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EOS Bodies / Re: The Ultimate Question - Buy a 5D MKII today or wait?
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:07:52 AM »
while i agree with you completely, i am interested to know why you chose to shoot that shoot at iso 4000 and f3.5 rather than iso 3200 and f2.8? considering the 70-200 has very little benefit to sharpness in stopping down relative to wide open.

It was a deathly quiet lecture, and I was directed not to shoot excessively to avoid distracting the audience with "clicks".  That said, I knew going in that my image count would be low.  And, as expected, my first sort yielded only 87 high quality "keepers", which will probably be cut down to 40 or less final images that are passed on to the client.  For a client that typically sees 200+ images for my event work, this may come as a surprise (but they understand the shooting limitations).

So... since I knew my shots would be a "one and done" type approach, I dropped the aperture down to improve focus and maximize keepers.  f/2.8 owns when I can shoot as much as I want, but when I can only shoot a couple times a minute - I need to know my focus is on 100% of the time - and f/3.5 gives me that extra security of knowing my DOF won't miss in those types of strict shooting environments.

Just my $0.02.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed?
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:03:47 AM »
What makes you so sure about this?


Given today's announcement of an over-priced ($2,299) and under-performing (non-IS) 24-70mm lens, with a whacked out (82mm) filter size... I have no confidence whatsoever in Canon right now.  I really wonder if Chuck Westfall and the design team are sitting around smoking dank doobies off the profits from all the 5DMKII sales, talkin' about how rootin' tootin' their 21MP flagship is, and how all they need to do is make few "tweaks" and price jumps to beloved gear like the 24-70 to stay competitive.  Prolly a few lines of blow tossed in for good measure too.

This "high end DSLR" coming in "late February" better be gawd damned facking mind blowing considering the D800 and today's joke of a fahckin joke lens release.  Otherwise... I'm gonna start shooting porn with polaroids, selling it as "high class art" and slapping $4,500 price tags on prints for enlarged pictures of hairy vadge.


How's that for a fahckin rant??????????

EOS Bodies / Re: The Ultimate Question - Buy a 5D MKII today or wait?
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:52:39 AM »
I have been renting cameras for sometime now or using my t2i. I went to buy a
5D Mk II today and could not pull the trigger out of fear that a new one could be released anyday now? As we all know this is an ongoing problem for many canon users looking to upgrade at this time so I want hear people thoughts.   Buy a 5d MK II today or Wait?

I got a 5D during the Xmas sales and I'll never regret it.  For $2k it's the best frickin' bang for your buck for any DSLR on the market right now. 

Shot last night... 4000 frickin ISO... f/3.5... dark auditorium... 100feet away... 70-200mm lens at f/3.5 (IS on)...

You just can't beat that for $2k right now.  Get the MKII -- you won't regret it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 - Sample Photos
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:58:19 AM »
the landscape images i saw look not better then the ones from a 5D MK2.

so im still skeptical.....

I don't think you're understanding my argument...

It's not about being "better", it's about pixel density and DPI.  Stretching a 22MP image to a 6-foot wide print is worlds away from stretching a 37MP image to a 6-foot wide print.  The less stretching required, the better clarity on the resultant print.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 - Sample Photos
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:38:13 AM »
But those fingers are a bit noisy... :)

That hand is outside the DOF...  look at the hand on the opposite side of the frame.  Tacky sharp.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 - Sample Photos
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:26:40 AM »
and how many couples order billboard prints?

if i read here in this forum i wonder how there can be room on this little planet for all the big prints people do.  :P

I regularly print 62" wide fine art landscapes - and sometimes bigger - for gallery and corporate sales.  I use PrefectResize/Genuine Fractals to get the image sizes I need... but I'd prefer to have more pixels provided natively out of camera and less stretching to do in post.

Because of this I, for one, see a huge need for 36MP+ in a FF sensored body, so long as the quality isn't compromised and I'm sure many other fine art landscape photographers agree.  Now Nikon is proving it can be done.

My curiosity is certainly piqued.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D800 - Sample Photos
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:20:33 AM »
I'm considering switching to Nikon mainly because i'm sick of the Canon autofocus.

Don't get me started on Canon AF.   :-\

. I am still a "prosumer" and have not to this date sold any prints for any money.

so what do you need 36 MP for? im puzzled!



EOS Bodies / Canon CPS Preorders :: Gold vs. Platinum
« on: February 06, 2012, 12:42:17 AM »
I saw in the 1DX Update that Platinum CPS members get priority ordering on the 1DX body.  But, my question is, do Gold members also get an opportunity once the platinum notifications have gone out?  Or are they just like any other member of the general public at that point?

United States / Re: Lens suggestion for a 1600 budget
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:01:53 AM »
Buy a used 70-200 f/2.8L IS (1st version)...

Take the left over $200 and get a battery grip.  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D for studio work
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:49:49 PM »
But I do have both a 7D and a 40D, and IMHO (and yes I get flamed for this, but I'm not alone in my opinion) the 40D has superior IQ (specifically sharpness.)

I've run acorss this sort of statement several times.  I think there's a technical issue at the root of this - the 7D has a higher-resolution sensor and a stronger AA filter to go with it, and thus the resulting images require a bit more sharpening in post. 

I think this is why we may actually see a 7D - or some other crossover body - as the "high end dSLR" in February before a 5D.  The 7D has gotten panned across the board for IQ and AF issues.  There are still people who stick by the "you're-just-too-stupid-to-understand-the-powerful-7D" mantra, but dozens of reviews and tests show that "fuzziness" and lack of clarity in resultant images is a repeatable and very real issue on the 7D.

Furthermore, the fact that Canon continues to service my 7D for images quality issues, totally free of charge and well outside of my warranty window, says a heck of a lot about what they must know internally regarding the problems with this body.

Let's keep in mind, the 7D was really a first for this type of body from Canon.  Some bumps along the way were to be expected, and as first adopters many of us had to accept the issues that often come with a brand new model.  I expect a 7D mkII to be vastly improved... I'm sure Canon expects the same.

Lenses / Re: *HELP* Alternatives to Canon EF-S 10-22mm
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:15:41 AM »
Don't forget, the Tokina 11-16 mkii is coming this spring...,2995.msg63705.html#new

I'd wait for that if I were you. 

This is the most exciting CR news I've seen in ages.  I'm actually more excited about this  rumor than a 5D mkiii.  Why - you may ask?  I had terrible auto-focus issues with the Tokina 11-16 on my 7D, going so far as to get Tokina to admit it was a real issue.  Which they finally did, almost...  check my blog post on this issue:

If a true update is in the mix, I'll be looking to pick one up as soon as it drops.  Tokina's 11-16 ultra-wide is legendary, I just want all the AF points to work.  Granted, I typically use it in manual focus mode, but a lens should be compatibale with all of a body's focus options.

Just my %0.02.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:48:33 PM »
Shoot... Shoot... Then shoot some more...

+1... +1... +100...


EOS Bodies / Re: What do you want from the 5D mk III
« on: January 05, 2012, 12:18:14 AM »
I'd like it to be weather sealed.


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