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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 06, 2013, 07:48:16 AM »
I also had terrible time with Adorama....... I was refused credit for delay in shipping.



I can't identify your order from your feedback, or how long ago this took place, but from the description of your experience we did not handle the situation as we should have done.
If you can contact me with the order number I can certainly see if I can get the shipping costs refunded right away: Helen@adorama.com

Helen...I've read some of your replies and I must say I'm impressed, it begs the question "who is this Wonder Woman?"  ;D 

Adorama is lucky to have you.


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 06, 2013, 07:42:43 AM »
Bornshooter, the cruelty of Youth "she looks fantastic,,,,for 42" Or My wife's favourite when she sees Photos of me in Uniform Circa 1969 "Oh, You looked so Handsome,,,Then".

But I loved the B&W of Rhonda, and she is Lovely,,,,for 42.

1Dx 85f/1.2 L II, Shot @ f/3.2 1/160th ISO1250

I'm still amazed at the ISO levels you can push this Camera too and still return usable Images.

I'm amazed by your images Eml....another great one!

I think I share the sentiment of many here when I say that it would be fun to tag along and watch you in action.  Keep'm coming!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 06, 2013, 07:33:22 AM »
First off, great shots everybody.  There is some amazing talent both here and in other photo gallery threads.  I had to shoot a middle school invitational for their track program awards banquet, so I thought I'd drop one in here.

Bdun...another very nice action shot from you.  Love the facial expression on this girl...if you look at her face for a moment, you can almost feel her emotions....hopeful and striving to win, yet at the same time some worry that she might not...mixed with intense desire.

I cropped and reposted to bring us closer to her face....I hope you don't mind.

Again...well done. 

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:42:30 AM »
Regarding wire transfers....I've had plenty of experience with these, you have to have all the info correct and clear on both sides or the transfer has a good chance of not going through.   

My experience with Adorama is that they'll go out of their way to make it right.

OP, if you didn't like the way the salesperson spoke to you, then ask to speak to the sales manager because you are right about one thing, when spending that much money, they should be bending over backwards to make you 100% happy with the experience.. This isn't a $100 or $500 net profit transaction, this is a $7000 (ballpark guess) net profit deal....the managers/owners would WANT you to hear from you if you were not 100% happy.

I know hindsight is 20/20, but you should have gone right over the salesperson's head in this situation as soon as you felt mistreated...Everybody would have benefited, Adorama owners, managers, and most importantly - YOU (everybody except that salesman)



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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:56:05 AM »
5d3 autofocus was pretty good....these ducks flew right over my head (I was on a bridge) and they were going quite fast.   

it was very early morning and the sun had recently risen and was behind me, so it was low enough in the sky to light up the underside of the ducks as they rose to get up over the bridge.   

in hindsight....i should've shot at 1/1000 or a little faster as it appears i have some motion blur....but not bad.

iso 250
f10
1/640
24-105 at 50mm
Great image Northstar!  Right place, right time, for sure!  That's a sweet one!

thanks Krob!

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This is one for my kids last day of school and would like criticism and feedback. Thanks in advance.


I like the bus...it helps to tell the story of "last day of school and summer is here"...which evokes good memories for many.

I did a quick edit on my iPad using Snapseed, which is free and does a decent job.  Snapseed has a tool that is called center brightness which allows you to darken and blur the perimeter of an images, while increasing the brightness of the center....all to varying degrees.  I tried it on your image and here's the result.... cropped a bit.

My response to your question is a question...was the image you posted your final image?  In other words, had you finished your PP work before posting this?   

Good luck KC


Yeah i had but I have been processing so many images lately I did rush and do plan on reprocessing these. What about the colors? I often struggle with a cooler wb but often what appears as the light at that timeia too warm. What do you do to images like that?


Just take the image into LR or Aperture and work it. The wb and colors are ok, it's the faces and background that are problem areas.

