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Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:52:53 AM »
1. Before I enlarge a print, I get a smaller size to check it out. The way it appears on screen can look different than how it looks printed
I always do that but the guy at the camera lab, I use, told me that even though the smaller sample image looks good, it is no guarantee that the final size image will have the same colors, he said that it also depends on when the ink cartridges are loaded e.g. when fresh cartridges are loaded the lab produces more saturated images, according to him the when the cartridge is half way through is when he gets good images. Not sure if that it is true or not but that's what I've been told.


The only comment I really dislike is actually meant as a compliment - someone or some group will see me wandering through a park etc. with a FF Canon and biggish lens of some sort, say something like "you must be a good photographer; could you take my/our photo?" and hand me a smartphone or point-and-shoot which I haven't a clue how to use, which makes me feel like an idiot; the resulting photo is probably dreadful, but luckily I don't get to see it....

Happened to me last month while I was taking lots of photos of the Golden Gate bridge in SF with my 5D3 and 70-200Lii with some other lenses in my bag. Beautiful day and lots of people there. A group of 5 or 6 young adults came up to me and said "you must be a good photographer; could you take our photo?" and handed me a smartphone. I've never owned or used a smartphone so I had to ask them how to focus it and where is the shutter? Then they wanted me to shoot the photo when they jumped in the air together in front of the bridge in the background. I knew that there is some lag with smartphones, so I said 1,2,3 jump as I tried to time the shot. They all looked at the result and one girl said disappointingly "my feet are still on the ground". So I tried several more times with the same result. They said thanks and left. Later, I thought I could have nailed it with my 5D3 or 7D and continuous fast shutter bursts.
How true ... just because we carry a "fancy" camera, people automatically assume that we will be able to take a good image with a point and shoot or a smartphone ... people don't realize that knowing the camera controls/limitations and editing the photo are also very important for a good image.

I want to hear from everyone on the most annoying things people commonly say to them about their cameras, lenses, other gear, images and photography in general.  My personal favorite is "wow, your camera takes great pictures," or, while looking at my images, "you have a great camera."

I used to launch into an explanation of how much time and energy I have invested in improving my technique and artistic vision, but found the results dissatisfying (common response: "well sure you have to know how to use it").  So I just accede, "yes, it's easier to get good pictures with a good camera."

It is annoying at times, but I've learned that it actually works in my favor ... I do quite a bit of video for my company and I constantly get comments like "your camera takes good pictures/ video" etc ... although irritating at first (that they are taking away my "glory time") I've used it to "sell" my camera gear much before I decide to sell it ... I now have over 9 colleagues who regularly buy my used cameras / lenses in the office, because my "camera takes great pictures"  ;D ... but I also provide 1 hour free workshops every month for all my "customers-in-the-office", sharing whatever little I know about photography ... in the last 5 years I've sold Canon 400D, 450D, 500D, 60D, 7D, EF 17-40, 50 f/1.8(2 of them), 100-400 L, EF-S 17-55, 430EX II, Sigma 10-22, 17-50, 18-250, 50-500, 150mm, 500DG Super (2 of them), Tamron 17-50, 90mm, 28-300, Tokina 11-16, Nikon D70, D90, D7000, 10-24, 18-300, SB 600 (2 of them), Marumi ring light flash, Slick Tripod, Velbon Tripods (2 of them), Monopod, LowePro camera bags (3 of them), Yongnuo YN 560 flash (2 of them), flash triggers  etc  to my colleagues (6 of them are repeat customers, other 3 left the company) ... if I do decide to sell some of my current gear, I'm pretty sure I have at least a few potential customers without having to put out adverts in local websites or going to ebay etc ... plus the customers trust and value the gear I'm selling and I don't have to deal with some "difficult" people ... I've seen some really rude and nasty people who've tried to buy my used camera gear, so I much rather sell it it people I know than some wackjobs I've encountered over the years. Another advantage of selling it to people who I work with is that I can borrow their lens or camera once in a while and I in turn lend some of my camera gear ... so I now look forward to people in the office saying good things about my camera gear. :)

Here's a story that I related some time back…

 ;D Good one!

