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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
« on: September 03, 2011, 01:34:59 AM »
Canon CPS is sending me this lens in 2 weeks to play with for a little while.  I will post photos once I'm done with the lens for you guys... 

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Canon General / Re: Accent color shots
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:33:12 PM »
That make sense to "line up" the background blur with the angle of the board--I may have to try that. 

More of my concern is the "ghosting" around the kid herself which was a different step than the background blur.  Without any sort of effect/blur it didn't look right, so I feel like what I have is an improvement over nothing, but it still feels a bit ackward.

Other than the background motion blur, it would help if you can explain what you would like to see in your minds eye (rather than the ghosting) and what filter you used for the ghosting so I can best (and the rest of the canon rumors forum) to advise you...  If you are simply trying to convey motion, you could select the girl, put her on her on layer (if she's not already), make a duplicate, and on the lower layer you can apply motion blur.  If you did that to the top layer she would be out of focus.  Adjust the trail to your liking and then adjust the opacity of the layer to your liking.  If it appears off you can either slightly adjust the top opacity to add a little blur to the subject or add a layer mask (with the girl selected so the mask is in the shape of the girl), do a gausian blur so the edges of the girl blends into the motion blur layer below...  I hope this helps. 

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Canon General / Re: Accent color shots
« on: August 29, 2011, 08:43:34 PM »
Well, looks like she's effortlessly gliding along on ice. Based on her very relaxed look, no prob.....

So great shoot, no fix needed

Dario.

Relaxed look until she hits a rock and go flying off haha.  =)  Looks nice... FYI, regarding the motion blur, I saw somewhere when someone wanted 45 degree motion blur rather than side to side, they increased the canvas size, rotated to the direction of how they wanted the angle (so the motion blur would be horizontal) and then applied the motion blur, then rerotated it back to where it was.  If that's the only thing you wanted to change and you still have it in layers, shouldn't take more than a few min. 

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Canon General / Re: Accent color shots
« on: August 29, 2011, 03:32:10 PM »
A shot by shot comparison?  This is just my 2 cents...

1) the boys- I think that if it wasn't red shorts, it would be kinda blah as far as contrast... I'm sure in color it was light blue water meet light skinned boys meets light blue sky... kinda tough.. I may try to burn the bottom water and top sky... especially around the right side boy... he's kinda getting lost tonality wise. 

2) The boy sitting down... This is another tough one because the highlight of the photo is what is colorized.  My eye wants to draw a balance of dark to light however with the colorized part being the highlight, it is tough to digest a bit... Perhaps just a touch of shadow recovery to take away all the dark would help... but dont overdo it..

3) Darkroom with 3 people... this is a very dark photo overall... It is so dark that the red almost looks fake because the brightness of the red doesn't match the brightness of the natural scene... Raising the brightness level or shadow recovery may help (for the subjects) but leave the dark layer to use for the background so it doesn't get too busy...

4) Bride and Groom?... This photo is muddy and the dark tux is getting lost... A light shadow recovery and possible dodging on the brides and groom (highlight areas and areas of contrast separation) just to add that bit of separation and the appearance of natural highlights.

5) couple dancing.... The womans dress, like the other photo, seems kinda disproportionate in brightness to what the natural scene looks like... kinda hits you like a sharp left hook... I'm thinking it works because it is dancing, i'm assuming you didn't have too much control of the ambient light not that you would want the ambient to be too much higher or else it could get muddy also... The woman kinda feels darker than the man (mans probably a lot closer to the flash)... if you do any shadow recovery (just a pinch) just to selectively bring up her exposure while leaving the rest of the photo alone may be my suggestion. 

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"Is any company going to release a budget model of their product that has more and better features than their flagship? Not likely. So, by logic, that puts the 5D MkIII after a IDs MkIV."

Erm well that's exactly what Canon did with the 5D MkII released just after the 1Ds MkIII.  The 5D MkII has a better LCD display and a sensor with better microlenses, many believe that the 5D MkII has better IQ as a result.

Also, they wouldn't (again) add a camera that had better features than their flagship at the same time again (5d m2 and 1ds 3) but Given the time passed i'm sure everyone would understand a new 5d m3 as long as a far superior 1ds is shortly coming... it'd be cool to release them together as neuro suggested but that may be asking for too much. 

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But that makes too much logical sense for CEO's and big wigs at Canon (or any other company for that matter) to go by... What they care about is market share/money coming in (profits)/and reputation.  The 5d is a better seller and will sell more than the 1d's and will have a higher return on investment hence the profit and market share portions of the formula... The 1d's are all about prestige and reputation... I dont think Canon at all sits back, in this economy and says (this is older so we will replace this first)... it's about what will give us the biggest volume of sales and is more profitable... Hence why rebels are upgraded yearly and pro cameras not..

