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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alaska: 5D2 or 1D4
« on: November 01, 2012, 07:18:24 PM »
I work on the North Slope of Alaska, more than one hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, and until March when I upgraded to a 5D3 used a Rebel XT year round up here. I shot outside many a time from -50 F to -20 F, just shoot brief periods outside and then warm up; I also shoot from my truck keep the camera warm. Batteries go quickly in the cold, that's the real problem.

Frozengogo

Don't forget humidity and getting the camera at the outside/inside temperature when it's been in the opposite. Especially if it's been inside and it was just outside which it will get moisture on it, and then take it back outside before it completely acclimatizes. I imagine the moisture will freeze, and start taking it's toll on the physical connections and electronics.

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Lenses / Re: 24-105L Lens Creep
« on: November 01, 2012, 03:37:52 PM »
My 24-105 does this as well, sometimes. I've heard people have had luck with putting a small bit of tape around the barrel, or using a lens band.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Layer-based sensor patent by Sony
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:46:16 PM »
Maybe that's what they are going to do for their next major sensor revision. Still use the current 500nm process, but go to layer based since that can provide for an increase in 'effective' pixels? Plus, with larger structures, you keep the larger wells which may help in the performance at higher ISOs.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:32:43 PM »
FYI, price drop to $359 at B&H for this lens:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?sub=cpw&is=REG&Q=&A=details&O=productlist&sku=769532


Holy crap that's tempting right now. Just got a couple of vintage m42 lenses off of ebay...so I'm going to avoid spending more money on lenses, even one this inexpensive.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mm F4L IS
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:47:05 PM »
So
@dave

I think it's more for those of us with the 24-105, we're all going "meh, this lens does nothing for me." Those with the 24-70 f/2.8 (either version) look at it with disdain/envy since it's f/4 and they need f/2.8, and it has IS which many of them would love.

Nearly all of us are a bit confused, because unless it's quite a bit cheaper than the 24-105 for something like a 6D bundle, why should Canon go ahead with yet another lens that seems less useful than one they already have that they've been making for years and many, many people are happy with. If indeed it is quite a bit cheaper, even if it's around the same IQ as the 24-105, it makes a lot of sense. If it's a bit cheaper or about the same, and much better IQ than the 24-105, maybe we have a new FF kit lens and the 24-105 is going away without an update :'(  Either way, I think it really depends on the price this will be as to how well it will be received.

Sounds pretty reasonable. Just like the 70-200mm range you pay such a whack for that extra stop of light.

Oh, I'm happy to pay for the f/2.8, it just seems strange since they have the 24-105 which is generally held as a fairly decent lens, and give it the same f/4 w/IS. As someone pointed out in the other thread, perhaps it's to get a much higher IQ lens that can handle a high MPx sensor that we keep hearing rumors about. If it's about the same price as the 24-105, that certainly starts making some sense since it's be easier to design a high quality at 24-70 rather than 24-105.

I think I'll go sit this one out for now, until we get some more details of pricing, and some actual real-world images & reviews.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mm F4L IS
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:39:23 PM »
@dave

I think it's more for those of us with the 24-105, we're all going "meh, this lens does nothing for me." Those with the 24-70 f/2.8 (either version) look at it with disdain/envy since it's f/4 and they need f/2.8, and it has IS which many of them would love.

Nearly all of us are a bit confused, because unless it's quite a bit cheaper than the 24-105 for something like a 6D bundle, why should Canon go ahead with yet another lens that seems less useful than one they already have that they've been making for years and many, many people are happy with. If indeed it is quite a bit cheaper, even if it's around the same IQ as the 24-105, it makes a lot of sense. If it's a bit cheaper or about the same, and much better IQ than the 24-105, maybe we have a new FF kit lens and the 24-105 is going away without an update :'(  Either way, I think it really depends on the price this will be as to how well it will be received.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mm F4L IS
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:25:50 PM »
Well, I probably wouldn't buy one anyway, but if this is about $600-800 new (with real L build quality, even if not weather sealing) it'd be a great kit lens for the 6D.

If it has vastly improved image quality/sharpness over the 24-105, I may perhaps consider it, although probably just save up for the 24-70L v2, since I often shoot bands and live events where f/2.8 lets me decrease my shutter speed to help capture moments with less blur.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:36:48 PM »
Err, I think canon is losing it. Why not just re-vamp the 24-105L Mk.2?

This lens will be DOA.

