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It feels bad to people who paid big bucks for it. I know it is how it is but feels bit unfair.

PhotoCat, as sanj stated the 1Dx is a far more capable camera, assuming you're not tired from carrying it all day up the mountainside.  I'm not at all deluded, in fact I have a very capable brain and yes I don't have the BIF capability that others do.  That I presently live with although I do get some.

So, back to our reality - you improvise and if you can, go for a set-up with the common birds that can be attracted in one way or another.  That gets you some super nice shots if you're persistent and patient.  As jrista suggested for me a long time back, you can be creative with props - what they are and how you position them. 

For my chickadee I have sunflower seeds to the right and a limb where they feel confident to the left.  I go fully manual but first see what the camera needs roughly for ISO 1250, 4000th sec. and consider if I can get enough DOF.  It was sunny and I was able to get a slightly underexposed shot at F8.  The off camera flash was set up with HSS and positioned to bounce up off some stainless tin so it filled above and in the front of the bird.  Then some experimenting with manual focus and encouragement given to the models and fire away.  1 hour gave me about 60 shots (could have taken many more but the flash batteries were half dead before I started) with about 10 of them being what most folk would be very proud of.

Now back to this post.  None of us who appreciate the restraint that this blog suggests are extremists.  We all know that good tools are desirable and great ones are better but often not necessary other than satisfying our lust.  I happen to have bought a used 1D2 to see if I'd be happy with the bulk and weight and I'm not.  Maybe a 7D2 or a 5D3, but maybe nothing after being influenced by this article.  I sure love the expensive camera lenses though .....  The 300 2.8 with extenders will never be regretted.


Jack apologies if you thought I was being condescending. Did not mean to. I guess 'delusional' was too strong and inappropriate. Peace.

Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:34:23 AM »
Would be great if you post side by side with 1.2 lens and let us try to see if we can identify the lens! Congrats...

I'm not going to nitpick at the finer points but the big picture is:

Develop your own vision. Your mind's eye is the first and best tool you have in creating an image. Rely on your eyes, feet, vantage point and perspective more so than your gear.

Of course! But why not have the best gear that you can afford as well? And why stop enhancing things in PS if you can?

Definitely use the right tool, or at least the best one you can use...

The following pictures are Venus at sunset... one with a 7D2, the other with an iPhone.... tools do make a difference. (no sharpening or noise reduction on either)

A point so lucidly made!

I'm not going to nitpick at the finer points but the big picture is:

Develop your own vision. Your mind's eye is the first and best tool you have in creating an image. Rely on your eyes, feet, vantage point and perspective more so than your gear.

Of course! But why not have the best gear that you can afford as well? And why stop enhancing things in PS if you can?

Great article.  Agree with it all.  Sensor differences between all DSLRs is negligible.  Post processing is way overdone in so many cases.  Composition, subject, and contrast are the backbones of art - and have been for centuries.  Any DSLR is technically capable to produce the results you need 99% of the time.  The pics I take with my SL1 are almost indistinguishable from those taken with my 6D.  The techno hype is so overdone it's almost laughable.

You are right in your thinking except the negligible you mention becomes huge in very many many critical situation - where the light drops too much, where you get one chance only to get the focus right, where the burst and buffer can't fail you, etc etc. Those are the moments for which people buy expensive equipment - When they need to be ready for adverse situations. For normal stuff what you saying is correct.

I just read this article by Jay Goodrich and agree with majority of what he has to say:

For all respect to his success, I disagree with the majority of what he says.
The reason is simple, he puts everybody in his own shoes.
But, we all know that there are so many shoes on this planet. The fact that cheap tools work for him doesn't mean that it works for all of us "photographers".
1 - Laboratory sensors ... He assumed that all photographers are new photographers. Actually, photographers who deserve the title are experienced photographers, not snapshooters. And I find it an insult to all pro photographers that some  guy assumes that with an iPhone you will be able to shoot an NHL game for the photo to be on the front page of a news paper every single night game. You need the right tool to do the right job. No fantasy hear.
2 - Software plugins ... The fact that you work for National Geographic and 95% of your work doesn't need Photoshop didn't give you the right to categorize all Photoshop users idiots. Some people actually do beauty shots, for example. There is no way for you to be competitive not using advanced tools.
3 Diffraction ... If you ever have shot macro you would understand what is the meaning of that word. People wake up early to be able to shot tens or even hundreds of shots in order to stack them
4 HDR ... You said it yourself, it is about vision. The fact that people have different vision than yours don't give you the right to treat them as inferior.
5 - "If all you own is the phone in your pocket and you have a zest for creating, you WILL succeed."
Wake up, your Matrix is not for real. Get back to reality.

If the title was "5 Things We can ignore to become Photographers" then I would agree with him. Some photographers don't need all the bells and whistles.
But there are out there those who need to spend in order to succeed.
Especially, those whose success depends on repetitiveness at all time and conditions and not one/two, by mistake, state of the art.
The key is balance between need and want. And the name of the game is "repetitiveness and competition".

The only thing, really, I agree with him is: "So stop reading and go out and give it a try"

Sometimes, when someone is successful, he thinks he is the only one smart person on earth. Many dictators of this planet have the same mentality.

I agree with you. Well written.

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.


Well done and yes it is possible with your camera! But if you think you can do this will the consistency and reliability of a 1dx then you are deluding yourself.

Lighting / Re: Canon 5D Mk III pre flashing.
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:37:31 AM »
Fix what?  The system is operating normally. The preflash is required for E-TTL flash metering.  If you need to eliminate the preflash, set the flash power manually.


Wedding Photography / Re: nod to 'American Gothic'
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:59:46 AM »
Needs a pitchfork.  ;D

hahahaha. Yes they do. And little film noise/scratches.

It's been said a hundred times just what additional value Canon gives through reliability and the robustness of their products.

Some people are apparently too young to remember the EOS 1Ds III auto focus debacle right after introduction ... and Sigma's initial problems with OS in 120-400 and 150-500 ... or Metz's issues with exploding flash bulbs ...

Let's get real: getting a newly introduced product exposes you to inherent risks, and a proper recall is 1000x better and more honest than a company singing "lala, I can't hear you" to a torrent of problem reports.

What you say is true and understandable. But such things happen FAR less with Canon than with other manufacturer. Ya?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 and EOS Utility
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:28:57 AM »

The guy with the gun and you in the reflection of his glasses is my favorite.

Sports / Re: Critique My "Running" Photos?
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:07:22 AM »
It is a stop over exposed in my opinion.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:45:49 PM »
Tend to agree with the comment that a new 5D split into one with, and one without an AA would be very unCanon- like. Canon tend to decide what's good for us (them) and then supply that. And as the effects of a good AA filter can all but be cancelled out in post then it's probably better on balance to have one.

Still think we are going to see an interchaneable Finder. It's been pointed out, correctly, that this type of high end feature has only been seen on the highest model - the 1 series in the past, but in those days we didn't have an upgraded 5 series. I would suggest that the 5DIII was very much the 1Ds IV. Despite the 'crippling' of the 5DII with the 20D/5D AF system, pros still chose this much cheaper camera instead of the 1Ds III on the whole ( which rather says something about the importance these sort of photographers place on AF does it not ?), and in the end Canon seemed to adopt the "if you can't beat them join them" approach and up graded the 5 series, and did so with only a relatively small price increase. So I think that it is possible we will see this feature in a 5DIV, probably the 's' version if that has a 52 mp DPAF sensor, so good focus can be achieved with the interchangeable EVF.

My wording is ironic, yours is sarcastic (realistic) ;)

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