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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:17:07 AM »
What is your least used piece of gear, or pieces of gear?

My Hahnel Remote Switch for Canon. And my tripod. I guess I'm just too impatient for bulb exposures  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:44:30 AM »
If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


Wow really? A lot of scenes don't look best at 3:2 or 2:3 though and what if it does look best at those ratios but you just didn't or were not able to frame tight enough, even the most amazing shot is junked?


It's one of the limitations I've set myself, and it's a risk I'm willing to live with. On the subject of limitations, I think it's good to have some - it improves my photography (one reason why I'm increasingly preferring prime lenses).


I must note that I almost never crop, and if I do that on occasion it will be only minor edge crops to remove a disturbing feature on the edge. If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


You must shoot a lot of very slow or stationary subjects.  It's simply impossible to reliably and accurately frame many of the subjects I shoot, which are often moving as fast as 60 degrees per second relative to me.  Shooting those with a 3 degree total field of view, it's hard enough just to keep them in the frame much less to make sure they are perfectly framed.

Essentially, I crop every image I shoot, at least a little.


I do a lot of motorsports. Almost none of these are cropped:

http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/auto-motorsport/


A case in point. I took this shot yesterday. Equipment used: Sony NEX-6, Metabones NEX-FD Speed booster, Sigma FDn 70-210mm 3.5-4.5 APO. Manual everything (save the white balance). And no cropping.

Note that I had to go to this event straight from work and had no room for my DSLR + 70-200L so for portability sake I decided to take the NEX and a couple vintage lenses instead.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:19:13 AM »
One camera store here in Finland seems to be pretty confident that the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II will be annouced at Photokina (or maybe even before that) as they already have the lens availabe for pre-order (1995 euros):

http://www.digitarvike.fi/canon_ef_100-400mm_f45-56l_is_ii_ennakovaraus

The spec list seems to be almost direct copypaste of the same list that Canonrumors had in one post considering the lens some time ago.


I'm saving my pennies...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:20:30 AM »
If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


Wow really? A lot of scenes don't look best at 3:2 or 2:3 though and what if it does look best at those ratios but you just didn't or were not able to frame tight enough, even the most amazing shot is junked?


It's one of the limitations I've set myself, and it's a risk I'm willing to live with. On the subject of limitations, I think it's good to have some - it improves my photography (one reason why I'm increasingly preferring prime lenses).


I must note that I almost never crop, and if I do that on occasion it will be only minor edge crops to remove a disturbing feature on the edge. If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.


You must shoot a lot of very slow or stationary subjects.  It's simply impossible to reliably and accurately frame many of the subjects I shoot, which are often moving as fast as 60 degrees per second relative to me.  Shooting those with a 3 degree total field of view, it's hard enough just to keep them in the frame much less to make sure they are perfectly framed.

Essentially, I crop every image I shoot, at least a little.


I do a lot of motorsports. Almost none of these are cropped:

http://www.mrsfotografie.nl/auto-motorsport/


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:52:40 PM »
I would love a crop function on my 5DIII. Most of the time, I shoot in mRAW (10mp). I only switch to full RAW (22mp) when I lack the reach I need, and then crop in post. But I would much rather have the ability to crop in-camera, rather than waste all the storage space (both in-camera and after transfer).

+1

I really cannot imagine shooting in anything other than full RAW. Maybe I'm different than some because I do print large on occasion but I'd rather carry cards than switch modes during a shoot. I now wait to be schooled by those who tell me I'm missing the point. I can take it.

The biggest I've printed is 80x120cm on canvas, and that was from 10 mp. I'm really happy with the results.

Coming from a 40D I've never felt the need for more megapixels so I've stuck to that resolution. 99.99% of my photo's get viewed on a monitor anyway and for that purpose I even process my raws to jpg's with 1920 pixels long edge which is fine.

I must note that I almost never crop, and if I do that on occasion it will be only minor edge crops to remove a disturbing feature on the edge. If the composition isn't right without cropping, the whole photo gets binned.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:35:44 PM »
I would love a crop function on my 5DIII. Most of the time, I shoot in mRAW (10mp). I only switch to full RAW (22mp) when I lack the reach I need, and then crop in post. But I would much rather have the ability to crop in-camera, rather than waste all the storage space (both in-camera and after transfer).

+1


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 03:16:54 PM »
If they were talking about a camera,  why would they state "Get your camera ready"? My guess -a new online photo sharing service  ;)

You have a point!

