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Lenses / Re: 45mm vs. 90mm tilt-shift
« on: October 10, 2014, 08:02:11 PM »
I love the 90mm f/2.8 Tilt and Shift. I use it for table-top products shots. It used it on a 1Ds2 and now on a 5D3.

All an "L" version will do is add to the price, because today's lens is as good as it gets :)

Lenses / Re: Thoughts on Having a 35 and a 50 on Crop?
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:53:16 PM »
I have a 50mm f/1.8. It's been on and off my xxD a million time, but I've never pressed the shutter. For me, the 85mm f/1.8 gives me the composition/POV/compression I prefer. YMMV.

On a Full Frame camera a 50mm is OK, but the 135mm is more to my liking.

Lenses / Re: Versatile macro-ish walkaround zoom for dad
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:43:13 PM »
I'm not much younger than your father. For me, weight is a Big Deal. And it's the main reason that I seldom use my Canon DSLRs outside the studio. I much prefer something like my Sony NEX 5n as a walk-around camera.

Something like a Sony a6000 with some sort 18-200 lens could be good. Or maybe a Super Zoom (Sony RX-10, Panasonic FZ1000).

Hope this helps.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:28:02 PM »
"... we do hear that Canon has plans for an over the shoulder style Cinema EOS camera ..."

It's about time :)

Lighting / Re: POLL: What flash modes do you use?
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:57:07 PM »
ETTL when using the pop-up/hot shoe flash as fill light outdoors. Set camera to P (for professional) and turn on flash. I get great looking, natural shots, that don't look like any flash has been used :)

M when using Profoto packs, indoors or outdoors. Metered with a hand-held incident meter. 

Lighting / Re: Recommendations for lighting system
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:37:32 PM »
RENT a Profoto D4 2400ws Pack with heads. I use this set-up all the time for Product shots. BTW I use just two heads (my personal style), but the pack will support four heads. BTW if you don't use something three time a week, it is better, less expensive to rent. I own little, except a light meter, and rent what is needed by the job. YMMV.

With the D4 you can adjust each channel by 1/10 stop. Makes it a lot easier to get perfect exposure. Go to  http://media.profoto.com/pages/search.php?search=!collection34  and click-on D4 Users Guide EN to down-load a PDF.

Three things. Angle of incidence = angle of reflectance. This means that you can lose a reflection by moving the light up-down / left-right a few inches/feet. The second is shoot at f/8 to f/16 DO, NOT worry too much about diffraction. I use a 5D3 with a 90mm f/2.8 Tilt & Shift and f/16 is not a problem. Third you need to use a tripod.

Also shooting tethered is best. I use Capture One Pro, but Canon has a tethering program. Shoot a shot, then look at your computer screen. Adjust composition, exposure and lighting as needed.

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:59:13 PM »

I really don't want smaller, except for my pocket camera.  My 35/1.4L is too small for me.  My hands aren't getting any smaller, so why do I want my cameras to get smaller?

I'm over 6' tall, wear size 13 shoes and have hands to match ;) And I prefer holding a Sony NEX over any of my Canon Film SLR or DSLR cameras. YMMV, but please don't tell me what I should or shouldn't like.

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:49:09 PM »

Well, I use a 15mm/2.8 fisheye on full-frame, and the 10mm f/2.8 for crop seems to be quite good as well.

Glad that you like fisheye lenses. I prefer wide rectilinear lenses. Something like the EF 14mm f/2.8. A 9mm crop lens (=14.4 Full Frame). An f/1.8 or f/2.0 would be nice :)

BTW the Sigma 10mm F/2.8 EX DC Fisheye is a Sigma, not a Canon lens :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:25:13 PM »

High quality ultrawide options don't seem to me to be lacking at all - 10-22, 10-18, 10mm fisheye, 10-17 zoom fisheye, 11-16/2.8, 10-20, 8-16, 12-28, 10-24, and so on.

No interest in Big/Bulky/Slow zoomz :( Where are the small/light/fast primes ??? Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic have wide/fast primes :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: LensRentals.com Introduces Keeper
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:08:04 PM »
I often see, on forums, that people are waiting to see the online tests before they buy. Why not conduct your own tests ???

Many so-called Real World tests don't cover anything that I do. I don't shoot cereal boxes in my kitchen, nor do I shoot pet pictures in my back yard.

Waiting six months, then renting to do your own tests is a good ides. If it passes your test than buy it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 80D????
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:56:31 PM »
If the rumored Rebel EVF camera is a success, the 80D will have an EVF. Less costs = more profits for Canon.

Canon General / Re: Financial Times - "Digital cameras: out of focus"
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:39:59 PM »
   IMHO, yes, smartphone will kill the low end compact camera market, but also might increase high end compact and DSLR sales. Those user using smartphone camera most probably are not interested in photography in the first place, but once they shoot more with smartphone, they might be interested in photography and once they are interested in photography, they might buy a DSLR. Camera manufacturer should actually target those smartphone shooter by showing the different in quality and speed between a smartphone and a high end compact and DSLR.

   Have a nice day.

Smart Phone Photos have won World Press Awards :) iPhone photos have been published on the front page of the New York Times :) iPhone photos have been published in Sports Illustrated :) The Stock Photo Agencies are seeing a demand for photos shot with Smart Phones (because of their Authentic look) :)

Check-out this article in the NYTimes  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/02/technology/personaltech/smartphone-photography-evolves-with-camera-apps-and-related-tools.html

Eventually Smart Phone will kill DSLRs for many (not all) uses. BIF photographers and Professional Sports shooters will still need DSLRs and Long Lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:46:54 PM »
It will be interesting to see how much Canon cripples the EVF Rebel. Will it be as good as an Olympus E-M10 (entry level $750.00 w/kit zoom) ??? Or will Canon deem that level of performance a threat to their more expensive 70D ???

My next camera will have an EVF -- how bad does Canon want my business ???

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:03:22 PM »

Even if it were true (I think it isn't), that's still hopelessly bad.  It needs to be under 5ms for all lighting conditions, preferably closer to 2ms.

Why would I lie ???

"Other Features and Performance Improvements
Improved EVF display time lag
The display time lag has been reduced to 16 msec ..."

Here's the Olympus Press Release  http://www.olympus-global.com/en/news/2014b/nr140916em1e.jsp

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 12:43:10 PM »
To me, it makes sense that the future SL2 has electronic viewfinder, and no mirror. But I see no advantage (for consumers) use mounting M. If you mount EF / EF-S maybe I'll buy one or two.

The advantage for Canon is lower cost of production :) The lower costs will not be passed on to consumers as lower prices :( A BIG win-win for Canon, a BIG FU for consumers.

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