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EOS Bodies / Re: Final shopping list for tomorrow..
« on: November 04, 2011, 05:50:18 PM »
I keep my lowepro bag when I need to carry a lot of gear and cant bring the pelican, but travel and any professional event, my pelican is my go-to case.

How does the Pelican 1510 do for backcountry hiking or walking through an urban setting?  :P

Actually, I have a Peliacan-Storm im2500 (the Storm equivalent of the Pelican 1510, i.e. airline carry-on hard case).  The problem I had with just a hard case for travel is what you do with the case when you get there, i.e. how do you walk around with your gear?  A little inconvenient to drag the hard case around.  My solution was to remove the padded divider system from the Storm case, put the gear in the Lowepro Flipside 400 AW, and put the Lowepro backpack inside the Storm case.  Sturdy, lockable protection for travel (also handy if you're forced to check you bag for whatever reason), plus the convenience of a backpack when I get where I'm going...
he said he uses the pelican for travel and events. i assume for travel he means by flying which totally makes sense to have a pelican and you pack a smaller bag for when you get there for your daily needs.and for event photography nothing wrong with a pelican there again makes total sense to me.

To be honest I dont do much backcountry hiking and shooting, even though I should because of where I live, it's just one of those things where that's not where I make my money, commercial is... If I'm flying, if i'm meeting clients, if I'm away from home, if i'm at a shoot, my pelican is usually with me... If i'm on the go, at an event, if i'm out with the family doing whatever and I need lots of gear for god know what reason, then the lowepro it is... But usually in that event I usually have a feel of what I need and bring only what I know I'm going to need (less is more)... As i said, it's bulky and a pain in the butt in some situations, but in the end of the day I know I could endure some catastrophic event and my gear will be good to go.  When I used to shoot 4x5 large format in the studio, we would have our beefy Bogen tripods in sometimes awkward angles and you need to be behind the glass with a lupe to check focus... we'd use pelican cases as step stools so we could get behind the glass enough to check focus.  I love 'em.  =)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Final shopping list for tomorrow..
« on: November 04, 2011, 03:57:38 PM »
I had the Lowepro AW Backpack... it's a great bag however I have found myself using my old trusty  1510 pelican case 99%... it's bulky, it's cumbersome, it's intrusive, however, i can drop it, kick it, use it as a step stool, I can do just about anything and it will survive and keep my gear in tact... Plus if I break it, I can return it and get a replacement.  I keep my lowepro bag when I need to carry a lot of gear and cant bring the pelican, but travel and any professional event, my pelican is my go-to case. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Final shopping list for tomorrow..
« on: November 04, 2011, 12:27:53 PM »
Did this CR3 just totally fall by the wayside? way back in Jan 2009?

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EF 17-40 f/4L II [CR3]

    January 15, 2009
    Canon Lenses
    34 comments

Update
From a usually solid source. I´m told to expect an update to the 17-40 sometime in 2009. The current lens a cash cow for Canon and any replacement is sure to be a hot seller. The main purpose for the upgrade is to improve full frame performance. The replacement will not have IS.

Yep... When the new 17-40 comes out I'll be among the first to put my current 17-40 on craigslist to help fund the new one... until then I'll plug away with my current lens.  It's still a good workhorse of a lens. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Final shopping list for tomorrow..
« on: November 04, 2011, 12:08:40 PM »
That website you posted of the 17-40 vs the 16-35 is of the 16-35 first generation... at that time the 17-40 was vastly superior... the 16-35 II narrowed the gap and in some ways over took the 17-40, but also commanded a higher price range... The 17-40 is no slouch, I use it with my 7D and 5d2, but it is what it is... I dont begrudge you from buying all the equipment, I would if i had all that disposable income... however one bit of advise, really get to know the gear intimately... I was told by another professional photographer that he usually waits 1 year in-between purchases and when he buys new lenses, he puts the new lens on a camera and doesn't take it off for a few months until he's fully familiarized himself with the lens and knows all it's quirks so he knows in the future in this situation, he wants that lens and it will behave in such a way and yada yada yada so he's fully ready in any situation. 

As neuro suggested, a good tripod/monopod would help... at least at first...  Plus they are always good to have in your back pocket and when you dont have them is when you'll need them the most.  Good luck with all your gear!

