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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:15:03 PM »
Taken with my first DSLR...

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I own the Nikon 28-300mm, and I love the lens for travel.  It doesn't have the fastest autofocus, but it's not bad, and the lens produces pretty good images.   Plus, the lens weighs 805g, which is very manageable.

I wish Canon would produce a lighter weight version (1,000g or less) of it's current 28-300mm L, because the 24-105L just isn't long enough for an all in one travel lens.

Here are a few photos I took on vacation with my Nikon D4 and the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:34:40 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, everyone.  I haven't had a chance to implement your suggestions, but here are a few photos I took prior to getting your feedback.

thanks

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Lenses / Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro autofocus?
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:25:20 PM »
Good Afternoon,

Santa gave me the Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro for Christmas, and this is my first experience with a macro lens.  I took about 100 photos indoors yesterday, and about every 10th photo the autofocus hunts for 5-10 seconds before it acquires focus.  The indoor lighting is adequate, but I would not say the lighting is bright.  I've been taking a mixture of portrait and macro type photos. 

Most of the photos I've taken appear to be in focus, but I'm still learning the lens.  Is it normal for this lens to hunt at times to lock focus, or do I potentially have a bad copy? 

Here are my settings with my 5D MKIII

* lens is on FULL mode
* camera is set to Case 1 with AI SERVO
* selectable AF point is 61 points
* manual select: spot AF
* The camera is on manual mode with auto ISO, and I've been taking photos with apertures between f/2.8 and f/8 with shutter speeds between 1/60 - 1/200.

Also, I'd appreciate any advice on recommended aperture and shutter speed settings with this lens for both portrait and marco photos.

Thanks!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MKII accessories?
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:39:22 PM »
I'm planning on purchasing the Sony RX100 MK II, and I'm looking for some advice on a LCD screen protector and lens filter. 

I'd like to purchase a LCD screen protector, and I'm considering the Giottos SP83015 LCD screen protector, which is supposed to fit the RX100, but the reviews on the B&H website state that the SP83015 does not fit the LCD screen exactly.  Is there a different Giottos model number that will fit the RX100 MK II better...how about the SP8306?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/746398-REG/Giottos_SP83015_Aegis_Multi_Layer_Screen_Protector.html

Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a lens filter for the RX100 MK II, or should I go without one?

Thanks

I bought the original Sony version, couldn't be happier: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/907016-REG/Sony_PCK_LM15_LCD_Protective_Cover.html

Dylan, thanks for the reply.  Does the Sony LCD protector have an anti-reflective coating i.e. how does it perform on sunny days with glare/reflections? 

I was leaning toward the Giottos LCD protector, because it has an anti-reflective coated, which is supposed to help cut down with the glare in sunlight.

thanks

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony RX100 MKII accessories?
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:25:47 PM »
I'm planning on purchasing the Sony RX100 MK II, and I'm looking for some advice on a LCD screen protector and lens filter. 

I'd like to purchase a LCD screen protector, and I'm considering the Giottos SP83015 LCD screen protector, which is supposed to fit the RX100, but the reviews on the B&H website state that the SP83015 does not fit the LCD screen exactly.  Is there a different Giottos model number that will fit the RX100 MK II better...how about the SP8306?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/746398-REG/Giottos_SP83015_Aegis_Multi_Layer_Screen_Protector.html

Also, does anyone have a recommendation for a lens filter for the RX100 MK II, or should I go without one?

Thanks

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Nasim Mansurov over at the Photography Life website did an ISO comparison with the Sony A7R v. Nikon D800E:

http://photographylife.com/sony-a7r-vs-nikon-d800e-iso-comparison

and the Sony A7 v. Nikon D600

http://photographylife.com/sony-a7-vs-nikon-d600-iso-performance

He had to use the kit lens on the Sony cameras, so it's hard to say if the Nikon sensors are better, but Nikon has slightly better results in his comparison.

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Last year around this time, Crutchfield had the Canon 6D listed for $899 on their website, with the 6D full specs, photo, and description posted.  At that low of a price, I made the purchase right away.  The next day Crutchfield sent me an email notifying me that there was an error on their website and they would cancel my order...they referred me to the fine print on their website, which clearly states they are not responsible for honoring errors on their website.

