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Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:27:30 AM »
I know I am in the minority....but I would NEVER have a Facebook page.  The reasons are just too many to list....WAY too many. It's just not a safe or very intelligent thing to do. Truly.

Safe? Intelligent? Aren't you the guy who took a photo walk on the Jersey shore during the worst hurricane NJ ever had????

Just kidding, Bob!! I know you're smart about everything you do, and those hurricane pictures are still the best I've seen anyone take regarding that disaster.

This Instagram thing has me puzzled. They certainly have a right to change their policy (and I and everyone else have the right not to participate), but they must think two things:

1. Most Instagram users won't care and will even be flattered that some corporate entity is using their images. "Wow, dude, Frito-Lay is using one of my snaps in their TV commercial -- awesome!"

2. The quality of photography has fallen to a level that any kind of junk is now acceptable.

This is really huge news. I'll be watching to see what happens. If there is no mass rebellion, it spells real trouble in the world of image ownership.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body $1599 at B&H Photo
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:27:08 PM »

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It was around that price this time last year -- but it didn't have all the extras thrown in. I came within a click of buying it then.

This is a great deal!! A lot of folks might be hard pressed not to buy it as a second body.

Not quite. It was 1999 last year with a CF Card and a little Lowepro bag, from B&H. I got one. I kept a pretty close eye on sales last December, and I didn't see anything lower than that.

You may be right. I don't remember well enough to say for sure. But I seem to remember it was the week between Christmas and New Year, and it was lower than $1999.

Either way, doesn't make any difference. My 5D3 arrives tomorrow. I've been suffering the AF of a T2i for almost three years now. What a relief!

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EOS Bodies / It's Christmas Eve !!
« on: December 17, 2012, 07:51:43 PM »

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I just checked the tracking number and found out my 5D3 will be delivered TOMORROW !!

Hadn't expected it until end of week. Isn't B&H just the best!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body $1599 at B&H Photo
« on: December 17, 2012, 06:19:05 PM »

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It was around that price this time last year -- but it didn't have all the extras thrown in. I came within a click of buying it then.

This is a great deal!! A lot of folks might be hard pressed not to buy it as a second body.

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The file name says Mt. Washington. The highest in the east is Mt. Mitchell.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Book/Reference guide for 5D mark III
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:14:22 AM »

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As P80 said, this seems to be the best currently available:

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Mark-III-Experience-ebook/dp/B007RGWZVM/ref=cm_cr_dp_asin_lnk

I'll be reading it too.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 03:29:52 PM »
So here I am thinking to myself, there is a 6D out there, a 5D Mark III, etc etc. and now I have the 7D, what should I do.  But I make piece with that and start hunting for a list of must have gear if you own a 7D and surprisingly, there just aren't things like that out there.

I have a family, I take pics of them.  We go places, I take pictures when I go places.  So from a stills perspective, The only thing I have right now is a 60D kit lens and a 7D body and a battery.  Looking for a little 'christmas wish list' advice from some 7D owners.

I suspect there are not lists like you're looking for because people do different things with cameras. Anyway, given what you've said, here are a few thoughts:

1. Mount Smokey gave you the best advice with the EF-S 17-55 lens. It' got a good range. It's fast. It's got IS. And you'll get extremely hig IQ pictures.

2. As with any good camera, you'll need a second battery. Keep a spare charged so you'll never run out of juice when you want to be taking pictures.

3. Make sure you have good fast storage cards. Lots of excellent sales happening now. The 7D can flip along at a good FPS pace -- good for getting pics of moving kids.

4. The 7D has a flash so unless you're doing more than fill or serious lighting a flash wouldn't be high on my list.

5. If you're traveling around and doing some scenery you may want a good CP filter, once you've decided on what lens you'll be using for such things.

I think that's the basics. Next tier, I'd go first for one of the 70-200mm L lenses.

Have fun.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Massive Nikon D600+24-85VR Deal - $1996
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:36:44 PM »

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Seems like no more than a minor irritation to me.

You set it on continuous and keep pressing the button while you watch a mindless football game and drink beer. After 3000 or so (clicks or beers, whichever come first), you clean up the sensor and start taking pictures!



