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I came across this article today in my Inbox from from Digital Photo Pro which talks about the 4k and 5k cameras (not referring to Dollars).  The Canon EOS C300 seems appealing at the moment but I personally don't see the still image DSLR's going away any time soon as the article hints.  For one reason, there's too many purists that want photo, and photo only without the video

Here's the article


Software & Accessories / Re: Starting out: Flickr? Picasa? PBase? Other?
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:33:06 PM »
I've chosen Flickr and utilized initially the free account to test the waters.  I opted to go forward with the Pro account and am most pleased.  Be sure to utilize Flickr's many amenities such as Organizing, Joining Groups such as (example the Canon 8-15mm group or many of the Awards groups, B&W groups, etc.  Their support team is excellent whether free or Pro account.  Know the differences however as there are various restrictions on the Free account beyond the limitation of 200 photos such as posting to only 10 groups vs. unlimited.  The Slideshow link is a big plus when emailing friends and Family as well as pressing the"L" key to view a photo on black background

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why canon?
« on: January 26, 2012, 11:54:47 AM »
After getting a Canon AE-1 for college graduation I fell in love with it, never a mechanical issue.  I've never looked elsewhere despite my younger brother's excellent concert photos from the 70's and 80s on his Nikon.  Sibling rivalry perhaps?

Like most rucksacks, you'll have to take it off to access your kit especially because of the 'flap-to-back' design

Hi Traveller..not sure what you mean by take it off to access the kit.  I just slip off the shoulder straps and swing it around the front while keep the entire pack attached to my waist having it act like a table top though I am sure you are ware of this.  I unzip the camera compartment and have access to everything without removing the bag.  In either case glad to see you and Neuro have acquired this bag - I am most impressed with mine especially that I can hang a water bottle off one side and a rechargeable Air Zound can off the other (used to frighten off threatening wildlife vs. a weapon).

I got a Lowepro Flipside 400AW off Ebay for a mere $99 through an authorized reseller (canadian).  The bag is fantastic.  custom configurable and was the only bag I could find that held a Canon camera body and a 400mm together.  It's a back pack type, breathes well, holds two water containers.  YOu can swing it around and it unzip from the the rear (inner) part of the back pack, not the outer.  When you swing it around your waste and flip it forward it acts like a table top.  Very sturdy as well. 

The ebay reseller name was prodigitial2000 exactly like this one here:

there are youtube videos demonstrating the bag as well which I recommend reviewing especially this one


Software & Accessories / Free PF2 Templates for DPP by Canon
« on: January 25, 2012, 05:53:32 AM »
If you've not visited this Canon international site (Japan) it may be worth a trip.  There are a handful of free PF2 templates which are free downloads that can be called up in Digital Photo Professional by using the RAW format.  These templates can be saved to your hard drive and then loaded within DPP under the RAW tab by choosing "Browse" and then locating the template.


Candyman  - here's the download link you requested:

the shutterdown pancake template is not canon's but a 3rd party  - that may require some searching


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:45:46 AM »
Put another way, if you buy a FF camera but then have to crop all your images to 1.3x or 1.6x FoV, you're throwing away the IQ advantages of FF over the smaller sensors, and so you might as well just get the cheaper camera (from an IQ standpoint).  Conversely, if you only need to crop a few of your images, the IQ with the FF will be a decided advantage.  That might mean getting longer lenses to compensate for the loss of 1.3x crop...which suits Canon just fine...

Neuro - this was well stated -so true.

Like some of you, that Spot AF is a necessity for me as well.  The 7D spoiled me on this and it's availability with all lenses.  It's a must have. Does anyone have a tally as to which currently available Canon DSLR bodies have this feature on FF for all lenses?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: January 22, 2012, 03:27:44 PM »
Just love this Nifty Fifty - lightweight great in low light and excellent for portraits.  This one taken on the 7D @ F3.2 and 1/80 with ISO 100 - no flash.  Color tones corrected with Shutter Down Pancake PF2 template and ACDSee Pro

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 22, 2012, 02:56:15 PM »
Great shot and processing. Looks like a painting

What software do you use to process the HDR files?

Hello Candyman - I used Photomatix though I am careful with the settings and try a variety until I get the effect I am seeking such as vertical / horizontal alignment, reduce ghosting, foliage etc.  Prior to completion there are other settings for tweaking such as Microcontrast.  Even flipping through low,medium, high and maximum can make a world of difference within the lighting section.

Thanks JR and Candyman for the kind words...Rev

I see a lot of comments on here about the skin tones of the 5D mki.  I can tell you I was most displeased with the skin tones on a 7D.  To offset this I did a few things:  got a WhiBal card by Michael Tapes Design (works like a charm) and using the custom White Balance within the camera.  Also, in post processing within DPP, I found a few excellent PF2 templates.  Two off the site entitled "Portrait Studio" and "Portrait Snapshot" as well as other non skin tone templates such as Emerald, Autumn Hues and several others.  There are many individuals and 3rd party companies that have created PF2 templates as well such as Shutter Down Pancake which douses that ugly "pancake skin tone" found in a lot of Canon DSLR's  such as the 7D.  You can also tweak and make your own by the way with Canon's Picture Style Editor.  I'm not sure I'd get the 5D for the skin issue alone.  The DLA on the 5D mki is quite good at  F13 whereas the mkii is at F10 (the point where diffraction begins) and IQ lessens.  Reference page (scroll down): - thanks to a previous poster who offered this link

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:39:01 AM »
1) 1.3 crop I want this for using my 16-35 f2.8 as a walkaround effectively 20-48mm and for getting the extra reach on using long lenses. but has better IQ than the 1.6 crops
2) AF at f8 long lenses and teleconverters coupled with item 1 it stomps the 1Dx on the long end.

Ok gotcha on the  (1) though I just read surprisingly on that the current 7D has better resolution than the 1D IV (however) it is not as sharp with the settings on 1 but you sure get the tradeoff with that 1.6 extra reach so know what you  mean on item (2).  Used a 400mm today on the 7D bringing it to a 640 - that was a treat with wildlife photos.  Also used the 16-35 mkii like you with the 7D - most pleased.  If you are concerned with IQ, check out the DLA's on your camera choices as well (1DIII, 1D IV, 7D, etc).  Though diffraction doesn't have a huge impact it can affect IQ as well.  it's just one more thing compounded to reduce the IQ of your overall picture

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:11:53 AM »
I called Canon support on that 1Dx - the Digic 5+ processors alone may be worth ignoring the 1D IV.  The dual Digic 5+ processors (so I was told) are 6 times faster and create approximately 75 percent less noise than the DIGIC 4 processor.  The rep stated this results in a lesser need for larger MB's files hence why the MB is lower then most of its similar predecessors.  RAW images can be processed at 12 fps as well.  That's not to mention a boat load of other cool features such as dual storage cards that can be programmed in a variety of ways (such as a real time backup or extended disk space - you choose), bracketing with 9 exposures..the list goes on.  My gut instinct (being in IT) always says if you can afford it go forward with technology not backward.

PS I hope my wife doesn't read this thread.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 16, 2012, 05:42:57 PM »
Just got this lens about a week ago.  Presently using it with a EOS 7D.  Hoping at some point to acquire the 5D MKiii if and when it arrives and exploit this lens further

Taken at F8, 1/60th, ISO 100, 33mm, HDR processed with -2,0,+2 bracketing, Aperture Priority


Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:35:38 AM »
OP has stated his main camera will be the 1D IV - however good the 7D is then the 1D4 will always be a couple of steps better.

Correct however I had made reference to the 5D as the 1DIV is better than the 5D as well as the 7D

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