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Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:33:59 PM »
Canon already has an EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Full Frame lens.

Canon already has an EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens for their Mirrorless APS-C camera.

Wouldn't it make more sense to make an EF-S 22mm f/2 STM for their non-mirrorless APS-C cameras.

BTW 24mm = 38mm FF and 22mm = 35mm FF

An EF-S 22mm f/2 STM lens would be a good reason to replace my heavy EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM with a light EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM  :)

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:24:26 PM »
Canon already has an EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM. Full Frame lens.

Canon already has an EF-M 22mm f/2 STM in the M mirrorless mount.

Wouldn't it make more sense to make an EF-S 22mm f/2 STM ???

BTW 24mm = 38.4 FF and 22mm = 35.2 FF, so why a 24mm for an APS-C camera ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:05:45 PM »
I'm still waiting for the Nikon D400  :( The Canon 70D is at least two generations better than the Nikon D300s  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:05:35 PM »
I shoot mostly vertical (portrait) from close to ground level. So the lack of a fully articulated screen (like the 70D) is a huge MINUS!  When I was younger, I had no problem with laying on the ground to get the shot, but NOT now.

Also the lack of WiFi on a pro camera is inexcusable.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:15:18 PM »

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that the workflow at the World Cup was photographer takes picture, transferred to network where someone else edits the picture and posts it. Photos got posted minutes after being taken.

Sounds about right to me. Many things need rapid turn-around, Breaking News is a biggie.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:59:50 PM »

Straight from the camera?  You want to run lightroom on a 3.2 inch screen?


Yes, straight from the camera. Many Pros are using custom functions to make their straight-from-the-camera-jpeg look like they had been post-processed. They brew a secret-sauce for each their various shoots styles.

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Technical Support / Re: Question regarding sensor size and image quality
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:32:18 PM »
It all depends on what you are doing. Arizona Highways still prefers  large format (4x5) transparencies http://www.arizonahighways.com/photography/submissions.asp

For digital submissions they want a minimum of 300 pixel per inch  12"x18" files http://www.arizonahighways.com/DigitalGuidelines.pdf

If you are shooting photos they will be displayed at 1000 pixel wide on a web site (Advertising, News, Sports) the requirements are less stringent.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:50:10 PM »
Canon seems to just no get it. ??? It's not 2004 any more. Many Pro Editorial and Advertising Photographers, don't just want WiFi, in many cases they Can'T Do Their Job without WiFi.

With so much Professional Photography going direct-to-web-site, speed isn't the main thing, it's the only thing.-

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 06:09:22 PM »

Back in 2004 my first child was born and like most parents we wanted to capture every moment of our daughter's life.

You bought a camera to document your children/family memories. A good reason, lots of people do that.

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I have a few realtor friends who've asked me to photograph their new listings for them.   They've called me back for more work, so I must be doing okay there.

You say you don't want to be a Pro, but you do Pro work (even if you don't get paid).



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And now, I'm not sure what else to do/try.   So far all of my pictures have been functional rather than creative.   That is the reason behind this question.   I want to break out of the functional mode of photography.  I want to jump start my brain ...


But that's not the original question. You asked about Photographer's block. "I just can't seem to get inspired to do anything lately."

Seems to me your real question is how do I move from functional to creative. And that's a very difficult question to answer.

Some people think that creativity can be taught. From my POV, talent/creativity is something you are born with. I think you can teach technique, but not real creativity. Maybe technique will satisfy your needs.

My next question
. What do you think your functional photography lacks. Is it Point-of-View/Composition, Lighting, Whatever ???



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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:43:37 PM »

I don't know that's entirely fair... You can grow as a photographer and you can fit more on your plate as time goes...

Asking a person WHY they bought a camera is fair. There are lots of reasons people buy cameras. And some of the reasons have absolutely nothing to do with photography.

Why do think there is a real need to fit more on your plate to grow as a photographer ??? Is there a check-list that needs to be filled ;)


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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:03:07 AM »
I've worked on macro, sports, portraiture, real estate, architecture, and wildlife but right now none of those seem appealing.


Maybe you picked the wrong hobby ??? From your long list of subjects, it sounds to me like you are looking to justify all the money you've spent on gear.

Many people take up photography because there is something that they are driven to shoot. Maybe it's Large Format B&W Landscape. Maybe it's cat and tuna sandwich shots for social networking ;) Ask yourself why you bought a camera ???

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 20, 2014, 04:06:25 PM »

Sony are great at churning out products and they are great at component level horsepower (i.e. sensors).  But I am not at all convinced that they understand the needs of photographers as well as Canon and Nikon.
- A

Sony seems to be run by the people you ran the former Walkman division  :o  I was impressed with my new NEX 5n, but I've been waiting since 2011 for the lenses I want/need. The lack of lenses has cost them a NEX 7 sale and an a6000 sale. No way will I buy into a Sony system.

For those not familiar with the Sony Walkman, it was the dominate portable music player. Then Apple brought the iPod to market, and Sony had no reply :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:47:04 PM »

To me, that's one of its biggest disadvantages.  What I see in an EVF is virtually never what I get.  What I see in the OVF is what I get because I post-process the images to look the way the scene did ...

What I see in the EVF is an over-contrasty version of reality with brights blown, blacks crushed, and colors looking unnatural.

Do you use Custom Functions to adjust jpeg output. In this fast paced world many pros are bypassing Raw and using custom jpegs. The client can't see any IQ difference, but they like seeing the final photos immediately.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:06:26 PM »

Alternative theory: Mirrorless will evolve into something that looks very different from today's cameras. All cameras today are based on the idea that the photographer holds it close to his face with the viewfinder to his eye. Even cameras without viewfinders are based on that model, which is why they are so clunky to use. They ask you to take a design that was meant to be held close to the face to keep steady and then hold it away from your face, making it hard to compose, hold it steady and operate the controls.

Ergonomically, a smart phone is actually better to use than a camera without a viewfinder. It's small, light, fits naturally in one hand and is a lot easier to balance. Plus, you can hold it in one hand and use a finger to touch the focus point without shaking it.

I'm thinking that an innovative camera designer ought to be look at how people hold and use their smart phones and start designing cameras to take advantage of the smart phone model. Of course, I'm guessing that for the near future, that would pretty much preclude the idea of large sensors and large or long lenses.

As I've said in the past, for many Professional Photographers, a smart-phone will become their main camera. iPhone 7 maybe, iPhone 8 almost for sure.

Right now I can shoot table-top with M4/3. If Nikon would pull their head out of their  :o  and make a Pro Nikon 1. I could be shooting table-top with a 1" sensor within 18-24 months.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:33:48 PM »

Saw this picture today in a story at The Phoblographer:
http://www.thephoblographer.com/2014/08/20/review-sony-vgc1em-digital-camera-battery-grip-sony-a7a7ra7s/

And I think it's a stimulating photo to windup this discussion.  Do you believe this is the future, or do you believe this is mirrorless trying to be / to do too much? 

- A

This is the future of FULL FRAME.
Sooner or later Canon will build something very close to this (so will Nikon).

To me, this is a good example of be careful of what you wish for ???



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