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Canon General / Re: Patents: Canon 55-110 f/2 Optical Formula
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:58:28 PM »

I sure hope this one makes it off the drawing board and onto the shelves...

Lenses / Re: Wresting photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:24:50 PM »
Why no flash?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is the AF really that bad on the 5Dmk2
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:23:08 PM »
Yes it's horrible! The internet says so!!!

Canon General / Re: Lens advice for shooting Yellowstone winter
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:54:03 PM »
The big problem with the 400 5.6 is no IS. Are you using a tripod? A good tripod with ball head? If not, be wary of the 400 5.6. The 70-300 is an incredibly useful lens. I used to have the old 70-300 IS not L, and it was the best lens ever! (not as good as my 70-200 2.8, but do understand my meaning here...)

What kind of animals are you trying to get pictures of? And how many animals are out and about in yellowstone in the winter? Some, indeed, but perhaps they might be rather remote...

Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:50:55 PM »
I dislike wa lens - very rarely take anything under 50mm

I'm drifting more and more in that direction...

Portrait / Re: Ruin Reussenstein Medieval Shooting
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:38:04 PM »
Excellent! Post many more, please!!!

Portrait / Re: Environmental Portraits
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:37:05 PM »
Interesting... is what you are saying you took multiple shots of the same framing with different foci to be able to add OOF to the areas you wanted OOF?

Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:34:52 PM »
Although I occasionally use the 400 f/2.8 (lots of jests about my big one ) I normally use either the 135 f/2 or the 200 f/8 as they are quite inoccuous.

Sorry for double posting, but also this picture would not have been the same at all with a wide angle lens... So, thanks for sharing!

Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:33:43 PM »
Although I occasionally use the 400 f/2.8 (lots of jests about my big one ) I normally use either the 135 f/2 or the 200 f/8 as they are quite inoccuous.

Nice picture, but even nicer still for using a big gun for shooting! I've read on some street shooting forums, and if you shoot anything other than black and white, wide angle, f1.4, you are abomination. If you DARE to shoot a tele-zoom, you are anathema!

I once took my 300 4r shooting street in downtown Fort Lauderdale. No one looked twice. Now, time for me the 300 2.8...

Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:13:32 AM »
Street photography is one of the areas I enjoy - in particular photos of people - however I must admit I always hold back from taking the pictures I truly want to take because I feel nervous about taking photographs of the public.

For example, the other day I saw someone asleep on the metro so out came the camera, but I was paranoid that the guy would wake up or the passers by saying something to me.  My heart was beating and the adrenaline pumping - I just took one picture and hoped for the best.

When I looked at the photo afterwards, there were so many ways I could have improved on it if I wasn't in such a hurry.

I guess I'm unsure if we're allowed to take pictures so brazenly of the public (admittedly in public places).

Has it ever happened to anyone where a member of the public has taken offence to having their picture taken?

This is a subject which has bothered me for years, and I'd love to hear peoples opinions: Is there an etiquette to street photography?

People argue hugely about what is the appropriate behaviour for street photography. Weegie used to walk up to people with a crown graphic and a flash bulb and get the shot. Others in the past were more subtle...

But, if you are calm, and act like there is nothing wrong with what you are doing, most people will not really notice you taking pictures. Occassionally, I've gotten looks, but normally people do not mind. This, however, can change drastically depending on the country and culture.

The most important point is to try to not hurt others; but, if you are careful and subtle, none should mind terribly... most of the time, anyway...

In the USA, it is legal to take pictures of people in public places, as long as in that public place there is no reasonable expectation of privacy (ie, restroom or changing area). Find out what you are comfortable with, then push yourself! Once you get past the fear, it will be tremendously fun!

But please remember that if canon keep on releasing lenses at the rate we want, it will be a lens every year

well some lenses are old and need a replacement.
you know how old some of the canon lenses are?

with todays technology there could be a huge jump in IQ.
just look at the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II or the new 300mm f2.8 IS II lenses.

looking at canons past, a new version every 3-5 years would come as a suprise.

im in fact suprised that there is a rumor about a 70-200mm f4 IS II.
the current model was released in november 2006.

the EF 17-40mm is nearly 10 years old.

the EF 50mm f1.4 is 20 years old i think.

the EF 35mm f1.4 is from 1998.

the EF 300mm f4 IS is from 1997

the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L is from 2002.

the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS is from 1998

and these are lenses i sell a lot more often then 500mm or 600mm lenses.

so to be honest... i think we all have waited long enough.... donĀ“t you think?

Indeed! Let us grab the torches and pitch forks! On a serious note, though, before the Earthquake, Canon was in the process of overhauling its line up, starting with the big whites. Hopefully, they will continue, now that things have settled...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What makes a photographer, a photographer?
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:05:48 AM »
Amateurs worry about gear, pros worry about sales, photographers worry about light.     ;D
So...if I worry about having the right lighting settup for this shot that I have envisioned that I'm trying to sell...would that make me a professional amateur photographer?  :o

Well-played!  ;D

A good photographer DOES worry about gear. Arthur Morris could not do what Arthur Morris does with a 18-270 and an XSI...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:01:37 AM »
Maybe someone could cannibalize a 5d and a EOS 3 into one?

EOS Bodies / Re: Still waiting for 5d mkiii but should I be?
« on: January 17, 2012, 02:56:36 PM »
One the day after the MK III is released, rumors for the 1D MK IV will start.  I've had my 5D MK II for over three years now, its still very good, in fact, its getting better as better raw converters are being released, I've gained a full stop due to better NR software out there.

Indeed. A 5d mk II will still take impressive pictures in ten years, and those pictures will still look good!

Lenses / Re: 35mm L vs. 135mm L. IQ?
« on: January 17, 2012, 02:26:58 PM »
I can't figure out the point of his question: why does it matter whether a wide angle is more or less sharp than a telephoto?

Maybe he is looking for a reason to change systems!  ;D

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