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Messages - Don Haines

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

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.

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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.
+1
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.

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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.....

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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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I don't mean this towards any person in particular, but quite frankly some of the mirrorless advocates are starting to resemble the used car salesman who will say anything to try to get you to buy!

No matter how many rational arguments are made demonstrating why mirrorless is inadequate for pros and unappealing for normal consumers, some mirrorless folk march on with the cause by trumpeting the very few benefits mirrorless has and ignoring the slew of negatives that you get with those benefits.

So, when a product like the Samsung comes along that looks good on paper, it doesn't even matter how it performs in real life.  It could produce pictures that look like a $5 disposable camera from CVS.  No matter, it has a specs sheet that they can copy and paste to carry on with their mirrorless crusade as others lose (or have lost) interest in the technology.

In fact, I'd wager some mirrorless advocates are more interested in the technology itself than the actual picture they are capturing.  If you can't capture the most stunning picture in the world on even a 6D (or 7D2 if you need the reach for the shot) then quite simply you are doing it wrong, and should be more concerned with your photography skills than sensor noise.  Yes, things like sensor noise can be improved and it will benefit a small percentage of specific scenarios, but quite frankly given the current sensor quality in Canon cameras offering best of class sensor performance (6D for FF and 7D2 for crop) there are other more important things to focus on.

The bottom line is that mirrorless will remain a niche at least in the USA.  Professionals want the best quality and best ergonomics, while consumers want the best deal and best practicality.  Mirrorless fits neither of those formulas, thus it is doomed to third tier niche status that may retain a devoted fanbase but will never make it beyond that.  The very best scenario for mirrorless advocates is a hybrid camera (as an optional EVF mode to augment a traditional OVF viewfinder), but based on the anemic mirrorless sales it appears that will not be a necessary investment for any of the big players.
+!

Everything has it's plusses and it's minuses.... you have to look at both when doing a comparison..... and never forget that different people are going to weigh the various factors differently as people shoot a variety of subjects under a variety of conditions. There is no easy or universal answer to the question....

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Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:02:56 AM »
Sony is the company, who have currently some seriously financial problems... maybe in 5 years Sony is busted?
If Sony went bankrupt today, bits and pieces of the company would be sold off to whoever would pay the most. I would imagine that Nikon/Olympus/Panasonic would set up a company to take over the camera sensor division....

Why is Canon not on your list of vultures?  :)

You are right! Imagine what it would do to the arguments on the forum if Nikon was buying Sony sensors from Canon :)

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Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:07:27 AM »
Sony is the company, who have currently some seriously financial problems... maybe in 5 years Sony is busted?
If Sony went bankrupt today, bits and pieces of the company would be sold off to whoever would pay the most. I would imagine that Nikon/Olympus/Panasonic would set up a company to take over the camera sensor division....

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canadian source for SD cards in bulk?
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:17:01 PM »
Anyone?  I'm after the 400x 16GB pro SD cards particularly, fifty or so of them.

Jim

I would suggest you call up your local computer store.... not one of the big chains, but a smaller operation....

BTW... near me...for the Sandisk 16G extreme
Henrys Camera - $24.99 on sale, regularly $32.99
RBC computing - $19.10 on sale, regularly $20.00
Best Buy          - $27.99

Guess which one will bive you deals on bulk orders....


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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 7D MK II
« on: September 20, 2014, 09:49:40 PM »
No excuses.  This is the internet Don.   ;D

Best comment I have read in ages!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 7D MK II
« on: September 20, 2014, 09:20:57 PM »

Zero lag.
Zero power usage.
Infinite dynamic range.
Infinite color gamut.
Automatic match between viewfinder illumination and scene illumination.
A total dynamic range (bright sun to night scenes) equal to the scene, which can be about 10-12 stops more than an EVF can manage.

Not to be picky.... but.....

Zero Lag.... not quite... it's about .5 microseconds for the light to travel through the prism.... but that's about a 30 thousandth the time of the best EVF's... for the stuff I deal with at work, .5 microseconds is freakin' slow! :)

Infinite dynamic range and color gamut? That would require travelling through a vacuum... you loose some of each passing through glass and through atmosphere.. It is certainly far superior, but it is not infinite....

Light can go 500 feet in .5 microseconds.  Did you mean .5 nanoseconds?
repeat after me....

I love autocorrect.... I love autocorrect..... I love autocorrect......

autocorrect changed it on me! .5 nanoseconds is the correct answer....

By the way.... the local coffee shop chain around here is called "Tim Hortens". Autocorrect changes it to "Tim Horrendous"...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 7D MK II
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:13:06 PM »

Zero lag.
Zero power usage.
Infinite dynamic range.
Infinite color gamut.
Automatic match between viewfinder illumination and scene illumination.
A total dynamic range (bright sun to night scenes) equal to the scene, which can be about 10-12 stops more than an EVF can manage.

Not to be picky.... but.....

Zero Lag.... not quite... it's about .5 microseconds for the light to travel through the prism.... but that's about a 30 thousandth the time of the best EVF's... for the stuff I deal with at work, .5 microseconds is freakin' slow! :)

Infinite dynamic range and color gamut? That would require travelling through a vacuum... you loose some of each passing through glass and through atmosphere.. It is certainly far superior, but it is not infinite....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 04:45:55 PM »
These threads pop up occasionally and often sales volume, market share and profits are quoted to try and prove one sensor or camera company is better than the other.

This information is good if you are considering buying Canon stock CAJ but absolutely worthless in determining who has the best camera or sensor.

Of course, proving which camera or sensor is the best isn't the point of bringing up sales data and market share.  But if you want to deliberately misconstrue the reason in order to dismiss the information, that's your choice.

What I find funny is how people try to use these statistics to show how the 1DX is better than the D810 (and vici versa) and fixate on high end camera comparisons..... Yet the vast bulk of sales for both Canon and Nikon are the introductory crop cameras and the two biggest factors used by the average consumer are price and megapixels... Image quality, autofocus, DR, expensive lenses, and all the other goodies do not factor into the decision, and most of these cameras will live their lives in "green box" mode.....

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:24:30 PM »
and a bit more seriously.... I use it for panoramas too. Put the camera in portrait mode and snap off a dozen shots and stitch them together for a really wide view without horrendous distortion....

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:10:08 PM »
I use mine for bird photography....

The red arrows point to Great Egrets, the blue arrow points to a Great Blue Heron, the green arrow points to a cormorant, and the purple arrows point to some mallard ducks. :)

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