anything else for that matter - based on numbers on a website. If after shooting with the 6D you still feel the same way, then feel free to hate away.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Camera choice mark ii? 7d? wait?
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:59:06 PM »
ISO performance is identical on all the Canon APS-C cameras. The 60D is no different from the 7D. As a news photographer I shoot them side by side on a daily basis. Same sensor in all of them. But the 5D III is spectacular if you can afford it.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Camera choice mark ii? 7d? wait?
« on: September 30, 2012, 11:09:19 AM »
The other things is, too, your 17-50 won't cover a full-frame sensor and will even vignette on a Mark IV. It's made to cover the sensor in a 60D or 7D. Just something to keep in mind when you're camera shopping. Anything beyond APS-C and you'll also need to buy a new wide-angle lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Camera choice mark ii? 7d? wait?
« on: September 30, 2012, 11:04:57 AM »
Hi Basti,
Living here on the dusty plains of western Canada I've found that my biggest problem shooting outdoors is crap getting on the sensor when I'm changing lenses. No matter how careful you are, it will happen. As I'm sure you know, sensor dust is a big enough problem with stills. On video it's a nightmare and can make shots unusable.
The lenses you have are just fine and you don't really need any more frames per second so what I'd suggest is keeping your present camera and getting a 60D as a second body. I use mine daily as a news photographer and it's still my favorite camera even after getting a 5D III. In my opinion, the 60D is the best value for the money you can find right now. Add the Magic Lantern hack and it's an absolute beast. Here in Canada you can get one for around $850, a real steal.
With two camera bodies you can keep your long lens on one and your wide on the other. That might seem like an awkward way of working but I've done it for years all over the globe and it's really no problem. Having two bodies will keep your lens changes to a minimum and reduce the risk of sensor crap. In a dusty place like the African back country it could save you a lot of heartache and, as a bonus, leave you with some money to put toward the newest 7D version that will inevitably come out.
Have fun on your trip.

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