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Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:42:40 AM »
I'm considering Synology eventually Halfrack.

I only use RAID 1 for the reasons you mention.  I don't need higher RAID.

Love the blast from the past!  Good old iomega external drives in Parallel and SCSI flavors!  I also had JAZ drives, internal and external.  (Probably still do somewhere around here!)  Also, don't forget about the old OnTrack hard drive emulation software when the BIOS wouldn't recognize hard drives larger than 137 GB!  Wasn't that fun?

I have a couple of safes, both fire rated.  My larger safe is where I keep important papers, guns, silver, etc plus a backup drive on a network cable.

I recommend these Sturdy Gun Safes hand built in California.  Truly designed to withstand a long fire.
http://www.sturdysafe.com/pages/sturdy-safe-fire-liner-info

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:25:04 AM »
I don't plan to buy an expensive tele-prime.

RustyTheGeek ,
Prior my 400mm f2.8 IS II, I shoot a lot with 70-200 f2.8 IS II with 5D III. Cropping was fun. Now, with 1dx + 400mm f2.8 IS II, shooting indoor swimming is fun ;)

I'm not a DR guy. I'm more like high ISO shooter. I do wish 1dx II will have good improvement in high ISO.

Dylan777, you've got me beat!!  I usually don't sweat the price tags much.  But all my shooting is for my own pleasure and volunteer work for the teams and other organizations.  As much as I've spent over the years, I'm practically a pro with all the gear I have.  But unfortunately, I'm not planning to go as far as you've gone.  Wow.  1DX + 400mm f/2.8 IS II.  Amazing.  Just those two items cost close to what all my gear costs together and I've spent quite a bit over the years!  My hat's off to you!   8)  (Of course I realize you could be renting but somehow I doubt it!)  Have fun dude!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:45:31 PM »
My 5yrs old does indoor swimming. My shutter speed is usually around 1/800 to 1000. I just don't see how 70d or 7D II can handle that, even 5D III. Next best thing is 1dx shooting at f2.8.

Photo below was taken with 1dx @ at 1/2000 f5.6, ISO25000. Right before the sun goes down.

I am curious:
1. Why can't the 5DIII take pictures of an indoor swimmer?
2. Is there any reason you're shooting at 1/800? I have seen images of professional swimmers at 1/250 with good freezing of motion and slight motion of limbs. I suppose even slower speeds can be used for kids.
2. Could you have taken the egret image at f/2.8, giving you two stops more light? At this distance, the DoF with a 400/2.8 would have been sufficient. Or were you limited by maximum aperture (using 2x TC, perhaps)?
Thanks!

I currently do shoot my 5D3 in various configurations with various lenses at various speeds and apertures.  I shoot at different natatoriums.  Some have better light than others.  I usually shoot at around 1/200 - 1/320 to get a bit of motion.  I typically shoot Tv and lock in ISO 3200 or 2000 depending on light and the camera goes from 2.8 to 6.3 depending on the lens, the light and the zoom range.  I'm usually at the side of the pool and I typically use a 70-200 f/2.8 with a 1.4 TC or a 70-300L, sometimes also with a 1.4 TC (at the brighter locations where I can get away with it).  The mercury vapor lights cycle at 60Hz and the light output and color change constantly making the pictures dark and light along with yellow and green.  Lots of post work!!

If the 70D or the upcoming 7D2 allowed me more reach and better sensor tech, I might be able to ditch the TC and still be able to get up close without sacrificing IQ.  I already have a 60D and of course it's not as good as the 5D3 IQ.

I don't plan to buy an expensive tele-prime.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:18:52 PM »
As I've already said, cost may determine some of this.  There are several price scenarios.  The dual camera combo will be the most expensive and a new 7D2 will likely cost close to what the 5D3 costs.  The 7D2 will be brand new at the apex of its price curve while the 5D3 has settled into a lower norm.  Once the 7D2 arrives, the 5D3 might even be a bit cheaper, esp used.

I would definitely wait until the 7D2 arrives before spending $1000's of dollars.  Personally, I'm slightly tempted to get either a 70D or 7D2 for faster fps and low light performance for swimming pictures but it's not urgent.  It would just be cool.  Maybe the November sales will convince me to buy something.  Maybe not.

Keep us posted on your decision!!   :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:14:36 PM »
Yeah, I know what you mean Dylan.  Fingers crossed that Canon blows us away.  Fingers crossed!   ;)

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Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:53:45 PM »
And you probably delete a lot more than I do.

Yes, I triage pretty heavily...in large part due to having a camera that shoots 12 fps bursts.  I tend to delete anything that's not a true 'keeper'.

