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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you carry your tripod?
« on: June 29, 2013, 02:27:26 AM »
In a shoulder bag.
Less then 10 minutes to go without the bag over the shoulder.
A few meters/changing position with camera attached.

Buy highest quality, don't look back.
Buy the 24-70/2,8II.
Allround talent.
If you are more the tele- type: 70-200/2,8II.

I love my 35L and 135L. But the two zooms I use 80% of my shots because of their versatility.

Have joyful pains choosing YOUR combo.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 03:21:10 AM »
I love my "only" 16MP 1D4 a lot.
(and there is this yellow cam, has only 12MP on a FF- sensor; rumors say, it is a good one...)
A 7D should be a sportscamera. And we all know, the light canĀ“t be enough for freezing action.
So: 16MP, high FPS.
Would have no problem with 12MP, with very low noise, BTW

Lenses / Re: 16-35 f/2.8II vs 17-40 f/4
« on: June 24, 2013, 06:30:23 AM »
@ Krkb78:
tested the 17-40 for a weekend, soft (= unsharp) + horrible CAs.
Had the 16-35/2,8II for more then a year. Never sharp corners. Even at f8.
Didn't like it. Was usable on the 1d4, but FF: sigh....
Bad luck?

Bought my first non- Canon lens. Tokina 16-28/2,8.
Own it for 2 years.
Now I am happy. I have read a lot about varying quality, so it seems this time I had good luck.
Sharp from 2.8 on, corners good, corners excellent from 5.6 up.
Never saw this on the 16-35/II....

Be aware of that. It is heavier too. Has only 16-28mm.
I am also not sharing Neuroanatomists opinion, that a bulb- like front needs more loving care in developing.

I recommend to test a copy before you buy.

Canon General / Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:15:22 AM »
Sony RX100 always with me. 5 seconds.
Big toys: most of the time a body and 24-70+ 70-200, the TC 1,4 in a bag to grab.
With extra cards, polfilter, brush and rocketblower, tablets against headache.

Extra/special lenses 10m away, eneloops charged, 1 or 2 minutes extra.

Rest of my life is much less organized :))P

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 11:37:39 AM »
Its not only a matter to ruin the other photographers income, you should never sell yourself too cheap.
It seems to be a psychological fact: if this is so cheap, can't be worth much.
And to postprocess this amount of pictures will last, I know this; cause you want to the pictures to look good.

Ok, you will learn. But the others have too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Any news on the SL1 sensor?
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:30:30 AM »
It is sad, that a big company like Canon sells this 18MP sensor for four years in many different cameras.
Like using the same film in every camera in the analog days.
I loved the Ilford FP4, but sometimes I used a PAN F or a Fuji Neopan 1600.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which body/lens combo for this event?
« on: June 21, 2013, 04:10:44 PM »
Nice setup.
I would miss a soft wideangle like a 35/1.4; Canon or Sigma.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:46:31 AM »
@ Dustin: very nice shots!
I love my 135 too.

« on: June 19, 2013, 12:43:20 PM »
No contracts in Canada?


Lenses / Re: Advice on which lens to upgrade/replace/add
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:43:28 AM »
Upgrade the 24-70.
Give the 135L a try (I love mine....)
Are you a strobist? Take a look on a pair of 600rt's.

Choices. Have more fun than headache!

« on: June 19, 2013, 10:38:04 AM »
Speaking as an Austrian.
Its always better to clear this facts in a contract before the shooting.

With no contract here: the employer gets the pictures, the rights stay in posession of the hired photographer.
You have been hired to make the pictures.

If you have no problem with the humidity or use one of the already mentioned cases, the basement is a place, where temperature keeps lower and doesn't change too much.
My basement is dry and cool. Stored equipment from the analog days shows no harm after 15 years.
The sleeping Pentax 645 and their 3 glasses look fine.

If I am in the street or the wild, most people look around, what's there I find interesting and they don't see.
If there is a comment, I always stay polite.

The Mae West quote was quite funny!

Technical Support / Re: FPS drop using back button focus technique
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:51:38 AM »
Dear RGF!

Checked, tested and you were right!

The thing I don't understand: if I "disconnect" the AF from the shutter, why does this causes this effect?
The AF is "fixed" after leaving the rear button. So there is no such thing, that AF or FPS has priority....

Anyway. It works.
And I say thank you for this very helpful hint.

Greetings from Austria, alexanderferdinand

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