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Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 19, 2012, 02:19:28 PM »
now that i'm on my usual computer i can see things a bit better. I don't have any exp with that lens, is that level of IQ normal at the long end of that zoom? it's just that it really would seem to me that 1/250 should be enough to freeze the action, yet nothing looks all that great. isn't not quite apples to apples but from my past exp with panning shots i had to get the shutter speed well below 1/250(dirt bikes at a much slower clip, but at a MUCH closer range) more like 1/50 or slower usually to get a good bit of movement.  but there are many variables.

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Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 18, 2012, 10:56:17 PM »
i'm not at my "real" computer so i don't even know how to look at exif data with this thing. Are you using the servo focusing mode? what camera body was this shot with? mostly the thing that i see is that nothing is really in great focus. perhaps from your panning? looking at the shot i wouldn't have thought that there was much panning needed. he's not really moving across the frame or anything. i don't have a 24-105f4IS, does it normally handle panning okay? i bet it does, just wondering.
 also, can you take me with you to the race. one of the last with Rossi on the lame duck ;)

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Landscape / Re: The Ship
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:34:44 PM »
you flipped it. hmmm, maybe that's why dxo was refusing to straighten out the horizon for me. they all look pretty cool to me, just down to taste. now that i see the original though, i think you should have hit that ship with a 580 or a reflector for some fill  ;)

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Landscape / Re: The Ship
« on: August 16, 2012, 06:54:21 PM »
i'm lazy AND busy. one click.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff - PimpYourCam.com
« on: August 15, 2012, 09:15:40 PM »
by getting a kick out of it, i mean many, if not all of you will laugh. it's just a hood, and it was getting scuffed up anyway.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff - PimpYourCam.com
« on: August 15, 2012, 09:13:14 PM »
you guys would get a kick out of the 70-200 lens hood my artist friend painted. i use it all the time.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How rugged is my 5D Mkiii?
« on: August 15, 2012, 09:06:20 PM »
sorry, but i've read about it happening from a few different places. http://www.luminous-landscape.com/index.shtml this is the only one i can remember exactly. it might not be in the 5dmk2 review. one of the guys was on a photo cruise in the arctic and lots of guys on the cruise had 5dmk2's and the mist or fog really did a number on them. just letting you know.

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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower. Share your photos.
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:47:13 PM »
Yes, that shutterboss looks very handy. maybe sometime i'll purchase such a device and give myself a break, but for now i just can't bring myself to do it. yes, i understand that i could run up against movement issues with longer times, but as far as exposure is concerned, a few seconds here or there on a 60 second shot doesn't mean much. really a few seconds here or there at 30 seconds isn't a problem either. i doubt there is a "hard limit" to how far you can go before star trails are a real problem, but nevertheless i get your point.   yes, 16-35 or 24 ?...hmmm. gain 2 stops with the 24mm and lose 16-23 and 25-35 and the sweet 7 straight aperture blades? not yet anyway.

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Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 15, 2012, 07:51:09 PM »
Bought loads and loads and returned a fair bit of kit also. mostly i returned used gear that i felt wasn't up to par. everything has always been awesome. really, they have been perfect. a 1/2 mark better than b&h, only because b&h makes you write a little letter explaining why you are returning an item. not that they question your motives or anything, it's just one little thing they do that eats my time, that adorama doesn't do. otherwise both are excellent.

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what paul said. they should give us an hdmi cable for hooking the camera up to a tv directly as the composite jack looks like crap. anyway, have no fear, your video probably looks just fine, you just need to either view the files directly on a computer, get an hdmi cable, or burn the files to a disc to view them on your tv. assuming your tv is capable of HD, and nearly everything is now. again like paul said, unless you shoot video in you tv's actual resolution your monitor will convert it to what i can display, and that reduces quality. sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower. Share your photos.
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:29:01 AM »
I wasn't able to get out for any shots this year, but i too have shots of the ISS. That's currently my thing. As for focusing, the first time i manually set it to infinity then dialed it back the slightest bit. it was okay, but i've gotten better results leaving it at infinity. i'd like to try manually focusing using the magnified live view, but i'm either so hard pressed for time, or i actually forget that my camera can do it. the the 5dmk3 is my current camera. the 5d had been my most current camera and i forget about some of the bells and whistles i now have access to. I've mostly been shooting around f2.8/f4 iso800 30sec, usually always to the stop at the wide end of my 16-35. I adjust for clouds and ambient light and stuff. when i want longer exposures i use my kitchen timer! I just can't bring myself to drop another dime on something like that(the fancy timer release), besides at 30sec+ what's the difference between 40 seconds or 42?I've been back and forth for a long while now about selling my 16-35 to fund a 24mm 1.4, but so far haven't as there are lots of things the zoom can do that the 24 can't. either way it's a compromise, and so far i've just stayed put. so if i post a few ISS shots here under the meteor heading i won't get a spanking?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How rugged is my 5D Mkiii?
« on: August 08, 2012, 06:57:14 PM »
i'm not sure how tough the 5dmk3 is, but it feels pretty tough. I good bit tougher than my 5dmk1, yet totally sissy next to my 1dmk2. I've seen the 7d subjected to lots of stuff, like the above video and lots of cold and practically being encased in snow. Yet I've read many reports of 5dmk2's that died with only a slight mist in the air.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: FoCal likes the mk3 AF
« on: August 03, 2012, 09:25:30 PM »
i'm right there with you, I've pc desktops and mac laptops. 50x focal length? not with my desktop.

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i'm picturing you in the dark on a boat with your camera on a tripod trying to focus on a fish in the black water.   if that is the case i'm afraid that's just never going to happen. not until they use some other focusing methods at least. B&H and Adorama are awesome, and i don't blame you for trying to return the gear, but at this point that's pretty much insane to think that they should take it back. That ship has long since sailed. I really have no idea what the shooting conditions are like, but you probably just need some lights. I couple Alien Bees einsteins( FWI a shoe mounted flash is about 60Watt seconds for comparison with every doubling of power netting you a "stop")with their lithium power supply cost almost nothing compared to the 23k you dropped on the rest of your gear. if you are in the dark it'll make more of an impact on your photos than whatever camera/lens/etc you're running.   23k=1dx+some flashes+? 
  really, this does sound like interesting stuff though. night fishing and photography that is.

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