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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:25:22 AM »
Feedback is apreciated. :)

Luke Skywalker....I love them all!  Well done!

The only one I would've done something different with is the girl in the tree, I love the shot, just not the leaf over her right eye.  The setting and subject are so beautiful that I don't thin you needed anything more in that shot.

Darth

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I've never tried CL...now I don't think I will.

The last time I sold something I decided I didn't want the hassle of ebay /CL so I sold my E condition 24-105 to a local camera shop....I still regret selling it to them for their crappy offer of $450.   Oh well.

Sorry to hear of your troubles Rusty. :(



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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: December 11, 2014, 02:54:54 PM »
Taken with 85mm f/1.8 at: ISO 6400 | f/2.8 | 1/800
Great action shot. Perfect moment. Nice crisp focus.
I'd rotate the picture and square up the frame though unless you were going for the tilt on purpose. Those tilted bleachers make me a little seasick. Might just be me.

+1

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:46:41 AM »
A couple of studio shots of a Cosplay model. 


EOS 1D X, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM @ 63mm, 1/160 s, f/4, ISO 100


EOS 1D X, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 135mm, 1/125 s, f/7.1, ISO 400

Thanks for looking!

nice photos...even nicer looking gal!  ;)

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 11, 2014, 08:45:55 AM »
Japan Expo 2014 - San Mateo, California...





pookie....love the first shot!  :D 

really don't like the second shot!  :P

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS on sunny days and white jerseys
« on: December 10, 2014, 07:39:51 AM »
What happened Bdun?  Is the lens good now?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 10, 2014, 07:17:02 AM »
Great photos everyone. Here's one of mine taken yesterday. Great Egret & juvenile White Ibis - Canon 7DII, Canon 400mm f4.5L

Beautiful shot Jane!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 09, 2014, 06:22:33 PM »
I'm selling the (backup) 6D today, not because the camera is a dud (it isn't) but the user-interface is nowhere near what I would like.

I'm now looking at the 1DX while retaining the 5D3 as backup. Quick question here - does the fact that the 1DX is only 18mp bother you or limit you in any way? 

Cheers!
J.R.

18 MP is enough right now, but more MP could become important in the future as technologies change/evolve.  In other words, 10 and 20 years from now, you'll probably wish your 2012 1dx would've been capable of shooting at 36mp or 50mp as you're looking at "old" photos on your 100" 4k family TV.  :)

A 100" 4K TV is still only 8.2MP. TV's and monitors are so far behind camera resolution it is comical, and probably one of the reasons the MP race was abandoned.

PBD...i crop a lot, sometimes aggressively.  I have to, I'm a fast moving low light(usually) sport photog with no time to compose.    Many of my cropped shots look fine on an iPad, smartphone, or 27" computer monitor, but not so great on 60" and larger screens...at least not as sharp as I would like them to be.

I still say that 20 years from now technologies will change/evolve in such a way where you'll have wanted as many MP as possible when you look back to images you took in 2014.   

As you wrote one time in this forum, (and it was good advice) one reason for shooting RAW is so that you have all the information for future editing purposes, because future editing capabilities/technology might be much better or different than today.  :)  (similar story)

north

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Lenses / Re: The Long and Short of it. 2 Photos from the same Place
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:15:08 PM »
tex...i like your baseball shots!  :)

here we have the awesome 24-70 2.8ii for basketball baseline action.

three different shots from the exact same spot within a 6 minute window.

all shots at ISO 6400 on a 1dx


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:24:51 AM »
I'm selling the (backup) 6D today, not because the camera is a dud (it isn't) but the user-interface is nowhere near what I would like.

I'm now looking at the 1DX while retaining the 5D3 as backup. Quick question here - does the fact that the 1DX is only 18mp bother you or limit you in any way? 

Cheers!
J.R.

