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Lenses / Re: Brand spanking new
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:40:53 PM »
I've never used the 85 so I can offer no comparison. But I will welcome you to the 135. You will never regret having this lens, especially since you say you do a lot of portraits.

It's my favorite and best lens. For me, nothing else comes close.

Black & White / Re: Portraits of Poverty...
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:25:41 PM »
Love your images -- very Walker Evans reminiscent.

Somehow I am troubled by your use of people as a characterization of "poverty." What I see in all these people is the dignity I always see in people who are poor and coping successfully with their circumstances. Living in community, as they are, is a great help, and I rarely see poverty of spirit or character with people supporting one another in community.

Poverty is not a bad thing. Like all challenges, it takes us to the core of our humanity -- do we survive, perhaps even thrive, or do we allow it to turn our hearts to stone? Poverty should not be feared. Any one of us could be financially destitute tomorrow. It's just a new day and somewhat more of a challenge.

Guess I would call them portraits of dignity or portraits of courage or something focused on the human achievement aspect.

Anyway, keep the good images coming. I love them.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:09:58 PM »
Time for a little geography lesson.
I'll start with a traditional American landmark-classic view, first poster to correctly identify wins a nickel....

I have to assume they are doing renovations/maintenance. Otherwise, I'll be rather alarmed that they're letting it run down.

And I hope you'll do it justice by going back in the spring and getting a picture with all the flowers in bloom.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:52:09 PM »

$15 each PLUS shipping!! B & H usually ships small stuff like this free.

I've endured the inconvenience this long.... For that kind of money, I'll keep enduring.

Canon General / Re: How well do you see color?
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:25:44 PM »
Hell, even being retired I don't have time for that.

People are actually sitting there dragging those chips around?

I'm going out and get some pictures!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 candle light High ISO (102400)
« on: February 24, 2013, 12:38:00 PM »
Thanks. Interesting to see.

The noise cleans up well, but as always, at the expense of detail -- not a bad thing here. The lighting supports a soft focus look.

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:45:50 AM »
It's starting to feel like a rudderless ship to me.

Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 23, 2013, 10:23:27 PM »
Its such a great lens....at a great price..I WANT IT!!!!!!! LOL! (In a Canon mount OF COURSE!!!!)

I'm with you, Bob. I think I'll be ordering one in the next month or so.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon finally Admits D600 Dust Problem
« on: February 23, 2013, 12:58:39 PM »
Even this does not sound like Nikon is willing to fully admit to the extent of the problem ... they refer to this problem as "in some rare cases"

Conventional corporatespeak. What else would they do -- use the Aso defense??

You have succeeded in tapping directly into my infuriation with utility poles, street signs, etc. I've been taking pictures of churches for 20 years, and it's almost impossible to ever find a clean shot. Always, there's one of those damn things in the way! And the B&W seems to accentuate it in this case.

So, from that perspective, it works.

Thanks for posting.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Long Term Review Fuji X100
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:20:56 PM »
No real interest in reading about it.

Loved your images.

Lenses / Re: Looking for new lens for vacation
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:49:38 PM »
Take your 70-200, and get either a 16-35 or a 17-40. Cover the 40 to 70 with a few steps either way.

If I were there taking pictures of you and family, I'd have the 17-40 on most of the time. Up close and personal with the people, and the backgrounds are all there and in decent focus. Five years from now you'll look back at the pictures, see yourselves AND get a good look at where you were.

If you want a fast prime, stay home and do the blurred-out portraits there!

Enjoy the time with the family!

PowerShot / Re: Comparable Camera to the Sony RX100
« on: February 19, 2013, 11:56:34 AM »
If you haven't done the Sony yet, you may want to look at the new Olympus Stylus XZ-10. Looks like a Powershot S100 knockoff.

Does my heart good to see when someone is generous with time and experience. This is a great little treasure trove here, and I agree.

Thanks, Paul!

My thinking is along the same lines. If you get a 40D now, you may (or may not) have to work a little less for good results. In the end, you'll be sitting there with two old camera bodies, and you'll be no closer to the 7D you really want.

It's not the body.  And the problems the body has aren't ones that the 40D will necessarily solve.

My 2 cents.

Get a x0D series for the better construction, better viewfinder, better ergonomics and better control.

If you are otherwise happy with your T1i then here's a couple of things to try first.

1: On all EOS cameras the centre AF point has the best performance.  Your T1i is no exception, as it's the only cross point.  Go into P Tv Av or M.  Select the centre AF spot as your only active point.

2: Ai Servo has a better chance of getting the action shot that one shot AF.  One Shot AF will actually prevent you taking a shot, unless the camera thinks it is in focus.  This will make your moderately fast camera much slower,  and the same would be true of a 40D or 7D or 1D.  So go to tracking AF (Ai Servo)  learn to track for a few seconds, burst burst burst, track for a few seconds, burst burst burst.

3: Consider your lenses.  Dark non-constant max aperture lenses are going to really hinder your AF system.  The centre AF spot becomes even more sensitive with lenses brighter than f2.8. Spend some money on a bright USM lens.  The 50mm f1.4 USM or 85mm f1.8 USM will let in loads of light and really boost your AF performance.  And if your AF is fast, your frame rate is up!   You'll get the benefit no matter your shooting aperture.  If you put slow lenses on any body, you are going to struggle.  If you are shooting action, you should be using fast lenses regardless of the body.

4: Consider your format.  Where are these pictures going to end up?  Are they going to be A2 posters?  Or 9x6 prints?  Do you really need to shoot RAW?  JPEGs, particularly smaller JPEGs without in camera effects, will get the most out of your cameras buffer depth.  RAW is a killer, and max resolution is often overkill.

5: Memory card speed. When your 500D came out memory cards were much more expensive.  Treat yourself to a class 10 card, if you haven't got one already.  This won't make your camera physically faster, but it will reduce buffer bottlenecks when you are piling on the frames.

So yes, there are reasons to buy a better body, but I don't think a 40D is the answer to your problems.
Brighter glass will probably be more effective, as will a look at your technique and settings.

I used a 400D for a few years and it was a different camera with bright glass on it.  Centre spot AF. Ai Servo mode. Bright USM glass, faster card.  Exactly the same advice I would give to a 40D user.

I don't get such info anymore. When I did, we were in the paper and pencil age.

A local newspaper photographer I know uses his cell phone. Goes to the person after taking the picture, enters name, age, etc. through keypad and sends it right to the paper's ed. staff. They then cross check with the reporter who also asked the subject for that information.

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