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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A question for 5dmk3 and 1dx owners
« on: May 25, 2013, 04:06:26 PM »
With the 5D3, I use the multi-controller (the little 'joystick') to select the auto-focus point.  Much easier than trying to scroll through them the way I did when I had the 5D2.

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Canon General / Re: Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 19, 2013, 11:55:03 AM »
EF-S 400 4 IS

Why not try the EF 300mm f/4L IS, as it is the equivalent of 480mm on a 1.6x crop body?
Maybe because it would be the equivalent of much more mm (actually 640) on a 1.6x crop body and some need it?

No, a theoretical EF-S 400mm lens on a 1.6x crop body would be the equivalent of 400mm.  Note: EF-S lenses, which is what the OP requested, can only be mounted on a 1.6x crop body, so there is no crop factor.

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Canon General / Re: Desired fantasy gear
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:30:08 PM »
EF-S 400 4 IS

Why not try the EF 300mm f/4L IS, as it is the equivalent of 480mm on a 1.6x crop body?

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« on: May 13, 2013, 11:58:14 PM »
Well, they're starting to get it onto their webpage.  However, if you click on the link in the banner, it takes you to the 5D Mark III Firmware Update page, which is the next preview that scrolls in the banner.  :(


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theres lots of space because its a desert! thats what i was trying to get across. i have hundreds of different pyramid photos, but this is sadly one of the more successful captures.

There's lots of space not because it's a desert, but rather because of where in the frame you placed the subject.  In fact, the empty sky, not the desert, takes up more than half the frame!  Some quick horizon basics.  Also, there's nothing on the right side of the frame to draw your attention over there, so there's no balance -- it's just wasted space.  Finally, study the Rule of Thirds to get better placement of the subject in the frame.

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heres an example, consider i was using a tripod, i think the picture, though i like th ecomposition , the results form the lens and camera are uninspring,    uneditied raw lightroom jpeg export , f10 iso 100  24mm.

The first thing that I noticed was all the empty space in this photo.  With the 24mm at that distance, the pyramids look rather small, which IMHO is why they look uninspiring.  Did you try the 100mm from that location or get closer to them?

Also, when shooting in the middle of the day, the sun makes your subjects look flat, which is why you don't see much detail.   Shoot earlier in the morning or later in the day, when the sun is lower in the sky, to get better lighting and warmer colors. 

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I've always had great service at the Jamesburg, NJ facility (I live within driving distance).  One time when dropping off my 5D2 to get cleaned, the manager asked if I wanted to wait and he had it done it less than an hour.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Interesting contest from Tamron
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:19:07 PM »
If I photograph a group of friends smiling and holding up their index and middle fingers, while sitting behind the cracked windshield of a blue, 1950's T-Bird that they've just washed, does that count for 9 or 10 of the photographs?!?   ::)
I'll give you 9.  I don't think it would count for the cooking utinsel.

the hood could be open with someone cooking an egg on the engine

Actually, I was thinking the T-Bird would pass for "An interesting structure."  If not, then I'll just shoot it front of Stonehenge!  Oh, and I have to make sure the chrome bumper is polished.  Then, I'll throw a potted plant next to the car, while one guy holds a spatula and another brushes his teeth, and I think I've got it all covered!   ;D

Wish that'd work, it's pretty creative, but according to the rules:

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...and must contain 14 images as they relate to all 14 clues (images may be ordered in any way).

Yeah, I noticed that.  I'll just have to shoot it 14 times, each from a different POV!  THAT might make it a winner!   :P

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Interesting contest from Tamron
« on: May 02, 2013, 07:39:49 PM »
If I photograph a group of friends smiling and holding up their index and middle fingers, while sitting behind the cracked windshield of a blue, 1950's T-Bird that they've just washed, does that count for 9 or 10 of the photographs?!?   ::)
I'll give you 9.  I don't think it would count for the cooking utinsel.

the hood could be open with someone cooking an egg on the engine

Actually, I was thinking the T-Bird would pass for "An interesting structure."  If not, then I'll just shoot it front of Stonehenge!  Oh, and I have to make sure the chrome bumper is polished.  Then, I'll throw a potted plant next to the car, while one guy holds a spatula and another brushes his teeth, and I think I've got it all covered!   ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Interesting contest from Tamron
« on: May 02, 2013, 01:40:02 PM »
If I photograph a group of friends smiling and holding up their index and middle fingers, while sitting behind the cracked windshield of a blue, 1950's T-Bird that they've just washed, does that count for 9 or 10 of the photographs?!?   ::)

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Canon General / Re: Just Why
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:50:03 PM »
Not without filter threads on the front of the lens...   :P

Oh, come on.  Just be a man and duck tape it!   ;D


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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
« on: May 01, 2013, 01:19:08 PM »
I've had mine for a few years now.  Love it for landscapes.   It's small, fast and light.  Sometimes when I go hiking, I'll just take it, the 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 -- and the camera, of course!  :P

Got up at 4:30am a few weeks ago to catch the sunrise at the beach.  With the 5D3.


"Serenity"

This is a 4 or 5 shot panorama I did last year (handheld) with the 5D2.


"Bridge at Lake Wanoksink"

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The Kirk foot doesn't look very comfortable to use as a handle. Basically, you can't go wrong with Really Right Stuff.  I've got the LCF-53 for my 600 II.

Neuro,

I'm preparing to purchase the 500mm f/4 IS II.  While looking at lens feet, I remembered your earlier post regarding Canon's and Kirk's feet for the Mark II versions on the 500mm and 600mm being too far forward and wanted to know if you had seen or considered this one by Jobu Designs, as it extends behind the mounting screws on the collar?

It looks like it might be a little difficult to use it as a handle -- even with my small hands!  Probably have to put your index finger on the other side of the mount point.  I have the 5D III and I'm not planning on getting the 2x TC (I will probably replace my current 1.4x II TC), so that extra bit at the end might not be needed.

-- Dan

PS.  Before clicking Post, I finally realized that this foot is only for the 300mm and 500mm II lenses.  For the 600mm II, they have this one, which does not have the same design, so I guess you would not have considered it!   :-[  Oh, well...


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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Available Mid 2014?
« on: April 23, 2013, 01:11:59 PM »
Perhaps it will be the kit lens for the mythical EOS 3D...   ::)

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Portrait / Re: I need your help to criticise my photos :P
« on: April 20, 2013, 02:59:43 PM »
... i found it hard with the ambient light.

Yes, some of the shots do appear blurry.  Did you try increasing your ISO?

As for composition, remember to "get closer."  Let your subject dominate the frame.  Don't worry about trying to "get it all in" or even cutting off parts.  Get focus on the eyes.

Here are some quick crops I did to demonstrate.


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