Agreed - but Canon can point to current sales figures for the 5DII that are still quite high.  On Amazon.com, the 5DII is the best selling full frame dSLR, and the 19th best-selling dSLR on their top-100 list (next highest FF is the Nikon D700 at #30).  Gene_can_warble frequently begs us to stop buying 5DII's so Canon will release a 5DIII, and while I don't think that Canon has the 5DIII wrapped up with a bow and ready to ship tomorrow, he's right that sales of the 5DII are still strong - perhaps strong enough to deflate the urgency of releasing a 5DIII.

Do you or anyone know whether sales for the 5d (classic) was still strong selling when the 5d mark II came out?  I just feel, given limited resources, the economy is in the tank, profits and company viability is at the forefront of the canon exec's minds, that they will want kinda a shoe in/sure thing as far as a semi high ticket camera that will sell well... When they think in their minds... seriously, how many 1d's would they move if they came out with a new 1d(s)?  In this economy, other than the cream of the crop, high budget, agency and or freelance photographers, who would plop 8 grand down, or even 7 grand on a new top of the line camera?  Who wants to put the over/under betting line around 1 million units?  Now they come out with a 5d and the over/under units jumps up to 5-7 million (within the first few months...).  I think the margin of profit would be enough to make it worth their while..

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Canon General / Re: Accent color shots
« on: August 29, 2011, 12:52:32 PM »
nicely done... If i may just add a little critique... I would try punching up contrast and working more with the black and white... When first shooting, they said a very good black and white (turned color) will make an awesome color photograph, but not all "color" photographs make good black and whites... so taking that little bit more and making the black and white more exciting and punchy could make a world of difference between good and superior accent photos.  Keep it up. 

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There is no way the 5D3 will be as delayed as end of 2012…

Now, that statement smells to me as coming from some poor soul longing for a 5DIII.

I have never bought into the idea that Canon will release a 5DIII before a 1DsIV.  The latter is older, more in need of an upgrade, and will likely be released first.  If (a big IF) we se an announcement for a 1DsIV coming out soon, that puts the 1Ds line on a 4-year replacement, so if that gap trickles down to the 5D line, late 2012 makes perfect sense.

But that makes too much logical sense for CEO's and big wigs at Canon (or any other company for that matter) to go by... What they care about is market share/money coming in (profits)/and reputation.  The 5d is a better seller and will sell more than the 1d's and will have a higher return on investment hence the profit and market share portions of the formula... The 1d's are all about prestige and reputation... I dont think Canon at all sits back, in this economy and says (this is older so we will replace this first)... it's about what will give us the biggest volume of sales and is more profitable... Hence why rebels are upgraded yearly and pro cameras not..

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EOS Bodies / Re: Exposure Compensation
« on: August 29, 2011, 10:12:02 AM »
Remember these on camera meter readings only get you to 18% gray.  It works well for when you metered object (spot) or scene (averaged) is 18% gray, but if it's not and you dont catch that, or if your on auto exposure, you are screwed.  It may be a pain, but getting a light meter that metered incident light is the best and most consistent, doesn't get fooled, and will nail exposures accordingly.  It's just another bit of gear you need to lug with you, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.  (plus if the light doesn't change, there's no need to change exposures unless you want to). 

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Canon General / Re: Silly question by a noob
« on: August 28, 2011, 11:56:47 AM »
Mr Canon & Co did (and still do) their best to keep the semi-pro users away from vid cams with changeable lenses. And now can produce with a 500 Euro-Cam á la 600D (or even 1100D) much better movies than with a video cam that cost ten times as much.
While I do hear that many users have sworn off Canon camcorders for the time being, saying that DSLRs make much better movies is kind of ridiculous.  These are for entirely different kinds of applications - camcorders have quiet and continuous focus and DSLRs don't.  It's ENG versus what Canon has been treating as a nifty toy that may or may not be acceptable for some controlled shooting situations.

The whole continuous focusing thing is totally blown way out of proportion.... To say a DSLR cant be as good of a tool because it doesn't continual focus is ridiculous.  How may professional VJ or professional film makers use autofocus?  What's that, 0?  How many have a several man crew (1 person to run the camera, one person to do follow focus, 1 person to direct, etc.... )... almost all.  When you're doing a paid gig, you DO NOT want your camera making the focus up for you.  If it just shifts focus a tiny bit (thinking the subject has changed) that could royally screw up an entire scene wasting time and money.   

