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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:33:54 PM »
Mirrorless has one huge advantage, the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) EVF. No need to chimp, because you've seen the results before you pushed the button :) Even with something as old as my Sony NEX 5n, it's trivial to get the shot in difficult lighting :) I often have the 5n set-up to shoot B&W jpegs. I use a #21 Orange filter, just like I'd do when shooting film. I set the exposure by eye using the screen, try that with an optical DSLR viewfinder :)  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 05:41:25 PM »

I'm intrigued why more fixed-mount lenses with a simple, high quality zoom aren't offered more often.  Right now, the best bet for fixed-mount lens with a small, high quality zoom are some "cheaper" APS-C Leicas or the high-end point and shoots like the Sony RX100 series or the G1X II.  Fuji has the X10, X20 bodies that do this as well, I think...

Panasonic makes the FZ1000 with a 1" sensor, a fixed (=FF) f/2.8-f/40 25–400 mm lens and weighs 1.83 lbs (that's effing huge!).

Sony makes the RX10 with a 1" sensor, a fixed (=FF) f/2.8  24-200 mm lens that weighs 1.79 lbs (also effing huge).

More than a little too large to fit the description small/light.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 02:58:44 PM »
Different cultures think in different ways. Americans are into BIGGER is BETTER. Asians seem to like Hello Kitty.

I like small cameras with prime lenses because they are inconspicuous. Many Very Serious Photo Enthusiasts like Full Frame Pro Bodies with 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses because they scream "Hey look at me!!!"

I like prime lenses between 14mmFF/28mmFF and 85mmFF/135mmFF. I don't have any need for 35mmFF to 60mmFF, they don't fit my shooting style. YMMV. What does suite my shooting style is close-focusing. An 85mm f/1.8 on a xxD (= 135mm FF) doesn't focus close enough for me. I'm much better served by an Olympus 75mm f/1.8 on a M4/3 camera (= 150mmFF).

As the world changes, different tools go into/out-of style. Will Canon pick the right tool or the wrong tool ???

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There are several kinds of photography Retail photography is Portraits and Weddings. Photojournalists shoot for newspapers. Editorial photographers shoot for high-end magazines. Advertising photographers shoot photos used for ads. Some photographers shoot both Editorial and Advertising.

There a huge difference in pay between the low-end and the top-end.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:30:11 AM »

that i like... but if it was taken today, people would say that it doesn't follow the rule of thirds.

Some of the best/most famous photos violated the rule-of-thirds, and every other rule you can think of. Some were even out-of-focus.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:01:43 PM »

As my favourite sport is canoeing.... and having 4 pre-1950 canoes, I don't understand the question :)
The picture is of the 1910 Dean sailing canoe, taken earlier this week.....


I was thinking about real sports, where there are winners and losers :) http://latimesphoto.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/fa_701_32calbears-2_970.jpg

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 14, 2014, 02:00:54 PM »

I don't know. Some of these arguments here feel like people defending what they bought, rather than any objective discussion.  This feels like one of those.

People base their response on their self esteem. If you own a (pick one) camera, you have to defend that brand/format. If you don't do this you (and other people) may think that you bought the wrong camera!  :o And being wrong about your camera choice lowers your self esteem, and your perceived standing in your community.  :(




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... I often just upload a zip file to my own website and let people download from there.  If you have decent web hosting, it's free and in many ways easier than dropbox.  In some states (NY being one), if you only provide clients digital files transferred online, they don't owe any sales tax since there is no physical product.


No sales tax in California for digital files.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Insurance is an accessory right? :P
« on: August 10, 2014, 06:45:41 PM »

For business.


If it's for business, then get real business insurance.

My insurance broker is Tom C. Pickard  http://www.tcpinsurance.com/  The insurance covers owned cameras/lights, rented cameras/lights, computers and Liability Insurance (includes liability for camera-copters at no additional cost).

With rental insurance you can rent that $10,000.00 lens without a deposit. If you have a business you need liability insurance.

There are other brokers who specialize in photography insurance, just Google to find them.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:07:42 PM »

I could see this.  if canon released "full frame" MF, it would seriously cause a lot of heads to turn canon's way in a big hurry as the current 1.3 crop factor adds dramatic and considerable cost to the lens investment with UWA lenses in MF.

I could be wrong, but even the most expensive systems to date were 1.16 crop - none of them produced the fully 60x45 of traditional 645.

Hmmm. Didn't Fuji make both 6x8 and 6x9 Full Frame Medium Format Film cameras ??? That would be a very expensive sensor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:01:15 PM »
645 for MF was/is the equivalent of APS-C, most MF systems were 6x6cm or 6x7cm.

true 6x6 being the most common - but it's certainly a lot closer than the 4.4x3.3 currently being said is medium format - that's almost like calling m43 full frame.

Back in the days of film, most 6x6 negatives were cropped as 6x4.5. The square format could be cropped both as landscape and as portrait.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:55:41 PM »
the nikon rumors website claims that no such thing is going to happen but i sometimes wonder if that website is more of an arm of nikon marketing ...

All rumor sites are arms of marketing to some extent. When a rumor site depends on anonymous tips (that's all of them) then the camera companies can manipulate certain rumors. This comes with the territory, and there ain't much that can be done about it.

Both Nikon and Canon Medium Format rumors serve as polls, i.e. would you buy one if it were made. And how better to get Canon/Nikon fans to take the poll than to float a Medium Format Rumor.

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Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:30:59 PM »
First you have to answer some questions. Why do you want to try studio work? Do you have an interest in Fashion Photography? Product Photography? Food Photography? Pet Portraits?

Some of the nicest studio shots you'll ever see were made in a daylight studio. No lights, just a large north facing window.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 05:28:03 PM »
My least used gear are my Canon DSLRs and lenses.

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