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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2012, 07:57:28 PM »
I read your post jrista and one minor question I had regarding your images you are observing for your arguments, what exactly do you do when you "downsize" say, a 21mp photo out of camera?  What exactly do you mean by this?  I think I know, but I wanted to be clear.  Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:08:39 AM »
For white balance, your first best option is to use a styrofoam coffee cup as a white balance target. Styrofoam has a nearly perfectly flat spectral response, far superior to that of any of the commercial white balance targets. It's also about 80% reflective, which is excellent for setting white balance; low enough that there's no danger of clipping (unless the photo is hopelessly overexposed), yet high enough that noise isn't a factor. You can set it in the scene and get a nice sampling of each of the light sources by direction (say, daylight coming from the right and fluorescent coming from the left, blended roughly equally in the middle); or, you can put it over the lens and get a good whole-scene sampling suitable for an in-camera custom white balance.

If you don't have a spectrally-flat target (and note that many common "white" objects such as shirts and paper and the like are far from white), your next best bet is to boost the saturation in post-processing to 100%, fiddle with the white balance until it looks as neutral and un-saturated as possible, and then return the saturation to wherever you want it for that picture. It's much easier to tell when the white balance is off when the picture is over-saturated.

Cheers,

b&

That's a fantastic idea.  I have tons of styrofoam cups I was drinking beer out of :)  And you're right, much cheaper.  I couldn't see the green that bad in my histogram, that's what confused me, so I will WB off the styrofoam cup, thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera Crossroads :)
« on: August 07, 2012, 10:00:32 AM »
Brian,

If I had the time and money, believe me, I'd keep the 1Ds3/1Ds2 combo and go shoot landscape for a week at a time.  It's hard when you spend all your time doing one type of shooting because money comes into play and you sort of lose some of the fun of the hobby.  But I guess it was my choice.  No demand here for portrait work as heavily as you have it; it's all sports.  There are no sports photographers to be found for universities for some odd reason.  EVERYONE is doing weddings/senior pictures, so the current demand is sufficient, but the supply of photographers is also very high.  I can honestly say that I am more skilled at sports/action than portrait/landscape.  It would take me a lot of studying and practice to do those types of works.  Weddings are a tad different as you can approach as photojournalistic. 

As you can see, I sometimes miss my histogram and WB in indoor lighting.  This is something I will have to get better at, but with gyms for basketball and volleyball the lighting is so even, it hasn't been a problem at all, whereras indoor events with mixed lighting is tough.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 07, 2012, 09:54:01 AM »
Everybody,

Thanks. 

Brett

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:59:24 PM »
Basically any shot I took indoors in indoor lighting with no flash, are unusable because I cannot fix the green shadows.  I've never had this issue before I guess.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:56:30 PM »
Another green shadow shot that cannot be fixed with WB adjustments:


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Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2 vs 35mm 1.4
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:42:31 PM »
I did actually purchase the 35L and the 50 f/1.4 together back when the 50L was $1699 new, because I could both for that price.  I haven't been in a condition where I needed the 50L instead of the 1.4 to be quite honest.  Narrower than f/2.8 the 1.4 takes a slight lead in sharpness, even if ever so slight.  I did begin shooting in wedding receptions so I bought the 50L just to be safe and have used it effectively in low light.  But I never did a comparison so who knows, maybe the 1.4 can do just as well at f/2 to f/2.8 for reception shots.  I do appreciate the quality and extra build though.

If you already have the 50L, selling it and buying the 35L won't accomplish much regarding money.  If you didn't have the 50L yet, I'd suggest the 35L/50 1.4 combo.  Now though, I wouldn't do any trading personally.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:36:28 PM »
Moral of the story is that with digital photography, shooting in tungsten and/or fluorescent lighting indoors without a flash is never, ever a good thing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:24:03 PM »
I'm running into the same sort of issues though in tungsten lighting, green hues to the shadows.  As you can see, it's doing it here too.  I've noticed the same result in the 5D3 shot in tungsten lighting, with tungsten WB.  Why is this green channel doing this?  This is actually irritating considering I never noticed this in the 1D4 or 1Ds3.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:22:27 PM »
Does this look better? 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:19:38 PM »
The OP images look clean... but they have a funny blue cast on my monitor....

I played with the RAW file after reading your post, appears to be 100% due to color temp.  I'm really bad at telling what looks correct :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera Crossroads :)
« on: August 06, 2012, 07:25:16 PM »
Are you planning to do anything other than sports? If not then it would be worth getting more specialist kit.

If you are planning to do other things then versatility needs to be factored in.

3 bodies are fine - means one can be repaired whilst the other two are being used.

I just sent both 1Ds for cleaning/service, the 1D4 will go on their return, by which time the 1DX should be here.

I can always fall back on the 10D/5Dc combo if needed  ::) ::) ::)

Yes, take your 10D to your weddings and then go shoot some indoor volleyball :) :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera Crossroads :)
« on: August 06, 2012, 07:23:04 PM »
Well, thought I would close out this thread with the following.  Since I'll be shooting only one wedding in November and nothing but Ashland U sports all year, and now I got into some HS sports in Mansfield, I'll be doing some 30 games/events per fall, winter, spring.  That's going to be a lot of sports.  So I made the decision to sell my 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, and a 5D Mark III.  I picked up another 1DX and so have two of those and will have also a 5D Mark III.  This way I can shoot at events with two 1-D bodies.  My lesson is that the bodies you have now lose very little value.  To sell those 3 cameras was roughly $9k.  So if you purchase an expensive camera and feel apprehensive, don't worry at all.  You can get it back.  My past purchases actually were investments that you could argue ended up being a free 1DX plus change.  That change will go towards a lens perhaps.  I'm not saying to go spend a ton of money without care, but if you get worried don't because I sold the stuff no problem at all.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 07:16:03 PM »
Jsut got hold of a 1dx for 8999 brand new, so I put up my 5d3 and TS 17 for sale, I have until wednesday to make it happen, fingers crossed!

You will not be disappointed one bit!  I promise.  No matter which camera you have, the 5D Mark III or the 1D X, you will not have any negative impacts from either.  There is little wrong and I have had nothing but pure enjoyment with them.  I look at the 1DX as just a super fast/sports version of the 5D Mark III.  And the 5D Mark III is sort of my 1Ds Mark IV.    Briansquibb will never go for that analogy, but congratulations if you make the purchase.  Not to confuse you though, but there is nothing wrong with holding onto your 5D Mark III and TS 17.  That's a great combo too.  I agree though, I would sell those if buying a 1DX because the cost is quite exhaustive.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:52:26 PM »
we don't need nor want a 40 mp camera (at least canon would be smart enough to give it sRAW and mRAW so we aren't stuck with 100 MB images.


Not that the resolution makes that much difference; otoh the x-sync up to 1/320 and  high rez/off center spot metering meter are endearing.
That battery pack that powers the strobes gets instant double capacity! Also the flash duration gets down, no more need for twin heads. At least the 1Dx + PWs gives me the same benefits.

You'll be waiting 30 seconds between shots on a 40mp RAW image to downconvert to mRAW or sRAW.  You could say that wouldn't be a sports camera :) :)

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