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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: November 16, 2014, 06:07:30 PM »
For those that say you can't use a 1.4 TC with 50mm lenses, you can.  Simply use a 3rd Party Kenko TC.

I just installed about 10 different lenses on my 5D3 using the Kenko DGX 1.4 TC.  This includes the following lenses and their results...

-  50mm f/1.4                       WORKS FINE
-  50mm f/1.8                       WORKS FINE
-  70-200L f/4 IS                   WORKS FINE
-  70-200L f/2.8 IS-II            WORKS FINE
-  24-105L f/4 IS                   WORKS FINE
-  70-300L IS                         WORKS FINE
-  16-35L f/2.8 v1                  WORKS FINE
-  28mm f/1.8                        WORKS FINE

-  24-70L f/2.8 -II                  THROWS 'IRREGULAR' ERROR (Says something like "What the Heck are you doing fool!?")
-  15mm f/2.8 FishEye          LENS WILL NOT TURN TO LOCK  (Yes, silly to try to use a TC with a FishEye but I thought it was funny to try.)

I've got a few other lenses but I lost interest at this point.  I was actually surprised that the 24-70 v-II lens didn't work.  Something about the pins or the electronics because it mounts fine.  Whatever.  Obviously not a big deal.  The point is, you can mount just about any lens on a 3rd party TC and it will most likely work fine.  The actual benefit gained is still up for debate however.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The structure of a CR2 file
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:18:37 PM »
Since I have a large format printer I've realized that raw processed with ACR are very noisy while the same raw processed with DPP can be enlarged without  problem.

You're definitely doing something wrong there. ACR has very good denoising, as far as I remember it has even improved in the latest version(s). Denoising and sharpening parameters cant take some trial&error tweaking, and you might to have the denoise brush for some areas. And DxO's PRIME might be better for high iso. But having said that, I'm sure dpp cannot be that superior.

I decided to buy the printer when the lab said "12 mpx is not enough, you have to buy another camera".

As far as large print go - yes, I guess for 90x135cm (~a1+) 12mp is bordering on too low resolution, but it really depends on how much detail your scene has and from how far away you view it. Lucky me I never go beyond a3, so my 18mp is enough even after some amount of cropping.

This is what I thought before having the printer in my house.

Where do you live?  I might have to drop by unannounced with a few 'test files'!   :D

Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:14:54 PM »

So when I submit a post, I often consider my signature line and I ask myself, "Yes, but what would surapon say?".  Get it?   ;)

Or more important,  how would Surapon word a post.

I don't always agree with Surapon's opinions, but I do respect and appreciate his manners on this forum.

You never know, for all we know the kind and humble Mr. Surapon could be a major crime syndicate kingpin boss but we'll never know because he's so unassuming and nice.  It's amazing what a few good manners will do for someone!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:28:36 PM »
Mt. Spokane, I agree with you about the 6D (and the lenses) but if sports is the subject being captured, I think the 7D2 has a pretty significant list of important features the 6D lacks.  There's more to a camera than simply the sensor IQ and size.  I have finally shot an event with the 7D2 and it's pretty amazing to use for sports, esp indoors with funky lighting.  I agree that the 6D with 24-105mmL kit is a great place to start if one is shooting a myriad of things EXCEPT sports.

Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:21:50 PM »
It occurs to me to mention one more thing about the Decorum topic...

Read my signature line below.  I put that there quite a while ago.  It started out as me being a little silly and poking some fun at surapon.  (I even received one PM from a concerned CR member asking if I meant him any disrespect.)  It's not secret how fond everyone is of Mr. Surapon!

But it soon occurred to me that it could represent something a bit more profound.  Anyone here that has read a post from surapon instantly knows how smart, kind and compassionate Mr. Surapon is with his posts.  He is infinitely humble, respectful and selfless.  In short, he is the epitome of how we all should aspire to behave.

So when I submit a post, I often consider my signature line and I ask myself, "Yes, but what would surapon say?".  Get it?   ;)

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 16, 2014, 02:35:35 PM »
Question 2:  Did you have any "competition" from other shooters?  You know, relatives with phones, Rebels or otherwise?  And (LOL) any aggressive "videographers"?   :D

Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:08:50 PM »

I've never had over 1000 posts in a forum, ever.  (And I go back to the BBS days on 2400 Baud modems!)  I learn a lot here and I like to think that I can avoid the temptation to contribute to the 'trolling' and bickering that sometimes happens.

