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Portrait / Re: vicky pregnant (cousin)
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:57:42 AM »
If you want a bit of feedback- I'd suggest trying to lighten the green in the bushes behind her so you can see her belly! You basically have black on black and you lose the most important part of the shot. A flash a little behind her could have also been used as a rim light to separate her from background.

Other than that, she looks like a beautiful, glowing, happy mother-to-be, congrats!

Portrait / Re: Opinion needed - Portrait post processing
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:53:07 AM »
I agree with what someone else said earlier- focus on composition first. You have the the horizon in the middle, the model in the middle, a bush to the right an equal distance from the model as the tree on the left... Blown out highlights on front of the model, a blown out background, and the model is wearing white.

My eye doesn't know where to go. Only because I know that a human in a photo is supposed to be more important than the bush do I look at her. She is also more attractive that the bush. BUT, she has no more importance in the composition then the bush!

I would work on photographing the model filling more of the frame first. Environmental portraits are much harder as you have to take into account an entire scene as part of the composition.

Nothing wrong with your post processing that I can see. That is where things are more subjective. I actually like the high-key look if the shot. Just not the composition.

Just my .02

EOS-M / The Mirrorless Party
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:35:30 AM »
This video is really funny.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA refurbished stock reduced?
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:44:56 PM »
During the 20% off sale, the high end stock is gone in a few minutes. Buyers snatch as many as they can afford and later sell them on ebay or craigs list.  Thousands can be sold in nothing flat.  I doubt that the 70-200 2.8 MK II lasted 5 minutes.

Oh I know that, I keep that page open all day during sales :)

But I was saying, the listings are all gone. Normally it just says "sold out". All L's are gone, the 17-55 f2.8, the top flashes, the 5DII...

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:32:32 PM »
What do you consider "wide angle" on your 7D?

Samyang 14mm f2.8 is probably the fastest/ widest/ cheapest. But since you mentioned AF calibration, I'm not sure if MF is a deal breaker.

Don't think you are gonna get a wide-angle F/2.8 "or faster" for below 600.

Rent the 24mm f/1.4II and you'll save up for it!

Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA refurbished stock reduced?
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:22:34 PM »
Anyone else notice that Canon has completely removed the listings for all the high-end gear on their refurb store?

Usually it just says, "out of stock".

Now all the top cameras, flashes and lenses are gone.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon T4i or wait for T5i?
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:16:34 PM »
I heard that the T7i might be the return of APS-H sensor and shoot 12FPS.

EOS Bodies / Re: Refurb 7D Question
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:13:51 PM »
I bought a 5DII refurb from Canon USA. I would have thought it as new if I didn't buy it myself. A refurb can be a return, a damaged box an overstock item... basically a million reasons why the manufacturer could get the product back. Then they can't legally sell it as new so it goes for refurb. It has also been put through factory standard testing to make sure it is up to snuff. It's not a "USED" product. But I guess it's possible it could have a scuff or a few shutter clicks. I wouldn't hesitate because of that though.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:02:52 PM »
Buy a film body. Full frame with an interchangeable sensor. It's pretty awesome and has been around for a little while, so they have had time to work out all the bugs!

But to answer the OP's original question. It's hard to say since they are marketed as top end consumer cameras and "professional" cameras. There is no REAL reason "Full Frame" has to be considered a high-end / pro format. My EOS Rebel G is all plastic (even the mount) with 3 AF points... and IT'S FULL FRAME! Does that mean I could have considered myself a pro when I got it from Santa as a kid?

Basically FF will have to be the standard sensor in entry-level cameras first to be marketed <1K.

Also, ask the average tourist walking around with a Rebel what size sensor is in their camera, or what the "crop factor" is, and you'll most likely get a blank look. They don't care.

EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:17:10 PM »
What "innovations" has Nikon brought to the table recently? Technology is pretty good these days. If people switch systems every time the competition has a marginally better spec'd product on paper... you'll be spending a LOT of time and money switching back and forth rather than taking photos.

Lenses / Re: 85mm 1.2L II on Haute Dogs
« on: November 11, 2012, 11:00:51 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.

I wasn't aware there were rules on when/ where a certain technique
Is allowed to be used. Next you are goin to say it's not "appropriate" to take a portrait with a wide angle lens!

Lenses / Re: 85mm 1.2L II on Haute Dogs
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:14:03 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.

There will be price drops and deals. There always are. Around Christmas, stores will compete. I remember last year stores like Adorama & B&H got aggressive on items like the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. It fell below 2K in the US.

Lenses / Re: 24 1.4 II- wow
« on: November 08, 2012, 04:41:47 PM »
This is such a cool lens!, I have been itchin to get one for along time!, but I have heard of so many people getting bad copies out there.

I think that is because people with proper working gear don't usually shout from the rooftops that their lens works like it was expected to. I have this lens. Works flawlessly on my 5DII and 7D without any micro focus adjusting.

I'd go into a store though and try a copy to make sure THAT LENS is within the tolerances of YOUR CAMERA.

Lenses / Re: 24-70/4 MFT charts
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:29:55 PM »
Canon again acted like there was no one else on the market.

Why would you spend double as much as for the 24-105?

Why would you spend considerably more than for the Tamron 24-70?

I hoped this lens was supposed to be priced in the same league of the 17-40. Charging 1500$ for a 24-70 f/4 zoom is ridiculous.

Maybe because you are getting 2 lenses in 1! You get a standard zoom + a Macro HIS! The price is just MSRP. It'll drop in price a little, then get hit with a rebate, and all of a sudden peeps will feel the urge...

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