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Canon General / Re:
« on: October 05, 2014, 02:50:48 PM »
That is a pretty cool marketing idea!!! 

I hope this is not just hype, and Canon is actually going to announce a revolutionary new full frame camera or a kick ass lens!!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Mark II AF Points Lighted??
« on: October 04, 2014, 05:31:08 PM »
I agree with what others have posted....I sure hope the 5D MarkIV & 1DX MarkII have a bright viewfinder with easy to see red autofocus points that light up in all autofocus modes for low light shooting!!!

I've owned the Nikon D4 & D800 and the red lighted autofocus points in Nikon camera's are easier to see in lowlight conditions compared to Canon! 


1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:04:06 PM »
Love the images I get from the 1Dx. Early morning shot into the light, it catches focus somehow. This one is a slowish shutter speed to get some movement in the wings and water.

First of the day by Tom W W, on Flickr

Awesome photo!!!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:54:59 AM »
5D MKIII with 70-300L

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:10:51 PM »
I have several bags: The Thinktank Retrospective 20 works great for carrying the 1DX body with 70-200 f2.8 II lens attached, and there is room for a second lens, but the Vanguard Heralder 38 is what I use when I'm carrying two bodies with lenses attached (1DX with 70-200 f2.8 attached & 5DMIII with 24-70 f2.8), plus I have room for my Speedlite 600 & the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens.

The Vanguard 38 bag only costs $117, which is a bargain compared to Thinktank, plus you can attach a tripod to the Vanguard bag.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 11:58:17 AM »
I'd like Canon to keep the 5D Mark IV in the 24-30MP range.  If they produce a higher resolution camera, then it should be a separate camera line....3D.

My 5D Mark IV wish list:

* 24-30MP
* Dual Compact Flash card slots
* 8 fps in burst mode with a buffer that can handle at least 35 full resolution RAW files writing to both memory card slots.
* Improved ISO & Dynamic Range performance
* Improved autofocus system with wider coverage of autofocus points
* Red lighted autofocus points that are easy to see in the view finder in low light conditions in all autofocus modes
* A better metering system with metering tied to the selected autofocus points
* 1/400 sec flash synch speed
* The back of the camera should have backlit buttons that are easy to see in the dark, like the Nikon D4

Gino, it isn't 5-6 hours work, it is 5-6 hours on the wedding day at the same location as the couple, with probably another 5-6 in travel, getting gear ready, ingesting the files etc etc plus all the pre and post production work.

$2,000 is the budget end for stills and video, at that price I would probably look to get two separate people in for around $1,000 each to cover the event, this is really on the low side but you will probably find two better people than one good one that is working for so low a price. I would be very suspicious of any photographer who was offering that kind of package for that money.

Questions; ask to see their work, if you like it then keep talking. Ask for references from previous couples, at least five or six, and get in touch with them. Ask to see their contracts, good shooters have good contracts.

Other than that, just talk and play it by ear, but don't think for one second it is 5-6 hours work.

Thanks for your advice.  When I stated 5-6 hours of "work", I meant 5-6 hours of taking photos & video...I understand that doesn't account for set-up time, and post processing time. 

When you suggest hiring two people, do you mean one photographer would do the still photos and the second would do the video?  Also, are most photographers willing to work with another photographer that they don't know?


Hi Everyone,

My sister is looking to hire a wedding photographer to do both still photos and video for her wedding coming up this January in St. Paul, MN.

Can you please give me some advice on what questions my sister should ask wedding photographers when considering who she should hire?  Also, is there anyone in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area that she should consider who does good work at a reasonable price?  She has about a $2,000 budget, and she is looking to hire someone for 5-6 hours of work.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs D4s
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:36:39 PM »
The 1DX v. D4 debate is like comparing a Lamborghini and can't go wrong with either!

I currently own the 1DX, and I used to own the Nikon D4.  Both cameras are very similiar, and here are a few observations from my point of view:

* I don't care what the tests say, in the real world the 1DX has about the same dynamic range as the D4, even at low ISO i.e. with RAW files, I can pull about the same shadow detail in Lightroom from the 1DX that I could with the D4.

* Even though the 1DX has more cross type focus points, I'd say both camera's autofocus systems deliver very similar results.  The D4 obtains focus a little better in very low light situations.

* It was easier to get the correct exposure with the D4.  I think the D4 has better metering compared to the 1DX, especially in challenging lighting situations.

* The 1DX has better automatic white balance, and for me it is easier to fix the white balance of the 1DX RAW files in Lightroom if the camera doesn't get it right.

* I like how the autofocus points appear in the viewfinder of the D4 compared to the 1DX.

* The D4 is about 200g lighter than the 1DX, which can feel like a big difference after a few hours.

* It's so much better having both memory card slots take the same type of memory card, and compact flash cards cost a lot less compared to XQD cards...a big plus for the 1DX.

* The 1DX has a better menu system.

* I like the shape and rubber material of the D4 grip

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:04:54 PM »
The newest member of the family...

Software & Accessories / Neutral Density filter for 24-70L MKII???
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:26:50 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I wold like some advice on purchasing my first ND filter.  I have never used a ND filter before, and I was thinking about starting off with a 0.6 filter, like this one:

I also noticed these variable ND filters, which would be very flexible, but I believe there could be drawbacks to image quality:

Please let me know which filter you think I should purchase.


Lenses / Build quality of Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM?
« on: June 28, 2014, 07:11:03 PM »

I just purchased a Canon 70D kit with the ef-s 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for my sister, and I noticed the front part of the lens has a tiny bit of play, both when the lens is retracted and extended.  When I say a tiny bit of play, it is tiny, but it is still noticeable.  I'm comparing the 18-135 lens to my Canon L zoom lenses, and my L lenses don't have any play at all, so that is why I'm wondering if this 18-135mm lens is defective.

Is this tiny bit of play normal for this lens, or should I exchange the lens?  I took about 75 photos with the camera and I don't see any issues with the photos.


Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a point & shoot waterproof/tough camera for my sister, and I would like to hear your recommendations.  Here are things to consider:

* My sister knows next to nothing about photography, so the camera needs to take good JPEG photos, and video, in auto mode.
* The camera needs to have easy to use wifi connectivity, so my sister can easily download photos to her iPad/iPhone, and share the photos on Facebook.

Right now I'm leaning toward the new Olympus camera, but I'd like to know if there is a better camera available.


EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX2 5D4 to be announced in January/ February 2015
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:58:39 PM »
*  3.5" OLED screen with better visibility in sunlight

OLED screens are actually worse in sunlight as they can't have as much backlight as a traditional LCD screen. 

Are you sure about that???  The Galaxy s5 has an OLED display and it looks better than my iPhone.

Regardless of what technology Canon uses for the next generation screen, I would like it to be easier to view the photos on sunny days.


EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX2 5D4 to be announced in January/ February 2015
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:00:20 PM »
I just bought my 1DX a few months ago, but I'd upgrade to the 1DX MkII if it has the following type of enhancements (in order of importance to me):

*  22+ MP sensor with improved Dynamic Range
*  GPS & Wifi
*  I'd like the body to be slightly smaller and to shed 200g in weight
*  1 stop ISO improvement in RAW across the entire ISO range
*  70d Dual Pixel autofocus for video
*  Backlit buttons for low light shooting
*  3.5" OLED screen with better visibility in sunlight

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