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Photography Technique / Re: Question for Wedding Professionals
« on: January 15, 2014, 03:45:04 AM »
I'm an amateur photographer whose son just recently got married.  I brought my camera (a new 6D) to the wedding and reception and took pictures, carefully trying not to interfere with the professional photographing the events. While I was pleased with many of my photos, my biggest mistake was bringing only one lens, a 50mm f1.4. I woefully lacked sufficient depth of field in several shots (even with flash and ISO 3200) as both venues were dimly lit and the reception venue was extremely tight and crowded. Since I'm mainly an outdoor/nature photographer, I'm curious what you wedding pros consider your best and most reliable lenses to use at events with similar shooting conditions to what I mentioned. Thanks!   

Applying fast primes at a wedding needs a lot of compositional skill and experiance. Space and light are often limited and one has to act fast and make quick shooting desicions. Often one needs to go longer or wider than 50mm to work in the space provided. Thin depth of field works best when you have control over a group and can arrange a flat plane of focus. Either that or selective focus is needed. Perserverence and experiance are needed by the bucket load....so don't expect to glean all of your photographic answers in one shoot. I've been shooting pro weddings for 8 years, last year I shot 30+ weddings and at each wedding I still learnt something.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post your favorite camera gear here
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:22:25 AM »
I'm not too fussed with rangefinders and Digicams. The output just isn't in the same league.
My current kit of choice is a pair of 5DIII's, a 35L and 85IIL...sweet image and lots of DOF lushness :D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:18:59 AM »
How long have I been on these forums and been one of the early adopters of the 5DIII and I've only just seen this thread....lol!
Ok, here's a few recent images from me, all 5DIII goodness and exif intact for your perusing pleasure:


















This last image is a re-process of an earlier image to pull back the dark details on the horizon.
Lenses used here are 8-15 L fisheye, 16-35IIL, TSe-17L, 24-70IIL, 70-200 f2.8 L IS II


Great shots GMC....where was that 4th image taken?

Thanks,
Gold hill in Shaftesbury, Wiltshire, UK. It was made famous by Ridley Scott. He used it in a Hovis Bread advert and fooled everyone into thinking it was somewhere in Yorkshire!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:14:58 AM »
I am hoping the 7D2 is to the 7D, as the 5D3 was to the 5D2 and is compelling enough to make me want to upgrade. I am specifically looking and hoping for a sizable improvements in DN, High ISO Performance and the 5D3 AF system or similar.

I am so disappointed with the 7d by today's standards that any improvement will be worth the upgrade.  Just show me where to sign...

The problem Canon has with the 7DII is that it will certainly rob sales from the 1Dx. If 10 fps @ 18mp with 61 point AF is true then it really will be a 1.6x cropped 1Dx. I suspect that Canon will leave the IQ much the same as the 70D, it's got to hold back on something for this camera.
Naturally we all want a camera with less video compromises (the 7D has a really strong AA filter), far better noise handling threashold and a DR to match the current Sony Exmore CMOS sensors. But I seriously doubt that Canon will invest in sensor tech for this camera and I think they will brin in the new tech for the 1Dx replacement or it's high MP cousin.

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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:16:44 AM »
Very interested in a 14-24 style lens - fingers crossed!

http://www.mckayphotography.com.au


Don't be fooled by the Nikon trolls....many wedding photographers who migrated over to the D700 a few years back, rushed out to get the Nikkor version...only the be very disapointed with the results for groups. Many then sold their and swapped to a 16-35 equivelent. The angle of view is very wide and very distored for groups...and the lack of focal range at the long end is limiting. Sure it's sharp, but that is it's only saving grace. If you need to go wider, get a 8-15L fisheye :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: MSRP for 32 is ~ $450 USD
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:12:02 AM »
$45,000 worth of gear (give or take).

That's a lot of eggs in one basket.   :o

I took a look at their website, and noted the MSRP of $450 USD ... that's more than I'm willing to pay. However, for a person with $45,000+ worth of gear, then I suppose the cost/benefit equation becomes different.

It's not just about protection of gear which makes these lenses so good...it's the fact that they are less obvious as being a camera bag, fits in the over heads on a plane but most importantly....they weigh about half of the competition's bags of the same size.
If a photographer uses mkII white teles and one of these bags, he is literally halving his luggage weight and that makes it carry on hand luggage weight. Which then negates the need for peli cases and the like.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where are Canons innovation?
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:07:18 AM »
Auto Micro adjust patent....sound like innovation to me :D

Lol yeah! I saw this announcement earlier and thought, there it is!
Good to see they have taken a pretty basic function, and tries to improve on it as well. Hopefully they will implement focus adjustment in more models, not just 70D and upwards. I really really miss it in my little 550D.
I remember when the 40D came out with live view, I was showing a friend of mine who is a professional landscape photographer...at first he was sceptical but pretty soon he saw the benefit. It's a shame it too Canon so long to bring out a 5DII with that feature. At the time a lot of Nikon fanboys were running the feature down. But the ability to compose, meter, check DOF and lens flare so easily is a serious benefit to landscape work. Nikon's implementation of Live view has been patchy and not a fully though out as Canon's...which always makes me laugh when I hear people say the 8D00 is better than the 5DIII for landscape work. Sure, more resolution...but what of the rest of the camera?
Canon's live view now has dual pixel AF, a built in spirit level and has been improved over a number of years. I looked over a D7000 a few months back and it looks like Nikon have gone backwards with theirs.

