January 27, 2015, 11:15:21 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - scottkinfw

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 53
EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:11:34 AM »
A big disappointment.

Hopefully, a 5DII will come with some great surprises and soon.


EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:58:04 PM »
Of curse, resolution is good, but I also want to see a significant improvement in image quality.  I would like to see the "Canon sensors are far behind "(fill in the blank manufacturers)complainers finally shut up already.

I'd like Canon to keep the 5D Mark IV in the 24-30MP range.  If they produce a higher resolution camera, then it should be a separate camera line....3D.

My 5D Mark IV wish list:

* 24-30MP
* Dual Compact Flash card slots
* 8 fps in burst mode with a buffer that can handle at least 35 full resolution RAW files writing to both memory card slots.
* Improved ISO & Dynamic Range performance
* Improved autofocus system with wider coverage of autofocus points
* Red lighted autofocus points that are easy to see in the view finder in low light conditions in all autofocus modes
* A better metering system with metering tied to the selected autofocus points
* 1/400 sec flash synch speed
* The back of the camera should have backlit buttons that are easy to see in the dark, like the Nikon D4

Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 8 - Announced
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:38:38 PM »
I use LR5.  I would be interested in knowing how it compares in terms of ease of use and how the pics compare?




If like me, you used Aperture3 for your workflow and are now considering your options after Apples's disappointing discontinuation of the software, you may be interested in this. In the promotional video it indicates you can 'import from Aperture.' 

I will be downloading the 60 trial and assessing.  If you're in the same boat, or you already have Capture Pro 8, perhaps we can share your thoughts here.

Photography Technique / Re: Square or not?
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:24:35 PM »

Cuts out the needless dead space.

Nice shot.


All great and interesting points.

To me, it is most telling when "pundits" bash the cameras without actually and objectively seeing what they can do.  Instant loss of credibility.


EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:57:10 AM »
I agree with the below.

I would also like to see faster/better af
Better ISO
Some better resolution
Some Better dr


EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:14:35 PM »
I just sat through about 20 minutes of it. He is very biased, and when he can muster any compliments they are all backhanded in nature.  He makes a few points, but overall, it is like listening to nails on a chalkboard because he is so openly contemptuous. 


Every frame in focus.....hmmm

Give it to Tony Northrup and I am sure he could bugger up the settings and drop that down to 60%

He is pretty much doing it now.


Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:39:56 PM »
Any angry x's?

The ads we see are tailored to each user using the cookies placed on your computer from previous visits to other web sites.  If you look at a Nikon D810 on Amazon, you will likely see ads almost everywhere you visit.

I swear, it must have been someone hacking my account.  I don't know where those penile enhancement ads came from!!!! :-[

And what is it supposed to do that we can't do now?


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:31:20 PM »
That is politically correct.

I don't use the N-word and I don't like people around me using it either.

Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:36:26 AM »
I take it that when you said, " Unfortunately, I have a wife and bills and can't afford to do that." you meant that the unfortunate part was the bill part!

Getting old(er) is not for the faint of heart to be sure.  Personally, I always try to stay positive, even in light of things like you are going through.

Given that, why not think of this as an opportunity rather than a loss?  For instance, now you are forced to look at new ideas.  As such, in reading what you do well and get good results almost every time, I did not pick up any passion?  On the other, I did detect a whole lot of passion regarding the wildlife.  Who says you can't do both, or even find something else that you would love that can also pay the bills.  Think outside the box.  There are so many opportunities that you probably didn't think of because you didn't have to before, surely, something can pique your interest and passions again.


Thanks for all of the replies and to be more specific, I am a part-time pro, but due to some annoying health issues (disc problems in neck, worn out knees, and torn rotator cuffs) I have all but quit the paid work this year.  I would like to get back into things once I get through rehab/surgery, which should be done in the next few months.

The thing that transpired this was from looking at my work as I prepare to enter the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase contest.  I look back over my nature and wildlife work and I realize that it's nowhere near the level of the pros who place in the top 250 of the contest and wonder if I'm wasting my time doing nature/wildlife.  If I could sit out in the wilds every day, I would probably get better shots, but nature photography is about luck as much or more than anything else.  Unfortunately, I have a wife and bills and can't afford to do that.

On the other hand, it seems like some of the other work I do comes very easily and I get very good results just about every time I shoot.  I used to shoot fashion/models back in the film days and made good money doing that, but I'm in a small city now so that's somewhat out.

I don't mind being a generalist, but part of me would like to be really good at one thing instead of okay at lots of things.  Maybe I'm just making too much of this but I'm frustrated with the quality of my work.

Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:27:26 AM »
Excellent point (not that you need my kudos).

To finish my thought, since I can never get to follow my passion as much as I would like, I take any opportunity to shoot.  I sometimes shoot things not interesting to me just to learn new things.  Sometimes I am surprised to discover that I develop a new interest, and sometimes, it is still not interesting to me.  However, the fundamentals are the same whatever I shoot, and at least it is an opportunity to get behind the camera, practice, learn, improve.

When I am behind the camera, I am happy.


a hobby or a profession?
Very well and important question.

If you are a hobbyist (as I am and as I suppose from your "far too little time "), then let me tell you, that I've met several hobbyists who went into one certain direction and after some time they got bored/frustrated/exhausted because they couldn't improve any more and the joy of a good picture came by too seldomly. So they went on.
Conclusion: As a hobbyist try to stay a flexible allrounder and just specialize on what you like most today or tomorrow. And feel free to always try something new.

If you are a professional, then I am supposingly the wrong one to give you advice but...
If you are a professional, then you will have to specialize to make a living and you will have to be really good, in art, technique and most of all: marketing. And I suppose that again you will be best in just trying out/feeling, what you like the most. Only if you're really into one area, then you will have the passion to push yourself to the edge.

Final conclusion:
Either way you will have to try it out, what you prefer or like the most - if you can't feel it yet.
And this - of course - is in opposition to your "far too little time to shoot" *sigh*

Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:59:24 AM »
Follow your passions!

I love travel and I love wildlife.

Sadly, I don't have enough time and money to pursue them, but when I do, I'm in heaven.


I have far too much gear and far too little time to shoot, so I would like to specialize.  How have those of you who specialize in one area found that specialty?

Another consideration is sample size. 

Is Amazon selling enough cameras to make an inference about sales in general?  Should we also include sales figures from B&H, and others?  What about seasonality- numbers will absolutely change between now and Christmas (Black Thursday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, etc.), so likely, it is most prudent to just compare year over year sales figures.

It is fun to speculate however, and hope that the boys at Canon are feeling the flames licking at their heels and adding more goodness to cameras.


Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 05, 2014, 09:21:11 PM »
I took Neuro's advice on this and am glad.

Of course as you go along and get more gear, you can always have more than one tripod/head combo.


I wouldn't use a supertele with a ballhead.
The mere risk of the lens flopping down when adjusting is scary enough, and the amazing convenience of using a gimbal head, even with a 100-400mm, is the final clincher.
If you expect switching back and forth between collared and non-collared lenses, a quick release clamp that allows switching between ballheads and gimbal heads will be very useful. RRS makes these clamps and the Arca Swiss dovetails that go with the heads.


I have the RRS clamping leveling base and dovetails on my gimbal and ballhead to make switching easier.  I use the gimbal with the 600 II, usually the ballhead with everything else.  However, I can use my RRS PG-02 LLR gimbal with standard lenses by attaching via the upright arm of the L-bracket, in a pinch...or when I put a nodal slide between gimbal and L-bracket, I have a multirow panorama rig.

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 53