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You're all partially right.  Current software is not very advanced.  However, there are detectable differences between some types of detail and noise, but it is very hard to distinguish with current software.  The way it could be done by more complex software is by better "recognizing" patterns (lines, areas, and edges) and then using complex algorithms to preserve these patterns while eliminating the noise within them.  Secondarily, the algorithms can be "trained" to recognize the types and patterns of noise generated by particular cameras at particular ISO settings in order to more effectively eliminate that noise.  This software could also have advanced scene recognition capabilities, which enable it to better apply the right type of sharpening to the right type of areas (for example, if the software recognized a face, it could make the irises and eyelashes really sharp while evening out the skin tones (colors as well)).  These are just a few examples of what could be done, but there is a whole lot more.

Sports / Re: Post Your Panning Shots!
« on: October 20, 2012, 09:16:09 PM »
Here is one of my favorites: 


They did not ask me to do video, but I told them I have the capacity to record a couple of moments - if they wish.

If I do end up shooting -some- video, it will be limited.  I will also charge more to cover more memory cards and perhaps another battery.

Thanks for the replies, everyone!!
I think I'm going to try a hybrid of y'all's ideas. 
I'm going to rent a 5Diii, and a 70-200 f/2.8 IS ii, and a prime (yet to choose) between:

35L f/1.4   (good for wedding party shots on FF?)
135L f/2    (If I get this, I'll have to use my 7D/17-55 2.8 for the wide shots...)
85 f/1.8 or 85L f/1.2  (If I get this, I'll have to use my 7D/17-55 2.8 for the wide shots...)
(or I'll get 2 primes).
What combo would you guys rent?

Not sure what body I'll use the 70-200 on for the ceremony.  Perhaps on the 5Diii, and have my 7D with my 17-55 2.8. (Or the prime).  Or perhaps I'll use the 70-200 on the 7D for more reach, and use the 5Diii with the prime for better IQ/bokeh.

What I'll have:

(1) Wife, also shooting shots! (great eye for shots but technical newbie:  She'll get a lot of candids and deco shots.  I'm teaching her the basics of aperture, ISO, shutter speed, composition, and flash use/bouncing)  :)
(1) 40D
(1) 7D
(1) 5Diii
(2) 4GB CF
(4?) 16GB CF
(1) 32GB SD (for backup in 5Diii)
(1) Manfrotto Tripod / fluid video head (may not do any video)
(2) Promaster 7500 EDF flashes & (2) globe diffusers
(2) 9' flash stands and umbrellas (should I shoot through or bounce?)
(2) batteries per camera + 2 chargers
(16) Eneloop AA batteries / charger
EF-S 17-55 2.8 IS
EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS ii
(a NICE rental prime) (TBD)
EF 50 f/1.8
Kiron 105 f/2.8 macro
EF-S 17-85 4-5.6 IS (probably won't use at all)
orange gels for flashes, honeycomb flash modifier, fold-out reflector.

I would strongly recommend against it.

Against renting a 5Diii, or against using primes?

I could rent "the holy trinity of primes" for less than two good 2.8 zooms, but I think I might do something in-between.  I have the 17-55 2.8 for my 7D, and I could rent the 70-200 2.8L IS ii and an awesome prime or two.

I wouldn't bother with renting zooms, I would go with these:

Canon 35mm 1.4
Canon 50mm 1.2
Canon 85mm 1.8 or 1.2

But that's just my preference because of quality of primes, low light, and extreme shallow DOF look. I only have 1 zoom lens in my bag and I almost never use it. I've also never needed anything longer than 85mm.

I think that is good advice.  However, my fears are these:
1. The quarters will be somewhat tight, and I really want the flexibility of a zoom.
2. I'm not sure that I'm quite experienced enough to use only primes / change lenses a lot during the whole thing.

I suppose I could have my 7D be my flexibility option with the 17-55 2.8 IS, and then use the 5Diii with a couple of amazing primes for those glory shots.

Best advice:
Be sure to have money to buy one after return it  ;)

Hahaha.  I'm afraid you are right.  There is no way I could afford a 5D mk. anything at this time, but someday!!!  :)

Is that 750 full-sized RAW files?

Thanks for the tips!  I think I'm going to use a bunch of 4, 8, and 16GB cards since I like to crack off a LOT of shots (so as not to miss the moment), and I don't like having all of my eggs in [a couple of baskets].  I think my wife and I shot over 2300 pictures at the last wedding we did. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Renting 5DIII for a wedding, would like advice
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:05:38 PM »
Hey y'all!, I'm a long time lurker but first time poster.

I'm shooting an indoor wedding in December, and plan to rent a 5D mkIII to complement my 7D and a 40D.

Coming from a 7D is there anything major I should be aware of using the 5Diii?  Tips and/or advice?

Lenses I own:
-the nifty fifty
-Canon 17-55 2.8 IS
-Kiron 105 2.8 Macro

Gear I plan to rent:
Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC
Canon 70-200 2.8L is II  :D
Canon 5D mk III  :D

1. Will I need 60mb/s cards to shoot RAW with the 5Diii, or will 30mb/s suffice?
2. In your experience/opinion, how much speed/capacity do you need? (I'll have (3) 4GB 30mb/s cards, (1)8GB 30mb/s, and hopefully (3) shiny new 16GB 60mb/s cards (all SanDisk Extreme, Ultra, or Extreme III)  Good?  Should I pick up some more? 
3. I have 2 chargers and should have at least (2) batteries per camera.


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