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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:29:30 AM »
Hey Canon......

I guess I'm learning it the hard way...  ;D

Sorry, just having some fun.  Realistically, with Canon being such a big company I'd be surprised if there weren't employees looking at forums like this to get ideas and feedback.  But Given that we're already invested in the Canon system, they know they don't have to do anything too special to please us.  They just have to make it unattractive to change brands.  To paraphrase Edward de Bono, Canon don't need to make the best cameras in the world to please their existing customers.  They just need to make cameras that aren't significantly worse than Nikon or Sony.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:44:16 PM »
How harmful would it be for them to pay a small team of photo nerds to surf the web all day and find out what buyers want?
(Heck, I'd do it for free if they let me try some prototypes every now and then.)

Hey Canon, I want a 1DXs - a 45mp full frame camera with 1DX performance.  Will happily pay up to $1500.  Don't forget to make it EF-S compatable in crop sensor mode.

And how's that Eos-Me going with built in EVF and zippy AF?  I assume we've got some new lenses coming out soon?

PS - Where can I send my invoice for market research work? :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 03:16:35 AM »
Now that Canon has pocketed all of the cash from 5Dii to 5Diii upgraders, they can now start releasing cameras with their revolutionary next generation sensor. Can't wait to see the discussion when DXO give it an "83".

I used to use a 30D for sports.  It worked well.  I'd assume a 40D would be even better.

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you pack your filters around?
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:29:22 PM »
I use a Loewpro filter pouch.  Its similar to the Lenscoat one mentioned above.  They don't save much room, but I find it more convenient to have them all stored together.

Lenses / Re: Are you using a filter on your 40mm
« on: February 18, 2013, 01:56:55 AM »
I typically don't use UV filters, but often use IR filters, ND filters, B&W filters and polarizers.  But then, I'm not a pro photographer who is constantly using their camera gear.  I can be a bit more relaxed and careful.  Using a filter affects the image quality.  Sometimes in a good way.  Often in a bad way. If you know what you are trying to achieve (eg a particular look or protection) and understand any trade-offs, then the choice of whether to use a filter is pretty easy.  I just wish the lens was designed with more thought for use with bigger filters.  52mm filters just don't look right.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film EOS Body
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:15:48 PM »
I'd also give some thought to an EOS 30 (AKA Elan 7E).  While an EOS 3 is much more robust, feature packed and a better all round camera, the 30 is still good to use and a fraction of the price.  If I was choosing a film camera and I wasn't concerned about size or weight, I think my order of preference would go 1V, 3, 1N, 30.

The Linhof's are an interchangeable lens, rangefinder style, medium format film camera.  You can get a variety of lenses.  It is a high quality camera.  But I doubt they can be used with medium format backs.  (Actually, I think there are ways to hook up a medium format digital back, but you are limited to the width of a standard back, which defeats the purpose.)  Another negative is that you only get 4 shots per roll with the 617.

If curious, Stuart Klipper is one of the better known users.  He has some photos on hs website - http://www.stuartklipper.com.   

I doubt they used this, but a Linhof Technorama 612 or 617 will give you the panoramic look with fairly good corner sharpness.  No stiching required.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is it okay to get 1Ds mark ii
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:59:10 AM »
Third party batteries are cheap - $30 to $40.  My current batteries were purchased more than twelve months and still going strong.  I typically get between 1500 to 3000 shots on a full charge depending on my use of AF, photo review times etc.  I wouldn't let battery choice affect your decision.  If you can live without video, high ISOs, liveview, microfocus adjustment, small/bad LCD etc, For $700, it sounds like a great buy.  They are very tough camera that can produce spectacular results.  (Although, I'd be a little dubious about the shutter count).

Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:07:51 AM »

You should join the RPS and do one of their Distinctions.

You'd probably have to be a good photographer.  That kind of rules me out.

But that's along the lines that I was thinking.  The Australian Photographic Society is similar.  I assume most countries have similar associations.  Where my idea differs to the honours system is that the photographic societies recognise people that can take exceptional photos.  They may or may not be the same people that you can rely on to consistently produce images of high quality that satisfies their client's demands in a professional way.  Also, membership is open to all, which diminishes the prestige and marketing advantages of being a member.