I'll go off on a tangent and enter the oneupsmanship world: I go back to 300 Baud acoustic coupler modems. Things sure have changed!

Yeah, you've got me beat on that one.  I just wasn't interested in going online until later.  Our family really couldn't afford a computer so I used computers everywhere else.  Friends, school, etc.  No one really got online much then so I didn't start until a bit later.  My best friend's dad always liked to upgrade his PC often so the first time I got online was on a 286 AT with a Hercules Graphics card on an amber monitor.  It was smokin'!  So even though I had been using computers since 1980, I didn't really get online until about 1984.

But hey!  To put that in perspective, my buddy also owned a Canon AE-1 Program that he was very proud of.  I used it too.  Most of us in my little gang didn't usually buy stuff the other guy owned because it would be redundant.  We just shared a lot of stuff.  So I just got a 35mm point&shoot Minolta instead.  It worked pretty good too.  I used it for many years.

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:01:47 PM »
Great!  Super!  If the happy couple doesn't mind, post a link to the images when you get them processed.

Yes, IMHO, Weddings are possibly the most stressful of all photography.  You, the "photography professional master expert" are tasked with capturing images of a lifetime for a bride who is counting on you to make the most important day of her life look beautiful and magical.  No second chances and if you're like me, you really want to deliver not just for your own pride but also to provide your best for your friends/family.  Hitting a home run is the ONLY option.

So BRAVO! to you for stepping into that challenge!  I can't wait to see your images.

Question:  How many friends/relatives came up to you and commented on how good the pictures will probably look due to you using all that expensive photography equipment?   (Implying of course that with all that badass gear, there's no way the pictures won't come out spectacular.)  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The structure of a CR2 file
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:34:45 AM »
OK, that's pretty cool/neat.  A great reference!  It also might explain a little bit why every new model has a different RAW file that we have to wait for aftermarket software developers like Adobe to decode/reverse engineer.

What I really wish that Canon, Nikon, Pentax, etc would do is change their stance on the RAW file being proprietary and issue a SDK (Software Development Kit) for all 3rd party software companies to use in advance of the release of a new camera model so they can release software updates quickly.  In other words, offer software support and cooperation to make new camera releases a smoother experience for everyone.

It's ludicrous for Canon, et al. to assume that any serious photographer will not use a program like Photoshop or Lightroom on their images.  In other words, Canon's "competing" image software is only an anecdotal answer and so should not be considered a reason to limit support for "competing" aftermarket editing software.  Keeping the RAW file a secret simply makes everyone's life difficult and I assume slows down sales of a camera as well.  Many photographers will simply wait to purchase until Adobe, et al. have support ready for that new camera.  So Canon is actually hurting their own sales over a petty file format/software policy.

Anyone else have a different take it this?  Am I missing something?

Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:43:31 AM »
Let me take another approach with some observations.  A list...

-  If a topic is put out for others to comment on, there will be a variety of comments.  Some helpful, some worthless, some nice and some not so nice.

-  As the comments progress, branches will form that grow.  Some will stay on topic and others will stray.  Some will even begin to comment on the other comments and individuals or what some perceive to be poor etiquette.

-  As the thread evolves, some folks will attempt to defend, attack or otherwise assume a particular role in the discussion.  Some threads are more heated, some are more benign.

In general, the thread will be as constructive as the folks posting allow it to be.  The word 'drama' above is a good description of what so many people crave.  Some folks like to 'stir the pot' and then sit back and watch the brew boil as a result of their inputs.  As has been said, "All the world's a stage..." and so when something piques our interest, we stop and watch.  The news media are masters of getting our attention with dramatic and charged news stories.

So in our little corner of the world here at CR, I think we enjoy a pretty polite and knowledgeable bunch.  I've never had over 1000 posts in a forum, ever.  (And I go back to the BBS days on 2400 Baud modems!)  I learn a lot here and I like to think that I can avoid the temptation to contribute to the 'trolling' and bickering that sometimes happens.

I think my biggest sin here is getting cheeky and poking ribs once in a while.  I have no problem admitting that I'm a smart ass but if I poke someone to get a response I expect I'll need to brace myself for whatever that response is.  I respect everyone here a great deal and I hope I never cross a line that brings that respect into question.  If I do, I hope someone tells me.  I've received a PM or two from other members that discuss behavior offline and I think that's where those discussions belong sometimes.  Because if someone is truly interested in 'cooling the pot', a private discussion is often much more effective.

