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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: Today at 06:19:19 PM »
Mirrorless, the absence of mirror.
Why call a camera system by the name of something that does not exist in the camera?

For the same reason the first cars were refered to as "horseless carriages."

The mirrorbox/horse is the established standard.

All carriages were pulled by horses (ignore other animals :-), but there are all kind of cameras, not just the ones with mirrors (P&S, rangefinder, view etc). Also nobody who made cars put in a name "horseless". This is why I think EOS-M is just wrong.

In time it may change.

EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:44:55 PM »
Mirrorless, the absence of mirror.
Why call a camera system by the name of something that does not exist in the camera?

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:58:22 PM »
I'm concerned that they have dropped the 70D's highly-useful 3x "digital zoom" mode for video.  It doesn't appear in the menu shown on the B&H preview.  That feature needs not only to be included, but improved.

Don't count on it. The t3i has digital zoom in video, but it is not in t4i and t5i. So Canon does remove features instead of adding them.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:28:56 AM »
The 5D MK III had so much more detail and much sharper than the 70D.

Should not come as a surprise. Even low quality lenses like the 17-40 shine on the 5D3/6D but appear very bad when mounted on APS-C cameras. It's just a matter of pixel density.


Woody, I agree with you, I should have known.  Here are the photos I was referring to.

The top photo is focussed in front of the seated people. Look at the grass out front. I'd say it's front focussed by a couple of feet, leaving the subjects a little out of focus in behind

Hi Etienne,  I respect your attention to detail, but that is just not the case, I simply changed cameras and focused on my daughter and cropped it.

Just look at the fence, it is so much more out of focus in the top photo then in the bottom. Either you used different aperture or the focus point was not the same location.

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:45:36 AM »

Hopefully someone with better attention to detail, too.  In removing the left side of the camera, the lens release was also removed.  A buyer would need to think carefully about which lens to mount first...

You don't need a button on the camera. You can do it the way FD lenses did it with a button on the lens.
I'm not talking about the early lenses that had the silver ring, I'm talking about the later lenses that had a button on the lens.

I prefer that to the EF mount button on the camera.

6 no no no no....AFMA just has no place in the rebel line....

But including WB shift/bracketing does? How many non Rebel photographers use that?

If AFMA is simply called AFMA in the menus, nobody would use it on a Rebel unless they read about it first. It is not exactly a common acronym.

Software & Accessories / Re: Sub $1000 27" monitor for photo editing
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:02:23 PM »
My Dell U2711 was around $600 on sale, I have it at home and love it, it is 2560x1440. Sometimes you can find the 30" version for around $1000. I have 2 of them in the office, they are 2560x1600. They are the best monitors I have ever used.

Have you considered using the HSS mode of your flash. If you raise the shutter speed to 1/4000 you will darken the background almost to black.

Lighting / Re: yongnuo yn560-iii any good
« on: May 31, 2014, 10:23:38 AM »
thanks for all the comments ,first one the units are higher priced in the u.k (what isn't ) and having been advised on other forums as well about the suitability of ETTL  and given various alternative models the one i am looking at now is the yn565mkii ,which retails over here at £73 as opposed to £48 for the 560mk iii ,these are for u.k sourced models rather than a cheaper direct chinese import which i have had problems with in the past delivery time wise ..

The 565 does not have HSS (High Speed Sync), the 568 does. The HSS is extremely useful for a daylight fill or for macro work where you can have sync speed of 1/4000 or (1/8000 if your camera supports it).
Ordering from the Yongnuo ebay store took 2 weeks to get to Canada last time I ordered, probably the same to UK.

Lighting / Re: yongnuo yn560-iii any good
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:03:03 PM »
I haven't used the 560 but I have the 568EX and 568EX II, I don't really know what is the difference between the two.
Both are great flashes with ETTL and HSS that would suite you for your type of photography. I have combined them with YN622 radio triggers and I'm very happy with this setup. I can control them from the in camera menus perfectly. What I have costs less then one Canon 600 flash.

Before somebody chimes in and tells me that a professional would not depend on an off brand for something as important as flash.

What professional would depend on 1 flash, you always have to have a spare in case you drop a flash on the job or something else happens to it. So you always have to have n+1 units. Increase that to n+3 with YN and you will be safe, yet still save money.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 23, 2014, 07:57:36 AM »
I really wonder what is so damn hard about reverse engineering that Canon lens protocol. We are not talking about some one man show running a startup on a shoe string budget and Ramen noodles, AFAIK Sigma is a sizable company that can design outstanding lenses. It's not like they'd have to crack AES encryption to make this work. They build up all this reputation for the new 50A, only to see it shredded by their poor electronics/firmware. 99-yard football seems to be their favorite sport ...

To those who wondered why AI works for the 50A and single shot AF doesn't (reliably): single shot AF is usually an one effort procedure: measure point spread, calculate AF motor movement, perform motor movement, done. If the measurement is off, or the motor does not move as intended, your AF will be off. With AI the measure/calculate/move procedure is performed continuously, and therefore will only fail in focus shift situations (see 50L).

I have been thinking about this also and I'm beginning to suspect that Canon has software in the body to prevent the third party lenses from focusing consistently. Basically if the camera does not recognize the lens as Canon it would insert random miss focusing.

It would be nice to see how the AF performs on some old cameras, especially old Rebels since I would suspect that there would not be any thing in the firmware. Better yet how it performs on a film camera.

Or alternately if the lens is miss identified by the camera as some other Canon lens, it is apply a correction which is appropriate for the Canon lens but not good for the Sigma.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:32:55 PM »
Is there a lens out there that never has occasional AF inconsistency?

Does a 40% miss rate really constitute occasional inconsistency?  I think not...

Compare this to Zeiss missing 100% of AF shots  ;)

So after this DSLR, from the past rumors how many more DSLRs are left to be released this year?

Hi everyone,

About a month ago I contacted a photographer because I wanted to get into the wedding business.
He accepted my request and he took me with him to a wedding, now:

The Bride called my up a week ago telling me that she didn't like the photographer images and she asked to have a look at my photographs instead.

I set up a gallery for her and she contacted my back very excited and happy about my work, making me so happy as well.

Photographers say that you have to know your client to work out a price, well I don't know how much their budget was but they hired a Limousine and a Cadillac for their wedding, this is what I've seen.

How much do you think should I charge them for about 30-40 photos, retouching and the time spend at the wedding?

I was thinking between $500 - $600 (Australia)

Thank you

(By the way I didn't get paid by the photographer and he didn't tell me the client tried to get in contact with me)

Why would the client tried to get in contact with you without seeing your photos first?

You are asking us how much you should charge. The best person to tell you this is the original photographer. He knows the market and he knows the client.
One big lesson that you should learn from this is how much to charge, this is the most important information you can get out of this experience. Even if the PRO does not want to share any money with you, but you know what is the right amount to charge for your local market you will come out ahead in the future.

As far as the number you proposed ($600/40), that is $15 per picture, it sure does not sound like you value your time much.

Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:40:01 AM »
I'm late to this thread, but I will give you a real car company example.

AC Delco (A GM company) makes car batteries for GM products, but also batteries for most other cars.

Batteries are bought by end customers, unlike  examples of Sony sensors or Samsung LCD screens where the end customer does not have a choice what part is put into the final product.

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