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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:32:50 PM »
I noticed this new phenomenon when I got my new 6D last year.  And I posted comments on it then.  In general, I pretty much agree with dgatwood.  Using an expensive piece of technology like a 5D3 to punish the buyer for choosing a 3rd party battery is sleazy and an abuse of the manufacturer's power.

I also feel like noncho has the best point about Canon simply making their OEM batteries more affordable to begin with.  That would solve everything.  (Hmm, Canon battery for $35 or cheap Chinese knock-off for $20?  Easy choice!)  Instead Canon has decided to spend more R&D time, money and lose customer good will over protecting what amounts to unfair profit in the first place.  And in the process, use of genuine batteries potentially is affected.  I had this same attitude in the 80's with VHS tape copy protection that didn't work and ruined the picture for everyone and then in the 90's when MP3 files started taking off and the record companies started suing teenagers for downloading MP3 files.  Really?  If the movie/music companies, (aka: the most greedy/sleazy entities on the planet) had simply made their movies/music more affordable from the beginning, no one would have wanted to go to all the trouble to copy or download inferior music files to get around the high cost.  As of today, they still haven't learned their lesson even after many have gone bankrupt trying to fight a losing battle.  And let's not forget how Apple treats people that try to circumvent their controls.  Anyone remember all the BRICKED IPHONES Apple intentionally damaged with an update back in 2007 when folks tried to jailbreak their phones?  Hope Canon doesn't try THAT!!  But I digress...

I agree slightly with the counterfeit protection excuse simply because there are many examples of true counterfeit Canon batteries out there that are almost perfect copies, cost more than established 3rd party batteries and are crap.  So I'm all for some kind of message that tells me it's not a true Canon battery but don't punish me by shutting off all the battery data exchange and/or crippling the camera performance.  That's just crappy.

Also, let's not forget that in 5+ years when Canon stops making these batteries or making them in enough quantity, you'll be stuck with 3rd party batteries as your only choice and won't that be lovely?

So in summary, Canon needs to stop with the battery gestapo crap, make their batteries more reasonably priced to begin with (thus solving the problem entirely) and just stick to making good cameras instead of trying to piss everyone off with stupid ideas they learned from the movie/music industry and Apple.

Portrait / Re: Looking for advice on my portraits...
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:59:08 PM »
Lighting and background is usually the biggest challenge.  To get the better apertures, you need enough light and that light needs to be flattering, not ugly fluorescent lights, etc.  Hence the need for flash and then the need for large modifiers.  To get a good background you either need distance from the background or create it with an artificial background.  All of that takes space.

So what to do????  GO OUTSIDE.  Use the outdoor natural light and move around in a park or other pleasing setting at good times of the day (morning and evening) and use shaded areas when the light is too harsh.  Experiment.  Make sure you still use fill flash when outdoors.  Try to use a decent speedlite.  Keep it on camera at first and then get flash modifiers/stands later that will work with your speedlite and get some inexpensive remote triggers that support ETTL like the ones from Yonghuo.  Get the camera low and try using the sky as a background or trees.

Another advanced technique is to use a ND filter or Polarizer to reduce the light and allow a more shallow DOF for up close portraits, etc.

I also agree with reading or watching online videos.  Lots of ideas can be seen/found.

I like the advice already given about the picture telling the story regardless of the camera, settings, etc.  Keep that in mind and HAVE FUN.  The best pictures of anyone will happen when everyone is relaxed and at ease.  Not feeling awkward around the camera.  If you're stressed, your subjects will be too.  So relax and have fun.

TAKE A LOT OF FRAMES!  You never know how the picture truly looks until you are sitting at the computer and you discover all kinds of things you missed.  Someone blinks, has hair out of place, background failure, trees, branches, poles, whatever growing out of a head, bad smiles, etc.  So take a lot of frames in several poses and settings to help overcome this.

Finally, get Lightroom and you'll be amazed what you can fix and recover when things aren't going your way.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:30:27 AM »
Nothing wrong with SmugMug but I wouldn't know.

I've used Zenfolio for years and consistently been happy with them.