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:58:07 AM »
The Sigma 17-50 is an "L" lens for crop.  The Canon 17-55 isn't.
 :-* ;D 8)
I have owned Sigma 17-50, Tamron 17-50 and Canon 17-55 ... both the Sigma and Tamron do NOT even come close to optical performance, accurate AF speed or the build quality of Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS ... but if I too was smoking some exotic stuff, I'd say I agree with you.


Also, the 10-22mm appears pretty great.

However, the 18-35mm Sigma is pretty nice. :)
The Sigma 18-35 is sharper than the Canon 10-22 at equal focal lengths and apertures ... but its not an UWA. Canon EF-S 10-22 is the sharpest UWA for APS-C, it easily outperforms the UWA lenses (for crop sensor) from Sigma, Tamron, Tokina or Nikon.

Video & Movie / Re: Must Watch EPIC Volvo Commercial by Andreas Nilsson
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:17:48 AM »

Here is an article from:
Jean-Claude Van Damme has a new job as a truck salesman, but he’s managed to make it as exciting as one of his action films.

"The Muscles from Brussels" is looking as limber as ever in a new Volvo Trucks commercial, where he performs a never before seen stunt at age 53.

It begins on Van Damme’s face, pulling out to reveal that he’s standing on top of the side view mirrors of two Volvo semis travelling in reverse on an airplane runway in Spain.

As they slowly back up, the trucks move away from each other, spreading the martial artist's legs apart until he is in one of his signature full splits as the trucks continue driving into the sunset.

Appropriately titled “The Epic Split,” Volvo says the advertisement is the real deal and that while some safety equipment was digitally removed, no computer trickery is involved in the actual stunt, at least not on camera.

The feat was designed to demonstrate the company’s new dynamic steering system, which is electronically assisted to deliver control for its big rigs that’s apparently unparalleled, so to speak.

Music video director Andreas Nilsson directed the commercial, using Enya’s “Only Time” as the soundtrack.

Its lyric, “Who can say where the road goes?” very fitting for someone in Van Damme’s position as the camera fades to black.

Wherever the destination, here’s hoping there was a bag of ice waiting for him there.

Video & Movie / Must Watch EPIC Volvo Commercial by Andreas Nilsson
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:32:21 AM »
I don't if this video is made with Canon gear but I don't know where else to post it ... this is an EPIC video made by Andreas Nilsson ... consider that Van Dame is 53 years old, cannot for his life, yet the director (Andreas Nilsson) saw the potential in the aging actor, the trucks, the scenery, the music and everything else about this short video ... a truly EPIC vision by the director ... anyway here is the description by USA today:
"The new film is a simple but breathtaking premise: directed by Andreas Nilsson, it shows Van Damme standing on the wing mirrors of two moving trucks. As the camera pans back, the trucks slowly move apart, until Van Damme is performing a perfect splits.
The stunt was captured in one take with no breaks, following three days of rehearsal by the production team, so the final version could be captured within a 15 minute window when the morning light was right. It was filmed on a deserted airfield in Spain. "When I saw the storyboard, I thought it looked amazing," Van Damme apparently commented while on the set. "It's very majestic and very powerful." Yes it is, Jean-Claude, yes it is.
Agency: Forsman Bodenfors
Production company: Folke Film
Director: Andreas Nilsson"

Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6) Small | Large

Software & Accessories / Re: 5D III - SD card that will write fast?
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:49:04 AM »
Good info ... thanks for sharing.

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:06:12 AM »
The Sigma 17-50 is an "L" lens for crop.  The Canon 17-55 isn't.
 :-* ;D 8)
I have owned Sigma 17-50, Tamron 17-50 and Canon 17-55 ... both the Sigma and Tamron do NOT even come close to optical performance, accurate AF speed or the build quality of Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS ... but if I too was smoking some exotic stuff, I'd say I agree with you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Advice - worth the jump 550d to 70d?
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:32:07 AM »
With a final thanks to everyone who offered help / opinion on this thread I have jut decided to make the jump and order the 70d.  Very excited!

