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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 for sports/action?
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:41:17 AM »
I shoot manual with Auto ISO and AI Servo with the focusing area set to center zone. The zone focusing solved a lot of problems associated with center point only focusing, like a rapidly-moving main subject moving off the center point or two main subjects separated by a space in the center, resulting in a perfectly focused background and a fuzzy main subject.

When you refer to zone focusing - which mode exactly are you referring to? There is one called Zone AF and then there are Expand AF Area or Expand AF Area: Surround.

I sometimes will shoot with zone focusing, not the expanded feature.  If basketball players are charging towards me for the basket, and I'm along the wall behind the basket, zone helps because as the player goes up for the layup and defenders are there, I cannot determine which part of that scene is going to be closest to me.  If zone is selected, the camera will automagically pick the correct point on the scene to focus and if aperture is narrow enough, everybody is in focus.  I rarely us expanded point, but that would be useful if you were tracking the basketball and it got slightly away from you.  Zone covers more ground. 

As far as using the 5D Mark III for sports, I have to be able to.  I doubt at tennis and golf matches anyone is going to want to hear the shutter firing on my 1D X :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some Pictures with the 1D X
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:19:11 AM »
So, got my 1d X in the mail today. And first off, is it worth it over the 5d3? My respons is; LOL!

Second, is it REALLY so that the ONLY button I can assign ISO to, except the one that has ISO written on it is the SET-button?

The reason why I ask is because, man, they placed the ISO-button way to far out on the right, it should have been the EC-button instead! And it's also to small. Why did they do it that way. I almost have to loose the whole grip to adjust ISO... The only bummer so far, the 1d X is frikkin' fantastic! Maaan I missed the 1-series much more than I could remember!

I think it depends on what your shooting.  The option of AF point linked spot metering is good enough for me.  Also for action, if you want the shutter to not go below anything 1/500 or faster is great.  For sports I use this feature.  I've used it on the 1D Mark IV.  You turn on ISO Safety Shift, then set your minimum shutter speed to 1/500.  This way you can turn on auto ISO and STILL shoot with EC.  It is an awesome feature.  The camera is sort of a mesh between the 5D Mark III and 1D Mark IV.  You can also do Multi Expsoure and 12fps just by holding down the shutter button in AI Servo Mode.  Not to mention the ultra-detail in shots that the 1D Mark IV can't do.  I also checked out the multi-point spot metering feature if you don't like Multi Exposure or HDR.  It's a bit different but you can average metering areas into one photo. 

There are features that if you need them, probably does make the camera worth a lot more than the 5D Mark III.  I'm not sure double the price, but certainly more than the 1D Mark IV.  If you purchased the 1D X, my advice is that you begin to expand your photography and begin to use all of these features.  Then it will certainly be worth it.  I'd say minus the resolution, it can do everything the 5D Mark III plus.  It can also do everything the 1D Mark IV can do, plus.

Where can you try these features?  Anywhere.  A good example is landscape photography on a cloudy day.  Even better, sports or action.  Put yourself in situations where you need the advanced features and learn to use them and only then can you really realize what a powerful tool it is.  Good luck.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Real Estate Photography 5D mkIII
« on: August 11, 2012, 12:05:45 AM »
well..that's an interesting theory.  I shoot only RAW cause then if the image is messed up I have a better chance of recovery (say I forgot to change the exposure from the last scene).  Have you ever used the recipe feature in DPP?  Quiet nice as if you have multiple shots from the same scene that all suffer from the same criteria (say under exposure) you can create a single recipe, save it then apply it to to a batch of images all at once, then do a batch process to convert to JPG then delete the RAWs and keep whatever JPG's you like.  I know you mentioned space but not sure if you are concerned about space on the camera or MAC/PC?  I take all my shots on a 32 gig CF card.  If on vacation I then do a "camera copy" to the spare SD card (less costly) then I have the 32 gig free again on the CF.  I found this to be economical without suffering from speed loss (writing to the card).  I rate all my pics and typically only keep the RAWs that are 5 star. So if I've got 8 RAW shots of a hummingbird, I might keep 4 as JPG's but only 1 or 2 RAWs of the best of the 8.  I can already see the 5D Mark III pics chewing away at my disk drive.

Sometimes you don't have a choice.  Especially when you're shooting college sports and the shots go to your laptop where they are then sent to a webmaster, at the game.  You better get the shot right because it's going to jpeg and to a live update website.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bryan Carnathan's 1D X Review Is Finished
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:57:30 PM »
I am happy with it too, but you know how it is, when you get something new you maybe hope it may do the 1/3 stops of 1/640 and 1/800  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How good is the 7D autofocus system?
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:56:24 PM »
The 7D's AF system is really good.  I don't know if it's any worse than the 5D Mark III's in low light, but it is really good.  I don't think it is desirous though, using any camera, to need rapid AF in low light.  The lowest light I go in is in a gym or night football and usually I wouldn't consider that as "low light" regarding AF, considering the 7D and 5D3 will do well in both situations.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bryan Carnathan's 1D X Review Is Finished
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:38:59 PM »
Looks like the 1D X's faux manual mode is exactly the same as the 1D Mark IV.  There is a minimum shutter speed you can set in the main menu, however, the fastest in that menu is 1/250s.

