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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.

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.

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.

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.

Lenses / Re: CORRUPTED! Firmware Version 1.2.0 for EF 40mm pancake
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:06:28 PM »
I'm just not going to "squeeze" my lens... and I should be fine right?

Sony = Walkman

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:40:47 PM »
An issue I have with mirrorless EVF cameras is that I feel more removed from the photography experience. It's hard to explain, but when I look at an EVF or "live view" I feel like I am watching the camera take a photograph.

Not ready to be a spectator.

All they need to do is make the 7DII shoot 1080 @60p.

I rarely shoot video- so this isn't a "wishlist" post.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:22:41 AM »
No Eye-Control Focus????

Haven't installed it yet, but I have done research on the subject- and I don't think it has damaged a single camera to date. It runs alongside your camera's firmware, so it sounds perfectly safe.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:58:26 PM »
Here is a tip for my fisheye friends.
what i did was find a good rubber band and then taped the cap and rubber band together. so when i want the cap on i stretch the rubber band and lock it on so it doesn't fall off.

And now is has one heck of a RED RING!

Buy a 5DII and spend the rest of your "budget" on glass!

Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 20, 2012, 09:27:50 AM »
EF 15 f2.8 = small... Great for night and stars

EF 8-15 f4 L = fun fun fun fun lens

EF 24 L f1.4 = wonderful in low light, group of people, parties, etc

TS-E 24 L II = amazing for architecture and landsacape.

TS-E 45 = love it for time lapse and architecture.

TS-E 90 = wonderful for product photography and macro.

EF 85 L 1.2 II = amazing for portraits

EF 50 L 1.2 = a wonderful normal lens. Always with me.

EF 16-35 L 2.8 II = versatile wide zoom, great quality. Use it a lot for landscape HDR

EF 100 Macro IS f2.8 = a very good macro, very fast focusing and not only for macro.

EF 180 f3.5 Macro. = the one I always use for my waterdrops macro shots

MP-E 65 f2.8 = best macro lens for insects. Period.

EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS II = everything. From semi macro to walk around lens

EF 24-105 F 4 = not sure why I have not sold it yet.. Came with the 5D MKII. It's good... But not use it that much

Sigma 120-300 f2.8 and tons of extra letter I never remember = birds with a 1.2 and 2 x extender.

Something else but I can remember what.

Wow. That's it?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cleaning Camera - some questions
« on: August 19, 2012, 12:46:15 PM »
I do a lot of offshore saltwater fishing. I wipe everything down after those trips.

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