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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade to 70d or 760 d ?
« on: February 13, 2015, 05:19:29 AM »
The ovf is still going to give you the best af, compared between even the latest live view and ovf, all these other issues such as afma fade a little.

The 19 cross point system is going to be a revelation coming from the 400d that it seems a shame not to get the best out of it...

I would also recommend changing the way you use af. 

I got some decent shots with my 400d by working to it's strengths, so that is selecting the centre point only, using ai servo and burst mode, tracking my subject, track, track, short burst, track, track short burst.

I used the centre point because it was the only cross point on the 400, on either the 760 or 70 you have 19 cross points to chose from, which opens up composition options.

Choice of lens is pivotal too.  Very fast lenses combined with more telephoto lengths are going to give you a double whammy of depth of field issues.

The range of stm lenses are fairly limited just now, and whilst these are best for live view, usm lenses will work too, and will often be faster in ovf mode.

For a kids party I would go 50mm f1.4 or 35mm f2.0, the wider being innately more forgiving in terms of depth of field.  I also find that a prime lens just lets you get on with shooting, it's one less parameter, you zoom with your feet and so get a nicer mix of perspectives, less fiddling, more shooting.

And I wouldn't use either wide open, maybe at f2.8. Shoot RAW, shoot at up to 1600 with confidence.  Push the luma NR slider a little at the raw conversion stage.

The other thing you haven't mentioned, which I think for this kind of scenario is... wireless TTL flash, or even just a bounced flash.

Adding a flash will let you use faster shutters, smaller apertures, lower isos, or a combination of each.  Direct flash is intrusive, bounced flash more natural.  Wireless bounced flash maybe more ergonomically friendly, something like a used 420ex or earlier 430ex will be cheap, slavable, and can sit on a sideboard on its wee stand flashing up at the ceiling as you work the room.

Thanks Tinky, appreciate your many comments. They'll shure help me choosing the right gear AND help getting more good pics  :)

I often struggled with af on the 400d, though I used the center af point about exclusively. But that may have been the case because of using slow zooms (f 3.5 - 5.6) and/or with poor lighting. So I hope to improve keeper rate on the 70d.

I'm aware of dof-issues with fast lenses. But personally I prefer a pic with a little to shallow dof than a distracting background.  Maybe I change my mind when I have the experience with these lenses.  ;)

The flash thing: You're right, I forgot to mention, but don't know if flash makes sense in our party location (former tennis hall, now used as indoor playground paradise, height about 5 - 15 m), I guess no flash would work at these distances, but maybe I'll give it a try.



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Forum discussion posts on the right side of the main page is not updating since about a week or so?

Maybe because CR is in CR ;) on vacation by now and updates will return when he is back? 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade to 70d or 760 d ?
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:44:07 AM »
Thanks all,

afma seems to be the critical point, so I'm glad that I asked (and that you answered).

So decision is made to rent the 70d along with fast lenses (35/50mm f1,4 Art or L) next month (my daughter's birthday party). There will be a lot fast moving girls and a big challenge for the body-lens-combination  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade to 70d or 760 d ?
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:49:49 AM »
I'd avoid a camera without AFMA if you plan to use faster lenses, or if you want the absolute sharpest image.  AF inaccuracy gets lost in depth of field with small apertures, but its still not optimal.

Yes I do plan to invest in fast glass, so af has to be nailed. One question though: my 400d has no live mode so I'm not used to this feature. I guess afma is not needed/not available when shooting in live mode because focus is spot on anyway? live mode af is just slower, right?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade to 70d or 760 d ?
« on: February 11, 2015, 01:06:32 AM »

Thanks Marsu,

so I learned that AFMA can really help getting better focus. I just have to find "precise" fast lenses, which are getting an AFMA-Correction if needed. With little dof AF has to be spot on, else the pic is worthless  :)

And no, I won't get a 7DII or a 1DX just because of weather sealing  ;) I better avoid bad weather or use a cover.








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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Upgrade to 70d or 760 d ?
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:45:19 AM »
Hi all,

My old 400d needs to be upgraded, so I had a look at the 70d and the new 760d. Comparing the specs, there's little difference between those two - at least to me.

One concern though is AFMA, which is only available at the 70d and absent on the 760d. So do you really need AFMA? Does it make focussing more reliable, especially with fast lenses f 1:1.4? I prefer to work with autofocus instead of manual focus. Can Sigma lenses be AFMAed as well as Canon lenses?

