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Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:38:56 PM »
My reason for recommending a Canon DSLR is that the DSLR is still by far the most versatile camera you can buy as long as you're not wanting something you can put in your pocket - which I don't think the OP is necessarily requesting.
The X100S has a leaf shutter, a flash that adds perfect fill, a built-in ND filter, much cleaner shadows than my 5D3, optical viewfinder + EVF, etc.  It's very versatile, and in ways that my Canon DSLRs cannot match.  It's not just about size, but it beats my DSLRs in that area too.  Both are great, but for different reasons.

What do you think of the x100s' AF, quod? Do you think it's fast enough for chasing a toddler around the house? (I'm not considering true action shots; for that I'll stick with my DSLR.)
Thanks!
Daniel

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor ( somewhat adrift)
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:42:48 PM »
However in my opinion - this is becoming less and less about photography - and more and more about PP and graphic design.

Where has all that crop vs FF discussion gone?  :P
I understand PP is a philosophical rather than technical argument and that there will be no winner.
Take for instance David Nightingale's B&W work. It's terrific. (I highly recommend this course of his: https://www.udemy.com/the-art-of-black-and-white-photography/) He manages to get B&W images that really stand out, even though they're not accurate representations of the real scene. There's a dull photo of a wrecked ship that he converts to B&W with such a dramatic sky that you think it's Noah's ark and the flood is about to come. It's far from an accurate representation, but it looks rather good. Right? Wrong? I don't care.
On the other hand, I've learned through the years that correcting in PS is not my thing. I'm not into removing power lines from an image; it feels (to me!) like cheating. I do crop to hide a few things, however... :)
To each his own, but to me it works like this: I like PP when it helps you get something that you could not achieve in camera, but I'm not fond of it for "correcting" things.
I like this one very much, from Zack Arias: “If you find yourself out shooting a client and you’re sayin’ in your head ‘oh I’ll just fix that later in photoshop’ stop what you’re doing and slap yourself as hard as you can.’”
Cheers
Daniel

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:28:19 PM »
Might be worth checking out some of the images produced on crop sensors in places like 500px. Here's a link for starters:

http://500px.com/search?q=Canon+550D

FF is disproportionately expensive, but if you can afford it and if you get more pleasure from it, why not ?


Man, don't you ever post a link like that again! Now how can I blame my camera for the lousy pics I take? :)

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 70-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:36:34 AM »
70-400 2.8 IS .

this. hahahah, for an arm and a leg. (...)

I'd suggest keeping both arms and both legs, as you will end up with a heavy toy... :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:37:29 PM »
If it actually focuses on moving subjects it will steal a lot of DSLR sales. I LOVE my X-E1 and the Fuji lenses, but if I am heading into a situation with moving or otherwise difficult subjects, I grab the Canon every time.


Good news for you!  :)

http://www.keithlowphoto.com/2014/01/fujifilm-x-t1-launched-lots-of-sample.html?m=1

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:34:33 PM »
I think it looks great, almost clean at ISO 800, no matter how manipulated it was.
Even ISO 6400 is pretty acceptable.

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_t1/sample_images/img/index/ff_x_t1_012.JPG

Cheers,
Daniel

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Canon General / Re: Deals at Adorama: 600EX-RT, Canon EOS 6D kit and more
« on: January 28, 2014, 01:39:11 PM »
And the elimination of line-of-sight for slave triggering is a godsend.

Yes, that alone makes it worth it!

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Canon General / Re: Deals at Adorama: 600EX-RT, Canon EOS 6D kit and more
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:37:54 PM »
Isn't the regular price irregularly high?  ???

Depends on your needs and budget. I find these flashes to be highly useful and think the price is well worth the functionality and feature set.

I agree, but what I meant was the regular price shown here seems to be a little higher than what I am used to see, supposedly to make the discount seem even more attractive than it really is. Not sure, though.

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Canon General / Re: Deals at Adorama: 600EX-RT, Canon EOS 6D kit and more
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:28:08 AM »
Isn't the regular price irregularly high?  ???

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: Anything shot with the EOS-M
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:18:06 PM »

First shot right out of camera (not a great work of art!).  This was a JPEG and I cropped to post here.  Full manual (f 7.1; 1/200, iso 100).  A bit too dark for my liking and the histogram is a bit to the left.  Think I'll tweak some to the right for the future..  But, the IQ is very reasonable.

Damn, the moiré!   I'll have to test out my M on something similar.

Have you opened the original file?
I couldn't find any moiré after opening the link and viewing large.
Cheers
Daniel

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Congratulations to our famous friend Marsu42! :)

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Landscape / Re: First time in my Life will be on Cruise Ship
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:02:40 PM »
Great aerial shots!
I like the sunsets, too!
Thanks for posting, my friend!
Daniel

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Landscape / Re: Sepia trees on snow
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:20:00 PM »
My first few shots with the 70-200 f/4 IS. Found a great deal on a used one before Christmas and have just tried it out now since getting the 6D. What a stellar lens.




That's great news! I'm also buying the 70-200/4 IS somewhen (probably by the end of the year).
Post some more pics!
Cheers!
Daniel

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I used the term wake up. I was referring to waking from sleep delay and not the power on delay.

Sorry, I read this as wake up from power off, please forgive me misunderstanding this.

Congratulations for the politeness!

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