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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III Dynamic Range
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:23:38 PM »
RLPhoto, can you share me your pop corn... i am running out of it  ;D

*passes popcorn

I hope its a big bag :D

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Lighting / Re: Batteries to speedlites
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:21:09 PM »
A $100 rechargable battery for a speed light when you can buy four eneloops for under $10 and have 2 or three backup sets, all for about $30?
Usually, the question, and its a reasonable one, is why not use the same battery in my camera and speedlite?
 
 Aside from the fact that different cameras use different batteries, its a issue of current draw.  Camera batteries are optimized for low current draw and high shutter count.  A high current LI-ON battery will not last long in a camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Need seasoned advice - keep 5D Mark II or NO?
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:15:30 PM »
If you cannot see a difference between the images you get with your current camera and those from the 5D MK II, by all means sell it.  Not everyone likes a FF camera, the shallow depth of field can be disconcerting after using a smaller sensor.

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Lenses / Re: I've tried the 200-400 today! :D Very happy
« on: February 08, 2013, 06:30:07 PM »
How heavy is it?  How long can you hold it?

Could you hold a suitcase with one thousand   $10 bills out like that?

Something tells me you'd still come up another half-a-suitcase short...
If you are in the UK, you'd need bigger bills or a bigger suitcase.

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Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 08, 2013, 12:01:29 AM »
Dictionary definition and anyone who takes compensation for their work. No matter how badly it looks. :)
I think the Dictionary definition defines the skill level too.
The main criteria for professionals include the following:
  • Expert and specialized knowledge in field which one is practicing professionally.[5]
  • Excellent manual/practical and literary skills in relation to profession.[6]
  • High quality work in (examples): creations, products, services, presentations, consultancy, primary/other research, administrative, marketing, photography or other work endeavours.
  • A high standard of professional ethics, behaviour and work activities while carrying out one's profession (as an employee, self-employed person, career, enterprise, business, company, or partnership/associate/colleague, etc.). The professional owes a higher duty to a client, often a privilege of confidentiality, as well as a duty not to abandon the client just because he or she may not be able to pay or remunerate the professional. Often the professional is required to put the interest of the client ahead of his own interests.
  • Reasonable work morale and motivation. Having interest and desire to do a job well as holding positive attitude towards the profession are important elements in attaining a high level of professionalism.
  • Appropriate treatment of relationships with colleagues. Consideration should be shown to elderly, junior or inexperienced colleagues, as well as those with special needs. An example must be set to perpetuate the attitude of one's business without doing it harm.
  • A professional is an expert who is a master in a specific field.

In the USA, the Government Defines Professional workers, and if you are working for someone else, it  determines how you are treated pay wise.  A professional is not paid hourly, or paid overtime, for example.  I hold a professional Engineers license, tough to get in my state, fewer pass the exams than attorneys.

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Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:15:36 PM »
Its actually very a well defined term, its just that some want to bend the meaning for some reason or another.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional

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Lenses / Re: Roger Buys a Camera System: A 24-70mm System Comparison
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:16:55 PM »
Having bought a D800 (not E), it is certainly true that the files are much larger, and resolution is much higher. I also bought the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G and a Nikon 200-400.
However, when I looked at the more expensive Nikon 24-120 versus the much less expensive Canon 24-105mmL, and the Nikon 80-400mm versus the older but much better Canon 100-400mmL, and then Nikon has nothing the equal of my 135mmL.  I just sold the camera and lenses and kept on with Canon.
Lenses are where the investment is, Camera bodies last 3-4 years before being updated, so I have a much larger investment in Canon lenses.
One additional thing.  While my D800 was wonderful at ISO 100 and even 400, it started rapidly gaining noise at ISO 800, and at the very high ISO's 6400 and above, its DR advantage turns into a negative.
The other issue is post processing hundreds or thousands of images when it can take 6-10 times as long for my fairly powerful computer to render a image, or to grind out Noise Reduction.
I'd easily recommend a D800 to someone using it for low ISO landscape images when they only took a few at a time, but not for someone who uses it in very low light and shoots 500 or more images a night at ISO 6400 or above.
Its merely a matter of the best tool for the job.