If you decide to switch to Zenfolio, here's my referral code for a discount.

Referral Code: 6KC-FPW-PWR


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best tablet for on-location preview
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:14:26 AM »
All of the prior suggestions are great.

I have another suggestion but it will but it will be higher in price and compares more to the MacBook Air instead of the iPad Air.  Personally I think a nook HD+, Nexus 7 or Kindle HDX would be sufficient for field viewing.

The new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro has an incredible 13" 3200x1800 IPS QHD+ Display.  It's a hybrid ultrabook laptop/tablet that weighs 3.1 lbs and the screen swivels 360 degrees.  It has a i7 CPU, Haswell chipset, 8G RAM, 256G SSD, and touchscreen.  Best Buy got some kind of deal on them so they are only $1200 right now if you can get one.

I set a couple up for client and they are pretty amazing.

In another 2-3 months Lenovo will release an 11" Yoga 2 Pro version too.

Lenses / Re: Lens condensation paranoia
« on: November 17, 2013, 10:32:46 PM »
Using a ziplock bag when going from a cold environment into a warm (as likely more humid) environment, esp one with a large crowd of breathing people, is prudent until the camera's temp warms up to close to the surroundings.  Problem for me is that I need to shoot pictures when I arrive and shooting through a sealed ziplock bag isn't a skill I've yet mastered.  And as you use a zoom lens, you move the warm humid air inside the lens and camera and can fog on the inside too.  Grrr!!

Please correct me if I'm wrong but my simplistic attitude about humidity and my cameras/lenses is keep the camera/lens warmer than the surroundings and it can't hold condensation.  For instance, when I shoot in very humid indoor pool areas, I warm up my camera/lens with the car heater on the way to the location.  (I crack the car windows so I don't suffocate inside on mild days!)

Since I do a enough indoor pool shooting during the winter, I've even considered perhaps getting a pizza warmer bag for the ride over to the pool instead of using my car heater.  I would assume a similar idea could be used indoors when returning from the cold outdoors if the camera needs to be used indoors quickly.

Lenses / Re: 16-35 2.8L II - Is it really THAT bad ?
« on: November 17, 2013, 10:14:56 PM »
Haven't used the 16-35-II but I have shot thousands of images with my version 1 and love the lens.  It's a great size/weight and it shares the 77mm filter size with the 24-105, 24-70-I and 70-200/2.8 I&II.  The 16-35-II has an 82mm filter size and so would throw off my nice consistent group.

I love the 16-35-1 I have and think (as many others do) that it's pretty close to the version II IQ.  I read somewhere that the version II "corrected" the edge softness of the version I and in the process got softer in the center.  D'Oh!  I have no idea if this is true but all I know is that I love my version 1.

Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« on: November 17, 2013, 09:16:45 PM »
I like it.  Yes, it has a manual focus ring - note that it's an STM lens, so it's 'focus by wire' (power is required for manual focusing).

It's quite sharp wide open.  I find it most useful because of it's small size - when I'm primarly planning to shoot with a long lens, I can easily bring the 40/2.8 along.  I often use the 70-200/2.8 for events, and since it's hanging from a Blackrapid strap, if I need wider I can switch to the 40/2.8 which I keep in my pocket, leaving the white zoom hanging from the strap.  I could use my 24-70, but I'd have to carry that in a belt pouch - the pancake is very convenient.

Hmmm.  Neat idea!

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:55:28 PM »
Dear Rusty!

Yes, teaching someone is strange. You yourself as a teacher will learn a lot.
(And sometimes this process leads to a nice collaboration.)
As I told you: if youre not getting paid for this, let the pupil come to you at free will.

Again: have fun!

Ahh!  You got me.  Busted!  :)  This is the selfish part of me knowing that the more I teach things, the more I benefit from knowing the material better.  So I totally agree with you.  It's a great side benefit aside from the whole ego boost and all.  Thanks for the feedback!

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:52:40 PM »
I got involved in teaching a lady to use DSLR cameras, now she is a better photographer than me and keeps borrowing my lenses!

