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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 14, 2014, 04:56:24 PM »
However, looking back at shots I took with my Rebel XSi/450D + 50 f/1.4 (portraits), Tokina 11-16 (landscapes), and 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IS or 400 f/5.6L (wildlife), it's amazing what can be achieved with less expensive gear.  Some of my best and many of my favorite shots were taken with that gear.
One of my favourite pictures was taken with a 2.1Mpixel P/S camera in 2001.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 14, 2014, 04:46:46 PM »
Nice summary, with one glaring omission…you completely forgot to discuss the gear considerations for cat photography!

 ;)
Damn, that's true!  From personal experience, I can tell you that the 1D X + 300 f/2.8 II IS is nowhere near enough as they can still sense I'm there and they move way too fast for AI Servo tracking at 12 FPS + 1/8000s ;).  On the other hand, even the camera on my phone works well during the other 18 hours of the day when they're asleep...

I remember trying to take pictures of a kitten playing in a paper bag with a P/S camera. The camera would strobe the flash before every shot, at which the kitten ducked back into the bag, and I ended with lots of pictures of paper bags and no pictures of kittens...  Although I firmly believe that the photographer is the most important factor, there are definitely cases where gear matters!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 14, 2014, 03:19:44 PM »
The mk2 only has to be a crop 5Dmk3 with faster FPS and not cost a fortune to sell a lot of them . . .

Seriously, if they did nothing more than update to all of the current tech (dual pixel, better high iso, newer AF) for the refresh, yes, the dissenters will be loud, but in reality, few.

The only thing Canon can really do wrong here is botch the release or not release it at all.

Plan B: Use existing gear that works fine (a 5Dmk3).
Plan C: Not sure, but Plan C should always involve a chainsaw, if only to ensure you don't need a Plan D.
My plan B was a 5D3.... but your plan C sounds even better. I think I'll pick some more bar oil and sharpen up the chain :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:29:42 PM »
Has Canon ever released an APS-C dSLR without a popup flash?
EOS-M :)

Care to try again?  Or maybe Canon left the Reflex mirror (that thing that's the 'R' in dSLR) out of my EOS-M by accident...does yours have one?   ;)
That's why the smiley face.... I think the EOS-M is as close as they have come....

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:06:18 PM »
Has Canon ever released an APS-C dSLR without a popup flash?
EOS-M :)

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Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:04:36 PM »
I think it would be a courteous thing to remove images from replies, in the image galleries. It causes unnecessary repetition and wastes screen real estate.

+1

...And I prefer large image 770 x 770
+2

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:01:03 PM »
Can someone explain something about wifi?

I have read that build quality (metal body?) precludes incorporating wifi. Yet, the wifi card manufacturers say their product works with the 5DIII in its SD slot. If that's the case, then why would camera manufacturers be unable to design a camera body that doesn't have the ability to use wifi. It seems they should be able to simply shift the wifi portion to another part of the body.

When people think of a metal body, they seem to forget that the metal shell on a DSLR is honeycombed with holes.... and some of them are quite large. I have included a picture of the 1DX shell to show the point...

When the WiFi card is in the 5DIII slot, it's antenna is almost flush with the case of the camera and is in the middle of one of those holes. It is not an optimal placement for the antenna and that is probably why it has such poor range.

If you want a decently performing WiFi system on a DSLR, then you want a decent antenna.... or two... or three... The best places would seem to be on the back of the camera (possibly integrated into the monitor) or on the sides under the rubber grip.... or along the top... there are lots of places to put it. Going for multiple antennas makes your WiFi system for more likely to get a decent signal and if they ever decide to abandon 2.4Ghz they will be able to get much higher transfer rates and far less latency.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:46:50 PM »
I'd say to look for one which supports a pair of hard drives... 2TB traditional for lots of storage, and a solid state hard drive for speed with working storage.


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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:50:20 PM »
Direct light coming off the camera is horrendous.
I honestly can't think of a useful way to use a pop-up flash (other than blinding people in dark rooms so that you can run away).

Bounce it off the celing?

put a sheet of tissue paper (Kleenex or toilet tissue) over the pop-up flash....it does wonders to soften the light

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:25:50 PM »
Quote from: dilbert link=topic=22140.msg423920#msg423920 date

If an apple falls out of the tree and causes your camera to take a photo that is remarkably good, do you own the copyright? Of course if you lie, chances are nobody will know...
One must appreciate the gravity of the situation......

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:19:44 AM »
If you saw a crime being committed, is it better to help or take photographs that could help in evidence?  If there was an accident of some kind a photo of the scene could be of significant use before things get re-arranged by people helping?  How much are you personally able to help realistically anyway in those kind of scenarios?

