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Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:19:20 PM »
This is a compilation of a few shots from the other night.

 
http://500px.com/photo/43230586

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Technical Support / Re: 7D silent mode not working?
« on: August 14, 2013, 05:34:20 AM »
Keep in mind that the 7D silent shooting modes are only pertinent to shooting with LiveView. If you are using the viewfinder to shoot there will be no difference in operation or noise regardless of the mode you've selected.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24/1.5L II and astrophotography
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:16:14 AM »
If you check out the link below, you can see that the author has a similar experience with the 24 II and photographing stars-- and there are some samples posted as well.

http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/overcoming-coma-aberration-part-2.html

There's also a thread on dpreview discussing the same issue with a couple of photos posted as well.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3391473?page=2

So, while I don't know exactly how your picture looks full sized, it looks like your experience is similar to most with this lens.

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As someone just mentioned, the biggest issue is that you can no longer hand your camera off to another person and expect them to be able to use it.

I like it because it means that the camera isn't trying to refocus in between shots (like when you press halfway down on the shutter) unless you want it to. It took me a few days of shooting to forget that it used to be set up any different.

I've heard of some people changing to back button focus and then leaving the AF in Servo mode so if they tap the button it's like single shot AF, but if they hold it down it's servo. It's personal preference like anything else-- I have it so when I hold down the button on the front of the camera (near the lens mount) Servo mode is engaged, but it just works better for me.

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Technical Support / Re: Can't transfer RAW files, only JPEGs
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:07:08 AM »
I record jpeg's to my SD card and RAW to my CF card. I notice that if both cards are inserted in the camera, when I hook up to a computer only the jpeg's are visible/available. I'm not sure why this is, but out of habit I just pop the SD card out of the camera before connecting my laptop and then I can see the RAW files to drag and drop them.

Obviously this doesn't help you, but I would guess that the RAW files have not been lost. The only time I don't use a card reader is on my Windows XP machine, so I'm not sure if it's the computer or the camera as I haven't tried other combinations.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 02, 2013, 05:25:52 PM »
If you have the storage space and a computer that can handle the file size shoot full sized RAW. If you are never going to print out large-ish pictures or crop your pictures, then I suppose S or M-RAW is fine, but for me I don't see why you wouldn't shoot full sized RAW to start with. Hard drives and memory cards are getting cheaper and cheaper these days.

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Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:15:08 AM »
I'm not sure if it is paired with the 6D for a kit, but I'd look at the 24-70 f/4 IS instead of the 24-105. The 24-105 is a great focal range, but I never found it to be that sharp compared to my other L's and I wasn't a fan of the distortion at the wide end (although that is pretty easy to correct in post). The 24-70 f/4 is supposed to be much sharper, still has an f/4 aperture (if that fits your needs) and still has IS. on top of that, your 70-200 will cover the longer focal lengths. Personally I ditched the 24-105 for the 24-70 2.8 II, and while I sometimes miss the IS, I love the noticeable gain in sharpness (even if my wallet got a lot lighter).

With regards to zooms and primes:
Primes will be sharper than zooms at the same focal length most every time (although at smaller apertures, most zooms will sharpen up pretty good). The main reason I like primes is the wider aperture-- which is great for bokeh and thin DoF-- but I really love the fact that I can shoot in low light without cranking my ISO through the roof.

If you're always finding yourself shooting at f/4-f/8, then primes won't gain you a whole lot. They're physically lighter, but if you can't find a use for their low-light capabilities or take advantage of the wide aperture to throw the background out of focus, you might as well stick with your zooms for the flexibility.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:48:43 AM »
Yeah, the swirl bokeh is certainly interesting. Seems like a bit of a one trick pony, but if it fits your style, then it fits and that's what matters.

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Portrait / Re: Few Weddings over last 12 months.. C&C Welcome :)
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:17:26 AM »
They turned out really well, good job! I'm not a big fan of the clear plastic hanger used for hanging the bride's dress from the tree-- I would have liked to see something a little bit fancier. Also, it would have been nice to remove the water puddle at the bottom of the stairs in the final shot.

