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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 27, 2014, 11:48:32 AM »
A shot from a trip to the playground today. Shot with the 200 @ f2.


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Appriciate the data Jrista, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words  ;D

I think this is a much better and more constructive approach. A friend bought the A7r and showed me a few shots, he HAVE to expose for highlights in his landscape shots, and even showed me +3,73 push from a 4 min exposure and it looked fantastic. But as you mention, there are other things to a camera and other things to shoot than landscape which I would rather have over more DR. But if the 1dX is what is and 2,5 stops more range, would I not buy it or be even happier?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:47:29 AM »
Because I hate Nikon.  ;D I have used the D3s and all the later ones and the way you have to use a Nikon, from holding it to how buttons are placed and how it's operated feels like they have made it that way just to laugh at me trying to shoot with them.

And frankly, the lenses and the whole Canon system offer much more of what I love and want. The only thing that wowed me a bit was the raw file flexibility of the A7r, but that offers nothing more than that, to me.

Mirrorless and crop cams are of no interest to me.

And the biggest reason is that the 1dX is tailor made for me and I miss nothing (a bit of play on words there)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:07:03 AM »
I must appriciate the irony there Eldar, it can turn into a new saying (if it's not an old one already) "Don't carry rocks up the mountain" I would have brought a hammer an gone to the top first, lol  8)

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At least they fixed their previous mistake in saying the 7DII has AF point-linked spot metering.

Oh no, it doesn't have it?? I was so pleasantly surprised when I read it was included, it's pretty much what I use for 90'% of my shots... bummer for many, I'm sure...

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Lighting / Re: Basic help: How does Flash exposure compensation works
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:19:48 PM »
Are you sure the pre-flash is disabled in M mode? When I have used speedlites with for example the Quadra, there's an option to ignore a certain number of pre flashes to make the speedlite and the Quadra sync properly. I had loads of tries where the flash would trigger the Quadra too soon, and had to find the number of preflashes so they wouldn't trigger the quadra, and the speedlite was never in ETTL, nor was it triggered by the ST-E3, but the Elinchrom Skyports.

Correct me if I'm wrong  :)

I am 100% certain that one on camera, or ETTL cord mounted, flash not set as a Master via flash menu or body menu does not emit a pre-flash. Any Canon flash used remotely set to M, not as a Master or Slave, just in M and triggered via third party triggers will not emit a pre-flash.

If your flash or body is set to have the on camera (or cord) flash act as a controller then it will emit a series of pre-flashes even in M.

I use PCB Einsteins with a 600EX-RT setup, I often use the 90EX as a dumb optical trigger for the Einsteins with it set to M and lowest power, there is no pre-flash, this is easily demonstrated by putting it in second curtain sync and a long exposure.

If I set the 600's to optical triggering, or even ETTL with the Radio, then I will get pre-flashes, if they are all set to M mode in Radio there are no pre-flashes.

In a mixed manufacturer flash setup RT and M still has no pre-flash.
On camera as a regular flash in M has no pre-flash.

In optical triggering mode Canon triggering always has a pre-flash, even in flash M mode, if your on camera or ETTL corded flash or body is set to controller mode it will pre-flash.

Lots of combinations but you can work with remote Canon flashes and not have pre-flashes.

Okay, thanks  ;) Have no idea what was up with my Quadra/speedlite system if it wasn't preflash. But they're both long gone so who cares  ;D

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Lighting / Re: Basic help: How does Flash exposure compensation works
« on: September 22, 2014, 03:45:27 PM »
In general ettl is ingenious to quickly dial in an ambient/object ratio. Not that the "correct" exposure at fec 0 often looks over-flashed, at least to me - you might want to start at -1 to get less broken shots. Raising shadows with fill flash in postprocessing is doable, but trying a over-flashed shot is a pita.

But even i set camera exposure to +1 and FEC to -3. Flash fires strongly resulting to not fire on the next shot..

The downside of ettl is that it relies on your camera's metering, so it's a good idea do be able to do both - ettl and m flash if you shoot the same or similar scenes again.

