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Canon General / Re: You know it is going to be a bad day when...
« on: October 10, 2013, 07:53:27 PM »
When on second day of our US national park trip ranger informed us, that parks are closed and we can't even get refund for our annual pass (bought two days before that day)

Yeah, I am first time in US and all I got was one afternoon in Grand Teton and one day in Yellowstone, i felt pretty miserable indeed and we had to rescheduled the rest of our trip ...

I was figuring that would get people. The time when I was shooting the sunrise, and the thing stayed total grey heavy overcast the entire time. No birds even showed up. Then, the edge bands of Hurricane something brushed by, and I got soaked, and had to hide in a overhang...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Pentax K-3
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:48:38 PM »
This beast....

If pentax had in lens IS, and a longer brighter lens than 560 5.6, I would be totally tempted to spring for this beast...

Except, I have an odd fixation with the 7D. I eagerly await to pony cash over for the 7D MK II. But, Canon should take serious warning about this. Pentax has some very neat looking primes. Anyone shoot pentax too? (other than old m42 stuff... which is totally gold!!! I love that takumar thing...)


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Only thing I cared about in the thing was the lens. Was the venerable 150-600 L FD I saw? :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:40:03 PM »
What could you add to the 70D to make it more video oriented?

Hybrid EVF/OVF viewfinder?
Faster frame rates below 1080p?
Higher resolution (4k)?
Smooth digital video zoom from full-frame to 1:1?
Quad pixel for 4-way AF sensors on every pixel?
Some sort of power zoom lens system?

A ton! No line skipping for FAR less aliasing and moire and better SNR. Focus peaking, live 10x focus box, RAW video recording, non-mangled up compressed video/HDMI out video, zebras, zoomed modes including 1:1, 4k, etc. etc.

I know it's popular if you are a still shooter to laugh off video, but seriously why not expand your creativity to new world. 5D3 ML RAW video is pretty stunning! Some things work better as video, just as some work better as stills and many work equally as well.

Because I don't want to expand to video. I actually have shot video with the 7D, for pay, for a small independent video I will never name (it was that bad... but money is money... ). I don't like shooting video. I like stills. I want a camera completely optomized for stills, and I don't like paying money for video.

Video is a totally different world than stills; I can only do so much well, and working on video is somethign I would rather trim than have to deal with.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 12:02:11 AM »
I, for one, am a bit tired of my bodies being "video oriented". My 5DII, 7D and 60D have not shot a second of video. I guess I'll just have to hang on to them until the pendulum swings a bit in the other direction.

I likewise am fed totally up with video. I want a stills optomized camera. I don't care about video.

However, I am sure that they are working on a new sensor for the 7D mk II. The 70D sensor will go for the XXXDs for a while and likely also the M-2....

Focus the camera on stills improvement and I will be happy. I want better AF, better build quality, and and at least two stops of improvement in ISO performance.

Video I don't care a rat for.

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Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:10:35 AM »
That the 7D is bad...

That only noobs shoot APS-C...

That people who shoot APS-C do so because they don't have enough money to shoot FF...

That only FF can deliver good pictures...


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Lighting / Re: Long exposure Portrait with second curtain Flash - Advice.
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:02:49 AM »
While you are at it, I would CTO gel your flash, to get the color temperature on your model a little less cool, a little more natural to the surroundings looking.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What would you do without Photoshop?
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:31:41 AM »
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Just because people use electronic post processing rather than mechanical post processing really makes no difference to me.
 
Film images were doctored just as electronic images are, objects and people were inserted or removed from images, areas of the image lightened or darkened, exposures changed, colors changed, contrast changed, its just that some people do not know how it used to be done and think that post processing is something new.

this +1000

people romanticize the film days and wet processes like they brought some unquestionable truth to the medium. it has always been about image capture --> image processing --> image presentation. nothing has changed in the fundamentals of photography...nothing.

how it is done is far less important than how well it is done.
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Yes. Also, not everything can be gotten right in camera. Bord photography, for example... Most of it requires a lot of post processing. Read any of the major bird photography blogs, especially Birds As Art.  I do grow tired of hearing the "well you could just get it right in camera" mantra spewed repeatedly...

As for a PS replacement? GIMP.

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: October 04, 2013, 04:30:46 PM »
Some more...

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: October 04, 2013, 02:38:01 PM »

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: October 04, 2013, 12:06:24 PM »
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Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: October 04, 2013, 12:04:55 PM »
A few more...

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: 7D - Anything shot BY a 7D
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:55:08 AM »
Some Bird Images...

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I have often wondered if Canon would revive the APS-H. They made they fishie lens, what had special markings for it, then abandoned it.  Something I find amusing is to use my 11-16mm Tokina on my 5d mk II. It works to about 14mm, then starts to  vignette. The amount without filter is ok to about 12.5, after which it's just wasting space, except that it becomes maddenling wide angle on the top and bottom of the frame. I would love to try a sigma 8-16 on, but I digress...

 Anyway, what if the 7D mk II were APS-H? Would angle would be workable.... But, would longer become sadder? Mayhap if they increased the pixel density, we could cheer.

My wife has called supper, and, reading htis post, it makes no sense (I work night shift), and must stop become it confuses any more!

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Lenses / Re: I Repaired my own 50mm 1.4, and so can you!
« on: September 06, 2013, 08:59:25 AM »
You can bend that piece back a couple of times and then you have to replace the barrel.  It's easier to just always leave the hood on and to develop the habit of just setting the focus to past infinity when you stow the lens.

Also worth noting is that for as deep in as you dug, you're not that much further from being able to replace the focus motor and gear train assembly (it's all one part).  The motor burns out and the gears can tear up.



The Ballad of Brave Sir Fifty

Bravely bold Sir Fifty rode forth from Calumet
He was not afraid to die, O brave Sir Fifty!
He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways,
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Fifty!

He was not in the least bit scared to filled with fungal growth,
Or to have his aperture fail, and his blades broken;
To have his casing split, and his motor burned away;
And his gears all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Fifty!

His threads smashed in and his barrel torn out
And his switches popped off and his ribbons unplugged
And his electronics scraped and his mount fall off
And his primary--

The 40 mm lens may pancake, or the 135 focus softly, or the 90 shift and tilt, yet these are not strangers to our lands!

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