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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:39:10 PM »
I feel Nikon has positioned D800/E/10 and the D4/s in two distinct categories, with both sharing many of the great pro features and also having distinct areas of strength. On the other hand, 5DIII shared only a few of the 1D X's pro features, and apart from the higher megapixel count there isn't much that's essentially better in a 5DIII.
Is that an unfair assessment?

5D M3 lacks the DR of the Sony sensor.  If can addressed that single issue, I would be very happy with the replacement.  Of course more FPS, better ISO performance and great MP would be nice but not essential (IMHO) as improved DR.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 03:16:06 PM »
If i had to start over today, i'd go with d810 over the older 5d3.  But i don't want to go through the hassel of selling all my lenses so i'll wait to see how Canon responds.  Competition is great for all us consumers and Canon could use a hard kick in the butt like this to start stepping up.

I agree.  I will wait to see if Canon introduces anything with great dynamic range.  Hopefully we will see the future of Canon sensor in Sept.

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:36:22 AM »
Time to start referring to her as an ex-wife.
who is in jail

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:34:01 AM »
SAA's carry on restrictions are 18lbs per bag. I have a LowePro fast pack 350(4lbs) and pelican 1510 (14 lbs)

I plan to bring:
Gripped 6D
Gripped 70D
Gripped 60D
Each right about 2.5 lbs

Canon 100-400 3.0 lbs
Tamron 70-200f2.8  3.2 lbs
Canon 24-70 f4 1.3 lbs
Canon 15-85 1.3 lbs
Rokinon 14mm f2.8 1.2 lbs

430ex .7 lbs
Other various accessories (excluding my tripod and mono pod) but including batteries hard drives, chargers my fiancé's bridge camera totaling about 8 lbs

Laptop ~5 lbs

Anyone have real issues with SAA? I was think of of loading a bit into a third small carryon to reduce individual weights then redistributing once they weigh everything. Worst case I put the laptop, 6d bridge camera, tamron lens, chargers and 24-70 in my lowepro bag and carry that on lock the pelican and check it.

I'd always planned to check my tripod and monopod (tripod and head are worth about $200 monopod about $60) as well as three smaller holster cases to use on the actual trucks during game drives. I'd also get tsa locks for that bag.

Obviously I'd rather carryon my Lowe pro and pelican. Anyone have any advice?  Thanks!

Please don't say bring less I've already considered that. I intend on using the 100-400 on the 70d, the 70-200 on the 6d and the 15-85 on the 60d incase we end up with animals extremely close. The 24-70 will be for landscapes on the 6d and the rokinon for astro photography.

I was flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg in Business Class.  Both my wife and I are Star Alliance Gold.  They weighed by camera bag (which we had no problem flying to South Africa with) and told me it was too heavy.  So I took out a few items, it was reweighed and then I put back everything.  Go figure.

For the short flight I thought it was worth the few extra $ to fly business class for extra carry on luggage.  SAA is the only airline which has hassled me.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:30:00 AM »

Now it is the 300F2.8.  I use the longer glass - this is for my wife to use if she wants a mini-great white :)

Man, you've got a great supportive wife. My wife would say "why do you need another lens"?

I got my wife hooked on photography.  Now she says, "Can we buy another lens?"   ;)

Glad to buy her what she wants.  Just sold her 2 Rebels T4i and bought her 2 70D.  She was jealous of my 1Dx in Botswana so I'm hoping that the 70D will keep her happy (with 100-400)

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:24:07 AM »

Now it is the 300F2.8.  I use the longer glass - this is for my wife to use if she wants a mini-great white :)

Man, you've got a great supportive wife. My wife would say "why do you need another lens"?

She got another viola.  And let me tell you, wood is more expensive than glass :)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:14:27 AM »
Here are some angle of views

First column is 35mm focal length then the angle of view (not half angle, full angle) for the vertical, hortizonal and diagonal dimensions.

Equations are straightforward.  Perhaps I should make an iPhone app.

   35mm V   35mm H   35 MM D
11      95             117             126
14      81             104      114
16      74         97      107
24      53          74        84
35      38         54         63

EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:28:58 PM »
Plan B - keep shooting.  If I get frustrated with the limited DR on the 5D M3, then add a Sony A7R.  Tried one last weekend but it is far from ideal.  Very different and quirkier vs 5D M3.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:16:26 PM »
If you give paints, paintbrush and canvas to an elephant do you own the resulting painting or does the elephant's owner own the painting?  It was the macaque's use of the camera that was transformative.  Since animals are generally considered property, it seems likely the macaque's owners own the photos.

Agree, from a non-lawyer, I would vote for the owner of the animal owns the picture. 

Lenses / Re: Why are Cine Lenses so expensive?
« on: August 04, 2014, 05:01:40 PM »
which leads me to the next (obvious) question

Is there any advantage for Still Photographers to use cine lenses?

The fact you can afford to buy cine lenses and do buy them to take Still Photography will satisfy an underlying mental need to compensate for other inadequacies you may have. Much the same as buying large white lenses will for some.

Not wiling to spend the $ on something which is at best, marginally better.  I'll take the $ and spend it on travel.  I don't own any Zeiss glass, so Cine glass is definitely out of the question.

Just curious ..

