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Messages - jondave

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Lenses / Re: Zoom vs Primes?
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:42:04 PM »
Depends really what kind of photography you do on the street.

If you take a lot of candid, off-the-hip shots, a wide prime may be best as it gives you to get up close with larger framing. The wide framing also gives you room to crop if your framing isn't spot on.

The zoom gives you a lot of framing options and allows you to shoot from afar if you can't get close enough to your subject.

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Canon General / Re: soon to be a 'Canon/DSLR newbie' here!
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:33:16 AM »
You're right! I'am poorer after getting married with Canon.
But I'am happier.

I believe it's an affair you have with Canon, not marriage. Marriage is supposed to make you poorer AND miserable. ;D

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Canon General / Re: soon to be a 'Canon/DSLR newbie' here!
« on: December 02, 2012, 04:41:01 PM »
Welcome to the club, you're on your way to becoming a poor man. :)

Get the longest zoom you can find, I would say even a third party 18-270mm. IQ should be the least of your concerns, anything you get will have better IQ than your P&S. Since you're just starting out you'll need flexibility and range, the zoom gives you so much freedom to develop your style.

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Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: December 02, 2012, 04:29:55 PM »
I am all for what you say that canon makes better but you may have read what i shoot. And i dont need any of that. And no i havent decided what to buy yet.

So if you guys think so good of canon then i am sure you can give me some stuff they make better for what i shoot. Or not?

No, it seems you've already decided even before you asked your question.

Canon isn't coming back from wherever you think they are. Just go get your Nikon and start doing what a real photographer does.

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Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: December 02, 2012, 03:42:04 PM »
So what do they make better outside the af department?

Cameras.

Haven't you decided what to buy? Why do you still keep asking?

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Lenses / Re: 17-40mm F/4 L or 16/35mm F/2.8 L I
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:11:34 AM »
Go with the 17-40mm. For L standards, the 16-35mm MkI isn't good at all.

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Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:03:01 PM »
Pixel peeper and spec-list sniffer. True photographers use the camera (and the whole system) first before making an opinion. Not the other way around.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:45:58 PM »
'Legendary' immediately rang alarm bells for me... It's the marketing spin that's legendary I would say.

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Portrait / Re: My 5D Mark III portraits
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:34:12 PM »
Nice indeed.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Help me decide: 270EXII vs 90EX
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:03:33 PM »
If portability is a must then get the 270ex ii.

You'd be nuts to buy a 90ex -too weak, and optical/IR is a no-go. Line of sight trigerring is totally unreliable. Get RF triggers.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm 1.2L II on Haute Dogs
« on: November 11, 2012, 02:40:35 AM »
Why is "sharpness" such a requirement for photos now? Why can't a photo be "soft"? Or anything less than the optimal sharpness of a lab test? Photography is still considered art last time I checked. Most of the critiques on the poster's photos are subjective. Chill on the pixel peepin.

No one's is pixel peeping. It's outrightly obvious that the photos are soft.

And you're missing the point. Softness is ok if appropriate for the scene/subject. In this case I don't think it's appropriate.

Yes photography is an art. But it doesn't mean any guy with a camera is an artist.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm 1.2L II on Haute Dogs
« on: November 10, 2012, 09:37:55 PM »
I would have preferred responses like “Whoa, how did you do that?”, but being this here is a forum, I recognize/respect everyone’s two cents. 8)

So okay, here’s the context of the shooting that afternoon. Focusing an 85mm 1.2 LII mated to a 5D2 at f1.2 on the eye of a person is difficult. If you have tried this set up, you know what I’m talking about. Then imagine taking photos of an excitable pooch in a small crowded park filled with the scent and mugs of 101 other canines, their humans and mini humans. Let me tell you, it’s not going to be a walk in the park. You are literally crawling.

It was one of those days when I was shooting for myself, with no client to please or anything like that. I like to give myself some sort of a challenge on days like this, and sharpen my photographic reflexes, so to speak. The plan was to “work” the event with the gear I was carrying -one body and one lens only, 5D2 and 85mm 1.2 LII. Stick to ISO 100, and no aperture smaller than 2.5.

