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Lenses / Re: Do other lenses compete with the "look" of L primes?
« on: December 26, 2012, 09:53:06 AM »
I am very happy with my Sigma primes. I have the 35, 50, and 85 1.4's. I've previously owned Canon's 85 1.2 L II, and had loaners of their 50 1.2 L and 35 1.4 L.

I posted some Sigma 35mm samples here:

And some 85mm examples here:

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: World's First EOS-1D C Motion Image Shoot
« on: December 24, 2012, 02:15:45 PM »
I like that they are honest about the limitations of not shooting RAW and the storage requirements.

Still, looking at some of the stills it seems hard to believe that the prints were that spectacular to see. The fine detail is a bit lacking. It's impressive overall and very impressive knowing it came from video, but not ready to replace shooting stills yet. At least not for weddings or portraits. For sports, it's probably going to cause a revolution.

Lenses / Re: 8-15L cut it yourself gelatin
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:03:34 PM »
These might be absolute crap(I don't know), but here's at least one place(assuming you are in the US):

Lenses / Re: 8-15L cut it yourself gelatin
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:51:12 AM »
I would say that it's irrelevant. What kind of filters do you normally use? A circular polarizer? That's not going to work with this lens. The only thing I can see someone using on this lens would be some kind of neutral density filter. Practically anything else you can do in post.

I should have been more clear that I didn't mean to always turn off auto ISO whenever manual exposure is being used.

I figured that's what you meant, I just wanted anyone reading to realize that it has its place.

There's some bad advice being given here.

If you use manual exposure, make sure auto ISO is turned off. When auto ISO is turned on, your camera changes the ISO to obtain what it thinks is proper exposure, so all your work with shutter speed and aperture is undone.

I disagree. There are times when manual + auto iso is the way to go. If you want to set a fast shutter AND control depth of field AND have the camera meter... auto iso is the way to go.

Real world example: I was shooting a pro motocross race. I set a specific shutter speed that balances motion blur with stopping action. I set aperture to 5.6 (on 70-200 f/2.8 IS II) because it's outdoors with hills and crowds in the background and I don't want them blurred to nothing. Also the extra depth of field helps fudge focusing accuracy on fast moving riders. In some areas they move from open track to the shade under trees causing the lighting on them to change, so I used Auto ISO to allow the camera to meter and expose them correctly. It worked like a champ.

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:04:57 PM »
I've been meaning to pick up Vogue: The Editor's Eye for some inspiration. Anyone own it? What do you think?

"this book focuses on the work of eight of the magazine’s legendary fashion editors (including Polly Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington) who collaborated with photographers, stylists, and designers to create the images that have had an indelible impact on the fashion world and beyond. Featuring the work of world-renowned photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Annie Leibovitz and model/muses, including Marilyn Monroe, Verushka, and Linda Evangelista, The Editor’s Eye is a lavishly illustrated look at the visionary editors whose works continue to reverberate in the culture today."

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:12:35 AM »
I guess, I should have prefaced my comments with my background. I am a software engineer and work full-time consulting with the federal gov in DC. Photography is my main hobby. I wouldn't be interested in getting a degree, just taking a few classes to broaden my skills.

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:49:56 AM »
I have wondered about this too. Over the last 4 years or so, I have gone from barely an SLR knowledge to having a nearly complete technical understanding. I would say that I have mastered candid or outdoor photography. I know how to do basic fill flash just fine.

I've bought a basic studio strobe set, some reflectors and modifiers and am trying to learn pro-quality lighting. Right now, I'm pretty terrible. I've wondered if taking some classes would be the way to really learn lighting. I'd really like to learn more of the artistic side as well.

you are shooting manual....  so you need to change your shutter speed and or aperture...

He says he was using Auto ISO, so the camera still meters and adjusts the ISO based on the calculated exposure.

I think he's dealing with a highly reflective floor and less reflective players. The camera is metering off light reflected from the floor.

Lenses / Re: New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Canon getting awesome reviews
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:22:09 PM »
Am i the only guy who thinks the canon lens socks are useless? at least the sigma has some real protection and can attach to my belt, and that's my plan for it. i'll keep my samyang 14mm in it, while the sigma 35 is on my cam. then switch out as needed.

Nope. I love the Sigma cases. If I'm going for a hike and don't want to bring a camera bag, they are perfect for protecting a lens in my backpack.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:18:18 PM »
To everyone saying they would buy this lens immediately, I have to ask, and I'm not is the current 14mm L lens letting you down? Is the ability to zoom from 14-24 that killer of a feature?

Based on the feedback so far, it seems like the wear you are seeing is an extreme case. It's possible there was a manufacturing problem when they applied the finish on that part of your camera.

Mine is from the first batch to US and shows no wear at all. I am not particularly gentle with it either.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag challenge: pro body and two primes
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:42:10 PM »
I bought the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar home when it was on Amazon Lightning deal. It was way smaller than I imagined it would be, but I've been carrying around all week a Mark III and with one mounted and two stowed lenses(Sigma's 35, 50, and 85 f/1.4's(working on a comparison)). That is the max that can fit though I've been laying my neoprene camera strap flat across the back of the camera and putting my straightened 430 Ex II on top. The closed bag flap holds it in place.

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