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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX Autofocus Test: Tennis
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:33:29 PM »
I was able to actually focus-track a tennis ball in flight.  Yes.  To illustrate this absolutely extraordinary feature of the 1DX, I tracked the ball with single point in Case 6 I believe, and it ignored the closer girl in my foreground.  I cropped a bit here, but just did a quick jpeg save.

1D X Sample Images / Who is this idiot??
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:55:27 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Shot football game with 1DX and 1D4
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:24:17 AM »
Results tomorrow.  Preliminarily the 1DX focused faster, more accurately, and went to way higher iso's.  The 1D4 was great with extended reach on the 70-200L.  I'll have photos tomorrow night.  I definitely would like a second 1DX body to keep with me, and use that on the 70-200L instead.  Oh man the ISO performance!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX IQ
« on: August 25, 2012, 11:11:28 PM »
Well I'm gonig through some shots from tonight's Ashland U. vs. Wooster soccer match, and this is pretty cool.  I'm finding when I import my RAW files, I investigate to see what post processing needs done and then do it, before I crop.  Gone through about 10 photos now and decided I didn't really need to do anything to them.  First camera I've ever had where I didn't NEED to do any post processing at all.  All I'm doing is cropping and saving to TIF.  Really amazing stuff.  I was shooting with a 300 f/2.8L I IS lens too.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX ISO 25,600 from tonight
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:17:23 PM »
180mm f/3.5L at f/8, 1/500, ISO 25,600

EOS Bodies / Where is briansquibb?
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:37:06 PM »
Anyone heard from Brian lately?  I hope everything is okay.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What would you do?
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:57:06 PM »
Well I've done a ton of business with Adorama in the past.  So this isn't just a one time deal where I sent gear in to have evaluated for money or a trade.  I sent in my 1D Mark IV just to see what they'd offer, and I didn't like it.  So they sent it back.  Well, they sent something back.  I opened the package up tonight and it was a 5D Mark II, not the 1D Mark IV that I sent.  I immediately contacted them and they said they are on it and would contact me back as soon as possible.  This was about 3-4 hours ago.  How upset do you get and how much do you push this so early?  I'm beyond upset.  Depending on the outcome of this I may never do business there again. 

Lenses / Landscape Question
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:50:24 PM »
I'm going to be using my 24L lens this afternoon for some landscape shooting.  I won't have a whole lot of time to screw around and do any testing, so I had a question.  Suppose I'm doing a scene, and want maximum DOF.  I know setting the aperture too narrow can lead to diffraction.  However, since I don't do a whole lot of landscape, what are the consequences of narrowing from f/8, to f/11, to f/16, and to f/22?  Will there be any negative consequences at f/22?  Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 05, 2012, 09:46:03 PM »
Here is no NR and NR 80 in ACR ISO 12,800 cropped quite a bit:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX burst rate test
« on: August 05, 2012, 09:22:46 PM »
I shot high burst rate mode this evening of some kids throwing grapes at each other.  I chose 4 photos, two of the thrower and 2 of the throwee if you will.  She missed but oh well.  The third photo, the grape is at the top of the frame.  Even 1/1000s was too slow, but it was evening shade light with no real way to increase the shutter speed.  It was just a test.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Sports and posters
« on: August 04, 2012, 05:51:32 PM »
Has anyone doing sports ever printed a poster size photo of a player in action, or just plain made a poster?  I need to make a few this fall of some players, and was wondering if the 1D Mark IV's 16mp (uncropped) will be enough or the 1D X's 18.  I was thinking maybe I should pre-plan the poster shots and shoot them with a 5D Mark III?  Has anyone done this?  Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Camera Crossroads :)
« on: August 02, 2012, 12:40:50 PM »
Well I'm looking for opinions right now.  My only job with photography, it looks like this year, will be sports.  Nothing but college sports.  I have a 1DX, 2 5D3's I was shooting weddings with, a 1D4, and a 1Ds3.  Obviously now I don't need all of those cameras since weddings will go to about nil and it'll be all about sports.  I need 2 bodies at each sporting event.  Obviously if I kept my cameras I'd go 1DX/1D4.  However, if I sold some cameras, I could afford another 1DX and maybe a longer lens (currently have the 400 f/2.8L IS which I think is plenty long on the 1D4, but if I didn't have the 1D4, not sure for track). 

My current position is to sell a 5D3, the 1D4, and the 1Ds3, and buying a 1DX, giving me a pair of 1DX's and a 5D3.  I could probably budget down the road either a newer 400mm lens or a 500mm lens.  I'm not in a bind or anything, I was just looking for some opinions on what you might do if you were going to primarily shoot sports, but do some weddings here and there.  Thanks!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX, 1D4, 5D3 outdoor church shots
« on: July 30, 2012, 06:49:21 PM »
I did the 1DX, 1D4, and 5D3 shots of a church this evening.  I did nothing to the photos except crop to the church, as I was using a tripod.  I shot at f/8, 24mm, and used Center Weighted Average on the highlight on the face of the church.  The 1D4 I ran out of room, sorry.  I took two shots, one at ISO 100, and another as high of an ISO I could go.  Note the metering is different, as at ISO 2000, f/8, the 1DX and 5D3 give different shutter speeds to achieve the same exposure.

The auto focus in the 1DX is much faster.  The shutter is super fast.  I actually like it more than the 1D Mark IV.  The 5D Mark III seems to struggle a bit in lower light or objects with little contrast, but the 1D X has been hitting those.

The downside is that the two do not expose and meter the same.  The 1D X looks wrong.  It isn't metering the same as the 5D Mark III and I actually think, compared to the 1D4 and 5D3, it is slightly underexposing.  Auto ISO in manual mode gives different ISO values on the two cameras, the lower being on the 1D X and thus it does look a tad underexposed.  More into that later.

I will next compare outdoor shots again with plenty of light of a church. 

So far other than the 1D body and the faster shutter and burst rate, I really don't see much advantage over the 5D3.  The ISO performance by my indoor examples are not significant enough.  They are super close up through 10,000 or 12,800.  The landscape shots really weren't different enough among the 1DX, 5D3, and 1D4 to really say any difference there, other than the pleasing extra detail present in the 1D X images. 

I'll do two more tests.  The normal shooting situation of a church, and then some action/sports.  Those will really be the true tests, so stay tuned.

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