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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Firmware 2.1.1 Sighting
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:18:29 PM »
That's a shame: so many firmware with new functionalities and updates for that prosumer camera, and almost any for the professional and expensive 1D IV: the only EOS still without manual sound control.

My 400D doesn't have manual sound control  ;)

Neither does the 7D... then again the 7d does 720 HD so I suppose I should count my blessings...

EOS Bodies / Re: World's pricient Photograph... bland
« on: November 10, 2011, 06:01:57 PM »
Maybe it's more about the man who took the picture than the picture itself?

Must be... Why else why someone buy a jackson pollock painting for millions if it wasn't pollock who painted it... otherwise most 3-4 year olds can produce competing drip paintings =)  I just wish I get to the point people feel the need to plunk millions for my prints haha. 

EOS Bodies / Re: World's pricient Photograph... bland
« on: November 10, 2011, 05:19:03 PM »
Did some research... he shoots Film, so the prints are one of a kind... I get it a bit now... ???

Film or not, it better be spectacular in order for me to plunk down money on... I could take this picture in my sleep on any hazy day on the west coast. 

I will cry if the 5DM3 is announced before the end of this year.
I won't, I'm happy waiting using my 7D until the 5D3 gets announced (and then i'll probably get a used 5D2, it's a great camera and always will be regardless of what gets released in future).

With that list of lenses, the fisheye and 2 macros, they're going to hold up value a lot, even if you lose a bit on the body when new models come out it won't matter so much.

That's what I was determined to do until I realize if I dont get it now, something always will go wrong and my money for this camera all of a sudden wont be there when I need it, haha... I've got 2 kids... I know all too well how these sudden emergencies work haha. 

Site Information / Re: Problems uploading images.
« on: November 10, 2011, 10:12:16 AM »
One last thing... check your file permissions... I upload files to different companies websites daily whom I do commercial photography for... Sometimes, rarely, but it happens, where a computer files permissions will get turned off where other computers other than your computer including servers cannot read the file.  Right clicking on the file, looking at properties, and making sure your computer is read/write, and the other two settings (network/everyone else) is at least read.  Doubt that's your problems but when all else fails check it... if you have files saved on a network or external drives, sometimes those external devices and especially networks strip permissions from files.   

Lenses / Re: Does a lens hood reduce the light?
« on: November 10, 2011, 10:07:31 AM »
Short answer, no, long answer, it blocks the incident light that could cause flare (causing low contrast and washed out scenes.)  It will reduce the light you dont want in your scene assuming you dont want that light in the scene. 

you guys are very lucky in there photo gears are abundant and the prices are very competitive unlike here in australia all the gears are priced sky high

Yes but on the other hand... you live in Australia!   :D

You beat me to it... the trade of is april lives in beautiful australia... Visited there a while ago and waiting til the day I could visit again... (minus the 14-16 hour flight out there that is)

EOS Bodies / Re: Pro camera insurance USA, besides State Farm??
« on: November 09, 2011, 04:07:49 PM »
I have all my gear attached to my homeowners as an additional rider.... I have allstate.  They have like 2 levels of coverage if i remember right... one was cheaper and covered theft and such but it kinda had to be "within the home" and then they had an itemized one where it's 0 deductible and covered mysterious disappearance and such... My 5D2 and 24-105 alone was like $80 for 6 months extra and the rest of my gear also was added for I think maybe $120 for 6 months?  Not too bad... I think if you rent you could add that onto your renters insurance... 

Lenses / Re: step up/step down
« on: November 09, 2011, 02:59:22 PM »
I'd recommend step-up before I'd recommend step down, but as long as it doesn't vignette then go for it... That's what they're made for. 

Canon General / Re: Dynamic Range - Digital sensors
« on: November 09, 2011, 09:20:43 AM »
DPR rated the 5d 2 with a DR of 8.6ish with as-is settings but with highlight priority bought you another stop in the highlights. Others said the 5d2, such as art adams, that the same camera has 11+ ev. Fact is there is no real benchmark everyone can accept without running our own tests so arguments such as this is really futile.