But realistically, it is these societies that would be the ideal peak professional bodies.  Maybe a new membership category.

Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 11, 2013, 11:40:13 PM »
...We're not building planes or perform brain surgery where some kind of board approval may be useful to some degree ...

Surely, bad wedding photography leads to a higher incidence of divorce?  Think of the cost to society!  It's time for government action now to stop these unregulated photographers destroying people's lives!!

But seriously, you're probably missreading this with a negative approach, rather than the positive slant I wanted to portray.  My intention is not to create barriers to entry or restrictions for work, make membership complusory, make only employees of members eligible for membership, promote anti competitve beahviour or price fixing.  Instead, my suggestion is to provide photographers who show a real dedication to their calling a formal pathway to help promote their level of skill and expertise.  They can then leverage upon their extra training and experience to become members of the association.  At the same time, the association will be promoting the benefits of choosing a member.  If this is done successfully, putting the associations logo on business cards, websites etc will subconcsciously help influence the client's decision to approach you for a quote and hopefully lead to more, better paying, work.  It is a way for people to appreciate why your prices are higher than your competition - and will gladly pay it.   

With an ever growing number of photographers (and a lot of amateurs who are pretty good) this is a way to stand out from the crowd.  It's about having a way to instantly convey that you are probably well above average at what you do. 

Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 10, 2013, 10:39:10 PM »
After thinking about this for a few days, I've started to dislike the term "professional photographer".  I think it is pretty meaningless and am not sure where the term would ever be used.  On tax returns, loan application forms, business cards, websites etc, you would only ever use the term "Photographer".  Nobody ever describes their occupation as "professional xxxxx".  The only time I ever see the word "Professional Photographer" is on application forms such as CPS (Canon Professional Services).  I suspect that they only use the word "professional" to make everyone sound important.  The membership criteria for CPS is that you work as a full-time paid photographer and have bought the right quantity and type of Canon cameras.  Your level of professionalism in how you conduct yourself or photographic skills isn't assessed as part of the application. 

Anyway, the reason that I've come to dislike the term "professional" photographer is that photography isn't a profession in the traditional sense.  There is no recognised educational or skill based pathway to become a "professional" photographer. There are no governing bodies.  There is no board which looks after the admission of members.  There are no reviews of people's skill levels and business conduct.  There is no disciplinary tribunal that acts against those bringing the professional into disrepute or to deal with client / photographer disputes.  There are no standards of conduct or recognised operating processes to ensure that clients receive obtain a satisfactory standard of work.

To become a profession, I'd suggest photographers need to: -

1. Set up a society. 

2. Set the minimum educational requirements - eg diploma or bachelor degree in a photography or art related field from an accredited institution.

3. Set up a postgraduate course that prospective members have to complete to be admitted as members.  The course will cover five or six keys subjects and be designed to be completed part time over two years while you are working as a paid photographer.  This course will cover advanced topics and be designed to be hard and challenging.  Many people will fail at least one subject.  Some won't be able to pass as at all.  You will have to be pretty good to become society members.

4.  Set a high annual membership fee.  Much of the membership fees will be directed towards advertising so that the general public knows that using a society member helps ensure high quality.  This also helps society members charge/justify higher fees.  Everyone knows you're not just a person who picked up a camera for the first time last week.  You are a professional with significant training, skills and knowledge.

5.  Mandate continual professional education.  Members have to dedicate 30 hours a year toward seminars, conferences, reading and podcasts from accredited educational providers to improve and update their skills.

6.  Every three to five years, the society reviews your work and your business to ensure you are continuing to meet the high standards expected.

If it is up for a vote, I'm backing mixed card slots.  SD cards might not be the fastest or most secure, but they are universally available.  Every supermarket, tourist attraction and smaller camera shooter carries SD cards.  And they're cheap.  Plus nearly every laptop and tablet has a built in SD card reader.  Mixed card slots give you the CF card slot for speed and reliability and an SD card slot for those "OMG I forgot spare memory cards" moments.

Besides, I thought we were almost at the point where memory card speed wasn't having a significant impact on camera FPS or buffers?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:48:38 AM »

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