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Lenses / Re: What distance to be at for AFMA
« on: December 05, 2014, 03:55:13 AM »
FoCal Test Distance Chart and Explanation here.  Two things to note
  • its the minimum recommended distance, you can be farther. I tend to check lenses at two distances just to be sure - the minimum and 2X the minimum is my default.
  • you do a teleconverter in the focal length, but you don't consider the crop factor in the focal length when deciding the distance.

So 8m is the minimum recommended for your 400mm lens.

But how about a target, should I resize target as I go further? If yes, what is the ideal target size (width of strips, of black and white)

Because in my experience, when I go further, AFMA green/yellow dot go crazy, no pattern at all, it never stay solid. So I tend to go closer to my target.

Hope my question make sense..

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:48:13 AM »
Well, if you only have one camera and one lens. Your favorite is what you have.

My Ideal combo, for purpose of taking group family portrait on holidays:
portable but not compromising IQ much
got touchscreen so its easy to ask someone take photo
it must be zoom lens. I need wide shot also need telephoto

G1X mark ii, should be my Ideal combo. Which I dont have.
So I choose my 2nd body 70D with 24-70.

IMO, 70D is the least DSLR usable for me. because of AFMA.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35 1.8 or EF 16-35 2.8 for 70D
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:40:05 AM »
Just want to start of by saying im totally new to this. Just bought a canon 70d last month with two kit lens the EFS 55-250mm and EFS 18-55mm. The lenses are OK and will get the job done but I want a wide-angle that is a little sharper. Im torn between these two lenses. Anyone have experience with either on a crop sensor?

If you are on a budget, try efs 10-18 STM. I got one recently, IMO build is better than my EFS 18-55mm which I already sold long ago. 24mm Full Frame wise, not wide enough for tight subject distance. Normally, you must have 16mm full frame wise focal length for landscape.

Check out some review on EFS 10-18 and start from there.

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 04:01:10 AM »
What I will say, it may seem strange. But Sigma 50mm Art works wonderfully in its 70D with dual pixel AF, and a viewfinder coupled to the LCD.

Using dual pixel AF, all possible problems with Sigma AF are over. But if you want Canon lenses, so there is not 50mm with great image quality at F1.4. In this case, I recommend Canon 85mm F1.8 stopped down to F2.5.

To go even longer, Canon 100mm F2 has better quality than his sister 85mm, but none of them can beat Sigma 50mm Art.

thanks for this.. I may really need and want this when tripod telephoto shooting during sports event. When opportunity comes.. But not for wedding I think..

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:59:01 AM »
For great differential focus you need a wide aperture so the obvious choice is a 50 f/1.2 or f/1.4. The Sigma ART lens or one of the Canons.

I do a few weddings though I don't own any of those lenses. On a crop body (not the obvious choice for a wedding, granted) I use the EFS 60mm f/2.8 macro lens which is a fantastic performer and makes very flattering portraits. It has a 52mm filter thread which means I can use my elderly Cokin filter holder (that won't go on any of my 77mm threaded lenses) and their soft focus filter which doesn't, in fact, soften focus, but it does soften contrast and I typically take a great picture of the bride wearing her veil in natural light from a big nearby window which is always a popular shot.

Maybe we don't really need such wide aperture lenses - f/1.4 at 50mm or 70mm gives such narrow depth of field that if the bride's eye is in focus her nose won't be. So you'll probably be using your f/1.4 lens stopped down to f/2 or f/2.8 anyway. I use my 60mm lens wide open much of the time.

Ask Khalai says, you might want to go for a zoom such as the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II if you have the budget for it. I use a tele zoom for candids at weddings but the lens I couldn't do without is the 60mm.

Since I have just started this part time, shooting candid is really not rewarding coz the bride is not looking, at usually not smiling or her mouth not in its nicest look. So photo just wasted.

My style of photo, I leave a bit of space around so I can crop to different aspect ration if I want. Also, I believed old lens, is not sharp wide open. So I may need to use sweet spot.
Should I worry about focus shift issue, when taking portrait at medium shot, at F2?

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:53:37 AM »
I've shot a couple of weddings (well, more than a couple), my goto and most used lens is (awesome) 70-200/2.8L IS II, I also have a backup 100L - which I mount on 7D (basically 160mm FoV lens).

70-200/4L IS is not bad, but you need some space between you, your subject and the subject-background. You can opt for 70-200/2.8L nonIS for shallower DoF, but you can and sometimes you will miss the IS. But from what you listed, 50L on 7D (making it 80mm in FoV) sound like the most bokehlicious lens, it will also help you in tighter spots (MDF under 0,5m vs. 1.2-1.4m with 70-200 lenses).

Just my 0.02 eurocents :)

True, 70-200/2.8L might be the best lens for wedding. But here in Singapore, they don't usually do church wedding. And space are usually tight. If ever I can afford one. Its too heavy hanging on my dual black rapid strap.

I guess I will choose 50L, but I worry AF speed. Since 70D got fast FPS. I don't know if 50L can catch up.

Lenses / Re: What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:49:50 AM »

Take 50L or Sigma 50A

Yep 35mm f1.4 L. Maybe be to close for the situation.
But I can only guess 35mm AF is more accurate?
I have rented 50L on my first wedding shoot. Mount it on 70D. My actual first 3 shots, 70D won't focus.
Maybe my rented copy got problem and it scared me owning one.

Lenses / What 2nd bokeh lens for wedding?
« on: December 02, 2014, 03:36:37 AM »
Hi, I got 6D with 24-70 f4L. I also got 70D body. What lens should I get?

I have shot 3 weddings in total. For just capturing the event and group shots. 24-70 is superb IQ already for me.
Together with 430ex ii and graslon dome diffuser.

