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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 50mm f/1.2L good for video?
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:54:05 AM »
Check out some of Philip Bloom's "People" videos. I think "Dublin's People", and "Sofia's People" were shot with that lens on 5DII's. Beautiful studies.

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Portrait / Re: Speedlight for perfect night portraits
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:29:02 PM »
I have the most success shooting my speedlights with my camera on M. The shutter speed now really only affects the ambient light- which gives you a ton of creative control. The aperture/ ISO will affect the intensity of the flash.

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Portrait / Re: Need help with group picture!!
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:20:06 PM »
I'd fix the slight lens distortion so the vertical lines aren't all wonky. Then tweak the crop. Finally, adding a little mid-tone contrast (to taste) can add a little more "pop" to the individuals. But that  is a taste issue.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: August 29, 2012, 10:10:32 AM »
I like this lens on my 7D too!

Kids Bench by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:39:01 PM »
Good "sports" lens :)

Hanging out by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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I don't think the price can go any lower. If Canon launches a 2K FF camera, I'd assume they would immediately discontinue the 5DII. The result could then raise the 5DII's price from smaller dealers. Just look what happened to the 24-70L as soon as it was discontinued!

Also, what if Canon releases a 2K FF camera that has worse build quality than the 5DII & no changeable focusing screen?

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This thread makes me sad. Why are you people running so many tests with your lenses to determine absurd things like sharpness? What does that even mean? And what is the point of it?

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Can I ask why you would want to buy / use a lens that has an adjustable aperture at only the "mythical sweet spot"? Aren't you limiting your creative control?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What would you do?
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:50:26 PM »
Wait, so someone who sent in a 5DII got a 1D mkIV back?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else preorder the EOS M yet?
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:58:07 PM »
Can I ask, what is the point/ rush to pre-order this? Why not wait till its out and see how it progresses? I'm willing to put any amount of money on the fact that the 2nd body in this system will be better than the first.

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I bought the 5DII after the price dropped and the 5DIII was out... It works like an auto focus camera should- I put the boxy thingy in my viewfinder on my subject, push the button, and get a magical in-focus photo! OMG! And I didn't even "micro adjust" my lens with a fancy test thing. This photography is easy. I think I'm gonna go pro.

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I don't usually post pictures, but when I do, they are of squirrels. Here's one solution to busy backgrounds: 500mm+1.4x. I think I went overboard with clarity on this one but it is what it is...

(Info: Cropped to 5x4 + rotated, 7D, f7.1, 1/160, ISO800, hand-held)

Oh that is a cool shot! I love how the squirrel's fur pattern blends so well into the bark. Darwin at work there.

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IMO the background isn't the issue. It's more of the composition. All I look at is that twig sticking up in front of the squirrel. I'd play around with composition/ cropping to try to get a more unique perspective.

Here is a quick 1 min crop & clone (the cloning is messy, just to give you the idea):

This crop gets rid of the ugly (distracting) white bokeh light coming through the trees in the top left. It also moves the squirrel into a better composition.

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