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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III Playback Card keeps changing
« on: November 29, 2014, 07:02:25 PM »
That would be hugely annoying! I would call it a bug!

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Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:40:28 PM »
Not working today, although lots of homework to do. But, Adorama had delivery of my Sigma 50 1.4 Art as being today through UPS. So, I went to the office, opened all the doors, turned on the lights, so clearly we could received inside delivery. So, it's 4 PM, still no delivery, so I check UPS tracking again. "Delivered 12:30 PM outside". Sure enough, the bastard had dropped it 3+ feet into our outdoor box (onto the hard concrete/steel floor) for when we're not at the office. Lazy bastard. Merry Christmas to you, too. If started to drop one of my cherished lens over three feet onto concrete (in boxing or not), it'd risk injury to dive onto the ground under it. I understand it was in a decent lens case. But the sudden deceleration can be good for it. Goll-dang it!
I know it wasn't how you wanted the delivery to go but it sounds like the driver followed established practices. Where you honestly easy to see or find inside the office? Was the parking lot empty enough for a reasonable person to conclude the office was closed. Sometimes a moment of planning can save hours of worry. I bet a simple call to the 800 number or communication to anyone at UPS to alert them that "although the office is closed, I will be there to get an important package" would have changed the out come.
The policy is to leave packages in the box if the office is closed, well the office was closed:)

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What about a reliability standpoint, moving parts are subject to failure. So does having a moving color filter make it more prone to failure?

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The 7d II specs out as well as canons 1 d mark III on IQ, Dynamic range, & low ISO IQ with twice the resolution, superior autofocus and metering. I would call it a home run aps-c camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:31:36 AM »
While Sonya have have great low ISO performance canon is better at high ISO where most event shooters stay. The problem I feel is this attempt to bastardized cameras into video tools. I am sure compromises made to create a video capable camera affect still image quality.

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Lenses / Re: Best short telephoto?
« on: July 05, 2014, 03:16:12 PM »
100 f2 is a nice lens, very sharp nice color, some color fringe wide open in high contrast but still very nice.

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You must have a high end flash, and a diffuser. No ifs ands or buts. Second be very clear with your friend you are a novice and not to expect proffesional pictures. That way if they are great she will be happy, if they are so so you may save a friendship.

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Reviews / Re: DxO reviews Sony A7s: king of low light photography?
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:08:45 PM »
http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Sony-A7S-versus-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-versus-Nikon-D800E___949_795_814

DxO give it a low light score of 3702, which bests the 1DX (2786) and 6D (2340). Not unsurprising given the much lower MP of the sensor.

Is the A7s now the king of low light photography?
I am waiting see real world pictures, dxo rates the d800 at approximately 2900 which any one who has seen the files knows its not that good at high ISO. I think the a7s will be amazing 12800 or slightly higher

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:14:30 PM »
Flag pond

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I have the same problem with the 5D mk II & 50/f1.4. I bought Focal or lenscal awhile back and tried to do the AFMA adjustment with my computer. one surprising thing is how hard it is to get enough of the correct lighting in your living room. The result wasn't much better. ive even just gone outside and adjusted it manually in camera and taken shots to see which appears the most in focus. Even that really didn't solve the focus problem. but now  it is better than the back focusing I had when I put the center dot on the subject. One solution is to buy the 50 art lens. but I liked having something more compact and small. the other solution would be to send it  to canon PS. but I think it just needs a new home :)
On my 5d mark II it's the same, the center point is golden, the rest not so much

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It sounds like it works well, what aperture are you using?

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Elgar what is your personal preference in terms of walk around/ versatility? Both are excellent but which one would be the one you counted on for the go to lense?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup for 6D for Wedding Photography
« on: April 28, 2014, 08:44:33 PM »
You won't be happy with a lesser camera. It will be money wasted because you will be very unhappy with image quality. The 6d is mighty little camera IQ wise. Save the money you make for something next level. In the mean time learn how to use your mentors nikon.

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The person starting this thread came here with a question, he is new and learning so i think its good that he is finding out what to do. I dont think he knew or thought he was doing something wrong by selling his images. It was his first wedding.

With that being said Weddings are tough hard long work, and their are some clients you should take a pass on. This was clearly one of them. If their only concern is money not the work let them find a family friend to do it for free and get what they deserve. She should have already seen his work when she hired him and knows what she is getting. A working pro should above all things be consistent. You most likely choose this individual to learn from because you liked their work. This bride is clearly playing a game to save money and renegotiate price.

Run like hell from this situation and this bride. You are lucky in that you had an opportunity to learn another aspect of the business. Always have a contract to protect yourself and always get paid up front!! Everyone else does so should you. You have a lot to learn still dont just jump in head first until you understand some of the business aspects.

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If the pro was such a "pro" how could he leave the event without all memory cards in hand if he actually intended to use the second shooters images. It seems he did not intend to use them, he just did a favor by taking the second shooter along to learn.
     With that being said you still have much to learn so be careful not to alienate any willing potential mentors. It's not worth a bad name for a quick buck with a bargain hunting bride, who trust me didn't pay the first guy yet and likely wont pay you. Give the images to the paid photographer in exchange for a reasonable second shooter fee. Or split your windfall with him. BTW if you charge, charge a lot you know you have her sneaky bargain hunting tail over a barrel. This is most likely a nightmare client in the Walmart price range client looking for world class images for nothing, and even if she gets them has no idea she has them.

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