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EOS Bodies / Re: Weird Banding on shots....
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:18:54 AM »
Now that I know a bit more, I will play with shutter speeds and see if it goes away (although I lose the ability to freeze).

In the US frequencies are 60hz (cycles). In Europe and the Middle-east it is 50hz (cycles) - others from various countries can/should confirm. If you're in an area with 60hz, use shutterspeeds which are multiples of 60 (1/60, 1/120, etc.) For 50hz, naturally use multiples of 50 (or as close as you can.) So you can still use fast shutterspeeds - just use one that is a multiple of the frequency. This will alleviate banding, but it will not alleviate strange colors from frame to frame. This is a problem with many different types of Gymnasium lighting - not just fluorescent. Banding is difficult to manage in post, but color casts can be addressed using WB and/or hue adjustments.

Technical Support / Re: Ants in 5D2
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:08:44 AM »
Don't do anything which kills the ants in the camera. Open the camera up as much as possible and set it in a protected area, preferrably open to outdoors, and let the ants leave. There's nothing within he camera which should encourage them to stay there.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Yongnuo wireless Intervelometer
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:42:48 PM »
Right, you can set up the device to shoot 1-399 images at a certain interval (say every ten seconds, or whatever) and when it gets to the end it stops - whether you're there or not. When set to unlimited, it keeps shooting until you return and shut it off.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Yongnuo wireless Intervelometer
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:26:16 PM »
Strictly the way it looks. The Canon likeness has a thumbwheel to one side for scrolling thru the settings. But I believe it is limited to 99 total exposures versus 399 for the one you're looking at. This aspect makes a difference - you will shoot many frames making a decent timelapse. I believe they both allow "unlimited" exposures when not set on the timer, but you will have to manually stop the sequence. My experience is you set the intervalometer up, walk away and return later when all is over.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Yongnuo wireless Intervelometer
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:09:14 PM »
I have the wired version - works great. As long as the functions are turned off, the battery drain is minimal (like a digital watch.) Note that your link (and the one I have) is a Nikon style with a Canon plug. A Canon style is also available if that means something to you. The Nikon style version has a larger maximum number of shots if memory serves me right.

There is nothing wrong with the build quality of this item - it's built as good as any full-priced factory product of this type of item. I have not been disappointed with the build quality of anything Yongnuo makes.

EOS Bodies / Re: The writing on the wall
« on: March 08, 2012, 04:00:41 PM »
If you are looking for prophecies of doom, I'd say that the P&S will be abandoned in favor of phones much sooner than the DSLR.

+1, right on the mark.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who's in for a trip to the US ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:37:38 AM »
A note about US state sales tax (mentioned earlier in the thread):  If you buy gear in person, over-the-counter at a store, you will pay state sales tax - no exceptions. Most vary between 5% to 8% or so. The only time state sales taxes are not collected are with mailorder or internet orders sent to a different state than the one the vendor is in. Even in these cases, sales tax is sometimes collected when: (1) the vendor has some sort of registered business or subsidiary (may not be evident to you) in your state or, (2) the vendor just collects it anyway and pockets the tax for themselves.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:50:41 PM »
The newest AF systems allow "clusters" of points or "focus areas" which give you larger spots similar to a single point = increased keeper rate.

Lenses / Re: 70 - 200 f/4L vs. 70 - 300 f4-5.6 IS USM
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:46:58 PM »
Terry, one thing to consider is getting your "L" lens used. Not sure where you are, but my freinds and I have had great success amassing (or selling) lenses on Craigslist - local face-to-face only. If you keep an eye out you may find the 70-200 f/4 IS for an amount you can swing. There are also some reputable photo websites where there are buy/sell forums (not eBay.)

BTW, I have owned the 70-300 IS and presently own the 70-200 IS - the 70-200 has amazing sharpness and color/contrast. Neither of these lenses have blazing speed or accuracy when it comes to fast motion (servo) focusing.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8 IS
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:51:19 PM »
Johankh - that is one incredible bird portrait!!!

Unbelievable position and timing for that lighting!!! Great job.

Canon General / Re: online gallery/website
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:18:45 PM »
+1 for Smugmug.

Their Pro account lets you use your own domain name. You can have people log-in to your regular web address and your Smugmug page opens without most visitors even knowing they were on Smugmug.

There are plenty of forums where you can get help to customize the standard formats as you seem fit. Also, you pick/choose their printer/vendors (I believe they offer 2) and make up shopping carts with sizes/prices you would like to offer, quality, etc.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Noise on a 5D vs T2i
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:32:58 AM »
Both are similar - the T2i seems very slightly smoother?

Remember, the T2i is using newer technology than the original 5D so the FF vs Crop argument is a little skewed. I bought my wife a T2i recently and was quite impressed with it's higher ISO performance (given it's price tag.) With a little noise reduction software, got very usable 3200  and acceptable 6400 images!

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:03:29 AM »
Once again, well put Neuro.

Wildlife photography is a perfect example of where crop sensors + super-tele's shine. It has been my experience shooting eagles, bears, coyotes, etc. that even a 400mm lens on a crop body is not enough. When you reach in your bag for that 1.4 or 2x converter, you're probably even further away and they won't be enough. Any advantage you can get to have the closest appearing image in your viewfinder usually yields the best result. And as Neuro noted, the MP's at the crop size are larger in the crop body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III - Body Price At Announcement
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:44:52 AM »
Body only . . . . $2999.00

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