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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:05:55 PM »
If this and the 5D4 both come out next year it will be one expensive year!   :'(

Highly doubt the 5d4 will come out next year

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 04:49:06 PM »
ok ok we know it's going to come out.... but WHAT ABOUT DR, ISO, Photo only features, NOISE, IQ, Build............

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also, with the dual pixel sensor replacement, would they need to install a touch screen for implementation?  If they offered this for my 5d 3, i may just take them up on the offer...  replacing the almost 2 year old sensor (assuming they offer this in the spring 2014) future proofing the camera... may take away the knee jerk need to upgrade to the 5d4 as quickly.. 

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Canon General / Re: Buying "dodgy" American Canon camera gear?
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:07:49 PM »
I've sold my used canon gear to my wife's family in the UK...  He got a simple converter for the UK outlets to work with the USA charger...  The differences in voltage isn't a problem.  Warranties may be an issue, if you need them...  that may be a thing you contact the service centers in the USA and determine, if needed, that it may be cheaper to ship back to the USA center in New Jersey or Virginia compared to shipping to the UK and dealing with any additional fee's, if any.  Of course, after a year when the warranty expires, then it wouldn't matter either way.  Good luck

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Canon General / Re: 30 Days to Design Your Portrait Business
« on: November 01, 2013, 03:45:31 PM »
I wonder if this is going to be like the Sue Bryce 28 Days where the first 2 and last day were free and the rest of the shows you can only watch if you paid for the show.  Wonder what she can bring to the table that sue didn't

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:14:25 PM »
I've seen documentaries where they take footage from a 4k cinema camera shot at 30FPS or 60 FPS and choosing the best still frame and comparing it with a DSLR.

4k video is about 6 to 8MP per frame and that's where we were about 10 years ago with the 10D, 20D, etc. And people were doing that professionally.

But this is not a new way to shoot photographs. In the past photographers would take reels of film and just spool it when filming wild animals so that they were guaranteed to capture the magic moment.

I'm not saying it is the new way, but 5 years ago, this was not a possibility and now it is.  With how quickly technology is changing, how advanced engineers are developing, it wont be long I can guarantee you that.  It was a year or two ago I was watching this show or program of television engineers from all the big brands and they weren't even discussing 1080p... they weren't even talking about 4k... They were talking about bigger and better, where they are putting their R&D into...  pigeonholing themselves into thinking something isn't capable and to ignore it isn't reality and more.  I'm also not saying that they are even considering turning all DSLR's into video cameras, but I'm saying expect to see more of that technology and thinking applied into our future cameras...  This video thing isn't going away... it may just enhance our photography instead...

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:37:13 AM »
As a professional and a person who shoots almost daily, I can see that there WILL be change in 5 years, how much is uncertain.  I can see an arguement that the DSLR will be a smaller form size... perhaps to compete more with consumer/professionals wanting a lighter, more convenient, faster camera...  Like the way tripod manufacturers are switching from allow to carbon fiber for ligher and stronger materials, perhaps stuff like that can be in store.  Point and Shoots, lets face it, is being phased away even by nokia smart phones.  While no one would expect a smartphone to have the same quality and detail of an P&S, consumer apathy and good enough mentality will give the nod to convenience over carrying a separate device that JUST does photos.  For those of you people who hate video integration in photography, I can see video becoming more of a factor in every day life.  I've seen documentaries where they take footage from a 4k cinema camera shot at 30FPS or 60 FPS and choosing the best still frame and comparing it with a DSLR.  While I dont forsee camera manufacturers to do away with the mirror in DSLRs, I can see them really limiting their uses to focus acquisition and locking and metering and letting the on-board camera software and tracking capabilities to take over and go from there, allowing faster FPS, less mechanical wear and tear, and just maybe, depending on what changes/innovations we see, more reliability.  Much like the digital revolution that changed how 99% of all photographers captured and took photographs, I can see another change coming also...  Will DSLRs die in 5 years?  No, but will there be a change in how we photograph or think about photographing?  Yes.   

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Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:26:09 PM »
I prefer monopods over tripods if i can help it...  We have the 682B manfrotto monopod... it has 3 legs that can pop out if I need them, if I dont, they fold up neatly inside the monopod...  so if i'm indoors shooting video, it works nicely, if I'm out and about, it is still good...  It will not be very reliable outside with wind and a camera mounted on it without you holding it, so it will not totally replace a tripod, but for 90% of the time, if i can help it, it will get the nod over a tripod. 

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As a stockholder, as long as stocks go up in the long run, i'm happy =)

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Technical Support / Re: dark vignette in top right hand corner- help!
« on: October 23, 2013, 11:33:10 AM »
I dont know about the mark2, but pocket wizards, on my mark 3, claim to be 1/200 of a second sync speed, but in my tests, they are actually 1/160.  if i do 1/200, they will get some darkening, although it would be more uniformed along that side.  I dont shoot many high key shots so that could explain the unevenness a bit

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Software & Accessories / Re: software for designing wedding albums
« on: October 18, 2013, 01:55:48 PM »
Indesign is a big program to learn, especially like any adobe product like photoshop.  It is the industry standard, along side with Quark when it comes to creating catalogs, flyers, brochures, books, etc...  You will have create everything from scratch assuming you dont have a template to jump off of...  You can create some awesome albums with indesign, but learning how to do it isn't as intuitive. Good luck with your endeavors. 

