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Great food for thought and I'm digesting it right now as I contemplate why my 6D isn't good enough when actually it is great!  To illustrate I'll repost a shot from yesterday that got my amateur heart beating since I was thinking that only a high speed fast focus camera would get me this.  Well with careful thought about my "handicap" I now know I can do it and with a 6D and $$ still in my pocket.


Lovely capture Jack! Pls share your focusing technique with a 6D! My 5D2's focusing is even worse LOL! Tks!

Black & White / Re: How do I improve this picture?
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:17:31 PM »
I like the silhouette idea. Very natural.
Pick better leaves as foreground. The leaves on the left look like they r drying out.
The ones on the right looks much better and have better curves.
Moving the moon away from centre should improve composition.
The 2 blur spots on the right are distracting. R they clouds? I think it is
interrupting the curves of the leaves.
More DOF would help as the moon is blurring out. Try f16 or f22 and put the
camera on a tripod with slow shutter speed. The wind might blur the leaves though.

I haven't tried this one but you can experiment with lens flare by putting
a piece of glass in front of the lens to further introduce lens flare to add effects.
Some lens flare is there already.

Good luck!

Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 10:25:18 AM »
For me, I could shoot portraits all day with a 85/1.8 without using much effort.
Not sure I wanna do that with 85/1.2 as it is quite heavy. So if I had the 2, I would
probably use 85/1.8 80% of the time and 85/1.2 20% of the time.

Indeed, I would wait for the sigma 85mm 1.4 ART b4 I make a decision between the 2.

Actually I am waiting for a 85 <= f2.0  IS.    :)

Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:16:00 AM »
I have 135L on 5D2. Great for indoor spots where u need a fast shutter speed with f2.0.
Also great for concerts.  Light weight & fast focus. Superb image quality.

Too long shooting small space indoors unless u just want a head shot.  ;)
The lack of IS sometimes makes this lens harder to use handheld under very low light.
In that case, the 70-200 IS II or 100L would be a better choice, if u can live with a slower shutter speed.

Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:32:10 PM »
An incident flash meter is really important in the studio because it will give you
lighting ratio between different lights that your camera meter/histogram will never be able to tell u!

Having said that, u really don't need to buy anything LOL!  Just put a white coffee cup in front of
your camera's lens and click. By looking at the histogram, u will be able to tell the lighting ratio...

I know GAS is another thing LOL!  "Looking Professional" is of course another consideration.

Wait... you should hv gone with the expensive $634 version!! It gives u a pin-point accurate
optical spot meter too LOL!

1) learn how to compose
2) learn how to light
3) learn how to post-process your image

I would rate the above more important than the gears u have collected  :)

If u only talk about gears, get lightroom & photoshop!
If u shoot portraits, get some studio strobes & softboxes.

Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 10:47:02 AM »
1) Join a photo club.
2) Learn composition as well as the technique.
3) Beware of the lighting every time u shoot.

Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:28:57 AM »
I now rarely make the dreadful errors you see in this picture I took 54 years ago...

If it's helpful at all, here are my three primary rules:

1. SEE the image.

2. Get the image into the box.

3. Get the image out of the box.

Never quite as easy as it sounds.

It's a really great photo that tells a story of its period. The gross American car just peeking through on the left, the single-storey house behind a metal fence with a bored canine looking sideways, and the very clever touch of showing the photographer in a military helmet via the shadow.  That was 1960 - a real classic of which you should be proud.

ps, the composition is great - the massive, triangular shadow leading in to the scene, culminating in the helmeted head about 1/3rd up and 1/3rd in, then moving centre to the dog and swinging into the tailfins of the car about 1/3rd down.

Agreed 100%. At the same time it was showing the good relationship between the dog and his owner. Without the shadow, the pic would have been very dry.


Refusal to include Wifi, GPS and RT radio flash commanders even in pro-grade cameras (5D III), even in 2014 (7D II).
Crippling cameras in hardware and even in firmware, wherever possible.
While constantly driving up prices. 5D3 500 Euro more than Nikon D800 ... just ridiculous!

I would agree on these points. 

At the same time Nikon & Sony are bending over backwards to give their customers the
best technology they have.  e.g. High DR sensor technology and in-camera stabilization,
while keeping the price reasonable.

On the plus side, I hv to admit Canon still has a clear lead in in-camera jpg rendering for portraits/skin tone.
Nikon & Sony don't even come close.  Magic Lantern Support is another super plus!
I can live with a lower DR sensor & use expensive IS lenses but I can't go without the amazing jpg skin tone
rendering & ML advanced metering control!  Therefore I am sticking with Canon!

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:54:43 PM »
85mm for portraits.  8)

I don't.

Lenses / Re: A Couple of Real World EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Samples
« on: November 04, 2014, 11:02:07 AM »
It is dynamic range again. With his relatively light coloured shirt acting as a reflector (his right shoulder),
his neck is still completely in shadow. U would expect more shadow details than this...
No question Canon has done a fb job on high ISO NR but the dynamic range is still lacking IMHO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:03:09 AM »
"A note: during a recent interview with DPreview, when asked about the G7 X sensor, a Canon representative Marketing person said:
... A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy."


+1  LOL!

Lenses / Re: why there are no new L primes
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:39:27 AM »
You forgot the 50mm compact macro on your list, brilliant in the f8 - f11 range , but the crappiest lens ever wide open. It is one of the very few (if not the only) left over from the original 1987 EF releases. The old Nikkor AI-S 55mm was much better compared to the LOMO/Canon 50 Compact Macro f2.5.  Come on Canon, your standard Macro is a shame, this one as well needs an urgent upgrade. What happened to the year of the lens ???

What do u mean by "crappiest lens" My copy is sharp wide-open in the centre at f2.5. I often shoot at f2.8 without any problems, despite the fact that  my copy has some blurry right edge, which only shows up in shooting test charts.  It is vy sharp wide open on the left edge and centre too on a full frame camera. It is a vy sharp lens good for food photography.

The only issue is QA like the defect I have and the loud focus motor noise LOL!

BTW, distortion wise, the compact macro tops 50/f1.8 & 50/1.4.

Changing topic... I don't care about "L" for now. Just give me an 85 f2.0 IS!!
There is currently no IS prime for a portrait lens. 100L is just too long.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:15:21 PM »
Composition! I am going to bet that the ipad's wide-angle lens would give better composition than the first pic, despite motion blur LOL!

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