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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 03:35:54 PM »
My point is that in the uk the 500mm is £8000 the 400 is £1100 and most of the time can be found for <£800 if 20% reach one stop and IS is worth £7000 extra... By learning a little more about the subject and also learning some hunting/tracking skills and wearing camo your images will be better, your arms and body not as tired and your wallet will be a lot larger.

Most of the time to get enough DOF With birds you shoot higher than F5.6.

I would probably look at bigger, but the weight puts me off especially for a full days shooting.

Never mind that. Where are the pictures from your Amazonian expedition ?

The expedition was incredible got some amazing pictures! One of the best experiences of my life. But I currently just have my iPad mini and was shooting small jpegs to my sd on the 5D so they look ok but haven't got round to editing them and still got another 2 months on the road! Would rather have a go with the full red RAWs before I post. But will post then when I get home. Taken nearly 13,000 images so far in the first 3 months so a lot to get through!

I will make a thread when I can :)

To add to the thread I took the 70-300mm L with me on the trip and 400mm would have been perfect. Or maybe taking a crop camera, wish I'd had that extra bit of reach. But because it was down season for 2 days it was just me and the ranger traveling through the tambopota forrest so we got very close and saw a lot of wildlife we probably wouldn't have seen with a large group. The 5D has been flawless and the lenses I've had it in -20C in the states and +50C in the Atacama desert then the moisture and rain in the rainforest not got one spec of dust in any of the lenses just a little bit of dust on the sensor. What a system, a lot of people really spend a lot of time worrying about the technical features but when you get out into these harsh environments it really proves how incredible they are, the 5D hasn't missed a beat and I haven't wanted more from it apart from maybe a couple of extra FPS. The 5DMKIII 24-105, 16-35, 70-300mm and 50mm has been such a great choice can basically do anything in any situation.

The canon system is amazing.

Sounds like a job for Photo Mechanic!   ;)

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 21, 2015, 05:25:25 PM »
From a motorcycle show last weekend...

The Girls at Easyriders 2015 © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

So just for fun, what lighting, settings, etc are you using for this and the previous babe shots?  And then, how much post work did you do?  Thanks!  And that image would definitely get a lot of second glances going down the road, wouldn't it?  For a variety of reasons!   8)

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Portrait / Re: WTF Images - Funny Head Scratchers for Sure!
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:53:44 AM »
A lot of those come from http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/  which is a very entertaining site to surf

Yeah, I've seen several sites that host a lot of these kind of images, like youarenotaphotographer.com, etc.  They're a lot of fun to view and will suck you in for hours if you're not careful!   :o  I posted this one specifically because it wasn't one of those sites and only had a handful of images.  I figured that way, everyone might be able get back to work sooner!   Have a great day!!  :D

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Portrait / WTF Images - Funny Head Scratchers for Sure!
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:27:37 AM »
Wasn't sure where to post this, portraits was as close as I could guess.  Perhaps we need a "Misc", "Just for Laughs" or "Everything Else" section?

Anyway, these won't take long to look at and they're interesting to say the least!  Yes, Office Friendly.

http://thebigtino.com/2015/01/12/wtf-photos-will-really-make-say-wtf/

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Preparing for the switch
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:09:10 PM »
Actually, I'm mostly considering the Tamron due to the sharpness it delivers. It sure beats the Nikon's 24-70; as for the Canon I see it as a tie, based on the reviews and users experiences. It's almost twice cheaper! That's unbelievable! I even started to doubt the 70-200.
I hope it's not wishful thinking... but still the tests for the 24-70 are real:)

I own the Canon 24-70 and it works great.  I have heard others mention the Tamron takes longer to focus.  Otherwise, aside from some reports I've seen about some copies not being as sharp, it seems to be a great alternative to the Canon.  I assume you have seen Dustin Abbot's fine review?  He is a pretty solid Tamron supporter and his images are spectacular.

http://dustinabbott.net/2012/11/tamron-sp-24-70mm-f2-8-di-vc-usd-review/

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....You guys should consider using the Private Message feature. 

