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Lenses / Re: Canon 16-35L II vs Tokina 16-35 vs Sigma 17-50 2.8 lenses
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:00:51 PM »
Hey all,

    Thanks for the replies! I really am leaning away from the 17-55 because it is an EF-S lens. I don't care for/like the prospect of getting a lens I would not be able to use on a ff camera when I get one, be it later this year, or 4 or 5 years from now. A good lens now will still be a good lens in the future if it is taken care of.

Gary W.

I am of exactly the same mindset--I'm on a 7D now, but don't want to put money into glass that won't work when I move to a 5D III (or IV as slow as I move.   :-\ )  Just yesterday I was playing with the Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 and was reasonably impressed.  There's not a lot of reviews on it, but the ones that are there are pretty favorable.  Unfortunately I only got to get a feel for it and did not get any photos, but from a feel standpoint it was good--built like a tank, seem to focus quickly and reasonably quietly. 

One big drawback for some people is that you can't use filters.  The other gripe I've seen about it is the lens cap.  The one I looked at yesterday was quite different from any of the photos I've seen and seems like they've heard the complaints and upgraded it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5dmkIII- No video autofocus?
« on: March 02, 2012, 03:32:51 PM »
Professional video cameras do not have AF. It's childs play. The person running the camera not only should know exactly what they want in focus, but they better have the skills to manually hit their mark.

Exactly--that's why they have focus pullers is because the cameramen don't actually know how to "hit their mark."  And everyone else in every video always hits their mark as indicated by the out-of-frame "X" on the floor indicating exactly where to stand.  /sarcasm

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Software & Accessories / Re: post processing for screen.
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:53:25 PM »
Yup, I get the whole calibrated monitor, etc.   ;)

Maybe let me ask this a different way:  you have 100 photos that are both going to print and publish to web.  Do you just calibrate the image for printing and ignore the web side of things, or do you handle each destination separately, and if so, how?

I realize that everyone's monitors are different, however that doesn't mean you should just ignore that part of the equation.  Just like making a decent audio recording, mixing it to simply sound good "on my speakers" isn't very professional.  You have to mix it so that it will sound the best it can on a wide variety of playback systems and environments.

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Software & Accessories / post processing for screen.
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:28:41 PM »
Now that I'm working on getting a color managed workflow, I'm realizing that there are completely different needs between print and screen.

So how do you manage output between the two?  People's screens differ so much, how do you pick an "average" to get it looking good on the most number of screens?  The two biggies that come to mind are brightness and sharpening.  I use Lightroom, and on the export there is a "sharpen for screen" option--do people use that or figure that they have the appropriate sharpness before the export?  Is there any kind of "brighten for screen" (or would it be darken for screen??) on output, or how do you put that in the workflow?

Thanks!

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:52:24 AM »
It pretty much comes down to this: karma is a tool.  If it sucks or is worthless, it very likely could be a Nikon the problem is the users, not the tool.  Without a post indicating why a smite or applaud is applied, it doesn't provide a lot of usefulness.  But I think it COULD be a good tool to find out as a community what people find useful and contributory, and what is uncalled for and unappreciated.

Now see I'll probably get negative karma for this post because all the sudden I'm a fanboy because I tried to employ some humor on a CANON website at the expense of Nikon (who does make perfectly good cameras.)

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PowerShot / Re: Can't wait for D20
« on: February 14, 2012, 03:54:32 PM »
Bump.  Seriously, no one has thoughts on a camera for more "abusive" situations?

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Sports / Re: Indoor cycling
« on: February 14, 2012, 03:20:23 PM »
What kind of cycling event is that? It looks like indoor cyclocross do to the tires looking quite big... But to me, that would defeat the purpose of cyclocross itself...

Enlighten me please  :)

It's a laidback race on indoor soccerfields.  The field surface is artificial turf on top of shredded rubber.  Most of the riders find they get the best grip on this surface with their CX bikes/tires, but there are a few road bikes that show up as well as some mountain bikes.  The surface is squishy enough that speeds really don't get much over 20mph even for a 10 minute race (and it's not due to slow riders--one of the guys is a world champion track racer).

