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Software & Accessories / Genie - Motion control time lapse device
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:44:57 PM »
Anyone considering one of these? It seems really cool, but expensive.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/syrp/genie-motion-control-time-lapse-device

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best PC product for HDR
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:11:25 PM »
I haven't personally compared the alternatives, but am very happy with what I get out of Niks.

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However, that means that you guys are constantly interpreting/guessing what could be the picture with the right saturation/levels right?

When I have a conversation with another photographer I ask about their workflow and I have found that everyone does what works best for them. When doing an initial review after a shoot, I ONLY focus on the image's composition and the subject and not the lighting / color.  I have spent enough time playing around with RAW images that I know it's possible to create nearly any look... from natural as the scene appeared to lots of color contrast for impact...anything is possible. The one key factor in achieving that is making sure the RAW image isn't over or underexposed...which I do while shooting by using the Neutral picture style and RGB histograms to check that there are no clipped shadows or highlights.

If you prefer to review the images with one of Canon's picture styles you can use Digital Photo Pro to batch convert to JPEG while applying any picture style you want (even if you shot them with the Neutral setting). Alternatively, if you want to stick with Aperture for the whole process, import your RAW files, apply some contrast/saturation to one image and then use lift/stamp adjustments to batch apply it to all the others. Then you can export JPEGs for your iPad. Either way it involves an extra step but not as much time as you might think.

Most importantly... play around.. figure out what works best for you.

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bcherincoff, I have a question about your 5D III and the Sigma 12-24. Is it the 1st gen 12-24? And if so does the camera communicate with it ok for aperture and autofocus? And the 1st gen has a gel holder on the rear of the lens?

It's the first gen version. Aperture and autofocus worked. It does have a gel holder on the rear. Again, I only tested it with the extender just for the sake of seeing if it worked. Why someone would want to use an extender on a lens that is purposely made for extreme wide angle is beyond me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:51:40 PM »
I may have to grab a 1.4x Kenko and try it on my 100-400 until I can afford something along the lines of a 600/4 II.


Just be sure to order the right model (DGX) and read the post people in which people have had problems with them. It seems like they possibly did a silent update that has increased compatibility, so I would recommend ordering one new from Adorama (I bought mine through Amazon but the order was filled by Adorama).

http://www.adorama.com/KN14XPEOSDGX.html
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=4977.0

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:50:42 PM »
I just tried it with my 70-200 IS Mk II in much lower light and with more complicated backgrounds just in case buildings at near infinity focus against the sky were too easy a subject... and the result is... Wow!

Another video...this one is less clear...parts of it black out as the cell phone camera looking through the viewfinder didn't get enough light, but stick with it. Also, I tried it indoors, handheld with just one lamp on and it works fantastic.

I was using Aperture to read the EXIF information and by default it doesn't show the lens's max aperture. I enabled that field and for the extender stack with 400mm f/2.8, it shows f/5.66, however the body will only let you select f/8, so there is definitely some Kenko trickery going on. All I know is it works!
Small | Large

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:07:45 PM »
I understand healthy skepticism, so I made a demonstration video and have uploaded two RAW files. The video shows the AF in action and towards the end I even focus on a moving jet after taking off, though it was in One Shot AF. Could have had a better result in Servo. Anyway, everything I was shooting was pretty far off. I should also test it on closer subjects with more complicated backgrounds. Let me know if there any specific scenarios you would like me to test. I suppose I can try the same extender stack on my 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II and see if works...in fact I'll go do that now, while you are chewing this stuff over.

Oh, regarding the Kenko fooling the body... the camera shows f/8 and the EXIF records that, so at least at some level, the camera is aware.

video:
Small | Large


two RAW images:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32275661/9Z9C4459.CR2
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32275661/9Z9C4464.CR2



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EOS Bodies / Re: For those interested in 7D2
« on: May 11, 2012, 11:18:39 AM »
I've owned and sold a 7D and a 5D Mk II, and purchased the 5D Mk III and love it. I hope to make some money from this expensive hobby this year.

I earn a living as a cleared software engineer consulting with the federal government in the Washington DC area. The pay is high, but not like a doctor.

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My first thought about the lens was that they are simply creating a much larger than needed image circle so that the sensor utilizes the sharpest center part.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:07:36 AM »
Last night just for the hell of it, I stacked my kenko 1.4x onto my canon 2x II onto my 400mm f/2.8 which gives an 1120mm f/8 lens. AF worked liked champ on my 5D Mk III.

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Canon General / Re: Tattoos for Photographers
« on: May 10, 2012, 03:47:23 PM »
Sorry, I can't resist  :P

I can't believe how much better D800 tattoos are better than all of those!

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: May 09, 2012, 02:46:31 PM »
from my 5d Mk II

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Kitty
« on: May 08, 2012, 08:08:48 PM »
"I'm waiting for my milk..."

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Neuroanatomist is correct. You initially see the same image preview that your camera displays when you review pictures you have taken. When shooting RAW it's best to set the camera's picture style to Neutral to get a realistic preview of what the RAW file will look like. This affects the histogram the camera shows, so keeping it neutral makes the histogram more accurate.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Firmware upgrade, missing step...
« on: April 24, 2012, 09:15:30 AM »
There is a mac version on the US site too.

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