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Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Software worth it?
« on: April 07, 2013, 03:52:49 PM »
I am wondering if someone can walk me through how they use the Nik suite in their workflow of editing landscape images. I really like Lightroom 4 and feel comfortable using it...would I use the Nik software after all of my adjustments in Lightroom 4? Can I do things with the software that I can't in Lightroom (specifically with the color efex and silver efex programs)?


Check out their blog at : http://education.niksoftware.com/category/filter-friday/
It has video and tutorial for all the filter in the collection. It's really really helpful.
2 filters that are most used in CEP4 for landscapes are: Detail Extractor and Brilliant/Warmth. Those 2 filters are hard to replicate in photoshop or Lightroom (you can replicate it, but not as easy as the plug-in).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just bought a 6D
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:21:19 PM »
I've been using my 7D for a couple years, but have been dying to get a full frame for a while.  I debated selling the 7D and getting a 5DIII, but decided to keep the 7D and pick up a 6D.  I can use them both with my 24-105L and 70-300L lenses.  I love the reach and speed of the 7D for birds/sports.

On my 7D I've used auto ISO with a maximum of 800.  What would you suggest is a comparable maximum ISO for the 6D?

Everyone has his/her own standard. So why not judge it for yourself. Shoot a series of photograph from ISO3200 and up. Load everything in your favorite software then see at which ISO you cannot tolerate the noise anymore. It's easy to do and you will not regret later "oh, I should have not listen to xxx." It's a great camera, congratulation and enjoy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 04, 2013, 06:10:05 PM »
ok... that helps me making a decision. :)

one more question about the 5D MK3 and 6D.
one thing im not very happy with is the default skin colors out of my 7D.
they are to redish.

and while im pretty good with photoshop it´s annoying that i have to adjust the skintones.
i have a 300 euro olympus M43 that delivers much better skintones out of camera.

are the skintones better with the 6D and 5D MK3?
what are your experiences?
With Photoshop/Lightroom you can change your camera profile to get the "correct" skin tone. Search Colorcheck passport or Custom DNG profile. I never have any skin tone problem with Canon. Doesn't mean to offense, but from what you are saying I think you should spend more time to learn more about photography than chasing gears. I was in the same situation at you, always hold out for the best. But now, I'm more confident with my techniques and knowledge. I can proudly say throw me any camera I can make good pictures. What's the point of printing big but crappy photo right? There is always something better. If Canon release something "better" within a year, they can release something better than better in the next year, and a year after. Do you want to wait forever? Or do you want to get out and enjoy photographing the world? Just my 2 cents.

Long exposure NR use the dark-frame subtraction method and it doesn't remove random noise. And it is worst if you are using high ISO also.

Lenses / Re: Landscape Lens advice
« on: March 29, 2013, 02:07:29 PM »
If you choose Zeiss lens, you don't mind manual focus then I would get a Nikon 14-24 F2.8 with adapter.

Software & Accessories / Re: Trying to draw viewfinder sizes on screen
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:06:19 PM »
You made the math look too complicated.
Take the 6D for example, its sensor size is: 35.8mm x 23.9mm
The viewfinder is 0.71x magnification and 97%
96%x(35.8mm x 0.71) =24.655mm = 0.971 inch x 96 ppi = 93 pixel
96%x(23.9mm x 0.71) =16.459mm = 0.648 inch x 96 ppi = 62 pixel
Most monitor out there got 96ppi.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 26, 2013, 05:48:03 PM »
One thing I don't get is before the 5DMIII came out, people were doing fine with 5DMII. I did. I shot a lot of wedding with 5DMII. My clients are happy, and I'm proud of my work. It's still a great camera for me. I bet it is still an awesome camera for many working pro out there. Yet, the 6D is a little better overall but it seems like everyone is trying to bash the camera. If you could take great pictures with the 5DMII, you can take great picture with the 6D. I know its AF is not in the same league with the 5DMIII but it is still a great camera IMHO.
It has its limit, but I've seen many great bird in fly photos taken with the 5DMII. I don't see any reason why the 6D can be any worst than the 5DMII. Or suddenly, the 5DMII became a worth-less camera at the end of its cycle.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Micro adjusting lenses
« on: March 26, 2013, 03:34:57 PM »
If it's not broken, don't fix it.
If you don't know where it is, and don't experience any problem with your camera/lens combination, then don't be so haste.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 10:06:31 PM »
I never have any Gura gears, give me some. I want to try things those rich photographers enjoying.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Landscape - Post Here.
« on: October 16, 2011, 09:44:17 PM »

Bishop, CA
5D Mark II & 24-70mm @ 70mm F11

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:43:17 AM »
I wish I'd win.

Canon General / Re: Delays Abound?
« on: May 04, 2011, 12:14:25 PM »
The delay caused all prices inflated for camera (haven't checked on lens yet). 5DMII MSRP $2,499. on BH and Adorama $2699.

Canon's website does list $2499 as the estimated retail price.  However, the release pricing was $2699 (according to DPR), and that's now the current prices at most US retailers (the ones that have stock, at any rate).  The 24-105 kit was released at $3499, and that's what B&H and Adorama were charging until a few days ago when their prices dropped $100.

Yes selling at released price is over-price. I was looking to buy a 5DMII last year and it was $2499. Camera street price is always lower or at least equal to MSRP before the quake.

Canon General / Re: Delays Abound?
« on: May 04, 2011, 11:50:11 AM »
The delay caused all prices inflated for camera (haven't checked on lens yet). 5DMII MSRP $2,499. on BH and Adorama $2699. 7D MSRP $1699, everywhere there is $1699 is out of stock, Adorama is still in stock but they sell it at $1800. Geez, bad time to buy a camera now eh.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Posted Again
« on: April 26, 2011, 02:36:38 PM »
If you have front/back focus problem, you should bring the camera & lens to them. I had problem with back-focus and brought the lens to Canon. They said they fixed it but I still had problem. So I brought it back with my camera and everything is working perfect now. Turn out it was both camera and lens problem. You should give it a try.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Posted Again
« on: April 26, 2011, 12:54:53 PM »
Does it fix the crappy AF system?  Ugh... I hate this body.  Wish I never sold my 40D.  I'd sell the 7D and get something else if it wasn't so damn worthless due to it's now atrocious reputation and garbage quality photos.  She goes in for the 3rd time to Canon Service tomorrow -- not that I expect anything to really get fixed at this point.

Thanks for stealing my 1,600 well earned dollars, Canon.  There aren't enough words in the English language for how much pain I wish upon your company for selling an "upgraded" camera that is a low level pile of crap.

The salt in the wound is how Darwin Wiggett got better pictures on his XSi.  http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/the-canon-7d/

Somebody please come and beat me up.  Punch my eyes out, and make me bleed.  Maybe the pain of a severe disfigurement would distract me from the utter turmoil I've been in since p*ssing away over a grand-and-a-half to buy this trash of a camera body.

I hate you Canon.  I really really hate you.

/begin cry

I sold mine for $1575 off ebay. I bought it for a year ago for $1400 (with cashback from Ebates).

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