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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:47:34 AM »
IDK...i suppose it might.  I personally prefer CF because they are more robust and you can get some super high speed ones.  SD cards are a lot cheaper, so if I have to add some that is some solace.

There are two ways to look at this:

1. I want my rebel users to upgrade, so I'll put SD card slot in so they can use their current stuff.
2. I want this to be a gateway to pro models, so I'll put a CF card slot in to make the next step easier/give it the feel of a pro set up. 

Maybe it'll have dual slots so they can cover both bases?  I wish!  But not going to happen in an entry level body.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 08:34:30 AM »
I didn't realize they switched the xxD series to SD cards.  My 40D is CF so i assumed the new ones were as well.  I hope they stick with CF cards, mainly because I don't want to have to go out and buy a second set of cards. 

Oh wait, that's not what I'm supposed to say.  Let me try again - 'if this thing comes with SD cards, it'll be the final proof that canon has lost complete touch with any sort of reality (real or imagined), and  I will instantly burn all my gear and switch to Nikon.'

There...that's more like it.  LOL


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:07:46 AM »
I guess the big question is how well corrected it'll be for distortion, and how much CA shows up when shifted/tilted.  On certain formus that shall remain nameless, many are already writing this off as DOA for those reasons.  They, of course, have no first hand knowledge that there are issues there.  I've been wanting to try out a tilt shift.  My local shop rents the older canon 24mm and 45mm.  I'll probably try them out and if I find its something I enjoy, give this lens a hard look.  I've heard these are best for tilt effets such as miniatureization at more 'normal' focal lengths, but I'll have to try it out and see. 


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:16:34 AM »
I hate these threads... Everyone expects a 5D3 with a different name for half the price. Most of the time you get what you pay for. I'm sure if Canon did offer something like this, there would be so many complaints about purposely handicapping the camera with no this or that.

One thing is for sure with this camera - regardless of how good it actually may be, it will be FLAMED to no end. 


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:25:43 PM »
odds it'll have decent ISO 12800?  In cam HDR? AFMA?

With the first and last, I'd be in love.  With all 3 I'd be in heaven.


Lighting / Re: TTL + remote simultaneously?
« on: September 06, 2012, 08:34:43 AM »
The phottix strato II system also has TTL pass through.  You put the transmitter in your hot shoe, and it has its own hot shoe on top.  You can mount your TTL controlled flash there (or use an TTL cable there to use the flash in a different location).  Put a Strato II receiver on your other flashes, and they will fire in manual mode when you hit the shutter. 

The strato II system is like $99 for a transmitter and reciever, plus about $60 for each other receiver.   I have found mine very reliable.

Some flashes have an optical sensor built in that can fire them when your TTL flashes go off.  However, make sure you look for a model that has a setting to fire on the second flash, so it does not go off on the metering flash.  I know the Lumopro 160s have that feature.  Not sure about others b/c the Lumopro is all I've got.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:43:27 AM »
I guess that we need to start rumors about the Mark III now. 
It will have 5th generation IS for sure :D

Pff..the 5th gen IS is going to be a total fail.  I'm going to wait for the 6th gen.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:11:20 PM »
+1 on the T3i/18-135 kit.  Great walk around range in a single lens, and much better IQ than a P&S.  I'd get that, and then see what focal range you like to shoot in.  Add a nice prime that you can use for more formal shots, maybe a 35 F2, shorty 40, 50 1.8 or 85 1.8, depending on what you end up liking.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A99 Rumored Specs "Leak"
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:20:08 AM »

So....the entile screen is filled with dotssssssssssssssssssssssss ;D

LOL...have to focus with live view b/c you can't actually see through the viewfinder because of all the AF points. 

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 + 2x teleconverter vs 100-400
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:17:30 AM »
...and a huge price tag on the new 100-400 too.

I'd look at it this way:  if you are only an occasional shooter at longer than 200mm...then use the TC and save your money.  If you like to do a lot of longer stuff, get the dedicated lens.  Remember that using that TC on any of your other lenses slower than 2.8 renders autofocus inoperable (unless you've got a 1Dmk2,3,4)...so it may not be as versatile as you think.  And really, if you are going to have 70-400 covered already, what other lens are you going to put that TC on anyway? 


Another thing toconsider is the black body radiation of your gear after dark.  If the temp gets close to the dew point, your gear will drop just a fractionbelow as it radiates a very small part of its heat off in to space.  As an astrophotographer myself, Ihave run in to dew problems myself.  To combat it, the most fool prof thing is to vet some dew heaters, basically a fancier version of the hot pads mentioned above.  Astrozap is a companythat used to make them.  Serch around and youlk find a few options.  If you turn them on at the start of your session they keep you from getting close to or below the dew point.   

Another thing would be to use your lens hood,  Those who use telescopes tend to use dew shields which arebasically hoods ffor telescopes.  They keep the air next to the objective stagnant and therefore pdevent it from cooling down as fast.  They also reduce the radiation heat loss.  With telescopes the light cone is very steep and therefore the hood can be longer, but your lens hood should help some. 


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Firmware Available
« on: August 21, 2012, 04:33:00 PM »
Thanks for the idea to rent a body to do the firmware update.  I want to grab one of these lenses soon, and am assuming that what is in stock now is probably the old firmware.  My newest body is a 40D, so I'll have to see if I can get my local camera shop to help me out with with the update.  Maybe I can give them $20 for 10minutes use of one of their bodies. 


I don't have a 5dIII, but i seem to recall reading that the camera can also be set to save the individual raws when using its built in HDR function.


Portrait / Re: 50mm f1.4 group photo
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:50:59 AM »
I think the problem is that you are using a 5DIII, which if you read enough threads on CR, you'll learn is a terrible camera. And that you aren't using an L lens. All non L lenses are total rubbish an should only be used as doorstops. You need a 50mm f/1.2L and NEVER use it at any other setting besides f/1.2! Just focus on one person's most interesting eyelash- Who cares about the rest. I need to see some bokeh!

Um, just kidding. I think lots of people covered possible fixes. Shallow DOF + slow shutter speeds + moving subjects = tough.

You forgot to mention that this photo wasn't taken with a Nikon, and therefore had no chance for success from the beginning.  LOL! 

On a serious note, what is MFD for thr 50 1.4?  A lot of times as you approach that, the images get a little soft. 


Lenses / Re: Best lense for bird shots
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:34:09 AM »
Sigma makes a 150-500 that sells here for about $1100 USD.  I tried one at my local camera shop and liked it.  I dont know about AF speed for birds though.  I don't shoot that so I wouldn't have a frame of reference.


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