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On my 1DX, I only have spot and eval on. Eval is what I use most of the time.

Q: you always put shooting info(text) on your photos? Why?

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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 10, 2014, 12:57:27 AM »
Thank you everyone for your wonderful advices.

@ privatebydesign - I'm happy to hear from you again. As always, I'm appreciated your inputs.




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Technical Support / What photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:15:09 AM »
Hi guys,
I just wonder what kind photo printer you guys use at home. I don’t print very often, however, I’m thinking to buy one that could print up to 12x15 - to make photo book.

The boss at home wants me to make family photo books. I wonder, should I just use Adorama service and be done with? I kinda like the idea of having a decent printer at home so I can print when I want it. At least, I can see the colors immediately. I think you guys all know my PP skill by now... ;D

Thanks
Dylan

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:56:04 AM »
So what! I'm planning to *dump* $6800 for the 1DX  :P

Don't pay $6800. You can get one for much less from authorized dealer: http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03792/Canon-EOS-1D-X-price.html

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:47:19 AM »
Prior to the 1DX, I been using 24MP+ bodies. It took me couple weeks to get use to 18MP(larger pixel) from 1DX. I now shoot 80-90% with 1DX, except, when I really need 2nd body. Otherwise 5D III is pretty much sitting in the bag :(

Mark my words, if 1DX II has higher than 30MP then I'm more likely going to sell my 5D III and add another 1DX to my kit. I do crop in PP, but not 50-60% from original RAW. No issue for me.

I do hope canon would release NEW high MP body for landscape and studio shooters, but prefer not in 1DX line.

Whenever you ready: http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03792/Canon-EOS-1D-X-price.html  :)

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Lenses / Re: Talk about your ef 300mm f/2.8
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:50:15 AM »
Ver II should be considered as a "perfect" prime. From AF speed, IQ and weight, there is nothing much to say except BUY IT NOW

I had the oppertunity owning ver II for couple weeks, I feel 300mm is a bit short for my need. I shoot indoor swimming. Getting a close up shots with 300mm is not enough. I returned the lens and got 400mm f2.8 IS II.

I now own 200mm f2 IS II + 400mm f2.8 IS II. I feel I made a right decision for myself. 200mm f2 IS + 1.4x TC III is not bad . Having that extra stop for indoor is well worth it, not to mention, the 200mm f2 is one of those lenses you want to shoot wide open(just like 85L II)  ;)

Here are some test shots with 200mm f2 IS + 1.4x TC, SOOC:
http://dylannguyen.smugmug.com/Lens-Test/200MM-F2-IS-14X-tc-iii/n-93P6B#!/


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:32:41 AM »
People here talk about not knowing anyone that buys Nikon and how Nikon is always making a loss and how Nikon cameras don't rate as well as Canon on Amazon, etc ...

Co-worker is planning their holiday and wanted the best camera to take on holiday and went with a D810 plus lenses.

My input into the buying decision? Didn't know that she was shopping until she mentioned what she'd bought.

Do they shoot sports? No
Do they shoot birds? No
What photographs will he take? Typical tourist pics.

When asked why she wanted the Nikon D810 her answer was simple: "I just want the best IQ."

No, I'm not making it up.

(Reposted because someone decided to be pedantic, so I've corrected for their pedantry.)

I would go with Fuji X series + native lenses.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 07, 2014, 03:07:57 PM »
Another vote for 2 monitors over single 29".

If budget is not an issue, try to go with 27", IPS with 2560x1440 or higher. I found 27" with 1920x1080 is not good enough for PP.

Thanks Dylan! Which one would you recommend or use yourself?

I recently picked up this one: http://www.lg.com/us/commercial/lcd-computer-monitors/lg-27MB85Z-B. I saw this monitor at a friend studio(pro wedding), I went home I threw out my Asus VX279Q and LG 27" non IPS, 1920x1080

BTW, stay away from Asus vx279 series, the black is terrible. I have to turn down the brightness to 35ish from 100.



 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:51:09 PM »
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And it's definitely not the quietest.  I would not be pulling it out during a wedding ceremony for example.

Most churches don't mind about shutter sounds. They more concern about annoying flashes during ceremony. 1DX is a much better body when flash is not allowed for indoor.

It's not about the church.  It's about disrupting the ceremony with a major distraction.  The 1dx shutter is no doubt a distraction in any quiet venue.    I agree that the 1dx allows for better shadow exposure.  In most cases as in an indoor wedding ceremony the 5d3 will work just as well.I've seen it happen and there are many here that have seen it happen.
Interesting POV. My friends(pro wedding) have just dumping their 5D III bodies(x8) and replaced with 1DX(x8). I guess they must enjoying loud shutter and heavy weight.

