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Landscape / Re: HDR bracketing
« on: July 22, 2011, 01:32:38 PM »
The Promote Control was what I was looking for, although a little pricey.  It does more than I need (time lapse ,etc) but maybe something I can tell the wife I want for Christmas... Thanks for the tip gferdinandsen!!

Landscape / Re: HDR bracketing
« on: July 22, 2011, 12:10:35 PM »
For some reason, the last time I looked at the 1D's (not that I could afford one), I saw only 3 exposure bracketing... Just checked at dpreview and I stand corrected, thanks for pointing that out.  I was a little worried that my friends with Nikon's would be able to do it on a D300s while no Canons could.  I hope the guys at Canon begin to incorporate this into other bodies (it is only a coding issue, I think). My buddy has a remote that does timed exposures, I wonder if that would do auto-bracketing without the need for touching the camera at more than 3 exposures.

Landscape / HDR bracketing
« on: July 22, 2011, 11:52:59 AM »
I got a question for all those HDR lovers out there.  With Canon, one can only do auto bracketing (whether shooting in Aperture Priority or Manual) for three exposures.  For a lot of scenes that I come across, this seems to not capture the entire dynamic range of the scene.  My question is: How do you compensate?  Do  you manually expose 9 brackets and hope you don't bump your tripod or nothing dramatic changes in the scene?  Or, do you deal with only 3 exposures and if so, what is your typical range of compensation (ie +/- 1,2 stops etc)?

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 20, 2011, 06:51:17 AM »
I didn't see what sink comes in this lens kit...

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm 2.8L
« on: June 12, 2011, 08:30:11 AM »
I used HDR for both of them.  My wife and I were down there over Memorial Day weekend.  It was really hot and bright.  I would like to use a wider lens for that place but I do not have one... L lenses are what I am addicted to and they are expensive!  If you took your pic with the 24-70, then you should post it as well.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm 2.8L
« on: June 11, 2011, 07:52:55 AM »
Which pics did you take?  The first or second.  Sloss Furnaces is an industrial photographers dream.  Almost unlimited access to everything!

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm 2.8L
« on: June 10, 2011, 04:27:45 PM »
Here are two shots with the 24-70 from Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL.  The first is at 46mm and the second is at 24mm.  Both shot with a 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you want from the 5D mk III
« on: April 07, 2011, 12:40:41 PM »
As an owner of the 7D and no full-frame as of yet, I think I would be hard pressed to upgrade to a Mk III without better autofocus.  I do not utilize the tremendous speed the 7D offers so 4 fps would suffice, I think.  If Canon does not deliver this with the Mk III, I would probably wait until the 1Ds Mk III's got cheaper and buy used (not good for Canon).  I would be going FF for better noise and DOF so a higher resolution than what is available would not be necessary. 

Aside:  To those wanting the ability to change crop sizes, Nikon does this with its 'dx' lenses similar to Canon's 'EF-S' lenses.  The problem with Canon doing this, is that EF-S lenses allow the rear element to stick farther into the body because a crop sensor camera uses smaller mirrors (according to what I have read about this).  That being said, one would not be able to put an EF-S lens on a FF camera because it could hit the mirror.  Cropping the sensor might make it seem like you are getting a tighter shot, but all you are doing is changing the image before you get it to the computer to do the exact same thing...

Lenses / Re: Yet another help me choose a lens topic. [24-70 vs 17-55]
« on: December 28, 2010, 01:55:04 PM »
After reading through all of your comments, i am going to add in my two cents.

I own most of the items you are discussing: 7D, 24-70, and 580EX

My wife is a wedding photographer and loves this combination of setup although her arms are usually very tired after a weekend of shooting (she weighs about 110 lbs).  Her shooting partner just upgraded from a 50D to 5D mkII and would compare the images from her 17-55 2.8 to our 24-70 and would consistently complain about the image quality of her lens and camera setup.  Here are a few things to keep in mind about what I have experienced with our equipment:

If you are worried about dust, the L lens and 7D body would be your best combo.  We have had the camera for about 6 months with 10,000 actuations with no dust problems at all.

The 24-70 has a hood that is appropriate for all focal lengths but the drawback is that it is a very LARGE hood. 

We did a bridal portrait (with me as the assistant) using a 430 and 580 combo.  We were only using the infrared controls (no radio poppers) and the range for the flash was about 15ft.  That was on the long side and I had to make sure the 430's infrared receiver was pointed at the camera or it would not fire more than about 5ft away.  The in camera wireless control will probably be about the same if not slightly worse.  Saying that, I would suggest going with the 580 if you can afford it and have not already bought the 430. 

Another poster suggested going down to 1/30s or slower with IS but you need to remember that if you are shooting events with moving people, it doesn't matter how good your IS is if your subjects are moving. 

We have also shot with the 10-22 that supposedly has L series glass but I was very disappointed with the image quality out of that lens compared to the 16-35 mkII we tried out. 

Hope my information has helped you.  Also, our local Best Buy had both the 7D and 5D you could try out.  The guy let me take it into their theater room to see the high ISO performance (just something to check into if you are interested as our local photo store does not carry those cameras).

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