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I'd take one right now! Sold my 17-40 today and am upgrading to the 16-35 II

Technical Support / Re: Aperture/Shutter speed/ISO
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:23:59 AM »
Since I'm not a big fan of tripod, my priorities are:

1. Lowest ISO
2. Shutter Speed
3. Aperture

Of course there is no right or wrong here - just personal ref. ;)

Interesting ... My priorities are opposite - I choose shutter speed and aperture over ISO. 

Technical Support / Re: Black Speck in Viewfinder
« on: March 18, 2013, 11:20:26 AM »
I had some dust sticking it on the focusing screen of my 6D and it was annoying as hell! Thankfully the screen of the 6D is removable so I was able to get it cleaned by a friend once I realized where the dust actually was :D


Nothing riles them up more than surreptitiousness that is revealed. :) Dirty looks is not the worse so be thankful and you just smile and behave appropriately if confronted. As said, fear is useless and actually could set you up for more trouble than if you were bolder.

+1. There is no middle ground in such a situation - shoot without fear and the usually the worst outcome will be that someone will ask you (maybe not nicely) to bugger off.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:34:40 AM »
Crimson Sunbird - 7D @ 200mm

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:21:45 AM »
5D3 + 70-200 @ 200mm - Can't remember the name of the bird

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:15:40 AM »
Just saw a post in CanonPriceWatch Facebook page where Best Buy accidentally uploaded links to so called rumored 18mp body that is supposed to be announced in a few days time. Don't know how accurate this is but CPW has a screenshot of the page and the name of the body is Canon "EOS-b"!  :o Typo?


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:43:20 AM »
Yet another (rumored) Canon product that folks here at CR (myself included) don't think anyone needs!

In an odd sort of way this reminds me of the situation with the 24-70 f/4 lens - my initial reactions were ... WTF! what's the point here?

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5D mark III ?
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:39:29 AM »
What features are you looking for in the "new body announcement"?

Unless you need REALLY need high MP and / or 14 stops of DR ;) there is no point in waiting. The 5D3 will be up to the task for whatever you wish to shoot.

In any case, there is no real evidence that Canon will release a camera incorporating the above - Prototypes appear sporadically but it is anyone's guess when a production model becomes available.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:23:51 AM »
You're right, I suppose I could run out onto the football field with my f/1.4 lens :).

Oh wait ... you could maybe use a D800 + a 14-24 :P

Edit: I don't think this needs the /sarcasm /humor tag to it but just in case

Get someone along with you on the photoshoot. Put them in the frame where there are other people involved - trouble goes down dramatically because others realize that you have a "specific human subject". Anyone else who happens to be there becomes largely incidental.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:51:58 AM »
Himalyan Barbet - same combo

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:43:41 AM »
Green Backed Tit

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:41:59 AM »
Wonderful pics here. My contribution to this great thread - Red Billed Alpine Chough - 5D3 + 100-400mm @ 400mm


I do, however, also take photos of landscapes, in which case ISO 100 is king and better DR is the most important thing. I am not one to push around shadows by four stops...I think that makes a photo look terrible. I would, however, like to be able to push my shadows around as much as I need without having to bother worrying about banding noise, or have to deal with running my RAWs through a tool like Topaz DeNoise 5 to get rid of any banding that exists in the shadows. I can recover a LOT of DR in my Canon images these days with a tool like Topaz DeNoise (at least a stop, if not two with some careful and meticulous tweaking), but...its extra work. It takes extra time, and isn't quite as good as a better sensor that doesn't have banding noise in the first place.

That said...clean, random noise in the shadows (i.e. once you have removed banding) can, as Ctein's article states, actually help improve "DR", or what he calls Exposure Range. Adding a little bit of noise back into shadows when you have to apply heavy debanding can actually help restore detail and extract even a little bit more dynamic range. (That was really the point I wanted to make by posting the articles, guess I should have known it would create a monster DR debate.)

Agree ... If I were shooting primarily landscapes, I would choose the D800 over the Canon offerings.

BTW, i dont agree that this is a "monster DR debate". on the contrary, this is the most reasonable DR debate I've seen on this forum for a long time.

Thanks for posting the link!

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