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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: SLR-like raw shooting cam - suggestions?
« on: October 15, 2012, 05:52:48 PM »
Hello all,

I am considering to get a  bridge cam with raw shooting ability just to carry around when not having any intention to photograph (yep, missed a couple of shots lately as I did not have the 5D2 & co with me ::)). Versatiliy would be good so have been looking at lumix fz-200 as constant f/2.8 for a 25-600 equivalent zoom sounds handy also at the sx50hs but not sure how good the images from 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensors can be. Also cosidering large sensor compacts like the G1X but, as I mentioned,  a little more reach would be preferred. I am not very familiar with the products in these segments  so wanted to ask whether anyone has any suggestion/advice...

Cheers!

S100, G15, G1x, or G12. All are good options.

If you don't have flash accessories, look at the Sony Rx100. If you do, I'd stick with a canon system.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X DXOMark Sensor Scores
« on: October 15, 2012, 05:46:01 PM »
The Canon  brand fanatics writes about   arguments regarding why something suddenly not important anymore (when "their" brand suddenly is not the best  ) this  take quite comical proportions ... Some very active writers, among others here at Canonrumors's are direct rabid - this despite the notice that they are intelligent enough to see the connections, there is an instinctive religious barrier that prevents them to see what's right in front of their eyes ... :-)


Lol, and this is the same dude who didn't know that the nikon 51 Point AF hasn't changed much since last generation.  :-X

no , it is the same man who  wondering on which the basis and facts  Nikon's AF would be inferior to Canon
and  who never discusses AF because it would take a month to verify the results.
Your interpretation is therefore incorrect and based on your own conclusion

Ignorance is bliss for fanboi's like yourself.  ::)

Canon 61 pt AF > Nikon 51 pt AF. done.

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I'm facing the upgrade dillema - should I get a second hand 1Ds MkIII or a new 5D MkIII...

For almost eight years now, I'm shooting with a 1Ds MkII
and I'm thinking that maybe it is time to replace it. :)

It is still doing a good job and my clients are happy, but...



I almost exclusively work in the studio, or outdoors in the range of 100-400 ASA.

I'm only interested in the image quality.


Can someone describe in detail, the differences in image quality between 1Ds MkIII and 5D MkIII?

Virtually Null. If anything, the 5D3 files can take more beating in post.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X DXOMark Sensor Scores
« on: October 15, 2012, 03:38:27 PM »
The Canon  brand fanatics writes about   arguments regarding why something suddenly not important anymore (when "their" brand suddenly is not the best  ) this  take quite comical proportions ... Some very active writers, among others here at Canonrumors's are direct rabid - this despite the notice that they are intelligent enough to see the connections, there is an instinctive religious barrier that prevents them to see what's right in front of their eyes ... :-)


Lol, and this is the same dude who didn't know that the nikon 51 Point AF hasn't changed much since last generation.  :-X

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Hi folks,

Wondering if you can suggest some sites or books. I want to learn how to "read" or interpret photographs to troubleshoot the technical side of the image. In other words, what am I looking for to tell if there are problems/limitations with the sensor, lens, AF, light metering, etc.

Will take suggestions on composition too, but want to focus on the above.

I am new to the DSLR way of doing things. Currently using a T2i and FF in the works.  I still have my Nikon FE2 from the early 80's but looks like it is retired now.  Haven't shot anything since the early 90's.

Thanks.

As for technical stuff, I wouldn't know much.

As for compositional stuff, I can actually recommend kenRockwell.com. Just ignore all the crap about his technical reviews but pay attention to the compositional advise he has. It does make sense.

I also recommend a visit to the thrift stores around you and visit the used book section. They tend to have alot of film photography books that teach composition, Which is timeless.

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These are obvious catchlights. Any reflection off a light source will show them.

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currently using Sandisk Ultra (probably their slowest card now  :-\ ) on my 5D1.

i find this combo to be very slow for writing speed (don't really care for reading speed).

and seeing these Extreme (not Extreme Pro) CF cards goes for $35 for 8GB at B&H, wondering if running one of these faster CF would benefit me at all? or is it limited by my buffer? which seems to be small?

I shoot Jpeg most of the time now becoz of this, shooting Raw is really lagging.

i assume the 5d2 and 5d3 has larger buffer, wondering what user with older Canon body like mine are using and want to hear their experience.

Thanks!

Yes, You should get better cards. I used Sandisk Extreme 16gb cards on my 5Dc and I Never hit the buffer much and when I did, It was cleared quickly.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unholy Trinity of Non-L Primes?
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:00:31 PM »
I've always heard photographers that praise a photographer for collecting either a 35/50/85 or 24/50/135 lens collection. Those are really really great lens and I've only got to spend 30 minutes with a 50 f/1.2 and I ultimately fell in love with it.

Is there a non-L prime trinity out there that offers the best images?

Like this is what I'm thinking, if I were to get the non-L versions of the 35/50/135 lens is that a good enough prime collection?

As the owner of the 24/50/135L prime trinity, I can say its the most practical setup I've ever used.

But if you don't have the cash, I would do this setup

5Dc

28mm 1.8
50mm 1.4
100mm F/2

I can do 90% of all my work with those 3 lenses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« on: October 13, 2012, 10:56:56 PM »
So I have been lusting after a 1dx for a while. Almost, (but not quite), have the funds for it. But I'm not sure I NEED it. I currently have a 7d and 5d3.

I have three options.

