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I have to be truly honest. I just got a 1DX about 6 months ago to replace my old beaten down 5dMK3 and I cannot honestly think of anything else I could want from a camera. It has great AF, great low light capabilities, excellent ISO quality. What else is there that you "HAVE" to have? To me nothing. I understand we will always want more in life but for me I have to say I am truly happy with my 1DX. Just my opinion of course, I know most feel differently.


The 1Dx is the last DSLR I purchase.  Famous last words, yes, I know, but seriously. 

As a hobbyist, I have never been more pleased with a camera related purchase than the day I started using this camera body.

Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:14:07 PM »
Another tip, get a set of multicoated ND filters if you want to shoot with speedlites during the day.  I stopped bothering with HSS since I found the power output to be really poor with anything but bare flash and my battery life really suffered as well.

I use a 3stop and a 6stop ND.

3stop ND for apertures from f/2 - f/5.6 @ 1/250 xsync in daylight
6stop ND for when I want to shoot wide open @ f/1.2 @ 1/250 xsync, or when I need to bump my ISO to 800-1600 for fast recycle times or more power.

Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:17:39 PM »
Thanks for all your responses!

Having both is certainly ideal, but I find myself forcing to choose one or the other. Shooting on a 7D, when using a long lens for shallow DOF, I need to stand further away from the subject and the lightstand. In windy conditions, the lightstand gets blown over all the time  :-\ Sure I could use a sandbag, but it's a lot of extra weight to carry. My wife already dislikes the idea of me carrying lots of gear when we go out.

So I like to put my foot on the lightstand, which needs to be relatively close to the subject. In that case, I'll need to use a wider angle lens -> reducing blur.

I guess the ultimate solution is to go full frame!

if you need to stand further away, just PP your stand out if it's in your shot.  I do that all the time when I need an environmental portrait with a wide angle but want to light my subjects with strobes.

In regards to sandbags, I generally leave those at home unless I know I'll be "shooting from the car".  My gear bags are heavy enough to play dual roles and generally keep stands in place when needed.

And I disagree about FF being the ultimate solution (for lighting).  I actually prefer using my crop sensor M when I'm using speedlites in broad daylight since I don't need to stop down as far for DOF, giving me faster recycles and more headroom in regards to flash power.

Your photos are superbalicious, btw. LOVE that DOF, and the lighting is excellent! :D
Thank you kindly! :D

Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:11:12 PM »
Hi all, my first post at canonrumours!

For portraits where you have time to mess around a bit, if you had to pick between shallow DOF or off camera lighting, which would you choose? Which technique alone do you think makes better portraits?

I choose both!

why force yourself to choose between one or the other?

Lighting / Re: What modifiers (sizes) are speedlites good for?
« on: June 05, 2014, 02:14:01 PM »
I don't do much with my flashes, but every now and then I would like to try it a bit more (not professionally, just play with it and learn something). I recently booked a workshop that should have been my first studio/model shoot experience, but it was canceled just two days in advance, so I thought I’ll use the money to buy some lights/modifiers and learn on my own as until now.

I was googling some cheap alternatives as I don't feel like investing much now, but I want something more than my smallish DIY boxes. It seems that I could go with some fluorescent continuous set, or just buy something that I can stick my flashes into.

Start small, it's easy to overdo things and walk away confused after many hundreds or thousands of dollars later.

If you go the speedlite route, start with some 43" umbrellas (shoot through and reflective) and master those.  Then work your way towards other modifiers to change up your light.

Between bare flash (with or without gobos) and umbrellas, I'm pretty much able to shoot 85%-90% of what I want.

Here's a simple shot I took of my boy, 43" shoot through umbrella from above and 43" silver reflective umbrella on axis.  There's not much to it!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:14:01 PM »
Oh no! What do I do?
I don't have any complaints!

complain about not having any complaints?  ???

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: This Is How You Sell a Used Lens !!
« on: June 03, 2014, 02:19:55 PM »
aaaaaahhahahaha  thanks for for lols!

Lenses / Re: New 70-200mm MKII DUST!
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:09:34 PM »
yeah, try and exchange if possible.  but if it doesn't work out, don't sweat the small stuff (says Roger)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:55:25 PM »
hey that's a fantastic idea!

oh wait... i absolutely love my 1Dx and M

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 01, 2014, 11:22:48 AM »
I actually like the 6D better than the 5D3 since the 5D3 does not support interchangeable focus screens in the firmware; if you ever plan to use fast lenses the 5D3's lack of high precision screen will be a handicap in nailing focus.  While the 5D3 does have superior autofocus, I am going to wait until 5D4 or 6D2 and hope one of them supports interchangeable focus screens like 6D... or I'll just buy 1DX! :)

One of the first things I was going to replace was my focussing screen for this reason.  But in actual practice, I found I didn't miss the high precision screen because I can nail f1.2 on outer cross type points all day long, with total accuracy.

Now if you are using Zeiss or other MF lenses, yes, you will absolutely need to replace the screen for any sort of viewfinder accuracy at apertures wider than f2.8!

EOS-M / Re: Another great toy for EOS-M
« on: May 27, 2014, 03:57:02 PM »
Dear Surapon,

I use the touch screen all the time to change focus points for stills and video, and select zoom ratio, etc.

How difficult is that now with the hood now in place?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cps gave me a 1dx and falling in love
« on: May 26, 2014, 05:38:05 PM »
This is my first 1D body and I have to say despite the weight, it is way more comfortable to shoot with not only with large aperture zooms but with short lenses like the 85 1.2 or 35 1.4

the 40mm pancake is the only lens I prefer on my 5D.  And if size/space is a tight restriction, I ditch both for the M.

Lenses / Re: Polarizing Filter to reduce light advice.
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:34:12 PM »
You want a Neutral Density filter to cut down the light transmission so you can drop your shutter speeds to match your X-Sync.

When I use a 3stop ND, I can typically shoot at f/2 @ 1/250 outdoors on a sunny day so I don't have to use high speed sync.

A variable ND works great, but can get pricey.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600-ex-rt upgrade?
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:30:33 PM »
... and likely very expensive.

my gels cost next to nothing and take almost no effort to use

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 USM IS L (not Mark II)
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:53:35 AM »
Mk I is awesome.  Biggest advantage of mkII is the improved MFD imho

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