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United States / Re: Telephoto Zoom or Prime?
« on: November 02, 2011, 06:34:17 PM »
As others have really said, are you going from horse show to horse show (different locations) or are you at one location... How far away are you shooting?  Is this constant or varying?  What focal lengths are you finding yourself shooting at when you're at the show... Do you find yourself wanting the 200mm area or is that too close and too tight?  I have heard many praises on the 85mm and 135mm... both superb lenses... and both wider than the 100mm or 200mm.  The 200mm isn't quite as sharp as the other primes and long in the tooth but if you need that length, only you can answer that.  Zooms are very helpful but not anything you should skimp on... It would "in my opinion" be better to save money on getting the cheaper primes and save up later for the 70-200 2.8 IS II.  Just my opinion. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs 7Dii (FF vs APS-C)
« on: November 02, 2011, 04:36:10 PM »
ok, as i was talking about my images earlier, ive included my store link in my signature, does it work?


thanks

Store link works... nice photos...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II & 60D Shortages
« on: November 02, 2011, 10:33:02 AM »
For what it's worth I ordered a 5d2 off of adorama lately and they shipped it the same day.... Cant speak for other places... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs 7Dii (FF vs APS-C)
« on: November 01, 2011, 06:18:25 PM »
Do you use photoshop CS5 or 5.5?  I shoot product photography a good chunk of my time (what pays most my bills)... I do focus bracketing...

Not to muck with a successful workflow, but have you considered Helicon Focus?

I have tried and bought helicon focus a few months ago, whilst it is good, you do need to fix some mistakes, and a rack for the camera would help the little size diffrences caused by refocusing.
Auto bracketing? is that a camera option i missed?

and yes i am a ps5 fan :-)

There's no auto focus bracketing... I do mine manually (usually around 2-8 shots depending on how macro I've got to get my lens, and how physically big it is... )  I do like in photoshop CS5 it keeps all the layers and keeps the layer masks so you can just use your white/black brushes in the layer masks to reveal and hide areas it may have missed... In the end it's a computer guessing what it thinks is sharp in relation to other files in the same area and if you have decent ram and processing power, doesn't take that long.  Quick hint, if you want to play with it, use photo merge... use auto... it usually does a good job... and unclick blend images... if you dont unclick it will think it's a panorama and royally screw things up, but once it aligns it, use autoblend and that will create the stacked image and masks...

Unfocused... in order to understand DOF better, there are tons of DOF calculators like neuro suggested... They also with any lens, a 50mm or 400mm, the closer your subjects are to your lens (minimum focus distance) the shallower your DOF will be and farther away in relation to what your lens focuses (wider lenses can reach infinity near 10-15 feet while tele's may go 40-50 meters if not more... ) Using that focus scale as a rough estimate, using your aperture to your advantage, and looking at DOF calculators if in doubt, keep in mind if you're using crop or FF, you will have greater control over bokeh and or large DOF. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs 7Dii (FF vs APS-C)
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:48:41 PM »


I agree. They do compliment each other.

I also agree about the ISO.. I'd never put the 7d above 640, yet regularly have the 5d at 1600.

Is this for RAW's or jpegs?

For sports and wildlife, I regularly use 7D ISO 500-1000. Careful noise reduction and careful sharpening can help, but frankly, mostly the images are fine without a whole lot of trouble. This is with both RAW and JPG.

Usually, I shoot RAW, bit for BIFs, sometimes JPG makes life easier... And the noise still isn't that bad!

ISO is a personal preference... I come from the film days where grain was fully dependent on the size of the film (35mm, MF, 4x5), the size of the output, and ISO... ISO 400 on a 35mm at 8x10 was very noticeable but you lived with it... Then digi came out and the Canon 10D and D60 and anything above ISO 800 looked like somone sneezed on the image.  Now I can go up to ISO 3200 on my 7D and get grain at 11x14's as I would expect in Film at the same size at ISO 400.  I am not as picky about it because If it comes down to it, I know i can always throw a filter in and wipe out most the noise.  Anyone, in my opinion, not shooting a modern camera because of grain, really has too much time on their hands... It's really not the issue that it was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, etc...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs 7Dii (FF vs APS-C)
« on: November 01, 2011, 05:26:19 PM »
Okay, that's an explanation from a guy who never took a physics course in his life. I'll let others give you a more precise or corrected explanation. (Or perhaps explain why I am completely wrong)

