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Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: August 31, 2014, 06:04:05 AM »
I found my thumb got tired...
And I thought I was the only one to get thumb fatigue!
Back button focus is a brilliant option for photographers with better thumbs than privatebydesign and myself.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:56:23 AM »
Kinda wish I held off on the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, still it was $6247 with my CPS discount so I still am ahead, just not by quite as much
I've not heard of CPS discounts on lenses.
It may depend on which part of the planet you live. No such thing in Australia as far as I'm aware.
CPS in Sydney is Gold Standard, reason enough on its own to not shoot Nikon. It's an awesome service.

But CPS discounts? Lucky you...where?

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:03:26 AM »
RAW only.

I followed the 'typical' path - shoot JPG only, then RAW+JPG and keep only some of the RAW files, finally RAW only.
Yep that would be a pretty typical path to take. Most people would have got there years ago. RAW only. 2003 for me.

It's unfathomable and slightly hilarious that this thread is still running. I'm not against anybody shooting JPEG, that's their choice. And in some cases it's a valid choice.

Yet the arguments that favor a RAW workflow are so profoundly well based, it beggars belief how photographers who assert they're shooting meaningful work can attempt to argue that shooting JPEG is somehow superior.

Who would prefer a pre-prepared supermarket frozen meal zapped in a microwave over a skillfully crafted meal made from fresh ingredients? Quick & convenient but somehow leaving you with that shallow feeling vs...,well you get the point. 

Yes, occasionally the frozen dinner is useful, but why not travel first class?

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:40:19 PM »
Get real! To say you only shoot RAW at the times when you know you're going to need it is pretty shortsighted. Ask just about any deeply experienced photographers about their best ever shots and a common answer will be in the context of it coming unexpectedly, a situation or magic moment that could burst out of a seemingly mundane situation. The Boy Scouts motto "Be Prepared" could have a little resonance here. Switch to RAW and never be in a position to moan or make excuses about "the one that got away..."

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMk II or the 1DMk IV
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:08:53 PM »
Based on early rumoured specs, I did see a 7D2 pushing my 1d Mk4 out of my bag. But it's still speculation until the actual, REAL  final specs are verified, REAL reviews are published and REAL world user reports from early adapters start to roll in.

The fact remains that the 1D4 is a truly fantastic high performance action camera with a bigger APS-H sensor that the 7D2 will be hard pressed to outperform. Pure physics dictates this. A 7D2 will quite likely outgun the 1D4 in terms of tracking AF with its awesome AF array and more up to date processor. Anyway we won't have long to wait and all these speculative questions will have real answers.

I definitely wouldn't expect a 7D2 to last anywhere near as long as my 1D4 which must have well over half a million shutter acctuations on it by now...all on the original shutter. I know full time sports shooters who have run 1-series bodies up over a million clicks on the original shutter. They would take the viewpoint that ultimately a 1-series body will be cheaper in the long run, and much better to use than a 7D.

What is a certainty is that Canon is going sell a bazillion of these highly anticipated cameras.

-pw



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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:39:53 AM »
I like both. Mirrorless has a big future. Once the AF gets up to speed and the EVF evolves sufficiently, what else has to happen? Based on the game-changing specs & performance & gob-smacked reviews of the mirrorless Panasonic GH-4 I bought one for my video work where it tidily beats the pants off my 5D3 in all situations with the exception of high iso shooting (over 1600 iso).

After using the GH-4 for a couple of months I'm discovering the sheer brilliance of it's very decent EVF and surprisingly good AF; much much quicker and accurate than I initially expected. Now that Adobe DNG converter v8.6 and Lightroom v5.6 can see the GH-4 RAW files, I've even been using it for stills on some commercial jobs.

Mirrorless is evolving fast. It's great to use. I'd hate to see favourite mainstream manufacturers (cough, cough..) being caught flat footed as this revolution gains pace.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 14-24mm OS lens at Photokina?
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:53:57 AM »
Literally ordered a 12-24 MkII to update my MkI five minutes before I saw this.  Not terribly bothered because 14 isn't 12.  I will be very interested to see this one.
Is the MkII 12-24 much of an improvement over the MkI? I have a MkI which I pull out just a few times a year when the 16-35 f/2.8II just doesn't cut it. It's OK at f/11 but total mush wide open.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:26:51 PM »
Yes I'll probably get one, but unlikely to commit based on what is still a rumor spec list.

Unless it's a compelling argument, I'll keep punting the 1D4 along for a while yet. For me a 7D2 would be an action camera, and the rumored AF array looks like a winner on paper, probably outperforming my 1D4, but it's the high iso performance that will be the decider for me. If it can at least match the 1D4 on high iso, I'll buy.

-pw


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Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS versus EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:25:25 AM »
I've had both and would probably still be using the 70-200 f/2.8 IS-Series-I if I hadn't dropped it. It was repaired but never quite the same. Comparing my two copies I'd have to say there is very little in it. I suspect my Series-I was a seriously good copy before the drop. The Series II is fantastic too, sharp at f/2.8 right through to about f/11.

