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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: November 30, 2011, 01:01:28 AM »
They had better not apply this low-res madness to the 7D. I will rage! Or cry. :'(

Seriously, I just do not see the point in this. If you don;t like 36 noisy megapixels, down res them to your 18 clean ones and be amazed!

Cropping, however, is critical to my photography. I can't afford the 800 5.6 and the tripod etc to go with it, so it will remain a 600 5.6 (300 2.8 + 2x TC) for me and a whole lot of cropping. My 18 MP crops look great! If I had 24 MP to work with, this could make things perhaps e'en better! 36 might be stretching things a bit with the diffraction...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX price huge drop in future?
« on: November 28, 2011, 10:43:12 AM »
The D800 is more like a 5D than a 1D...
There will be no 1Dx price drop...
And I call shenanigans on the two models of the D700 announced at the same time...

Lenses / Reply
« on: November 28, 2011, 10:40:17 AM »
If you shoot sports, you should indeed be looking for the 7D, and likely also the 70-200 2.8, and or the 300 2.8, if you can. The Sigma 120-300 2.8 is cheaper than the Canon version... There's also the 300 f4, an epic lens, but just not quite a 300 2.8!

EOS Bodies / Re: Where and how do you keep all your gears?
« on: November 27, 2011, 01:15:07 AM »
My gear is everywhere...
Most of my lenses (old, Pentacon 6 and M42) are in my bedroom, in a $6 ikea plastic tub, stacked however they fit in.
My camera with one lens attached is by my feet in my garage/rumpus room, where my computer and home-made sound system is, the CF card is on the piano-stool I use for a mouse-mat plugged into a card reader since I transferred pics last night, battery is in the charger by my feet next to the camera so I don't forget it if i grab my camera in a hurry to photograph a bug outside.
If I go inside into the family room, there's probably a lens or two on the couch and maybe a few filters or step-rings on the armrest.
On the floor is my Lowepro 350AW, with 70-300L and Samyang 35/1.4 (the two lenses I care most about) safely inside. (I should care about my 15-85 more because of the price I paid, but I think it's in the plastic tub, I barely use it anymore these days since I'm not travelling).
Most other EF-mount lenses are on a shelf, precarisouly in front of a cupboard door (at least it's a cupboard noone ever goes in).
The tripod is still set up from yesterday's shooting on the ground next to the breakfast bar, the speedlite was sitting there until I needed space for my coffee. The flower I was photographing is still on a black towel held by alligator-clip-things I bought 15 years ago to hold pcbs I was soldering. The other half of the breakfast bar is taken up by electronics components, transistors/resistors, and RGB-LEDs (I was making myself a colour-changeable Macro-ring light).
In the dining-room is my gorillapod and another macro-subject I was shooting a week ago, a leaf held by another alligator-clip-stand. There is also my tc-80n3 I use as a remote (hardly ever use for timer functions), and a set of kenko rings, hopefully somewhere inamongst a pile of papers on the dining table next to it is my 85/1.8 and 50/1.8ii, I haven't seen them for a few days...

This sounds about like me... I had my 300 2.8 on the glass table for a while...

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 200mm f/1.8 USM
« on: November 26, 2011, 09:16:38 AM »
Where's the picture?

Landscape / Re: Middle of nowhere in Norway
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:27:04 PM »
Amazing! I really like the one with the backlight horse!

Landscape / Re: Tastino0 Photography0 Wallpapers!
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:26:17 PM »
Many thanks!

Landscape / Re: Boardwalk.
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:25:54 PM »
Me gusta!!!

These are some of my pictures taken at Yosemite over the last year.
Bodies used were a 40D and 5DII. Lenses include 24-105 f4, 17-40 f4, 70-200 f4, and 24-70 f2.8

Other Yosemite pictures here: http://tinyurl.com/3ttpu27

Y'all in California make me very jealous when it comes to photography; you have so many more oppertunities than those of us in the south.

There are actually some rather amazing places for photography in the south, they just take a little more persistence to find. Cloudland Canyon in Georgia, Daniel Boone National? Park in Kentucky, Smoky Mountains... There are places, though not as majestic, they still do afford quite a degree of natural beauty. And, they also afford a degree of originality! Many have seen images of that view with the cliff and waterfall. How many have ever seen the sun rising through the canyons of northern Georgia?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS C300 Price Drop Already? [CR1]
« on: November 25, 2011, 11:52:33 AM »
Reminds me of the Sigma camera they were selling for 9,000 then dropped to about 6,000...

Lenses / Re: Lets define 'Tack Sharp'
« on: November 24, 2011, 02:38:02 AM »
An image is only sharp if taken with an L lens on a 1D camera. Nothing else can ever be sharp, no matter what.

Actually, I am not terribly certain why many worry themselves with the mystical sharpness beast. With decent glass, you should't be too troubled... I have no idea why you are looking at your image at 200%, but that's what's amusing to you...  ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Speedlite 680EX - Details and Release
« on: November 23, 2011, 04:19:26 PM »
It will probably not be here for a very long while....

That being said... I'm still hoping that Photokina will bring a 7D mk II with all the mystical features I dream of...

And, maybe also a Canon 85-300 F4... Much like this one...


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: KatzEye Focusing Screen
« on: November 23, 2011, 04:13:52 PM »
My Spotmatic has one of those screens... I love it!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Help! I'm impatient!
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:25:59 AM »
I've been getting really unhappy with the low-light performance of my 60D and then I tried someone's 5d2. I am ruined.

Get a grip! (not a battery grip...) The 5DII may offer marginally better low light performance than your 60D, but the difference isn't radical.

You have got a very good camera. Unless it's making money for you, it's an expensive purchase. It was a good choice. Love your 60D.   

Understand its strengths & weaknesses and get on with taking great photos. Your 60D is still a better camera in most respects than anyone on the planet had just a few years ago.

Paul Wright

Exactly what he said!!! Moreover, when you get the 5dII you'll be missing the autofocus and the reach of your lenses. What are you trying to get pictures of, anyway? Likely, your problem really is poor technique, way unrealistic expectations, and perhaps a but your slow glass. Use what you have, be thankful for it, and maybe get a sigma 30 1.4 and a 85 1.8. Those will help you a lot.

I use a 7D, same low light performance, and I have no problems. Careful noise reduction and sharpening practices help for ISO 6400. 3200 is not too bad... 1600 and better is amazing for nearly any uses! Really, 1600 does way better than my ISO 200 film sitting in my freezer...

But what is your low light performance issue? Slow AF? Too much noise? Are you viewing images at 100% and raging? Dig out a film camera, shoot some 1600 TMAX, and see the difference! (Not that there;s anything wrong with TMAX!!! ;D )

Lenses / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS for action sports
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:17:54 AM »
Go to youtube there's some reviews of it. Seems pretty good but there isn't any serious test for the moment on the net..

But I hate video reviews! And video tutorials. Seems Largely to be the lazy way... Even still, the 120-300 is intriguing!

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