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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d center focus point -bug- problem
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:37:49 PM »
still remember those days before i was making a final decision to buy my canon 7d, went on internet to do bunch of research.  what i got were number of complains on canon 7d focus problems.  there was a little hesitate about making a final call, i decided to go to best buy and tried it myself before pulling a trigger.  i ended up buying canon 7d with carrying a thought...

1. if there was focus problem found, then i would return it,
2. buying canon 7d will save the quite a bit of money for coming canon 5d mark iii

now, i am still using it without any problems so far.  however, there was a time that i had focus hunt problem with canon 7d, that was the time when i was trying to focus on a humming bird:

1. In a frame with bright sky and bird was relatively kinda small in the frame,
2. With single focus point,
3. Full range of zoom, on canon 70-200mm is mark ii, was set

why was that?  setup and try to see where is the problem...  however, there is a easy test on this...  have one person sitting by a window that lit up with a bright light, try to focus on that person to see how fast and  how accurate you can nail the focus...

disclaimer:  i am not a pro. nor a person who has used slr for 20 years.  i am just a hobbyist sitting at home learning digital photography after working hours (yes, sometimes during work hours too lol...).  my main target now is post processing, but still not forgetting about practicing everyday... sometimes with camera, sometimes with thoughts

changing a brand is not a choice to me since i do believe that if someone can deliver a good image with my current system while i am not able to, that is my fault... not learning enough... and i have invested quite a big on current setup...

Photography Technique / Re: On-Camera Flash Technique/Gear?
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:09:15 PM »
just in case, for sure that this 360 degree flashspin is always within budget, making out of two foam cups... lol

i just made it for fun, but it works pretty well though.  actually, i sometimes use bare flash and sometimes this kinda similar, but in a different way.  all techniques should turn out right as if you are using it right.

shot with canon 30d and 50mm f/1.4 (my goto test camera)

Lighting / Re: Cheap decent softbox for a traveller
« on: April 25, 2014, 01:55:57 PM »
first and foremost, these are not suitable for check-in luggage since it is umbrella type which is very easy to be broken and it must be used with care... great thing is that they are easy to setup.  second is the diffuser and reflector both not being able to be compared with those are really expensive since they are built with different materials.  however, they work to me since these are cheaper (i own three of these, two rectangle and one octa)

i am not sure if it is cheapest, but i think it probably is.  it is cheap, convenient with decent quality and it is called fotodiox ez pro softbox (the ez pro is an important keyword).  below are some of those links:

1. http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-10SBXMTB-V48OTEZ-Solutions-Speedring-Multiblitz/dp/B003EWVG2M/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1398447450&sr=1-10&keywords=fotodiox+ez-pro+softbox

2. http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-10SBXHS3248EZ-Solutions-Softbox-Speedring/dp/B003EWPKUQ/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1398447513&sr=1-14&keywords=fotodiox+ez-pro+softbox

note:  you probably have to find a right side and right adapter to work with your flash, as if you do not use the one that they offer (i.e. paulcbuff lights.)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:07:23 PM »
...with canon 30d

1. second image was captured in very dimply lit environment (to see how far i can push my ability to hand hold, with violation speed 1/50s, while trying to capture...)

2. canon 430ex ii was used with last image (on camera flash)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:01:19 AM »
that is the main reason why i am waiting and waiting for more for more information...

shot with nokia lumia 521 while waiting in a office :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF problems with 70D and fast lenses
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:52:21 AM »
so what will waiting a few hours change on the center AF point?

that is something relates to light (it is also your user name).  i stopped watching video at 10:45 after clearly identified:

1. focus object,
2. direction of light,
3. position where he stood and camera focus angle,
4. and some other, but the top 3 are much much important...

well, this is my own guess according to my understanding.  but i would love to see second video demonstrated like i have described if i can...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF problems with 70D and fast lenses
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:35:34 PM »
i would challenge him to wait for another > 2 hours or even might be 3, try it with the same angle/position.... then post video here for me to see the result...  just saying...

Photography Technique / Re: How (and Why) I Took the Shot #2: Persistance
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:20:03 PM »
"Because of the framing choices, I had to do very little in post.  I’ve added a bit of contrast and slight bit of saturation (I add no saturation in camera, preferring to do that in post) through a preset I’ve made.  I’ve only used Adobe Lightroom for the adjustments to these images."

dustin, i would like to say that i have loved most of your images due to its color, composition and the feeling from them (so calm).  however, with your above direction of editing your image, i would think it might be a little more than it has been said.  i think there are additional tweaks with clarity/sharpness (lower), tone mappin'/split tone, etc.

please let me know as if i am correct since i am currently trying to, myself, learn post processing and composing for color even though my eyes have little problems with color, not color blind (since i was a kid)

thanks very much...

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:12:02 PM »
seem like a fun topic... here is mine, taking a friend of mine while he was in action for birds while i was in action for color lol...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D vs. 70D: Which has better image quality?
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:44:17 PM »
...no noise is even better but we're still waiting for Canon to catch up to everyone else on noise metrics.

where can you find a camera that delivers no noise?  if there is one that par with 70d or 7d specs, i would pay up 10K for that even though i like noise (note: noise that i add in, not from camera)

Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:32:35 PM »
Hope that clarifies...

thanks very much for helping to clarify...  excellent explanation as always!...

Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:15:56 PM »
A 'quick and dirty' test to see if you'd benefit from AFMA is to set up on a tripod, timer or remote release, lens with open, tape a newspaper page or sheet if printed text to a wall with plenty of light, and take ~5 shots with Live View AF (not Quick) or manual focusing using live view at 10x, then take ~5 shots with phase detect (viewfinder) AF with mirror lockup.  Pick the sharpest shot of each set, and if the Live View shot is noticeably sharper than the viewfinder AF shot, AFMA will likely help.

might i have a question about your suggestion on using live af focus instead of quick focus.  per my understanding, i do think that we have to use live af for liveview shot, quick af does not work in liveview mode.  but live af type is somewhat not a phrase detection type like you have mention above "...take ~5 shots with phase detect (viewfinder) AF with mirror lockup..." along with your previously suggestion to modify it to live af type.  i am kind of confused.

in short, which one should i use as if I am using viewfinder only for most of my shoot? live af (contrast dection) instead of quick af (phrase dection)?  i am currently using quick af type...


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best Nikon DF Review! By Fstoppers.
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:03:41 PM »
this guy is so funny... i kinda like his look though

It is mere fact, not trolling.  It's only inflammatory if you're a narrow-minded fanboy.
My post is within the OP's question and response line.

All my DIGIC 4 SLRs sucked for fixed pattern and read noise...

images coming out from a camera holding on your hands are craps, including nikon.  show people in this forum a link to your website (used to see it as your signature) so that they can see all crap images...

[edit] ah hah... remember it now.  your business website is http://a2bart.com/
[question]  your learning how to capture images started from point A and stopped at point B?  not enough skills go further in the scale of alphabet?  ;)

looks, this lady (canon 5d mark ii) has not been used camera as long as you and she comes up with these images.  mind to show me what you have gotten and improved lol....


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