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Lenses / Re: Aperture Sweet Spot
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:15:07 PM »
My experience has been that it varies from lens to lens. I'm not sure you can make a blanket statement like that and have it pan out.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Bag for 60D - what should I buy?
« on: June 04, 2013, 02:11:42 PM »
Someone also mentioned the Lowepro bag finder. It may work in some cases, but when I entered what I wanted to put in the bag, it provided choices that would not work and omitted many that would. I found the Pro Runner 350 AW by looking through their site the old-fashioned way.
Even that's a challenge, sometimes.  Camera bags are one area where going into a brick-and-mortar shop is a great idea.  Bring your gear, put it in the bags, see what fits and what doesn't.  Try the loaded bag on for comfort. 

Online descriptions can be misleading. . . .

Excellent points.

I'll just add, for example, that the shorter length of the Lowepro bag fit me much better and was therefore more comfortable on than the larger Think Tank bag. If I were taller, I might have gotten the Think Tank bag. I also forgot to mention in my earlier post that while I found this bag on the Lowepro site, I actually bought it at my local Calumet store after loading it up and trying it on.

Great points from VC and Neuro.

I bought a Dakine photo backpack online. It looked perfect for what I needed. When it arrived, it was much bigger than I had anticipated, much heavier, and rigid in a way that meant it was always big, even when empty. It had some great features and I wanted to like it, but it was kind of a beast, at least for me.

I ended up picking up a Lowepro bag at REI where I could try it on, see how much room I had after putting my camera in it (since I only had my body and a lens with me), and try out a few non-photo things in it like water bottles, etc. I'm really happy with it (Photo Hatchback 16AW) and I have sent the other bag back.

As much as I like the convenience of ordering online, trying the bag on in store was key for me.

Lenses / Re: Are there custom lens hoods for canon L lenses??
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:24:53 PM »
Am I the only one who is reminded of this thread:

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 01:20:53 PM »
So, I had to think of this 2 ways:

From my current kit, and still on crop: 85 1.8 (current favorite lens), 35 2.0 (old version), 20 .28 (not the best lens but the widest prime I have right now.

Planning on upgrading to the 6D in the near future when the piggy bank is full, so the realistic 3 after that would be: 24-105 4.0L, 85 1.8, and a tossup between the 35 and the 20, though if I can swing the 200 2.8L for the long end, I'd love to go with that.

I can't even think of what the 3 would be if there were no restrictions.

Canon General / Re: What else should I have in my armour?
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:21:30 PM »
trsaining (i don't mean that as any slight, we all need better skills not kit)

I would echo this. It's great you've signed up for a model course. I would look around for courses that cover your other interests.

You are likely to figure out much of what you need by getting some hands on experience in a good class.

I would also say that at least on the video side of things, don't brush off the idea of renting gear. That could be true for everything from the start, until you find the things that you really need to have in your kit for the majority of your work.

EOS Bodies / Re: Make yourself happy
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:26:09 PM »
Forget all the high tech guff for a minute...go out and buy a 100D/SL1 slap on a shorty forty, walk down the city street and shoot, shoot, shoot. Go on you know you want's called fellin gooooood! Don't be shy post them here.

Is this combination good for BIF (birds in flight) or macro or landscape.   Street photographer is a narrow field

Might I suggest you buy a 1Dx, 600mm II, Wimberley head, TV 2x, ... and shoot birds

Great point that the OP's version of "happy" is a narrow focus.

Although to be fair, the original idea is a bit more budget friendly than what you suggest. I'd love to take the advice though.

I'll stick with option C for right now, which is trying to get the most out of the gear I've got while saving up for a new rig.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Stills photographer Doing some video
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:23:48 PM »
I would echo those who have said to keep it simple on your first shoot, and maybe your second, or third...

While many of your stills knowledge will help you with video, it is a very different beast. There are so many things you can't cheat in video, things that you will notice in post, etc.