Canon General / Re: Dynamic Range - Digital sensors
« on: November 09, 2011, 08:43:20 AM »
For what it's worth, DXo Mark, who rates the sensors rated the 5d mark 2 with a dr rating of 11.9 ev. I know they can be questionable by many photographers but take that for what it's worth.

Canon General / Re: Dynamic Range - Digital sensors
« on: November 08, 2011, 03:26:37 PM »
Question: Can someone please explain why digital sensors have a much narrower dynamic range then film ? This is apparent to anyone shooting outdoors in bright light - the shadows are black and the skies blown out.

Will digic 5 improve this? Is it possible to improve it?
The DR that an expert user can achieve using aggressive eposure or exposure bracketing together with optimal development of raw files is quite different from what the average user gets with AE and jpegs.

For the expert/nerd, the main limiting factor is the camera sensor. Digital sensors are basically linear with an obvious saturation point and a noise-floor. Film is (I believe) very different, with smooth roll-offs in high-lights and in shadows. Using one definition one might claim that film has a lot of DR. Using another definition, one might claim that film does not give an _accurate_ recording of the scene brightness over such a large DR. In the end, it usually our eyes that are the judge, and if you prefer the look of film I can only suggest to keep using that.

I do believe that many comparisions of film vs digital is unfair. I.e. digital is compared to film on films terms. For the expert user, this might not matter as she will choose based on her own knowledge. For novices, this could lead to false conclusions.


While I dont consider myself a nerd, Film had sort of a soft S curve in the DR and gradual decline in the shadows/highlights, but just like digital, It was a tad more forgiving in the highlights in negative film (film was essentially transparent (negative) once processed and the exposure burned the image onto it... If you over expose or underexpose maybe 1 stop, you could always compensate by over/under developing...

People give digital too much credit... Film, you had to expose properly (same as digital), process it (raw conversion to photoshop/lightroom/aperture), and in most situations, print with contrast filter, dodge/burn, manipluate, etc (post-processing in photoshop, lightroom/aperture)... Just to take a image taken from digital and scanning a slide film and measuring ranges, I'm sure they would be quite comparable... but also then you have to take in to account processing and post processing... All that will affect visible DR and needs to be taken into account when comparing oldschool zone prints.  There's a lot of stuff to take into account

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII will come
« on: November 08, 2011, 03:16:05 PM »
Sure it will... this time next year =)

Canon General / Re: Dynamic Range - Digital sensors
« on: November 08, 2011, 02:43:39 PM »
From what I remember... BW negative film had natively around 7-8 stops of range, you were able to push/pull the film in processing to get some more range, but maybe a stop or two more... Color Slide ISO 50 film you were looking closer to 11 stops... Paper only had closer to 6-7 depending on what paper you were using, RC or standard.  Zone photography allowed you to make the most out of your film/processing/paper to get the absolute most out of your DR.  Digital, other than maybe HDR, which may or may not be perceptually loved, is the closest photographers have to Zone Photography... 

Whether or not digital has more or less DR is dependent on skills, exposure and processing as well as if this is just going to be viewed on screen or printed, if printed, what printer, inks, paper combinations you are using.  In Film we exposed for the shadows, printed for the highlights... digital, we got to do the reverse, expose for the highlights, print for the shadows (just like you would if shooting slide film, you can boost up shadows, you cannot regain lost highlights).  Most people forget this technique and become somewhat lazy.  I think cameras are starting to get to the detail quality that we expected from film, but you will need to really learn exposure to get the most DR Possible.  It is not just camera dependent, it's so much more. 

I just got an email from Canon saying a new batch of instant rebates for 5d II, 7D, and 60D... (7D and 60D additional rebates with certain lens purchases)... up until thanksgiving...

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