Then there's the micro adjustment, again it's getting better over time. My 5DII allowed me to adjust each lens, but my 5DIII allows me to adjust zoom lenses at each end of their focal scales...nice. It's looking like a 5D4 might do all this automatically! Very nice!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:54:13 AM »
How long have I been on these forums and been one of the early adopters of the 5DIII and I've only just seen this thread....lol!
Ok, here's a few recent images from me, all 5DIII goodness and exif intact for your perusing pleasure:


Great series. Well done Sir.

Thank you :D

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That's not an exaggeration, it's actually probably a conservative estimate. The 50mm L 1.2 has a resolution of 1400 lpph average @ f/1.4, which translates to around 3.4  Megapixels of resolution. There is no recent retro focal design with aspherical elements that has a resolution of less than 2800 lpph average at f/1.4, which translates to 14 megapixels.

I believe that point and shoots to dslrs is a good comparison. Or more accurately, wide open the Sigma 50mm art will at a minimum have the same difference between its competitors in performance as a D800 with the sharpest lens available versus a smartphone camera.

Radiating, I really kind of see your point. If that lens wasn't a Canon L, I agree with you, it would have many fans fewer.


L lenses aren't just about optical quality, it's the whole build and reliability features which are designed into the lenes too. A 50mm f1.4 USM's build is a toy in comparision.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where are Canons innovation?
« on: January 13, 2014, 04:47:36 AM »
Auto Micro adjust patent....sound like innovation to me :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 13, 2014, 04:45:35 AM »
I do something a little different. I try to contain the whole contrast range in a single frame if possible.
If not, I'll shoot two or three frames to contain the range needed and then edit in LR, 16 bit files exported into CS5. These I lay over each other as layers and then I use a large soft eraser / brush and work on the layers until I get an image with no blown highlights or blocked up blacks....but still looks natural and simualr to how my eye remembers the scene.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 12, 2014, 06:35:35 PM »
Wow...is this thread STILL rambling on? I didn't realize it had those kinds of legs!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:17:07 AM »
How long have I been on these forums and been one of the early adopters of the 5DIII and I've only just seen this thread....lol!
Ok, here's a few recent images from me, all 5DIII goodness and exif intact for your perusing pleasure:


















This last image is a re-process of an earlier image to pull back the dark details on the horizon.
Lenses used here are 8-15 L fisheye, 16-35IIL, TSe-17L, 24-70IIL, 70-200 f2.8 L IS II

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where are Canons innovation?
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:23:31 AM »

The problem with the Df is not that it's an intriguing and interesting little camera. Nikon has no problem with intriguing and interesting. Like I said, 24karat Gold Plated Lizard Skin DSLR. :P The problem with the Df, is Nikon didn't put in the proper effort. It doesn't sell not because it's got a "retro" design. It doesn't sell because it probably has one of THE WORST control designs on the face of the planet. Stacked dials? Seriously? That's about the most useless control mechanism I can think of. Nikon rushed the Df to market. Again, probably because they felt they had to, in order to attract more interest in a niche line, because...well a) that's what they do, and b) they are having a hard time selling things like the D800 (it's total sales volume is a fraction of the 5D III.)

If Canon put their mind to releasing a retro-styled DSLR, I would bet good money that not only would they do it, they would do it right, do it on their own time table, and when it finally hit the shelves, it would sell well. Why? Because it wouldn't be impossible to control, and people would know that it had that Canon guarantee of quality behind it. It would have been thoroughly and properly tested and field vetted before it hit the streets. It would have Canon's superb and superior customer service backing it up.

Will Canon do it? Well, probably not. I'm sure some people are demanding it, but again...Canon responds to the most critical demands first and foremost, and they only have so much money to spend on R&D.

I agree about stacked knobs and what about the 1/2 stop shutter dial....hullo? The Df is a nice looking camera, but that's exactly who Nikon have gone for...looks over substance. It's an ok camera but it's UI is severaly limited. Most selections have to be made in the menu system which kind of misses the point with a retro styled camera. I suspect that a lot of buyers who are attracted to this camera want to "look" like a photographer over actually "being" a photographer. It's the strength of the images which count and not what the box looks like.
I have an old Canon A1 and AE1 program. I bought them new a long time ago...do I use these at weddings to give the impression I'm a real photographer? Certainly not! I'm hired fro my skill and reputation and not for the camera in my hands...lets fact it, anyone with deep pockets can buy a pro camera but that doesn't make them a professional.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:10:02 AM »
I'm quite content with the DR of my 5D3 ;D




Lovely shot. But is it only me who feels that a bit more detail in the burnt out sun area would be nicer? A grad filter or change in lighting. Just wondering... I know the hot spot is interesting but JUST A BIT MORE DETAIL perhaps?


Personally, I like it how it is. I might actually increase the glare just a bit. Not every region of a photo needs more detail, sometimes lower detail and less contrast is exactly what you want.


It's a lovely shot and one I really like...but that sky is blown out. An ND grad would render the sky darker and probably lost detail in the darker sky areas. It would have increased contrast where it wasn't wanted. The only way to have fixed this here is to have taken a 2nd photograph but at a 2-3 stop darker exposure and then blended the highlight areas carefully in photoshop using a layer. Shadows can be pulled but clipped highlights are not recoverable. It's also important to render the sky brighter than the foreground, another error I regularly see where ND grads are employed. If an ND grad was used with the above photo, the sky would have been darker than the foreground and wouldn't look right.

Many people here are talking about the D800's extra DR, but the truth is that it's only in the shadows...or rather it's the push-ability in the shadows during post production with low iso noise is really what is being talked about. Highlight clipping / blown highlights occurs at pretty much the same between the 5DIII and D800. So it's not really any extra DR, just better iso thresholds in the deep black areas.

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