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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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....  I asked a videographer friend of mine and he pointed out the colors in the video and exposure.
No need for a videographer to point out the horrid colors and exposure, it was plainly and painfully obvious to me and video is excluded from my skill set.
I suppose what matters is if the Bride picked up on the amateurish colors and exposure. PBD apparently did not, maybe could not.


Dude, you are a joke, remember when you couldn't spot the video CGI? When you came out with utter bullS___ like "why would our beloved Canon, the long standing dominator of the pro imaging market resort to CGI".

Don't carry the chip on your shoulder any longer, you have had half a dozen pops at me since then and you have never had anything interesting to say.

It is particularly funny because after writing this "I'd consider it a favor if you would please, block me so you won't reads my posts nor offensively reply to them." you have taken particular pleasure in directly haranguing my personal opinion in many threads, you are like a lovelorn shunned partner, you can't seem to leave me alone, I suppose I should take your overly keen interest in me as a compliment really.

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

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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.

I for one wondered how this turned out.  It was discussed quite a bit.  A little more info on what all the fuss was about isn't such a crime is it?  So many times things get discussed on this forum and then the discussion stops and there is never any follow up.  Everyone is left wondering how things turned out.

FWIW, the OP didn't have much of a negative opinion, he merely posted a link for whoever might be interested.  It's a public link.  And I'm sure that if the videographer joined this forum and asked for help, he would receive plenty of advice and could avoid some of these mistakes in the future.

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First - It looks like everyone had a great time and the Bride & Groom looked great!  Thanks for sharing!   :D

I like the images.  Creative and original.  Fun.  Did I misunderstand?  Were these all they used from your stills??   ???

Video - Meh.  Hopefully it didn't cost much.  It looks like they got a lot of footage to work with and there are some creative shots.  But it would be my hope that it could be color corrected and reworked into something a little more polished.  I'm definitely not a videographer, I just know what I *think* I would do differently.

For instance, if nothing else was changed in the video I would want the skin tones to be more normal, not look like everyone was either high contrast, blown out or from Mars.  Wow!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Editing Laptop Recommendations
« on: January 13, 2015, 07:38:39 PM »
I recently purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad W540, i7-4700MQ, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB drive, with a 15.5" IPS 2880x1620 non-glare display.  Also came with a built-in xRite color sensor.  The display and sensor was a big selling point for me and it works great.

I have had issues with the Intel 7260 single-band wifi card.  Might want to try a different one.

Be careful.  Do some research first.  If it's not a Lenovo approved card, the BIOS will not allow it to work.  Your best best is to get it replaced under warranty first or switch to a different WiFi module that Lenovo sells for that laptop.

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Should have mentioned this earlier, my top budget is £700, the UltranoteII is about £620 (about $1000 if my maths is right?) which I am much more comfortable with paying, I'd only go to £700 if it was a high end Macbook Pro sort of spec, which I know won't happen hence my looking to spend a bit less.

I'm intrigued by those thinkpads, and the w520. But I am VERY hesitant about preowned, even if they are refurbished. The workstation part thought for use with an external screen does sound good, my plan had been to just have them side by side and to use a proper mouse for editing work. I'll think about refurbished and get back to you. Thanks for the offer though!  :)

dhr90, you're going to have to decide how far you will compromise to stay within your budget.  You say you want to save money but then you compare what you prefer to a Macbook Pro and are not comfortable buying used.  (And IMO, Macbooks are about the most expensive and worst value/ROI there is.  I know many will disagree but I've never considered Macbooks as being that great.  Mid range at best as far as performance and usefulness, at least with regard to the hardware.  But hey, the marketing is top notch!)  I agree that buying a cheap consumer grade plastic laptop used is risky and probably would be a disappointment.  However, buying an enterprise grade Thinkpad W520 is akin to buying an L lens.  It's built like a tank and assuming it wasn't just totally beat to heck, it will be a great used system and work great for as long as you want to keep it.

Most folks don't realize that the major laptop brands have two lines.  One is retail you see in stores.  The other is business/enterprise that are only available through specific channels.  The enterprise lines are more expensive, better built and last longer.  It's not that the retail lines totally suck, they just aren't built to the same standards or consistency.  Kind of like L Lens vs EF and EF-S lenses.  These include some of the following...

Brand          Enterprise          vs       Retail
Lenovo        Thinkpad            vs      Lenovo (various models)
Toshiba       Tecra/Portege    vs      Satellite etc.
HP               Elitebook            vs      Pavillion
DELL            Latitude             vs      Inspiron

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