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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Flip out displays -- why the resentment?
« on: January 30, 2012, 03:26:05 PM »
Simplicity is important.  For me personally, an articulated screen is going the wrong direction and I'm not going to buy a dSLR with one. 

So you would prefer no LCD?  It would be simpler...   ???

Sports / Indoor cycling
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:30:31 AM »
Finally got a chance to take out my new 7D last night and play.  Lens was the 70-200 2.8 IS I, and for the record I think these were the worst lighting conditions I have ever seen.

Oh, and FWIW, the first and third images were shot at ISO 3200, with some Lightroom 3 noise reduction applied.

Anyhow, here's a few I liked:

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Brief Specs? [CR1]
« on: January 27, 2012, 06:22:22 PM »
People trying to sort out major hints given on one forum where one member has seen and held the new camera, one possible guess for specs is apparently:

roughly 30MP, 6fps, AF better than 7D and worse than 1DX, video without moire

If so, those would be some nice specs (assuming everything works) and, on paper at least, make the D800 seem worse.

Now that is a camera I'd buy!  (It's only $899, right?   ::) )

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll - What is the Mystery Canon Body?
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:47:38 PM »
If the 3d comes to the market (praying that it does) I would think that Canon would create the 3d as a digital still camera (no video, high fps) and a new 5d (video, slow fps). 

What is this insistence on Canon creating a camera without video? I can understand stills photographers frustration at R&D effort into DSLR video that could be spent on other features (but don't forget the extra revenue that Canon makes from video users), but to not have a feature in one camera in the range that is in all the others seems a bit daft.  Video is not a feature that I use, but why would I object to something that is free? Does an extra switch/button that you don't use really bother you that much? You must seriously have a grudge against the almighty about the male nipple thing!  :)

There have been lots of arguments over whether there is a "sacrifice" to have video on DSLRs and I've always been in the "don't use it if you don't want it" camp that has also been saying there's no impact on the stills performance.

However, that's not the case with the mystery cam--the LCD is clearly NOT a 3x2 ratio but is 16x9 or so, and this obviously is a direct video feature that is at odds with a stills dedicated camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon 5D line and AF...
« on: January 26, 2012, 02:59:25 PM »
For such individuals, wouldn't just buying a 1D IV or a 1D X give them everything they need in a single package...and one that is likely to have a much longer lifespan, for $6000-$6800?

Except for a backup camera,  ;)  which IMHO is not a minor consideration for most shooting ops outside of landscape and chasing the kids around the house.

Macro / Re: Water macro
« on: January 23, 2012, 12:44:48 PM »
Here's another one I did today

Is this image inverted?  It looks to my highly untrained eye like the pencil is actually underwater and the surface is at the bottom of the image.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What makes a photographer, a photographer?
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:22:50 AM »
If you want to be a photographer in Iceland:

"Working as a photographer or calling oneself a photographer requires a masters degree in photography from the Reykjavík Technical College, or a similar degree from another industry-based school in Iceland"



Wow.  That is nuts.  What are the requirements for other hobbies e.g. cycling, gardening, fishing?

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:54:07 AM »
Fundamentally Piracy in the digital domain was born because of the price fixing and price gouging the media companies have monopolised for decades.

The problem I have with this is
  • It's still stealing.
  • We're talking about entertainment, not life necessities.

Any justifcation to steal something that is not food or medicine isn't going to sway me.  If the price is too high, then gee, you're just outta luck. 

I'd like a boat, but the price is too high--does that mean I should steal one and justify it because of price fixing and price gouging?  I know what it cost to build a boat, and those prices are highway robbery!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What makes a photographer, a photographer?
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:45:06 AM »
Seems like we have 2 threads:  "Who's THE photographer?" and "Who's A photographer?"

So as far as who's THE photographer (or at least who owns the rights to be picture)...

Maybe someone can answer this question based on real life experience: you are employed/contracted to take pictures (say by Life magazine to piggy back on another posting) and they paid your expenses to the event and told you to take pictures.  You do so.  Does Life magazine own those pictures or do you?  Probably this have been defined by the contract of employment, but if it wasn't then what's the legal precedent?

