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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  ;)

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

EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff -
« 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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff -
« 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Lens Help: 16-35mm or 17-40mm for video?
« on: July 29, 2012, 08:05:15 PM »
so you are planning on using the 24-105 on the 5d, but you feel that you want something even wider. wider for what, the crop frame camera, or the 5d or both? are you sure 24mm on FF isn't wide enough for you? is f4 fast enough? want to loose IS to go wider/faster? Personally if i was in a dark enviro doing interviews with your gear i'd think about a 50mm 1.4 and or lights. ... since you have the 50mm 1.8 probably lights. yeah, i probably didn't help you any. sorry.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 5D3
« on: July 29, 2012, 07:52:28 PM »
I really appreciate what your doing here, but unless i'm mistaken and i could very well be, isn't f22 well into the effects of diffraction? isn't the 1dx's diffraction limiting aperture a bit smaller than the others in this test? Does that give it a bit of an advantage? Personally i doubt there is much in it in terms of IQ,  but under a scope the 5dmk3 should squeak out a win. But if the camera isn't focused, isn't even there due to the conditions, or just plain isn't fast enough to get the shot everything else is meaningless, and on that accord i'm sure the 1dx get's it done. I am very surprised to read how the 1dx's focusing is either the same, or something on the order of 15% faster. That's weird as my 1dmk2 is like an alcohol dragster compared to my 5dmk3. Oh it misses from time to time, but while the 5dmk3 is (relatively) slowly changing the focus to the correct setting, the 1dmk2 just jumps right there. like it didn't adjust, it just went directly to the correct focus position. bang! Then again it's lost in low light while my 5d and 5dmk3 are much better. Thanks again for your efforts here, i bet many eyes are on this thread.

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