If you can find someone (preferably who knows what they are doing) to concentrate on audio for you, it will take a lot off your shoulders. Especially in this first day where you won't be interviewing and won't be able to use your lavs.

Trying not to vary ISO, fstop, and leaving shutter speed at 1/50th or 1/60th (depending on framerate) within a scene will go a long way in making your shots match to cut in post. Sudden changes in DOF or grain can be jarring. It's more forgiving in documentary style shooting like you are doing, and it's more important to get the shot, but it's still something to keep in mind.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 24, 2013, 05:24:49 PM »
I'd be interested in someone who shot a lot in the film era give me an approximation of what speed rating that IQ/noise/grain looks like.  I'd guess that the look is somewhere between ISO 400 and ISO 800 film.  For ISO 25,600 equivalent, this amazes me.

Wow, jumping into the way-back machine.

I'm not really sure how to compare it, especially the black & white version. I'm trying to imagine it printed on, say, a 5x7, and not on a glowing screen. That always seems to throw me. Maybe T_Max 400. It's definitely worlds cleaner than the 3200.

EOS Bodies / Re: Make yourself happy
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:44:37 PM »
My mistake. I read in the specs as being able to set a custom white balance between 2000-10,000 k. After reading through the manual online I see that it is more of a "shoot a gray card" type setup. Not bad, but not how I read it initially.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D accessories?
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:06:58 PM »
My solution is to use Arca Swiss type plates on body and lenses with tripod collars.  I use Blackrapid straps, with a Kirk 1" clamp on the end, so I can easily connect it to body or lens, or remove it for tripod/monopod use.

Is this the Kirk clamp you use ?

Having not used Arca Swiss type plates before they do not look suitable for holding the camera upside down on a strap. The sliding that you have on the plate I thought would mean if not really tightened would work its way off the camera?

That's the one.  The clamp has good intrinsic resistance - it doesn't open up on it's own or with a casual brush against something, you've got to grab the knob and apply some force to loosen it.  I attach it with the knob under the lens with a body plate, and away from my body with a lens plate, so nothing will brush it anyway.  In 1.5 years of use, I've never had the clamp loosen up even slightly on it's own.

I've seen you reference this before Neuro, and now I know why. I picked up a Blackrapid Metro last week and used it during a 24 hour Relay For Life event. It was super comfortable. Having the ability to pop my camera right onto my tripod (which has an Arca-Swiss compatible plate) would make it just that much better.

By the way, the Metro seems like a great strap if your rig isn't too heavy. I shoot with mostly smaller lenses. I talked it over with the guy at my local Samy's between the Metro and the Curve, and he asked, "are you going to be walking around with a 70-200 2.8L II?" Since I can't afford heavy glass at the moment, decision made.

EOS Bodies / Re: Make yourself happy
« on: May 24, 2013, 12:55:30 PM »
?? What a strange statement to make??
It can shoot in RAW....and that's really easy to adjust WB.

If you don't have a need or want for a 100D, just say so...but please don't hinge buying / not buying based on some buried tech spec. It just sounds like Cognative Dissonance.

Whilst I agree that I can just do RAW, maybe also consider that I do not need RAW and the additional "stuff" it entails, or that RAW does not fit into my workflow. Shooting RAW just so I can set the WB to 5600K is silly and cumbersome.

In actually fact, the 100D is a camera I would have bought (and most probably two of 'em), was it not for the fact that I shoot primarily JPEG and that due to Canon's moronic insistence on crippling straight-to-JPEG features on a camera they've labeled as "entry-level" will now add extra time-consuming steps before producing a final picture. I am not complaining about the lack of AF points or low FPS or one SD slot only or no weather-sealing or because it has a built-in flash; I am complaining about Canon intentionally not enabling in firmware a feature already available in the DiG!C processor.

OK, here's the joke ... I can tweak "pro"-grade cameras to produce in-camera JPEG's exactly the way I want them; but I must shoot RAW with "entry-level"-grade cameras to achieve the same result.

