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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:16:23 PM »
What do you shoot, and exactly are you looking to improve in terms of camera results?


Kind of hoping for a new chip that competes with the Sony/Nikon overall quality.  Wait or purchase a 5D MIII? Talk here is that Canon will not give us a new camera in 2014.  If true, the question is wait til 2015 sometime, or buy a MIII. Have Mark II, access to several Mark III, at work, but need a personal camera update.

I am a working Pro and have personal experience with all Canon chips and several Nikon chips.  So, please, no discussion over C versus N.  Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: bad senzor on 5D mark III
« on: December 30, 2013, 11:37:12 PM »
Maybe I misunderstood, but I though that the native ISO for this sensor was multiples of 80?  Even still, that is the way I have been trying to set my ISO's with my 5DIII, and with excellent results (at least with regard to iq, and in particular, never seeing this phenomenon).  If I am wrong in this assumption, please someone correct me.

The camera is still under warranty, why not send it in and let Canon worry about it?


Just a wild guess, but it could be your ISO setting.  ISO 160 (and the other 1/3 stop ISOs) all push or pull the dynamic range and could be the cause.  You definitely have a lot of haze in the photos, too, so it's hard to tell exactly what's happening, but try shooting at ISO 100, 200, 400, etc. to see if that makes any difference.

Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f/5.6L IS on the Way?
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:42:26 AM »
+1 to that

I'm definitely hoping that it gets replaced with a 400mm f4 IS lens at an affordable price.

I realise that both the 400mm f2.8 and 500mm f4 are really expensive, but the 300mm f4 is under £1000, so shurely a 400mm f4 could be made that isn't that expensive.

A 400mm f/4 will be about the same size and weight as a 300mm f/2.8, unless it is a DO version, which is already available at an even higher price than the £5000 300mm f/2.8. So, I don't think a 400mm f/4 will be cheap.

If Canon is going to make something the size of 400mm f/4, my dream would be a super sharp f/5.6 500mm as a lightweight supertele  that could combined with 1.4xTC.

Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f/5.6L IS on the Way?
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:40:26 AM »
Shorten it, lighten it, and you can bet at introduction it will likely be closer to $2,800.00 USD.


I need a new 100-400 Mk2 and a 400 f/5.6 with IS comparison war to rage for many many moons like a hole in the head.

I'll never make a decision on a 400 with MORE options ;)
I'm sure the new price tag might help, if recent increases (24-70, etc.) are anything to go by.  If they really add IS and upgrade the optics, it will probably go for over $2k.

I gave up on the white card thing.  For me, the nature of "Golden Hour" light changes so much and so quickly, that messing with the white card and setting the custom wb could cause me to loose a shot that may only present itself for a moment. 

In pp, I will adjust the image to be what I want anyway, so I don't bother.  I shoot raw.

If I was shooting in a studio or say industrial where absolute color match counts, I would use my Lastolite WB.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 25, 2013, 10:49:37 PM »
What the heck?

Try, and you may find that more to your sensibilities.

If you were my son, I would put you in time out for your tantrum.  And this thing in Syria, is that what this is about?

Best wishes in 2014, but please don't expect anyone to beg you to stay or go.


Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:41:57 PM »
This site makes me feel smugly adequate in my own photography work!

I'm not a pro photog and I'm an @ss when it comes to negociating.

For all it worth, my stance on that whole stuff would be to direct them to a craiglist 150$ soccer mum with a SL1 on auto. Once enough poeple cry over crappy pictures or find themselves on the market will settle.

That or get them to read Stiglitz's work on asymetric market markets. The former might be easier.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d mk III, the honeymoon is over
« on: December 23, 2013, 02:31:15 PM »
I agree with everyone.  I would add that upS right now is not up to snuff unless they straightend thing out over the weekend.

Send it off, get it insured.  If you can get CPS and it is a good deal for you, do that.

I have sent things to Canon in Irvine, and they do a good job.  Turnaround isn't bad either.
Keep us up to date.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:22:15 PM »
I think this is a hawk (I'm not a birder so id help is appreciated).

