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Canon General / Re: How many clicks in 2012?
« on: January 02, 2013, 12:43:25 PM »
Many hundreds of thousands.  Too many to count and unfortunately our camera bodies usually won't tell us (even my 1DX is not accurate).  Some weekend jobs are ~25K shots (sports).  I prefer to count shutter replacements instead of shutter actuations, LOL.   :o

Maybe English isn't the OP's first language, LOL.  That post was terrible and just rambles on.  And what is up with the large font?  Are the trolls out early in 2013?  :o

To the OP:  If you want people to take your post seriously and possibly even reply, stop rambling, use default fonts and get to the point.  I honestly tried to read it and just couldn't.

Lenses / Re: Bokeh confusion.
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:10:02 PM »
Use a tilt shift lens or an easier way would be to use the Brenizer method.  I do this with my 85L.  Google it.

btw, studio1930, thanks for sharing that link!  I've considered doing something similar in the past without being able to determine why it made sense, but now it's super obvious.  I do think that the OP's shot is a perfect opportunity for using the Brenizer method since it's mostly a still-life where the model only takes up a small portion of the overall image and is holding a pose than can easily be held still for a half a dozen frames or so.

No problem.  I also agree that the Brenizer method is perfect for the OP.  I love the way it simulates what medium format can often do.  I actually have a project coming up that will use this method. 

Happy stitching.

Lenses / Re: Bokeh confusion.
« on: December 27, 2012, 08:48:04 AM »
Use a tilt shift lens or an easier way would be to use the Brenizer method.  I do this with my 85L.  Google it.

EOS Bodies / Re: HIGH ISO Performance
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:21:53 AM »
Both are underexposed (especially the M4 shot).  You need to add a bit more ISO (or lower that shutter on the X shot).  I have done this same test as I own the X and the M4 as well.  The X blows away the M4 when the ISO gets really high (as needed in shots like these) like around 20,000 and up.

Portrait / Re: Food pics - help required
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:38:00 AM »
Food photography is not easy and specialized equipment is needed to make things truly look professional.  But with that being said, you can produce good, usable images if your client/friend is not looking for 1st rate images and just needs something decent to show.

Here are some shots I did for a local restaurant.  I don't consider these anywhere near top rate shots, but they worked for their needs.  I used a tilt shift lens and two large (30x60") softboxes, two 1300 ws mono lights and a slew of flags and grids.  Trying different shadow angles helped produce the depth needed and kept the images from looking too flat.  Each type of food was different as far as lighting needs.

Good luck.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X AF in Low Light action
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:37:08 PM »
The problem is the lens, not the camera.  I have found that my 135 f/2 will not focus well in low light no matter what 1 series camera I use it with.  My 70-200 f/2.8 IS II is way better than my 135.  I shoot dog sports in very low light and the 1Dx works perfectly at 12 fps in light so low you cant read the buttons but it only works this well with one lens - the Canon 200 f/2.  Yes, I understand the price tag, but if you want f/2 and fast accurate focusing then this is the lens to use.  It is twice as accurate as my 70-200 so you can imagine how much better it is than the 135 f/2. 

Here is a shot in very, very low light (we refuse to shoot there now) where the 1Dx with a 200 f/2 hits the focus without issue.  Sorry this is a processed image but the original looks very good and is sharp.  The high ISO softens it a bit, but the auto focus hit perfectly and the numbers on the stickers on the shirt were sharp. I actually added grain to this processed image to match the retro color processing.  Note: that dog is super fast and runs 7 yards per second!

1DX, 1/800s @ 200mm f/2, ISO 25600, TV mode, +2/3ev, auto ISO, focus mode 4, single point + 4 expansion, using 2 down from center point (x type), 12 fps.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III - Camera of the year 2012
« on: December 12, 2012, 09:16:22 AM »
... (and backlit buttons too..)

I agree!!!  I hate fumbling around in the dark trying to find the correct button on my 1DX.  I have most of them memorized, but sometimes you just need to see the darn buttons.    For me, the 1DX is definitely the camera of the year but for more people the 5D3 is probably better due to the price. 

Im starting to rethink this decision of mine in buying the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II ?!??  :o  grrrrr...  Anyone else out there think that returning the 70-200 2.8 IS II and getting the70-200mm  f/4 IS is a better idea since im using the 5D MK III??

Ummm, no.  Higher ISO is not a replacement for a slower lens unless you have no other choice.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 5D Mark III with two lenses
« on: November 27, 2012, 08:53:54 AM »
You have some nice lenses.  I would get the 1DX for sure.  I own it and would not want anything less.  You might want to try one of each (rent or borrow) to see for yourself before you drop that much money.  Only you know how you shoot and what you might need.

I own both.  Here is my take:

135L = portraits.
70-200 = weddings and portraits

Not all wedding situations allow you to move quickly enough (or at all) to allow a long prime like the 135L to get the shot.

Eventually you will want to own both but the 135L as an only lens when trying to do weddings will be difficult (not impossible).

Lenses / Re: Your technique for switching lenses in the field?
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:55:00 AM »
1. Set up portable clean room
2. Put on clean room suit (otherwise known as a "bunny suit")
3. Enter portable clean room
4. Remove lens from camera
5. Unscrew cap from lens to be mounted
6. Mount lens
7. Screw cap onto originally-mounted lens
8. Exit clean room
9. Remove bunny suit
10. Break down portable clean room

This procedure is somewhat involved, but I have never gotten dust on my sensor!

An easier solution for those with deep pockets is to keep a body permanently attached to each lens.

+1  and an assistant per camera/lens combo to hold all of that gear.  8)

Lenses / Re: 135mm or 50mm...
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:44:48 AM »
I had the 50L and returned it.  Hated the focus shift issue and really didn't like the focal length.  I own the 135L and wouldn't trade it for anything.  One of my best lenses.  Also note the big difference in focal length between the 50 and the 135.  Most people would not compare those two lenses as they produce very different results.

Some recent 135L info...

Lenses / Re: Need comparisons between Canon 135L vs 100L
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:23:56 AM »
I don't have the 100L but I do have the 135L and it is a must have lens IMO.  The 100L is a macro so I would not compare them I would just consider them for different purposes.  I do have the 70-200 f/2.8 II and while it is an excellent work horse lens, it is not the same as the 135L.  I use them for different purposes as well and I need them both.  The 135L is very light and easy to use as a walk around lens.

135L examples with minimal editing...

Darn! I dunno what to say but these are some of the best photos I have seen in recent times. Did you get these colors and contrast right off the bat? Please say yes! =O

Yes, the 1DX and 135 f/2 combo does a great job.  I spent about 45 seconds editing each of these.  Love that lens. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Semi-Erotic Photography: Questions...
« on: October 25, 2012, 03:43:19 PM »
You might want to Google 2257 compliance.

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