Tried that, Private Bully Dude abused it, I blocked him.
It's a simple matter to click 'show me the post' in a thread, I no longer see his Private By Design missives in my inbox, I like it that way.

That's nice for you but for the rest of us, we have to read it.  You do realize that no one really cares, right?  So why post this at all?  It's a waste of both your time and ours.  This appears to be a beef between the two of you.  If it can't be settled in the PM Board, why not just ignore each other and focus on the topic?  Really.  Please!   ::)

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2 Full frames may be nice but boring, The combination of Crop & FF makes the difference: f.i with 2.0 35mm and 100mm..... It is a great combination...

I agree but for me, there are times for excitement and then there are simply times when I want to get the shots correctly framed as quickly, easily and with as much IQ as I can muster.  If the venue is too small for the extra reach of the crop, then it's not very exciting.   ;)

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Having bot 5D3 and 7D2 the 5D3 is still the main camera. Especially due to its low light capabilities. Up to ISO 800 @ the 5D3 I see nearly no difference in Image quality. It is still very useful. The 7D2 still has some weaknesses there..

I use the 5DIII even for sport events, where low light is dominating, like a night slalom: http://selfpromotionphoto.zenfolio.com/fis-cit_pontresina_15. I shot all images with ISO 6400. I had the 7D2 with me, I wanted to use it but the images shot with the 100-400mm Mk1 had been too soft for my taste...

But I am considering to add a 10-xx mm lens to have the 7D as an universal camera and not to carry too mich stuff with me...

It's a tough call.  I have a hard time not using two bodies at events because there's really no substitute for having a up close wide camera and a long reach camera together.  (However you make it happen.)  Changing lenses standing up in the heat of the moment is really inconvenient and hard on the gear.

I agree totally with Rusty*** here, as I went to a dual camera bag sometime ago because I missed shots when trying to quickly change a lens and reset the camera --  and the shot disappeared in the dust while my head was down manipulating a lens change and spinning dials.   Depending on the situation, 7D2 w/100-4400 and 5DM3 w/70-200  --- or sometimes, 7D2 w/70-200 and 5DM3 w/24-105   I almost never change a lens now during a project.

Absolutely!  Although I have to admit that I still have trouble at many "people" events using a FF and a crop camera because even with the 70-200 on the crop it can sometimes be too long.  I just depends on what I'm trying to do.  This is where having two full frames is VERY NICE.  Large venue sports, air shows, etc is of course where crop is king!

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Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:35:20 AM »
Charles Bridge Prague in the morning, done with 6D and 24mm 1.4 L II.

Beautiful.

Ditto!!   Very nice.  :)

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By time spent using it, definitely the 7D2. By number of pictures taken, not a chance. I have a time lapse running at work (verification process) and so far it is at about 220,000 frames and will have another 80,000 on it by the time it finishes.... so by number of pictures taken, it's GoPro all the way :)

That's cheating Don!   ;D  In your case, only cat pictures count anyway!  (I hope the time lapse comes out good.)

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Having bot 5D3 and 7D2 the 5D3 is still the main camera. Especially due to its low light capabilities. Up to ISO 800 @ the 5D3 I see nearly no difference in Image quality. It is still very useful. The 7D2 still has some weaknesses there..

I use the 5DIII even for sport events, where low light is dominating, like a night slalom: http://selfpromotionphoto.zenfolio.com/fis-cit_pontresina_15. I shot all images with ISO 6400. I had the 7D2 with me, I wanted to use it but the images shot with the 100-400mm Mk1 had been too soft for my taste...

But I am considering to add a 10-xx mm lens to have the 7D as an universal camera and not to carry too mich stuff with me...

It's a tough call.  I have a hard time not using two bodies at events because there's really no substitute for having a up close wide camera and a long reach camera together.  (However you make it happen.)  Changing lenses standing up in the heat of the moment is really inconvenient and hard on the gear.

