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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:21:47 PM »
Had the guilty pleasure of renting a ID IV this weekend to serve as a second body (to my 7D) to shoot indoor volleyball tournament.  While I am not a paid professional (yet), I am striving to take me vision to the next level, and despite nice lenses, the low-light challenges continue to plague some of my shots with unpleasant noise. While I think about light, in my world I cannot control it very much, so I am forced to think more about my gear ;) but only in so much as it helps me achieve on paper (and computer screen) what I 'see' in my mind, and what my clients (players/parents/coaches) can treasure forever.
While I was able to get more 'usable' shots with the 1D IV in the higher ISO ranges (4000-12,800), I'm curious to the potential of the 1DX in this setting vs the 1D IV.  I have not yet seen output from the 1DX, and wondering should I expect $2K 'better' high ISO performance.  I have almost weekly tournaments to shoot between now and June, and am debating whether to take the plunge now and get my own 1d IV or 'tough' it out with only a single body till the 1Dx comes out.  I also have the trip of a lifetime this August (Galapagos Islands) and will 'need' the second body there as well.  Are the 7D and 1D IV too close in function and therefore should I wait till the FF 1Dx is available?? While both pricey, the 'extra' $2K has me wondering how much more useful the 1Dx will be c/w the 1D IV ??

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:30:52 AM »
Love this Lens

PVC18Black1D041 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:44:26 PM »
Here are some of the comparison shots with this lens on both a 7D and/or the 1D IV  Different Gyms with different lighting but both shot with Tv mode, autoISO so more real life than technical comparison  :)

135/2  1/1000 Tv ISO 3200 on the 7D

PVC16Black7d011 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Here is similar shot with 1D IV

f2.2 1/800 ISO 6400

PVC18Yellowreedits1D093 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:30:40 PM »
First attempts at panning action with a wide-angle with a 7D

PVC18Black01 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:27:22 PM »
35 f2.5 1/500 Iso 1600 7D

PVC17Black7D003 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:50:26 PM »
Gorgeous pics ! Once I get a FF the next buy will be this beauty 135 f/2 L ! :-)

No need to wait for FF, the 1DIV and 7D photos from above show what this lens is capable of....

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:13:51 PM »
1dIV, ISO6400 1/640 f2.2 Tv


Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 16, 2012, 05:59:18 PM »
7D, early AM snow


Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 13, 2012, 08:56:36 AM »
  Next week, I am shooting a VB tourney for 2 days, and I am renting a 1D Mark IV as a trial...trying to decide 1D MIV vs 1DX.....

You wont want to hand back the 1D4 ...

Wow you are not kidding - just started last PM for practice.  The ISO range difference is unbelievable c/w 7D. Indoor, no flash, no problem.
Took a walk in my neighborhood last night before a snowfall (so no contrast on the ground), with only moonlight, and got interesting / usable handheld shots at 1/15 and 1/30.

Shot indoor volleyball then indoor soccer (my kids are very busy), and paired the 135 with both the 7D and the ID IV - didn't have time to process yet but first glance I liked what the viewfinder shows, but my wife is not gonna be happy (neither is LENSRENTAL) - I may not return it  :)

I will shoot similar shots this weekend with the 135 using both bodies for a real-life comparison and post next week.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:17:08 PM »
I was "working" from the office computer (Chrome), now I'll upload it from Safari (home)

On my screen, it looks fine, did we solve the dilemma or do I need to post-process in PS differently?  My usual work flow is to shoot in max resolution RAW, (7D), download to my MacPro, working with 27" LED screen (not calibrated), select website keepers, then edit only those keepers in Adobe Camera Raw, then "save as" JPEG ProphotoRGB 8 bit, 240 ppi, (usually downsize to ~ 1910x1274) and then "DONE" the original file.  Later I upload my keeper JPEGs to my hosting service (Phanfare) and I've just started 'sharing' some with a new FLICKr account to see how I like that service, and to facilitate copying to this forum.

I've experimented at times shooting sports in native JPEG, trying to save time post-processing, but for sports/lowlight, I find I need to post-process anyways.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:45:29 PM »
Here it is again - not sure why it is different


Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: January 12, 2012, 09:49:30 AM »
Keep em coming, and include body and lens (and settings if helpful) :)

Lighting / Re: Trouble shooting on the 430 EXII (HELP!)
« on: January 10, 2012, 11:03:20 AM »
Thanks for that tip - I usually shoot AI servo for indoor sports and now I know (in advance) why it wouldn't work. Love how you anticipated the next question.... :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4 Beta now available
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:39:46 AM »
That is my real question, the ease of managing the original RAW and the 'edited' JPG (which the keepers get posted to the web) and then later, maybe get printed / enlarged, whatever. I find myself struggling with the colorspace issue / print profile of the different versions.  As I understand and develop my Photoshop workflow, I've learned to create project folders with subfolders for RAW/JPGs, but was curious the 'power' of LR to go back to help my old JPGs (pre RAW era) and more importantly moving forward, how to optimize workflow with new projects.

When LR imports RAW from the CF card, and then PS does the edits, where do the edits/original go?? are people happy with file management issues, I am happy using PS for my edits, but before adding another file management scheme (LR), I'd like to know if current users are happy  :)

Lighting / Re: Trouble shooting on the 430 EXII (HELP!)
« on: January 10, 2012, 07:11:38 AM »
While 'we' are troubleshooting the 430, can someone simply walk through how to use it as AF assist on a 7D.  I've heard about it but never took the time to read how to do it. Will it send out a weak flash output or simply an invisible IR pulse?  I'd like to improve my autofocus capture rate shooting indoor sports w/o the flash going off. Thanks in advance.

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