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Lenses / Re: a site like motleypixel but more up to date?
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:22:39 AM »
I haven't used it in forever, but http://www.pixel-peeper.com/lenses might be worth checking out. At a quick glance it seems similar to the site you referenced but with more content/pictures available.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMk3 at wedding receptions
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:39:15 AM »
There is a massive thread on the issue, but I believe the 5D3 focuses much slower with the 600EX-RT flash or the 580 flash attached to it as opposed to no flash unit at all (or something along those lines).

I don't have either flash, so I haven't followed the discussion that closely, but I want to say Canon said they'd hopefully be fixing it soon.

Here's the loooong topic on the issue if you have time to burn

Lenses / Re: Landscape Lens advice
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:18:39 PM »
For landscapes it's unlikely you'll need a wide aperture (unless you're shooting at night), so a f/1.4 or 2.8 isn't a must. 14L is the widest rectilinear lens Canon makes-- but sometimes I find it a bit too wide, making the composition difficult. the 16-35 is a favorite of many as well if you're wanting to stick with an L lens.

However, is there anything in particular you don't like about your 17-40? I don't know that the 16-35 or even the 14 will be a whole lot wider if that's what you're looking for.

Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:01:29 PM »
Alright, I've tacked on a poll. Good to see I'm not the only odd one that uses his left eye! :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod/Monopod - What a clever idea!
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:36:54 AM »
I purchased the Sirui N-2204 (carbon fiber, 4 section legs) with their K-20X ballhead about 6-10 months ago and I love it. Yes, it's an Asian manufacturer I hadn't previously heard of, but the reviews were great and they offer a 6 year warranty-- so at least they are confident in their product.

Regardless, I would recommend the tripod to anyone. Even with my 5D and 70-200 2.8 IS on top, it is rock solid. Plus it's light, easy to travel with and simple to use. I haven't given it a lot of abuse yet (besides a bit of snow and rain), but I haven't come across any issues yet.

Anyways, you can look up reviews elsewhere-- but long story short, I'd recommend Sirui without a second thought.

Lenses / Re: Best filter
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:53:15 PM »
Filter for what?

That is, are you just going to use the filter for protecting the front element (UV filter)? Or are you wanting to shoot landscapes (polarizing filter)? Are you wanting to shoot moving water or long exposures (ND filter)?

So, at least to me, your question is like saying "tell me the best car-- make and model-- I can buy". There isn't one answer because it all depends what you want to use it for.

Canon General / Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:35:41 PM »
Just a random question I was thinking about: which eye do you raise the viewfinder to when you're shooting?

I instinctively raise the camera to my left eye and always have. However, I was debating if it'd be worth learning to use my right.

That is, with my right eye still on the viewfinder, in theory I could use my left to look past the camera and survey the scene-- then quickly switch to using my right when I needed to aim, compose, and shoot.

Obviously it's not too important in the grand scheme of things, but I was just curious where you guys stood.

Portrait / Re: Portraits taken in Saudi Arabia
« on: March 02, 2013, 11:17:23 PM »
love your shots. they really made me smile. They are all really good in different ways.
how'd you find Saudi Arabia? Would you recommend it as a travel destination? These pictures make me want to go!

I've spent 2-4 months in Saudi every year for the last 3 years. I would not recommend it as a travel destination. While the cultural is truly unique and interesting, there really just isn't that much to do if you aren't working. As it was a vast, mostly uninhabited desert up until about 60-80 years ago, there really just isn't that much to see and the it's not geared towards tourists in any manner (no proper city tours, not much in the way of fun activities to do, lacking decent public transport, the roads are rather dangerous and beer/alcohol is illegal). On top of that, taking pictures anywhere near government buildings or oil/chemical facilities (both of which are everywhere it seems) will get you thrown in jail immediately even if only for a day or three while they try and figure out if you are who you claim.

So, if an opportunity comes up through work to visit, go-- see a new place! But I wouldn't spend your hard earned money to go there when there are so many other equally interesting places to visit in the world that are more tourist and photographer friendly.

Software & Accessories / Re: Backpack Suggestion
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:19:08 PM »
I couldn't find a photography backpack to suit my needs, so I used TrekPak (trekpak.com) to add rigid and padded dividers to a military style backpack I already had.

It's a little bit costly, although in comparison to some dedicated photography backpacks, it's pretty reasonable. What won me over was the fact that I could find a backpack on my own in the style and size I wanted plus I can rearrange the dividers. Not taking my 70-200 2.8 on a trip? A quick rearrange and I can make room for some other gear.

Canon General / Re: What am I doing wrong???
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:03:51 AM »
On the first shot, it seems pretty clear to me that the focus is actually closer to the elbow of the child than the face. You can see that that part of the shirt looks perfectly in focus-- so I would agree with a previous poster that your lens is focusing in front of where it should be (assuming you're using the correct focus point, got a focus confirmation beep, etc etc).

Try adjusting the AFMA to see if this significantly improves your rate of keepers or look into having a 3rd party/Canon calibrate the lens and body combo.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:07:15 AM »
B&H has penciled in a delivery date of April 15th, but I'm hoping some copies sneak into the hands of a few reviewers before then so we can get a good idea of the overall image quality. Fingers crossed!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading from Rebel XT
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:05:47 AM »
I upgraded from the XTi to the 7D a few years ago. With how much you use and abuse your camera, the build and better sealing on the 7D should be great for you. Yeah, it would be awesome to eventually go full-frame, but if that's not in your budget, I can't see a good reason for waiting around for another year on cameras that may or may not surface.

What if the next greatest thing comes out in 6 months? Sell the 7D, lose a few hundred dollars, and then buy the latest and greatest. In short, worst case scenario, you'll be paying a few hundred dollars to "rent" a 7D for 6+ months. That still seems like a pretty good deal to me.

I picked up a Meike 951 speedlite. It has TTL, it'll strobe and it'll adjust the flash based on your current focal length (24 to 105mm) amongst other bells and whistles (like a laser grid AF assist beam).

Yeah, it eats batteries and it's not the same build quality of Canon's-- but so far it's been reliable and functioned as advertised. Not bad for $90 if you're not a pro and looking to save a bit of money.

Lenses / Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:02:48 PM »
Canon 14L (version 1) for bit under £600 (~$900), which seemed to me to be a helluva deal for the UK.

Mint condition except the lens cap had a few scratches on it, but that doesn't seem to affect the picture quality at all ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Times running out 5D Mk3 or 1DX
« on: February 01, 2013, 10:45:24 PM »
If I recall correctly, the 1DX will drive the AF on high end lenses faster due to its higher voltage (as compared to the 5D III, etc). I would imagine the AF on the 85 1.2 would be noticeably less sluggish/frustrating with the 1DX.

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