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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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D X ISO Shots
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:12:35 PM »
I took several ISO shots with the 1D X indoors, in fluorescent light.  I did 6400, 10000, 12800, 25600, and 51200.  I then cropped the mug I was shooting at ISO 51200 and did no NR, and then 80% NR in Camera RAW.  I then show the whole scene at 80% NR in Camera RAW.

I will post the 5D3 and 1D4 images next.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Anyone send TIF files for printing?
« on: July 11, 2012, 12:32:03 PM »
Hey everyone,

I'm changing my workflow slightly for speed and professionalism due to some clients wanting photos sent out and having a photobook printed professionally.  However, I have to use TIF files right now, converted out of Adobe RAW to TIF, then to DVD, then to printing.  Does anyone else do this and if so, a reputable company?  For weddings I would hire someone to do this and simply gave them my flash cards.  Thanks!!


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600EX-RT and 5D Mark III trouble
« on: July 01, 2012, 03:59:35 PM »
Well I set up for radio transmission with two 600EX-RT's and put one on camera as master, and one off camera as slave.  I am firing in automatic ETTL mode.  I set them up, they are linked, same channel and frequency, but the master unit will not fire, only the slave unit fires.  In fact, I cannot even set the master unit to fire, because the ON or OFF button just doesn't work.  Where that icon goes in the LCD screen, right next to it is an exclamation point.  Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong?  I've read and reread the manual and followed all the steps and it's not working. Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:21:48 PM »
Does anybody here ever have to shoot events during the day, such as between 10am and 3pm?  I did yesterday and due to the sun, I missed so many potentially great shots, taken otherwise in proper lighting (morning or evening).  Does this frustrate anyone?  Sorry I'm just venting :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Track Meet Photo Review with 1D Mark IV
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:36:55 PM »
So I was at a track meet and was positioned quite a ways from the track area.  I had a 300mm f/4L lens and a 1D Mark IV.  This event was nearing full dusk, so the ISO was at 1600 I believe in both cases and aperture was turned up to f/5.6.  Normally for these shots I like f/11 because I like more of the background in focus than what I got, but I already had the shutter speed down to 1/400s.  I did very little in processing, but I did a fairly large crop.  I wanted to point this out because the resolution is awesome despite such a large crop.  At the time I wasn't convinced I should really go higher ISO with the 1D4, but I guess looking at the photos now, should I have gone 1/500, higher ISO, and narrower aperture?  The shot from way across the track was fairly difficult from where I was but upon cropping, looked okay, minus the fans in the background, which I didn't really like how it turned out.  Thanks.  P.S.  If you open the photos themselves you get a full view.  Thanks.  Edit:  I'd like some help here from you guys.  You know I'd help you if I could :)

Lenses / Landscape Shot Question
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:19:47 AM »
Hey everyone, I've always wanted to ask this.  I do quite a bit of landscape photography.  This afternoon, say about 6:15pm in Ohio, it was hazy, hot, and humid (a 3 H's day).  I was on top of Mt. Jeez near Lucas, OH and I had my 100-400L lens, with a UV haze filter on, and shot southeast across the landscape at a red barn, at 400mm, f/16, on a tripod.  The two shots I took were still incredibly hazy.  Normally I just deal with it post-processing but it takes a long time and I'm getting tired of it.  Is there something I can do on-camera and while I take the shot?  Thanks!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D Mark IV and indoor basketball question
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:58:21 PM »
This winter I'm going to be shooting indoor basketball for a high school in Mansfield, OH.  I have a 1D Mark IV that I've used extensively for outdoor well-lit sports (track mainly).  To practice, I went to an open-gym just to get an idea on focal lengths and perspectives.  The trouble I had was metering.  There was a door open at one end of the gym letting massive amounts of outdoor light in, with a huge blown highlight area on the floor.  Ok, I can work around that.  However, I had trouble metering in the gym and got quite a few over and underexposed images.  What is the best way to meter for these situations, such as indoor gyms?  I haven't had any trouble outside because that's easier, and controlled portrait indoor light hasn't been a problem.  But there are no flashes allowed and I was wondering if there is a more robust way to meter action indoors.  I've never done this before.  Thanks!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Looking for backup camera body
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:46:18 AM »
Well I would like to have a backup camera body, and I currently shoot with both the 5D Mark III and 1D Mark IV.  There is someone that has offered me his 1Ds Mark III that was his backup body (he pre-ordered the 1D X) for $4000.  It wasn't used much because his backup wasn't used much, maybe has 5-7k actuations.  He did send it to Canon to have it refurbished, which it is.  Well, I'm not sure it is worth it.  I can get a 5D Mark II for 2k that I wouldn't use as much as my current cameras, but I've never even used a 1Ds series camera.  Would it be woth it?  What can the 1Ds III do that say, the 5D Mark III and II can't?  Thanks for any input.

P.S.  I can afford it but the issue is whether it is worth it or necessary.  Ah maybe I should just sell my 1D Mark IV and get a 1D X :)

EOS Bodies / 5D Mark II Refurbished
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:38:36 PM »
If anyone wants a refurbished 5D Mark II, as of 11:38pm on 6-6-12, they are in stock at Canon USA Store.

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