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I am starting this thread where I can pose my ignorant questions regarding the 1Dx, and where some of you might take pity on me and help :)

I have a question for experienced 1Dx owner. I am looking in the manual on p. 350 and can´t find the answer I am looking for. I want to program one of the buttons to be able to switch between One Shot and Ai Servo. I have managed to do so, but it only works when holding the designated button down, which in my opinion is impractical. Is there a way to make it stick, so that it stays in the mode I have choosed untill I deliberately switch it back?

Thanks

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF Guide 1Dx renewed
« on: May 17, 2014, 06:06:51 AM »
I have a question for experienced 1Dx owner. I am looking in the manual on p. 350 and can´t find the answer I am looking for. I want to program one of the buttons to be able to switch between One Shot and Ai Servo. I have managed to do so, but it only works when holding the designated button down, which in my opinion is impractical. Is there a way to make it stick, so that it stays in the mode I have choosed untill I deliberately switch it back?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 16, 2014, 03:58:59 PM »
I took this with a 1Dx (a borrowed one) and a Canon 500L II. This after getting a Eagle photography session for my 40th birthday.
Nice! It´s obvious that you needed a 1 DX ;)

LOL :)

Btw: I have to say that I enjoyed my 70-200II before, but after shooting with it today in Ai Servo on my new baby camera, it has become a new lens to me.... :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 16, 2014, 03:33:45 PM »
While this picture technically violates the pictures in this thread (by being shot with an iPhone), I still can*t resist.. I am feeling soooooo happy now!:)

G.

Congrats!  Now post some shots only the 1dx could get!!

north

I took this with a 1Dx (a borrowed one) and a Canon 500L II. This after getting a Eagle photography session for my 40th birthday.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:18:58 AM »
While this picture technically violates the pictures in this thread (by being shot with an iPhone), I still can*t resist.. I am feeling soooooo happy now!:)

G.

Congrats - have fun :)

Thanks Menace :) The battery is almost loaded now, my memory cards have been formatted, and I am ready :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:17:46 AM »
Thanks Eldar and Viggo. The wind at Søndre Norstrand was quiet at the moment, so I took the chance. I have borrowed a 1Dx several times before, but now I can finally start to get really into it, and programme it to my own likes :) Just waiting for the battery to load fully, then I will hook my 70-200II and go for a stroll :)
Jeg har kontor på Skullerud, så da er vi omtrent naboer ;)

Ja, det er ikke langt unna :) Selv jobber jeg i Nydalen.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 16, 2014, 06:51:06 AM »
While this picture technically violates the pictures in this thread (by being shot with an iPhone), I still can*t resist.. I am feeling soooooo happy now!:)

G.

Congrats! Hope the box is empty placed there! lol.

Thanks Eldar and Viggo. The wind at Søndre Norstrand was quiet at the moment, so I took the chance. I have borrowed a 1Dx several times before, but now I can finally start to get really into it, and programme it to my own likes :) Just waiting for the battery to load fully, then I will hook my 70-200II and go for a stroll :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 16, 2014, 06:25:41 AM »
While this picture technically violates the pictures in this thread (by being shot with an iPhone), I still can*t resist.. I am feeling soooooo happy now!:)

G.

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Hello Scott, I'm your worst nightmare!  No, not really, I hope anyway that I'm not classified as an idiot with a rebel that calls himself a pro (because I neither have a rebel, nor do I call myself a pro).
However, inadvertently, I do take away some of your business because I price low since I have a day job and I do photography for fun.  I could go completely free as a matter of fact, but I charge for three reasons: a) so that I don't create the "free photographer" reputation, b) so that I offset some equipment, and c) out of respect to you. Yeah, I'm not into the business of destroying your business.

Anyway, I have some advice for you as to how you can explain to the customer that you are better than me.

First, I don't have a real studio.  I have lights, backdrops, props and stuff, but I convert my house into a studio when I have a gig.  Show your high paying clients your studio and make a point about it.  Somebody who's willing to pay top dollar would probably find my living-room studio a little stupid and your real studio more appealing.

Second, I don't have time to postprocess, since I have a day job. I do postprocess of course, and I do a lot of it, but that means that my clients have to wait for weeks before they get their pictures back.  Show your client a before and after picture where you did magic in photoshop and tell them that they'll get this type of service from you and they'll get it fast.

Third, I don't have the volume of pictures to make any local printing store pay attention to me. Go to a local store and persuade them to give you a discount in return for doing all your prints there.  Then offer the client complete solutions (albums, mugs for grandma, canvas, whatnot).

Fourth, I don't have time for photography all the time, so I have to squeeze my clients in my busy schedule.  Offer them flexible scheduling and offer them to do things at their place, if they prefer (pregnant ladies like that, and so do parents of infants).

Finally, advertise yourself locally.  Facebook might bring you customers, or it might bring you the wrong customers, but going to a maternity clinic and leaving a few cards with your contact info and a few nice maternity shots on them, could do miracles.

Well put!

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I am trying to get my photography business running but I am encountering a problem I am sure we all have:

Clients seem to be going for the cheaper price and ignoring the fact I am producing very high quality, professionaly shot photographs for only marginally more cost.

How do you deal with this in your location?

The way I deal with this is that I try to get all the clients I can get. Being a keen amateur who loves to take pictures and to have great equipment, I pick up the assignments I can to nurture this habit of mine.

Seriously, photography is not a mercantilistic marked. Be good at what you do, market your skills. A client will always want to know why you charge higher. The burden of this proof lies with you.

