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Sports / Re: Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 05, 2013, 12:04:20 AM »
Thanks jerome = That's another jewel of advice, how to shoot the runners as they run.  Yes, I agree that sagging breasts are unflattering.  Thanks!!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 04, 2013, 06:24:37 PM »
Yes, I also fail to understand... why we need 40+ MP cameras.  Sigh...

You don't need it, but it sure is nice when you have it.  The only way to get it right now is MF.  There are trade offs for MF - and they are huge:

Lens options - let's be honest, there are 10x more in the 35mm world than in the medium format world
Lens length - 200-400mm zoom, 800mm lenses - 35mm has this covered, 645 shooters just got a 2x extender
Shots per second - up to 14fps - need I say more?  Phase does a dark frame equal to your exposure, and Hasselblad does 1fps
Speedlites - TTL is your friend, and doesn't exist in in the MF world, so your wireless remotes are just 'pop'

So, for people who want these high MP images in the 35mm format, the ability to use these advantages is huge.

But, 40/50/60/80mp images are AMAZING to work with, and when printed are a whole different ball of wax.  There is a market for it, but there is an associated cost to it.  I can do a 24x36 print, and my resolution is 300 pixels per inch - off of a native file.  Yes, you can interpolate up to this, and even higher, but side by side, a MF image at size will look better.

Halfrack - Thank you so much for such an insightful and enlightening explanation why I would want high MP technology in a 35mm FF camera.  No sarcasm or insults, just a good set of reasons from someone who sounds like they have real experience with something that is indeed rare and out of the norm.  I thought I knew why high MP could be important but even though I understand the theory behind what benefit high MP offers, you presented a well supported answer to my basic question.  You sold and explained it in a way that makes me respect high MP more and not see it as a mere marketing ploy to take my money.

If I understand your explanation and read it correctly, you are saying that a high MP FF 35mm format sensor (done well) would offer/allow someone the ability to crop in and get a medium format ratio while using the wealth of technology and lens choices that only the 35mm cameras currently offer.  Even though medium format cameras currently have good sensors, the current state of MF camera technology and lens choices is frustrating to work with.  I was not aware of this because digital medium format is so far out of reach for just about everyone, esp amateurs.  The ability to crop from a high MP 35mm sensor would allow you to "cheat" with good results, use better technology and possibly save money at the same time?

Am I right?  Did I correctly understand your explanation?

Thanks again for bringing light to an otherwise lost thread.

Sports / Re: Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 04, 2013, 02:33:09 PM »
Ah yes!  Water and snack!  I usually remember this since I'm typically doing more remote and 'outdoorsy' stuff like camping, scouting and hiking.  Man, you really did luck out with the big truck!  Thanks.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:48:27 PM »
Yeah, things like better low light or action AF is secondary to the benefits of Sky High MP I guess. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:36:55 PM »
Yes, I also fail to understand... why we need 40+ MP cameras.  Sigh...

Can someone please enlighten me?  All I see is a future with a 40+ MP camera where I can only fit a small number of large megabyte RAW image files on an expensive CF card that takes longer to write.  Then I have to deal with my expensive lenses not resolving as well on the higher res sensor.  I also have to worry that the sensor itself will or will not render a high quality image with such a high pixel density.  There are other issues but in general, unless I am printing a billboard, I fail to see what super high megapixels really gains me.

FWIW, I was ecstatic when I learned that the 5D3 was NOT going to have a high megapixel sensor.

What I care about is greater exposure abilities and IQ from a sensor, not higher megapixels.  Better low light, dynamic range, etc.  Greater MP seems to always make obtaining better quality that much harder.

Sports / Re: Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:21:25 PM »
Thanks Don.  The orange safety vest is a great idea.  Ditto for the camera bag.  I have always had a personal rule of trying to keep my stuff in a backpack or within reach when in public and not out of sight for the very reasons you state.  I really appreciate the input.  I'm still waiting for the route info, then I'll scout out the area to see what kind of light will be present.  The available light at the starting/finishing area is a concern of mine.

Sports / Re: Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:07:01 PM »
LOVE THAT SHOT dryan!!  Thank you for the good advice.

Sports / Re: Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 04, 2013, 10:42:47 AM »
Great advice neuro.  Thanks for the input.  As for being the 'designated photographer', normally I would be but in this case, the church hired a firm to promote the race since it's their first race and that firm has a pro photography firm they use.  (Everything is done for free but they want us to buy pictures from their photographer instead of shoot snapshots of our own.)  So even though I take a lot of pictures for the church, I might be a bit of a fly in the ointment in this case since a pro will be present.  Hopefully I will simply blend in with any other freelance or journalism photographers that may be present.

