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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:47:52 PM »
I am trying to improve my sports photography and I am hoping that the expert opinions which abound on this sight can provide me some pointers. I am shooting with a canon 7D, Tamron 70-200 2.8vc, Settings SERVO and AF POINT EXPANSION, custom white balance.

The Arena lighting is.....terrible and my shots are not as sharp as I would hope as I frequently have to adjust to ISO 2000. I also posses a 6D which is able to handle those higher ISO levels but trades off the frame rate.

ISO 2000 is the max(imo) for the 7D so if you're shooting with a 70-200 at ISO 2000, f2.8, and 1/500 and it's still too dark, then you have no choice but to switch to the 6D and shoot at ISO 3200 or 4000. (with hockey you should ideally expose to the right anyway 1/4 to 1/2 stop to see under their helmets a little bit better)

"shooting to the right" is important in hockey, check your histogram.

for hockey, 1/500 is a bare minimum when lighting is terrible.   1/640 is ok/fine, 1/800 or above is ideal.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:36:34 AM »
Thanks for all the comments. Some really great advice here.

I think I'll go with just maybe 2 primes. Think it might end up being 24mm and 100l (because I love macro).

And pack my compact for days when life is more important than ultimate iq

Yes, and also take plenty of vitamins. ;D

I'm also planning a trip and I am tired of lugging all the big gear (and worrying about it being stolen from the hotel room ) so I'm looking at something small and light with great IQ....the Fuji x100s.

So if you're itching to buy something new for the trip, the Fuji x100s would be my recommendation....and leave all the pro gear at home.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:01:40 AM »
Wants to buy a 03xxx lens - very sharp, same click click sound. Go to another shop, get a 08xxx lens - sharp also, same click click sound!

At the the noise indicating an issue or not? Did someone buy it such lens and kept for long time? How this evolves?

It's too soon to know.  I've had mine for 10 months and it has a faint clicking sound, but no other issues....images are wonderful.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:57:27 AM »

Tex....Interesting pictures, but no story to go with them?

OK, breify, 5PM, I get home from work dog tired, change into jogging clothing (shorts and t-shirt, it's 90 degrees here).  I then lay down on my bed, you know for a second.  30 min later I wake up to smoke.  I run around the apartment and no, it's not my place.  Out on the balcony, white smoke from down the street.  Out of my fully stocked camera bag (2 bodies 4 lenses, flash and iPad), I grab my 5DIII and 24-70.  Stick it in a small backpack and head out to see the small fire/go jogging. 

By the time I get there it's more intense, flames from the roof, but one small place.  Snap a pic, and then go into the adult learning center next door and start telling people to get out.  Most argue, there's no fire here...  The school shares a wall with the burning place and no windows look straight at it.  Then flames start licking around the windows.  Now people get moving.  Back on the ground floor, i depart wit the students but spot the first TV camera to arrive.  I fall in behind him and start shooting.  By now, 50 feet high flames, sparks, small explosions... For the next 2 hours, I am a press photographer....  Nobody asked for creds.

BTW, I don't recommend this for others.  I am a Law Enforcement officer and have fire training from my days in the military, and from my current employment.  I am no fire fighter, but I can take care of myself.  It was fun.  Nobody got hurt. 

I farmed photos out to the local papers, websites, nobody printed even one.  You know what they did print 100+ blurry cell phone pics....   I had HD video, the websites ran vertical video from the cell cams.  Ah well.

Glad nobody was hurt....interesting story.

They're great my experience, I've noticed that the newspaper people are concerned much more with words rather than pictures....unfortunately.

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:41:36 AM »

In my opinion the Tamron 24-70 VC is better then the Canon version 1 and about 90% as good as version II at half the price. But if I had the money at that time, I would have still bought the Canon II again.

I just shot a baby birthday at an indoor restaurant in evening with 5D III and Canon 24-70 II and found some of the photo's had blur.  I had kept iso at 800 to get clean photo's with flash firing on camera (bounce), but on some of the longer focals >50 mm and group shots requiring narrower aperture, my hand shake got in the way.  Would the Tamron's VC solve this problem in practicality?  The more I shoot dim events, the more I wish my 24-70 II had IS  :-\

What was your shutter speed?  You probably should've doubled your ISO and shutter speed.   ISO 1600 is no problem for the 5d3.

Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:49:50 AM »
To those who say "Canon is not innovative," can now boast of Nikon innovation with ISO 409600. I do not know what use it but the marketing arrange one.
That's what caught my eye, too, and as someone who uses ISO 102400 on my 5DIII all the time, I might have to sell all of my Canon gear to get the D4S.  I think it will really help with my upcoming series - Coal Mines by Matchlight.  If I accidentally run into some methane, this might be my last post ;)


Will the screen still be green?   

This does nothing to the 1dx or would piss me off if I was a Nikon guy and I had bought a D4 anytime in the past year. 

