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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:26:23 PM »
wow. Just wow. The least sense for irony I have ever witnessed.

Hey, it's a thread posted just for talk about sensors and DR. :P If there was anywhere to discuss the topic, it's here.  ::)

No, it is a poll to talk about the problems of a particular topic hijacking threads.... The overwhelming public opinion is that the discussions/arguments should happen on a thread devoted to that topic, closely followed by people who are fed up enough to want the offending parties fed to the squirrels....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 23, 2014, 07:14:42 PM »
The title says it all.... after thread after thread becomes arguments that never end, what do you wish people would do?

biased poll. you single out one group for attack and let the shills and fanboys and bully attackers off the hook

Actually a good poll. Focuses on a single issue and asks a straightforward question. Only problem is that some of the answers overlap a bit. But still, it will give an answer on one specific question.

Yeah good because it doesn't ask your shill side to be ground up and fed to squirrels but it does ask the other side to be ground up and fed to squirrels.
it asks for ANYONE arguing (doesn't matter which side, pro or con) to be fed to the squirrels :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:49:31 PM »
The title says it all.... after thread after thread becomes arguments that never end, what do you wish people would do?

biased poll. you single out one group for attack and let the shills and fanboys and bully attackers off the hook

I think that all sides are involved here... pro and con... shills.... fanboys... bullys.... everyone seems to partake... the poll isn't about who is right and who is wrong, but about where to have the discussion and if it is a dead horse beaten to death by all sides..... and who just doesn't care anymore and wants it to end.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:53:35 PM »
The title says it all.... after thread after thread becomes arguments that never end, what do you wish people would do?


user friendliness to the astronauts (read: people who aren't professional camera operators, and who can spend only so many hours training with the cameras and shooting with them) took a significantly higher than usual priority.

WHAT!!!!! Have you ever worked with these people? These are highly motivated and highly trained people who are then going to go through specific training for the camera and will be up there floating around with a shooting schedule..... and these people are SMART! If you have an IQ of 130, they smile and nod and think "he's a bit on the slow side"....

By the time they launch they will know more about the cameras and how to use them than the Canon reps and all but the very elite of photographers.... and don't forget that out of the pool of available astronauts that there are several with fantastic portfolios of space shots.... there will undoubtedly be STARTING the training with skilled photographers....

EOS Bodies / Re: What to expect on the 80D?
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:15:26 AM »
I would expect a 2018 release date......

Landscape / Fall colours
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:44:21 PM »
Fall is coming! Show us the colours!

To start us off, some tamaracks... a coniferous tree that changes colours and drops it's needles in the fall.


When you suggest hiring two people, do you mean one photographer would do the still photos and the second would do the video?  Also, are most photographers willing to work with another photographer that they don't know?

You can't shoot stills and shoot video at the same time.... you really do need two people... As professionals, they should be able to get along with each other and work together, but it would really help if the three of you met at the same time and discussed who is going to do what and when so that everyone will be working with the same understanding of what you want.... You need to bond them as a team, not have them competing with each other.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:10:28 AM »
It's also because being a "pro" doesn't mean anything.  there's really no standardization, so anyone can be one.

Being a pro generally means earning your living by practising your craft.
Many amateurs are more skilled than most pros.

I'd take issue with that, many keen amateurs can take as good or better images than many pros, but as with most self employed professions, taking images is a very small, though important, part of the job.
I tend to agree with you..... being a pro means being able to market yourself/services well enough to be able to make a living. Even if you are with god-like photographic skills, if you can't market yourself well enough, you will fail as a business.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:34:54 AM »

All those EF, EF-S (and EF-M?) lenses may be about to become dinosaurs like the FD did back in the 80s. I wonder what the perceived design flaw is? Or how does it need to be improved?

But surely if they're looking at a new mount system then they're also looking at a new style of camera to mount it on, no?

I can see it being something similar to with the EF-M, where you can still use your legacy glass if you have the adaptor mounted to give you the same flange distance....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:47:26 AM »
I don't know, but you can bet that with all the cameras from everyone that were announced at photokina, there will be updates released soon for most software packages.

EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:45:01 AM »

Ok, so it's missing a few bells and whistles, but the core of the camera is a weather sealed, 10fps, long shutter life workhorse with an autofocus system to die for. For what it was designed for, this is the best camera on the market and at a decent price.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which Canon L Lens for 7D Mark II?
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:34:56 PM »
First of all, if you are looking to do weddings, you need backup equipment. I will spare the part about having experience first, except to say don't try shooting weddings without experience with them. But don't shoot a wedding with just one camera, lens or flash. You need multiple of each, and batteries and memory cards as well. To go to a wedding with just one camera & lens is doing a dis-service to the bride and groom. This is a once in a lifetime event (or at least they are planning for it to be so), and you will have one chance to get the photos, there is to rescheduling because of equipment failure.

All that said, if you are to get one lens for a 7DmkII, the best one Canon makes is the 17-55/2.8. It's not an L lens, but it's of equal image quality to most L lenses, if not build quality. The closest L lens would be the 17-40/4.0, or maybe the new 16-35/4 IS lens. If you just wanted to stick to L lenses, then I would suggest you need 2 of them if you were to get the 7DmkII, my choice would be the 16-35/4 IS and the 70-200/4 IS. They would be a nice pair of lenses to cover most needs for weddings on a 7DmkII. But if just one lens, then the 17-55/2.8 would be the best single lens to have on a 7DmkII.
When I go walking around with my 60D, the two absolutely essential lenses that I always bring are the 17-55f2.8 and the 70-200f4.

Portrait / Re: Can we identify this man?
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:12:50 PM »
From the "photos of photographers" thread, the attached photo popped up.

This man is committing a crime against the blonde in front of him.

Does anyone know if this man has been identified?

If not, does anyone know when it was taken?
Which car show it was taken at?
At a minimum the picture should be sent to his mother.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which Canon L Lens for 7D Mark II?
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:09:41 PM »
What lenses do you currently have besides the EF-S 18-200mm?  What's your budget for this venture?

That is my only other "working" lens.  My 50mm 1.8 decide to act like there is sand inside so auto focus is out of the question and manual focus is difficult at best.

As for budget, approximately $4000.

For some of the other folks above please note that I have not been hired for any weddings or events as of yet. I will most likely start out as a second shooter to refine my skill and build a portfolio.  Also I expect that some of my events will be outside sports though I think most work would be indoors.

I will say that I am hung up on / expect big things from the 65 DP AF points up from my current 9. 

I know I still have a lot to learn so please continue to chime in.

Thanks again everyone for your input.
Let me start by saying that I have a 7D2 on pre-order.... that should tell you my opinion on crop cameras....

The next thing I have to say is if your budget is $4000, get a 6D. For some strange reason weddings seem to occur in churches and the lighting is not the best in the world.... For low light there is no substitute for FF cameras.

Other than the ceremony, most weddings involve a photo shoot, usually outdoors (unless it rains and then it moves inside to poor lighting) and that sounds suspiciously like landscape photography to me..... an area where the 6D excels.

#2 - Get a flash.... a decent one with a bounce/swivel head and spend a lot of time learning how to use it well.

#3 - a wide angle lens.... you can't beat the 24-70F2.8. This will be your go-to lens for weddings and you will use it a lot.

#4 - a longer lens.... I would say 70-200F4IS. Keep it mounted on your rebel. You will be amazed at how much better it will make your T2i perform. (I have the 18-200 lens and have not touched it since I got the 70-200... it really is that much better!)

you are looking at:
$1900 - 6D camera
$2100 - 24-70 lens

and there goes your budget....

You could cheap out by getting the F4 version of the 24-70, but you don't save that much and in the end you will regret not having the faster lens as you stand in a dimly lit church or reception hall...

I recommended the F4 version of the 70-200 over the F2.8 version as the image quality is indistinguishable yet it is a LOT lighter and less expensive... it balances nicely on a rebel as your second camera....

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