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Software & Accessories / Re: Your Personal 7-Point System
« on: December 10, 2011, 01:23:55 PM »

... Anyway, what does DPP stand for?  And is it better to use for my RAW images than what I currently use (Adobe Camera Raw in CS5 & Lightroom 3.5)?
Thanks

Didn't see this answered yet so...
DPP = Digital Photo Professional - Canon's included RAW image editor.  Is it better?  I doubt anyone would say yes.  I've only used LR and DPP.
I only use camera raw and LR3.5, I really dont want to learn a new program.....  Who know's, I might just install it and play around... Thanks Guys!

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Lenses / Re: EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on January 3, 2012? [CR2]
« on: December 10, 2011, 01:17:27 PM »
OK! Now the question would be to ask, will the price of the current 24-70 drop?  Will it be on the day Canon announces the lens, or the day of release?

Canon has the rebate in place on the 24-70 for $1209 good thru 1/9/2012….. I wonder, any idea everybody?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D now???
« on: December 09, 2011, 06:15:26 PM »
I'm also doing the same thing.... The Canon Sale ends on 1/7/2012, I will probably buy the camera that week.  I'm afraid the price will jump about $100 to $150 more after the 7th.  This is a new camera so I dont expect to see anything for at least 1 more year 2013. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Your Personal 7-Point System
« on: December 09, 2011, 05:42:55 PM »
I'm only just starting out with learning to process my RAW shots, i've got DPP working under linux and that's all I use so far (given up on UFRaw).
The way I work in general is:
- overall brightness
- ALO on/off
- white balance
- contrast/saturation/highlights/shadows etc
- sharpness normally stays at 3 (for 7D), sometimes up for iso100, sometimes down for an iso3200 shot
- then NR last.

Not hard-and-fast rules, but that's what I've found so far works best for me (i'm definitely going to keep watching this thread for better suggestions though, i'm nowhere near the level of others), and a lot of the time I go back and adjust things out of that order. NR generally goes last because contrast and brightness will affect the noise level, normally I do it in conjunction with playing with the sharpness slider.

Oh yeah, Step One:
- take the best shot possible with the camera because I hate PP and cropping, composition and lighting are the keys to better photos; they happen in the field, not on the monitor.
I don't mean to sound like I know nothing about photography, this is why I came to this post to learn... Anyway, what does DPP stand for?  And is it better to use for my RAW images than what I currently use (Adobe Camera Raw in CS5 & Lightroom 3.5)?
Thanks

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:22:44 PM »


9 times out of 10 I'm shooting weddings. The rest would be sports/portraits. I was just looking at our web portfolio (http://www.papertigermedia.ca) and I'd say the photos are 50/50 5D and 7D, so one isn't getting used more than the other.

The 7D is better suited for weddings than the 5D in my opinion. It's true that it hunts less in low light focusing than the 5D (which is pretty bad for it). But I've usually got a flash with IR assist in those situations anyway.

The thing that drives me absolutely bananas with the 5D is how central the AF points are compared to the 7D. It's really tough to frame when you can't get your focal point near the edges of the frame if you need it. It's especially bad in vertical which I shoot a lot of.
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Nice Web-site..... I think after reading everyone's reply I'll be upgrading to the 7D at first and then the 5D.  You're right, I also have a 580EX II that can assist with really low light situations.  However, I'm not 100% comfortable using it due to the soft/hard look I'll get.  Maybe I'm not using the correct settings on the speedlite, I guess practise makes perfect.
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You dont have to use the 580 straight on you know?  You can try bouncing it (however if you're in a colored room the color may bounce into the subject)... you can get a mini softbox to soften the light, there are clip on reflectors for the light, lumisphere attachments, etc...  Heck with the 580, you can pick up a cheap sync cord and shoot off camera... There are so many options that you dont have to shoot direct on camera... Visit any local camera shop and odds are they have a handful of attachments under $40... maybe even under $20...  I think you're making a good choice with your progression...  Just take your time to learn the AF system.. it's a complex system but if you get real comfortable with it can be your best friend.
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True, I don't shoot straight on all the time.  I have a diffuser on my speedlight and I still get these funky looking photos.  What would you recommend for shooting off camera (other than a pocket wizard)?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:17:38 PM »
Mt Spokane Photography, that is a killer deal for a lens.  I already have a 24-70L so buying the kit lens with 5DII will just probably sit in it's box and not be used.  I would prefer to save the extra $700 and buy a wide lens for the 5DII. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 07, 2011, 11:24:53 AM »
I use a 5DII and a 7D, more in tandem than one as a backup. The 5D does have a half to full stop better level for acceptable noise, but the 7D has vastly better autofocus and layout, and in a lot of the time I much prefer the 7D.