That is indeed a massive discount, but the D600 does have a massive problem: apparently oil spots will accumulate on the sensor for the first 3000 shots. This according to a post by Nikon Rumors:  http://nikonrumors.com/2012/11/29/the-oil-spots-on-the-nikon-d600-sensor-seems-to-disappear-after-3000-shots.aspx/
 
To me that is a deal breaker even at this price.

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I think the issue is either incorrect exposure settings or metering mode.

Vignetting will not this much low exposure.

What is your metering set at? Do you have it set to spot metering?

Did you AE lock the exposure?

You might also want to check your exposure compensation it is set to the left? (EC)

Try Av mode @f2 and Auto ISO and evaluative metering... do you have the same issue?

These are the things than come to mind for me. First thing I'd do is AV mode, auto ISO and eval meter to see what ISO and shutter speed the camera is picking.

Aside from this issue, it's good to see a lot of posts from new 5D3 owners -- obviously lots of folks are getting them now. Mine comes next week, and I'm not looking forward to the whole setup and learning experience.

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Technical Support / Re: Mirror fallen out of 5D - self repair ?
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:53:36 PM »
On the positive side, you now have the full-frame mirrorless camera everybody is waiting for.

That's great!!

Also, you don't have to fool around with all that focus and metering falderal. Put it on manual, point and shoot! Probably get more "art" shots than a room full of photography students that way!

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:51:03 AM »
The 16-35 definitely covers a wider range of focal lengths, which is useful for certain purposes, but the 14-24 is theoretically better in every aspect except for the focal length in the long-range. Here's the main question: would a photographer get the 14-24 for the wider focal length and better performance, or would a photographer get the 16-35 for the versatility in focal length? I'd definitely pick the 14-24. Any day. It just offers so much more!

I don't see the photojournalist crowd going 14-24. Everybody else (who can afford it), hell yes!

Some photojournalist will certainly get one of these.  Sometimes you need to view everything that's happening but you still want to be as close as possible to your subjects.  I'm not saying the 16-35 can't do this.  All I'm saying is that you can capture more with 14-24.

That number will be infinitesimally small. Even with a Reuters budget, imagine trying to convince the bean counters you want a lens that's $3000 (instead of $1500) because it widens to 14mm rather than 16mm. I don't see that happening. And for the stringers, you'd have to be damn successful (monied) to add that to your expense side.

Also, the 24 limit is going to scare pros. I think they feel constrained enough with the 16-35 already, but I'm guessing that's what photo editors want. Given the overall IQ with that lens and the digital sensors, they can crop 80% and still have an image viable for 99% of what they need. (Try that with film!)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:31:43 AM »
Anyone want to buy my 16-35 II? :-)

I'll give you $500 cash for it today, Bob. No questions asked!!

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Here's an example of a 7-bracket shot with a 5D3:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/indymcduff/8258668732/#

If you have questions, Indy is a good teacher.

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Portrait / Re: Food pics - help required
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:00:00 AM »
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Food photography is one of the most challenging forms. I've tried and never done well at it. I've talked with people who do it professionally, and the range of things that are done are startling.

One thing I surely agree with is RL's DOF comment. I see a lot of food pictures with narrow DOFs, and to me it looks awful to see the front of the food look great and the rest of a beautiful entree turn to unfocused mush. However, I think that may be a current style so it may be acceptable.

Just as an example (you can see a lighting setup) here's an interesting video of professionally photographing a burger:

Behind The Scenes McDonald's Burger Photo Shoot Small | Large




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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:23:36 PM »
The 16-35 definitely covers a wider range of focal lengths, which is useful for certain purposes, but the 14-24 is theoretically better in every aspect except for the focal length in the long-range. Here's the main question: would a photographer get the 14-24 for the wider focal length and better performance, or would a photographer get the 16-35 for the versatility in focal length? I'd definitely pick the 14-24. Any day. It just offers so much more!

I don't see the photojournalist crowd going 14-24. Everybody else (who can afford it), hell yes!

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