I'm sure that many people would be naturally averse to someone standing there taking pictures in such situations and I'm sure "ghoul" would soon be uttered but maybe sometimes it could actually be the best thing that you could do?
As a first responder, I can assure you that there is a time when it is best to pick up the camera.
Obviously, people come first in any considerations, but in many cases, once the properly trained/equipped people are on scene throwing additional people into the mix, even though they mean well, can be detrimental. There is a time to stand back and let the team work without you.

For example, I was first on the scene of a car accident. One car rolled and had two occupants, one with superficial cuts and the other with more serious bleeding. The driver of the other car appeared to be unhurt. I took control of the scene, had one person call 911 and wait for the ambulance, sent another back to the truck for the first aid kit, and got the bleeding under control while we waited for the ambulance. Fortunately, it looked a lot worse than it was and the police arrived in minutes and the ambulance a minute after that. At which point I was not needed anymore, surrendered the kid to the paramedics and started talking to the police.

While all this was going on, one of the onlookers came over and said that the guy from the other car got into another car and drove away and that she took pictures.... It seems he was driving without a licence and was drunk. Because of her picture they were picked up a few minutes later by another police car on the way to the scene... It went to court... her cell phone pictures convicted him.

Thanks, was a bit concerned how people would take my comment but that's exactly the kind of thing I meant.  Maybe sometimes the photographer who appears to be a ghoul is actually doing precisely the right thing.  I wonder if people's attitudes are framed by the paparazzi who I would have to say often behave appallingly in my view.

I guess each situation has to be judged on its merits.  In the above situation my first thought would be to call the emergency services of course but the girl with the camera did everyone a service that day.
The lady who took the pictures is the one that I sent to call 911 (emergency services) and wait by the road and to guide the paramedics to where they were needed. She took the pictures after she did her part....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 02, 2014, 07:37:36 AM »
If you saw a crime being committed, is it better to help or take photographs that could help in evidence?  If there was an accident of some kind a photo of the scene could be of significant use before things get re-arranged by people helping?  How much are you personally able to help realistically anyway in those kind of scenarios?

I'm sure that many people would be naturally averse to someone standing there taking pictures in such situations and I'm sure "ghoul" would soon be uttered but maybe sometimes it could actually be the best thing that you could do?
As a first responder, I can assure you that there is a time when it is best to pick up the camera.
Obviously, people come first in any considerations, but in many cases, once the properly trained/equipped people are on scene throwing additional people into the mix, even though they mean well, can be detrimental. There is a time to stand back and let the team work without you.

For example, I was first on the scene of a car accident. One car rolled and had two occupants, one with superficial cuts and the other with more serious bleeding. The driver of the other car appeared to be unhurt. I took control of the scene, had one person call 911 and wait for the ambulance, sent another back to the truck for the first aid kit, and got the bleeding under control while we waited for the ambulance. Fortunately, it looked a lot worse than it was and the police arrived in minutes and the ambulance a minute after that. At which point I was not needed anymore, surrendered the kid to the paramedics and started talking to the police.

While all this was going on, one of the onlookers came over and said that the guy from the other car got into another car and drove away and that she took pictures.... It seems he was driving without a licence and was drunk. Because of her picture they were picked up a few minutes later by another police car on the way to the scene... It went to court... her cell phone pictures convicted him.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 01, 2014, 10:12:31 PM »
Long time lurker, first time post!

To go back on topic a bit to Photokina... no one thinks a new 6d is going to come out right? I'm thinking about forking out for it but I have a tendency to buy things before new versions are just released.

I know it was only released 2 years ago and most of the talk is about the 7d MKII, but has Canon ever been able to pull off a complete upset/surprise, aka no one saw it coming?

Just for the record, I don't want to wait for Photokina because I'm going on a backpacking trip in two weeks so I was hoping to have it for that if I can manage!

Thanks!
The most optimistic and unrealistic scenario is that at photokina, Canon announces some new magic technology that makes the sensor on the 7D2 have another half stop of sensitivity and they can drop the noise by 2 stops.. If they were able to pull that off, then they would be updating their FF lineup as soon as possible.... but keep in mind "as soon as possible" will involve at least a few months of watching the public reaction to the 7D2, and by the time that's done, if they proceed at a rush, a half year to a year to wait for a new FF body.... and the odds are 5D4 or 1DX2 before a 6D2...

I would be incredibly surprised to see a 6D2 in a year's time. If you want one, get it now. You can miss an awful lot of pictures in a year....

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I was digging through my old photos and found my first sale, so I thought it would be interesting to see what other people's first paid pictures looked like.  In my case, I no longer shoot fashion, but it was an interesting genre.  I sold this photo to the clothing designer for $100 and a 8x10 print to the model for $40, if I remember correctly. 



I could not live with myself if I accepted money from the model. The decent thing to do would be to buy here a few decent meals.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D II Specs Listed on KDrama Stars
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:24:45 PM »
Could this be it?
Welcome to the forum. With a name like Ren Kockwell you must be a serious photographer!

I guess this confirms the rumor that the 7D2 will be a mini-1DX.....

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