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I told my wedding photographer to stay in the background and that this was the day for our guests and us to celebrate. It's more important to me to have a wonderful day then to have wonderful pics.

How very, very true. Well said.

You are a patient and polite guy.

I come across this type of thing a lot (though not at weddings as I do not shoot them, but mainly at media and sports events). Generally there are a few unspoken and unwritten rules for photographers and videographers, but there is always one or two idiots that may be new, or simply just ignorant and/or don't care.

It has often happened to me that I have been shooting stills and someone else comes and stands directly in front of me, I just tap them hard on the shoulder and indicate to move, stand next to me is fine, but not in front of me. So far everyone has moved.

However sometimes it is the organiser that has not planned things properly. I was shooting a major sporting event and there was an awards ceremony and the organisers decided to let the fans onto the pitch but had not organised a stage for the fans or the photographers which meant we were all now on the same level. I needed the shot, the fans wanted to see. The fans that were all cordoned off behind the photographers were very vocal about what they would do to the photographers if they did not kneel down so they could see their superstars! Most did, but some didn't. It almost turned violent.

But for the OP, I think this has opened your eyes to a new business opportunity. Instead of talking to the other team, I recommend you find two videographers you get along with, have the same work ethics and like their work and offer a complete package. Plus that way you end up with 4 people on the ground that can take stills and video at the drop of a hat. You have more things covered, you make more money, and the happy couple only have to deal with one company! Win, win!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:49:08 PM »
i stopped visiting petapixel about a year ago. to many articles written by the clueless for the clueless.

I like reading Petapixel.  Should I feel insulted?  Please tell me. I have no clue. :)

I would not feel insulted, I am sure that that is not what risc32 meant. And anyway, life is too short.

You have to admit though that that article is very poorly written with very little meat. It is just search engine fodder.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All
« on: November 02, 2014, 07:32:51 PM »
And though we didn’t dive far into the video features, it’s safe to say filmmakers will be drooling over this camera with as much gusto as the rest of us.


The (very poor) article is just search engine fodder, but despite that, I have to say that in my eyes Samsung has a lot of work to do if it wants to attract any of my business. When I pass camera shops and glance in, I instantly dismiss anything with Samsung written on it.

I like their phones, TVs, fridges and other stuff, but the only camera manufacturer I am really keeping my eye on apart from Canon (and Nikon to some extent), is Sony, and even then the chance of me replacing my lenses and main bodies for Sony is very, very small.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Shipping Prices - International
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:49:47 AM »
There have been many forced increases in security for goods being exported from virtually anywhere.

Here in Australia I have a nephew who works for Fedex and he tells me that there is now security all over their premises as well as a group from Customs who are now on-site 24/7.

I would imagine that all of this extra security, x-rays etc etc costs someone a lot of money.
And that someone is you and me.

But none of that is recent. I bought loads of stuff just earlier this year and it was still US$ 42 by the UPS Saver which was the cheapest option offered to me by B&H. No more. It is a shame as these new prices mean I will be looking elsewhere.

And these are not small increments. Going from US$ 42 to 67 is a massive jump, as is the US$ 63 to US$ 84 as J.R. reported.


I just checked Adorama did a search for exactly the same product, selected the country and what would cost me US$ 67 to ship by UPS at B&H is still costing me US$ 42 at Adorama, which is what it used to cost at B&H too.

If that does not change, I will just become a new loyal Adorama customer. Pity, as I prefer the B&H website.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: X-Rite i1Display Pro $149 at B&H Photo
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:36:05 PM »
Scotchy scotchy scotch.

I would recommend the 16-year old Bushmills (not the 10, or 21 - only the 16-year old).

Not scotch, but one of the best whiskies in the world! Cheers!  :P

Pricewatch Deals / B&H Shipping Prices - International
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:33:44 PM »
Is it just me, or has B&H dramatically increased the international shipping fees it charges?

Some of the items B&H sells are much cheaper than in Asia, and even the UK etc.