Shooting action using AI-Servo, neither lens performed like my 300 f/2.8is, but that's to be expected. OOF tracking shots can be attributed to user error in most cases. Provided you've got a good body behind the lens there should be good results using correct technique. Your 7D should be fine. You'll always get better AI Servo performance from a 1-Series body with it's higher capacity battery driving the AF just that little bit faster.

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:56:08 PM »
I looked back at some older pics I had but didn't really want to show them as they looked a bit under-exposed and generally the style wasn't suitable so I re-processed the ones I needed. It took me seconds to achieve good results and recover detail that I thought was lost. The final pics look way better than the prev iteration and have gone into my portfolio. So glad I shot RAW from day one!
You're not wrong. Last week I did a fairly deep archive search (2002-2003) for a client who was needing shots of someone who has since passed away. I'd shot them JPEG and they were awful. I may have thought they were OK 12 years ago, but now? I switched to 100% RAW workflow from around that time, so it was probably one of my last all-JPEG jobs. If they'd been RAW files, my client would have loved the 2014 conversions and file processing. At the time I didn't consider the job to be that important. Brilliant of me (not) for thinking I could predict the future!

The evidence has been in for a  L O N G  time now.
If anyone reading this thread still needs convincing that RAW is tops, then too bad.

-pw

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Software & Accessories / iPad app Model Release
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:31:18 PM »
There seem to be dozens of iPad apps for model release. Has anyone used these, and if so which one works best? Something I couldn't quite grasp is how people sign them. How is this handled? I would be needing an app where you can create custom content, preferably to include branding.

http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-model-release

-pw

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I have used flip locks in the past and do not consider them suitable/trustworthy for tripods and mono pods. Both the Gitzo and Sirui twist locks are far superior and much easier to use, as well as being MUCH more secure.
As a complete inverse to your experience I have used twist locks in the past and find them slower and less trustworthy. I have used flip locks now for 15 years and wouldn't consider going back to twisties. Too slow when the pressure is on. What exactly is it that you find makes twist-locks MUCH more secure?

I've had twisties "sink" but never had a flip-lock sink under weight. Another advantage of a flip-lock is you have a visual confirm of the full-lock position. With a twistie, there is no visual cue. I've had legs on my twist-lock Gitzo tripod sag unexpectedly, but never my big flip-lock Manfrotto 075B. I'm a flippin' fan!

-pw


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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 04:35:36 AM »
What about lossy DNG, anyone? Any issues> I'm using these (in Lightroom) to reduce the resolution I get from my Sony ARW's to ~10.5 megapixels. The dng's become surprisingly small, and it looks like I can still do all the corrections I want?

In case you wonder, I also shoot MRAW with the 5D3 unless I absolutely require the higher resolution. Almost all of my stuff is for monitor use or small print only (and I've printed 120x80cm canvas without problems).

Why not shoot full RAW and down-res in post? What happens when you capture that magic moment and your client wants it for a national campaign? You may as well have skipped on the 5D3 and bought a cheap APS-C.

As a neat analogy, all my video work now is shot on the astounding Panasonic GH4. Everything is shot in 4k but published in 1080p. Video shot in 4k and down-ressed to 1080p is orders of magnitude better than shooting in 1080p. There is plenty of documentation to unequivocally verify this.  And there is also the flexibility to make global changes in post. Same with a full size RAW/DNG even if you're publishing for web or small print.

With my stills work, I do use lossy DNG occasionally, but only for storage considerations. For a job where I've shot very heavily and choose to keep a large number of images, I'll process my master files from a full size RAW/DNG. Hero images will be kept as full-size DNG, and the rest are crunched down into lossy DNG's but only for storage and only after the job has been delivered and signed off.

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 24, 2014, 11:57:06 PM »
If you ever accidentally set your white balance incorrectly, as I did shooting photos of President Obama's second inauguration, you won't be asking that question, you'll just shoot in RAW or RAW+JPEG.
OP, shoot JPEG by all means, for the most part you'll get a solid result.

If like VividColor you do projects for clients where the consequences of a screw-up could be career-ending, you shoot RAW. Hell, why wouldn't you shoot RAW? I thought this argument was long over. The reasons are written up ad-nauseum. I thank the Gods of Photography daily for the astounding flexibility and depth of RAW files.

The only JPEG's I ever shoot are on my phone. BTW, your phone and every single digital camera shoots RAW and does a no-consultation conversion for you. Why not do it yourself?

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D MKII
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:04:00 PM »
I've seen the current incarnation of the 6D produce wonderful shots of flying cars...
Now we know that a 6D must have been what they used to shoot the flying car sequences in the Harry Potter movies.
The 6D's reputation is airborne..

-pw

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