1DXii doesn't become available until late 2015.'s a clear sign that the 1dX was the better camera...and Nikon had to do something to keep it's pros from switching, and to keep the first time buying a pro body "upgraders" from switching.

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:46:03 AM »
Sold the 24-105 to buy the canon 24-70 2.8ii...never considered the Tamron.

I live by one rule when it comes to buying most anything that I intend to own for the long better quality/brand..  (It took me a good decade or so to learn this).
A year or two from now you won't even know where the $ is that you saved by going the cheaper route, and you'll wish you had just bought the canon to begin with.

I agree with mrsfoto...the 24-105 is a great lens if you don't need the extra stop of light...but it's IQ is less compared to the 24-70 2.8ii.


I still have my 24-105, is it really that average? I keep reading reviews where people pay it out...?

I liked my 24-105 but I need the f2.8 for my use....and I find the 24-70ii a little sharper.  I do miss the 71-105 though..

Hello everyone !!  :)

I present you my new film !

You can see it there :

It was shot with a Canon 6D with Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L  + 70-200mm f/2.8 L.
I wanted to show you and to have your feedbacks.

Thank you.

And if you like it, please share it ;)


I like it!   What's it for?  HS football promo stuff?

you can put a 100mp sensor in a phone and a 10,000x zoom but you're still going to get shitty images with a shitty lens with shitty auto focus with shitty 1 second delay with shitty shitty shitty S___

hey lewis...tell us how you really feel.   8) ;)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:51:07 AM »

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Tex....Interesting pictures, but no story to go with them?


Thanks for sharing that.  It reinforces in my mind the unrealistic image sold to the public on theoretical transfer rates, when an upgrade from USB2 to USB3 yields a 5x practical speedup, instead of the theoretical 10x speedup.  That is 50% slower, which is nothing to sneeze at.

Yes...unrealistic, I agree.

Also, the same perception is being marketed by the card makers when you consider that most photographers are still probably using usb2.0, which means their 160mbs card is only transferring at 40 mbs!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:28:49 AM »
Shots from Florida and the like should be banned!  ;)  Here I sit snow-bound at -10 C and in spite of wandering outside today not a single bird of any description - well actually I did see a magpie far away. :(

Plus 1
I wandered through the local woods for 4 hours today, did not even hear a bird, nothing came to the feeders, too cold and windy.....

When I go down to Florida on vacation it's like a smorgasbord of birds and wildlife compared to up here in the cold north!

I need to buy some more compact flash cards and noticed that Sandisk have updated their range?
Is it worth me buying spending more on SanDisk Extreme PRO 160 mb/s or just stick with SanDisk Extreme 120 mb/s CompactFlash?

In addition to the burst rates folks have talked about, if anyone owns the 90Mbps, 120Mbps, and 160Mbps Extreme Pro CF cards from SanDisk and the Lexar USB3 CF/SD reader, I would be very interested in rough comparative download times to transfer data to a computer.  I have the Lexar reader, which I think is almost necessary if you want to put a large SD card in a Canon camera these days; the Lexar reader seems to perform pretty well on modern CF and SD cards, though I can no longer point to exact numbers because Rob Galbraith can no longer afford to maintain his CF/SD/XQD performance database.

Unlike others here, I do not have enough patience to wait for 200+Gb to download directly from the camera card by card, especially if some of the cards are SD cards.  :)

I suspect that the 90Mbps Extreme Pro cards are being phased out, and the current BHPhotoVideo sale on those is a clearance deal.  Just my hunch, but I think it noteworthy that Amazon has not come close to matching the price.

I just started using the lexar 1000x 150 mbs and that same card reader you's much faster than my 90mbs Sdisk cf card when using USB 3.0.   I don't have specific times to quote you but I would guess that compared to USB 2.0 and my 90mbs card, it's roughly triple the speed.   Also, when using my new mbook pro with SSD, it's even faster.

I just found this after a google shows transfer speeds using USB 2, 3, FireWire, and thunderbolt.   I didn't know USB 2 maxed out at 35mbs?  No wonder my new MacBook Pro SSD USB 3.0 loads so much faster than my USB 2.0 iMac.

I am grateful for your post.

Will this card--

Transcend 400X - 64 GB Compact Flash Memory Card TS64GCF400

--the Transcend Blue...does it have sufficient speed for the 5DMk3 when shooting RAW?

I cannot figure out whether this card is UDMA 6 or 7...

the link here-- confusing to me.

90mbs read and 60mbs should work great.  There isn't much practical difference between udma 6 and 7 for most photography.

The only comment I would make is that 64gb is a pretty big card, do you need to take up to 1000 raw images at a time? 

If you do, then personally, I'd rather have two 32gb cards (for about the same price)over one 64gb card.   It's always good to have plenty of back up cards available, and 32 Gb is still quite large.  IMO.

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