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Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:30:16 PM »
Overall I’m amazed at the openness of many of the pro photogs on this forum willing to give up their knowledge, particularly technique to help others it is there lively hood after all. The few times I’ve asked for advice I’ve been given solid help and it’s been most appreciated.

The other thing that keeps me coming back is the photographs posted. There are particular photographers that I have found consistently inspiring, and am downright envious of their talent so I’m not going to mention them  ;)

As for the bickering that erupts occasionally, well it’s a bit like the Jeremy Kyle show no one admits to watching it but if I’m honest it is kinda entertaining  :P

Bottom line: I’m hooked!

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:09:52 PM »
The 5d2's ability in low light is much lesser than the 6d.  If you are never in ISO 6400 and up situations there is no reason to choose a 6d over a 5d2, but if you shoot in low light the 6d is vastly improved over the 5d2.

I agree and surely these other improvements must carry some weight?

quiet mode
full support for rt flashes
faster FPS
7x bracketing
dual afma for zooms
flexible min/max auto-iso
min shutter speed setting

As has been said on this forum (correctly) a camera is so much more that a sensor. I really believe that if Canon had just put 11 good cross AF points in the 6D there wouldn’t be any arguments about 6D over 5D2 and that wouldn’t have taken anything away from the 5D3.

Lenses / Re: Is my 24-105mm f/4 L unreasonably soft?
« on: March 30, 2013, 04:15:03 PM »
That green curve does look strange to me, resolving better at f4 than f8 (I'm assuming the sweet spot would be around f8) and again better at f20, maybe I'm miss reading?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:48:04 PM »
The AF system is totally new and amazing compared to the 6D AF system.

No S___ Sherlock  ;D ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the normal battery drain for a 5D3 that's off?
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:35:52 PM »
I don't use very often my 5dmk3 because i don't need it, only in special situations when i need the high iso. My main camera is 550d.

 :o :o :o seriously?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Digital cameras of the future
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:33:32 PM »
There will be no personal photography it will be illegal, everything will be copy write
…. and on that depressing note good night!  :'(

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: March 22, 2013, 04:04:39 PM »
Keep your current WinXP PC the way it is and get another PC for your photography with Win7 Pro x64 and run Lightroom 4 on that.  Get a good higher end IPS display for the photo pc.  The Photo PC is just another tool.
Excellent idea.  I've been tolerating Win 7 just to run LR 4.  There has not been one positive thing I've gained with Win 7 but instead lots of things that annoy me.  I'm seriously considering building a dedicated Win 7 photo PC while my main PC is XP.
Full Disclosure - I am in IT, I see and support many types of systems and OS versions.  I used XP x64 as my main workstation up until a couple months ago.  I still use it for some things (through an RDP session from my new Win7x64 workstation).  I sympathize with folks that don't want to change.  For those that the PC is just a tool, upgrading/changing the OS is a hassle.  Still, please be aware that the time is nearing when all updates, support, etc are going to end for XP.

XP will become a dead OS in April 2014http://www.technibble.com/windows-xp-support-ends-in-april-2014-what-technicians-need-to-know/

What this means is you will no longer receive updates for security, drivers, etc.  The OS will still function but it will cease to exist as far as Microsoft is concerned.

Windows 7 is actually a great OS and it isn't that hard to become comfortable with.  It performs better and much more reliable and secure.  You would like it even more on a laptop.  Lightroom or any other similar software is going to benefit from a 64 bit OS and at least 8GB of RAM, preferably 16GB.  Just do it and don't look back.  It's not that big of a deal.  Then after you are comfortable with Win7 on the Photo PC, start deciding about your main workstation.  My suggestion on that is to go to buy.com or eCost.com and purchase a refurbished HP or DELL Core2Duo workstation PC with Win7 Pro for about $250.  I would suggest to stick with Intel Core2 or i Series CPU + Chipset and away from AMD or Pentium 4.  Here's a good example... http://tinyurl.com/aza9qt5

Excellent post Rusty, you won't get much return from the geeky types here but your advice is spot on

Reviews / Re: Most Objective and Less Objective REVIEWER?
« on: March 22, 2013, 09:16:29 AM »
I like both The-digital-picture and Lens Rentals I don't want to mark either of them down by voting for the other.
I also like DigRev but then I happen to like Kai’s humour.
Perhaps it should be tick boxes rather than radio buttons?

Canon General / Re: Announcements Coming Tonight
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:25:48 AM »
This may not be popular to say but the new SL1 will definitely get my attention once:

1.) the price drops significantly AND
2.) if Canon releases a couple more pancakes (20'ish mm & a 30'ish mm) at a reasonable price. 

Totally with you on that. Aside from professional gigs I love taking my 5DIII and 40mm out to social occasions because it feels like a compact to me.  However, the SL1 with a series of pancakes as you mentioned above would be bliss for such occasions.

Agree, a wide pancake on this could make for a nice street setup. Would be nice to see a EF-S pancake unless they are going to make a really wide EF one.

I asked about a 20mm pancake a while back and aparently it's not viable :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:57:33 PM »

They should earn an award for the most milked sensor in the history of photography! ah, what's an old sensor among friends right?

Nah I think the most milked sensor in the history of photography is FP4  ;D
I would have said Kodachrome 64.....

 ;D ;D True and it had better DR  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:34:44 PM »

They should earn an award for the most milked sensor in the history of photography! ah, what's an old sensor among friends right?

Nah I think the most milked sensor in the history of photography is FP4  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 100D Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2013, 09:10:14 AM »
It was also mentioned that the price of the EOS 100D was “a bit expensive”.

Compaired to what? and EOS M or a Powershot or a 1DX  :o  ;D

Naaa, pinch of salt must be a slow weekend at rumour towers  ::)

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: March 16, 2013, 06:08:29 AM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.

Dustin, I'd also like to thank you for sharing this I've been really enjoying your photographs. I was wondering though do you use the RAW or JPG presets?


If I mounted the Canon 85 1.8 *without* powering down after a Sigma freaked it out, even the Canon would cause FoCal to crash.

A side issue, but I thought you shouldn't ever do this as it can damage your camera?

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2013, 04:49:30 PM »
I agree though, if this super-entry-level, whatever it ends up being, has 6fps,  the 70D better have something worthwhile to be deemed 2-notches better.

It will probably have 9 cross types, where does that leave the 6D  :o

the 650d has 9 cross type, just like the 40d,50d,60d...so what?

Actually that was my point Canon's feature list has never been linear so it could easily have 6fps and not step on the 70D. I doubt it will though

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