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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 31, 2012, 01:16:46 PM »
There's been some great images posted on this thread. Here's a few of ours to keep it going.

For those that are interested, legend has it that Robin Hood visited Roche Abbey to take mass.

Absolutely gorgeous. Nicely done.

I won't get into the argument over which is "better," but if you wish to make a video like the one posted on this forum, I will point out that the hero3 would be easier to wear on one's head than the 7D.  ;)

+1, I'd like to see the out-takes of that video.

Lenses / Re: Do other lenses compete with the "look" of L primes?
« on: December 27, 2012, 01:53:49 PM »
I love the 135mm.  It's a magical lens. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: New to video...advice needed
« on: December 20, 2012, 06:48:24 PM »
Buy this book:

Just trust me! It's simple to read but the information is super advanced. Ignore the stuff on film camera mechanics, but pay attention to the stuff on stops, fov, etc. The composition chapter is amazing. Even gets into basic lighting. You can find some of the same info online, but this book is sooooo much better.

A normal kit for cinema production is 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm (sometimes 14mm for on location or 135mm for some stuff), but that's for Super35. The focal lengths you'll need to cover for a "normal" kit are about 28-135mm.

So you're there. A 70-200mm zoom or 135mm f2 would complete things if you like that look, but you can shoot with the 35mm and 50mm alone or the zoom alone or whatever.

You WILL however need ND filters (.3., .6, .9, 1.2, etc.) and a polarizer. You want to keep your shutter speed as 1/50 and your f-stop no deeper than maybe f8 or f11 outside (usually) so for bright day exteriors those NDs are crucial. Most frequently ignored part of a complete kit, maybe. And get a nice fluid tripod, too.

+ 1 I have the same book and it is great.  Love the illustrations.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« on: December 20, 2012, 01:58:58 PM »
If I had a 35L, I won't buy Sigma 35mm.  The depreciation of 35L is not worth for Sigma 35mm.  I am planning to get the Sigma 35mm because I don't have Canon 35mm L.

+ 1

+ 1 for me too.  I don't have the 35L but I will get the Sigma 35mm.

1. Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L USM II
2. Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM II
3. Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM II
4. Canon EF 400mm f2.8L IS USM II (+ Extender EF 2x III)
5. Canon EF 600mm f4L IS USM II (+ Extender EF 1.4x III)

/ Stolpe

+1 all the way with these.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 05:39:19 PM »
+1 million

+1 million if you are into tracking fast moving objects subjects mostly.

But if you AF and recompose like I do... the 6D AF might even be better.

It will boil down to what you value more... The 6D will give you less noisy images across the ISO spectrum, and probably better IQ overall. Nice interface with a Tablet.

The 7D is noisier, but better AF points across the frame, it has faster burst.

Consumers/enthusiasts might prefer the improvement of images with the 6D, but pros might give a higher rating to getting a high % of keepers and fast action... might prefer the 7D.

If you DO end up keeping the 7D, then Mt. Spokane's lens list is a very good one. For me the 6D seems very enticing for non-pros, especially with the -3EV center AF point and high ISO performance that not only matches the 5diii, but sneaks past it.

I agree with the above.  IMO the only camera that competes is the 5D Mark III in terms of speed.  It also took me a while to get used to shooting my 7D.   Good luck.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:51:24 PM »
I want to win!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Conversion to Nikon
« on: November 14, 2012, 05:03:16 PM »
By the way, nice shot too.  Nicely done.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Conversion to Nikon
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:36:39 PM »

soooo, you're switching from a 1dx to a point-and-shoot?

someone, please give me the 3 minutes back i spent on this thread --  :-\


Animal Kingdom / Re: Wild grizzly bear, Glacier National Park
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:51:10 PM »
Nice shot.  Terribly jealous.............. of the lens.   I've put off buying one of these (used) because of the cost and depth of field issues that I've heard about.  Any opinions you'd care to share?

How much slower? Is it possible to put a time or percentage against this?
I have to admit I was unaware of this issue. I want to get a 5D3 next year but I will absolutly be using it in low light flash situations, off camera lighting not an option. Is this a show stopper?

It's not a show stopper, but certainly something to be aware of if your work involves shooting with flash in very low light venues. The other significant slowdown factor with the 5D3 in very dark shooting environments is the non-illuminated AF points. So while hunting & waiting for AF, you've got to somehow keep track of your black focus point. In a situation where people are moving even slightly, the black AF points and the slow AF adds to the degradation of the spontaneity that is so vital in event photography.

But lets be clear. This scenario only kicks in when you're shooting in very low light locations. Just about everywhere else, the 5D3 AF is just fantastic.


That's been my experience too.  I do BIF and miss those great shots with darker backgrounds which I used to get those with my 7D.   Thanks to the OP, because I thought I was being too critical of my own skills or was missing some setting.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens coat, any good?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:15:08 PM »
Hey CharlieB, that sounds like a great idea.   After hearing about gluing the pieces on AND not having 3 inches of it covered when it was extended made me decide to not get the lens coat.  Your idea is perfect and I have an ex-wife who can sew up a storm and I'll get it done. 

Greatly appreciate it and thanks for help.

Look! Basically it's almost always Murphy's Law. Either you wait in which case the price will not drop significantly and you may lose some nice photos in the meantime, or you get it now and suddenly the price drops! Your choice!!!  ;D  ;D

Alternatively, he can buy now and get something to go "click click" right away or wait but save money. A win-win, ain't it? ;D


Software & Accessories / Lens coat, any good?
« on: October 09, 2012, 12:34:29 PM »
I'd like to cover my Canon 100-400IS f4.5/5.6 with camo cover for both nature and urban usage.  The reviews I've seen (Amazon) aren't particularly good.  I'd like some reviews from first hand experience.

Any input is appreciated.

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