Sports / Marathon Photo Advice?
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:12:45 PM »
My church is hosting a marathon in a month or so.  I've been asked to shoot some photos.  I'm not a pro (since I don't get paid) but I consider myself a 5 year DSLR advanced enthusiast.  I shoot a lot of outdoor scout events, camping, school swim meets and church activities.  I own a 5D3, 6D and several decent L lenses, flashes, etc.  So with that said, I'm looking for advice gained from other forum members' experience shooting marathon/running events.  Logistics, composition ideas, pre-planning, lens choices, lighting challenges, possible dual body use, etc.  I might even get a photog friend or two to help me cover more locations.  I love picking up new skills and experience but I prefer to be as prepared as possible when time permits.  All constructive thoughts appreciated!

Lighting / Re: Canon 6D and Sunpak RD2000 - ettl not working
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:26:09 PM »
I use the SunPak RD2000 virtually all the time with all my cameras, esp the full frame bodies with no on board flash.  I too have noticed the ETTL to be flaky on the 6D.  I emailed Sally Wall at TocadAmerica, the american distributor of this flash.  She informed me that they are still waiting on the firmware update for the 6D.  When that happens, you will likely need to send it in to be updated.  FWIW, Tocad is responsive and has always provided good service and support.  Sally's email is swall <at>

Good luck!

Technical Support / Re: 5dm3 - FPS Drops when battery below 50%
« on: May 28, 2013, 07:42:56 PM »
I wonder how the new firmware affects this when using 3rd party batteries?  From reports I've read elsewhere the battery always reports 100% when using non Canon batteries regardless of the actual charge level.  Sounds like 3rd party batteries could be the way forward!  ;D

After I applied the latest April firmware update, the 5D3 now behaves just like the 6D.  (Canon Battery Nazi - "No battery info for YOU!")  In other words, it chastises you when you power on the camera about the battery not being Genuine OEM and then doesn't report any info about the battery except that it's there.  So I guess we will have to wait a little while for all the 3rd Party battery makers to hack their battery firmwares to fool the newer cameras.  Ugh.

Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:45:03 PM »
Of course, the big advantage of the Tamron comes either in low light situations (this link has an image I took in the DC Metro handheld at .8 seconds!) or when you want shallow depth of field.  I really love the lens for that type of shot because I find the transition from focus to ooF very smooth with the Tamron.  I often will pack a prime with me for this types of shots, and I didn't miss not having one with me at all on this trip.
Love the shot in the DC Metro!  I took one similar to that when I was there a couple years ago but I like yours better for the way the train is almost invisible.  My shot has a "standard shot" blurred fast moving train with my family in the foreground.

Great responses!  Thanks!  I suspect this may be my next lens - eventually.

Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:56:13 AM »
Oh, and did you do a lot of tourist stuff in DC?  I'm thinking the Tamron 24-70 worked great in the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, etc.

Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:55:07 AM »
Thank you for sharing!

Nice place!  Great colors!  While I enjoy viewing this image and I think you did a great job capturing it, I can't help thinking that wide tight aperture landscape shots like this don't necc show the best qualities of the lens.  As much as I like the image, don't you think that it would look pretty much the same with most other decent quality lenses?  (24-105L comes to mind.)

Educate me about how this lens made the image better.  Was it the low light of that time of day that would have otherwise come out way too dark (hence blurry) without this lens?  Is it the color rendition or the more controlled CA that another lens can't match?  The VC?

Please understand that I'm not trying to insult your post, quite the opposite.  I'm interested in what challenges you faced in taking the picture and how the lens helped you overcome them.  In short, how would having the 6D + this lens help me  to get a picture similar to this when faced with a similar situation?

Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 08:28:47 PM »
Left eye.  It's my dominant eye, meaning it's the primary eye that I use for vision.  This may come as a surprise to most readers, but nearly all of us have dominant eyes.  Normally, the dominant eye is on the same side of you as your dominant hand.  So, most right handed people are right eye dominant and vice versa.  I'm part of the 20% of the population that is cross-dominant, meaning that I'm right handed but my dominant eye is my left eye.   Curiously, my vision is weaker in my left eye than my right eye, although with glasses it corrects to 20/20.

Here's a simple test to determine which of your eyes is the dominant one.  Extend your dominant arm completely and raise the first finger.  Look at it with both eyes.  Close one eye while watching the finger.  Then, open that eye and close the other eye.  Does the finger appear to move when one of your eyes is closed and remain still when that eye is open and the other is closed?  When the finger doesn't appear to move you're looking at it with your dominant eye.
Ditto for me on cross dominance and the discussion on dominant eyes.  My left eye is more in focus and dominant over my right eye but I am right handed.  I use my left eye 95% of the time for my photography and close the right eye when I really need to concentrate.

HOWEVER - There are more ways to check eye dominance and I have found some ways can give conflicting results.  The way most firearms instructors test eye dominance is to focus on a distant point - make a triangle hole between both hands held at arms' length together with thumbs out at 90 degrees (make an "L" with both hands) and thumbs crossed.  Block out everything except the distant point in the hole.  Slowly move your hands toward your face and the eye the hole ends up at is your dominant eye.  I have personally found the vertical finger method or the "A-OK" thumb/finger circle method results change depending on which hand you use.

I also use my left shoulder to steady the camera on in low light and I tend to hold my breath as a hold over habit from firearms shooting practice.

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