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EOS Bodies / Re: WWII (Camera Warfare)
« on: May 07, 2012, 07:34:59 PM »
Maybe no lenses were harmed, but that tank is probably scared for life!

Very Cool.

Lenses / Re: Shooting people with a 16-35... Any good ?
« on: May 06, 2012, 04:56:50 PM »
When i teach photography i usually explain that long lenses are for taking pictures of things/people, and wide angle lenses are for capturing a whole scene.  Later I tell them this is nonsense, but is a good way to get started.

People will look fine at 16mm if they are part of a scene, not filling the frame.  Also, try to keep them close to the center.  You can stick one in someones face from time to time, but this captures a caricature, and that person had better have a good sense of humor.

16mm?  How about 15mm fisheye:

IMG_1637 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

Portrait / Re: Baby's first camera
« on: May 04, 2012, 06:07:46 PM »
Just imagine what kind of amazing equipment my son will be using by the time he is my age?! (23)

Probably a Nikon.  Ok, I could not resist.

Funny, but more likely a Sony...  :o Who do you think makes that 36MP sensor?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon fixed 5DIII light leak with tape
« on: May 02, 2012, 12:08:04 PM »
Original copy of the 5dIIII(4)!! ;D With 60MP?   

My vote is: Weed out the 10-100 photos you really want, and have them professionally scanned.   This is a slow tedious process, and your results will not be as good as professional results.

I did use a Nikon 8000 a few years ago, and thought the process is very slow, it produced good results.  Maybe buy a used one, then sell it after.

Lenses / Re: L lens vs Full Frame
« on: May 01, 2012, 08:49:55 AM »
I'd say 5DII, and then try to pick up a 24-105 when you can.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 HDR photos handheld in NYC
« on: April 30, 2012, 04:53:54 PM »
Awsome Photos

Technical Support / Re: Orange cone ruins photo
« on: April 30, 2012, 03:18:37 PM »
Sport field backgrounds can be terrible with distractions in the background.  Imagine if that was not a cone, but a giant Sony add with a soccer player and a soccer ball in the add.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 29, 2012, 07:15:54 PM »
I have not had the Error with since I formatted my Eye-Fi in my 5DIII.  I have shot maybe 300 photos since i did that.

Lenses / Re: Am I equipped to rip?
« on: April 29, 2012, 11:54:21 AM »
That is a great set.  This combo(Wide zoom, Long zoom, and fast 50) is often recommended by pros.  You can certainly add to it: fisheye, macro, super-tele, tilt-shift, but those can come later or not at all depending on your needs.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx vs. 1D mk IV vs. 7d
« on: April 29, 2012, 01:40:29 AM »
I was really hoping the 1DX would lower the price of used Mark IVs to 3K or less, but without shipping, I think it's made things worse.

Lenses / Re: Going to Disneyland and San Diego and need lens help
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:38:57 AM »
I think you have the ideal lens in the 24-105, and I would not bring a 2nd lens for "vacation" photos. But i do like the 70-200 f4 IS, fantastic lens.  I do think you need a flash.

Maybe I'm a newb. How does this bracket help you take pictures?  It seems like a tripod head can hold the camera sideways just fine.

Most tripod heads do allow for a vertical position, but this usually moves the camera way off its position over the center of the tripod, and lowers it as much as 6 inches.  So the camera camera & tripod combination is no longer as stable as it could be, or as steady, or at the height of the photographer's eye.   And, composition can change substantially.  Swapping from horizontal to vertical with an L bracket avoids all that.  And of course the heavier & larger the camera/lens the more pronounced the effect. Add a vertical grip, and the problem grows.

Can you live without it?  Of course. 

Lenses / Re: Canon 1.4/24L or Carl Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35
« on: April 23, 2012, 02:27:45 PM »
If you search around time lapse forums you can find various ways to power your camera via 12V battery or A/C power.

Lenses / Re: 400 DO f/4 vs 300 f/2.8is with x1.4 vs 400 f/2.8
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:36:54 AM »
Get a 1/4X extender no matter what.  I have a 400 2.8 and love having the 1.4X and 2.0X extenders when I need the extra reach.

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