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Sports / Re: Indoor cycling
« on: February 14, 2012, 03:15:24 PM »
The 'context' meaning that the picture must be able to tell a story ... like what aspect of the race are you depicting here ? Someone trying to breakaway, someone struggling ? Someone having a strong race ? Or just the pure pace of the event ?

So how do I make "guy in orange off the front" or "two teammates working together against a third guy" into a better story?  I think I've been looking at it from the cyclists perspective (capture the moment that they already have a context for) than from a spectators standpoint.

Panning in sports is more often than not under-estimated by most people. It takes a pretty fair level of skill to snap good panning shots. In my example "_MG_0570.jpg" was shot at 1/160, on a slow lens. Would suggest using what's available for lighting and tweak your shooting to it. I've shot as low as 1/50 but only if I have the space to move freely.

Actually I think shot #2 was at 1/30, but I don't have the exif in front of me.  The problem was there wasn't enough environment to give any motion blur at high shutter speeds.  A solid blue wall just doesn't really blur much.   ;)

Here's 'Tinker' Juarez with the setting sun in the background and dim, dim evening light. Flash was used for fill and this was shot using an ultrawide 12-24mm on the 5DII. ISO was 1600, at 1/125 shutter. Just to illustrate the 'slight flash fill' ...

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee89/KangSw/Tinker%20Juarez/Tinker-Sunset-background.jpg?t=1242795211

Beautiful!

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Sports / Re: Indoor cycling
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:47:09 AM »
For #3, you could try to get closer the next time to get the facial expression. Note sure if its the compression ( it often happens ), but the picture seems a little out of focus ??

Sports in general is not very effectively conveyed from a distance unless there is a 'context' to what you want to portray.  This applies to pict #1.

For pict #2, you could try to increase the shutter a wee bit more so as to at least get the face into sharp focus.  Extreme low shutter speeds do not work if your panning cannot keep up with the subject. Again, not sure if the compression in the image affected the sharpness though ??

Hope the comments will be constructive for you.  ;)

An example:

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee89/KangSw/OCBC%20Cycle%202010/_MG_0570.jpg

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee89/KangSw/OCBC%20Cycle%202010/_MG_0170.jpg

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee89/KangSw/OCBC%20Cycle%202010/_MG_0607.jpg

Thanks for the feedback!  I'm fairly on my own here, so although they cyclists usually like my photos, having some constructive feedback from a photographer is much needed/appreciated.  Yeah, the jpg compression definitely softened these a bit, and I may have also been a little heavy handed in my noise reduction.  In #2 the face actually is fairly sharp in the RAW file, which is what I thought made it a cool pic--motion blur on everything except his face. 

Far and away the biggest struggle here was the lighting--even at f/2.8 and iso 3200 I was dealing with shutter speeds of maybe 1/160 which is pretty tough to stop a cyclist, and then I'm fighting with the small DOF.  I tried a few flash photos, but just hated how those looked.  But I'm not sure I have a clue how to effectively use a flash... :-[

Not quite sure what you're saying about context for #1.  It was supposed to be "orange guy off the front".  I found for this event I really struggled to find any way to capture "feel"--it was an indoor field about 150x100 yards and they raced a big "U" shape and there was never much of a pack.

As far as "getting closer" on #3, I've tried that, but I feel like if there isn't some part of the bike in the shot, it loses all context and just looks like a person in a funny looking helmet.  I actually do have some shots of individual cyclists that are much closer, but I picked this one as it was showing the two teammates working together.  Is there something else I could have done with this shot, or is it simply not that great of a shot?

They have one more indoor race in 2 weeks, so if there are specific things you would recommend I try/adjust, that would be awesome!  Thanks again!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 10, 2012, 06:23:32 PM »
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why shoot sRaw? just shoot raw and downsize.. I never understood shooting at a quality less then your camera could provide..

Images would take up more space on memory cards, resulting in more memory card changes during a shoot. Images would take more time to download, then time spent downsampling and converting to a new file and erasing the original. Time is money...

Raw versus sRaw - This goes beyond just memory cards.  How many harddrives can you afford if only shooting full sized Raw?

