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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strangest Tripod Substitute ?....
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:54:02 PM »
another human being

EOS Bodies / Re: MISSING Camera body feature
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:20:15 AM »
Or on the 1Dx, completely do away with One Shot and keep it on AI servo full-time with BB AF.

I haven't found One Shot to provide an accuracy advantage over AI servo for still subjects, and not having to switch AF modes is a breath of fresh air.

Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:41:47 PM »

your article on AF for fast action is superb.  Thanks you for sharing that!!

I just tried AF speed comparison between my 1Dx and 5Dc. 

Maybe there's a difference?  I dunno, I can't tell, they're both pretty slow going from MFD to infinity.

But for portraits, the AF on mkII is plenty fast enough for me.  Even if they released a mkIII that doubled the AF speed, that still wouldn't be reason enough to upgrade.

MFD and LOCA are the shortcomings in my opinion

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1dx vs Nikon d810
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:18:33 PM »
...but sharpness on 1dx is way better.

could it just be that the 85L is sharper than the 85G?  These types of comparisons are difficult to evaluate since it's not just the camera body under scrutiny here.  The 85G looks like it hasn't been AFMA'd or something.  If you look at the eyebrows on the 85G, they are sharp but OOF on the 85L.

I've never shot with the 85G let alone a modern Nikon, but my 85L is on par with your results.

EOS Bodies / Re: Any rumors on a new fullframe body for Canon?
« on: August 10, 2014, 02:30:28 PM »
Hi, I'm kinda in the middle of deciding on buying a full frame body. I'm strongly leaning towards a 6D, but being a 2012 body, I was wondering if 2014-2015 would bring a new fullframe. If so, I rather wait some more and buy a more recent body.

Is there something the current FF offerings won't accomplish? 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Setup AF for 1DX
« on: August 10, 2014, 03:34:52 AM »
Are you using an AF case best suited for your subject matter?

If dancers are coming in and out of your subjects field of view, have you tried case 2?

AF case 2 has become my default instead of case 1 as of late.

Photography Technique / Re: Storage Workflow
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:23:34 PM »
I have a portable drive I dump to at home, a duplicate network drive at work, and then my cloud backup.

I also tend to keep way more photos (RAW/JPG) locally on my laptop than I should, but it's handy to have access to them.  I don't consider this local storage as a level of legitimate backup however.

Unless you are shooting 36mp RAW files and savings as TIFFs or PSDs, storage hasn't been a problem for me - but that's probably because I'm shooting at a piddly 12-18mp  ;D

Photography Technique / Re: How to get eyes tack sharp?
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:07:15 PM »
Thanks for your replies. I tried this (with the eye of my wife ;) ). It works. But I can't with Al Servo. So when the birds moving, how does it work? Moving the camera?

I dont shoot BIF, but are you capturing enough DOF for your shots?

I can't explain why servo doesn't nail focus while one shot does for you, especially for a shot of your wife's eye who I presume is sitting/standing still.  I have been shooting AI Servo day one since I got my camera (1D) - never once used One Shot after extensive testing found the AF results to be identical for still subjects.

I would like to ask some tips on shooting outdoor family portraits, specifically in the park.
I will try to describe the scenario and hope you can share how would you take the picture.
The only tool i have are camera and flash.

the scene looks like this: Its on a park, there's green grass all over, one big tree, bright skies, hard sunlight,

My specific question is, would the use of flash be better? - i haven't tried and would like to ask for your inputs to get good shot - coz i find my pictures, if taken on shade, background scene is over exposed.
and if i take directly under the sun - light falls on the face too bright - should I use flash and over power the sunlight?

I went to the park last week with my boy and brought along an optical umbrella (which folds down to nothing) and a speedlite in case a photo presented itself.  Keep your setup simple.  My wife held the umbrella while I took this quick snapshot. 

I like to shoot with the sun in the back as a rim and use my flash to light the subject.  Don't be afraid to use a bare speedlite to fill in for harsh midday sun.  It doesn't necessarily look out of place or unnatural since the sun is hard light too afterall.

Do I need color gel for my flash, to balance color with sunlight.

I might need ND filter, to battle sunlight..?

No gels needed for daylight shooting, although I would consider a 1/2 CTO if you were shooting sunset so your skin tone matched the warm orange glow of the sky.

I used a 3stop ND so I could get my xsync to 1/250 while using a f2.0 aperture at ISO 100.  I suppose one could use a 6stop to boost ISO to 800 to get much more power/faster recycle from the speedlite.  I don't have time to play around with manual mode for child portraits so I shot ETTL +1.  Based on how long it took to recycle the flash, I'm guessing it discharged at 1/2 to 2/3 power manual.

Photography Technique / Re: How to get eyes tack sharp?
« on: August 02, 2014, 01:35:20 PM »
Taking pictures of birds?  Could be your shutter speed.  Sometimes spot AF works better if your target is something as small as a bird's eye.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:02:28 PM »
Photo backpack.  It just sits in the closet because it's too cumbersome to shoot out of, and I never find myself in a position to carry everything I own. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 30, 2014, 06:15:05 PM »

Another APS-C vs. FF rant, this time by Zack Arias:

I'm not remotely foolish enough to stir a debate so much as pass on something that will give the pre-digital-era photographers a smile.

- A

I wish all commercials were as fun as this one  ;D

EOS-M / Re: Arca Swiss plate for EOS M
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:31:02 PM »
Hi all,

My EOS M will be arriving in a day or two, and I'd like to get it paired properly with a small, arca swiss compatible plate that doesn't extend way past the body (like a typical DSLR plate would on the M)

Any one out there happy with the one they are using?  I'd like to keep it semi permanently attached to the camera, so not blocking the battery door is a must.


Dear BL
Here is another option that fit your EOS-M need for both additional grip and  Arca-Swiss Plate---And Cheap too.


Hi Surapon,

Yeah I'm rocking this right now and I love it!

Link for my review:

Craiglist is great for some stuff (not electronics!), but always meet in a very public place to avoid being robbed.

Craiglist is great if you're not in any hurry, as in you could be waiting for months lol
It's where I've had the best deals (both selling and buying).

But like macguyver says, meet somewhere safe.  I meet my buyers in the local police station lobby.

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