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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for three weeks in the Middle East
« on: December 09, 2012, 02:24:50 PM »
How I see it is that everything I take needs to either fit in or hang from the bag, or around my neck. That probably rules out a full-size tripod. On past trips, I've carried a smaller one around, which seemed too much a compromise, taking up much-needed space in my pack and still too small for eye-level shots.
The 1DS III is my workhorse, I've put a lot of miles on them over the last four, nearly five, years. In most all situations, the results are equal to the 1DX.  It's the 7D that I would likely leave behind for a second 1DS.
I'd like to think I'll find uses for the reflector, even if it will only add a touch of light to a small space, say, five to ten feet away. It does fit in my bag, so long as I don't carry the laptop with me.
One more thing I plan to take is a hand-held light meter. I know it seems redundant in this day of more sophisticated technology, but I've found it most valuable in getting that shot in a confusing mix of light, especially if I use my 7D for flash.

Looking forward to see some shots when you get back if you put them up :)

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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for three weeks in the Middle East
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:36:13 PM »
Standard, I agree about the flash, since I learned most of my skills from a bunch of existing light enthusiasts. And, given today's technology (the 1DX is awesome), I don't think I'll have any trouble with anything up to about ISO 6400.
I haven't yet heard any comments yet about my carrying along a small reflector. If I can fit it in my bag, I probably will, as it can make light a little more available.

I was actually pondering why you would bring it. It is for portraits,and if not, and you are trying to light up dark places in hard contrasts it will be too small, hence a fill flash would be better (if you did bring a flash, you already have a trigger in the 7D to get it off camera). I would like you drop the flash AND reflector. I would go for a prime; anything from 35 1.4, 50 1.4, or a 85 (your pick). I don't understand why you would bring the 1 Ds III? which will not give you anything besides what you already got. The one thing that is understandable, but I would seriously consider if I were you, would be to bring a lightweight carbon tripod. For instance (my location knowledge is limited, having not been there myself, thus only guided by photos and film/tv) if you are going to Egypt and you travel to the desert you have a unique opportunity for sunset shots (you might be able to use your backpack as a steady unit..?) I agree with one of the others here that a monopod is not replacing anything here (except as you mention a walking stick).

G.

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Portrait / Re: Portrait - Trying something new
« on: December 09, 2012, 01:54:06 AM »
Great picture! One thing I would do: position the model slightly to the right, so her head is not intersecting the window sill...

I agree completely, but it's too late to reposition her now =) Just something I'll have to pay better attention to next time.
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You could try to use the new content aware move tool in CS6, but it might be hard given the busy background, and lack of space for it to get a good match.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using 1DX in very low temperatures
« on: December 08, 2012, 03:00:25 PM »
It was on his canonfieldreviews website, which is defunct now. Mirrored here:

http://laamc.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/7d-1-weather-sealing/


Thanks :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using 1DX in very low temperatures
« on: December 08, 2012, 02:27:06 PM »
Ole Jorgen Lioden once did a review on the 7D and referred to use in the arctic. In that review, he compared to his 1Ds MkIII and 5D MkIIs and 40Ds used by others. He commented that the 40D and 5D MkII were apt to failing in the extreme temperatures, but his 1Ds MkIII and the 7D both coped without problems (he even dropped his 1DsMkIII in the Arctic Ocean). For the actual review, he used the 7D in deep snow, where it was actually covered in snow. I would therefore say that the 1D X shouldn't have any problems, as it is at least as weather sealed as the 1Ds MkIII and moreso than the 7D.