Both aperture AND relation of the subject to camera will determine DOF.  IF you are shooting infinity, as you mention, you can shoot at F4 and most items will be infocus (except perhaps foreground items)... Aperture will expand upon that but it is what it is.  The only downside to the infinity issue is size of objects... I do a lot of small object photography so even if I have a 200-400mm lens at infinity... Even if I put that puppy at F11-22, the item most likely due to the distance I would have to be away from the subject to achieve this, it would A be impractical in a studio setting and B, the items would be teenie tiny in the frame... Now you can use, and I do on occasion, tele's to compress or achieve even shallower DOF when I know my background can be distracting or if there is a visible seam in the background that I want to blur into oblivion, But then again I've got that lens near the "macro" end of the tele in which DOF becomes razor thin.  Diffraction usually isn't a problem for what I do however if I'm shooting for large output, I shoot anywhere from F8-11... Any more and I dont want to risk image degeneration, even if it's minimal.  In the film days and with medium format and large format I wouldn't think twice about going to F22 and way beyond but with digital, I do have to think about shooting at the optimum apertures for my lenses. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs 7Dii (FF vs APS-C)
« on: November 01, 2011, 02:48:06 PM »
Do you use photoshop CS5 or 5.5?  I shoot product photography a good chunk of my time (what pays most my bills)... I do focus bracketing...

Not to muck with a successful workflow, but have you considered Helicon Focus?

I looked into programs such as helicon a few years ago (before photoshop started supporting focus stacking)... At that time, I proposed this option to my client however they felt that the cost I would have passed onto them for that option wasn't worth it... then CS5 came out and supported it... Since they are a regular client they pay for my software upgrades as they see fit as per our contract and so to have that option built in was an easy sell.  Also I never have to leave photoshop whereas helicon i believe is a standalone program?  Photoshop saves the layers under layer masks so if I need to tweak anything, a few clicks and it's good to go..  The simpler I can keep my workflow the quicker I can get stuff done and it's a win win for me and my clients. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs 7Dii (FF vs APS-C)
« on: November 01, 2011, 02:24:12 PM »
I know it wasnt my topic but thanks, that makes sence, and stupidly i never even considered stopping down a little bit more. I stop down as much as i dare with my 450D (up to f11) when doing small item studio stuff to get larger dof.
For scale purposes imagine a football filling most of your frame,, try getting that all in focus and sharp as possible. Thats why i like lots of dof.

Is using the 50mm prime lens on a 5D2 a good idea for this scale, as DOF will be greater that say the 100mm macro

( i like the comment "Shoot at F2.8 instead of f2" lol, wrong end)

Cheers

Do you use photoshop CS5 or 5.5?  I shoot product photography a good chunk of my time (what pays most my bills)... I do focus bracketing... I need sets to be sharp whether I clip out the images and shove them on the web or whether they go on magazine spreads... I focus on varying parts of the scene and then in photoshop, I usually auto align the images, then after that, auto blend them with the stack images selected... It will take the sharpest parts of the images and blend them to look like one large DOF image... It usually does a good job and gets you in the ballpark... I use it from the smallest teenie tiny bottle cap where I'm basically shooting macro distances to fill the frame to a large group shot of product.  It allows me to use a small studio, optimum aperture for sharpest images, and I dont mind photoshop so it works out.  If you have a flat scene or keeping backgrounds in, it may do a better job than others, but something to consider.  I've gotten so used to my workflow it doesn't take me that much longer than regular 1 shot images... 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big 5D Mark II Price Drops in Canada & USA
« on: November 01, 2011, 11:24:17 AM »
Do you have the link to this page?  I am very close to purchasing a 60D.

Pricing at B&H and Amazon reflects the instant rebate, which runs through 11/23.

Adorama also has the update price for the rebate... Gotta love rebate season.  =)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big 5D Mark II Price Drops in Canada & USA
« on: November 01, 2011, 11:20:59 AM »
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I noticed on the canon USA website at least that the 5D2 rebate has been removed... They have a 60D and a T3 rebate plus lenses rebates so I would guess that if website haven't been updating their prices, they will be soon unless canon extends the rebates

Do you have the link to this page?  I am very close to purchasing a 60D.

Thanks! -- Steven

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer?pageKeyCode=53

Hope this helps...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big 5D Mark II Price Drops in Canada & USA
« on: November 01, 2011, 10:44:35 AM »
I noticed on the canon USA website at least that the 5D2 rebate has been removed... They have a 60D and a T3 rebate plus lenses rebates so I would guess that if website haven't been updating their prices, they will be soon unless canon extends the rebates

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