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Portrait / Re: Vacation photo -I am frustrated
« on: August 09, 2013, 11:02:10 PM »
Handing gear to a stranger reminds me of that Chevy Chase movie where his camcorder was stolen.

Anyway, using a fill flash is a good idea.  Having a stranger with no familiarity with your camera is a surefire way to get a bad pic in this difficult lighting situation.

Why don't you put it into manual, expose properly for your wife, get someone to take the pic but be zoomed out (zoom out with lens or by foot), and then crop in later.  Be sure to check the pic first because people tend to cut heads and legs off.

Alternatively, let me know where you are going next time, and I may let you pay my way

sek

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's Stock Hit Hard
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:37:16 PM »
That is interesting, but the comments that follow are even more interesting.  I can't help but notice that they are similar to complaints that I see here.  Like "The company doesn't listen to the customers, plus stuff unique to Nikon.

sek

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Hi Wes.

Where in Texas are you from?  I'm located in DFW, and can give you some pointers in this area.

sek

Hello,
  With all of the announcements coming out about new sigma lenses, it got me wondering how there cameras perform.  I don't have a photography store near me, so going to see cameras other than the canons and nikons that best buy carries doesn't happen often.   Anyone worked with a sigma dslr?  If so, what are your thoughts?

- wes

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Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:27:30 PM »
I certainly understand msforografie's sentiments to be sure.  With all the turmoil in the Middle East, it is a scary place.  On the other hand, there are many exotic places to visit that present safe photo ops.

Regarding the OP comments and pic  I don't really think that it was a reprimand so much as an admonishment.  I think it is a great pic, but I wouldn't want a fatwa or other problem on my hands.  Plus, I think your ex-pat was trying to give you heads up about the social rules.

I just wouldn't have published it, but then, I hate the sound of my bones breaking.

sek

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:52:05 PM »
I am with you on that.  Also on the block will be my 300mm F4L.  combine 2 lenses in one, better IQ, hopefully great IS, not push pull (sorry to bring it up), and light weight with fixed aperture.  And while I am at it, affordable.  Why not?

sek

Interesting. I can see myself upgrading to the new model when prices level out because it's a safe bet the new 100-400 will outperform the old model, and the 200-400 is out of my reach both in budget and bulk anyway. I'm hoping for the same sort of image quality improvement of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk I vs MkII.

Note: I challenge you all not to have any more discussions about push/pull vs rotary zoom!!!  Let's wait and see what Canon comes up with... :o  ???  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 03, 2013, 11:47:54 AM »
So who is this camera really intended to appeal to?  Not trolling, but I am confused.  Is the sensor that much better than the current 7D to entice current 7D owners to upgrade?  Will the new dual pixels change af much for sports/wildlife photog work?  Is the image quality from the sensor a great step up from the current 7D?

I don't have a 7D, but was considering the 7D2 for extra reach to supplement my 5D3 for wildlife photography as a more affordable alternative to some 10K lenses or perhaps extenders. 

So how does this stack up against the 70D?

Just wondering.

sek

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EOS-M / Re: 2.8x LCD Loupe
« on: August 03, 2013, 03:27:24 AM »
Maybe Hoodman will make one-can always ask them

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Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 03, 2013, 03:23:14 AM »
Full Raw.
Occasionally Full Raw + JPEG L if I am lazy and want to give a digital image away without any pp.  Mostly full sized Raw because I don't want to lose anything.  Load to computer throw out the garbage right away.  I keep it on Drobo, and if/when the 5 hdd's get full, I'll start swapping them out.  Easy peasy.

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Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 03, 2013, 01:33:43 AM »
I would not disagree with what has been posted.  I would augment with this.

Be sure that your system is fully calibrated to obtain best results.  Decide which system system you will use to do it if you can adjust AFMA.

I Got the 24-105 with my 5DIII kit and found it to be an awesome lens.  I was however swayed to buy the 24-40 2.8 II based on reviews and must say it does have the edge on IQ and it is faster.  Either lens however is awesome and has benefits.

Not wanting to waste your money, and knowing nothing about your current camera, and little to nothing about the 6D, my advice to you would be that if you are intent on getting the 6D anyway, get it, calibrate your lenses, optimize your technique with the new gear, then decide if you want to upgrade your lenses.  You may decide that the new camera alone may be all that is needed to meet your needs.

sek

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:48:12 PM »
Here is an alternative for you.

Consider getting a Drobo.  I have one and love it.

It is a breeze to set up for windows and Mac.  You can add HDDs as you need them.  It has "beyond RAID"  which is fast and safe.  They are in the process of merging with another company like Pogoplug so hopefully one day soon you can create your own personal cloud. 

Present offerings include Drobos for one compute or a networked one (NAS).  I like that it is expandable and hot swapable.  It will tell you if a drive is dying or dead and you won't lose data.

And no, I have no financial stake in the company.  I have been using mine for about 2 years now and love it.

sek

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Lenses / Re: Canon primes
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:42:49 PM »
Unfortunately, most of us don't have unlimited funds and we share your pain.

If you ever get the itch and don't have the "scratch", look into billmelater.com.  You can buy now and pay off in 6 months without interest, and it doesn't go on your credit cards.

Just a thought.

sek

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Software & Accessories / Re: Sidekick or Full Wimberly
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:42:55 PM »
Ditto with the above.

I also don't have your exact setup, but do have some heavy glass and the WH-200.  It works great for all my short and long lenses.  I am very happy with it.  I find that it is an excellent quality head for a good price.

sek

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Finally, this one is at 1600 iso and should be better on that front alone (59mm f 3.5 1/400).

Next time out, I will open up f stop more to blur out background and try to lower iso.  On cleaning up and shrinking images, results look good.

Anyway, hope this helps.

sek

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Here is another one, same settings, only a bit farther away.  On blowing up, grain/noise is very apparent.

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This is a coincidence, as I was looking for something to shoot Saturday and went to a ladies roller derby championship.  It was great fun, and I got to learn a lot.  I have never shot sports or indoors like this before.

I was shooting with my 5D3, and mostly with my 600-EX-RT flash.  I'll post some unaltered pics for you to look at, near and far.

first is iso 2000 70 mm f 3.5 1/400 from 24-70 2.8 II

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