Yes, I'll BET!  12 fps burst groups that probably contain multiple large RAW ~25 MB files.  I can imagine... bzzzt!  bzzzt! Avg 300MB each group perhaps, depending on how many frames fired off?  Wow.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:46:46 PM »
I rather have one advance body then multiple bodies with lack of capabilities.

Dylan - with all due respect, I think all the bodies we are comparing would qualify as 'advanced bodies', would you not agree?  With the bodies mentioned, I don't see a lot of missing capabilities.  You can't make a crop into a FF or vice versa.  I think that's the whole point of the discussion.  Go with a single FF sensor camera with one set of features or two different size sensor cameras with complimentary features for their respective designs.
Yes, they both have their own unique.

6D(high ISO, slow) + 7D(better AF system, good speed) = 5D III

The point I'm trying to say is 5D III is more capable body and can be used in many situations, where 6D + 7D might be limit to it or harder to get the shots.

I understand.  We're in the same ball park here but since he's considering the 7D2 - I certainly hope that it will outperform the 5D3 in several key areas where it is designed and marketed to.  Don't get the wrong idea, I use my 5D3 for sports and it's great... but not as great for that purpose as the 7D2 better be for what it will probably cost and the amount of time that has passed since the 5D3 and 1DX were released.

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Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:39:25 PM »
My backup needs are comparatively minor.  I have <300 GB of RAW images, not that much by today's standards.  I got a deal on LaCie 1 TB Rugged drives (bus-powered, FW800 and USB3), so I bought a stack of them.  Backup my internal 960 GB SSD to a pair of them, and just the RAW images to another pair.  One of each set is at home, the other at work.

Sounds good!

<300 GB... ahhh, that would be sooo sweet.  With everything I've done over the last 5 years I am starting on my 3rd 2TB RAID1 volume.  (Yes, that's 4TB full + beginning another 2TB.)  And yeah, I could do some cleaning.  And you probably delete a lot more than I do.

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Canon General / Re: Which Lens to Take
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:26:01 PM »
I know some people who do large format photography when hiking. They have "long hike" kit and "short hike" kit. The lens choices are radically different - the "perfect" 1.0 kg lens versus the "darn good" 150 gram lens. The 150 gram lens (with its own shutter!) will win every time on a long hike.

BATTERIES - BATTERIES - BATTERIES: length of trip? opportunities for charging? ambient temperature? (Most people in ordinary USA winter weather wear an extra battery in a pocket under their jacket) If you use a lot of "live view" or video, you will eat batteries like crazy.

Shakedown hikes are important in fine tuning the kit, as is a realistic assessment of the type of shots you want. For a Canon APS-C camera and landscape use on a USA hike (non-extreme weather conditions), I would suggest the 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS or 17-55 f/2.8 IS, filters, lightweight tripod. A one-lens solution will mean that you just have to pull the camera out of a pouch on your chest and shoot - no changing lenses on the go in the field - ease of use trumps almost everything else. Assuming that you are hiking with a group, you will need to keep up with them, which may mean dropping out for a minute or five, taking the photo, then catching up with them.

I would contact the group leader / tour operator and see what advice they have. And ask advice of people who have done that particular trek. See if anyone on Luminous Landscape can give you advice re: durability of equipment, issues with batteries, most useful lenses, etc at that location and at that time of year.

Well said NancyP.  We need to go hiking sometime!  Those two lenses you list are great lenses, albeit a bit heavy.   :P  But on a crop camera they will approximate the 24-105L and 24-70L, esp on the wide end.  I'll go for ease of use every time over extra work and weight in this situation.   ;)

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Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:25:41 PM »
I'm in IT as well and I think mackguyver has described a backup scenario similar to what I have set up for some clients as well as myself.  It's a bit manual and it's not exactly the same as mine but it's close and in the same spirit of redundancy and off site storage.  The best backup is the one you use, which offers some redundancy and most important that you understand.  In addition, if part of the backup plan is automatic and requires less attention and discipline, it will likely happen with more regularity.  (Because we're all inherently lazy, myself included.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:18:30 PM »
'I have the 5D-III and 6D and they are a good complement to each other, but here are some of the differences between these cameras that spring to mind:'

Great comparison summary StudentOfLight!

The lists you provide show a good contrast of why each camera compliments the other and why I still haven't sold my 6D or my 5D3 and I'm often glad I have them both.  When trying to pick one over the other, it's important to know its' primary purpose/use.  I agree that if money isn't an issue, the 5D3 would be the best single camera but if money is tight and sports isn't a primary use, the 6D would serve most photographers very well, even better in fact.  And the 6D is a bit simpler to use than the 5D3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:11:39 PM »
I rather have one advance body then multiple bodies with lack of capabilities.