Perhaps CR should create another thread topic called "The Padded Room" or "Fight Club".  That's where more charged topics could be discussed like "Should the Breaking Bad dolls be sold at Toys R Us?".  Also, when a photography thread starts to degrade into chaos, the mods could send some folks "to the room" and let them continue the drama in there so that the original thread can refocus on the original topic.

OK, I know the fight club topic area is a pipe dream but I had to end with something so I could get the Breaking Bad dolls thing into the post!  Bait!  Bait!  Bwaaaa Haaa Haa!!!   :P

Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:15:57 AM »
I think this is an interesting thread.  Let's be honest... we humans love to see a good fight.  Esp a hair pulling, nail scratching girl fight.  But any fight will do.  We like to see gladiators in all their glory.  We like to see NASCAR races with big firey crashes.  We love action movies with lots of mayhem and action.

Face it, we're just wired that way.

So when things get heated in forums, regardless of the topic, we just can't resist the urge to get a punch in.  It requires a certain level of maturity and discipline to resist that urge.  I've always found it to be a fascinating thing that Internet Forums provide detachment and anonymity which allows us to view arguments from a distance, take our time, maintain calm and decorum and avoid the impulsive emotion laden responses that in-person confrontations can provoke... and then many folks still act irrationally anyway.

As long as you are only speaking for yourself.  ;D I personally disagree with pretty much everything you wrote in your post. The bickering and attacking detract from the enjoyment I get from internet forums.

I'm not asking for you to agree.  Keep in mind that I didn't say I admired or endorsed it, I'm just making an observation.  Internet forums are simple a reflection of the real world we live in but with more anonymity.  Everyone still has a choice to make with their behavior and hopefully not simply yield to the temptation to do what others are doing or misbehave just because it makes them feel better.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 with T3i or 70-200 f/4 with 7d II
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:01:56 AM »
Also, if you are just learning, being stuck with a low fps camera will teach you how to capture the moment rather than just motor driving.

This is a good point as well.  No offense intended but as cameras get better and better, I think photographers get worse and worse.  I don't mean this happens on purpose or necc results in bad images, I just mean that the photographer is robbed of the crucial experience of having to think harder and develop good habits and techniques that are required when the equipment can't compensate.  We all rise to the level required of us and much less is required if the equipment lowers the bar.  When the going gets tough, sometimes good technique and experience is what saves us.

For instance, I think all DSLR photographers that have never shot with older manual film cameras that only had a basic light meter in them to help set the manual settings have missed out on some great experience.  Now these days, shooting with an older DSLR like a 30D, 40D or 5DClassic will still force someone to develop better skills to overcome the sensor limits, esp in low light.

I am guessing that the OP has likely learned a lot using a T3i and a slow lens to shoot indoor sports.  He will no doubt appreciate the new technology of the 70D or 7D2 after having shot images with the older tech.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 with T3i or 70-200 f/4 with 7d II
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:29:19 AM »
If you can swing the price, a good combo would be the 7D2 + 70-200 f/2.8 + Lightroom.

If you can't swing the 7D2, get a 70D.  Regardless of the camera, shoot RAW and then use LR to tweak in post.

Depending on how sharp you want the images, you'll need to shoot at least 400+ shutter speed and the ISO will likely need to be 3200+ with the aperture at 2.8.  The 7D2 will help a great deal with the flicker of the gym lights and it's better with high ISO quality.  But if you have to save money somewhere, get the 70D instead of the 7D2.  Don't skimp on the lens.  No camera will save you if you have a slow lens.  Sure, you could manage with f/4 but the images will either be grainy, soft or lacking color detail depending on how you try to compensate with your settings.

Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:19:29 AM »
Well, I want to contribute but my 8MP jpg images are too large to even upload one.   :(  (And I don't have time to export smaller ones.)

So here are a few links to see some on zenfolio.  These are pics of a scout trip we took last year to see the TX State Railroad.  Enjoy!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D & 1.4X -or- 7D Mk II?
« on: November 15, 2014, 08:34:04 PM »
This video showcases some of the reasons that I bought the 7D2 camera.  Particularly since I shoot a lot of indoor swimming in terrible flickering light.  The video shortcut below starts at the DeFlicker feature but you should watch the whole video.

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