18 MP is enough right now, but more MP could become important in the future as technologies change/evolve.  In other words, 10 and 20 years from now, you'll probably wish your 2012 1dx would've been capable of shooting at 36mp or 50mp as you're looking at "old" photos on your 100" 4k family TV.  :)


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 07, 2014, 06:30:07 AM »
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I have both and shoot a little bit of everything but mainly sports. Obviously I use the 1DX for sports but even when I am shooting something other than sports, I first reach for the 1DX and mainly just use the 5D3 as a back-up or second camera. Last week, I shot a senior portrait and used the 1DX. I do use the 5D3 for video though.

I think we're all agreed that if we owned both bodies at the same time, the 1DX is obviously the better performer and would be the preferred choice on most occasions, while the 5D3 would be just about as capable in less-demanding environments. :)

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the 1DX is obviously the better performer and would be the preferred choice on most occasions,

Hi dash...I don't share that view.

Again, I have and use both.  Regarding IQ....

In good light for slow or non moving subjects, the IQ is about the same.  Don't get fooled into thinking anything different. 

If the light is poor, then the 1dx is just slightly better if you need to shoot at roughly ISO 2000 and above.  If you can get by with ISO 1600 or lower, there's not much difference in IQ.  (I've looked at many thousands of images from both in low light because that's mostly what I shoot)

So with those two statements made, the need for AF speed and FPS in fast action are the more significant advantages of the 1dx. Along with weather sealing. 

I was at a charity event recently where a pro photog was shooting the 1dx while speakers were talking....EVERYBODY would turn and look at this guy when he would fire that 1dx.  The 5d3 silent shutter is a big advantage in many situations. 

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Lenses / Re: What prime should I get?
« on: December 07, 2014, 05:28:08 AM »
So I've outgrown my kit lens (still having fun with my zoom tho).  I"m looking for a good prime.  I would do general stuff with it, but I like taking candid and/or portraits.  I would like something that does well with low light.  I had a 35mm with my Nikon that did that well.  I'm reading the 50 f/1.8 is cheaply built, might look at the f/1.4 or even the 40mm pancake or even an 85mm?

It sounds like you're on a budget, so get the 40mm 2.8 if you want something wider.....get the 85 1.8 if you want something longer.

These are both pretty decent quality lenses that will last a long time.

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Technical Support / Re: DIY. How to shoot the bird from the car.
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:03:58 AM »
Great idea Surapon! 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:05:12 AM »
Hi guys, I've asked for recommendations/opinions on various gear purchases from fellow users here and have always gotten great real-world advice. Here I am again with a buy question:

My old 1Ds3 is dying after serving me well for many years. I do mostly event coverage (weddings, graduations, conferences... generally "people doing stuff") that do NOT involve high-speed athletes or motor vehicles. All I really need is excellent low-light performance and good-to-great AF. Online research seems to indicate that the 5D3 can produce just as good an image as the flagship 1Dx under the same conditions. I don't need 14fps, I don't need extreme weather sealing, I don't need the 1Dx's extra AF speed. Does that mean the 5D3 is the right choice for me? Can anyone who own or have used both bodies offer a reason why a 1Dx would still be worth twice the $$$?

For the record, money is not an issue. I just don't want to spend twice as much for the 1Dx if I can achieve the same results with a 5D3 (the money saved can go to a new lens!). Thanks guys!

I have both, and use both.   Get the 5d3.  The only significant advantages of the 1dx are FPS, AF of fast action, and weather sealing.  It doesn't sound like you need those. 

Also, the 5d3 has the advantage of silent shooting....which might come in handy for what you shoot.

IQ is a about the same for both cameras for slow or non moving work.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 30, 2014, 02:27:29 AM »
I too am questioning the sharpness on my new 7D II. Today was the first day of shooting with this camera and here a re a few examples.

Ha...you're joking right?  That eagle's eye look plenty sharp to me.

Where was the focus point?  It does look like the branch and trunk in front of him are sharp too, and his body is not, which suggests the focus point might have caught that tree branch in front of him but the depth of field was great enough to get his eye in focus, but not his body?  Just a guess.

I also did an edit for you....simply food for thought.



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