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How about a camera under water photographing a land creature? Shot with the new D20!


Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:06:37 PM »
Or they will push big instant rebates/ sales for the T3i to clear inventory for father's day/ summer sales.

Hey! What fathers get cameras on father's day?! I don't get that...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Announce 2 Cameras in June [CR2]
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:03:06 PM »
If they are going to start a new system without a mirror, they should do something really awesome and throw a square APS-C sensor into it! It would give Canon a huge point of difference in the market.

You can crop to landscape or portrait from one orientation, & a circular fish-eye lens would be absolutely radical.

Is this possible technical forum people?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film cameras, help!
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:06:32 AM »
You can Get a Mamiya 645 kit with an 80mm f2.8 lens (50mm equiv in 35mm format) for under 500USD.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Point & Shoot?...
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:01:46 AM »
The Lumix LX5 is also a nice point & shoot. F2.0, 24mm on the wide end, RAW, full manual controls... Leica lens.

Not too shabby.

I also just picked up the new PowerShot D20 tough/ waterproof camera for a recent vacation, surprisingly good results in all conditions. Granted no manual controls, but you can beat the hell out of it :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: joe mcnally talks about the D4
« on: May 22, 2012, 09:42:21 AM »
What impresses me most about him and his work is more of his understanding of light, how to manipulate it & how to quickly adjust on the fly. His books and workshops aren't a "how-to" cookbook on how to get a type of shot, they are more about the philosophy of capturing the light.

The interesting thing is that he uses ETTL (or whatever the Nikon version is), and allows the camera to do a LOT of the guess work. Never saw him or heard him talk much about a light meter. He then "nudges" the camera in the right direction. He makes a strong case for taking full advantage of the latest technology and gear. I see all too many people with huge egos and pride to ever dare admit they use any type of "auto" function on their fancy cameras. Why pay for that all when you shoot RAW on manual mode with manual focus?

He did a tour with David Hobby a few years back that was really great as they have different philosophies and approaches to lighting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 04:08:58 PM »
1 stop of dynamic range improvements isn't exciting to marketing. Doesn't mean much to the majority of consumers either.

They'll need to push buzz worthy features like: Built-in HDR (there is their sensor DR fix), and cutting edge video features like 1080p 60fps super slomo effects. Doesn't the Nex-7 have this? Then other "features" to make you think you NEED to upgrade.

Otherwise, why update an already great camera?

1080 at 60p... that would be nice for many out there for sure.

If the 1dx or 5d3 doesn't have it, i wouldn't hold your breath on that one...

I don't know about that. The 5DII didn't have 60fps @ 720p, or duel digic 4, or the fps of the 7D, or the focusing system....

It's an aps-c camera. Isn't it easier to render that speed on a smaller sensor? I'm not saying this as a "wish-list" type of thing, (I rarely shoot video) I just think Canon knows how to market.

They won't compete in DR and pixel peeping sensor nonsense, they will compete with their new market position:

The leader in HD-SLR modern day still/ motion image capturing devices. All the hottest directors and blockbuster films are using them! You can too!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:36:43 PM »
1 stop of dynamic range improvements isn't exciting to marketing. Doesn't mean much to the majority of consumers either.

They'll need to push buzz worthy features like: Built-in HDR (there is their sensor DR fix), and cutting edge video features like 1080p 60fps super slomo effects. Doesn't the Nex-7 have this? Then other "features" to make you think you NEED to upgrade.

Otherwise, why update an already great camera?

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Lighting / Re: looking for my 1st flash
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:14:38 AM »
What is your purpose of high speed sync? Is it really needed with outdoor portraits?

If it is because you want to use wide apertures for artistic effect, which will kick your shutter speed way up in outdoor light, and that is the only real issue, why not just use an ND filter?

That will allow you to control the DOF and ambient light without the need for hss.

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PowerShot / Canon PowerShot D20 hands on + photos
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:30:55 AM »
So I wrote this whole long hands-on recap/ review of using this camera over the last week while I was on vacation in Turks & Caicos with my family. But then I went to post it and got an "Access denied error"... So there went that.

To sum up:

I got this camera because it looked cool, then learned that the odd design shape is brilliant & actually allows you to hold it in a more natural way (groove is for left thumb- think like how you hold a lens in your left hand)

There are also some BAD design choices- like the top 3 buttons (power/ shutter/ playback) all being basically the same size, shape & height. I turned the camera off a few times while about to capture the greatest photos of my life. Why.

There were other things I wrote too, like how it's basically a fully auto camera with very few creative controls & there is noise all over the place, blah, blah, blah, but it's late now & I don't want to re-type it all. Thanks CR.

I still fell in love with this stupid camera because it actually is really smart, and nails exposure, white balance, focus, etc on every shot!? And the dynamic range rivals the Nikon D800. Probably not. But I'm happy when I can take a photo in the middle of the day on the beach, or in a pool/ large body of water- and there is sky and people exposed properly :)


With all that said (and not said), here are a few pics.


Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Violet in paradise by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Beach Girls by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Blue by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Beach Entrance by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film is still hard to beat
« on: May 20, 2012, 08:51:40 PM »
Crayola is better than roseart.

I just registered http://CrayolaRumors.com

Lol. This thread just got fun!

The digital vs film debate is old.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film is still hard to beat
« on: May 20, 2012, 08:13:21 PM »
I thinks there is no debate or comparing "film vs digital".

It's like trying to compare a painting to a digital photoshop illustration. They are completely different in every way. One is organic and the other is digital art.

The process of making an exposure on film, developing that film in a dark room, optically making a print on an enlarger, and developing the print has nothing to do with the digital workflow process.

Why can't they just be different forms of art?

Let me guess... you prefer film?

The reason they are considered the same artform is because they are both photography. ;-)

I don't prefer film. I use both. I also use photoshop sometimes, and illustrator other times. And oil paints other times, and crayons when I color with my daughter.

Crayola is better than roseart.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film is still hard to beat
« on: May 20, 2012, 07:46:03 PM »
I thinks there is no debate or comparing "film vs digital".

It's like trying to compare a painting to a digital photoshop illustration. They are completely different in every way. One is organic and the other is digital art.

The process of making an exposure on film, developing that film in a dark room, optically making a print on an enlarger, and developing the print has nothing to do with the digital workflow process.

Why can't they just be different forms of art?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thoughts on new high megapixel Canon DSLR ?
« on: May 19, 2012, 12:50:42 PM »
I thought 18-22mp was a high megapixel count for a 35mm sensor. I like how all of a sudden, just because one company makes a "higher" mega pixy camera, all others are now considered not high enough. Isn't Nikon's flagship like 16 mega peepers? What a joke that thing will be, probably just good enough to shoot Facebook profile pics!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Vs Regular DSLR -- Your thoughts???
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:50:56 PM »
It's beyond me why a full frame mirrorless camera still does not exist.  Not only would it sell like hotcakes, but it would be SO COOL  8)

Leica?

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