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Canon General / Re: Never delete images 'in camera'
« on: January 23, 2012, 12:18:47 PM »
I delete a ton of images "in camera" especially when I am starting a shoot and dialing my my light set-up.  If you know the image is junk, why keep it.

I think you are far more likely to "miss a moment" by having a full card than you are deleting an image you wanted.

Of course they can.  Just because a crop sensor gives more reach, does not mean you get a better picture. 

For me reach is nice, but reach means nothing if I have to hold the shutter open longer to get a decent picture : i.e. ISO + speedy lens can make a HUGE difference in terms of sharpness and image quality.

Lenses / Re: Canon Refurbished resale value?
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:52:41 AM »
I've wondered about it as well, but right now is not a good time to buy a refurb from Canon.  With the lens rebates on a new 85 f/1.2L II, the price is 1859 with free shipping.  The Canon store is 1759.2 and they charge shipping and tax.  For less than $100, you have 9 months of additional warranty and potentially higher resale value.

The situation was different when they were running sales in the Canon refurb store, but then they were frequently sold out....

Some I know PREFER refurb, because the lenses get inspected more closely.

Whether you buy that or not is up to you, but do have to say I have heard a lot more issues with new products over refurb products.

Your mileage and experience may vary

Lighting / Re: Any suggestions on cheap ebay triggers / poverty wizards?
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:29:47 AM »
I have to laugh at the Phottix Odin being called a PW killer.

For one, it has EXTREMELY limited availability, unless you consider eBay as a primary delivery channel.   It currently does not appear that there are ANY stores in the US carrying the Odin.

I have asked about the Odins at two stores in the Boston area that carry Phottix (i.e. they are not just a jealous PW shop) and they do not carry the Odins and were not planning to carry the Odins for "reliability" reasons. 

How the Strato IIs they do carry and do like, so it also does not seem to be a manufacturer bias.

I am all for competition, cheaper priced items and thing when there are high quality competing products the consumer wins.  Have seen the literature, heard some people talk about the Odins, but know no one in the US or North America that carries the Odins or have plans to carry it.  And when I see highly established long running shops that carry the manufacturer, but don't plan on carrying a particular product (i.e. it is by choice) that is NEVER a good sign.  Tells me stores are worried about returns, service grief and disappointment.

If it was a cheaper PW killer, I am sure stores would be clammering especially being able to sell or upsell people from cheap triggers into "High Quality" TTL at a fraction of PW cost. 

Lighting / Re: Any suggestions on cheap ebay triggers / poverty wizards?
« on: January 21, 2012, 08:32:24 AM »
I used the CowBoy Studio crap for a few months before going PocketWizard.  With Cowboy, you either can use hotshoe or radio trigger.  Not both.  i.e. if you use radio triggers on strobes, you are fine, or if you you remote hot shoes on flashes, but you can't fire both, unless you are doing it optically.  Had a lot of misfires with the cowboy studio as well. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4 Beta now available
« on: January 20, 2012, 05:40:38 PM »
Wish Lightroom would give us the "Shoot yourself in the foot at your own risk" option.

I run into the Networkable issue all the time.  I have my photos stored on an external drive off my main PC, but sometimes I want to edit or go through and do light work on my laptop in front of my TV.  Always run into the "unable because network drive" error.  LR does not have to provide any source safe protection or controls, I would just like to be able to say "Hey!  I am the only one on this network... Let me do this at my own risk"

Lenses / Re: Going Wide on FF but which.
« on: January 20, 2012, 05:36:03 PM »
I was definitely thinking of the 400 2.8 and with the extender my 70 - 200 would fill the gap, albeit at 5.6 from 200 - 400 and then the 400 could be either 400 at 2.8 or 800 at 5.6. 

Love the TS-Es but I am also trying to stay a little cheaper since I don't shoot that much here.  I need to find a local buddy I can borrow from or bribe with beers.

Lenses / Re: Going Wide on FF but which.
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:32:51 PM »
@CowGummy - The only thing that kept me from jumping on the 17-40 was I heard at 17 wide open it has a lot of issues and really only became useable once you got in the middle of the range. 

Lenses / Going Wide on FF but which.
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:30:36 AM »

So did some cleaning of house on my lenses.

Out EF-S 10-22, 18-135, and EF 70-200 F/4L non-IS

Since I am focusing on the 5DMKII over my T2i which is now a backup body, my current stable of lenses are:

EF 24-105 F/4L
EF 50 F/1.4
EF 85 F/1.8
EF 70-200 F/2.8 IS II

Thinking down the road adding the 135 F/2, though the 70-200 is so capable, I think I can live with that to cover the range.

I still would like to do some Landscape / Architecture shots wide and have been weighing the 15 Fisheye, the 16-35 MK I or the 17-40 F/4L.  Price wise the 17-40 seems like a FF swap of the 10-22, but for the money and since it is slower glass, not sure if that is too much overlap with the 24-105. 

The 14 is obviously a sweet lens, but since this is not a need lens, and more of a creative / play lens for me, I am trying to keep the price down. 