Here is the back story.  I was looking for some wildlife to shoot today.  It is very cold here in TX, and not much here to begin with.  Anyway, there is an area with some wetlands, so I decided to give it a try.  Driving along, I saw something that didn't look like it belonged in the barren tree- sort of like trash? It was about 100 yards away, so I pulled out the camera with 300 mm and there was the bird.  I sure could have used more reach to put more of the bird on less pixels, but with a lot of crop, and some sharpening, not bad.  I was pleasantly surprised, because when I checked the image in the camera, it looked so bad I almost deleted it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:16:31 PM »
A Quick heron shot.

Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:43:25 AM »
I always have a few.

Look for some deals that are around not (twofers).  In the off chance that one may fail, or get filled up, or dropped, etc.  I write to the CF and keep the SD in as overflow.  Some of the SanDisks at a great deal now, like $85 USD if you look on Amazon, etc.  You won't regret having them.


At the moment I've got a 60d and an mark5dIII.
I've got two Lexar professional 16GB 400x speed SD cards and with the mark5dIII (bought today) I bought a sandisk 16GB 400x speed. At home I thought, why did I buy a card with the mark 5dIII?
Will two cards be enough?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Osprey
« on: December 19, 2013, 09:34:02 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 Camera Information [CR1]
« on: December 19, 2013, 09:27:27 PM »
I'm with you.  Wouldn't mind a few more mpx's, but not interested in ton's more.  Would like more DR (please no flame wars), but keep high fps, and excellent high ISO performance. Interested to see what the "new features" will bring, and how the Dual pixels will fit in.


do. not. want.

i could give a rip about the "megapixels war"

i shoot sports/action as well as night/long-exposure/highISO environments - the 1DX is *fast* and has awesome high ISO performance (given to it by, i'm told, the LOWER pixel count and thus "larger" individual pixel size)

so.. my initial reaction to a high megapixel sensor in the next pro body: probably not my cup of tea


Skunk or stench.  I guess it could be a hybrid of the kiss camera.  All black with a white stripe.


I like the name 7D. It's so cheerful and full of vigor.  ::) ::) ::)

I hear that it will be named the Mephitidae Mephitis and that the only new feature will be a mode dial that goes all the way around :)

Hey Cory

I was following your post an replies.  Neuro and the others gave you a lot of great information to digest.  I went to your pics and have to say, they look great. 

You have nice lenses, and are getting great shots, you have the basics covered and then some. I am thinking that before you decide on a camera upgrade path, you might want to consider a attitude reevaluation.  To get the pics that you refer to earlier, you really need to delve into all of the aspects of photography and its nuances.  That also means getting the camera on manual setting and getting comfortable with those settings such that you can get the results you intend, and reproduce them reliably.

You seem to have a natural talent for photography, so really what is daunting is the attitude change.  I bet if you commit to small steps, big and great things will happen.  After a while, you will get comfortable, and then, you will get a better idea of what your next camera should be.

Just a thought.


you have a nice set of ff lenses that will work very different in practice on a ff camera, are you happy with the lenses you have and how they work for you on the rebel? are you using the 200 a lot or the 100 more? the 35 is going to look a lot wider on the 6d. anyway as i said you have a nice set of fast lenses so i would base my decision on how you like to use them and then go with the format that fits that usage the  best
Good advice.  My current lenses are pretty perfect at 1.6x.  I imagine there'd be a slight adjustment otherwise, with the crop factor most noticed with outdoor sports.  The 35 is most everything other than sports with the 100 perfect for most volleyball photography and the 200 perfect for through the net from the other side.  I think I have an idea what my ideal camera would be if Canon would be so kind as to allow me to design it, but maybe someone'll beat me to it sometime in 2014.  I don't feel the need to shoot overly wide since, even in landscapes, I tend to frame into the most interesting part of the scene and the thought of getting a 300 2.8 to replace the 200 seems daunting.  And the rented 100-400 couldn't have been better for the big Alaskan trip. 
If you'd like to see, here's my "best of" shots all of which from the T1i except for the 3 from Israel -

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