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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell a spare 5d3 for 1dx?
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:12:00 AM »
I am considering getting the 1dx for manual exp comp, better tracking, cleaner iso images 3200-6400, more customizable features with the second mn function button.

Is this worth $3k+ to you?  I think the biggest gain with this upgrade would be 12fps, but I get the impression these are more wants and nice-to-haves. 

Get 16-35 2.8 ( for landscapes, large groups)
More backdrops, lighting, etc
300mm f4 is
1.4 ext iii
Canon 8-15 f4

Based on what you like to shoot, I think you can do a lot more with the above.  The 1DX and a 50 aren't going to let you do a whole lot more than what you're likely capable of shooting now.

Lenses / Re: so finally
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:32:37 PM »
that's what happens when I go in to buy some guitar strings. 

come back out with a "free" guitar  ;D

Without documentation, there's little else you can do except take the seller's word for it.  I would have liked to know why the sensor was replaced.

Did they say how many actuations have cycled?  Is the viewfinder relatively clean?

If everything checks out, seems like a pretty solid deal.  You can always sell the 50 and those RRS L plates are really nice, and can run well north of $150+ by themselves (depending on the body)

Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:38:04 AM »
Do what makes the most sense here - use the tripod collar.  No idea why on earth someone would tell you otherwise.

I use the exact same setup as you and it works great.  In fact, without using the collar, the whole rig is pretty unbalanced.

Dear Surapon,

I wish I was as strong as you!  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF Guide 1Dx renewed
« on: May 02, 2014, 05:29:08 PM »
I don't believe any of the content is new.  Just formatted for tablet/mobile devices.

Thank you nonetheless!

Canon General / Re: My weapons of war.
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:52:47 PM »
looks like you need a bigger table  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:32:10 PM »
Can someone help me understand why foveon sensors are a big deal? 

I get that the 3 layers can do away with moire and other false color noises, but this tech doesn't feel like a game changer, and rather a small evolution of what we currently use now.

Photography Technique / Re: On-Camera Flash Technique/Gear?
« on: April 30, 2014, 03:59:08 PM »
     Just did my fourth professional shoot (a Bat-Mitzvah) and the results were the best I've yet done.  Haven't yet ventured into off-camera flash, but used a variety of "bounce" tools (simple diffuser, small soft-box and on-flash bouncer).  My camera's a 70D and flash is the 430EX II.
     Are there any other recommended tools/techniques like brackets, etc.?  Off-camera seems like it might be tough while remaining mobile.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I might like to stick with on-camera.
     Thanks for any discussion.

I prefer flash off camera, but when if I'm forced to to stay on the hotshoe, I really like using the spinlight360

Here's a link to Niel Van Nikirks review/useage video


Unless you are really trying to save space I don't understand why you should shoot in JPEG, because even if you shoot in RAW batch processing to JPEG only takes a couple of minutes. Also, with the 5DIII I can shoot both (my wife gets impatient about posting pictures as soon as they are shot- long story).
So Dylan, why DO you shoot in JPEG? I'm curious.

Can't speak for Dylan, but I have a friend who shoots sports.  He shoots 10fps on his Nikon all day long for an event and has to hand off images right away.

shooting a lot of macro lately using low iso with speedlites, so crop factor/extra working distance is so much appreciated.  I've also been flipping my camera upside down on a tripod for low level shots, and that's just so much easier to do with a tiny camera.

And truthfully, the touch screen for liveview MF is awesome.  The focusing point touched by a finger is so much faster and more precise than the joystick nub along with toggling between magnification levels effortlessly.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:39:24 PM »
Blemishes on the filter sitting atop the sensor can easily be seen at f22-f32, the apertures I use to map sensor dust.

Misery loves company I suppose...


(Granted they have not published Q4 financials.)

Technical Support / Re: Canon 6D battery issue (?)
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:10:53 PM »
Has auto shut off been disabled?

Canon OEM battery or 3rd party?

...Scratch that theory, just shot with my buddy's 70-200 II which is less than a month old and it does not record serial numbers either in bridge.  Oh well!

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