Dylan - with all due respect, I think all the bodies we are comparing would qualify as 'advanced bodies', would you not agree?  With the bodies mentioned, I don't see a lot of missing capabilities.  You can't make a crop into a FF or vice versa.  I think that's the whole point of the discussion.  Go with a single FF sensor camera with one set of features or two different size sensor cameras with complimentary features for their respective designs.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:43:14 PM »

Thanks for your advice. I will try to rent a 5D3 to see the difference before I decide to buy it. I was excited to see the refurbished in stock after a long time and get the price down to $2500.

If you get a chance, share more of the story.  Which lens?  Indoor or outdoor shooting?  AF mode?  Are you moving with the child or are you stationary?  Panning and chasing a small child is a challenge for any camera to AF.  Anytime the camera moves while the subject is moving it makes the challenge much greater than following a moving subject with a still camera.  I'm just trying to imagine the situation with a small child.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:23:23 PM »
If you take everything else out of the equation, Purchase Price, IQ, FL etc then you are left with personal choice and habits.  Do you like owning photo equipment?
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I have both the 5D3 and 6D and they both are excellent.  Don't sell the 6D short based on what some people say.  Try it and decide for yourself.

with your expertise please throw in some light to clear a similar confusion. I have a 6D and I like the camera, but these days my keeper rate is far below 50%. My kid is now 15 months and I am not able to focus quickly to capture her actions or to keep up with the pace. Photos are perfect when I can nail the focus with center point but I am finding it difficult to always work with the center point.
I wanted to upgrade to 5D3 but have no idea on how much improvement would it be for my scenario (other than kid it would be mostly Portraits n Nature). With Canon refurbished in stock for 5D3, I think I can get the body for $2500 (10% Loyalty) . But reading this forum posts I am confused if I should wait for 5D4 next yr beginning or 7D2 next month (Budget will be another constraint)... thanks for your time

Hi Clik,

I think there are many variables to consider with your issue.  Which lens, how much light, technique, etc.  The simple answer to your question would be to rent or borrow another 6D and/or a 5D3 and see if your situation changes for the better using the same lens, etc.  If you fail to detect a significant improvement, something else might be going on.  I think it's critical to determine where your problem truly lies by ruling out assumptions before you start shopping to spend a lot of money and possibly be disappointed.

In general, my 6D doesn't focus quite as fast as my 5D3 but it's not a huge difference and it doesn't hamper normal use for me.  (I use center point focus on all my cameras.)  Have you considered using AI Servo to see if it improves your AF performance and keeper rate?  I'll help however I can but I just want to assure you that while I find the 5D3 is a better AF performer for moving subjects, sports, etc, I don't think the 6D is total dog either.  Chasing kids is tough with any camera!   ;)  There's more to AF performance than just the camera.  I suspect this could be an lens issue or something else.  The 6D is actually a BETTER performer in low light situations and any camera will struggle to focus depending on the available light.  Indoors can sometimes seem to be pretty well lit but the camera doesn't always agree.  Are you having trouble with your keeper rate indoors?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D+7Dii Vs 5D mkiii
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:54:28 PM »
If you take everything else out of the equation, Purchase Price, IQ, FL etc then you are left with personal choice and habits.  Do you like owning photo equipment?

Using a crop sensor for reach is much easier than manually cropping individual images.  Having two bodies has its advantages and it also has some disadvantages.  You have a backup body and more choices with focal lengths, etc.  It's also fun to have a brand new camera, it's twice as fun to have two!  (LOL)   ;D  But when you are walking out the door, sometimes it's a headache comparing the two bodies, lenses, etc to decide which camera is best to take with which lenses if you just want to take a single camera.  It's a mental exercise keeping the two bodies straight in your head with regard to best uses, etc.  But if you have a FF body to go with the crop body, you can concentrate on higher quality EF lenses and avoid EF-S lenses.  Usually, the only reason to buy EF-S lenses (for me anyway) is to get more width on a crop sensor and having a FF body will eliminate that need.  If the batteries are the same, you won't have to double up on that.  You may have to buy more memory cards though.

IMHO, both camera scenarios are going to work great.  Either the 6D + 7D2 or the single 5D3 will be great.  If you can afford it, rent the 6D and the 5D3 now and compare them.  That will help you decide about the FF body part of the equation.  If the 5D3 isn't to your liking for BIF shots, etc then it's pretty clear that the new 7D2 is the body for you along with the 6D for FF use.  I have both the 5D3 and 6D and they both are excellent.  Don't sell the 6D short based on what some people say.  Try it and decide for yourself.

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