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Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:13:55 PM »
Gave my first DSLR body, 400D, to my god-daughter when she turned 8 (2 years ago), as she was always wanting to play with my 40D everytime i was visiting her. She paired it with the old lenses (28-80 & 75-300 unstab) from the time her father and I were students and bought our first Rebel2000 reflex.
Result is in Standard Portrait mode, after i had shown her the short DOF look, and she liked "the circles in the background" ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Interview With Head of EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Development
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:43:28 PM »
So they ran out of room for the headphone jack?  It's not something I care about, but why did they use that huge double USB port???

You need the A/B connector for a device to act as a host (e.g. for the print button everyone uses).

I'm not certain the standard connector would fit any better. However, I don't suspect that top hole goes a long way towards keeping the door closed. Seems that they could have deleted the top one and added a headphone jack in its place.


But look at the 7D Mk II ports, it is basically the same size and has USB 3.0 and HDMI and has the headphone and mic, PC and remote so they could have added the headphone.
To differentiate all the lines they just do stuff like this.  I am not a video shooter so does not bother me but there is no other good reason to keep the port out.

It may have been space on the inside they ran out of.   A headphone port will require a headphone driver, often these are integrated into other chips, but as many chips inside canon cameras are canon chips, that may not be so.

It may be just an excuse, it may be real

Well, I just got a 7DII last November and I laught at that USB connexion everytime I download pics.
I previously had a 40D with mini-B USB 2.0 plug, compatible with a lot of other devices among which my IXUS 500 HS (for light-picture evenings parties or such), and now i have to handle not only the huge USB 3.0... but also its "protection" : said the documentation, the protective socket is there to be screwed in and protect the mainboard from being torn down basically if you don't pull your USB plug correctly (i.e sideways) ...

When you look at 7DII side, there is indeed room for all same connectors + headphone, and only 1 screw for the protective socket ... here on the 5Ds, they put 2 screws !!!  :'( :'(

That probably means that it's a lesson learnt from 7DII , 1 screw was not enought, people were destroying their bodies as the protective device was not attached well enough and people were pulling it as well when taking out the Texas-sized USB plug ! (spent 2 years there ..."everything is bigger in TX")

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Street & City / Re: Famous icons in your city
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:11:39 PM »
Since someone already posted the most famous city icon, this will have to do.  You get a Two Fer with this one.  A 2CV _and_ l'avenue des Champs-Élysées.   ;)

Ah, yes indeed, the Arc ... Nice one ... It just reminded me that i have one of my most awaited sunset from there : only 2 opportunities of 2-3 days per year (May / August) with the sun setting just under the Arc de Triomphe ... you have to get lucky with the weather, and more than 2 hours wait to get a decent spot in the middle of the Concorde square among hundreds of photographers !

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Street & City / Re: Famous icons in your city
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:45:56 PM »
Hey guys, how you going!

I'm re-upping my two pictures, the previous post got garbled. Surprisingly high density of people from my town on CR, I never thought until looking at this thread!

So greetings from the city that doesn't manage to finish building an airport, but sinks it's whole budget into the attempt. The Berlin megalomania is a common disease that affects local politicians since decades. If you're the capital, you have to be important - being broke only qualifies as a minor distraction from building the next Pyramids :-\


Very nice shots ! Love that city, and not only because of my local exes  :) ... i've been taking quite a few tail-lights trails pics in front of the gate ... Congrats as you've even managed to get a 3rd icon in both pics : the TV tower !

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 06, 2015, 07:57:59 PM »
Hi,
I like it for some BIF, when these are unpredictable and/or super fast with their wings (like hummingbird hawk-moth !) and also for fast "primes" ... not L primes yet (just updated some glass to go with 7DII but not all yet), but even the 50 1.8 II can be tricky in nice sunny summer afternoon for portraits (i specially like portraits in front of cascades / water-fountains with pearly sparkling bokeh ...). Probably per year about 100-200 uses on average 5k shots.

