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United States / Re: Minnesota kid looking for a photographer mentor
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:49:24 PM »
I'd suggest creating a online portfolio of your best work.  Flikr is OK.  Be brutal and only put the best of the best on it.
Then show it around to photographers, contact photography schools and ask the teachers for tips, expect to work for little or nothing, and to do a lot of the grunt work.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Which cheap telezoom for video?
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:45:44 PM »
Here is a lot of background on a surfing video done with the 5D MK III and the Red.  1280mm equiv to get the closeups. 
http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/category/jamieobrien/
Obviously, this was done with a big budget, but you might be able to glean some tips from it, like the need for ND filters.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Road Map Becoming More Clear
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:30:44 PM »
Personally, I feel that the technology is far from mature.  There are a ton of tricks that we have yet to see, and are almost certainly under development.
There is so much money in digital photography right now, that manufacturers are doing a lot of R&D.  100 million P&S cameras, and 15 million DSLRs were sold last year, and this year, DSLR and mirrorless sales are shooting up.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MKIII comparied to 5D MKII
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:24:37 PM »
Once you set Lightroom or Photoshop for color adjustments on your different camera bodies, they should always match on import.  With lightroom 4, I have no issues with noise on 7D images at ISO 1600, and 3200 is ok. 
If you are using jpeg, its a different story.  Hopefully the new firmware for the 7d will update the jpeg processing and bring it up to date with advances in the past 3 years.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading 40d
« on: July 22, 2012, 05:03:41 PM »
It's time to upgrade my 40d. I can't decide what to get: 60d, wait for 70d to come out, mk3, mk2, 7d?

I dont mind the crop. Im also not earning money with photography, so not sure if marks are really justifiable. Perhaps getting a 60d is better?

Any thoughts?

I mostly shoot with 10_20sigma and 70_200 2.8l
Is your 40D dying, or are you looking for a specific capability?  The newer XXD bodies have a few more features, but really are not that much a 40D.
I'd wait and see what a 70D brings, or define where you need improvement and that will lead you toward the right product.  The 7D is the best crop and its three years old.
The 60D is lacking the ability to fine tune your autofocus, so I'd be inclined to pass it up, because you will not get the benefit of higher pixel counts with your 70-200mm f/2.8L.  As you get higher pixel count sensors, a slight amount of error in autofocus keeps you from getting more resolution and is a waste of money. The fine tuning does make a visible difference for many lenses.  Occasionally, one is a perfect match, but thats the exception.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Specs
« on: July 22, 2012, 04:54:45 PM »
I have to say, I really don't understand the mirrorless DSLR concept. Who buys these things?

Also - is there a reason why Canon does not offer 720 at 30p video on any of their cameras? I don't need 1080, but I don't want 60p for some shots. Plus I would think you can shoot more on a card at 720/30.

The concept is simple, its a middle camera between point and shoot and DSLR with some good points of both, and a few not so good ones like poor or no viewfinders.
So far this year (Thru May), $42.9 million U.S. dollars worth of mirrorless have been shipped.  ( http://www.cipa.jp/english/data/dizital.html )
So its a step up for P&S users.  DSLR sales are rising dramatically this year, while P&S sales numbers are falling slightly.  This likely means that many users are going for mirrorless rather than a P&S.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tethering LR4 + Canon 5d Mkiii ?
« on: July 22, 2012, 04:34:07 PM »
Just use the Canon EOS Utility that came with your camera.  You can save images to a watched folder and open lightroom automatically if you wish.
There is really no point in the LR tethering, since the Canon EOS Utility program is so much more powerful.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Specs
« on: July 22, 2012, 04:30:07 PM »
Please could someone clarify for me how this camera does phase detect AF. Is there some kind of technical white paper I could read to help me understand it? Thanks.

There is no white paper for a camera that is not yet officially announced.
Right now, the assumption is that the technology used in the T4i is also used in this camera, but its merely a guess.  It does seem likely that it uses the same sensor and Hybrid AF.  This means slow AF with EF and EF-s lenses, and faster AF with STM lenses. Likely about the same as a typical P&S.
Here is one of the better descriptions, but there is no white paper. 
http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-650d-rebel-t4i/3/#Hybrid

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: What will be the price of first EOS M?
« on: July 22, 2012, 02:03:38 PM »
Now that we can be reasonably sure that not only is it mirrorless, but has no viewfinder as well, I'm going to revise my price downward, since its not a serious camera.
I expect $599 for the body plus extra for the kit depending on whats included, so about  $799 with 18-55mm zoom.
Too bad about the viewfinder, I've lost interest.  Outdoors in bright sun, there would be no way to see and frame a image, nuch less check critical focus.  I guess you could buy a hood for the lcd, but whats the point, when even the G1 X has a viewfinder of sorts.

But there was no viewfinder on photos, since they were published. For me it was quite clear, that the only option for viewfinder would be an electronic only.
Regarding the price, I hope we won't be surprised by Canon quite the opposite way as while you're not interested in this one, let's remember, that most likely there are other to follow and what will see tomorrow will set the reference for the next mirrorless from Canon.
I missed that in the photos, I guess I assumed something as basic a necessity as a viewfinder.  I guess its another point and hope camera.

I'm sure that a lot of people will be happy to use one without a viewfinder.  Many of them will be buyers who picked up one in a dark store and liked what they saw on the rear LCD, and only discovered how difficult it is to use outdoors.  I've tried the black cloth method BTW, and it works unless the wind is blowing, but at best it is a PITA.  When you plan to invest $$$$ in a new system, it needs to be a little better than that.
Canon may have a accessory viewfinder, which would bring the price for a kit with lens, adapter, and viewfinder back up to $1195.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: What will be the price of first EOS M?
« on: July 22, 2012, 01:11:33 PM »
Now that we can be reasonably sure that not only is it mirrorless, but has no viewfinder as well, I'm going to revise my price downward, since its not a serious camera.
I expect $599 for the body plus extra for the kit depending on whats included, so about  $799 with 18-55mm zoom.
Too bad about the viewfinder, I've lost interest.  Outdoors in bright sun, there would be no way to see and frame a image, nuch less check critical focus.  I guess you could buy a hood for the lcd, but whats the point, when even the G1 X has a viewfinder of sorts.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX err80
« on: July 22, 2012, 01:05:18 PM »
Does it do it with more than one card?  Assuming you have two cards installed, I'd be suspicious that one of them has some bad memory cells.  Do a chkdisk on them to see if any errors are found, and then a low level format in your computer (Not a quick format) then install and reformat them in camera.  See if it still happens. 
Also try a pair of completely different memory cards to see if there is something going on with yours.

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What yould you say for F14? F/16, F/22, etc.  You better put that point in there.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 22, 2012, 12:53:31 PM »
Going merely by stastics, my 135mm L is far ahead of my 35mmL as the most used lenses.  My 24-105mmL is third.  A lot of this has to do with my style of shooting, low light and theater use.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: What will be the price of first EOS M?
« on: July 21, 2012, 07:03:04 PM »
Body only, $799, with lens $999
How many of the body only units do you think would sell?  You at least need one lens, or a adapter.  They might sell a body only after a year or so, but it will be a kit to start out.  The rumor is that a adapter will also be in the kit, which makes sense, but increases the price.
I would not buy one without the adapter and lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X NOT compatible with Pocket Wizard!
« on: July 21, 2012, 06:54:03 PM »
Considering there have been no bodies to develop new firmware on, I am not surprised at all.
How could you possibly expect code to be written for a camera you have not even seen?
The 5D has been out for a few months.
A few as in 6 or more months.

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