The other point is weather sealing, which seams to be at the 70d but not on 760d. But if WS is only basic at the 70d, this point isn't so important. How ist weather sealing on the 70d? Any damage because of rain/dust?

Batteries are also different: 70d gets 920 shots, 760d only 440 shots. But that's not important to me as I will use an additinal grip anyway because I feel more comfortable with an extra grip.

Another option would be to wait for the 80d as I'm in no hurry.

What do you think?

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:05:45 AM »
3,5 / 180 macro IS USM with really efficient 5-axis stabilization to aim at Sony ...

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:01:50 AM »
... coming from Canon some time in the next year ...

Admin, is it really next year (2016) or already this year ?

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:23:16 AM »
Done with 6D and 135mm 2.0 L.


"frozen amber" by leichenmuehle, on Flickr

Seems to be photoshopped, but very cool and pro result. Congrats.

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Thanks. Done.

Samsung tech specs say:

Shutter Speed:    Auto : 1/8000 sec. - 1/4 sec. / Manual : 1/8000 sec. - 30 sec. /

This puzzles me as I'm not familiar with Samsung gear (put aside mobile phones).

Does "Auto" refer to the Auto-modes (Av, Tv, P), that can only be set to 1/4 sec at max.? Is the NX1 not able to shoot up to e.g. 30 sec in Auto-modes?

Maybe someone has better knowledge and can clarify on this?
Hi,
    May be you should ask in the dpreview samsung forum... better chance of someone who had the camera to answer your question.

    Have a nice day.

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Samsung tech specs say:

Shutter Speed:    Auto : 1/8000 sec. - 1/4 sec. / Manual : 1/8000 sec. - 30 sec. /

This puzzles me as I'm not familiar with Samsung gear (put aside mobile phones).

Does "Auto" refer to the Auto-modes (Av, Tv, P), that can only be set to 1/4 sec at max.? Is the NX1 not able to shoot up to e.g. 30 sec in Auto-modes?

Maybe someone has better knowledge and can clarify on this?

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 02:23:13 PM »
Some years ago I (do not know why) I took a course named: Research-creative-in-art-technology. The teacher was graduated in fine arts, and had good skills in painting, drawing and art history, but knew nothing of photography or video (art technology?).

She is a fan of Duchamp, which I hate, and in a lesson I said that in my opinion: "Conceptual art is the refuge of the incompetent". She did not like what I said, but survived.

I learned about art history and joked acrylic painting and drawing. At the end of the course, I was photographing the work of colleagues in the exhibition, and the teacher asked my camera (Canon SLR + color negative film + Sigma 24-70mm). Then she asked me: "Where is the zoom?" I looked at her amazed and showed the rubber ring on the lens.

Some years later, my art teacher was arrested for murdering his sister stabbed in the back. I was playing with fire and did not know. Today I say: "Conceptual art is the refuge of the incompetent and crazy". :o

Now that's a good story. You're a lucky man surviving. Guess her sister repeated what you said about conceptual art and that was too much for her ...

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:58:17 AM »
Thought I would add a couple of images. Both are taken on the western coast of Norway.

Taken from a small hill at the island Runde. Looking down at Goksøyr. The lights in the background are from Ålesund. Runde has some of the best known bird-mountains in Norway, but I went there looking for the northern light. (That did not show up).



This is from Alnes, not far from Ålesund. Alnes is a little village with a lighthouse out on the small island Godøya, a beautiful place with some small mountains, stunning views and a lot of weather.
Welcome to CR. I really liked the first one. My father's part of the family comes from this area, so I have been standing more or less on that very spot ;)

Many years ago I was on island Runde. I had my EOS 100 film cam with me, so you may guess how long it was ago. I went to Norway with my photo buddy mainly for bird photographie, which was a big challenge with the slow AF of the EOS 100. Keepers were rare, but taking photos was fun nevertheless. Such a nice place to shoot puffins. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get back there so far.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54357583@N04/

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:04:44 PM »
As this is a variable aperture lens, does anybody know at what focal lengths the aperture changes happen?

I do, and I will be sharing that exact information in my upcoming review (which will be allowed to go live next week).

Why are you holding back such a small snippet of information - it will hardly spoil your review?
maybe it's because he is under nda ?

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