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Technical Support / CF CARD speed question. Am ignorant.
« on: July 04, 2014, 06:29:26 AM »
Hi friends.
I am going to Tanzania for 3 weeks in August and will shoot with 1Dc and 5D3. I recently bought 128gb cards for video on  1dc.
My confusion/question: Will the 128 gb cards be slower than the 32 gb 1000x cards? If I use the 128 GB cards with the 1dc will it slow it down? Read/write/buffer speed on the 1dc is more important to me than size of card. I am anticipating using the 12fps of the 1dc quite a bit and do not want the card to be a bottle neck.

If the 128 gb card will indeed be slower, then I will just carry the 32 gb 1000x cards.

Thanks for your time, and I will not be shooting video.


Lenses / Re: DigitalRev review of the new 16-35 L IS
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:44:10 AM »
And he needs to learn to hand hold the camera properly!! Is he not supposed to rest the lens on his left palm?!??

Tell your friend clearly that you are not the best person for the job. it is your first time and the inexperience will be evident in the results and at the wedding itself.
She should hire someone with experience whose portfolio she likes and have you in addition.

Danger danger!!

Lenses / Re: RLPhotos first impressions of the 16-35mm f/4L - Video
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:27:02 PM »
Okay, I know this is going to come off as assholish to sensitive people, but I don't mean it that way, I'm just really curious why some people do reviews like this.

I have a feeling people like to hear themselves talk or see themselves on video.  This review could have easily been done as a simple web page or even PDF.  We are coming to a time when the bandwidth we use may be regulated or charged per usage, so it only makes sense to do it in web page format to reach the maximal audience.  Secondly, a written review could be read quicker, as well as if you were only interested in a certain aspect, you wouldn't have to sit through the whole video, you could just scroll to the appropriate section.  With a video, I either have to suffer through the whole thing, or just not watch it and then miss out on important points.  If I'm at work, I can't watch thirty minutes of video, but I can sure read a written review.

Could someone enlighten me?  To me, I feel as if you're doing a review "for the people", so to speak, then you should do it to "reach the people" as easily as possible.  To give an extreme example, if I want to educate people globally about proper hygiene, I'm not going to make a 4K video, because most of the people who need educating about hygiene wouldn't even have television.  Again, a bit extreme as an example, but just trying to drive home the point and see if anyone could explain to me why these types of reviews are unfortunately so common.

I understand your point but there are lots of people who would rather watch a review than read. Perhaps.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Feature 4K Video?
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:00:19 PM »
I didn't know there is video feature on 5D  :o


Lenses / Re: RLPhotos first impressions of the 16-35mm f/4L - Video
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:31:35 AM »
Good job.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Unexpected Events
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:55:43 AM »

Ok... let's say my pocketbook started suggesting some chapter options... like the 300mm f4 is... a little over a grand... 420mm at

And I save nearly nine grand....
Thoughts m

The IQ of the 100-400L is a bit better than the 300/4 + 1.4x, and gives the convenience of a zoom and not having to muck about with a TC.   I'd recommend picking up a used 100-400 – that way, when you eventually give into temptation (you know you will, right??), you won't lose much when you sell the 100-400L because you're not using it anymore.

Perfect advice neuro. And this lens may be just perfect for OP for a long time….

No point over analyzing this. It is time and 7D2 (with exactly that name) and same sensor size will be announced. And I suspect it will be readily available as Canon will not repeat the 1DX and 200-400 availability delays. I hope I am not wrong in any of the baseless claims I am making… :)

i bet 800mm f5.6..... new 100-400mm will come in 2016.   ::)

Yes! The new 800…. Hoping.

I know the feeling, but unless you will be getting a commercial/financial return from the investment, it does not make sense.

I request you to reconsider. 'Make sense' is subjective. To me, spending a little money on doing creative things that makes one happy makes sense. Life is short, we should do what we can.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:07:36 AM »
I have both, and use the 24mm 1.4 when I can - because 1.4 is much better than 2.8 :D

It is true that shooting people at 16mm is a challenge.  But, if you keep them dead center, generally most of the distortion is avoided.  If you do it right, you can actually make some quite impressive photos where you essentially isolate a mostly-undistorted subject via distorton (instead of say bokeh).

Generally I use the 16-35 for parts of events where 24 won't be wide enough, or for the ultimate in environmental portraiture.  Is having 16-23mm absolutely 100% necessary?  Probably not, but then again those unique shots is what can make your work stand out.
You're correct, and in my case, I never had clients who appreciated that type of shot, so I never went for it.  I've seen some amazing bridal shots and portraits with 12 and 14mm lenses, so it's definitely possible if used correctly and I'm sure you've taken some great ones :)

One very cool thing you can do with shift lenses is shift to the side and then frame a person on the opposite side to the shift, doing this you can put a person on the extreme edge of a 17mm shot with no distortion.


Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:54:06 AM »
Except when you are forced to 12800+ ISO on the f/4 IS to compensate for less light entering the camera due to a maximum aperture of f/4 at a dim event, in which case the IQ of the 16-35 f/2.8L II at f/2.8-ISO 6400 will be far superior.  f/4 lets in half the light of f/2.8, meaning you will be forced into motion-blur inducing shutter speeds or very high isos in dim light with moving subjects.  IS can't help motion blur.  I did see you qualify with your statements with "unless you need f/2.8," but the rest of your post seems to ignore these important issues.

Indeed.  The extra stop of the f/2.8 lens is certainly needed in some cases.  Looking over my EXIF, for me that need is very, very rare.

Yep, and when it is really dark even 2.8 may not work. F2 and wider would be required.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:51:55 AM »
I just bought one in Bombay for USD 1,131

What I'm trying to explain is that in fashion you rarely/never shoot in a way to get most of the model lost in bokeh. Wide open or not, it's about showing the clothes. So if I shoot at 1.8, It's likely a full body shot, or at least a bust, but even when it's a bust, it's likely to have focus on something in the shot, like accessories.

I'm trying do distinguish popular wedding look, which is bokeh, bokeh, more bokeh, from actual commercial way of shooting which is product, product, more product.

Yes, I understand why event photographers that shoot wide open might find their focus lacking.

However, I don't get why people complain for "still" work. So, okay, yes, my camera would probably search for focus endlessly if I set it to a focus point other then the center one, especially in low light, so I don't.

I'm trying to learn here. I guess my question should be: What/how/when do you use those other AF points for? And how do people do it on MF systems where there is only one, is there a way to apply same techniques?

MF Hasselblads have a focus system that readjusts itself when you recompose.

That seems so nice.

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