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Street & City / Re: Night Skyline
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:53:49 PM »
Way underexposed.  Night skylines are a great time for bracketing, or even HDR.

And a tripod (or a table, wall, anything to hold the camera for a few seconds, etc) is of course critical.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:24:58 PM »
The 50L is the sharpest 50mm from 1.2-2.8. After that the 1.4 is better but yes, once I bought the 50L I never wanted anything else. 8)

Its AF was slightly faster than the 1.4 IMO, and hit better.

2X the price?  Where are you shopping.  I got mine new for < $400, love it.
Here's a short video shot with it: Monster Bokeh

If you are on the sidelines and can have only 1 lens, I'd take a 70-200, IS if you can have it. 300 will be too long much of the time.  If you have 2 cameras and 2 lenses, this would be great for long shots.  And of course detail on the field, off, coaches, cheerleaders etc.

I have a 400mm and shot sports with a 7D, and it was awsome for the loooooong shots, but my 70-200 was getting 80% of my on field shots. 

Up in the stands, the longer lenses will be awesome.  I shoot pro soccer from time to time, and sometimes I can take the field, and sometimes not.  Up in the stands, the 400mm really pulls in the action.

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:47:15 PM »
There is probably no lens you could not use at an air show.  From Fisheye to ultra telephoto, there are plenty of subjects to use them all.  Of what you listed I would not leave any behind.  I would take the monopod. 

5D3 focusing is good, and of course you can practice/experiment on passing cars.

Try and get some shots the other guys with the same better gear will not.  Guy poking his head out of the top of a C-130, etc.  Bring lots of cards and batteries...  Remember  the Show is not over until he fat lady is the last one sitting.

IMG_1660 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

In my early days of photography I often went with 2 sigmas instead of one Name brand.  My first SLR was actually a Minolta, and i had a 28-70, and a 70-210.  Loved my lenses and shot a ton with them.

Now that time is shorter than money, I have 10 Canon Lenses, and one Sigma 50mm f1.4.  Great little lens, way ahead of the tired Canon equivalent.  Sigma has made some dogs (170-500mm was  stinker.)  But overall, they make good stuff.  When i needed service, my local show is a Sigma Shop (and Canon and Nikon, and...)  All factory warrantee authorized.

Some of the new stuff from Sigma is top rate.

Buy what makes you happy. 

Lenses / Re: Help! used lens problem...
« on: August 26, 2012, 08:20:46 PM »
If you only saved $100, it does not sound like you got that good a deal.  Even if perfect, your not getting a warrantee.  I'd want to save 20% or preferably more.

It sure does not sound like something that will effect your photos.  And remember, you could have had this show up in a new lens shortly after buying.

I live in the Caribbean, and humity and condensation are constantly a problem.  Some techniques we use are heat the cameras front lens with the cars heater.  Leave the camera bag outside to get used to the temperature outside before your remove the camera.  Don't bring the camera into an air conditioned car or room, but if you must, put it in a cooler ( they keep things warm too)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 18, 2012, 10:26:41 PM »
Self portrait, from my Balconey.

IMG_1512 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

The other direction:

IMG_6870 by TexPhoto, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Weather sealed 1D4?
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:35:58 PM »
Insurance is a good thing.

Were the shots worth it?  I love my weather sealed cameras, but put them away in the rain unless the subject matter warrants the risk.   

Lenses / Re: ND filter
« on: August 17, 2012, 01:08:16 PM »
And don't forget, you are usually shooting a waterfall with a small aperture, f11-f22, to maximize depth of field. So the 3 stop is likely plenty. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:30:43 PM »
One shot...not exactly...was waiting for a take-off to get this series

Isn't it funny how when your setting up the camera, a bird can hear you breathing and take off.  When you want this kind of shot, you can light firecrackers and they just sit there.  Nice shot btw.

Lenses / Re: 24-105 damaged. Advice needed
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:49:22 PM »
No insurance?  Home owner's? Renters?

I'd send it Canon.  If more than 50% of new, I'd buy new. 

You can probably sell the damaged lens on eBay for several $100.  (just describe all the problems completely and honestly)

And not to rub salt in the wound, but Camera straps, etc are cheap, this kind of thing is expensive. (same with insurance)

Oh, and I've drowned 2 cameras, dropped and smashed 2 lenses, and had a whole kit stolen when i left it visible in the back of my car.  So we live and we learn...

I have a 7D and  5D3.  I think they make a really nice combination (as did the 7D and 5D2).  I was always impressed with the 7D for sports.  A few months back my 7D broke, and while it was off for repairs, I got a great deal on a slightly used 1D4.  It's great, but not so much better than my 7D that I understand the price difference.  Now that my 7D is back, my 1D4 will head off to eBay.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Best for Rental in the UK?
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:43:49 PM »
I absolutely love the 17mm for architecture.  You can crop the 17mm image to a 24mm, but not the other way.

Software & Accessories / Re: Upsizing pictures for large canvas
« on: August 12, 2012, 12:04:16 AM »
Get a trial version of some of the above software and try it, vs just plain photoshop.  You can try it on screen for nothing, you can crop out a sample and print it at walgreens for $.15 a print.  (blow it up to 30x40, then crop a 4x6 piece, and print it.) You can even take that to the room and try it out on the wall.

I will wager that you won't be able to tell the difference.  I wonder if some of the one trick pony upsizing programs add a little sharpness or vibrance to make you say oh wow this is better... 

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