But why at huge apertures? Simply because it is not easy to do, therefore it’s a challenge. I could have just gone the way of the F8 And Be There Philosophy, but that would have been too easy, too formulaic and boring for me. I mean where’s the challenge? Let’s try something different. Maybe if I were shooting for Petsmart or Iams, I would get everything in focus from the whiskers to the tail.


All images I post in forums are at 75 dpi, and that might help explain the observed softness. Also consider that I don’t ever do any sharpening –that’s just a personal preference. Most of the images were shot with apertures between 1.2 and 1.8. (There were a couple of images wherein the dog owners requested copies of, so I made those at 4.5 or 5.6.) The narrow slivers of depth of field and low resolution contribute to the perceived softness. If you go to the full res gallery, you will see the difference. The minimum I require is that the nearest eye should be in focus, and that’s what you’ll notice. Maybe there’s an image or two that may not be spot on, but I’m more than happy with my keep rate.  :)


Why did you even post your photos if you didn't want to be criticized? The world is cruel my friend, you'll either be praised if you're good or torn apart if you're not.

In your case, I think there's a difference between challenging yourself and what's objectively appropriate for the scenes/subjects you took.

Yes it's difficult to shoot moving subjects at large apertures, but I don't think it was appropriate for this. Bokeh? Yes it is definitely nice, but inappropriate for this scenario.

Post processing is no excuse why your images are soft. That actually says a lot about your skills in post. The images are soft, period.

I also don't understand your preference not to sharpen. What's the point of using good glass then if not to get the sharpest images? Pros know the technical reasons why output sharpening is required. Some level of output sharpening is always required. Your preference not to sharpen comes across to me as you simply don't know why you need to and don't know how to.

Just my 2 cents.

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Wait what? Can someone elaborate on this? Does this mean the 5d3 doesn't spot meter exposure with points other than the center?

The reason why im concerned is because alot of my shots with the 5d3 always end up underexposed even though the on camera light meter says its spot on.

Seriously? AF-point spot metering has always been a 1 series only feature. Whoever gave you the idea the 5D3 could do this? (Hopefully not the sales guy who sold it to you)

But going back to the topic on hand, this is a good marketing move. Get the early adopters first, then entice the holdouts later. And along with the steady price drops, this keeps the sales rolling along.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2012, 01:17:49 AM »
All the Sony DSLRs and recently the GH3 has a tilt screen. Those cameras, while being excellent for stills, realize the video market exists and is growing and cater to them as well. Canon has made no changes to their video features in the past three years. I'd say that is Canon being ignorant as usual. If Canon introduces another camera with a tilt screen, I'll be the one laughing. If they don't, Canon is continues to be ignorant.

And so what if Sony has it? It doesn't mean Canon should have it. Not now at least, 'cause I haven't heard any Canon users migrating to Sony because of this feature. Canon being ignorant? Of course not. Do you really think you know something Canon doesn't? They won't give it to you because you wouldn't switch anyway. And when the time comes that Canon introduces another camera with a tilt screen, they'll be the one laughing - not you - because you'll be buying that camera.

It's just silly how a lot of people here just look at the small picture and say something in the likes of "I want a 7D2 with 1Dx + C300 features for ~$2k". C'mon, Canon is selling a million different cameras and each one needs to have its own feature set and not cannibalize sales from each other.

You want a body with all the bells and whistles? There's one out there, but you probably can't afford it. Otherwise you wouldn't be complaining here. Or you would've switched already.

Fact is, most people complaining here about Canon wouldn't switch anyway, because there's no better alternative. And Canon knows that. They won't give you all the features you want, but just the ones enough to make you spend more money upgrading and stop you from switching.

Canon ignorant? It's the opposite actually. It's why they keep making money.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:44:44 AM »
What Canon really need to do is put out a 4x3 APS-C 7D with 24mp, utilizing 1DX grade accuracy focus system and 1DX grade image quality. The current 7D's 3 x 2 image ratio is a really pain in the axx to use sometimes.

And how much do you intend paying for that? ~$2k? Good luck.

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