That being said, one of the nicest things about this setup is that you have 2 cameras with different qualities and most importantly, different sensors. It's nice to have my lenses do different things between the two bodies.

I'm a big proponent of having one APS-C body and one full frame body.

T
Do you shoot weddings or portraits?  I agree with having both, just wondering if the 7D has any issues when it comes to shooting weddings.

9 times out of 10 I'm shooting weddings. The rest would be sports/portraits. I was just looking at our web portfolio (http://www.papertigermedia.ca) and I'd say the photos are 50/50 5D and 7D, so one isn't getting used more than the other.

The 7D is better suited for weddings than the 5D in my opinion. It's true that it hunts less in low light focusing than the 5D (which is pretty bad for it). But I've usually got a flash with IR assist in those situations anyway.

The thing that drives me absolutely bananas with the 5D is how central the AF points are compared to the 7D. It's really tough to frame when you can't get your focal point near the edges of the frame if you need it. It's especially bad in vertical which I shoot a lot of.
Nice Web-site..... I think after reading everyone's reply I'll be upgrading to the 7D at first and then the 5D.  You're right, I also have a 580EX II that can assist with really low light situations.  However, I'm not 100% comfortable using it due to the soft/hard look I'll get.  Maybe I'm not using the correct settings on the speedlite, I guess practise makes perfect.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens on December 6, 2011? [CR1]
« on: December 06, 2011, 03:37:12 PM »
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<p><strong>New Lens(es)?</strong>

Are we getting a goodie before Christmas?
<p>Received an email today saying Canon may announce a new lens on or around December 6, 2011.</p>
<p>This could just be in retaliation of the <a href=\"http://nikonrumors.com/2011/11/25/nikon-sb-910-and-a-new-lens-to-be-announced-on-november-30th-2011.aspx/\">suspected Nikon announcements</a> on November 30, 2011. No mention of what lens, which lowers the possibility in my eyes.</p>
<p>I can only think of one time a lens was announced and I had heard absolutely nothing about it, and that was the 55-250 II.</p>
<p><strong><span style=\"color: #ff0000;\">c</span>r</strong></p>

Well, December 6th here on the West Coast and nothing from Canon.......

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 05, 2011, 08:06:31 PM »
I think as long as the 7D can hold it's own in low light using a fast lens 2.8 or faster, then I should be golden for now.  I would just hate for it to turn out to be another T2i that offers the same quality with a higher price tag.  I understand that the focus and meatering system is vastly imporved on the 7D but who's running or should I sprinting at a wedding.....

The 7D will 'hold its own' just as well as the T2i, but not really better in terms of ISO noise or AF sensitivity (both are rated to the same -0.5 EV).  The AF is better - much better. But as you say, wedding participants and guests don't generally sprint. The 5DII is used by a lot of pro wedding shooters, and the AF in that camera isn't significantly better than the T2i. The 7D has better metering, but the T2i isn't bad, and shooting RAW gives you the flexibility to correct those minor errors in exposure. The 7D has a much higher frame rate, that can help (but also might mean a lot more of your time spent on post processing.  Besides the cost of the camera, you need to factor in CF cards - fast ones are needed for the 7D, and several if you're shooting weddings.