Note that there are two situations where ettl hurts:
  • To get *maximum* flash output, set the flash to m and full power. This way you don't waste power on the pre-flash which will only result in the camera telling the flash "dial to 11" anyway. The same applies if you want to do as many consecutive flashes as possible on lower output
  • Automatic flash power might not be able to get the *minimal* flash output. If your subject is too near, and zooming the flash out, fanning and whatnot still over-flashes try to use m flash at min. power setting.

Last not least, flash is indeed one of the subjects where reading a book or good website is really a good idea - unlike a lot of other photography stuff you can simply figure out reading/posting some forum threads and trial & error.

Are you sure the pre-flash is disabled in M mode? When I have used speedlites with for example the Quadra, there's an option to ignore a certain number of pre flashes to make the speedlite and the Quadra sync properly. I had loads of tries where the flash would trigger the Quadra too soon, and had to find the number of preflashes so they wouldn't trigger the quadra, and the speedlite was never in ETTL, nor was it triggered by the ST-E3, but the Elinchrom Skyports.

Correct me if I'm wrong  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:37:48 AM »
Replace all three other with one new, Well ok, but please don't be stupid and add a forth, stupid stupid stupid...

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Lighting / Re: Basic help: How does Flash exposure compensation works
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:44:16 AM »
What I would do is set camera to M and flash to M and see how the aperture and shutter affects the flash at a given setting.

The flash in M is just a light with a dimmer switch, closer to 1/1 is more power, closer to 1/64 or 1/128 is less light. Then set your camera to , just as an example, 1/200s (shortest time you can use and still get max light out, also known as sync speed). Then start to use longer shutter and see how the background gets brighter. Maybe your subject is too dark, bring the flash closer to 1/1. If your subject is to bright, dial it down.

The thing to understand is that you can light an object close to flash completely different than the ambient or background. Smaller aperture will render ambient darker, and then your flash needs to light more, but can still light a subject correctly even if the background is dark.

Quick example here:
 
One shot is no flash and just what the camera meters the scene to. The other I used a small aperture of f11 or something and had a flash light up my subject, that way I control both the background and my subject and it is VERY easy.


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Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:27:46 AM »
Still disappointed that the 35/1.4L, 135/2L, 180/3.5L Macro and 400/5.6L are not replaced yet.

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:31:38 AM »
I paid USD 8249 for my 1dX two years ago, today it's USD 8249, there's a reason they can do that. And I think it's a smart move by Canon, because when the new model comes out I still get a lot back for my 1dx and can afford to upgrade, if it dropped, the used priced dropped and I would NEVER be able justify buying the new one. I can sell my 1dx here tomorrow for USD 6300.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:05:41 PM »
I have stopped hoping, but 35 L II and a 50 Art with Canon AF.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:50:16 PM »
I don't read anything into the sample pictures as they are always like this from the start.

But I must say, even if you are new with a camera, taking a sharp picture for public view isn't exactly rocket science. If he saw that they were off, why not use LV ? Even if he had limited time, I'm sure he could take two shots. But this being said I know a few photographer that just goes "What?" If I point out a technical flaw or mishap in a shot. Not everyone is a tech geek, and some people don't even care about slight front or backfocus at all, not in their vocabulary ..

It could be 10.000 reasons ... Wait for reviewers that own tripods and are proper geeks to show us  :P

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Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:28:11 PM »
By the way, this lens is just as heavy (or light) as 70-200/2.8, that's quite manageable actually!

I don't know where you got that idea, but the 70-200/2.8L IS II is 1,490g, and the 400/4DO II is 2,100g.

My bad, I was under the impression that 70-200/2.8L IS II is around 1800g and this is just under 2000g. Still, nice weight, nothing terrible to handhold.

In use weight is 1700g with the 70-200, but it remains to see what the "in use" weight of the 400 DO is.

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Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:03:14 PM »
+1 for the RRS-plate, it has a much lower profile so it's great for support, and at least for me, is way more comfortable than holding with no foot.

Thank!s...did not know that RRS made a replacement for the foot.  Link?
 ....but will it fit the new lens?

Afaik there all the same four screws.

Here's a link :
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1259208/0

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