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EOS-M / Re: EOS M replaced my 5D kit
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:20:46 AM »
For me the best balance is a DSLR with 2 to 4 lenses tops (even better: 3). If I have more it gets difficult to manage and carry.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M replaced my 5D kit
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:14:22 AM »
It seems like the DSLR is like a stick of dynamite. It will get a lot done if it is set up right, but that's difficult to do and is just as likely to blow up.

I don't find mine difficult to set up. Have you tried reading your manual?   ;)

How droll :)

What I mean by this comment is that with the DSLR, lenses, filters, tripod, color correction, flashes, modifiers, etc I'll usually go to great lengths to get mediocre pictures. And oftentimes using that specialized stuff leads to mistakes, like the time I had the reverse GND on for taking sunset pictures, then forgot it when a perfect picture of the family presented itself. Interesting to see their light legs and dark upper bodies - bang! If I just kept it simple and not tried to get a perfect shot of a sunset (which has been done a billion times before) then I could have some nice landscape shots and family shots (sure before you say it I can try and massage the shot in PS, but in that case in those circumstances I think the picture is probably lost).

Or messing with flashes, instead of just keeping it simple and using ambient, with maybe a little fill light I'll fiddle with three flashes, modifiers and ... often get worse lighting with odd shadows I'm struggling to control - bang!

Or I'll go out and about with one of my extreme lenses, like a UWA or a telephoto, and have a lens completely wrong for something else I'd like to take a shot of (like a family shot and all I've got is a UWA) - bang! Or I'll go out with just the 50 (which is still heavier than the EOS M and two lenses) and miss shots at the other extremes - bang!

Sure, before you all tell me how you can carry 60 lbs of equipment on your back and always get just the right setup, in time, for the circumstances you want to get the shot because you anticipated it 10 minutes before, that's great and good for you.  Hey maybe I'll get there too someday, I'd like to think so and it gives me a goal, as I'm certainly not selling my gear.

Blaming your gear for your own mistakes? That explains a lot :).
There were 2 circumstances where I would get better results with less equipment due to the ability to carry it a few hundred meters. This would make a difference. But in many other cases it was the opposite. In the specific case you mention didn't you look thru the viewfinder to see that half of the picture was darker? OK maybe it was a soft grad but still...

Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 06, 2013, 07:43:41 AM »
I remember once when I left my car and entered my friends' car that I had grabbed my jacket from the car.
When we arrived I realized that I had grabbed a towel and not my jacket !

When I told this story to a friend he told me that once he had taken an extender with him  thinking he was taking a teleconverter!

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:19:01 PM »
This is a joke right?

There is nothing in these settings that cannot be done in post. They will serve you almost nothing.
Plus, In cloudy days less contrast and saturation that for standard shooting? This is certainly a joke!

Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:50:57 AM »
Back in the 80s I had a Konica AutoReflex TC with a 40mm and a 70-200 Sigma Zoom.

The zoom was in its hard case and in a bag. I was running to catch up the bus paying extra attention not to loose my jacket because in a previous similar case I had dropped - and lost - my jacket.

Suddenly someone says that I had dropped a bag and an old lady had grabbed it and left in a hurry!

Well she got my Sigma with a Konica mount which I am pretty sure would not know what to do with!

The result: A friend from the work suggested to switch to Canon ...

Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 01, 2013, 09:04:41 PM »
I use some 2.5 inch drives but these contain just 2 of my 4 copies. The other 2 are 3.5inch Western Digital Enterprise Series RE4 disks (one internal, one external in a USB case)

For now I have not implemented a remote storage scheme...

Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:35:46 PM »
1000:  Hey anyone like binary jokes?

YES! There are 10 types of people: Those who understand binary and those who don't !   ;D

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:24:53 AM »
It seems a bit unbelieveable but then again so did the 18-35 f/1.8 at the time.
That is for APS-C models so it has much less glass than it would have if it was an FF lens.

