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EOS Bodies / I did it, I took the plunge
« on: March 23, 2013, 07:02:26 AM »
 Yesterday I received my 5D mkIII with 24-105 kit lens, a 70-200 f2.8 L II and a battery grip. ( Had to tap into my retirement fund to do so ). Having upgraded from a 7D I'm finding the layout and feel of the new full frame is pretty easy to navigate.
 
 I find adjusting from the viewed perspective from a crop sensor to full frame is going to take some getting used to.  A 17-40 L was my walk around lens on the 7D , it's so wide on the 5D that I guess I'll have to readjust my state of mind to use it haha.
  Happy the kit lens will fill that spot nicely on the 5D.

 I'm having one problem , though the set up is very similar to the 7D I can't quite get it to change focus points with the directional button .   
 I can't for the life of me figure out how it get this to work threw the viewfinder . I'm going the pdf manual trying to find it but if anyone has the short answer to this I'd really appreciate it !

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:29:55 AM »
Atlantic City's Steel Pier

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark ii with WiFi/GPS or Without?
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:23:33 PM »
What I'd really like to see is Canon putting the guys at Magic Lantern on the payroll so all the amazing features can be integrated directly into the firmware.

YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!

I've never used ML...but that is quite an endorsement. What do they add that Canon doesn't already have?

Magic Lantern menu
Audio
Analog Gain (dB)
L-DigitalGain and R-DigitalGain (dB)
Input source
Wind Filter
Mic Power
AGC
Headphone Monitoring
Output volume (dB)
Audio Meters
Expo
WhiteBalance
ISO
Shutter
Aperture
PictureStyle
REC PicStyle
Exp.Override
LV Display
Overlay
Global Draw
Zebras
Focus Peak
Magic Zoom
Cropmarks
Ghost image
Defishing
Spotmeter
False color
Histogram and Waveform
Vectorscope
Movie
Bit Rate
Time Indicator
Movie Logging
Movie Restart
REC/STBY notify
Movie REC key
Force LiveView
Shutter Lock
FPS override
HDR video
Image Effects
Movie Record (50D)
Shutter Button (50D)
Exposure Lock (50D)
Shoot
HDR Bracketing
Intervalometer
Bulb/Focus Ramping
Bulb Timer
LCDsensor Remote
Audio RemoteShot
Motion Detect
Silent Pictures
Mirror Lockup
Flash tweaks
Focus
Trap Focus
Focus Patterns
Follow Focus
Focus StepSize
Focus StepDelay
Focus End Point
Rack Delay
Rack Focus
Stack focus
Focus Dist
Hyperfocal
DOF Near
DOF Far
Display
LV contrast
LV saturation
LV display gain
Color Scheme
Clear Overlays
Focus box (LV)
Force HDMI-VGA
Screen layout settings...
Level Indicator (60D)
Kill Canon GUI
Prefs
Image review settings...
Arrow/SET shortcuts...
Misc key settings...
Auto BurstPicQuality
Powersave in LiveView...
Config file...
LV Display Presets
Crop Factor Display
Display hidden menus
Debug
Screenshot (10 s)
Menu screenshots
Don't click me!
Stability tests
Show tasks...
Save CPU usage log
Free Memory
Shutter Count
CMOS temperature
Battery remaining

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark ii with WiFi/GPS or Without?
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:46:26 PM »
 What I'd really like to see is Canon putting the guys at Magic Lantern on the payroll so all the amazing features can be integrated directly into the firmware. Canon makes some kick ass equipment but holds back on the full potential that we can use.

 I'm sure if even some of these were officially included Wifi and GPS would be taking a back seat. 

 Check out what your camera can do here : http://wiki.magiclantern.fm/userguide

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This is an interesting story that may relate to the original post.
http://www.prettyinwhite.com/digital-rev-hey-thats-my-camera/

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~ My last name is Barr.

~ The first job I had was a bartender at my fathers tavern called Barr's Place ( late 70's early 80's).

~ When I wasn't at the families bar I'd spend my free time in others. There used to be a bartenders code in which we'd take care of others at their prospective establishments.
 
~ 99% of the time when I do drink, it's only in bars.

~Currently as a side job I take care of media and shoot events at my bothers tavern which is called the Riverside Barr & Grill.
    - Compensation : My bar tab.
    - Most used catch phrase : Thank God for auto-focus 'cause I can't see you .
    - Photos from events can be seen here : https://www.facebook.com/riverside.barr/photos_stream

Which means low light shots, right?  I haven't had time to look at the linked pics yet but I gotta think that most bar patrons would be somewhat ambivalent at best about having their pictures taken while at the bar.  Sort of like photographic evidence for the wife, IYKWIM...  (Based on total ignorance BTW, when I went to bars 20 years ago, it was to dance, pick up women, etc.  Typical 2 guys lookin' at/for girls kind of thing...)  And you must have a great personality to help spice up the shots because otherwise, most of the shots would end up looking somewhat the same would they not?  There's Joe drinking his beer, there's Sam drinking his beer, there's Sally hanging on Fred drinking his beer, etc...  Unless!  It's a rough bar, then you may have a lot of action shots... There's Joe beating the living crap out of Sam, there's Sally running while Fred jumps in to save Sam.... etc.   8)

 Actually it's a pretty wild place especially in the warmer months , There's two large indoor bars and a Tiki bar out on a deck that's as big as the building. They also have a grove between the bar and river with a full sized stage.
 It's kind of a mix between a biker bar and a family restaurant depending on the day.  The events ranging from outdoor concerts to cardboard boat races do give me ( and many other event photographers ) quite a variety of subjects .