I have saved loads on CF cards, SD cards, external HDs, even the Tascam DR-60D etc etc., and while shipping has been expensive it still works out cheaper than buying it locally.

For a long time now shipping has always been around US$ 42 and was sent via UPS, arriving in just a few days. Really was an excellent service, especially considering at that time it was the cheapest shipping option they offered me.

Now though, UPS is no longer the cheapest, it is instead Priority Mail International which they say takes 10-14 days and costs around US$ 44, whereas the same UPS service as before starts at US$ 67 (US$ 25 more than it has normally been for a long time now).

I like B&H but these new prices really put me off, and I will look more at Adorama to see how much they charge, as well as to see what the prices there are.

Anyone else noticed this change?

Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: November 01, 2014, 05:01:04 PM »
Curious if you used it with the 2xiii and if so, would you comment on performance.

As Dylan said he has not tried the 2xiii on the 70-200 f/2.8 ii, then I can tell you that I have and it is fine. Of course is nowhere near as good as the 400 or 300 f/2.8 iis, but the images are good and AF works well etc.

My final verdict is this lens going to stay in my bag.

Glad to hear that! It is a terrific lens and offers so much versatility. I shoot with it at 70 a lot, and it is used for videos as well as stills. This lens produces great images.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Would you buy a 7d mk ii if you own a 1DX
« on: October 31, 2014, 05:16:03 AM »
I won't be getting a 7D Mark II, but I can understand why it may appeal to some.

I actually really enjoy the weight, ergonomics and overall quality of the 1D X, and would prefer two of them than mixing models.

I will most likely get the 1D X ii when it comes out, but am not in any rush as using the 1D X is still as much joy today as it was the first day I got it.

My 70-300L has not come out of the cupboard for a very long time now. I really should (and will eventually) sell it.

However, I do think the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L II will sell well if it is not overly priced, especially if it takes TC's. There is quite a market for such quality zoom lengths, although I won't be buying one myself..

Strange. The 70-300L is my main default lens on the 5D3 -- I look forward to the new 100-400 and appreciate the potential similarities! Different strokes. :-)

Different strokes, exactly. That is why I said I think the new 100-400ii will sell really well, even more so if it can take TCs properly and is reasonably priced.

For me, it is just not something I need or want, but I know plenty of people that like the original and will surely love this new one.

I have seen this lens in use in the field this weekend.  It is very much like the 70-300L (at first that's what I thought it was), it has the same extend on zoom design as the 70-300L, can be used with convertors, is fairly light (I think lighter than the 70-200) and has the unusual lens hood retractable slot as described by canon rumours.  I was told to expect it in November.  Cost I would guess around £1,800.  It will sell like hot cakes with the 7D II I should think.

Having the zoom ring on the "wrong" side compared to my 70-200 would be a pretty big bummer.  I've used a 70-300 once, and didn't like it.


Although I've owned the 70-300L for a while now, I still don't like the swapped zoom/focus ring positions.  I bought the Tripod Mount Ring C, and that helps in that it puts my fingertips at the zoom ring when supporting the lens with my hand.

I must agree. My 70-300L has not come out of the cupboard for a very long time now. I really should (and will eventually) sell it.

However, I do think the 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L II will sell well if it is not overly priced, especially if it takes TC's. There is quite a market for such quality zoom lengths, although I won't be buying one myself.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 25, 2014, 08:54:03 PM »

I took the 1Dx to the speedway last night.

I don't often shoot sport in low light but the 1Dx held my hand and helped me.

Speedway by Tom W W, on Flickr

Nailed it!! One of those awesome moments, when it all comes together.

Terrific shot, Skulker!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 16, 2014, 06:46:11 AM »
What I was trying to say is that a pro will use the appropriate level of gear for the job at hand. I don't think that anyone would dispute that as you move towards higher end gear that image quality improves or that cameras like a 1DX increase the odds of capturing that shot under difficult conditions.....and in general captureing the shot is the highest priority for a pro, but it is the task that determines gear and priorities, not some "pro" designation on the gear.

