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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: On a 5D Mark III, when shooting mRAW
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:43:33 AM »
One also gives up some color accuracy. 

If you're suing something other than DPP, be sure your RAW converter of choice supports mRAW.  If you need to use DPP to convert your mRAW to DNG for further processing, you'll end up with bigger files than just shooting regular RAW.

Some technical details on mRAW, color sampling, etc., from Doug Kerr are here.


Thanks a lot, Neuro.  I was hoping you would step up.  :D

I use DPP for my RAW conversions so that will not be a problem.  I'll check out the link you've provided.

You are a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate you sharing.

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Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:37:44 AM »
You don't say on which body you would use the 400mm for landscapes.  On a 1.6 crop body you might find that long a focal length quite limiting.  I know I would.

Having said that, I've always liked using medium telephotos for landscapes and my 70-200 gets a lot more use than my wide angle lenses on my 1D Mark IV and my 5D Mark III.



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / On a 5D Mark III, when shooting mRAW
« on: September 04, 2013, 10:22:43 AM »
On a 5D Mark III, when shooting mRAW, does one give up anything other than resolution?

I shoot motocross events most weekends during spring and summer.  I have mostly used my 1D Mark IV and have been very happy with results.  However, I have had occasion to use my 5D Mark III and notice a higher keeper rate on fast-closing, oncoming shots when compared to the 1D Mark IV.  I would like to use the 5D Mark III more but don't like the very large file sizes it produces when dealing with thousands of images.  It really does slow down the file transferring and processing.

As I have full access on the motocross tracks and can literally go wherever I want, my images are pretty much frame filling or close to it.  I need to do very little cropping, if any.  That being the case, shooting mRAW would be more than adequate for my needs in terms of pixels on the target, but leaves me wondering if doing so would cost me more than the just the reduction in resolution.

Can anyone comment on this concern?

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Lenses / Re: 16-35 I vs. 17-40
« on: September 01, 2013, 08:24:51 PM »
Just to shore up what others have said, I owned both lenses.  I sold the 16-35 and kept the 17-40.  I found it to be noticeably sharper than the copy of the 16-35 I had.

Personally, I think the 17-40 is probably the best 'L' bargain out there.

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Lenses / Re: Question regarding drop-in circular polarizing filter
« on: September 01, 2013, 08:19:40 PM »
Thanks for your input, guys.

I well know about the loss of light throughput and given the light I normally shoot in and the bodies I'm using, that is not an issue.

I was just wondering if there was any impact on the AF speed or accuracy.  I believe that question has been answered.

Hopefully it will arrive in time for me to try it out next weekend.

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Lenses / Question regarding drop-in circular polarizing filter
« on: August 31, 2013, 11:40:21 AM »
Among other things, I shoot a lot of motocross throughout the spring and summer season.  Pretty much most weekends.  I have often thought that a drop-in circular polarizing filter for my 300/2.8 would be a good idea to reduce glare from goggles and face masks, as well as to enrich colours and perhaps tone down some highlights.

I decided to go ahead and have ordered one.  As an afterthought (I have a lot of those), I was wondering if introducing that filter would have any negative effect on the speed and/or accuracy of the AF.  Anyone out there with any experience with one that could answer that question for me?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:39:43 PM »
Does anyone know what this bird is?

It's tiny, just a bit bigger than a chickadee, and there were two of them on the sand at the edge of the Ottawa river, near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It would use it's beak to quickly probe the sand.

I'm pretty sure it's a Least Sandpiper, although I'm surprised to see it that far south at this time of year.  It's a bit early for the fall migration to have started.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:35:19 PM »
A Trumpet Swan that was putting a run on a Canada Goose.....



 :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: August 04, 2013, 07:32:49 AM »
You guys all rock! I had a heck of a week...we had ALOT of migrations, and a ton of signups, so the support to cover was alot. It is finally slowing down, so I can come back and chat with you all! I saw a couple posts with new sites. AWESOME! It's 4am here, and i need a couple hours of shuteye, but I will return tomorrow to answer all your questions and check out your new Smugmug sites. Thanks so much!


I shoot a lot of motocross racing during the season and when at the track yesterday, many of the people who regularly visit my site made a point of telling me how much they liked the new look.

As for me, I love the look as well and am delighted with how much and how easily I can customize and change the site.

Two thumbs up.  In my opinion, and the opinion of several of my friends who use SmugMug, you guys have hit a home run with this change.

http://harveyg.smugmug.com/

:D

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Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:04:58 PM »
Why invest in a full frame, 20 megapixel camera if you don't take advantage of it?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Two thumbs up for the new SmugMug
« on: August 01, 2013, 09:35:25 AM »
I have now gone live.....

http://harveyg.smugmug.com/

Comments or questions are welcome.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:41:17 AM »
Okay, I've now gone live.  Remember that I am a 'Basic Service' user and don't have all the bells and whistles that comes with the higher service levels.  Still, I think it looks far better and I can customize it a lot more than the original.

http://harveyg.smugmug.com/

Still a work in progress.   :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 31, 2013, 08:09:53 PM »
I looked for this thread earlier and couldn't find it.  Duh me.  So, rather than post on this thread (which I have obviously now found) I started another.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16199.0

Basically, I'm really liking the new SmugMug and expect to go live with mine within a couple of days.  In my opinion, it looks so much more up-to-date than the legacy version.  It's also a lot more customizable for a basic service user.

Well done, SmugMug.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Two thumbs up for the new SmugMug
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:59:47 PM »
I was not sure which forum section to start this thread in and if this is the incorrect section, a mod should feel free to move it.  Thanks.

Well, for the last two days I have been playing with the 'new' SmugMug'.  I'm giving it two thumbs up.  It provides a very much up-to-date look.  It's also very much customizable.  I am a basic service user and was impressed by how much I can do to make my site look unique.  So many themes and layouts to choose from and adjust to suit one's taste.  SmugMug, in my opinion, you have hit a home run with this.  A big congrats.

To put it succinctly..... I LOVE IT !!!

I have not yet gone live with the 'new look', but will shortly as I am now a lot more comfortable finding my way around things.

If you are a SmugMug user and have not looked around the new 'digs', I suggest you spend some time with it.  I  don't think you will be disappointed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:54:23 AM »
SMUGMUG ROCKS !!!!!

I have used SmugMug for years and could not be happier.  I wish every supplier I have ever dealt with was half as good.

Keep on trucking, SmugMug.

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