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Street & City / Re: Famous icons in your city
« on: October 16, 2014, 04:38:56 PM »
The Old Lady, with pink lightings for "Pink October" (Breast Cancer screening awareness month), last Tuesday for one night only ... The Eiffel Tower is getting special colors every now and then for special events, but i found that one really nice, and for a good cause (actually one of my grandmas died of breast cancer, so one thing i pay special attention to)

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:22:48 PM »
Hi,
Hope not too much off topic as mine is 10-22 on APS-C, but still UWA :-)
Of course i use mine for landscapes, but also i love it for architecture (and not having FF yet, i unfortunately can't get the lovely TS ones ...), but i love it for inside buildings ... as well as startrails :-)
Here couple of shots ("quick and dirty" SOOC JPG i dig from my pool, too lazy for getting the RAW sources ...), i would suggest you have a look at the forum topics on 10-22 (APC UWA) and 16-35, which can show you a lot of amazing pictures ...


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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:06:14 PM »
Well, quite some water on this old shot...  it was just us, the Rio, and the jungle in the back, on that evening in the Tigre Delta coming back to Buenos Aires ... i like the colors as if the sky was on fire (no touching it, it is straight out of the camera) and the quietness feeling of the small waves on the water ...
(quite some grain as i had to pump up the ISO on that old 400D, because of the night and the boat speed ...)

Paysages_Sunset_Tigre-Delta-Argentina_2009-04-09 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera for keen 9 year old.
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:07:04 PM »
Hi,
Good old rebel with kit lens is a great learning tool if he shows some willingness to go beyond compact stuff ...

My 8y old goddaughter was playing with my 40D every time i was visiting her (she had a VTech Kidizoom 1st, then played with her parents compact...) : gave her my old compact Casio Exilim S500 as a 1st camera for 7th bday, but it lasted only 3 months and died peacefully (old diaphragm not closing properly under TX sun => overexposed pics ... natural noble death after 7 years), so i bought her the entry level Nikon coolpix L25 (shame on me but Canon 1st price was more expensive  :( ) ...
She now uses it quite properly and even started teaching her young 5y old bro how to use it... flash fill, framing, timer for group portraits... so after 1 year i gave her my old Rebel 400D this summer, which she uses with her parents old film kit lens 28-80mm and 75-300mm (we bought that with the Rebel2000 in the old days)...
She is really happy to have an optical viewfinder like me ("far better than the screen under the sun"), to be able to change lens (without going into details i told her that she could not get wide angle but she said for that she would still use the compact : what she wanted was the zoom "to see far away" even if she finds the big one to be a bit heavy and only shoots 2 or 3 burst with it... but her hands have a firm grip one on the side and the other below the lens)... She wanted to be able to control the flash, so she went from the green square full auto to P, then she wanted to know why some of her pics were blurred, so i explained her to stay beyond 1/2xfocal (easier than 1,6 and keeps a bit of margin): she is even happy to do a bit of maths (she loves maths) and she uses Tv mode and pumps up ISO when it blinks ... Next will be Av mode but she already asked for it: she wanted to do portraits like me, so i told her i would explain later (bit too much in 3 days) but that she could use the "portrait" mode for that ... she was quite happy with the results ...

=> let him do trial and error, then after some time and shots, review some of them with him (the ones he is the most proud of) and ask him what he would want to improve, and then give him some hints ... then let him experiment again ... this way he will learn what he wants and not listen to you with tons of info he doesn't find useful at that time ...

Basic lens will do, maybe kit zoom better at first (yes i know about primes but you have to be old enought to be patient ... i guess next year i will get her a cheap 18-55 kit to fill in the gap of the film lenses ... the 50 1.8 will go to her when i upgrade mine to 1.4 or 1.2  ;) )

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 11:18:03 AM »
I want to do some star trails, but I don't trust my wired shutter release... so I'm putting that on the back burner.  I wish I could just look up and see the north star... but they all look like as far as I'm concerned.

