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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - How bad is it? Really?
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:32:59 AM »
I picked up a 7D about a month ago and I've used it for both studio and wildlife. I have a few decent ISO1600 shots for wildlife that did not lose too much detail during noise reduction but if you want those magazine quality photos try to stick with ISO 640 or less.. .maybe ISO800 with good light

for studio, I do find that FF will give you some better detail resolution but I'm not making money off photos.... so for me the 7D is proving an excellent value... to upgrade it for studio use... is about a $2000 deal... to upgrade it for wildlife use.... is more than a $10,000 deal

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I was in the same boat as you until recently. I chose the 400mmf/5.6L lens and I could not be any happier (well maybe if I had the 600f4L.....). Granted, the 100-400 has IS but in testing the lenses head to head at the store I found that for any shots faster than 1/500sec, the 400mm prime was sharper than the 100-400.

after I bought it, I have shot it at 1/250 sec handheld with acceptable results. if I'm shooting still objects... I put it on a tripod anyway.

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Lenses / Re: 4 weeks Trip around California
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:18:40 AM »
my family and I did a ery similar California trip last summer. I took all the lenses I owned at the time along with my film camera in a backpack... hiking up and down Yosemite.... with 3 kids.... rewarding in the end... but the journey was hard at times

the 24-105 on a FF camera will be your workhorse lens - 90% of your shots will be with this one
take the macro as you will see some nice flowers and insects
see if you can get a longer tele.... I recently got a 400mm for Christmas that would have brought in the deer closer than the 70-300 that I had at the time
... no need for 1.4 apperture... take the 40mm pancake lens since you have it

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a 7d with a 400mm f/5.6L lens crept into my stocking... and is now by my side when I take long walks in the park....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Digital equivalence: film tab holders
« on: December 24, 2012, 07:43:56 PM »
paper towel diffusers? - I came close last week... used blank copy paper as a diffuser for some corporate photos...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 23, 2012, 04:57:00 PM »
this one showed up in front of my door about an hour ago.... gave me a chance to test my recently acquired  7d/400mmf/5.6 combo at close range

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Portrait / Re: First model shoot...input pls!
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:43:51 PM »
I also come from a similar background (mainly a wildlife photographer but recently shooting models as well). I agree with others that the second and third images stand out and draw the viewers attention to the right spot.

my advice will be to invest in a small flash and either a wireless transmitter or long wired cable. My reason behind this is to find a way to put catch-lights on the model's eyes. Even when I shoot wildlife, I try to use the sun for that. but a small off-camera flash will work wonders for fill light

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 16, 2012, 10:14:22 PM »
I finally got some new toys.... 7D and 400mm F5.6L... the images below are from the first day of testing things out

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 08:43:20 PM »
I might want to win....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Downgrade to crop
« on: December 03, 2012, 03:34:45 PM »

The 5DIII is a camera which is a generation ahead... therefore, the comparison has a significant variable. Also, the 16 being bigger in the 7D shot is a serious deal...

I agree that there is a generation gap between cameras but I somehow suspect that the gap is much bigger between crop & FF than it is between two FF bodies that are only 1 generation apart.

I'll agree with other posters that in good light... it makes little difference. I actually took some photos of a bright giant yellow Nikon logo at the store at ISO 6400 with the 7d and the image wasn't as bad.

My current dilemma... is the $1800 (more or less) difference between the cameras justified for a non-professional?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Downgrade to crop
« on: December 03, 2012, 10:54:09 AM »
I'm in the middle of making a decision for my next DSLR/Lens combo for wildlife... I was at my local camera store yesterday and I shot one of the pillars with the 400mmf/5.6L lens with the 5D3 and 7d. both shots taken at ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/500sec shutter. same lens, I was standing at roughly the same spot and these are 100% crops of the images. I'll let you make your own conclusions/decisions

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Lenses / Re: "Affordable" telephoto lens for wildlife
« on: November 22, 2012, 07:47:14 AM »
for the zoo you would need the zoom, even 100mm might be too long for some spots.

I will be primarily shooting birds in flight, I'll try to test out the 300mmf4 but from the looks of things so far the 400mm is looking like the winner for me. you don't even need the tripod for fast shutter speed shots...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:45:44 PM »
I got a chance to take a few shots with the lens in the store last night.... I had a hard time giving it back.... may wallet and my kids college fund thanked me for it....

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Lenses / Re: "Affordable" telephoto lens for wildlife
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:08:45 PM »
I finally got the chance to pass by the local camera store, I tried the 400mm5.6, the 100-400 and the new 600....

at slower shutter speeds the 100-400 produced better results (expected)
at a higher shutter speeds (set my camera to ISO 1600 and shot at 1/500sec handheld) I did notice sharper images with the 400 prime lens, for example the hair on some of the people at the store were better defined when shot with the prime lens.

then for kicks, I took a few handheld shots with the 600 and decided that the previous 2 lenses were just toys.... I could read the sales tags on SD cards from across the store with that lens. make out the fabric in people's hat's half way across the store, etc

but anyway - back to my reality.... I'm still digesting the images from today and will probably make another run to test the 70-300L and any other contenders.

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Canon General / Re: Photography websites. Where are you posting?
« on: November 17, 2012, 08:26:54 PM »
I'm also of the opinion that Flickr is better for putting up sets of photos (family vacations, photoshoot samples, etc). I have not interacted too much with the Flickr community so I can't comment on how constructive the criticism is.

I recently started posting on 500px (http://500px.com/VasilisArgyropoulos) and although the vast majority of comments/votes/"faves" are made with an anticipation of a reciprocal vote, I have received enough honest feedback that it has helped me improve my skills. I am not crazy about the anonymous "dislikes" since I have seen amazing photos getting flagged with dislikes just so that their scores would lower and bump the photo down the ranks.

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