We got her started with borrowed gear then she bought some of our older gear (at very low prices) and within a year started to leave us behind!

You can really go off people!

LOL!  Yeah, that would be ironic, eh?  In this case, I'm not a pro and wouldn't lose a penny.  In fact, it would be great if she became as good or hopefully better than me because that would not only make me a great teacher but I might actually end up in a few pictures for a change in our scout troop.  You know the drill - as the photographer you're never present at any of the events... at least not by looking at the photos!  :-)

I have a headache this morning but I still read through this thread and agree with what most are saying regarding the 6D.  It's not for sports.  Everything else it shines for.  And why are you only buying two prime lenses?  Get the 24-105 + 6D kit and also buy the primes.  It's a great combo.  I own both the 5D3 and the 6D and all I can say is you won't be disappointed with the 6D for what you want to do with it.  I admit that 99% of the time I shoot center AF point  but it works great with all the lenses I've used it with.  It's a great camera.  With all the deals available right now, what do you have to lose?  Buy it cheap now while you can and rent a 5D3 and see if it really matters.  If the 5D3 is so much better, sell the 6D for a profit in the spring and buy the 5D3.  The profit will pay for your "rental" of the 6D and the rental of the 5D3 if you switch.  If you don't switch, you saved a lot of money to buy another lens.

Heck, maybe buy the 6D and the 70D and increase your reach, video creativity and have sports ability too!

Remember, it's the photographer that takes the picture, not the camera.  I've taken thousands of great images with my 5Dc and I never even bothered to buy the 5D2.  I bought the 5D3 a year after it came out and it sucked at low light AF.  So much so that I bought the 6D which stomped all over the 5D3 in low light.  Finally Canon released a firmware in April that improved the 5D3 AF enough that I use it more now in low light.  But the 6D has never disappointed me.  The one issue I have at the moment with the 6D (that isn't Canon's fault) is that my Sunpak RD2000 flash doesn't do ETTL consistently on the 6D.  That's Sunpak's problem, not Canon's.  Still waiting on Sunpak's firmware update too.

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 11, 2013, 01:03:17 PM »
Especially the scarpbook suggestion is great.
No much to ad, but one thing that helped me get into it back in the film days.

I would start her on the 5Dc with, if you can spare it, a relatively fast normal range prime (say 50, 1,4).
Explain in simple terms the way to manipulate the amount of light in manual (f-stop, speed, iso).
Put the camera in all manual and off she goes.

It may be a little bit rough, but it will help her to discover the basics quickly (as she can always go for direct feedback and look at what she did after each shot). Zooming you can do using your feet, the fast prime allows her to discover and explore DOF.

Sharing progress in choosen intervals will help, and if you can afford a couple of hours, try to agree on a "project topic" that both of you cover usinf equivalent equipment. Not to show of, but to share different views to the same general idea.

Has become more than a bit, but here you go.

Mind to share the outcome of your project (if it stars)?
Have a great day

Yeah, this is similar to what I was thinking.  Perhaps let her get used to the camera in P mode and then quickly push for her to experiment with M and do some exercises with varying shutter, aperture and ISO so she understands the exposure triangle and how changing each aspect affects the picture Blur, DOF and Noise.

I think starting with a prime is good so it forces her to think more and then later she will appreciate what the zoom does for her.  I also prefer the 5Dc with either a 50mm or a 28mm.  IMO, the 28 is a bit more forgiving.

As for books, I'll likely give her one or two from Kelby or Peterson to start off.  There's also an easy read from Joel Sartore about photographing family that I think is a good start.  I will also encourage her to start looking at as many photographs as possible online or otherwise to see what she likes about them and start considering how they were made.

Using YouTube, etc are great ideas as long as she understands what she is learning and is comfortable with using the Internet a lot.  I'm not sure about that.  It also depends on how much time she has to dedicate to this venture.  I honestly hope I can sell her a few things to start out with like I started out myself with my 'mentor' friend.  Sort of a win/win.