Please, rules of this thread are now that no-one may say a bad word about this decision or suggest I should have waited / bought something else!  ;D

I will be back some time later to reflect on my impulsive abuse of the credit card  ;D

Awww man!, the 80D's gonna have RAW and XLR inputs.  Shoulda waited. ;)
I hear the 90D will be even better ;D

Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:15:37 AM »
Here's another from the 18-55mm.  I'm actually surprised by how good the lens is - this is the type of lens that I have avoided like the plague since shooting DSLR's.  My original kit lens (on a Rebel) lasted for no more than a month before I sold it.

Brushstrokes of Autumn by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Impressive ... I got a really good deal for the EF-M 18-55 IS STM lens ($90), so I just ordered it ... should be arriving by Sunday.

Lenses / Re: DxO Mark
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:11:47 AM »
PS: I really would like to hear more about those notable examples.

Here's one obvious one that I've run across:

When DxOMark first publised their measurements and review of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, they stated that the MkI version of the 70-200/2.8L IS was sharper.  They stated that the, "The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM offers slightly less resolution with 51 lp/mm compared to the excellent 61 lp/mm of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM," and went on to explain that it was due to 'less homogenous behavior across the field'.  They concluded that, "...the overall scores come out slightly in favor of the previous version of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, especially for Travel and Sport photography, which are the main use cases of these telephoto zoom lenses.

That conclusion differed from pretty much every other reviewer/tester who compared the two versions of the lens, and found that the MkII was hands-down the better lens (the f/2.8L IS MkI was considered to be a worse performer optically than both the 70-200/4L IS and the 70-200/2.8L non-IS).   Comments can be added to their review pages, and several people commented that from personal experience with both lenses and reviews on DPR, PZ, et al., had all found that the MkII was the better lens.  A DxO Labs employee replied, "Thanks for bringing this potential mistake to our attention. But, after checking with all our experts in the lab, there isn’t really a mistake...overall the Mark 1 has a slightly higher and more homogeneous resolution. So, it scores better on a full frame camera, like the Canon 5D Mark II used in the review."

The above quotes are copied from the review page for the 70-200 II, which has not been edited.  But, if you compare these two lenses on the 5DII today (screenshot below), you can see that under their new P-Mpix measure for sharpness, the MkII version of the lens performs better than the MkI. They also updated their 'use case scores' so that the MkII is now rated higher for Traval and Sport photography.  So…either they re-tested the lens (a different copy, presumably), or whatever black-box factors applied to convert real units (lp/mm) to units that DxO made up (P-Mpix) were applied in a nonlinear manner that somehow favored the MkII version of the lens.  I suspect the former is the case, but they said nothing about it, did not add any sort of notation to the original review (which would have been appropriate), or do anything else to acknowledge their mistake.

DxO has used the tagline 'Image Science'.  Speaking as a card-carrying scientist, when we discover a mistake in previously published data (it happens), we inform the journal and they publish a correction.  DxO's failure to do so in this case is what I'd call 'Bad Science'.

NO! ... that cannot be ... DxO can NEVER be wrong, they are the god of camera gear tests ;D No I refuse to believe this false information  ;D

Lenses / Re: DxO Mark
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:32:14 AM »

Thus, DxOMark Scores are mostly consistent, once you understand their biases.  That's why I refer to them as Biased Scores, and it's no coincidence that can be abbreviated as BS.

PowerShot / Re: Canon G1X or Sony RX 100 II or EF-M 18-55 IS STM
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:26:31 AM »
Looks like not many people, in CR, use these cameras ... anyway, after having read dozens of reviews and watched lots of video footage, I went with Powershot G1X + EF-M 18-55 IS STM + Sunpak RD2000 Shoe mount flash ... original plan was to go only with a camera (G1X or RX 100 II) but I was offered a great deal (US$ 500) for all 3 (G1X, EF-M 18-55 IS STM and Sunpack RD2000 flash) ... expected delivery by next Sunday.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H and Square Trade Protection Plan?
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:16:29 AM »
Any CR members with some experience with these protection plans?

EOS Bodies / Re: Advice - worth the jump 550d to 70d?
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:14:39 AM »
With a final thanks to everyone who offered help / opinion on this thread I have jut decided to make the jump and order the 70d.  Very excited!
Congratulations! May it serve you well.

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