April 18, 2014, 01:03:50 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - RustyTheGeek

Pages: 1 ... 25 26 [27] 28 29 ... 44
391
Technical Support / Re: Repairing Scratches - 5D MKIII
« on: January 01, 2013, 05:37:28 PM »
sanj - you have a point.  Ideas to answer the OP's question are good to see.  I think most of the answers merely wanted to point out that regardless of the solution, it is ultimately a losing battle and waste of time unless the OP is planning to sell the camera right away and wants to improve resale value.

392
First time I've seen a comprehensive review that makes me reconsider wanting this overpriced lens.  Great write up!  In addition, the composition of the shots and your documentary style appeals to me and fits my intended use.  I may have missed it because I skimmed the write up but what flash setup did you use?  What was the average ISO you had to use to get your shots indoors?  (Is that perhaps why you convert to B&W and let the white highlights blow out, to recover/mask some high ISO issues?  Or just the style you want?)  I'm also impressed that you were able to get so many of the indoor shots to focus with the 5D3.  Or, were these just the keepers?  What was your average keeper rate due to AF of the 5D3 in lower light shots?

Hi Rusty - thanks for that. It is indeed a hefty price for this lens.  My preferred technique is not to use any flash at all until people hit the dance floor. By then its usually so miserably lit ambiently I use flash, but generally just on camera flash bounced behind me and still shoot pretty high iso's to keep the background bright. It was really dark in that marquee by the time they were dancing and the sloping sides of the it were giving me irregular exposures. The rest of the day is no flash at all until they started dancing. If faces seem bright and highlights blown its because I always expose for skin tones and if the highlights go, they go. Thats just my personal preference.
AF? I dont have any issues in low light or otherwise with the 5d3 for af. Its brilliant - and I come from using a d3s. The client  gets about 350 shots. I shoot many more. The af keeper rate is probably 95-98 %. No issue with af at all.

Thanks for the great reply Mark.  I assumed about what you say based on the highlights.  That's what I tend to do as well, expose for the the face, let the rest do whatever.  Then tweak in post if necc.  Thanks again!

393
5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Need you to critique this annual calendar
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:54:23 PM »
IMHO - Lose the 2013 entirely.  Ditto on the color being too yellow, etc.  Enlarge the hawk and raise it up so it fills in where the 2013 was.  Lighten the green background on the months and make them a bit more transparent.  Perhaps put 2013 on each month or something.  I just think it is a big distraction to your image.

394
5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:46:14 PM »
one from the annual loony dook in south queensferry scotland

Loony dook 2013 by Lseriesglass, on Flickr

I didn't get any shots in Clevedon, as I was busy participating  :o.


OK Kernuak - I can't resist - which one of these fine participants are you?   ;D

Looks like you had fun bornshooter!

395
Great explanation of these features.  I agree with all the others, I keep most of these features turned off and I try to hone my skill using Develop post work in Lightroom.  Other folks with more time and skill use Photoshop.  Others have promoted DXO and I may try this soon.  (I installed the trial and immediately realized it didn't yet support the 6D.  Waah.)

396
Is HTP the same as if one keept it turned off and just underexposed for one stop (shooting raw) and then brought up the shadows in Lightroom later on?

Same idea, different execution. You'd be better off with the latter.

Ditto.  Been doing it this way for years when necc.

397
Simply put, the 6D outperforms the 5D3 for low light focusing.  It's as if we need a "6.5D" to combine the 6D AF and the 5D3 AF to gain the best of both worlds.  Geez.

398
First time I've seen a comprehensive review that makes me reconsider wanting this overpriced lens.  Great write up!  In addition, the composition of the shots and your documentary style appeals to me and fits my intended use.  I may have missed it because I skimmed the write up but what flash setup did you use?  What was the average ISO you had to use to get your shots indoors?  (Is that perhaps why you convert to B&W and let the white highlights blow out, to recover/mask some high ISO issues?  Or just the style you want?)  I'm also impressed that you were able to get so many of the indoor shots to focus with the 5D3.  Or, were these just the keepers?  What was your average keeper rate due to AF of the 5D3 in lower light shots?

