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Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Nightclub photography shots
« on: October 05, 2014, 10:57:48 AM »
I drag the shutter all the time but having color lines that go across the subject are not something I often see.  Strange.  Thanks anyway!

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Why Photography
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:30:45 PM »
My wife actually pushes on me the other way.

I keep equipment for a long time and only upgrade when it's a BIG upgrade.  I have a 20D and a 5D, and am finally looking to upgrade.

When I pointed out that I could get a 70D instead of a 7DII for a lot less, my wife asked why I would get something a little less good when I primarily use that camera for high-speed action and the 7DII is built for exactly that.

Okay, so she has a point.

The 5D replacement will be a 6D or a 5DIV, but not a 5DIII.  The 6D is actually better suited than a 5DIII for my application for that camera, so we didn't have a disagreement there.  But if the 5DIV is even better suited than the 6D, and it comes out in time, then she wants me to get that one instead.  We'll see about that.

Your thoughts about the 6D vs the 5DIV are very similar to my thoughts a few years ago with regard to the 5DII.  I intentionally bought a used 5D back in 2010 and waited until about a year after the 5D3 was released and bought it at a discount from the release price.  I intentionally leapfrogged the 5DII.  It sounds like you are thinking the same way about the 5DIII as I did about the 5DII.

And really, the 5D is a wonderful, beautiful camera.  I love my 5D even if I don't use it much anymore.  I used a 40D + 5D combo for several years with confidence and bliss.   :)

OH... and I've taken thousands and thousands of images for many volunteer organizations, school, scouts, church, friends/family, etc.  All for free because I love to do it.  It feels like a job sometimes but it is appreciated so it's a win/win.

Videography Technique / Re: About the Fisheye lens
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:44:19 PM »
Hey Drizzt321, I don't see a FISH-EYE LENS in your equipment list!  You GOTTA GET ONE, BRO!!!   LOLz!  8)

Seriously, I love mine.  It's a lot of fun, esp in tight spaces!!  I think the EF 15mm Fish-Eye should be in everyone's bag as their 4th or 5th lens purchase!

Thanks for posting, the video was fun.   ;)

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: My first Ballet photography in my life.
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:09:52 PM »
Surapon  You rock!   :D

Very good work, esp for your first time.  I'll keep your info handy for when I need to do this myself.  What a great starting point to have available thanks to your sharing.  Have a great day!


Theater, Concert and Event / Re: My first Ballet photography in my life.
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:06:51 PM »
I like the last photo (blue tint) the best!

Me too!  Very nice.

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Nightclub photography shots
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:03:25 PM »
"Are those brushed in with Photoshop? If not, I'd love to learn how you did that."

+1  Ditto!

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:52:19 AM »
Wow tomscott!  (You're doing quite a bit of writing lately!)  It looks like you have an interesting plan, I hope everything goes well and you have a GREAT TIME.

For me, the packing and OCD planning and guessing are the grueling parts of travelling.  Once I'm on the trip, I relax, settle in and make it all work regardless.

I don't know if I mentioned it before but Nevada Wier has been travelling all over the world for National Geographic, etc for decades.  She has some blog posts that go over everything she does in great detail all the way down to which bags she uses, etc.  I think she usually has a safe place to dump things after arrival though at some point.  It's been years since I read her travel posts and they change as she modifies her methods.  She loves to teach and she shares a lot of her methods on her blog.  Packing and equipment ideas are sprinkled throughout her blog.  Here are some of the ones I could remember and found fairly quickly...


Gotta run now but I'll give it some thought.  At least I'm not the only one that puts up CR posts and fails to see much in the way of replies sometimes.   :(

The trolls post to literally waste time and stir the pot.  They enjoy watching a fire storm ensue with the established members and see how far things go.....
OP's total active time as a CR member is less than two minutes.
The guy never hung around or came back to see what responses were generated.

Seems there is plenty of time being wasted, it's just not being wasted or observed by the OP apparently.  In this case, I guess the OP is just trying to spread the Canon bashing around as much as possible from site to site.  Whatever.

OK, so let's assume this was a troll post and we are all simply talking to ourselves.  It has brought out a more important sub-topic:  Forum Etiquette.