Sell the 7d to help fund a d800e purchase, then shoot my 5d3 along side d800e for work and pleasure. I figure they compliment each other pretty well. 5d3 for low light, candid shots (Im a wedding photog) and speed, then the 800e for posed portraits that would print large, and macro.  plus i really want to do more landscape work (non paid).

option 2, sell the 5d3 to help fund a 1dx. Its a 1dx. Awesome. Do I NEED it? eh. Would it be a dream come true? YES. SO i would shoot my 1dx at weddings, and almost never touch the 7d. so I'll have one camera and be switching lenses all the time (like I do now, why touch a 7d when i have a 5d3).

Option 3. Buy neither, keep saving, and someday, in the fairly distant future, get a 200 f2. Dream lens. Would use it for posed portraits, but not candids as I love to be able to zoom during ceremony with my 70-200 2.8 is II.


I know shooting duel systems can be a pain, but I like the idea of being able to buy just about ANY lens, no limits, best of both worlds type of thing.

Thoughts? Experiences? Would the 1dx just be SOOOO awesome that I wouldn't even touch a d800e if i had one?

Jeez, I dont know how large you'd want to print with the d800e. You can make huge prints already with the 5D3 and don't see the use for the D800e for just portraits. Landscapes is something else entirely.

As for the 200 F/2L, That lens will take you portfolio to the next level. Its an amazing piece of glass.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III, or 6D+7D combo - your thoughts?
« on: October 12, 2012, 05:16:35 PM »
I have a 7D and love it.  I primarily shoot my kids sporting events.  Football, volleyball, basketball, track.  Indoor/Outdoor.

Here is my dilemma.  I want to buy a FF camera to do more portraits, landscape, etc.  Do I sell my 7D and get a 5D III, or keep my 7D and get a 6D for a second body? (I couldn't justify the cost of the 5D III unless it could replace the 7D as well)

With the 5D III, I really only give up a couple of FPS vs the 7D and some reach which I would probably only miss in football.  I gain much better ISO performance for the indoor sports like volleyball, where the 7D can struggle (even with an 85mm f/1.8 I need ISO 3200 which honestly is poor on the 7D).

I know many of you have owned a 5DII & 7D combo and have some experience with that.  For those of you that moved to a 5D III - did you find yourself still using the 7D much?

I'm not in a hurry.  I want to wait out the release of the 6D and see the reviews, and decide if I would go with the 6D vs. a 5D II (new or used).  So, maybe next spring I would pull the trigger on the FF.

Once I moved to my 5Dc, I used my 7D less. When I got my 5D3, My 7D hasn't really been used much at all.

Once you go FF, Crop is rubbish.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DxOMark Sensor Performance: Nikon vs. Canon
« on: October 12, 2012, 05:11:07 PM »
All these 35mm DSLR's have pretty similar IQ at reasonable ISO's.


Nikon D800 | ISO 100 | 1/100s @f/11:


Canon 5D Mk III | ISO 100 | 1/100s @f/11:


... and that's at 800px web size.

Inevitably, someone's going to wonder why I severely underexposed the photo & then lifted the exposure; rather than getting into the logic of why I did that, I'll just post the following comparison, where each camera was exposed so as to not clip the red channel in the sky near the sun. Shadows were then lifted to reasonable levels for viewing:



I don't know what you do to your files but my 7D even when heavily processed, still has enough detail to make a full-res print.

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Lenses / Re: Which Prime: 50L or 35L?
« on: October 12, 2012, 12:18:59 PM »
50L Would be my choice, but thats me. Heres Pt.1 of series Im working on, you may want to look at it.

http://ramonlperez.tumblr.com/post/33253428138/fast-prime-shoot-out-pt-1-85mm-1-2l-ii-mini-review

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Portrait / Re: First Portrait Shoot!
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:29:27 PM »
Not bad, The only tips I can offer is watch you backgrounds as some were distracting and secondly, IMO the person is the most important thing in a portrait. Environmental portraits are nice but too many can take away from the person.

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I am seriously sitting here ready to pull the trigger and order my 5D Mark iii.  I have L glass and currently shoot with a T4i.  I do just fine with my camera and LR4, but know that the FF be a better choice, especially for my indoor event photography.  If I was ready to order this last month or the month before, i wouldn't be worried about anything, but this close to Nov, I have to wonder if I am going to be angry with myself for missing the next 2750.00 type sale.  Typically, do these sales begin early Nov or closer to black Friday/X-Mas?  If B and H only drops this camera by 100 or so, I won't care, but saving almost 800 bucks had I waited 2-3 weeks would def make me regretful.  I know it shows a 5D3 in my profile, but I had planned on having it by this week...LOL Everything else in my profile I own now.

Wait for the 2750$ deal. I managed to get my 5D3 for 3099$ and it was the best choice ever.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5Dc as an entry for FF? yay or nay?
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:28:53 PM »
Thats pretty good for 3200. I never got shots with this low grain/ noise on 3200 on my 5dc...

Did you nail your exposure's?

Also, the larger the format of film, the less critical it is of the lens you put in front of it.

I think I did... infact I was looking at some of my older shots and I have visible grain in the well exposed areas (100% views ofcourse) at ISO 640... I deleted a bunch of older stuff yesterday and I saw one that showed this phenomenon. I don't think I had a defective body... it took amazing shots at below 400 ISO.

I just expected it to trounce the T2i in 1600-3200, and it did not seem to do so...

I did love the Viewfinder though compared to the T2i. I like the Auto ISO on the T2i, makes shooting on the go so much easier.

Do you have any examples of excessive noise @ 640?

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