This.  Couldn't agree more.  Someone is making absurd lens decisions at Canon.  (24mm IS and 28mm IS?!?)

Yea, doesn't make me want to buy it. If it was f/2.8, even if it was only around the 24-70 mk1 or 24-105 quality, I'd be very interested. As an f/4, not really all that interested.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Moonbow!
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:50:00 PM »
Beautiful!

According to Wikipedia, it's not really a moonbow, but a halo around the moon produced by ice crystals in cirrus clouds. I still think it's beautiful, screw you Wikipedia! :P

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Lenses / Re: HELP - Which lens is best for blown-out white background
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:56:59 PM »
Of course you want light reflected off of the background coming into your lens, that's the whole point in order to get a seamless white background. Setup your subject lighting, and then throw a strobe or two in the background, usually at higher power than your subject, and make sure it gives you the white seamless you are looking for.

Lens flare is usually light entering from the edge of the lens and bouncing around inside and causing the haze and/or flare. If you have a hood on, and you aren't pointing the lens with a light source near the edge of the field of view (which is what the lens hood is supposed to help avoid), then with most lenses you should have little to no flare or haze.

So, if you are adding a rimlight or some lighting directly behind/to the side of the subject, you may encounter a situation where you might flare or haze. This is why you always check your setup, and if you shift position/angles double check after the first shot or two to make sure you're good.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Supplies for beginners?
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:30:06 AM »
Most of all, I would offer your services for free or really cheap until you really start to get a hang of how it all flows. It will be a great learning opportunity and they will be more forgiving.

Well, I think for right now he's mostly just going to be doing family photos and such for himself and his family. They probably saw he has a 'big' camera and everyone started tell him/her that he/she is now voted to be the family photographer.

So I have been named the family photographer for a while now...3 years?! Now I am having friends and friends of friends asking me to do their family portraits.  That is why I am excited to go further with what I know! Plus making a little money for my efforts is not such a bad thing!

Ahh, I see. Well, in that case start pretty low/free for at least a couple. In fact, practice on your family as you learn more. Also read up on portraiture and family portraiture, and especially on lighting. Light, really, is everything in photography. Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, they are all just different ways of manipulating the light that hits and is recorded by the sensor. So, you will likely have to invest a bit in some additional lighting at some point in time, but not right away.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Brightscreens founder & owner has died
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:26:52 AM »
Total bummer.  Was going to pull the trigger on one of these + the screen as well.  So... not to be dark or anything, but what is the next best thing?

KatzEye is supposed to be pretty good as well, although for some really odd reason they don't have one for the 5d2, even though they do have one for the 5d3. There's also various cheap ebay screens I was thinking of trying out.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Supplies for beginners?
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:08:20 PM »
Most of all, I would offer your services for free or really cheap until you really start to get a hang of how it all flows. It will be a great learning opportunity and they will be more forgiving.

Well, I think for right now he's mostly just going to be doing family photos and such for himself and his family. They probably saw he has a 'big' camera and everyone started tell him/her that he/she is now voted to be the family photographer.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Supplies for beginners?
« on: October 29, 2012, 07:03:42 PM »
I am starting to be asked to take pictures for families and I only have the Canon T3i and the 85-300mm lens.  And of course the lens that came with the camera.  I don't have any other tools and wanted to know what should I start with buying?
Oh and I have an OK software Digital Photo Professional that came with the camera...would like some recommendations for software too! User friendly...something I don't need to take a class on how to use it!

I would suggest a new 5D III with as many prime L lenses that you can buy. Of course you will want a full set of L zooms as well.

For now though I think you need to define your photographic style and then find out how to taylor from there.

What are the Prime L lenses and L Zooms you are referring to?

I'd hold off on spending a bunch of money that L glass (the designation that Canon gives to it's top end lenses) and an expensive body. The kit lens will be alright for outdoors, or get a lens with a larger aperture (smaller 'f' number) for more inside, and possibly the 430EX as robbymack recommended. Then in a year or three once you have more experience and are more comfortable with what you are doing, you can figure out what additional lenses and/or body you want to get.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Supplies for beginners?
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:47:40 PM »
Great, good idea. A basic class or two can go a long way to improving your photos. That and shooting a lot of different things, and remembering what you were doing and what you were trying to do. Then figuring out why your photos didn't turn out how you wanted, and repeating the whole thing over again slightly different :)  It can be a lot of fun, but sometimes time consuming process.

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