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OP, so you were also watching the JD and Jasmine Star's "The Art of Being a Second Shooter". :)

I find the back button focusing (BBF) a fantastic option when doing work with still subjects - landscape, flowers in a garden, still life, portraits of adults etc. That is where I have enough time to focus and recompose. And it is so handy for the focus and recompose style of shooting (especially when you camera has only 9 AF points) But recently I was photographing a couple of toddlers who keep on running around and found that shutter button focusing (SBF) suited me more for that purpose (but that may be due to my limited understanding of the technique till now).

When sometimes I hand over my camera to another person to take a photograph of mine (or a group of people including me) I find it very difficult to explain to them the BBF. So I just flip the switch and change it to SBF. At least for my 40D and 50D it is very easy to do and moreover I have saved the shutter button/back button operation menu in the MY MENU set up to be able to do it fast when faced with the need.

Lenses / Re: Cheap telephoto lens
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:18:59 AM »
PS: oooops..... did not see the penultimate post by the OP.......

It is always better to compare the like with the like. Comparing EF 70-200 f/2.8 II with Tamron 70-300 VC USD is like comparing the Rolls Royce Phantom with a Toyota Camry - and yes there is nothing too wrong as such  with a Toyota Camry just as there is nothing too wrong as such with the Tamron. Yes as you can understand by now I have it and love it. I bought the EF 70-300 non-L along with the Tamron and compared them together and decided to return the Canon. The Tamron is optically better than the Canon non-L. I have some photos here on the image gallery

The rest is in my facebook and Flickr account. If you want to see go to my flickr page (in my signature)

In conclusion my suggestion is get the Tamron.

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:42:57 PM »
Is there an esoteric trick to insert an image in a CR comment?

I am not sure about any esoteric trick, but I have been following a simple system like others. Write (or start writing the comment) and then click on "Attachments and other option" below the message box where i am writing the comment and attach the small sized photograph/image from my computer.

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:59:46 PM »

I rented the Sigma 150mm Macro and I like it. ....

@danski0224 thank you for your update. I am looking forward to get this lens when my pocket permits.

By the way I got inspired by Neuro's macro rig and some other rigs' photo on the net and built my own macro rig. Could not resist my urge to share it here. So here it is.

Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:13:11 PM »
did you manage something similar, or is it just me? 

O Yes...
Not all the time, but it happens once in a while.

Left in a hurry, and when I unpack, I have about eight lenses, my flashes, screens, tripods, remotes.....but not a single camera....

Since you had screens etc with you I guess you were on an assignment of some kind. May we know what you did after that....... I mean after you found you did not bring a single camera......!!

I like the pics composition-wise, my only criticism is the harsh contrast and resulting over-saturation. When doing post sometimes you look at a pic for too long and don't notice you may have over done it a bit. I like to adjust the pic then come back later to re-evaluate.

That is a good suggestion, thank you. I will try that now.

I believe 50D is a great investment specially during our journey initial part of the learning curve. Just keep shooting.

Now I have created/assembled a macro rig for myself and am expecting to post some macro photos soon.

PS: never used the 17-85 lens, but read that it is slightly worse than the 15-85 that it was later modified into. But still a little post processing will probably take out those small shortcomings. For example some of these photos of mine were taken by a Tokina 12-24 f/4 DX which no one seems to talk/care about. :)

A Few more..

Some of my recent photos.... C&C welcome.

Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 03, 2013, 04:19:34 AM »
I thought the third commandment on CR is "Thou shalt only shoot fullframe"...

Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 03, 2013, 02:42:57 AM »
I believe you might benefit more from a full frame - 6D or 5D series.

Combine it with something like 24-70 or 24mm prime or 25mm prime or 24 mm TSE or 17mm TSE.

Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 03, 2013, 02:24:31 AM »
This might be a useful read -


Interesting to read, but for all the uses that the author proposes shooting in mRAW or sRAW I thought JPG/JPEGs created from RAW could do as well. With the added advantage of the photographer being able to have full control over post processing.

Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:11:02 PM »
Why invest in a full frame, 20 megapixel camera if you don't take advantage of it?

Exactly my principle (although I do not have those great cameras). Now a days memory cards are not that costly I think (at least when compared to the price of the camera into which it goes).

I try to get the best out of my equipment - so full RAW it is always. May be today I do not know that much processing but tomorrow I might learn better processing. Then if I do not have the full resolution file I shall not be able to do anything. I am not that good photographer so out of every 100 photos that I shoot I generally finally keep only 20 to 30 photos. So ultimately it is not that memory hogging exercise either. While deleting my principle is if at the computer screen the photo does not look sharp or does not please me compositionally at the first sight then it goes.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M or T3i which one?
« on: August 02, 2013, 01:19:33 AM »
I do not have either EOS M or T3i (I use 40D/50D). So cannot tell you anything about the image quality. But I have another point. I have been reading that Canon is not even introducing a particular lens suitable for the EOS M in the US market. So I wonder how much canonusa is behind this camera system (EOS M). In any case it is a new system, and so there may be first adopter's disadvantages associated with it for the next one or two years.

Thank for sharing your experiences.

@Mount Spokane..... Thank you very much for the warning/pointer. I will surely keep that in mind.

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