How about "get your camera ready ... for a new lens"???

Looking at the teaser... new 50mm?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 02:53:06 PM »
I wonder if the new sensor technology is a cropping function like that of Nikon.

They need a crop function in their full frame not in their APS-C as much (although there could be some use since some wildlife is way, way out there). That would scarcely be revolutionary sensor tech though! It's trivial, they could do it now if they wanted to with beyond ease with any body they have out if they wrote the firmware for it.

I was suggesting it would be a croppable full-frame camera ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 01:53:16 PM »
Does Canon usually announce entry-level products at Photokina?  I'm curious if they will be bringing out a more competitive Rebel to counter the recent entry-level Nikon refreshes. 

I am excited about hearing what a new 7D II would bring.

I am excited too i want to see what they do with the 7D II and hopefully it is something revolutionary and gets pushed to the FF cameras like the 5d4.

Yes, but this doesn't preclude EF lenses being 'cropped'. Would be nice as a type of digital TC. However knowing Canon's marketing policies, it's almost definitely not going to happen.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:54:56 PM »
I wonder if the new sensor technology is a cropping function like that of Nikon.

A reasonably sized 28-300 makes sense.

I almost hope the 100-400 will not be updated so I have an excuse to save up for a 300mm f/2.8  ???

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Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:41:52 PM »
My office gets pretty hot at times so I need to leave my fan on.  If I've got papers on my desk, they can get blown off.  Fortunately, the 300mm f/2.8 Mk II has enough weight that I can have the fan on at high speed and with this lens placed just right, the paper sits perfectly still.  I think the IS is key to that functionality. 

When I'm not using it to hold down paper, it makes a great door stop, allowing a good cross breeze though the office.  I can honestly say my life has been considerably better since getting this lens.

  :)   Exactly what I thought of when I saw the title.

That's an expensive door stop! ;) Actually this topic was meant to be a little more serious than that, but thanks for the hilarious comments anyway  ;D ;D

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Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: July 29, 2014, 02:33:12 PM »
What are you after?

I think it will have its uses, but because I like to keep an open mind I would first like to see if the stuff you use it for matches my needs ;) But FWIW 'birding' is not an interest of mine save the occasional one so I'm not heavily interested in getting as much focal length as possible. I'm most interested in the 300 to 500 mm range (on full frame).

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Lenses / 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:52:19 PM »
Because I realize that GAS is incurable, a big white may be on my horizon.

The 300mm f/2.8 IS II in combination with a 1.4x and 2x teleconverter seems like a really great and portable option that offers a lot of flexibility. However I wonder if it's really that useful for my type of shooting.

So what do you use it for?


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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:50:19 PM »
I usually buy new because I want to be sure my gear is in good condition,  though I'm very price conscious. I will buy second hand but only if gear is not available new.

I cheap out on primes, going for old discontinued stuff or third party new. The only one exception being my 100L macro.

I've bought third party batteries for my previous Canon bodies and for my Sony NEX but for the 5D MkII and MkIII I only use OEM batteries.

I,ve never skimped on battery grips ; every Canon SLR I,ve owned got the OEM model.

Edit: I have a METZ flash :)

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Sigma is planning to announce a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens at Photokina with availability coming in October of 2014.

There has been no word on the possible 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art or 135mm f/1.8DG HSM Art lenses. I think both the 85 and 135 would be more highly desired than a 24mm prime, though if it’s as good as the 35mm or 50mm, we’ll take it anyway.


I didn't pay attention to this announcement in April, but recently I bought a second hand Canon 24mm f/2.8 to get a taste for 24mm primes, and... fell in love with it. And now I want more!

So I checked out the image quality charts on The Digital Picture.com, but there seems to be little improvement in MTF, going from the Canon f/2.8 to the f/2.8 IS model, see: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=246&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=788&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

I agree that handling, AF and IS would be improvements, but not enough to justify the added cost. And for my porposes the 24mm L II is too expensive, for such a specialty lens.

So again I feel I'm in need of a lens that doesn't exist, but may be imminent. So please let it be. Here's me hoping for the 24mm Art to be announced at Photokina in September!!! :D

In the mean time I think I may sell my 20mm f/1.8 - that focal length is quite close to 24mm and in my experience I don't use the lens all that much because it's too limiting (too wide) for reportage work. I often shoot with a combination of a wide prime (24 or 35mm) on my 5DMkII and a tele-zoom on the MkIII.

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