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Sports / Re: Girls Soccer Game
« on: October 20, 2012, 01:19:18 AM »
You nailed the focus.  Good job. 
You were just on the wrong side of the field.  You should have the sun at your back,  and in the faces of your subjects, not the other way round.  Here the subjects are back-lit, which is about as bad as you can make it for you.

Lenses / Re: DXO - lens reviews - 300mm f/2.8 IS II - that bad ???
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:06:55 AM »
Yeah, well they ALSO say that the 70-200 f/2.8 Mk II is worse than the Mk I !!! 

They are entirely alone in that view, as far as I can see from all the other sources I have ever seen.

Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:25:21 PM »
Perhaps he went over to the dark side and picked up a D800.   ;)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS 7D Magic Lantern Alpha Available
« on: October 13, 2012, 08:58:41 AM »
Canon should either make these features themselves or else they should show up in a limo with a big briefcase full of cash and buy out the Magic Lantern folks.  That would all be a nice innovation they could have over Nikon even if they didn't come up with it themselves.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Future of APS-C
« on: October 09, 2012, 01:55:11 PM »
Do you even shoot FF? APS-C in NOT the lousy equivalent to FF. Go ahead and try super tele on FF. You'll see just how lousy it really is to shoot FF compared to a good old 7D!

Yep...my 1D X with a 600mm f/4L IS II.  Just plain lousy.  Crappy.  I should just chuck the 1D X in the bin.

Comparing the 7D to the 1D X with a supertele, the 1D X has a significantly higher AF hit rate than the 7D, and the 1D X images cropped to APS-C framing are at least as good as the 7D uncropped, albeit with fewer MP.

Honestly, I'm wondering if I will keep the 7D (the answer is probably yes, at least for now...a backup body is nice to have, but if a 7DII comes I'll consider it, unless I've replaced it with a refurb 1DIV in the meantime).

Yes, you have a $7,000.00 camera body and just one of your lenses costs $13,000.00.  I am certain this combo works well and gets the job done.  For that price it had better be at least somewhat better than a setup costing 1/12th of that price.  And even at 1/12th the price, most people (not on camera forums) still find crop DSLR rigs to be too spendy when their camera phone is so good nowadays. 

Unless Canon (or anyone else) can find a million new hyper-uber-hobbyists to each spend $40,000-$50,000 or so on kit, they can't stop dealing with crop bodies and those who buy them. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 70-200 OS
« on: October 07, 2012, 02:57:19 PM »
Looks like if I can get hold of a good copy of Sigma 70-200 OS, it will pretty wonderful. But have to cross the hurdle called Sigma QC....

It might be just a marketing response to what Sigma itself must realize is a perception that they lack QC, BUT they did recently make a big deal about addressing that.  They re-released this lens in an "updated" form less than 2 years after releasing the last version.  And to much accompanying hoop-la about a new system of QC.

I wish Sigma could get its crap together and be what they could be.  Sigma could really be the one 3rd party/2nd tier outfit that advances to the 1st tier Canon/Nikon/(Sony?) level.  (I'd include Pentax and Oly on 1st tier if they had more DSLR market share)  Sigma makes their own cameras, not just lenses.  It is a large company.  They should/could be much better thought-of than a company like Tamron, Tokina, etc., but for now they remain lumped in together with 3rd party outfits on that level.  If they really can get a handle on QC, and then convince everyone that they have done so, then they could be a catalyst that pushes Canon and Nikon to innovate faster while keeping a check on prices too.

Astonishing technical achievement.  That lens costs $7,000.00 though.  Same as the M9 camera body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Better dynamic range than my 5DIII
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:25:35 PM »
I'll bet its video was crap though.

I can't picture it being the 1D size/pricepoint.  Seems like in the past the 1D bodies were not the megapixel leaders, as they focused more on IQ and durability and ergonomics, etc..

A fixed 200mm lens seems like it would have all the awkwardness of a much longer prime, but without sufficient reach to make it worthwhile.  I'd go with the zoom.  Especially on a crop frame.  You'd constantly have that feeling like trying to carry a 12' long board through a department store. 

You know the feeling, right?  Maybe that is a poor metaphor.

Lenses / Re: Are Primes really better for portraits?
« on: September 22, 2012, 11:42:51 PM »
I have learned (slowly) that using the max aperature of your expensive wide aperature lens is not often the sure path to sharp photos.  If  your subject is motionless (and well-behaved) then great, but if they are moving AT ALL, then, with a DOF of just an inch or so, it is tough to get a picture that is "sharp" on all the stuff on which you feel like you want to be sharp (both eyes, or even 1 eye vs. the nose or chin, etc.) .  Close it down a little, enjoy the nice cozy margin or error.

But then, I am shooting kids most of the time.

Not sure what +1 or +4 in-camera translates into relative to LR, but as I know the common rap on Rockwell is oversaturation, I assume that+4 is pretty heavy. 
In LR I generally leave saturation alone and use vibrance instead, usually about +10 or 20 ticks.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sony and hasselblad
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:27:06 PM »

Unfortunately, due to Hasselblad being privately held, little is known about its financial health. 

Generally speaking, if you can afford to hold your company privately, it's a very good sign.
99.9% of all companies are privately held.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 vs 24-70 II Outdoors Test! WHOOAAA!!!b
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:21:53 PM »
Sharpness is just awesome. The buildings on the center are probably 3 miles away and the 2 towers on the right hand side are over 6 miles away... Still there is enough detail in them and this is just a 70mm lens.
Check out the Subway billboard on the right... Unbelievable!I am not a landscape photographer but I used the lens for the first time to shoot a model. In another forum topic I complained about how many out of focus or soft images I was getting out of my 1D X. I was disappointed and frustrated. I must say that I didn't miss any today. ALL images are super sharp and the focus is spot on! I am happy again! The old 24-70 will be on ebay tomorrow!  :P

Here are the links to the comparisons... Just rollover the image to switch and prepare to be amazed!
If you are an outdoors photographer, the perfect horizon line and the sharp edges should be a life changing experience  ;)

One more Thing. Since the lens is brighter, it seems more light goes into th sensor, it is even better for low
Light situations. I would guess it's
Like 2 stops brighter. At the studio,  When i used to need ISO 640, today I used ISO 400! Same
Lighting setup! Awesome!

Hope u enjoy!






Holy crap!  A footlong for just $4.50!

EOS Bodies / Re: Is that really it for Canon at Photokina 2012?
« on: September 19, 2012, 10:15:21 AM »
What good are "laurels" if you can't sit back and rest on them?   8)

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