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Software & Accessories / Re: Bottleneck when opening images of CF card?
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:54:02 AM »
OP needs to look at Photo Mechanic - http://www.camerabits.com/products/ - if you're going to open up lots of files directly, it renders faster than Lightroom, but it isn't a full on photo editor.

If you're going to open that many files at once, you are spending more money on getting top end CF cards - or import them onto a SSD and open from there.  It adds the benefit of not deleting the only copy of an image.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why are DSLRs so Big?
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:43:52 PM »
Film cameras didn't have crazy people running around shooting 1080P video on them.  Basically you're taking the most important and size inclined things and stacking them together - lens mount, mirror box, shutter, sensor, heat sink and lcd (with some overlap).

Yes, the overall form factor is based on those 35mm canisters and the take up for exposed film, but would you want something like a Lytro to hold on to?

On the flip side, my biggest complaint on the mirrorless/ EOS-M camera is the lack of battery space - that tiny little battery has to power so much.

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Lenses / Re: 300 f/2.8 -a big problem
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:09:37 PM »
This is why the lenses are white - as addictive as some of the other white power substances, yet not going to get you in trouble with the law.  LR/LA has some of the 300 2.8 IS v1's for $3,700 - $3,850.  Not to do in your credit cards, but with the price premium of the v2's, getting a good v1 is a time sensitive thing, so get it while available, otherwise the options to get one later on may be slim.

At least that's the logic I used to get a Hasselblad....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 28, 2013, 02:10:24 PM »
When we judge sharpness of a digital image, we immediately go to 100% and see what an image looks like.  I can with absolute certainty, that a large number of shooters who think they have great glass and shooting technique will not have a great experience.  The D800/D800e demands the most of both glass and shooter to get a 'sharp' image, so to go to a higher resolution without having answers, you're asking for upset customers.  This is the reason I think there is rumors around a Canon MF - that to push the resolution that high, and to put a 20 year old EF lens in front of it, it's most likely going to suck.  Element slightly out of alignment - it's going to show.

I love MF - Phase One certified, and have a H4D-50.  I would prefer that Canon do a retro styled high megapixel / high DR fixed lens as a starter, since they can control all pieces in one package - ala x100s.  Once they can show the world how amazing it looks they can put the same sensor into a DSLR, be it 35mm or MF.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:37:27 PM »

I do not think that you will want a full size DSLR, the complex features are likely more than you need, lenses are large, and its just big.

Sorry, but this sounds super sexist. Where did she say she is too fragile and delicate to handle a manly camera? Where did she say she is too thick to figure out the complex features?

She said she has been researching for the past several months and is worried that she will outgrow a T3i too quickly. That doesn't sound to me like someone who can't worry her pretty little head over figuring out all those complicated settings on the camera.

I don't believe this is the case, as I would give the same advice to a new father.  The whole thought that giving someone a DSLR as the answer to their needs is wrong.  Kids are fast, and a G15/G1x is a perfect high end camera option that will fit in the diaper bag along with everything else that you get to carry in addition to a kid.  The more pocketable the better.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:16:43 PM »
I'm officially confused

Ignore the previous few posts - a side track you don't want to get involved in.  At least you haven't requested the 200-400/f4/1.4x and have to send it back.

The 1D line is known for doubling as a blunt object for dealing with rioters, and such.  It will take more abuse or 'shooting in challenging conditions' than the 5D mk3.  Do consider a used 300 mk1, but if you go for the 400mm, know that the mk1 is 3.5lbs heavier than the mk2.

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Canon General / Re: Spray and Pray Discovery
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:01:36 PM »
Also works for waterfalls - setup behind your umbrella, use a wired release cable and set the body to high speed continuous shooting.  Lift the umbrella and start shooting, until the lens needs a wipe to remove spray.  Repeat as needed.

Too bad we can't program the body to do focal stacking for us - I mean, it's a lens, at a static focal length, the amount of travel in the focus is know, set it to closest point, figure DoF based on Aperture, and move the focal point x distance each shot.  Either that or let me pick a pattern on the AF and focus & shoot each point in the pattern.