SRaw is fine for many purposes.  I mean really, how many weddings or portrait shoots result in people wanting larger than a 20x30 print?  Generally for non-art shoots, I go with sRaw on my 7D - and sometimes when i do shoot art i forget to switch back to full size RAW.  I've done 20x30 prints from sRaw files, and they look pretty damn good!


http://chuckalaimo.com/

I suspect that I take/keep as many pictures as most, and with the RAW file from a 7D, a $100 3TB drive that stores roughly 167,000 images will last me for awhile.  And the $100 is pretty insignificant in terms of photography expenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Latest Canon disappoints wants me to switch over to Nikon.
« on: February 10, 2012, 05:50:41 PM »
I would wait until I need to change not because I would like to change.

Gotcha this time!  Unless you're putting bread on the table and a roof over your head with your photography, you don't need to take pictures.  We do it because it's fun, rewarding, self-expressive, etc,  but us non-pros don't need a camera at all.   ::) 

So whether it's a want for better AF, more MP, or simply something that doesn't have scuff marks on it, there are plenty of consumers looking for a new camera right now.  As RuneL points out, there is always something theoretically better just on the horizon, so waiting for the next great thing can be a never ending process.

If it just weren't for the investment in the dang glass, it'd be easy to be more brand agnostic and go with whatever seems good when I want a new camera.   ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Latest Canon disappoints wants me to switch over to Nikon.
« on: February 10, 2012, 05:04:09 PM »
I cant believe that people are getting ready to jump ship when neither body has had a full review and neither is shipping.

OK - talk through this scenario then:

One buys the D4 and loses a whole bunch of money on the lens etc

A month later the 1DX is reviewed and shown to be hands down better than the D4

What would you do next?

    - go back to Canon and lose more money?
    - suffer an inferior product for the next 2 or 3 years until the replacements are announced?

I agree, when you're talking about the 1DX vs. the D4.  But as Neuro pointed out elsewhere, if you're comparing the D800 to....?  The 5D Mk II?  Canon needs to have some sort of announcement before that thing starts shipping or we're stuck waiting for a body that might never arrive.

The same argument applies - if you have a 5DII do you NEED to move in the next couple of months or can you wait patiently to see what happens for a couple of months? Making the wrong decision based on short term desire might cost a lot more than waiting

Sorta.  But how long do you wait?  People have been expecting the Mk III to appear any minute now for at least a year.  So yeah, we would HOPE that something is coming soon, but there by no means a guarantee.  That's why I think Canon needs to at least announce something soon or people are just going to be too tired of the waiting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Latest Canon disappoints wants me to switch over to Nikon.
« on: February 10, 2012, 04:29:30 PM »
I cant believe that people are getting ready to jump ship when neither body has had a full review and neither is shipping.

OK - talk through this scenario then:

One buys the D4 and loses a whole bunch of money on the lens etc

A month later the 1DX is reviewed and shown to be hands down better than the D4

What would you do next?

    - go back to Canon and lose more money?
    - suffer an inferior product for the next 2 or 3 years until the replacements are announced?

I agree, when you're talking about the 1DX vs. the D4.  But as Neuro pointed out elsewhere, if you're comparing the D800 to....?  The 5D Mk II?  Canon needs to have some sort of announcement before that thing starts shipping or we're stuck waiting for a body that might never arrive.

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EOS Bodies / Re: When do you expect to see CR3 rated 5D/3D rumors?
« on: February 10, 2012, 03:43:53 PM »
In May, 1987, they launched the EOS 620, an upgraded version of the EOS 650.  So, if you're right and Canon marks the 25th anniversary of EOS with a 5DIII, will they stick to historical prececent and launch a 5DIV two months later?   :P

Yes, maybe we'll start seeing 5D upgrades as often as we see Firefox upgrades.


You mean Adobe updates... ::)

Starting to feel more like Notepad updates!

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: February 10, 2012, 02:41:56 PM »
Perhaps we need to stop judging the performance of the D800 until full reviews are done - and compared to the Canon new line up - not the 4 year old 5DII

I just hope Canon doesn't miss the opportunity for this to happen because people get tired of waiting and move to "the dark side".   :o

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