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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:57:32 PM »
My disappointment would be about the same as if the guy living next door woke up one morning and had to take a cold shower.

My shower is still warm and comfy.

I don't know if you have the luxury, but if it were me, I'd go out there and do a few test shots with different focal lengths, etc.

First thing that I see is those awful black/yellow zebra stripes will have to be minimized and removed in post. Second thing in my mind is this is a picture about the people, not the background. The couple should not appear diminished by the background.

I wouldn't do anything eye-level. I'd be shooting from somewhat below (not low enough for the nose-hair view) or on a ladder looking somewhat down. Is there water below the bridge? I'd place the models several feet in front of the arch; just seems more compositionally right.

If you get a shot with the ceiling of the covered bridge visible (shooting from low) then you might think about an off-camera flash to illuminate the woodwork in the ceiling. A light hidden behind the couple would work.

Think about a wide aperture so bokeh abstracts the trestling background. Given that the background is important to you, I'd go with 35mm or wider. The tilt-shift would be great, but I wouldn't do it if I hadn't worked with one before.

Just some thoughts, for what it's worth.

Did you buy a lens to make pictures or to measure distances?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:40:49 PM »
Mine arrived yesterday from B&H; all is in perfect order.

This thing weighs 60 pounds -- meaning at this price it's under a dollar a pound!!

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: July 02, 2014, 12:11:07 PM »
I like this a lot. Done with the Sigma 50A?

this is the best just because is the only one i shot ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon offers worst promotion...ever
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:20:33 PM »
Obviously not intended for the discriminating shopper.

As my dear old mother used to say -- more money than brains.

This is not a "shopping" issue.

It's an investment issue.

I may look at what people post, but I'm not participating in their program.

1. Unless I'm wrong, I don't know any way to process RAW files from the camera. So all you have to go on is jpg out of camera.

2. I'm not comfortable having a credit card dinged for $1000 until I send the camera back. Frankly, it looks like a sales gimmick dreamed up by one of the minor marketing demons.

Registration required, but free:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:53:22 PM »
I believe you can call AMEX and have them do a direct deposit to your bank account after you receive the card. This is what I've done with all my canon rebates. Takes another week or 2 but you have "cash".

Thanks, I'll try that!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: June 27, 2014, 02:10:43 PM »
They'll give printers away to sell ink.

Can't remember the last time (or ever) they sold large format printers for super low prices.  I'd say that your argument is invalid.

The fact that they've not done it before with this format printer hardly makes the observation invalid. Printer companies have frequently given printers away counting on future ink sales where margins are huge.

Anyway, I just ordered one through B&H, essentially the same deal. The $300 rebate is not precisely "cash back." You get a $300 valued American Express card to use -- apparently no way to get cash per se.

The B&H guy told me best results have been reported with the Pro Platinum paper.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:14:12 PM »
They'll give printers away to sell ink.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comes the next Canon's with a New X-Trans Sensor?
« on: June 26, 2014, 08:20:52 PM »
My X100S shots are usable to ISO 6400 and I can pull a lot more detail out of the dark areas in comparison to my 60D (or 5DIII) shots.  To me, it doesn't matter was DxO says because I see the results with my own eyes.

I've had the same X100S experience, and when I first processed the Fuji files I was pissed that a Canon camera costing three times as much gives me crap files comparatively. The Fuji files are a joy to process; Canon files are drudgery. When I have a choice, the 5D3 sits and the Fuji goes to town.

One sure thing I've learned from the Fuji is that I'll never buy another SLR camera.

Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:48:47 PM »
Ask and you shall receive.

I'm not in the unsolicited advice business -- the ROI is exceedingly low. However, if someone asks, I'll give them all the information and advice they're willing to take. Last time that happened I ended up doing an impromptu photography 101 class. A guy at an event came over to me, said he was new and asked me to explain dial modes, etc. Eventually, five or six folks had gathered round to listen and ask questions.

One guy even stayed after class and asked a lot of equipment questions!

Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:24:54 AM »
Sounds like you need some of that self-help, assertiveness training.

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