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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations? Canon 60D user
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:57:21 PM »
Don't reinvent the wheel.  There are a number of crop designed wide angle lenses that are solid performers.

http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/lenses/wide-angle/canon-ef-s-10-22mm-f3.5-4.5

Roger has a good reference between the lot of them...

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Software & Accessories / Re: software for designing wedding albums
« on: October 18, 2013, 02:59:41 PM »
Lightroom 5 has the ability to do custom layouts:

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-lightroom-5/improved-book-creation/

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Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:50:13 PM »
I was very close to buy a Phase One, but a +40MP body, with improved DR and Zeiss Otus lenses would cover that need, at a much lower cost (even though this forum has gone bananas over the Otus 55/1.4 price). And with such a body I would get full use of the 17 and 24 TS-E lenses ...

then buy a phase one .. i have one and i love it.
what keeps you from buying what you need?

 ???

Get an Alpa FPS and a Phase One back and use your Canon 17mm and 24mm TS lenses - the output is amazing.  The trade off is huge, but what it can do is amazing.  Yes, it's more money, but you're going to a chip 2x the size, CCD instead of CMOS, and the ability to do up to 80mp images.

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Lenses / Re: Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:38:02 PM »
As a stop-gap grab the 300f4 - it's a slick lens and will help you get an idea if your framing is better at 300mm or if you want to go the 400mm route.  For the price of a 300mm gen2 you can get a 400mm gen1 which may be more what you're looking for.  With the 5d mk3 you may be better cranking up the ISO to get the shutter speed you want.

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Lenses / Re: Cicala on Lens testing
« on: October 10, 2013, 06:28:34 PM »
Interesting the bits on the high resolution cameras - backlit film for testing...  They test all lenses on the way in and on the way out, so I think there are a few folks whom are doing testing as it is.

My bigger question is why doesn't Nikon and Canon have someone visiting them on a regular basis, collecting feedback from their staff and customers to drive business decisions.  Imagine the info you could munge out of rental patterns and customers who turn around and purchase a lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Tilt-Shift Updates [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2013, 04:24:09 PM »
While I understand why wide lenses need to be designed for it, how about an adapter that would allow for T/S on any EF lens?  Hasselblad has a slick setup in their HTS 1.5 setup, and while it's no technical camera, the ability to use different lenses is nice.  Toss in the electrical connections for focus and such, and you could get some really interesting stuff.

http://www.hasselbladusa.com/products/h-system/hts-15.aspx
Too bad Hasselblad hasn't figured out how to sell their products and actually have example photos and such...

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Lenses / Re: Used gear
« on: October 08, 2013, 05:27:41 PM »
... LensRentals' new storefront (don't recall the site)..
http://www.lensauthority.com/ - they'll be flushing out a lot in the next 2 months as summer winds down, and they did a Black Friday sale last year.  Lots of info and trust their ratings as they're a step or two under-rated just to make sure you aren't disappointed.  They've taken more than $10k from me so far, and I have zero complaints.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Doing a school photo shoot
« on: October 08, 2013, 01:25:23 PM »
Honestly, I do not see the difficulty of making samples of photos with "CONTACT SHEET" in Photoshop. Basically, you set up in 2 minutes, waiting for the computer do the work in 30 minutes after you spend a few minutes to save each sheet in JPEG. As for the final assemblies, is something I really do not like doing, and I'd rather pay a local store photo developing, can do the graphic art.

It isn't just 'create a contact sheet', it is the top to bottom management of the process of putting out pricing to the students, collecting the orders, getting the shots done, making sure you have all your names to faces and then the final packaging.  Lots of moving parts when there are 300 students.

I found a thread that may apply: http://www.eventphotographersociety.co.uk/forum/showthread.php/5976-fotovelocity-com

It mentioned http://www.timestonesoftware.com/ as an option with offices in the UK/EU.

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