Where did he write this? I am norwegian and have one of his books, but I don't recall it there. Do you have a link?:)

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Canon General / Re: Recommended photography books
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:40:39 PM »
Brilliant advice in here. Looking forward to reading those. I am guessing that Barthes books are quite dense. I have read a few of him, and they are heavy. His book on rhetorics is the toughest I have ever read, and I have read quite a few :)

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Canon General / Re: What real Pros shoot...
« on: December 04, 2012, 05:50:21 PM »
Just to play devils advocate here. The most used knives in the world of professional chefs are Victorinox, and that has not much to do with excellence in steel or sharpness. It has to do with the fact that Victorinox has been very successful in pushing out knives set (suitcases with basic, intermidiate, and advanced sets) to pretty much cooking students all over :) They can get away with a basic suitcase for the same price as two Kai Shun knives...

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Lighting / Re: Joe McNally's Eulogy of Ken Regan
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:29:00 PM »
Not sure where to post it, but given that it was written by Joe McNally, and not a rumor, it was the only place I thought of. ... Sorry if that was wrong.


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Lighting / Joe McNally's Eulogy of Ken Regan
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:38:50 AM »

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Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:37:34 PM »
I really enjoyed your review. It was personal, balanced, thrustworthy and informative. I had hoped that more of the pictures would be able to open in larger versions to get a real feel for the lens. The onion I think I see in other pirctures as well (the bottle in the upper right corner, and in the large beautiful shot you have of a field with flowers in it). However, although I read that it is supposed to be conventional wisdom that this is a bad thing, for me I don't find it unappealing at all, and would even argue that it might add a touch of extra texture to the shots.

Looking forward to your next review!

G.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's roadmap
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:12:07 AM »
You left out the lens cap! Dude! Pay attention to all the important releases...
;)

+1 :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 25, 2012, 08:52:30 AM »
Looking forward to someone in here actually trying it. It looks very promesing :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dumb question?
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:33:22 AM »
Like you math is not my strong suit, but I was wondering about the same thing as you. I have a 5D II, and my wife a 600D. I was lucky enough to borrow a 800L 5.6 and I already have the 2x III extender. So I tried to shoot the same subject first with the 1600mm combo, and then took the two lenses on my wife's camera to see how it looked at 2560mm. Although the 2560mm was closer, I realized that when I cropped hard to get as far in as I could before it started to pixelate, the same closeness of cropping with the 5D II combo (so the subject looked the same size on my screen) gave better result  with the full format, as far as sharpness and patterns are concerned. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: !!!FIRST!!! - Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:07:09 PM »
I work at Sony Electronics. :)

Yea we've got FF Mirrorless already.

We're often times the first to market or very early to market. I remember announcing the world's lightest laptop 6 months before the first macbook air. Even after the launch of the AIR our's was still the thinnest and lightest but did anyone know haha? I remember carrying the world's first OLED TV to a convention in Las Vegas. We never advertised it though, the images were stunning and the design was sleek. 2 years later Samsung made a huge TV ad campaign and without saying it made it sound like they were the first to make the OLED TVs. And their TV was IDENTICAL to our aesthetically, they basically took our tv and rebadged it as a samsung. I think that's my biggest frustration with this company. We don't advertise anything and unless you're really looking for a product you would never know we made it. I'm so tired of watching great products get launch with zero visibility.

Just wanted to release some steam about the biggest issue that irks me about Sony. Other than that the company is awesome, they treat us real well, we get good discounts and the work culture here is great (I knew a few people who worked at Samsung that we're very happy).

I guess that you feel that they are not winning the AD war, but they are there. Nice to meet an employee of the great company of Akio Morita!:)

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I was thinking about the Ezybox by Lastolite, but in Norway it is quite stiff in price.

I have a pair of the 24" Ezyboxes, they're quite sturdy and easy to set up.  I expect the quality of light is no different from the cheap ones, but the build quality and durability of the Lastolites are very good.

Thanks Neuro. I also went to their website and looked at an instructional video, and it seems quick to set up. The one I found in England (ebay) is 54cm, so a little bit smaller than yours? but by the looks of it a great size for outdoor portrait. For indoor I have umbrellas.

Have you also tested the grid that you can buy as an accessorie?

G.

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