399
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« on: December 31, 2012, 01:26:10 AM »
I took the 5D3 and 6D to a youth all night lock-in event recently.  Bowling, Laser Tag and old gym at a church.  In general, very low light.  I used the 6D much more than the 5D3 because the 6D would focus and take pictures quickly in all lighting conditions.  In addition, the pictures look better.  The 5D3 is not a bad camera but it isn't that good in low light.  That's just a fact.  The 6D runs circles around it in low light.

I haven't had time to finish post work on the pictures but I throw a few up soon.

Happy New Year coming soon!

400
Technical Support / Re: Repairing Scratches - 5D MKIII
« on: December 27, 2012, 09:09:13 PM »
I think everyone is going to agree here that light scratches on a camera are normal and can't be avoided.  You fix these scratches and there will simply be more later to replace them.  Think of it like a new car and feel relief that you can now stop worrying about the new camera finish, it's now officially scratched and ready for everyday use.  Now you don't have to park the new camera way out in the far parking spaces!   :D

The question is:  Why did you buy the camera?  I get comments sometimes from other adults when I am on campouts, etc about having my expensive fancy camera out in the elements where it's wet, dirty, hot, etc.  My simple answer is that is why I bought the camera, to take a LOT of images.  If I start leaving it home, I'll sell it.

Scratches only indicate normal use and wear.  Cracks, dents and serious abrasions are another issue entirely.  Pray you never have those!

It could always be worse... http://iphotonews.blogspot.com/2010/03/world-famous.html


401
Lenses / Re: Second lens for first time FF user
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:57:13 PM »
Ditto for both the EF 28/1.8 USM and the 24-105L lenses.  You would be thrilled with both.

I would probably go for the 24-105L first since it covers everything you asked for and is very versatile.

402
Macro / Re: Couldn't do this again if I tried
« on: December 25, 2012, 03:53:53 PM »
Love it! 

403
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D in Costa Rica
« on: December 25, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
So far I have to say the 6D is a great camera for what/how I shoot.  Anyone dismissing it likely hasn't used it.  It is definitely superior to the 5D3 for low light shooting and the IQ is excellent.  Much better than I expected.  Don't sell the 6D short based on the paper specs.  It's a great camera.

And the pics posted above are great.  They are good examples of what can be expected from the 6D.  And the low light focusing is a lot easier than the 5D3.

404
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Bg-E13 Discrepancies
« on: December 24, 2012, 04:47:43 PM »
Yeah, from what I read about the Pixel grips for the 5D3, it sounds like I might be happy with one of those.  I can wait.  That would be my first non-Canon grip but Canon has just gone nutso with the pricing for the 5D3 grip.  I don't use it enough to spend that much on a grip.

405
Lenses / Re: Selling 70-300 IS - Suggest Replacement?
« on: December 21, 2012, 08:43:27 AM »
Thanks M.ST.  I'm with you.  The 70-300 IS is great for casual work.  In the past year however, doing the swimming shots for a few hours during an indoor swim meet has made me consider an upgrade.  So far I've used the 70-300 IS, 70-200/2.8 IS L v1 (not v2) with and without a Tamron 1.4 TC and my 70-200/4 IS.

My thoughts are...

-  Upgrade to something like the 28-300 to have a higher IQ multipurpose lens.
-  Upgrade to the 70-300 L and have a great lens but not change much else.  (A little boring but still nice.)
-  Get the 70-200/2.8 IS v2 and gain several upgrades at once w the ability to use a TC for more reach.  (But lose wide use and slower AF with the TC.)  Also gain some good indoor use, portrait, etc. This is my favorite option but it's higher dollar and I can borrow the v1 lens and not have to spend the money.  And, it's still nice to the have the reach of the 300 when necc.

Or just throw it all to the wind and make do for a while.  Given my attitude this year about Canon's insane prices, this is also a pretty attractive option.  I don't care who you are or what you do, Canon is asking way too much for their new lenses (both L and non L) and the 70-200 is still a bit overpriced although it's near acceptable at the moment.

Pages: 1 ... 25 26 [27] 28 29 ... 44