In general, I have always regarded the CanonRumors Forum as positive and constructive with some pretty sharp folks and a lot of great information shared in abundance.  But yes, there also seems to be a group here that post frequently and often take the low road and do a certain amount of bashing.  It's unfortunate.  Should the moderators intervene?  Not really.  They honestly do a lot more already than most folks know and they do it on a volunteer basis.  They have day jobs.  I think the best thing to do is to just ignore the negative posts entirely.

The trolls post to literally waste time and stir the pot.  They enjoy watching a fire storm ensue with the established members and see how far things go.  And it's true, someone who posts in a negative way can expect negative replies, but I prefer to simply reply like I would for any other post and move on.

When I used to wait tables many many moons ago, I would sometimes get negative and petty customers that liked to complain and whine.  It was a lot more trouble to try and remember to ignore them or intentionally give them poor service (to teach them a lesson by golly!) than it was to just keep on trucking the same as I did for all my other nice tables.  Often, they would soften up or even apologize once they realized I wasn't going to PLAY THEIR GAME.  After a couple years of waiting tables, it's amazing how much you learn about dealing with people throughout your life.  You never know what they are dealing with.  Maybe their dog just died.  Who knows?  What goes around comes around and I just prefer to keep on trucking instead of giving jerks and fools living space rent free in my head.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200 f2.8L IS II pricing and feedback
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:23:21 PM »
A lot of ridiculous threads of late.

LOL!   :D

Yeah, I agree.  But why not?

I voted for the $1799 same as last year.  We'll likely see some of the steal deal sites do a lower price but in general I bet $1800 isn't a bad bet.

I was pointing to his web site that touted a career as a C programmer but he had no clue what the missing DLL meant.

In all honesty, non-computer people make this mistake all the time.  The perception that a C programmer is an IT guy is like saying that a automotive engineer/designer knows how to diagnose or repair a car.  Much like auto designers don't want to get their hands dirty, programmers don't want to diagnose, fix or maintain operating systems, networks or printers.

So the fact that this guy is a C programmer actually explains a lot to me as to why he can't fix his own computer.  Give him some software code and ask him to debug it and he may be brilliant.  In fact, he probably knows more about DLLs than others.  Knowing why a particular DLL doesn't work with the OS is another matter entirely.  Tell him to figure out why windows blows chunks (errors out) every time he tries to run a particular application and he is lost.

It's not that surprising to me.   ::)

Welcome to the CR forum...

I'm an IT guy.  I've seen all kinds of problems with all kinds of software.  In most cases like this, re-installing to software in question will fix the problem.  Or, you might be able to use system restore to back up to before the change that caused this.  Also, a backup from last night would fix it.  Or you could have malware that clobbered something related.  In other words, problems happen, be prepared.

You are correct, it's not DELL's problem.  But it's really not Canon's either.  You are the captain of your own ship and should be somewhat prepared to fix it while out at sea.  Or have the number of the coast guard (a good IT guy).

Good luck.  Let us know if you were able to recover.  Have a good day.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:03:35 PM »
Cotton Carrier vest (backpack compatible) - I love this item. CC also has a backpack strap attachment that allows you to mount the camera to the backpack strap, but I would think that is more for compacts. The vest allows me to carry a DSLR with 180mm f/3.5L or 400 f/5.6L mounted, its weight near my center of gravity, the camera not flopping around, both of my hands free for hiking poles, scrambling, etc. Now G-d forbid I should trip and fall on my chest - but there are risks with any highly accessible carrying system.

Yeah, I prefer the CC system with the weight near my chest.  And I have a CC vest but it's a bit 'overkill' for me, having all that extra vest/gear/weight to keep up with.  And I don't totally love the 90 degree rotation required to put the camera on and off.  If I plan to carry a large/heavy body and lens, the CC system is great.  But since I try to carry something smaller and lighter like the SL1, I rigged up my own custom super magnet harness off the back pack straps with built in strain relief that didn't weigh as much and was somewhat simpler.  I even use the same super magnet idea for hanging/attaching my trekking poles to my pack.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:04:49 PM »
I can relate.  I am always on the lookout for a better way to carry a decent DSLR while hiking.

The BR strap thing you link to seems to me to allow too much swinging.  When I hike, I try to minimize that and keep things closer to me.  I walk around with a smaller daypack quite often and having a regular strap like the BR strap under the daypack straps is not a problem at all.  (But that is totally different than more serious heavy expedition pack hiking.)

IMHO, this new BR strap attached to the daypack straps product is sort of an answer to a problem that doesn't exist.  (At least not for me.)  But everyone is different.

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