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Lytro Review
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:29:29 PM »
Those light field cameras are just another means of postponing photographic decisions to the office desk. In former times you had to get it all right at the moment of the shot, now we can, thanks to raw imaging correct the exposure later, thanks to cameras like the 1DC choose the right moment later (when recording video, Canon did promote this with the term "micro expressions" google for "micro expressions canon"), now Lytro offers postponing the focusing …

Call me old fashioned, I don't like all this. Off course I also make mistakes and I am happy when I am able to correct them to some extend later on but usually I prefer to choose the right moment, the right framing, the right focus point, the right exposure and the right field of depth at the moment I take the shot.

That's not what the purpose of the camera is for. It is not so you can correct your mistakes, it is so you can make the process interactive. You determine the depth and the focus range in camera. There is just as much to think about when using the Lytro as a DSLR, if not more. This is built more for the monitor than it is for prints. Not saying whether it is good or not, but I find the concept very interesting.

I think too that the technical concept is very interesting. But you need a special viewer to have the interactive aspect for the shots. And then again how many subjects can you imagine (aside from the hand picked examples at the lytro website) where an adjustable focus really makes sense? To me this lytro stuff is still mostly a nice toy, nothing that I would really miss in day to day photography.

What about to increase DOF to your images?  Can allow focus stacking from a single image.

Lenses / Re: Why are Cine Lenses so expensive?
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:24:11 PM »
which leads me to the next (obvious) question

Is there any advantage for Still Photographers to use cine lenses?

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:22:06 PM »
Humm, I'm going to say, my Sekonic light meter.

Just recently sold mine (surprised but Adorama bought it)

Now it is the 300F2.8.  I use the longer glass - this is for my wife to use if she wants a mini-great white :)

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:20:27 PM »
Could they be planning on putting their name on someone's else's hardware, a touch of unique firmware, and presto - Nikon MF camera with minimal investment and minimal risk.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:41:50 PM »
i have both a 5dmk3 and a sony a7r.. here are my thoughts on it..

if you bought the sony a7r and a metabones adapter expecting the same performance as a native lens you will be disappointed.. especially dealing with autofocus.. also.. if you expect to take amazing shots with the camera an hour or two into having it.. you're probably going to be disappointed too.. its a tool.. and it definitely has its pros and cons.. but give it a a few days.. and dont try to use it like a canon camera.. its NOT a canon camera.. take some time to learn how it works.. and the menu system. i bought it right when it came out and i'm still getting used to it.

my thoughts on the Sony a7r:
-its def a first gen product.. but a VERY VERY good 1st gen camera. with the sony 55mm f1.8 and 35mm f2.0 auto focus is fast, and photos are incredibly sharp.. is it as fast to focus as my 5dmk3? nope.. but fast enough for street portraits and day to day shooting, yes very much so. i even bring it into concerts.. works well.

-with the metabones adapter it takes 2-3 secs to focus with a canon lens. (most of my experiance is with the canon 16-35mm f2.8 L ) it hunts ALOT.. and you might have to hit the focus button/shutter button a few times for it to focus correctly.. but when it does lock on.. its good and sharp... but it does take a little finess and some patience. the metabones adapter and canon lenses wouldnt be suitable for much more than landscapes and very patient models if you plan to rely on the autofocus.

- focus peaking works very very well. honestly i have pretty much given up on the autofocus with the metabones adapter.. but metabones + focus peaking works very very well.. it takes some practice but once you get it... it works really well. i've been using it with the 85mm and the 135mm f2.0 and had very good results.

- i did a lot of testing right when i got it comparing it to the 5dmk3.. everyone has different tastes.. i'm a slow shooter.. i dont shoot any sports.. but the sony images were (and are) much sharper than the 5dmk3.. i think it has a lot to do with the lack of anti-alising filter.. but it is noticeable.

- battery life is TERRIBLE.. not just bad.. but TERRIBLE.. you get about 300 shots per battery.. so an all day trip takes 3 or 4 batteries for me.. luckily they are pretty cheap.. and charge in about 3 hours.

- luckily you can reprogram pretty much all the dials and buttons on the camera.. i wasnt happy with the default setup at all.

- i too thought i had bricked my camera with the firmware update, luckily the forums had much better instructions than what came from sony and eventually got it to work.

- lens selection is really limited.. canon lenses work with the adapter but its NOT the same as native sony lenses.. the 55mm f1.8 lens is amazing.. the 24-70m f4 is very nice.. but not as sharp as the 55mm prime.

- bracketing/HDR is definately rough around the edges with this camera.. it has some settings but they arent as nice as they should be. you cant set the bracketing and use the timer.. hopefully this will be fixed in a firmware update.

as for the 5d mk3.. i still have it and i dont plan on selling it any time soon. i have a much better lens selection, and it definately does focus faster.

i seem to pick up the sony more.. and take it out more.. its fun to shoot.. its a little more work.. it takes more time.. you have to think abotu your shots a little more.. and be patient.. you also cant just hold down the button and get 1 good shot out of 20 all day long. but at least for me.. when i do get a good shot out of it.. it really does blow me away. 36mp, no AA filter.. gives you LOTS of pixels to play with in photoshop.

Thanks.  I am renting a A7R this weekend and glad I did not buy it.  It is very rough around the edges, I am having no luck with AF and the meta bones IV adapter with 180 macro.

Hoping that Canon does something this Sept to dramatically increase DR so I don't have to buy a A7R.  I could live with it but would rather not.

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