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I always shoot in Servo because I shoot sports, and kids.  Yes i will shoot the ocasional landscape, but servo works fine for this most of the time.

I am a semi-pro sports photographer sort of.  It's my hobby, and I sometimes get paid.

During the game I will never use a flash.  From the stands, yes you will see small flashes from amateur cameras with pop-ups. But not zooming, pro external flash units.  Up in the stands you'll eventually be asked to stop.  From the sidelines / court side, you'll be asked to leave, maybe with a fastball.  This is exactly why sports photographers crave the 1DX or whatever the current king of High ISO with acceptable noise is, and shoot monster lenses to pull in more light.  Also, flash photos won't look right.  An on camera flash, even a 580 or 600 is going to look like a pop-up flash at any kind of distance.

Please keep shooting, just loose the flash.  Noise is OK.  Work with it in post.  It's normal in sports photos. Acceptable.  Yes, you will have more than the guy with $18,000 of camera and lens.  It's OK.  Consider a 300mm f4 or an f2.8 70-200. (I or II, IS or No) 

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Photography Technique / Re: Local Photography Group
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:35:03 PM »
We use to organize the events.  It is great for that.

We also have a flickr group and a Facebook page.  There really because others are so invested in them we need to.

What I have never found and can't really figure out why is a good site for hosting a photo contest.  What I'd like to be albe to do it let group members upload photos then vote on their favorites.  Key here is it would be limited to group members. 

Lenses / Re: Image quality with or without filters
« on: August 20, 2014, 07:35:51 PM »

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 08:02:04 PM »
Sign me up please.

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:57:52 PM »
The unsurvivable maximum and minimum temperature, the radiation, no stars in photos of the sky, shadows not parallel.  There is only one logical conclusion, Man has never landed on Earth.


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Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:19:34 PM »
The unsurvivable maximum and minimum temperature, the radiation, no stars in photos of the sky, shadows not parallel.  There is only one logical conclusion, Man has never landed on Earth.

Photography Technique / Re: APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 17, 2014, 10:30:02 PM »
It's estimated that 500 million people watched the Apollo 11 landings live on TV.  A lady in Australia saw a Coke bottle roll across the moon's surface.  Nobody knows her name.  If that doesn't prove a hoax, I don't know what would.

Here's the thing.  The only people who see a hoax, inconsistencies etc, want to see those things.  Some want to sell books on the topic.  Others just want to feel smart, superior.   The hoax feels good.

Did you know that Scientific American (The Magazine) wrote and article where they declare a hoax!?
It's actually a pretty good read, they talk about the physiology of why some people want to believe it.

Oh and you have to check out all the hoax theories debunked in one place  (be sure to read the 200+ scientific articles cited as support.)

Oh and don't forget the ton's of their party evidence (China Russia etc) that proves the moon landings were real:

Software & Accessories / Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:54:50 PM »
I can tell you this.  A lousy tripod in Carbon Fiber is still a lousy tripod.  It is far more important that the tripod is the right one for you size wise, works the way you want etc.

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:48:20 PM »
I wear a coat, and pull heavy things from the bag into pockets for the weight in. Back to the bag after.  And of course a big smile and pleasant attitude go a long way toward not being hassled.

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:59:53 AM »
One reason "pro" cameras don't have it, is the prism in the pro camera is generally much larger.  Looking through my 5DIII and then my 7D, is like going from a 60 inch HDTV to walmart laptop screen. 

If you look at the bump that is under the pop-up flash you will realize how small the prism is in there, vs a "pro" camera.  Of couse you could put a  large pup-up on a pro camera, but it might look so large and bulbus as to be silly.

All that said, I like the pop-up on my 7D and use it from time to time. 

EOS Bodies / Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« on: August 13, 2014, 11:53:49 AM »
I really like the SL1 until I held one.  It felt terrible in hand, just too small for my med sized hand. Controlls very small and difficult.   I suppose I expected it to feel like a DSLR.

Anyway, I'm not saying you won't love it, but I'd lay hands on one at Best Buy or something before I bought it.

Sports / Re: Dirt car racing
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:03:19 PM »
Very Cool shots. 

I would try and shoot some in the 1/30-60 area to get some serious motion blur, and some at 1/1000+ to really freeze the action.  The slower speeds will really test your panning, but if you get 2-3 good shots out of 50, they will be 2-3 grey shots.

Lenses / Re: lifespan of IS motor?
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:56:50 AM »
Your IS is not really off when you turn it off, it's just in a different mode. The floating IS element is powered up and being held steady by it's little magnetic actuators.

I had a 70-200 f2.8 IS II have it's IS go bad.  It was flicking 2-3 times a second up and down.  Turning it off did not help. I asked Canon how to turn it off and they said I could not turn it off, it had to be repaired.

So I don't think turning it off will prolong it's life.  At least it will not not reduce it's "run time". 

Sports / FutBall / Soccer / Football
« on: August 09, 2014, 11:29:12 PM »
Let's see some cool soccer photos.  And argue about the name.

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