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Canon General / Re: Help with eBay/back focus situation plz!
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:50:22 PM »
From my experience, If there is going to be any slight change in front/back focus, it will be on the long end, that is what is the most critical... Understanding how the 1/3 front, 2/3 back focus works, if you can nail focus on the long extreme, when you zoom out to the wide end, the image usually will be in focus... There of course may be extremes such as if you have max MA on the long end, when moved to the wide end, it COULD be enough to change the relation of focus within your frame, but if indeed that is enough screw it up, it's worth sending the lens into the manufacturer to fix. 

ps regarding zooming primes, you know where i'm getting at. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & The Rest [CR2]
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:21:25 PM »
Well for the most part, no other camera company has pumped out (within 2 years of the camera being out in production) any crop sensor that is superior for the 7d.  The only sensor that came close was the sony but that's kinda too early to tell... It probably wont be for a few more months before theres enough tests to say yes or no.  Plus it is unknown if canon really see's sony as direct competition or if it only see's nikon as competition.  Now by all means, should a 70D come out or new rebel that has a cleaner and better sensor, then you can expect the new 7d to be coming soon. 

Remember only 12 more months the camera will be 3 years old and ready for replacement.  As of 2 years into it's lifecycle, no other crop camera has come close to outperform and resolve this camrea.  If the camera was only 1year old and sony came out with the camera, then i could see the worry, but until nikon starts pumping out D400's, there's really no rush for canon to deliver such a camera.   

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Canon General / Re: Help with eBay/back focus situation plz!
« on: August 26, 2011, 03:36:10 PM »
Up until about 2005 I always sold gear on ebay... ever since I've used craigslist... that way they can test it and if they buy it, it's their problem.  Ebay I've had one person on on lens complain that there was a minor scuff on the barrel when the lens was extended, yada yada yada... It wasn't there when I shipped it... Some people forget about the 1/focal length rule and even gets more critical on higher MP lenses.  MA is there for a reason.  Also canonrumors also posted an article a while about about testing lenses and manufacturers specs and allowances so even if one camera shows great, it the other camera has a different tolerance in spec, the lens could be soft.  Tell him to give you shots taken on a tripod with no camera shake and a fixed item such as a pole or person or whatever... That way he can tell what's going on... Long lenses also work better with monopods... try that...

PS MA works for zooms AND primes... use the prime on the most extreme (wide open zoomed to the highest focal length).. If you MA on that, everything else, while they may change, will fall into place nicely. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & The Rest [CR2]
« on: August 26, 2011, 02:59:45 PM »
I understand your opinion about how the 7d relates to the xxd cameras and xxxd camera... Well the 60D and t3i carry the same sensor, but are not superior sensors to the 7d... the 60D has some goodies that trickled down from the 7d and new innovations such as the much debated swivel screen... The 7d still holds it's own even after nikon upgraded the d300 to the d300s to compete with video, but the 7d has still been dubbed by many people as the d300s killer.  The sony is an interesting camera but until production samples come out to really do a side by side comparison in quality and function, it's a bit too early to tell who comes out on top.  The 7d compared to the newest 60d and xxd would be like the top of the line mustang whereas the 60d would be the regular mustang with the same engine but less bells and whistles and maybe the t3i would be the same car with manual roll down windows and steel wheels.... It's debatable whether people in the industry consider the 7d as "pro" or not, but canon has made a point to all but say that this is in the same category as the 5d... 5d being a baby 1ds and 7d being a baby 1d. 

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Canon General / Re: Silly question by a noob
« on: August 26, 2011, 10:28:09 AM »
There's a few issues... first, as dr crouble mentioned, it would still be the same size sensor and regardless how much pixels it has, costs wont be any cheaper to produce and you wont have the superior resolution of 21mp (for lets say 4k video comes out, etc... It's much easier for Mr Canon (not that he will) but to throw in a patch or firmware to record that size vs recreating the sensor (again). 

Secondly, the bigger pixels, the less noise is sorta a myth... With that thinking, the 10D/20D should have less noise than the 7D, but the 10D got noise past iso 200... (But in it's defense it was actually very close to film tolerances and most photographers using it had a film background so we didn't think anything of it).  Plus, with the smaller pixels you have finer resolution hence you can SEE the noise easier whereas the noise on lower resolution cameras would have to be big enough to take up the majority of said pixel to show, and with those cameras it didn't take much. 

Now with that out of the way, they definitely can put together a barebones no frills super video camera dslr but they would have to make it at a price point (full frame) and cheap enough to produce where it would be profitable and where they are comfortable that it would have enough of a demand to warrant it.  Dont forget struggles including jello cam/rolling shutter, frame rates, buffer and recording limitations, sound options, etc... I couldn't see that kinda camera until they get those dslr quirks sorted out.  If they're going to invest in creating a camera they dont want any of these issues to ruin the camera. 

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