But when taking portrait of bride. I don't have the right lens. I use the 270ex ii on the 70D with diffuser.
I don't have much experience on wedding scenario so I couldn't decide what lens is best.
. 70-200 f4L IS
. 50 f1.2L
. 35 f1.4L

For my 70D.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Capturing Still from Video, best practice?
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:25:30 PM »
Hi, I know that it is possible to save one frame of video to make it one still photo.

What is the best video recording settings for this to have good IQ for the resulting still photo? Higher Frame Rate? All i or ipb good enough?

Is taking frame from video to make photo "normally done" and good enough for alternative shots for a given event aside from the still camera?


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:55:29 AM »
I forgot to mention.

I didn't use any steadycam.
All I did was use the Camera strap on my neck, apply tension on it continuously and move my waist.

Since my target are low budget client, I will set aside use of steadycam and external mic.

Please advise on my camera movement. All I did was pan from left to right.

Thanks again.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:30:29 AM »
Hi guys,

This is the result of my Same Day Edit Video.

On this day, I took both video and photo.

Regarding video editor, I use Premiere Pro.
I tried some free software and Cyberlink Editor, at first I thought they seem to be ok.
But when its time to do Premiere Pro testing - at first it looks to advance, I gave up just after looking at workspace - I say nah.. to expensive and advance,
but then I give it try one more. And I find myself able to trim, cut, and make my first practice video in no time.

As a beginner, how did I learn the editing on this video.
Frankly, I didn't practice at all, I only have one week to learn before the shoot.
I'm scared when I try to study all, it will be complicated and I just make the video fail.

All I did is these:
Double click on video file, play, choose In and Out. then drag to time line. thats all.
I still didn't add transition in between, since I still don't know how. Video looks ok, so nevermind that.
I right click begin and end of timeline and apply transition to fade it.

I shot this on 70D, every picture style parameters set to low.
I used 24FPS. Next time I will try 30FPS.
I bought a brand new EFS 10-18.. and was amazed with the build quality compared to 18-55 which I previously had. TBH, i find 18-55 like a toddler's toys, so light, so plastic. I expect 10-18 to be same. But was surprise,
EFS 10-18mm was just nice. and sharp for my taste and for the price.

Until now I still don't know how to increase contrast.. and if Its possible to crop.
I will learn that next.

Regarding Audio,
I never adjust any setting in camera, also use built in mic. Quality is so so, but should be ok since
most of the time, audio is from music add on.
Its good to know how much quality of audio is improve if I use external mic.

Thanks all. If you got advise, comments are always welcome.
Sorry for my grammar, as I type fast here at work. And was just want to quick share my first professional video.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:01:23 AM »
Thanks regarding mic input.

Should I worry regarding mic getting loose on its jack, making the shoot go worst that not having an external mic at all.

Honestly this is the thing that I worry the most.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:13:30 AM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.

I'm sorry, but it's more than simply opportunity. Art has decades of experience and insight that far fewer than "millions" of other photographers have. If you actually read his blog on a regular basis, and read his books, you realize the depth of his experience. If I had all of Arties opportunities, I'm certain I would get better photos...however getting excellent photos every single time is another story. There are subtleties within subtleties within subtleties about bird photography that you learn when Art starts critiquing your work (which is something I do, over on BPN.) You start learning how nuanced getting every single aspect of a bird photo, from lighting and composition down to head angle and eye pointing and everything else.

I'm a decent photographer, and one of those "millions" of other photographers out there who don't very often have the opportunities that Art has. I know for a fact, though that even if I had them, I'd be missing a LOT of the subtleties.

+1, he has great compositions and looks to his shots even though many are a little on the high key side to my taste.  Reading his comments just from the 7D2 posts on his crop and composition choices shows just how much he considers when taking photos.

Yeah, there is a depth of consideration, for sure. The amazing thing is he seems to consider all those things in seconds or less. He also knows how to rebase his exposure every time he moves the lens or the light changes...and his techniques for doing so are amazing, but remembering to do all those things myself, every time I press the shutter button, is not easy. I still forget to rebase my exposure when pointing from one subject to another, where the lighting has likely changed. That sometimes results in hot or blown highlights that are difficult to recover with good detail. There are thousands of little things, nuances, that you have to think about and get correct, all in the timespan of a bird indicating they are going to do something interesting, pointing the lens, basing then adjusting exposure, and actually taking the shot at the right time such that you get everything right. I cannot think about all those small factors and nail it every time. I don't exactly have a lot of throwaways...however I rarely if ever get a photo I could call "Morris-level quality"...VERY rarely.

I have the same issues you do.  Half the time I am just happy to get a recognizable shot. :-[

Happy to hear, that photography still about skills. I wonder lately, if just anyone can get the exposure right every time (with regards to covering an event). If yes, I may just forget doing part time taking photo.

I was scolding myself, when I shoot group photos and I forgot to increase aperture value, or my ISO was more than enough, since I want to nail ETTR. Or forgot to increase shutter speed, when its dancing time. Jeez this is basic..

But good the focus still there.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:01:45 AM »
The person holding it.
And making money with it.


The photographer.

But I want to argue that, the professional you refer here is the whole system not the camera only..

For me professional camera means, reliable in terms of photo taking.. not necessarily complete or high features.
and Should accept 2 memory cards.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:47:57 AM »
I want to add one more important thing. Thanks to PBD, I now got an answer to my own question.

Having 6D and 70D. I just couldn't understand why the images in 70D  is no good in any situation, IQ wise..

IT IS BECAUSE, my framing style did not change!!! Using 6D or 70D, my framing style is the same..

Thus FF always gives best quality since bigger pixel.

Thanks thanks for this enlightenment. 

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