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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back Button Focussing and AF Points
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:41:36 PM »

Quick question: Using BBF, is the camera's AF performance still relevant? Number of AF points etc?

You can still choose zones and focus points on the fly it just separates the focusing form the shutter button.

Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:40:02 PM »
To at least 21 more times to be 21 again!

Thanks for all you do for us.  Don't take this the wrong way but I've not needed your assistance to date and hope I never do!  But I am really glad you are there and appreciate what you've done for so many.

Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:31:49 PM »
Nah.  He's using his tongue to hold the lens, as well!   ::) ;)

Funny thing, but fooling around with the 300 f/2.8 + TC2xiii, I get worse results with the monopod on than with hand holding.  I think it has to do with where I hold (elbows tucked, left hand under lens, etc) with the added effect of the monopod creating and additional rotation point for the lens.  I think I need to spend some quality time practicing with the monopod to get that right.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back Button Focussing and AF Points
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:11:28 PM »
I'm "hooked" on BBF.  Not better or worse, just what now works for me.  I recently got more aggressive using differing focus points, as well (had been center focus then recompose) and really appreciate the versatility this brings to the 5diii.  Still training my fingers to find the button I want when I want it, but it is getting to be second nature.

And, I've gotten used to switching to the green square when I hand off the camera for someone to take a shot of us.  Yeah, DOF not always ideal but the camera does a pretty good job of setting it up and exposing.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:33:07 PM »
Very nice

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:53:52 PM »
Thx.  I always expose a little "to the right" then bring it back in post.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:48:49 PM »
Thanks to all for posting some truly spectacular photos on this thread.  I rented the 300 f/2.8 in November and now recently purchased one (through the "group buy" deal last month.  I've not had time to fully try it out yet, but here are a couple of OOC jpegs from a trip to Bosque Del Apache in November using the 300 + 2xiii combo.   These are only cropped to fit here.  I STILL have not gotten to post processing on any of my shots from that trip.  These are hand held. 

Canon General / Re: Should Canon expand the file Seq #
« on: April 13, 2014, 11:34:12 AM »
Since getting the 5diii, I've been able to "customize" names (ie/ pictures from India became IND_xxxx) but this still has some limitations.  A file name that routinely embeds the time and date would be nicer so I could just get that info from the title without opening up the file for more EXIF details.

Lenses / Re: Kitlenses - 50D
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:37:56 PM »
Don't know what you are lookig for in terms of your photographic styles and needs, but when I had a 50d, the 15-85 was my mainstay.  That and a 10-22 and a 70-200 would suffice for almost everything you need in terms of focal lengths.  Beyond that, it depends on what you are wanting (ie. do you concentrate on landscape, portraits, wildlife, etc.)

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:45:04 PM »
Nice review.  Thanks.

Lots of info in this thead that has got me thinking.

First, the 40mm Pancake.  I also have a difficult time figuring out where it fits into my regime.  Frankly, I do like using it on the M with the adapter and almost never put it on the DSLR.  But, as others pointed out, the price was very right when this lens came out and it does fit into my pocket.

What's really got me thinking is using the M in conjunction with the DSLR.  I am not accustomed to carrying more than one camera body on my adventures but the discussions, here, were like an epiphany for me.  I can carry my 5Diii with my usual 2 or three lenses and then also bring the M with an appropriate lens to expand my opportunities while out and about.  That's another reason why I look about on get new ideas and to learn.

Photography Technique / Re: What if we were still shooting slide film?
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:16:58 AM »
I've been guilty from time to time of taking a less than stellar shot thinking I'll fix it later in post (which never turns out to be such a wonderful image anyway).  I'd never do this with film because working in the darkroom to get the guy out of the background is much more difficult than using the clone stamp in PS.  Certainly not all of my film exposures were keepers, but I think I was more careful and more selective.

For serious trekking, I use the f-stop Loka but I have a Thinktank holster hanging from the shoulder straps and put the waist belt from the backpack through the belt loop on the holster.  That way, the camera is always there to grab and use and, with a zip, is protected from dirt and rain.  It is not ideal, but pretty reasonable.  I still need to take the pack off to change lenses but I'd think that would be the case for any setup (unless you have multiple bodies hanging in front of you.

Here's a crop from a larger pic showing what I mean.  Pardon the quality, but it is from a P&S jpeg and just to give you an idea.

Photography Technique / Re: Missed opportunity
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:26:45 PM »
Still a nice memory recorded.  Before you beat yourself up too badly, there are about a gazillion shots that don't turn out the way I wish for every one I like.

I have found one of the biggest issues I have had is the need to calm myself down.  I often jerk the camera when I am trying to get a fast shot that suddenly presents itself. So, I often get a motion artifact that is because I am moving too much at the time of the exposure.   

So, If I am just wondering around with a camera, I'll often leave it on Shutter Preferred / Evaluative metering at at least 1/500 in case an opportunity arises for which I cannot change the settings fast enough.  Does not allow for DOF thoughts,, but at least I have a better chance at getting a usable image. 

EOS-M / Re: I fell in love with EOS-M again and again
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:56:23 PM »
Nice shots.  I have a love/hate relationship with the EOS-M.  It is great because it is small and convenient.  But, at times, the lag drives me crazy.  Here's what's good:

-Size (and not too conspicuous)
-Interchangeable lenses

And here's what's bad:
-Lag time
-No dedicated viewfinder

None of this is news to any of us.  I recently took the M with me on a quick trip to Boston.  By the end of the trip, I was thinking about selling it (seeing street photo ops that were gone by the time the shutter snapped and then the wait until the next phot could be obtained).  Then, reviewing the images, I remember why I got it in the first place because of the IQ even in the OOC jpegs.

So this camera is one to love but also to hate.  It fills a spot in my photo armamentarium, but is not the item I would use to shoot pics of fast moving kids, random people in action or anything moving.

Then I put on my 1.4x iii and went outside.  Again, all hand held at 420 mm.

First is f/4; 1/1000; iso-200 and second is f/ 4.5; 1/1000, iso 125 (sorry but I don't have a cat to submit, just a dog  ;D ).

So, I am thinking I made the right purchase, especially since the price is now almost $2000 more than what I paid!  In retrospect, should have purchased 3 of these and sold 2 for a profit!  Maybe next time.....

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