Of course I understood the price was a mistake, and I didn't make a big deal about the situation.  As the saying goes, If it sounds too good to be true (or looks too good to be true in the case of the internet) then it probably is!

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Does the significant price drop of the 24-70 f/2.8L II give an indication that an IS version is coming soon???

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Portrait / Looking for advice on my portraits...
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:16:02 PM »
Hello,

Please see attached photos...what settings should I be using on my 5D MKIII (70-200mm f/2.8 IS II L) so I get everyone's face in tack sharp focus when there are multiple people in the photo?   

Thanks

P.S. I'm relatively new to photography, and I have a lot to learn, so any feedback/input would be greatly appreciated! 

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EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 30, 2013, 02:44:04 PM »
I think owners of the 5DIII that would consider "upgrading" to an imaginary 5D4 are probably people with really deep pockets and lots of disposable income- so more power to you! As a professional artist I try to keep gear expenses to necessity. I can't see how dropping another 3k+ (If I owned a 5D3) would be a wise move.

And since Canon has released 3 relatively new FF bodies in recent years (1DX, 5D3 and 6D), I really can't see how it would make much sense for them to release any new bodies with incremental upgrades.

Who would they be targeting with this new camera? I can only see a need for a high mega pixel camera in Canon's lineup.

Wouldn't you agree, people with deep pockets, and a lot of disposable income, are usually a very good demographic to market to???...I'm just saying!  Besides, if photographers, like yourself, are happy with their current gear, you're not going to upgrade regardless of the specs of a 5D MkIV anyway. 

Canon needs to sell camera bodies every year, so they're probably going to market to those who want the "latest and greatest" technology, and are willing to pay for it.  I'm one of those consumers.

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EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 30, 2013, 01:17:04 PM »
I don't really need better high ISO performance. Lifting shadows could work better for low ISO shots. The D800 works nicely with bright backgrounds, whereas with 5D3 you choose to get the background or the subjects in front of it.

... or use Magic Lantern's dual_iso module to lift the dr of iso 100 to 14ev+ which solves exactly the situation you described.

Don't you risk damaging the sensor using Magic Lanter's dual_iso module? Here is the warning that is stated:

Warning
This code changes low-level sensor parameters. In the technical doc you can see how this method messes with the feedback loop for optical black, for example. Therefore, it's safe to assume it can fry the sensor or do other nasty things. My 5D3 is still alive after roughly one week of playing with this, but that's not a guarantee.

We don't pay for repairs. Use it at your own risk.


With the large R&D budget that Canon has, I see no reason why Canon can't just produce a better sensor that produces 14+ EV of DR, so we get the best of both worlds; high ISO performance for lowlight conditions, like wedding photography, and higher DR at lower ISO for landscape photography.

And yes, I'm willing to pay a premium if Canon can deliver a 5D MkIV with a sensor that can deliver strong high ISO performance with a much improved DR at lower ISO...cost is only an issue in the absence of value!

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Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: November 30, 2013, 12:59:23 PM »
I just purchased the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens...it was too good of a deal to pass up at $725 after the rebate!

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EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 06:37:43 PM »
* A significant improvement in Dynamic Range (at least 15 EV) sensor performance.  This is the most important enhancement I'm looking for.

* The enhancements that the 1DX autofocus and metering system offers (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition with face detection).  Hopefully with wider focus points coverage.

* A much improved buffering capacity for shooting RAW at 6-7 fps in full resolution

* In camera crop mode with 8 fps

* Dual compact flash memory card slots

Also, I like using a pro body with larger lenses, because they balance so much better, and I'm not a fan of battery grips.  What I think would be very cool is if Canon offered the 5DM4 in two body styles:
1. The current body style (optional battery grip would still be available)
2. Pro body style (offered at a $300-400 premium)...there would still be a big enough gap in performance from the 1DX MkII, so the 5DMK4 would not cannibalize 1DX sales.




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