A good example of this is inspection photography. The goal is to determine if there is visible wear and to determine if there is adequate grease on the gears, look for signs of rust, etc.. The access port is 1.5 inches by 6 inches, so the camera must fit through the slot. The camera used takes crappy pictures, but it fits into the gear and the pictures are good enough for the task at hand. I have a so called "pro" camera and L glass in a pelican case on a shelf behind me, but it is the wrong tool for the job, despite being a vastly superior camera. On the other hand, when things are spread out on the bench I love that 100L macro lens.....

I think you are perfectly right, and I agree with you 100%.

I think that no matter what the job, the person/company doing it will have different choices as to the level of quality of the tools they decide to use/purchase for the job at hand.

As you say a 1D X, while ideal for sports, will not work for the inspection camera example you used. And, I would presume that there are different quality cameras on the market that are specifically designed for that job, and it depends on the person/company to decide which best fits their needs/budget.

I should just clarify what I meant by a manufacturer designating a product as pro-grade. What I meant is that they will often (depending on product) have consumer lines and then possibly pro-sumer and then pro. These labels do not need to be on the product, it is just what the manufacturer is aiming the product to be. Canon designed the 1D X to be used by professional photographers all over the world, especially sports photographers, and it designed it, and built it as such. But Canon also fully knows that consumers whether they be enthusiasts or something else will also buy the top of the line as well. It does not fulfil the demands of every job, nor every professional photographers' demands but it is a pro-grade camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 16, 2014, 12:25:09 AM »
In general, doctors use very low end microscopes... if at all.  Now lab technicians.... they have decent gear... but if you really want to see the good stuff go to a physics lab for a scanning tunneling electron microscope so you can see those individual atoms...

A real "pro" goes for the gear that get's the job done, not the very best. A doctor in a fertility clinic is not going to get the very best.... they want to watch how the sperm moves, not kill it and check to see if all the atoms are in the right place :)

So are you saying that there is no such thing as "pro grade gear"?

My point is that there is, and it is up to the manufacturer to label it as such.

The 1D X is obviously a pro camera, especially for sports shooters. The 400 f/2.8 ii is also a pro lens. Is it only bought by individual pros? No, agencies, publishing houses, enthusiasts and those that want the best purchase it too.

Does it fit every pros needs? No, but that does not make it any less pro-grade.

If a pro sport shooter sits on the sidelines and shoots pictures with his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are you seriously suggesting that that phone is a pro piece of photographic kit?

You may say that is a bad example, but would you say that if the guy was using a 5D Mark III because he could not afford the 1D X? But if so, what if you can't afford the 5D Mark III or even II, but you can afford the Samsung Galaxy Note III which double up as a phone when you are not shooting.........

To say that it is the operator which makes his or her tool a pro grade piece of kit is ludicrous in my mind. But it is not a big deal, it is just my humble opinion.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:52:05 PM »
Generally speaking, a manufacturers top of the range product is aimed at pros. Take knives, pans, laptops (the business lines), and I presume microscopes etc.

My Calphalon Commercial cookware was bought at Macy's, and my Wusthof pro knives came from Williams-Sonoma...not a restaurant supplier.  I've never seen a 'pro' microscope.  General Motors ran a marketing campaign for their Professional Grade trucks...I know a few people who use them to commute to their professional office jobs.

The top end is aimed at people who are willing and able to pay the higher price.  "Pro" is purely a marketing distinction.

I do not see why you think where you bought something has to do whether it is pro-grade or not.

You are right to say "The top end is aimed at people who are willing and able to pay the higher price".

But is also true to say those products tend to be of a better build, quality and lifetime expectation which are things that pros look for!

I know nothing about microscopes, but I would doubt that a consumer grade microscope is the same as those used at multi-million dollar R&D departments or in hospitals that demand the best.

Are you saying that if a trained doctor is using a consumer-grade microscope then it automatically becomes a pro-grade microscope?!

No of course it does not.

Same as if a pro photographer uses a 10D or a point and shoot or a phone to capture his shots. It does not make those cameras pro grade, and as such they are not pro cameras.

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