Also debating whether I go for some more length and weight the 300 or 400, though the 2X converter might give me similar results.

EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 10:02:21 AM »
Why is everyone dead sure about a product (D800) that hasn't been announced yet?

I'm not too sure, but this is what I gather from read in this forum. Maybe expectation from the current D700.

I'd argue that nothing about the D700 or Nikon's past strategy would lead one to expect them to release a 36 MP FF camera.

Clearly you are missing the point.  The D700 is a 12MP camera.  It perfectly goes to reason that the D800 would be a 36MP FF camera. 

Try and keep up Neuro... Shesh.  Don't you remember???  When the D300 was out the D500 was rumored to be the 16MP replacement.  So why is it so hard to see that the jump from D300 to D700 was... Oh wait... The D700 lost .2 MP...

Still... You are missing the point...  What indicates that the D800, will not be a 36MP camera, other than history.  Does it not go to reason that if the D4 is 16MP, the D800 will be 36MP.... try and keep up Neuro.

EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:14:21 AM »
Why is everyone dead sure about a product (D800) that hasn't been announced yet?

Exactly.  I also have not seen a price tag quoted on it either.  I am all for letting it:

- Be announced
- Be released
- Actually SEEING the performance. 

- Specs and delivery can be two different things... Compare the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 versus the Canon model. 

EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 20, 2012, 08:49:14 AM »
I am fine with what Canon is doing.

There are clearly two paths... There is high ISO performance / more studio / low light  - This is the 5DmkX line and FF

There is then a speedier FPS, better suited to moving objects Crop body - which is the 7DMKx line

And if you want both?  Go the 1DMKx line.

Not coincidentally the price of a 5DMK III and a 7D MKII combined will be close to... yes... Yes... You got it... The 1DMKX line.

The more I read these threads, the 7D folks want better IQ and the 5D folks want better fps / AF... The amalgamation of both really is a baby 1DMKX, but they pretty much want almost all the features and performance at half the price.

As a 5D MK II owner I would like a little more AF performance and spread, but over all it is fairly solid.  If I spent more time shooting action, I would probably have gone more the 7D route, and potentially in the future, will try and pick up a 7D body used for around $1K.  I have been very very tempted to sell off my T2i, batteries, grip, and the like for just such a move, but don't want to be caught with out a spare body at the moment. 

I do see Canon introducing a Baby 1DX, maybe the rumored 3D... I believe this will be higher MP, with less FPS and less A/F / ISO than the 1DX line and expect it to be $4k - $4.5K

So I expect the 7D MK II to be a $2K body, a little better IQ, same A/F maybe a little more ISO and some faster FPS but still a 18 MP body.

I expect the 5D MK III to be under 25 MP, still in the 21 - 22 MP range, same A/F points, but all cross points and a bit wider spread, a step up in ISO and around the same FPS.  I don't expect the 5D MK II to be a sports camera and this body to be the entry FF and $3K to $3.2K

I expect the 3D line to be 30 MP, High ISO, little lesser A/F than the 1Dx, lesser FPS, and $4K - $4.5K so the differentiation between the 1Dx line will be the 3D has higher MP, but the 1Dx remains the king in ISO, A/F, and FPS. 

1Dx is the all around top
3D line is a little cheaper, little lesser, but still all around
5D line aimed at studio / FF
7D line aimed at sports / crop

1Dx line is aimed at top pros
3D line is aimed at best of both worlds for the next level (i.e. those who currently carry both a 5DMKII and 7D) and the the 5D and 7D lines are for those one a budget who do more of one style shooting than the other. 

Really makes sense to me

Canon General / Re: affordable but good telezooom advice
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:40:13 AM »

for telezooms ofcourse the canon L glass of 70-200 or 70-300 is typically the yardstick..but its out of budget by a few years for me, and the cheapest one without IS doesn't seem feasible since I can't pump the ISO much on my 40d.

I think you might underestimate the F/4.  What are you shooting?  Tripod or no tripod? 

I had no problem shooting my 70-200 F/4 Non-IS hand held in lesser light (think tree shaded ares) at ISO 400 and shutter speeds of 250 or higher. 

Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:33:07 AM »
Take a look some time at Kelby Training's "A Day with Jay Maisel"  Really is all about this.

Shoot.  Be nice about it.  Smile.  You may encounter angry people, just apologize, and say "Sorry, I really liked your look"  Most people will not notice if you are comfortable in the environment and relaxed.

I am not surprised.  Most arenas will have signs stating no cameras or recording devices. 

For Hockey especially, if you are down low, there are really only a few places you can shoot well where there are cut-outs in the glass to put your lens through so you don't get reflection and distortion... Hence also a reason for hockey why they prefer point and shoots for non-credentialed shooters if they let you in. 

A lot of it all depends on the security, arena and dumb luck a lot of times.  Have heard many stories in Boston with people having similar issues as well as have seen many fan shot images that are from DSLR with long lenses. 

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