Not sure what you men by not having no Kelvin WB. From the manual:

"White Balance:

Auto, Preset (Daylight; Shade; Cloudy, Twilight, Sunset; Tungsten Light; White Fluorescent Light; Flash), Custom (Approx. 2,000° - 10,000°K), White Balance Correction, and White Balance Bracketing

Auto White Balance
Auto white balance with the image sensor

Color Temperature Compensation
White balance correction:

Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels
* Correction based on the current WB mode's color temperature.
Color Temperature Information Transmission

The Custom WB setting isn't enough?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« on: May 23, 2013, 11:54:42 AM »
To be fair, I've had to remove the battery on my 5D2 at least once.

I'm sold. Thanks chaps.

Do you think £1000 for a near mint body with about 6000 actuations is fair? Thinking of just doing a 'Buy It Now' and seeing what happens. A lot of the auctions seem to topping out at that, so it might be a nice easy buy for someone.

I'm in London if anybody on here is interested too. Comes with an aftermarket grip.  8)

With such a clean 5D Mk2, I am curious which new features are prompting an upgrade. I know there are many things improved on the Mk3, but what specifically makes you want to upgrade right now?

I ask partially because the idea of a used Mk2 always seems to work its way into my camera upgrade thoughts, and it would be interesting to know.

I used to have these same kind of reservations, but then at some point realized that there was no point in having the camera if I wasn't going to take it anywhere.

I bought my current Canon body before a trip to Hawaii and it did take me a bit to get confident in using it all the time.

Last year I went on a trip to Cabo, and thought about it much less. I had it with me pretty much everywhere. I didn't have any big sand issues, but I almost had a major water issue. We went out for a day of shopping in town which was quite a ways from our hotel. I took only my camera and one lens, which is usually how I like to explore, make the lens decision based on where we are going and then make it work. There was an impromptu group decision to take a boat ride out to the arch at Lands End where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. The boat was small and it was pretty rocky, lots of spray, but everything was going okay, got some really nice shots. The problem came when we got back and the boat landed on the beach, not a dock like where we started. A friend had offered to put my camera in her bag (not waterproof) for a bit of protection as I hadn't brought anything along (bad idea), and as she was jumping from the boat onto the sand she slipped, luckily landing on her backside and holding her bag up and out of harms way.

If it had gotten dunked, the fault would of course had been mine for not being prepared. I had a nice small drybag sitting in the hotel that would have been perfect and quite easy to take along in cargo shorts or a lightweight bag, and now I plan to always have it around when water is even a remote possibility. It's not one of those huge bulky dive bags but one of the smaller ones that rolls up into a very small package. I'd think about picking one up if boats or anything similar are a possibility.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice for Vacation to Belize
« on: May 17, 2013, 07:07:34 PM »
I had hoped to give an update on this trip, possibly right before we went detailing what I was going to bring, and definitely after with some images. I know there is a long list of people asking for advice and then never following up on things.

Unfortunately, I will no longer be going to Belize. My soon to be ex-wife will still be going, but I will have to wait to see the ruins and the Blue Hole.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Some day I hope to make the trip.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 13, 2013, 03:13:06 PM »
I'd be really curious to see a breakdown of Adobe users by business size/type.

I work for a smallish multimedia company and we have been on subscription for our 3D software for some time now. With that software (Maya and Max) it makes sense due to backward compatibility issues, upgrade pricing, etc. We haven't taken the leap here with our Adobe software yet, still on CS5. It wouldn't end up being a horrible deal for the company to go CC and it would open up some cross platform usage that is an issue here from time to time.

For my home use I'm bothered by the whole thing. I can't justify the annual cost based on what I do at home, especially since at the moment none of it is bringing in any money. If I was freelancing it would be different. I'm on a really old version right now that works for some programs on Windows 7, but not others (CS1).

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