But, again, those are really minor things, I'd be more than happy with the work you did  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Newbie - My shots your thoughts
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:44:20 AM »
+1 to dswtan

I was going to pencil in my thoughts, but they pretty much mirror his. The pictures are a great start and you did pretty well with what you had to work with (glass, fences, etc)-- but there's always room for improvement and another excuse to visit the zoo again :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Any suggestion about back pack?
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:44:50 AM »
I was just shopping for bags the other day. I've been using the TrekPak system for about a year now and I love it. I couldn't find any camera bags that fit my needs without looking frumpy or blatantly like a camera bag, but the TrekPak dividers basically allow me to turn any backpack into a camera bag.

So, with the internals sorted, I started looking into hiking bags with panel loading and found a couple that open from the front (like normal) and from the back-- so I don't have to set down my straps in the mud to get out my camera. That was the feature I was looking for, although it sounds like your needs are a bit different.

Anyways, long story short, I'm sorry I can't think of a specific bag that meets your needs-- but I'd looking into buying dividers from TrekPak and then browsing hiking backpacks to find one that fits your needs. The selection of hiking backpacks is tremendous compared to the limited amount of camera backpacks out there.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone using a Capture Camera Clip?
« on: July 05, 2013, 02:09:50 AM »
I haven't tried any other systems out there, but I have been using the Capture Clip for 6 or 7 months now. It's great and I love it.

My 7D was always a bit too heavy for my camera strap-- and after I got my 5D, I haven't even bothered taking the Canon strap out of the plastic as I've been using the Capture Clip this whole time. It's great for hiking when I can hang it off of my backpack strap. It holds it in secure, yet I can pop off my camera quickly when I need to-- which means that I'm not missing pictures that I may have been too lazy to take if my camera was packed away or just too slow to drop my backpack and get my camera out.

The only real complaints I have about it are minor:
1) If your gear is heavy (5D +70-200) and attached to your belt, you will notice it. It pulls down pretty good, so you need to cinch your belt an extra hole.
2) When you do have a heavy set up on your belt, it tends to torque the capture clip and can push into your hip some depending on how you have it. It's annoying but not bad. However, for longer hikes it might be a problem. Although, for longer hikes I'd be carrying a backpack and have it on the shoulder strap strap. I do notice with V2 they are offering some sort of pad-- that may fix this issue.

Otherwise it's secure and I love it. If I were to buy version 2 now, I might spring for the one with a metal back just because that seems like it'd be more robust for hanging $5K of gear off of it. However, I can't see that tripod screw on the back ever being used. That's why I have an Arca swiss quick release plate, why would I use this clip for that?

So, long story short, if you're a hiker/biker or just traveling  with a backpack and your camera on a fairly regular basis, get it. It's great to have your camera right there on your shoulder strap. And, really, even if you aren't toting a backpack around, it's great to have the camera clipped on your belt, especially when changing lenses-- it's a stable 3rd hand to help you out while you're juggling things around.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from overseas: An experience.
« on: July 04, 2013, 01:55:12 AM »
I used E-Infinity to purchase my 24-70 2.8 II. The service was second to none, they emailed me photos of my addressed package and it came through their London warehouse-- no import duties, no problems.

I've considered using them again to purchase the 24L II, but I have a trip to the States coming up soon, so I may just spring for the lens then.

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Technical Support / Re: Help me save this photo!
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:32:05 AM »
I didn't have time to read the topic, but I usually just use Ctrl + S. This might be different on a Mac, but on a PC it works great for saving photos.


(I'm sorry, where were we?  ;) )

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Keep in mind, when you are filming video the sensor is exposed all that time as well. So, it may heat up and you may see a few (temporary) hot pixels or noise, but you shouldn't have to worry about damaging the sensor. Again, assuming you have a lens hooked up, etc etc

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