I know in the software world, the company that hired you to write the software owns it, and not you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1D X tethered via LAN?
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:56:06 PM »
Not exactly on topic, but not far enough off that I thought it worth starting a new thread:

Does anyone have a tethered (or wifi) workflow that they're using or can recommend a source for working out details?

What I'm envisioning is while at...say a triathlon...there is a photographer shooting the swim, one on the bike and one on the run.  But meanwhile back at the finish line there sits a nice big screen TV with a slideshow running thru real-time captured photos so everyone can stand around watching for pictures of themselves (and then buy a few.   ;) )

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What makes a photographer, a photographer?
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:21:31 PM »
Settings and the equipment do not make you a photographer.  When there was no digital photography with L lenses and the ID XXX, great photographs were taken.  It's the ability to see, invision the image, how the image is lit and then use the tools (cameras, lenses, equipment) to translate that image you have in your mind into a photograph.  You have to be very knowledgeable about how your equipment works and the lenses you have because it is that knowledge will allow you to select the right lens, the camera and the right light to capture that image that you see in your mind.  In my opinion, that makes a photographer, a photographer.

So...photojournalists are not photographers?

The only wrath I fear from my better half is not letting her get the more expensive lens for her camera first.

But surely you both shoot Canon... so what's yours is hers, no?  And what's hers is hers, yes?

Yes (I'm in the same boat) but then we end up arguing who gets to use which lens!   :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What makes a photographer, a photographer?
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:04:30 PM »
Hmmm...the legal ownership would definitely take this thread in a different direction than I was going to take it.

I have the same question as to what makes a photographer, and how is it different from cameraman or artist?

There are inevitably posts about "learn to use your camera" in various threads.  Does that make you a better photographer or simply a better cameraman? 

Although I don't have any actual first hand experience in the video world, it seems to be that the director controls the "vision", the director of photography controls the detail, the camerman holds the actual camera, and the editor puts it all together after the fact.  All of these elements are involved in "photography" but does one have to be good at all of them to be a photographer?  Or is it simply the quality of the final output? 

What if you suck with your camera but manage to take enough photos that some good ones turn out (and you can identify which ones they are.)  Or what if none of them are any good out of the camera, but you're a photoshop whiz and make something awesome after the fact?  What if you just happen to be in the right place at the right time and can recognize that it's a photo-worthy moment and by luck capture it with a camera?

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 03:55:59 PM »
But it is time to bring some balance to the Internet.

Recall the Jedi prophecy that a Chosen One would come and bring balance to the Force.  Of course, the foolish Jedi Council didn't think that one through to it's logical conclusion - since they were in ascendance, 'balance' could only come with a gain in power by the Dark Side at the expense of a loss of power (and ultimately, lives) of the Jedi Council.  They asked for Balance, they got Darth Vader and the destruction of the Council.  Be careful what you ask for... 

Wikipedia may be blacked out for the day, but Wookieepedia is up and running.   :P

+1.  Excellent in both analogy and reference material!   ;D

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:40:45 PM »
Ya know, I'm not a fan of SOPA and PIPA either, but the haste with which we are propelling ourselves towards our own doom amazes me.  I'm not that terribly old, and I still remember that life actually could go on without the internet at all.

Don't get me wrong, the internet is a handy tool, but there's a whole lot of "all your eggs in one basket" these days.  WHEN (not if) the internet comes crashing down (no, I'm not looking for a technical discussion on the redundancies and failsafes) we will be in the dark ages because you can neither buy anything with a credit card nor get cash from your bank because they can't validate your balance.  You won't be able to buy a book because there's no local amazon, and no one will have any idea how to get anywhere because Google maps and their GPS's don't work.

That's the reason I still prefer to own DVDs and games and not just stream them.  I like having a physical photo album and not just a website or flickr account.  So if SOPA or PIPA or their long lost cousin eventually sucks the life out of the internet, life can still go on.

<<donning flame-proof suit>> 

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