Lenses / Re: Gear Advice foe and awesome Greece trip
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:34:56 AM »
Skip the 24 TS-E and get a 17 TS-E instead. It is a totally different focal length (no overlaps), plus you can crop a little if necessary.

Lenses / Re: Wide angle lens' for crop sensor camera
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:28:06 AM »
Either a used 10-22 or a used 17-40 4L

17mm isn't wide angle on crop, plus I wouldn't buy a 17-40L used right now - there are heavy Canon rebates, the used gear prices for L lenses are too high plus you might end up with a 8 year old lens if you didn't ask for the date code.

My advIice: f I would have decided to stay on crop, I'd have bought a Tokina 11-16 ... it isn't really a zoom given the short focal length difference, but it's f2.8 and relatively inexpensive esp. if you get the older mk1 that doesn't make much of a difference to the mk2 on the Canon mount. The advantage of the Canon 10-22 is the larger zoom range if you need that on an uwa & somewhat better flare resistance, but nothing dramatic.

Btw you can even use the Tokina on full frame on the 16mm end as a fixed wide angle lens, but it isn't really sharp in the corners.
My post continued:

For a crop I would prefer 10-22 ...

Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:21:29 AM »
Your lenses are very good to be concerned with supplementing and/or replacing them.
Take a few more pictures (at around f/8 or f/11)  print them big and show them to this ... gallery owner telling him you got a new prime lens.

I bet he will believe it  ;D

Lenses / Re: Wide angle lens' for crop sensor camera
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:27:10 AM »
Either a used 10-22 or a used 17-40 4L

For a crop I would prefer 10-22 (Actually I had it until it was stolen with my 40D and many other lenses)

Lenses / Re: Help me price used equipment please!
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:52:35 AM »
Now,  I do have 300 4L non-IS and 16-35 2.8 version 1. 300 4L stays no matter what. It is super sharp.
16-35 is not perfect at the corners but I have heard that neither 16-35 2.8 II is.

Right now I do not use it so much (I have a TS-E 17, a TS-E 24 II and a Zeiss 21 2.8) but I am not selling it yet.

If you love your lenses you should keep them. Anyway your 80-200 does not overlap with the 3 lenses you mentioned.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D a New Benchmark in ISO Performance?
« on: July 31, 2013, 11:30:04 AM »
Quote from: Marsu42 link=topic=15645.msg297472#msg297472
I see some people going ballistic, and I don't want to raise my struggle with buying the 6d again, but if I do I will *curse* Canon every single time I lie flat in the cold and wet mud in late autumn when doing macros of mushrooms... this is really an issue for me, I surprised so many people don't see the swivel screen as a useful feature.
And I understand there could be a possible weatherproofing nightmare for the design and manufacturing departments in Canon. I just wish that could be an option...

I wonder if they could make the screen wireless, using some kind of near field communications to avoid the normal energy drain of wireless devices. They could then just attach the screen via a hinge (maybe a replaceable one in case it breaks) without actually having to compromise weather sealing.
Darn it! Now I will have to wait for the 7D3 ;)

Ha! Yeah, I guess its unlikely such an innovation would actually find its way into the 7D II, given its already in field testing. Oh well....it would have been a pretty cool feature. :D
Well, I myself prefer a camera without a swivel screen (at least for the 99% of the time).

BUT, I understand why someone would need this. May I suggest this thread ?


I know it is probably too much for just camera with a swivel screen but maybe it could be of help for the cases where a swivel screen is an absolute must...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why is metering not linked to AF spot?
« on: July 30, 2013, 12:21:32 PM »
It appears to be artificial product segmentation.

Agreed.  Worth noting that on all Canon bodies, evaluative metering is weighted toward the selected AF point. 

The alternative on non-1-series bodies is to spot meter then use AE Lock and recompose.

That's what I do now, not always that convenient. Any chance this can be changed in the future by ml or such, like spot metering was added to the 400d?
It will have to be supported in hardware in the first place. Does it? We do not know...

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