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Ok, you start.  We're still waiting.  Or maybe there was only that one example you could find, and you still don't have permission...

Thanks guys.  We're off to a fine start.

I'm losin' respect for you, Neuro. Simple as that.
Very funny MT. Spokane.  You're in the same boat.

You're the 2 kids at the back of the classroom, disrupting it for the rest.
now get serious, I'm sure you can do better.  I'll be telling your parents how disappointed I am with your behavior.
It got off to a fine start with the original post.  Reread it and see if it makes sense.  Are you talking about issues with damaged gear, or issues with photographers who do not know how to use their equipment.  Perhaps its about those who manufacture imaginary issues, as I took it to be.

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Lots of talk skirting the subject, but no posts.  All my bad images were my fault, I cannot blame the camera or equipment.  So, while I'd like a camera with zero noise and infinite ISO, blaming a camera for ruined images that it could not capture is counter productive.
 
It seems to be a common human trait to blame something else.  It happens everywhere, politics being the prime example. 
 
Here is a badly underexposed image taken with my new 5D MK III.  When I boost it in LR, I get a horrible amount of noise, and a ton of banding but no image. 

 
After turning all the controls in Lightroom to their maximum
 

 
Workaround - Remove the lens cap.
 

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:30:17 AM »
Being interested, I opened up lightroom and looked at the number of images I take with my 35mm at wider than f2.  I was suprised to find it was 43.7%.
 
I guess I shouldn't have been suprised, I mostly use my primes in very low light and a zoom in good light.  I do manage with the 135mm f/2 though, so that new lens might be a good deal.
 
I'd just get a 24-70 mk II, but f/2.8 would call for even slower shutter speeds.  This lens is really for video, IS isn't usually needed for stills, where subject motion determines the minimum shutter speed.

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Black & White / Re: New Member Contribution
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:18:25 AM »
Shooting a dark subject with a snow background is right up there with the most difficult things to photograph.  A fill flash, if you didn't use it will help deal with the extreme DR.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: jpg vs. RAW...
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:05:02 AM »
I'm shooting on a 5D3.

I get that for a timelapse eventually the footage will be 1080p, which is way lower quality than jpg. I guess a better question would be, is it worth it to shoot in RAW, then edit the photos (edit one and apply to the rest) and then convert to jpg?
You can also do the same with jpg.  Lightroom will let you edit one and then synch to a string.  Jpg might be better merely because of the smaller file size, a card can fill up pretty fast.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lens repair taking forever - option
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:54:30 PM »
It sounds like a Catch 22.  I had a issue come up with my Canon lens, and I needed it Now.  I bought a new one which was fine, and sold the old one when it was fixed.  I really did not lose money on the deal, since the olld one was used a few years.
Canon will give a loaner to CPS Platinum members in the USA if its going to take more than a few days.  I'd think a dealer would also provide a loaner rather than loose a good customer.  As far as sigma claiming that they are doing better with construction of new lenses, I'd take that with a grain of salt, they have made that claim for 20 years, so I'm skeptical.

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Lenses / Re: Canon FD to EF
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:46:12 PM »
I'm using the edmika adapter on my 600 f4.5 FD lens
its actually a wonderfull video lens because the focus wheels are light and allow you to very gently pull focus without causing lens vibration that would be unavoidable with a ring focus setup
I never had a  jerky issue like you describe with my 600mm f/4 AF lens.  It had a focus by wire system and you could set the focus speed for manual focus to smooth and slow, or tomediun or to fast.  It was as smooth as silk when manually focusing.
 

 
 

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Did they really just say what I think they said?

 It may take slightly longer for the EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the 1dx digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam.    :o
It is a obvious typo, I wouldn't belabor the point.

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