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Just like the photo magazines, it's equally as hard to pick good books as well. Which ones have made a difference in the way you shoot/work, or just enjoyed reading in general?

Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David DuChemin. Made me learn to think thrice before pressing the shutter.

For the entertainment, The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World's Top Shooters by Joe McNally.

I'm currently reading Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom (2nd Edition) by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe. Not about photography, but wow it does make a difference to how your printed photos look. As much as we love shooting, you shouldn't keep 'em stored forever in your PC you know. You've got to show it around.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:34:01 PM »

You clearly misread, misinterpreted or misunderstood.

Except for the faster fps, what you wanted looked like a 5D3. (And dual CF on a prosumer body? No way.) Happy for you to prove me wrong - so what specs and price do you want the 7D2 to have?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2012, 04:08:35 AM »
This is what will get my check book out:
1. Low noise at low ISO, high ISO capable sensor
2. Same or higher frame rate
3. Same or higher MP- but only if point 1 is satisfied
4. Two CF card slots
5. Same or better AF (5DIII level?)
6. Same or better build quality
This is not too much to ask, and given the rumors of a brand new sensor and the 46MP FF, I am guessing they are more than expected.
Besides, it is Canon's fault that I am asking for all this to upgrade- it is they who built the awesome 7D!
I am guessing Canon will also include Wi-fi, maybe even GPS, and some other doo-dads in order to lure unsure buyers, curb perpetual whiners (why didn't they add this if they have it in 6D), and increase the MSRP- but I don't care about those.

Buy a 5D3 then.

I don't understand why a lot of people here think Canon owes us to sell a body that has all these wonderful features and would cost us peanuts.

I can't begin to imagine if people like these were running Canon's product development and marketing, Canon would only be selling 2 DSLR bodies - 1 costing ~$5k, the other ~$1.8k. These will have killer features nobody else can match for the price and sell like pancakes for a year. After which Canon goes bankrupt.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Why Hasselblad?
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:45:59 AM »
Go rent one and you'll be able to answer your question yourself. The IQ is astounding.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Why Hasselblad?
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:41:52 PM »
MF uses a much bigger sensor, so the answer to your question similarly applies to those asking why FF is better than APS-C.

And megapixels of course, because of the print sizes the photos are used in. Typical FF print sizes are only A3 up to A2. You didn't think those billboard ads were originally from 20MP files, did you?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D!
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:21:40 AM »
More than anything it's a tone curve I always apply on my raw files.

Saturation is purely subjective, depends on what the photo and how I want it to look.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for an new Camera
« on: September 22, 2012, 07:35:10 PM »
Well, if your budget fits only in the range of the 7D you won't find any other camera with significantly better IQ. You can't have your cake and eat it too you know.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm not jumping to Nikon
« on: September 21, 2012, 06:28:59 PM »
I love when people posting in a gear-oriented forum and having themselves several thousands grands of gear pieces come out saying "Nah, it's not about the gear, it's about skill". It's hypocrite to no end. Especially because I often read that this is a Canon enthusiasts forum, so apparently I have to assume that skill comes in kit with Canon gear only.

I would kindly invite those people to act on their principles, sell all their expensive gear and buy a 1100D kit and a fifty nifty. Then you can come and show us "pixel-peepers" and "spec-readers" (who care about value for money of the products we buy) that our worries have nothing to do with IQ and how miserable photographers we are.

Whoa, being extreme at its finest. Hold your horses, we're not comparing a 1DX / D4 vs a 1100D here.

The OP was mulling between a D600 and a 6D. Now tell me, how will choosing one camera over the other make you a much better photographer?

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm not jumping to Nikon
« on: September 21, 2012, 01:43:28 AM »
You're currently shooting with a T1i and you're torn between the IQ of a FF Canon vs Nikon body? Poor DR? You sound like an engineer, not a photographer.

If you think Canon has better glass, then that's a much better basis for you to make your decision. But seriously buddy, stop reading the body specs and just go out and shoot photos. There's no IQ or DR category in photo competitions.

If you're not into heavy video or shooting continuously in big bursts in full RAW you don't need to get the 90mb/s or the 60mb/s cards. Don't get swayed by those who want to the baddest and fastest cards, you'd just be wasting money if you don't need that much speed.

You should know that your camera doesn't write directly to the card when you press the shutter - the file gets saved in the internal buffer first, then gets transferred to the card. The speed of the card determines how fast your camera's buffer is cleared out to make room for your next shots. So if you're not maxing out your camera's buffer with continuous bursts or video, a fast card will do nothing for you - except drain your wallet.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best flash for 5Dmk3?
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:58:00 AM »
Best flash? That's a very subjective question, it depends what your specific needs are. A flash gun spits out light, that's it. Pretty much any canon-compatible brand will do that for you.

Latest and the greatest? The 600ex-rt.

Value for money? Yongnuo 565ex.

Just got the new 70-200 2.8 is II tonight. I was wondering if these are them? No Flash was used.


What happened to your 70-200 f/4 btw?

How much better can my images improve with the D Mark III?

That's a very ambiguous question. The photgrapher makes the images, not the camera.

Maybe you should rephrase your question to mean what aspects of your photos will be different with the 5D3.

A Canon full frame with a crop mode would be nice.

Crop mode at full resolution! I wish some engineering genius can do that.

Simply put, the answer lies in the spec list. If the spec list doesn't convince you that the 5D3 is worth 4x the price, then go with your guts and buy the T4i and slap L glass on it. It's a much better use of money than buying a 5D3 and using mediocre glass.

I'm speaking in terms of practicality. This forum will go on and on telling you how the IQ is worlds apart, but if you don't know that already then you most likely don't have a need for it. No offense, but most people I know who've asked this question actually need to upgrade their photography skills, not their camera body. Skilled photographers don't even ask this question IMHO, because if they don't have the budget for it they either make do with the equipment they have or sell an arm and a leg to come up with the money.

The best solution for your question? Rent one so you can make a more informed decision. Or just buy the 5D3 if you have the money.

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