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Software & Accessories / Re: connect people with their photos
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:17:55 PM »
There may be some situations where I will be shooting shots of people in chronology. I could use a phone recorder that would provide a crude time-based stamping. I could connect the EXIF time with the voice recorder times. But that is also a time consuming solution, especially if there is no guarantee people will buy the photos.

Software & Accessories / Re: connect people with their photos
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:31:49 PM »
All of these are good ideas.

I'm definitely looking for an on-location system that immediately gets the information into the EXIF data. For that reason, voice annotation is good. Assuming the voice annotation gets converted to text (or can be converted to text in post)... that would accomplish the task. For my situation, the problem with the other solutions is that they are either incomplete or require more work than I can budget.

Alas, too bad the 5D3 doesn't have this voice annotation feature. :-(

Many thanks for all the suggestions!!

Software & Accessories / connect people with their photos
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:55:05 AM »
I want to take picture of hundreds of different people at a party, and have a system whereby I can connect individuals with their photos.

Has anyone heard of a system that can accomplish this?

Lenses / Re: Purchase thoughts: Canon 5d3 or 24-70L II?
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:12:20 PM »
For me, that question boils down to how badly I want the improved AF of the 5D3. (Not that I can afford it right now ;-) But that would be my logic. For me, the ISO is already amazing on the 5D2. Speaking for myself, the only thing that actually LIMITS my photography when using the 5D2 is the sometimes unreliable/limited AF. Aside from that, I have no "problems" with the 5D2. Obviously, I'll gladly take the extra ISO. But, c'mon... the IQ and ISO are already CRAZY good on the 5D2.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: March 09, 2012, 04:19:45 AM »
2 lens characteristics you dont need to worry about on any canon lens
1 purple fringe and
2 distortion

lens correction in PS and lightroom fix these in seconds

I mostly agree with you about distortion.

But fringing is something I've definitely struggled to get rid of in high contrast shots from my 50 f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8. What's your Lightroom technique to get rid of fringing?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: March 08, 2012, 07:28:19 PM »
Do any of the super fast Canon primes have low fringing at their widest apertures?

Lenses / Re: cannon 35mm 1.4L now or wait for 35 f/1.4L II?
« on: March 07, 2012, 07:59:20 PM »
I will wait for the new one to come out, even if it takes a few years. Either I will get the Mark II or I might even get a Mark I if the used price drops to the point where there is no risk in buying it. The reason I'm willing to wait is that this will likely be my default lens, I want the best possible performance at f/1.4 (low CA would be a big plus), and I'm already covered in this range with an f/2.8 lens. The price tag will surely be severe, but I would keep the lens forever, no doubt.

Lenses / Re: Replacement suggestions for 17-40mm f/4 L
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:10:38 PM »
I have a 16-35mm L II, but I'm considering leaving the < 24mm range to primes and getting a 14mm L (in a few years). I don't want heavy distortion at those ultra wide widths. Ultra wide zooms seems to be Canon's weak link. I would rather have a 14mm L, than a 16-35mm. Admittedly, it's more expensive.

Software & Accessories / Re: Before you upgrade to Lightroom 4...
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:39:00 PM »
There are a lot of XP users out there, and some times, it is the only software that works. 

For example, Canon has XP drivers for firewire and the 1D MK II / 1DS MK II, etc.  They have dropped this support for later software versions, so you cannot use the firewire port to set the personal camera settings, or to tether the cameras and use remote release.  There are USB drivers, so you can connect and download images, but some features require the firewire connection.  There are lots of peoplle who buy a used MK II only to discover that their nice new 64 bit windows 7 computer can't connect to the firewire port.

For older, unsupported gear, it should be easy enough to get a used < $100 desktop that runs XP. This XP box would serve as an intermediary with a newer computer. Then you are freed up to do your post processing on a computer with a newer OS.

If you freeze all your software to accommodate one dying link in the chain... eventually the chain will break.

I'm just trying to offer practical thoughts on this issue (which I've defintely gone through myself).

Almost always, software provides very affordable workarounds for issues like these. VMWare is a good example.

Software & Accessories / Re: Before you upgrade to Lightroom 4...
« on: March 06, 2012, 01:36:46 PM »
Just curious... are people using XP for financial reasons or personal preference?

Lenses / Re: What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:40:02 PM »
Of the lenses I own, the 50 f/1.4 and the 135 f/2 are my favorites.

Of the lenses I don't own... favorites are 17mm TSE, 35mm f/1.4, 65mm macro, 85mm f/1.2, 100mm macro, 200mm f/2 (duh).

How could anyone not have 200mm f/2 be a favorite?? I mean, aside from the fact that you'll never own one because of the price? ;-)

I have a 16-35mm f/2.8, but I don't like the distortion. Otherwise it's decent... not amazing, but sufficient to get the job done.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L vs. 24-105 f/4L
« on: March 03, 2012, 06:21:48 PM »
You just answered your question, I think.

If you have primes and they don't get the job done, then you would probably be better suited with an f/2.8 zoom and high ISO performance. You might consider your post-processing technique as well, to reduce artefacts in dark areas when you boost fill/exposure/brightness.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L vs. 24-105 f/4L
« on: March 03, 2012, 05:09:29 PM »
As I see it, the 24-70mm f/2.8 L is a good option for indoor low light situations. I'm considering it myself. I find the 24-105mm practically useless indoors without a flash.

For outdoor at night, I would also prefer a prime in the f/1.2 to f/1.8 range. But it is true that good ISO performance can get you a few extra stops.

I'm also considering the 35mm f/1.4 L, but more for the IQ, bokeh, and low distortion (compared to my 16-35mm f/2.8 L II), than for its low light performance.

One thing to consider... let's say that you need an f/2.8 depth of field... well, then your ability to shoot in low light is primarily going to be a function of ISO and IS. That's something to think about. Just because you have a wide aperture, doesn't mean that the resulting depth of field will suit your needs.

Safe to say, if someone has a problem with money envy or gear envy... you are definitely hanging out in the wrong place!

Me?... I'm still stoked on my 5D2. Upgrade? Not in the card$.

But I am stoked to hear from people who get the 5D3. And maybe I'll start saving for a used version if the new AF is solid. But honestly, my ONLY complaint about the 5D2 is the limited AF. But I'll take the 5D2 over a 60D or 7D ANY DAY. It was an incredible deal.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is the difference between "good" AF and "bad" AF?
« on: February 29, 2012, 12:16:25 AM »
I always wondered why so many of my 5D2 shots were out of focus.

Turns out, my tendency to use peripheral AF points, rather than the center point, seems to have been the culprit. No surprise, I learned about this issue here in the CR forums. :-) Needless to say, now I exclusively use the center point. And a lot more shots are in focus.

Even if the 5D2 peripheral points were more accurate, it still limits you to a small diamond shape. I find that limiting. Since when is everything I want to focus in the shape of a diamond? I would have preferred a big rectangle because usually I'm just guessing where I'll be focusing and then slightly recomposing for the crop.

I'm curious to hear if others have had similar issues with peripheral focus points being unreliable.

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