 I must admit though, some customers would rather remain anonymous. Usually before a shoot I announce it's for the bars website . It works out quite well. Funny part is most folks ask me to shoot them, I guess they just like seeing themselves on the web page.
 Once in a while I get the request " Don't post that one, my wife doesn't know I'm here."

 Check out the link, you might get a kick out of it, they don't just come in cars or motorcycles . They come in boats, helicopters and the occasional hot air balloon.   
 ( I really didn't mean to go into promotions mode, but ya asked )
https://www.facebook.com/riverside.barr/photos_stream

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~ My last name is Barr.

~ The first job I had was a bartender at my fathers tavern called Barr's Place ( late 70's early 80's).

~ When I wasn't at the families bar I'd spend my free time in others. There used to be a bartenders code in which we'd take care of others at their prospective establishments.
 
~ 99% of the time when I do drink, it's only in bars.

~Currently as a side job I take care of media and shoot events at my bothers tavern which is called the Riverside Barr & Grill.
    - Compensation : My bar tab.
    - Most used catch phrase : Thank God for auto-focus 'cause I can't see you .
    - Photos from events can be seen here : https://www.facebook.com/riverside.barr/photos_stream

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Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 28, 2013, 07:44:44 AM »
 Canon wasn't my first pick. 
Back in 1976 My parents gave me my first SLR as a Christmas present . A Pentax K-1000 with a 50mm lens and I've been hooked on photography ever since.

 Several years later I took a job at a photo shop , main reason being I spent so much time there that I knew the inventory and sales pitches better then some of the employees . Plus it was a good way for a young guy on a tight budget to get some good discounts on the equipment I so craved .  And as an added perk the manager would price film and processing at cost, I was in heaven !

 Back then , we worked on commission. The camera companies would give us super discounts or in some cases reward us with a camera if we met sales quotas of their brand.  The first upgrade I every had was a Ricoh XRP, Free of charge, I sold those cameras like there was no tomorrow. Nice thing was they had the same lens mount as the Pentax so I could use what glass I had on the new body.

 Then it happened one day the Canon rep stopped by our store with a new EOS 620 in hand. I miss the days when the Reps would come around , their job was to convince us to sell their brand.  Needless to say it was the most advanced 35mm camera I had every seen. I drooled . Though Canon didn't offer the incentives and had lower commissions then the competition I knew I was going to be selling a lot of these.

 When he found out I was shooting with a Ricoh  his head almost exploded , we've got to fix that he said.  A few short weeks later when the first shipment arrived my manager pointed out a box with my name on it. We were both surprised because any in store purchases made had to go threw him.  Inside the plain cardboard box buried in the styrofoam peanuts was a Canon EOS 620, 50mm lens and a letter from the Rep. It said, Included in this package is the demo camera I've been using , I'm sure once you experience the quality Canon has to offer it will be your brand of choice, Enjoy !

 He was right, I've been shooting Canon ever since. Actually I used that same body until the 30D came out. Since then I've upgraded to a 50D, purchased two 60D's for my children, a 7D for myself and am on the verge of getting a 5D mk III. 

 I guess to put it in a nutshell, Canon and the Rep sold me.   

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 Time for another Long Island Iced-tea

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anybody using MagicLantern?
« on: January 07, 2013, 07:17:47 PM »
 I'm using the alpha 2 version on my 7D and am pretty pleased with the expanded features also it seems quite stable even in its early development for the 7D.
I also installed the full version on the two 60D's I bought my sons for Christmas , no problem on any of the cameras thus far.
 Every time I use Magic Lantern I can't help but wonder why Canon doesn't or hasn't implemented any of this into their firmware. Our cameras are capable of so much more then they provide us with !   

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Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:24:26 AM »
 My BR strap saved my neck, when hiking I usually have my 7D w/battery grip and a Sigma 50-500 zoom.  If I hadn't invested in a shoulder sling strap I'm sure I'd be a hunchback by now. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern Alpha 2 is out for the 7D !
« on: December 24, 2012, 01:26:01 PM »
From the ML forum :
We've enabled these features since alpha 1:
 * Advanced Bracketing (HDR)
 * Intervalometer
 * Audio tags
 * Bit Rate manipulation
 * [EXPERIMENTAL] Modify card flush rate for higher bit rates
 * [EXPERIMENTAL] Modify GOP size (down to ALL-I or up to 100 for better (?) details)
 * a lot of minor fixes

Key Features:
* Audio meters while recording
* Zebras
* Focus peaking
* Magic Zooom (via half-shutter, or focus ring)
* Cropmarks, Ghost image
* Spotmeter
* False color
* Histogram, Waveform
* Vectorscope
* Movie logging
* Movie auto stop
* Trap focus
* LiveView settings (brightness, contrast...)
* Level indicator
* Image review tweaks (quick zoom)
* and some debug functions

But:
* If anything goes wrong, we don't pay for repairs. Use Magic Lantern at your own risk!

Known issues:
* You have to reload Magic Lantern every time you use it. (this is intentional)
* when using HDMI output, frame drops may happen (to be verified)
* make sure your battery/adaptor is chipped, else canon menu will abort "firmware update" (= loading ML)
 * movie restart and video effects menus visible but not working

Installation
1) Update camera firmware to 2.0.3
2) Format your CF card from the camera
3) Extract contents of ML .zip into your card's root folder
4) Run "firmware upgrade" once again
5) VoilĂ . Magic Lantern. (press DELETE for menu)

Thanks to all who helped us with donations and bug reports.
We finally received a few IDA licenses and can improve Magic Lantern a lot now!

Main article:
Click here to read this article!

Download:
http://upload.g3gg0.de/pub_files/17248a00956f1e932457094756b2a3ba/magiclantern_7D_203_Alpha2.zip

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:57:32 PM »
 Wow that Gura Gear looks amazing !
I'd really like to win !

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