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Canon General / Re: What's a good studio lens for a small studio?
« on: January 14, 2015, 12:27:03 AM »
I also think the 24-70 f/2.8L vII is the lens to beat and the best option.  The pro studio I recently paid good money for my son's senior portraits used the 24-70 and the 70-200 f/2.8 vII lenses on the 1DX in their studio and the results were great.

And I also agree that if you are stopping down, the 24-105L is great!  So go to work and have fun making great images!!  Don't overthink it with primes unless you already have them and just love them.

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I try to learn from whatever comes along.  In this case, I'm learning...

-  There are videographers that really need to learn how to work as professionals at a wedding.
-  There are still photographers that want to share how their work was possibly ruined by unprofessional videographers.
-  After the videographer finally releases the video that came from their amateur behavior at the wedding it turns out to be... surprise... amateur.
-  Once the photographer follows up with the forum about how things turned out... he gets grief for it.

BONUS QUESTION  -  Should the photographer have started the thread or followed up on the the thread later?  Was this professional and would it offend his client?

This last point is one I think deserves more consideration.  I think it is akin to, "What would your mother say?" or "What would Miss Manners say?"  And I understand the point.  Would the bride feel it is an invasion of privacy to have her wedding video viewed by strangers for critique?  With all due respect, this is a semi-obscure forum.  By that I mean that it's not facebook, twitter or some other mega public place that millions of folks visit and things tend to 'go viral' in minutes.  It's a photography forum visited by photography nerds who are commenting on nerdy photography stuff.  If the bridal client (or the videographer) were to be introduced to it, what would they think?  Well, that's the OP's problem, isn't it?  He could have never brought this up in the first place.  But he did and we responded.  We aren't debating whether the bride or the family is ugly, fat or a bunch of yokels.  We are debating whether the video has good editing, good white balance or good length.  So I don't think the bride would care or even understand what the heck we are talking about.  And I also say that if the videographer stopped in, he might learn something.  The thread would likely take on a whole other tone of assistance.

But that's just me trying to be positive.  I think the video is great for an amateur but not so great for a professional.  So like I said, I hope it didn't cost much.

As for the still images, I understand the underwhelming response but I assumed there were more we didn't see and those were just some fun candids.  Hopefully anyway!

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I think the 7D2 would make a great primary bodySo would the 70D.  I own/owned them both.  Now I mostly shoot my 5D3 and the 7D2 when I need more reach, better AF/fps for swimming and action the 5D3 is lacking for.

For me, once I used a Full Frame (5D), I knew that FF would be my primary body for good.  I shoot more wide than long so FF is more conducive to what I prefer.

But I used a 40D (four of them in fact!) for over 3 years and I LOVED THAT 40D!!  I still think about buying another used 40D to go with the 5D Classic I also still own and used with the 40D all the time back then.

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If those are your best four it makes me wonder how happy the bride is with your work. The four are average at best.

Also are you done bashing a guy that is unable to defend himself?
Were you showing your work to look better in comparison?

Complaining about some ones bad manners when you were first harmed is one thing. Fixating on it for months is just petty.

Trust me there is no hate for the videographers .  If there was hate I would be saying more hateful things.  Was I frustrated I sure was.  Am I saying my work is the best of the best, definitely not, as I said earlier I don't mind CC. Besides I don't think you want the whole album on here anyways.  The bride loved them in the end.  As for fixating on them, I'm not I figured I'd update the community on the outcome and what they think of the video and my opinion and your opinion on it.  I really don't want this thread to create drama, but as to inform other photographers and videographers about this!

Thanks again for sharing.  I think I may have misunderstood in the beginning and I admit to being lazy now and not going back and reading those first posts.  Did you say you were the principal wedding photographer for the stills at this ceremony?  I think perhaps the forum members are wondering about more traditional bridal or other images from the ceremony that you feel are representative of your best work.  Do you have a link to your online gallery or do the clients prefer you not share their images at this time?  Just wondering...

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