You can get Google Sky Map for Android phones for example ... helps when you are not used to it and when it is not really dark (other light noise around)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using Custom Dial Settings
« on: August 07, 2013, 10:09:15 AM »
I have a 40D (3 C modes) and the perspective of having only 1 C mode is among the restrictions i see in the 70D (and another extra point to hesitate between 7D with good low price or waiting ...). I use mine as follow:
-C1= dark inside / evening mode : ISO 1600, one shot, central point, high ISO noise reduction, Av mode to select DOF
-C2= night mode with tripod/table/wall to put camera on : ISO 100, one shot, central point, long exposure noise reduction, mirror lockup, timer, Av mode to select DOF
-C3= BIF : ISO Auto, AI Servo, 9 points AF auto select, burst mode high (H), Tv mode at 320 (to get a good keeper rate for 300mm lens)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:04:03 PM »
Well as others pointed out, some ergonomics are regressing / not moving my way (from 40D) and for some they are more looking the xxxD/"Rebel way" (Rebel is not that negative, i had great times with my Rebel2000 ...) than the old intermediate xxD:
- only 1 custom mode (I like my 3 modes, with slow night mode landscape timer / low light inside / and BIF on C3)
- top left dial fully rotating : i liked to have BIF at C3 end of rotation like couple of you ...
- top right buttons : missing the flash exposure adjustment ... using flash fill quite a bit, and i like to be able to finetune it quickly on the spot ...
- no joystick on the back (when i play around with my previous 400D now in my goddaughter hand, i really miss the full joystick of 40D) : seem to be xD only now (7D, 5DIII...)
- banana slim remote trigger from Rebel line, cannot use my cool trigger/intervalometer from 40D (triggers are split as slim plug = Rebel, 60D, 70D // larger one = xxD up to 50D, xD)
- SD (but after recent trends i was expecting it ... CF only left on xD)

Other than that, probably great IQ (who knows with smaller photosites due to increased pix count and the division in 2) but until i test it or see it tested throughfully, right now only thing easy to see is ergonomics :-)



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Lighting / Re: Can a (DSLR) flash cause permanent eye damage?
« on: June 08, 2013, 10:09:34 AM »
Well, i'd say after more than 2 years it can be considered quite permanent (even if minor).
But once again, it was handheld, so regular use with camera body regulating it and not held so closely and not focusing on it in the night should be fine...
Answer is plain and easy : yes, it can ! And I know the effects firsthand :-(

Some would say it looks like one of these Wile.E Coyote cartoon ... but recipe is easy... wanting to experiment with Photography can be tempting....
Take somebody who is a bit light sensitive (years in Texas with probably poor grade sunglasses didn't help), have fun at night with photo friends for a "lighpainting session" (ie. taking picts with lights effects at night), and fire a 430EX external flash at your face from 30-40cm below, and don't close your eyes ....
=> result is really cool "ghost like picture" like in the books (ie. your camera set on long exposure takes picts with 3 times your face for example if you move and redo it, just the face that was under flash exposure, rest of the body is invisible and you see the background thru ...), but better if you close your eyes and/or look up instead of looking in front or worst, low at your flash (like the first tries to see where to position it best, etc ...)
=> side effect after multiple attempts in the evening is darker spot in your eyes, showing "paler" zones when looking at lights (and having focus shift left/right) as if you had a water spot on the eye diffracting light a bit, and showing "greyer" areas when looking at uniform white wall (or blue sky) with high luminosity ...

Seeing dark spots after being exposed to a bright light is common, but its not permanent damage to your eyes.

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Lighting / Re: Can a (DSLR) flash cause permanent eye damage?
« on: June 07, 2013, 03:13:06 PM »
Answer is plain and easy : yes, it can ! And I know the effects firsthand :-(

Some would say it looks like one of these Wile.E Coyote cartoon ... but recipe is easy... wanting to experiment with Photography can be tempting....
Take somebody who is a bit light sensitive (years in Texas with probably poor grade sunglasses didn't help), have fun at night with photo friends for a "lighpainting session" (ie. taking picts with lights effects at night), and fire a 430EX external flash at your face from 30-40cm below, and don't close your eyes ....
=> result is really cool "ghost like picture" like in the books (ie. your camera set on long exposure takes picts with 3 times your face for example if you move and redo it, just the face that was under flash exposure, rest of the body is invisible and you see the background thru ...), but better if you close your eyes and/or look up instead of looking in front or worst, low at your flash (like the first tries to see where to position it best, etc ...)
=> side effect after multiple attempts in the evening is darker spot in your eyes, showing "paler" zones when looking at lights (and having focus shift left/right) as if you had a water spot on the eye diffracting light a bit, and showing "greyer" areas when looking at uniform white wall (or blue sky) with high luminosity ...


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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: May 14, 2013, 07:24:10 PM »
Maybe a bit boring without too many items in the shot, but it was just us, the Rio, and the jungle in the back, on that evening in the Tigre Delta coming back to Buenos Aires ... i like the colors as if the sky was on fire (no touching it, it is straight out of the camera) and the quietness feeling of the small waves on the water ...

Paysages_Sunset_Tigre-Delta-Argentina_2009-04-09 par Julian_salsa, sur Flickr

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