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:12:26 AM »
I think I speak for everyone when I summarize and say that you should simply take much less.  Take no more than 3 or 4 lenses max and make them count.  Don't duplicate focal lengths if possible.  Take one body and a few accessories that you will likely use, like a CPL or TC perhaps.  Take a flash, batteries, etc and keep the weight down.  Try to get everything comfortably in a medium sized daypack.  Don't advertise that you are carrying expensive camera equipment.  Take a jacket and take plenty of water.  Enjoy your trip and don't just make it about the photography.

For pete's sake, your thread topic says you're only there at the Grand Canyon for 14 hrs?  How much photography can you do in 14 hrs and still enjoy the trip itself?  When you get to Vegas, I doubt you'll use more than a couple lenses.  Maybe a 24-70, 24-105 or 16-35 and then maybe a fast prime?  And keep in mind that the casinos don't allow photography in some areas.  (Or at least that used to be the case.)  And you might have to present your backpack for security searches as well.

Remember, there are millions of professional stock photography pictures on the web and in many photo books that you can view of all the major attractions.  Taking a ton of boring pictures of buildings and fountains might be disappointing later when you realize that other better pictures already exist you can simply view later.  Stick to taking interesting pictures that are memorable for you and your wife.

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:55:27 AM »
Thanks Alex!  Yeah, I'll see how it goes.

I guess at some point I should learn something about photography myself and stop faking it like I've been doing for the past few years.  Know what I mean, LOL?!  I mean, should I teach her how to get it right in camera or just teach how to fix it in post???   ;D  After some shoots, I look at my pictures and I wonder if I know anything at all!!  Thank God for the occasional picture that I'm actually proud of!!

 photography is like love making,  the  bigger the lens,  the less you have to do.

 ok,  it's nothing like that... I  just wanted to be crass.

That's OK, I sometimes think my mind pretty much lives in the gutter.  Probably like most men.  (And some women!)  It's pretty hard to offend me, esp when it comes to innuendo related to women.

Big, high performance lenses are in big demand but elusive to get to hold and use.  So of course they are what every photographer, male or female, prefers when given a choice.  It's just the way things are, right?

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:57:08 PM »
Just noticed something... you add red stripes to your hoods and bigger red stripes to your L lenses?

Yes, Sir, Dear Mr. chilledXpress.
I add The Automotive Red Strip( Reflective Strip) and My own symbols on all my Lens hoods, to match to each lens = very easy to get the right lens hood for the right Lens in the dark of the night.
Yes, You have a great / Sharp eyes, Sir.
PS. On my 5D MK II, I add the View Finder Extender on View Finder too, For my Eye Glass , And  that Great View Finder Extender is great for not let my Oily Nose  wet LCD Panel.
Nice to talk to you, Sir.

Strange about the red stripes.  I do the exact opposite.  I put high quality black gaffer tape over all of my L Lenses to cover the red stripes.  I want my L lenses to appear generic and look like cheaper EF lenses.  Plus, the tape protects the lens from scuffs.

I also agree with everyone about the weight and amount of gear.  Every trip I go on I usually use 10% of what I take if I try to pack heavy.  I've learned that realistically I use a 16-35 and 24-105 or 24-70.  That's about it.  If I know I will be in super tight quaters, I might use my 15mm FishEye.  So I can fit two lenses into one LowePro lens bag with the 3rd lens on my camera.  Done.  My generic daypack still has room for misc batteries, water bottle, lunch and other stuff.  It's not all about the camera stuff!

What are you going to do with all this stuff when you stop to go to the bathroom or eat lunch?  Consider the logistics.  I don't like to leave tons of expensive gear in my hotel room either.

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:40:21 PM »
Thanks again for all of the input.  I'm aware that things could become awkward or affect our neighborly relationship.  I will not only be up front with how I want to keep things cordial but also what I expect for her to gain or not.  As for knocking boots, well LOL!!  (I honestly thought about that too.  It's just a fact of life.)  That's extremely unlikely unless there is a side of her I know nothing about!  She's not really my type unless again, there is a side I know nothing about.

Anyway, keep the advice coming.  I appreciate it!

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