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Lighting / Re: When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 25, 2012, 06:38:11 PM »
I use center-weighted average mostly.  In landscape it doesn't matter, so I usually use evaluative or center-weighted average.  In sports however, I find spot metering with the 1D Mark IV very useful!  Imagine a track meet or football game with sun overhead, and the player's jersey is shadowed.  Select spot metering, meter on the jersey, use Av mode with ISO safety shift and auto ISO and you've got it.  Make sure you're shooting in RAW though because the exposure won't be exactly perfect, but it'll work.  Another instance is bird photography whereby you want a bird shot of a flying bird with a bright sky behind it.  Spot meter on the bird itself with a bit of EC and again, you've got it.  Portrait photography for sure as I find that preserves skin tones, but you again may have to play with EC to get it just right.  Hope this helped.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 25, 2012, 04:50:45 PM »
Well, there is a chatter about new high MPx body:


Ive read about above 32 MPx, 45 MPx and 47 MPx. Im sure there is market for such product and I think it could be a new line with 5D-like body. Probably announced sometimes early next year (I wont guess availability with Canon after 1D-X announcement/availability). It could have 4K video with high MPx.

Yeah, and the guy also said it was going to be a 1Ds Mark IV.  That sounds plausible.

Lighting / Re: When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 25, 2012, 12:57:36 PM »
Correct.  NEITHER the 1V nor the EOS-3 has AF point-linked spot metering.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 25, 2012, 12:43:22 PM »
Apart from the new entry level FF camera, I would someday like to see Canon's true replacement for the 1Ds Mark III.  I don't think the 5D Mark III necessarily needs a replacement, since if you upgrade the metering, it's effectively a 1D-series in all likelihood.  How about a 3-series?  :P

Lenses / Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:33:32 AM »
Bought my 50L refurbished from Canon for $1295.  Love it!  No problems at all.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Post your custom shooting settings
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:17:31 AM »
1D Mark IV
Indoor Basketball C1:  8)

Av Mode, f/6.3
ISO Safety Shift:  ON
Minimum Shutter Speed:  1/500
ISO:  Auto
Exposure Compensation:  +1
Center AF point or Center + surrounding
Spot Metering (linked to active AF point)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:18:31 PM »
Yes indeed, the 5D3 is good for sports.  I had the 5D3 on AI Servo for these two shots, with an off-centre cross-type AF point, and it did very well.  These riders were heading directly into my position (~20-30km/h) and the camera did well to stay in focus.
Yes, but they are underexposed. At least appear to be looking on my tablet.

Probably not the camera.  To combat that problem, and I run into often in daytime sports, I can spot meter on the person, and use EC if need be.  It just depends.  That photo looks like evaluative or center-weighted average.  Nothing to do with the 5D Mark III.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Light Leak Issue - Did you send yours in???
« on: July 24, 2012, 06:57:13 PM »
Added a quick poll on the topic.

Maybe could add one more, 'It doesn't affect me right now but if it does I'll take send it in".

Such as when you shoot in a dark cave with your lens cap still on?  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got 1DX
« on: July 24, 2012, 05:45:28 PM »
Found it in stock at Infocus Camera in orange tx 409 882 0044

I hadn't preordered one until June because I didn't think I needed it for a long time.  Turns out I got a contract I hadn't planned on, found one at Infocus Camera, bought it today, it'll be here in two days.  Awesome.

Edit:  Anyone need a lightly used 1D Mark IV?  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: More Coverage of the Canon EOS M
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:03:51 PM »
If you pre-order an EOS-M today, you will get it before your April pre-ordered 1D X :)

Site Information / Re: Put a link to your pictures in your footer!
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:53:56 PM »
I don't think anyone's bitching about anything.  I'm just pointing out that (NOT you by the way) that some who say, "Oh look what my 1D X can do!", or "Wow, the 5D Mark 3 is awesome!" and then post photos, those photos have some to do with the camera of course, but a good majority of it due to post-processing.  I guess personally I want to see as little-processed (my own word) photos as I can, so that I can get an accurate respresentation of the actual photography going on.  I"m personally not interested in seeing a photo that has been heavily processed in photoshop.  It's just not me, sorry.  I am in NO WAY claiming to be an artist.  I respect professionals who are great at the photography and art.  Yes, I do some HDR and ME work myself.  It's fun!  But when people share photos, especially on forums, the photos are going to be their best work, in-camera and post-processed.  The post-processing part just doesn't interest me.  I think the photos are aesthetically pleasing, sure.  But it's more impressive to me at least to see a great photo that hasn't been processed much, if at all.

If you are a pro of course, doing weddings, sports, you HAVE to do it.  I HAVE to do it.  Doesn't make it more interesting to me though. 

And yeah, sorry, guess I can't let go of the old-school film days :)  Oh Kodachrome slide film...................

Edit:  I've totally taken this thread off the original tracks.  My apologies!

Site Information / Re: Put a link to your pictures in your footer!
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:12:59 PM »
The problem with this idea is that anymore, it isn't about photography.  Most of the photos posted on here I don't even look at because you can tell they are so heavily processed afterwards that it's art anymore, and not photography.  It's now how well you can work your camera and lenses, it's how well you know Lightroom and Photoshop.  Most of the people with awesome photos wouldn't have survived the film days, sorry.  I'd much rather see basic processed RAW files out of LR or Camera RAW and converted to JPEG, 60 seconds tops, not 3 hours in Photoshop.  Again, that's why since digital photography, I don't really care too much about posted photos.  Some photographers love and blend the two arts together, but me personally, that's why some days I go shoot with my EOS-3, because you CAN'T get it wrong with film, it's either right, or not.  Period.  No fancy after effects.

That's my personal opinion and my observations over the last 5 years.

EOS Bodies / Re: B&H shipping of the 1DX?
« on: July 23, 2012, 05:56:20 PM »
Nope, Camera Canada.

EOS Bodies / Re: B&H shipping of the 1DX?
« on: July 23, 2012, 05:41:04 PM »
Guys, why dont you look around? I did order from B&H, then I did cancel my order and I did go with Abes of Maine, they did not even get a shipment or eta as of yet, someone on Saturday posted that local dealer has 4 in stock, day later I did call (saturdat) and they had it, I got tracking number and expecting camera to arive tomorrow, no pre order or anything. I did call abes or maine and I did cancel my order as I am getting this camera tomorrow without any hassle.

I agree, the availability is better from samller store sometimes.  I long ago cancelled my B&H order unfortunately because I already got my unit from Camera Canada - great service BTW.  I even believe they have some coming this week or next and are not fully assigned yet...

According to their website they have them in stock now, or at least it doesn't say "Out of Stock."  I'd hate to think they'd make you order it before saying it's out of stock.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 23, 2012, 04:01:27 PM »
I was WRONG on the ISO.  It was 1000.  I am trying to upload the 12,800 right now.

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