There is a huge different between spec reader and hand-on people. BTW, 18MP is enough for cropping when the shots framed correctly in the first place.

Certainly and for weddings I use only my 5D3 in quiet mode.  I guess there are many pros who just dont give a darn about distracting guests and only focus on their job.

Most pros would put the couple as their priority number one. The guests attending the wedding could be the potential future clients down the road. They are more likely to ask the couple for wedding photo samples. If the results are good, they would careless about the shutter sound.

My 2cents, the shutter sound is more likely has to do with photographer, not the couple nor the guests. Just like bokeh, many clients will not be able to tell the different between f2.8 vs f1.4


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Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:37:09 PM »
Another vote for 2 monitors over single 29".

If budget is not an issue, try to go with 27", IPS with 2560x1440 or higher. I found 27" with 1920x1080 is not good enough for PP.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 07, 2014, 11:39:15 AM »
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I have both and shoot a little bit of everything but mainly sports. Obviously I use the 1DX for sports but even when I am shooting something other than sports, I first reach for the 1DX and mainly just use the 5D3 as a back-up or second camera. Last week, I shot a senior portrait and used the 1DX. I do use the 5D3 for video though.

I think we're all agreed that if we owned both bodies at the same time, the 1DX is obviously the better performer and would be the preferred choice on most occasions, while the 5D3 would be just about as capable in less-demanding environments. :)

I don't know that it's obviously the better performer. It's more robust and has a higher frame rate, better AF and high ISO performance. Absolute IQ at Low ISO the 5D2/5D3 usually displays a slight edge in most of the test reviews I've read. Depends what/how you are shooting. That's why all of those former 1Ds mark iii shooters are still annoyed that Canon never gave them a replacement model.

And it's definitely not the quietest.  I would not be pulling it out during a wedding ceremony for example.

Most churches don't mind about shutter sounds. They more concern about annoying flashes during ceremony. 1DX is a much better body when flash is not allowed for indoor.

It's not about the church.  It's about disrupting the ceremony with a major distraction.  The 1dx shutter is no doubt a distraction in any quiet venue.    I agree that the 1dx allows for better shadow exposure.  In most cases as in an indoor wedding ceremony the 5d3 will work just as well.I've seen it happen and there are many here that have seen it happen.
Interesting POV. My friends(pro wedding) have just dumping their 5D III bodies(x8) and replaced with 1DX(x8). I guess they must enjoying loud shutter and heavy weight.

There is a huge different between spec reader and hand-on people. BTW, 18MP is enough for cropping when the shots framed correctly in the first place.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The 1200mm Sharpness Test
« on: December 07, 2014, 01:41:07 AM »
Looks great jrista

Been thinking:
1. Add 600mm f4 IS II to use with my current FF bodies
2. Cheaper approach, add 7D II and shoot with my current 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III. I know my 400 + 2x tc is great on FF at f7ish. Not sure how it will come out with 7D II.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 06, 2014, 10:21:41 PM »
Quote
I have both and shoot a little bit of everything but mainly sports. Obviously I use the 1DX for sports but even when I am shooting something other than sports, I first reach for the 1DX and mainly just use the 5D3 as a back-up or second camera. Last week, I shot a senior portrait and used the 1DX. I do use the 5D3 for video though.

I think we're all agreed that if we owned both bodies at the same time, the 1DX is obviously the better performer and would be the preferred choice on most occasions, while the 5D3 would be just about as capable in less-demanding environments. :)

I don't know that it's obviously the better performer. It's more robust and has a higher frame rate, better AF and high ISO performance. Absolute IQ at Low ISO the 5D2/5D3 usually displays a slight edge in most of the test reviews I've read. Depends what/how you are shooting. That's why all of those former 1Ds mark iii shooters are still annoyed that Canon never gave them a replacement model.

And it's definitely not the quietest.  I would not be pulling it out during a wedding ceremony for example.

Most churches don't mind about shutter sounds. They more concern about annoying flashes during ceremony. 1DX is a much better body when flash is not allowed for indoor.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 06, 2014, 02:12:08 AM »
Canon 7D Mark II with 500 mm lens with 1.4 TC
Cool angle on the shot!  Were you up higher?

Was watching some Ferruginous Hawks over some high altitude grasslands and one swung around and started ringing over me. 

Great capture ERHP

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:12:06 PM »
Adds a Gull - also on the brink of being a BIF.
I'm not too pleased that I had to crop it so hard, but there were too much icky stuff on the water surface.

Good timing DominoDude.


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