So, may I ask, what are you expecting from the 7D?
Better noise reduction than both the 30d and T2i, better AF sensitivity in low light and normal day light... Those are my two top concerns/ expectations. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:37:55 PM »
I use a 5DII and a 7D, more in tandem than one as a backup. The 5D does have a half to full stop better level for acceptable noise, but the 7D has vastly better autofocus and layout, and in a lot of the time I much prefer the 7D.

That being said, one of the nicest things about this setup is that you have 2 cameras with different qualities and most importantly, different sensors. It's nice to have my lenses do different things between the two bodies.

I'm a big proponent of having one APS-C body and one full frame body.

T
Do you shoot weddings or portraits?  I agree with having both, just wondering if the 7D has any issues when it comes to shooting weddings.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 05, 2011, 07:35:56 PM »
If you are pleased with your 30D and t2i quality files, then the benefits of the 7D will be a huge improvement, if not in image quality but handling, AF, etc... The 5d2 is a great camera, but in low light, without using 2.8 or faster lenses, will hunt as much if not more than the 7D and the responsiveness of the 7D cannot be overstated.  ISO quality as neuro suggested is better on the 5D2 but probably not as much as one could expect, but better nonetheless.  7D would suit you well for the time being and whenever the 5d3 comes out, by all means you aim for that camera then.

I am pleased with the T2i, I really have no complaints on quality given the fact that I use a 24-70L lens in it and a 70-200L on the 30d.  However, I find the issue with the T2i is the focus and meatering which I know that the 7D is good for.  Also, the T2i is a low end DSLR that is not made to shoot events such as wedding.... I'll tell ya though, I've cranked out some great photos with that body.... I just think an upgrade is a must at this point.  I'll never knock those low end DSLR like the T2i / T3i, they produce great photos with a quality L lens. 

I think as long as the 7D can hold it's own in low light using a fast lens 2.8 or faster, then I should be golden for now.  I would just hate for it to turn out to be another T2i that offers the same quality with a higher price tag.  I understand that the focus and meatering system is vastly imporved on the 7D but who's running or should I sprinting at a wedding.....

The 5D mkII is also a must have, the price tag is about $900 more than I can afford at this time...  I just want to make sure I'm getting into a camera I'll be happy with.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:51:40 PM »
It seems to me that if you're currently using a T2i with a 30D as backup, upgrading to using a 7D with the T2i as backup will absolutely be an improvement.  When you can afford the 5DmkII (or mkIII, if the 7D can hold you over until that unknown time), the 7D will make for an awesome backup camera.

Exactly what I was thinking too......

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:50:25 PM »
Curious if you use the camera processed jpegs or RAW's from both Cameras? The jpeg rendition of the T2i is better than the older rebels/ xxD's.

I mostly shoot in RAW format with both camera bodies.....

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EOS Bodies / 5D mkII - 7D
« on: December 05, 2011, 02:25:29 PM »
Hey guys,
I know this question might have been asked before and while trying to search, I get hundred's of posts with anything and everything related to these two bodies.

I currently shoot with a 30d as my main camera and in January 2011 purchased a T2i as my back-up.  I have realized that an upgrade is needed given that I've been hired to shoot a lot more than expected.  Also, I've found myself using the T2i as my main a lot more than my 30d for the Weddings & Portraits I shoot. 

My question is, I'm looking at the 7D (mainly price point) than the 5D mkII.  While I understand the 5D is a full frame camera and primarily used by portrait and wedding photographers, will the 7D do the job for now? Especially in low light situation?  Keep in mind that I currently use 2 APS-C sensor cameras and they've done OK for me.

Ultimately, when I book more and more shoots, I'll end up purchasing a 5D mkII I just can afford the $2500 price tag for now.


Thanks for any input guys!

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