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Canon General / Re: PPA and Insurance
« on: October 14, 2013, 01:23:48 PM »
I just looked... is this equipment insurance or health insurance...  I was looking for health/medical insurance... it appears this is equipment insurance.
I'm sorry, I'm still in my Monday morning fog  :-[.  I misread your post, but in terms of health insurance, I'm guessing PPA will probably do what the MLA (Modern Language Association) and other creative groups have done and drop their health insurance due to Obamacare.  If you're reasonably young and healthy, your best bet is a high deductible plan with riders for Rx and a handful of office visits.  That keeps your premium low, but is what's called catastrophic insurance, which means that if you get really sick or injured, you'll have to cough up $4k or whatever your deductible is to cover the bills.  I did this when I was younger with the theory that I and my family could scrounge up the money should I fall of a ladder or something.  Humana and United generally offer pretty good plans.

Otherwise, you'll have to take your chances on the new exchange.  Just be sure not to buy the really cheap plans from unheard of companies.  There's a company out of Texas called UICI that has changed it's name 10x and operates 100 shell companies.  They are the scourge of the insurance industry (I have 10 years in this world) and have had the unfortunate luck of having to deal with them for my wife's claims.  If you've ever seen The Rainmaker, they are the real Great Benefit.  Go with a brand company, Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, United, and you'll have the same lousy insurance as the rest of us, but you won't get totally screwed.

Thanks for your input =)

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Canon General / Re: PPA and Insurance
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:55:18 AM »
It's been a few years since I looked into this, but the best deal I found was to join the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) and buy insurance through Chubb (Rand Insurance is the broker).  You don't have to shoot nature photos to join or anything, but that's who the majority of members are in the association.  I've had two fairly small claims with them and they were extremely easy to deal with and processed my check quickly.

Membership is $100/year (NANPA) and the annual rate is $0.0245 per dollar of insurance.  It was the best deal I could find, but in my case, I didn't need the PPA benefits or professional liability insurance.  If I remember, PPA is $250/yr or more and their insurance was more like $0.04 / per dollar of insurance.  The only thing you don't want to do is go through your homeowners policy.  That's a guaranteed way to lose your money as they will instantly deny any claims they suspect are "commercial use".  Here are the links:
http://www.nanpa.org/equipment_insurance.php
http://www.randinsurance.com/Site/581886336/Nanpa.asp


I just looked... is this equipment insurance or health insurance...  I was looking for health/medical insurance... it appears this is equipment insurance. 

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Canon General / Re: PPA and Insurance
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:53:11 AM »
It's been a few years since I looked into this, but the best deal I found was to join the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) and buy insurance through Chubb (Rand Insurance is the broker).  You don't have to shoot nature photos to join or anything, but that's who the majority of members are in the association.  I've had two fairly small claims with them and they were extremely easy to deal with and processed my check quickly.

Membership is $100/year (NANPA) and the annual rate is $0.0245 per dollar of insurance.  It was the best deal I could find, but in my case, I didn't need the PPA benefits or professional liability insurance.  If I remember, PPA is $250/yr or more and their insurance was more like $0.04 / per dollar of insurance.  The only thing you don't want to do is go through your homeowners policy.  That's a guaranteed way to lose your money as they will instantly deny any claims they suspect are "commercial use".  Here are the links:
http://www.nanpa.org/equipment_insurance.php
http://www.randinsurance.com/Site/581886336/Nanpa.asp


Thanks for responding...  PPA yearly for active photographers are $323, 273 if you dont want indemnification insurance... a healthy charge since I would JUST be interested in the insurance, especially if i was to find out that it wasn't that great to begin with.  I've never heard of NANPA, but i will definitely look them up.  Is it actual insurance or one of those saving plans or set-ups where you pay up front and get reimbursed?  If it was just me it would be one thing, but i do have a wife and kids so i want to make sure they are taken care of.  =)  Thanks for your input!

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Canon General / PPA and Insurance
« on: October 14, 2013, 10:21:41 AM »
Ok.... So here's my conundrum...  I work with a large agency doing professional photography, as well as portrait photography on the side... I currently work around 60-80 hours a week and it's very taxing... i currently get my insurance and benefits from the agency i'm with.  I was approached by another individual to start our own agency...  potentially a lot more money, freedom, and get to do what i like to do when I want to do it, and no more 60-80 hours a week working... sounds great right?  Well while all the logistics is fairly reasonable and we are ironing everything out, the one thing that could be a big monkey wrench is healthcare, especially with the new obamacare rules and regs.  so... we were looking at options and from what we can see from the "marketplace" the insurances are outrageous in premiums, no where near what we are paying now, but what can we do.   We saw that as a benefit of the PPA, professional photographers of america, they have access to a broker who does insurance.  Has anyone used them?  Are they cheaper than other options?  Although i shoot professionally, i've never seen a need or a desire to join the PPA as i find that it's mostly pomp and circumstance and gladhanding and such.  I find selling a picture more rewarding than winning an award from some competition judged by people i dont know using rules that may be questionable with agendas up the wazoo... BUT... if their insurance is worth the cost of yearly membership and such, maybe it could be an option.  Have any of you guys tried this out?  I would be interested in hearing your opinions.  Thanks

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