If ISO Safety Shift, Min shutter speed to 1/500 or 1/1000, with auto ISO and EC set to whatever you wish.  I would have liked if you can set Min shutter to 1/640 or 1/800.  I can't remember if you can on the 1D4 but I don't think you could; I think it jumped from 1/500 to 1/1000 if I remember correctly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some Pictures with the 1D X
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:41:59 PM »
Was that giant fire perhaps a giant 7D on fire?   ;D

Thankfully the D800 is here.  None of the photos I ever took the last 10 years made me smile until the D800.  Now photography can begin.

Lenses / Re: EF 20mm f1.8L VS. EF 14-24 f4L
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:18:49 PM »
14-24 f/4 makes no sense whatsoever. 17-40 is perfectly fine for all intents and purposes. A 14-24 would have to be f/2.8 to pique my interest, but only if it had Godlike corner to corner sharpness. Even then, the featherweight 17-40 would probably be my choice, since any subject I'd be shooting wider than 24mm would be static and I'd have a tripod with me. UWA's distort people waaay too much for my taste, and in such an unflattering way. I'm seriously contemplating picking up an 8-15 fishy for UWA purposes instead of a 17-40 or 16-35.

It makes perfect sense for those who want a zoom lens from 14 to 24mm.  If you don't like the 14-24 because of distortion of people, how is an 8-15 going to be better?  Or do you mean you want one or the other?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and 5D II that different?
« on: August 09, 2012, 08:49:26 PM »
Or you could just get a 5D Mark III or a used 1D Mark IV and have everything in ONE camera, considering you can only take ONE picture at a time.  What good does having two cameras with seperate qualities do you when you need both qualities at the same time?  I purposefully sold my 5D Mark II and 7D for a 5D Mark III so I could have both in one camera (and then some). 

RLPhoto has the right idea regarding cost, however.  A 5D and 7D will be much cheaper than either camera I mentioned.  Price is certainly a factor and I won't pretend that it doesn't matter.  So I am also caught between a rock and a hard place when people ask me this question.  Do you spend a lot of money for ONE camera with everything, or for much cheaper, get two cameras; one with quality A and one with quality B?  Unfortunately my photography does not allow me to do so.  If yours does, then yes, by all means have an A and B body (not to be confused with main and backup).

Yes, the 7D and 5D2 are different and are a great A and B body duo.

Lenses / Re: EF 20mm f1.8L VS. EF 14-24 f4L
« on: August 09, 2012, 07:49:20 PM »
It'd be hard for me to buy the 14-24L right now, because I have the 16-35L II which works brilliantly (although not as well as the 24L at 24mm).  I do like the idea of the 20 f/1.8L though.  I like primes.

I get the way the auto HDR works. It sounds like a perfectly good feature, but not useful to me. I don't need the jpeg preview or any in-camera processing. I wouldn't use it. And I can do auto bracketing in the d800, or most high end dslrs.

And I'm less inclined to shoot at high speed than to use a remote with the mirror locked up so I can keep vibration to a minimum.

But my real point is that as great as HDR is, there are situations where it doesn't work, it always requires more work, and it's great to be less dependent on it.

I think that saying there's no advantage to increased DR because you can combine exposures is like saying there's no advantage to more resolution because you can stitch. There's a bit of truth to it, but ... seriously. Show me someone who would choose multiple exposures and extended processing time over a single exposure.

I actually use ME more than HDR on my 5D3.  It's more fun anyways.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« on: August 09, 2012, 06:59:15 PM »
Total luck.  I am a graduate of the school in north central Ohio and the sports and media director was looking for a photographer for the media website and knew I was one.  Ironically it turns out I knew the guy, Al, in the past.  Funny how things work out.  Money won't be that much.  I could make more money doing weddings, easily.  And yes, buying expensive zoom lenses isn't fun.  I paid $9500 for a 300 f/2.8L IS I and 400 f/2.8L IS I awhile back and that was NOT fun.  But how can you not have those lenses for those events, especially football and track?  I would like to shoot weddings as a backup photographer instead now, when I can, because I have another full time job.  But it's hard around here because, believe it not, I'm seeing a lot of wedding photographers with no backup so I am not needed in this capacity.  The ideal situation would be sports fall, winter, spring, with intermittent backup wedding jobs, and in the summer doing some lead and backup wedding work.  I like weddings for the pure enjoyment of the challenge, but being backup takes at least some pressure off of me.  So I wouldn't mind one darn bit being backup on every wedding I went to.  I just like it because I think it's fun and challenging, and I like to learn.

Oh crap!!  I looked at RLPhoto's profile and thought you had a 5D3.  You have a 5D.

:) 1) So basically I should use this flash only mounted to the camera via hot shoe or a TTL cable, am I righ? (And they will make a "great couple"). 2) (If yes) Are there any other restrictions of the photographic nature (camera set to manual exposure doesn't work with the flash, I can't use the flash as a fill light, I can't freeze movement) and not pure technology (like number of slave units or... dunno...)? Thanks!

If you mount the 600EX-RT flash directly to the camera, you can set the unit to high-speed sync and shoot at any shutter speed.  Manual exposure certainly works with the flash.  I set my flash with the same parameters as what my camera has set, and do a "pre-flash" with the MFn button, reframe, and shoot.  It'll also give you a distance from object either in ETTL or Manual.  I often times will use expsosure braketing or compensation.  My best advice is to, like I did, get out the manual and start doing the instructions like exercises out of a textbook.  I learned the flash in about a day doing it this way.  It'll take some time but well worth it.

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