I only did three things to this edit: (5 minutes time again using my iPad)
1. Put some extra light on their faces
2. Slightly reduced some of the over exposed areas. 
3. Cropped out some noisy stuff on the left and right borders.  ( like that brownish colored blurry ghost on the right)

My advice, master LR or Aperture....it will do wonders for your photography.


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 02, 2013, 07:07:12 PM »
And some hockey pictures using the 200 f2.8.


Nice shots Eli!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 02, 2013, 07:06:37 AM »

1dx with 300 2.8 IS

F3.5
1/800
ISO 2000

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This is one for my kids last day of school and would like criticism and feedback. Thanks in advance.


I like the bus...it helps to tell the story of "last day of school and summer is here"...which evokes good memories for many.

I did a quick edit on my iPad using Snapseed, which is free and does a decent job.  Snapseed has a tool that is called center brightness which allows you to darken and blur the perimeter of an images, while increasing the brightness of the center....all to varying degrees.  I tried it on your image and here's the result.... cropped a bit.

My response to your question is a question...was the image you posted your final image?  In other words, had you finished your PP work before posting this?   

Good luck KC

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX and 5D3 RAW files
« on: May 30, 2013, 07:36:18 PM »
what we know is that Nikon has taken big market shares  from Canon and where Canon  few years ago was the  the dominant company


Who's the 'we' that know this? Does it include anyone but you?  Can you provide some data to support that claim? 

Here is the summary as of ~7 months ago (pasted from here):

In 2007, Canon had 43% of the dSLR market, Nikon had 40%.  In 2010, Canon had 44.5% of the dSLR market, Nikon had 29.8%.  So, over years while Nikon was bringing us better sensors than Canon, Nikon was losing market share while Canon was gaining it.  Ok, fine, but that's 2010.  What about this year?

In 2Q2012 (by calendar year, they report it as 1QFY2013), Nikon had an 18% y/y growth of unit sales of dSLRs and lenses.  In 2Q2012, (they report by CY, not FY), Canon had a 47% y/y growth of unit sales of dSLRs and lenses.


Where's this 'big market share' that Canon has lost to Nikon, and when?  I look forward to your analysis...and the supporting references.

EDIT: Worth adding that about a month ago, Canon issued a press release stating that they had maintained the #1 position in the dSLR market for the past 10 years, through 2012. But maybe you're better than Canon's lawyers at checking facts, Mikael.



One thing about those market share numbers that would be interesting to see is the market share in the full frame market, which obviously would be more "telling" of what pros shooters use.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:50:28 PM »
5d3 autofocus was pretty good....these ducks flew right over my head (I was on a bridge) and they were going quite fast.   

it was very early morning and the sun had recently risen and was behind me, so it was low enough in the sky to light up the underside of the ducks as they rose to get up over the bridge.   

in hindsight....i should've shot at 1/1000 or a little faster as it appears i have some motion blur....but not bad.

iso 250
f10
1/640
24-105 at 50mm

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:35:19 PM »
Greetings Everyone!

I'm happy to report brand new 5D3 freed from it's box!   :)

Here are some first few shots from a small local AirFest last saturday when coupled with 100-400L:









It was dark, cloudy and rainy day and my old 7D has always captured very noisy
and flat images in such conditions.
But I'm most pleased with the images from my new 5D3!  :)
Waited for it long time...   :)

Regards!
Leszek


cool shots!

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: May 27, 2013, 05:50:18 PM »
More.

RL...I love that second photo...it tells a story.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 26, 2013, 12:09:20 PM »
I guess this is a Sparrow Hawk, after an unsuccessfull hunt in our garden this morning. Had to take it through the window, and its a very dull cold day here.
Cheers Brian


lovely shot!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:32:07 AM »
Lacrosse

heavy clouds

1dx paired w/ 300mm 2.8 is
if memory serves:
1/1000
iso 400
f4
servo case #1

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