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: The magic of 1dx 12 fps
« on: May 12, 2014, 07:54:51 AM »
1dx's 12 fps make certain shots a possibility which other camera's would struggle to get.

Please post any such photos you may have.

Here is one of mine. There were 3 of us on the ground with 1dx, 5d3 and 7d. But only the 1dx got this photo...

Very cool indeed

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:07:13 PM »
I should start a thread on how to purchase equipment and sneak it into the house without your wife knowing  ;)
That's what I'll be doing today - sneaking, not writing a thread, that is 8).

1) Always own up to buying one white lens. Once you've got one, they all look alike, so that gives you the freedom to own more.

2) When ordering from the Canon refurbished store, track the package progress and then change the delivery address to the nearest Kinkos/Fed Ex site. That way you can go and pick it up yourself without having to rush home to snag the attempted delivery notice tag off the door before someone finds it.

3) Separate checking accounts have prevented more divorces than any other innovation known to mankind.

4) You will never be able to sneak every purchase in, so build up some immunity. Do that by never, ever criticizing or questioning her when a box arrives from an online clothing, purse or shoe store. Smile. Complement her on her good taste and make a point of being pleased that she bought herself something nice. You are earning credits that you can cash in later.

5) Always include some low cost item in your purchases from B&H and Adorama – "Oh yeah, I ordered some batteries...a filter...a camera strap...etc. I don't know why they send that stuff in such a big box."

6) If you've got a big purchase planned, start the process early on. I'm going to start mentioning the new Tamron 150-600 zoom soon so that by the time Black Friday rolls around she'll be ready to tell me to just get it.

7) Never miss an occasion for a gift. A piece of jewelry tucked into an Easter Basket is also a great way to buy immunity for the future.

8 ) Ask for gift cards from your preferred photo store. "Oh that. I ordered that with the gift card you gave me last Christmas." (plus an extra $800, but who's counting)

9) Get yourself a "man cave" where you can stash all your toys. Preferably in a room she seldom goes into.

I have more, but these should be a good start. :)

Funny :)

About your third point. I do believe that in the modern age the one thing that have prevented more divorces and should probably be up for the Nobel Peace Prize (instead of these bs prizes that have been going on for a few years now...) is the dishwasher :) I believe that separate economies (unless the two of you make approximately the same amount) is the road to hell in marriage. But like some mentioned here earlier, I am also allowed to make photo purchases on photo gigs and, lectures and consulting, which makes me a happy camper

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I received the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART a few days ago (I pre-ordered on B&H on April 11th at noon; it shipped April 28th)

I haven't seen too many user photos so thought I would provide some comparisons with my Canon f/1.2 in the event that might be helpful to some looking at this lens.

I have all Canon-branded lenses currently, except the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, which I love.  I have found it to be a good focal length for all around shooting and love it for low light.  As such, I was interested in checking out the 50mm version, even though I've already got the Canon f/1.2 version (and I feel like I have a really great copy, as I had one prior to my current one and didn't get the same results/experience).

So I haven't really had a chance to use the new Sigma 50mm Art property, but I just quickly took some random pics in my house. 

These are not meant to be great photos, but just provide some comparisons against Canon's f/1.2 version of the 50mm.

What I did was put each lens on its own Canon 5D Mk III (I have two) and took photos all at f/1.4 and at varying shutterspeeds (had on manual with Auto ISO).  So the settings are more or less the same in each shot, one taken after another.  So not scientific at all, but gives some comparison...

These are straight OOC JPEGS saved down to 1024 pixels for this forum...  if you want any 100% crop of the originals for anything, let me know.

My biggest take-away is that there is more color and color contrast in the Sigma shots... and Canon blurs OOF lights more.  Will have to experiment more with some night time / dark shots...  Also, you can focus closer to the subject with the Sigma with autofocus.  Sigma also has a quicker focus going from, say, across the room to something close up.

I know there's been talk about focusing issues...  I was using single point autofocus, and didn't have any issues at all - it seemed to hit what I was focusing on pretty reliably.  But again, these aren't great photos...  just some quick snaps.

Currently, I'm really impressed with the Sigma.  But am withholding judgment until I can take some portrait photos and put it through it's paces on that front...

In each photo below, the first example is the Canon 50mm f/1.2 and the second example is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART:


Jason

Thanks for the comparisons Jason!

To be totally honest, I have a hard time seeing any difference at all (watching this from a crappy laptop screen). If I strain my eyes, I might agree that there might be some slight color renditions. This bodes well for the Sigma, as I love the 50L, but could not afford it.

Btw: Love to see others who value good knives ;) Six Kai Shun.. I love mine.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Landscape Filters
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:10:22 PM »
Here's a great link of reproducing the effect of ND Grads without needing an entire system (but you do need one ND filter).  Before getting into landscapes, I wasn't (and am still not) able to spend a lot of $$$ on an entire ND grad set.  I bought a $70 HOYA 6 stop circular ND filter and have used the magic cloth technique several times with pleasing results.  The magic cloth technique isn't for everyone, but produces great results when done right. 

http://icelandaurora.com/blog/2010/07/20/tonys-magic-cloth-technique/

Thank you btaoka for this brilliant link. It nurses the fun side of photography. I have recently invested heavily in the Lee system, but this technique looks like a lot of additional fun :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:37:18 AM »
My first attempts at posting Images on this thread.

Used the Otus on both the 1Dx & 5DMK III recently while in Bali, found it almost impossible to get the focus spot on using the viewfinder, but once I got the hang of using Live view, zoomed to fix focus, then it starts to come together.

1Dx + Otus 55f/1.4 shot @ f/1.4 & 1/1250th ISO200

Beautiful image

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