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Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:36:50 PM »
Thanks for all your responses!

Having both is certainly ideal, but I find myself forcing to choose one or the other. Shooting on a 7D, when using a long lens for shallow DOF, I need to stand further away from the subject and the lightstand. In windy conditions, the lightstand gets blown over all the time  :-\ Sure I could use a sandbag, but it's a lot of extra weight to carry. My wife already dislikes the idea of me carrying lots of gear when we go out.

So I like to put my foot on the lightstand, which needs to be relatively close to the subject. In that case, I'll need to use a wider angle lens -> reducing blur.

I guess the ultimate solution is to go full frame!

You can compromise on shallowness of DoF and still get excellent pictures.
I can't see how one can compromise on lighting and get even good pictures.
Camera bag is an excellent solution, but you can be resourceful otherwise and find something else to support your light stand.
Or get a faster wide angle lens. I am guessing you don't shoot portraits wider than 35mm anyway and both the 35L and the 50L provide plenty shallow DoF with close subject distances. Even the 35/2 and 50/1.4 (@1.8) will work quite well.


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Look similar to Op/Tech Reporter/Backpack System Connectors.
One side has a male quick connect, and the other a female. Not sure how short you can adjust the webbing though.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TECH-Reporter-Backpack-System-Connectors/dp/B0010HA68I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403765039&sr=8-1&keywords=op-tech+reporter


Thanks!
This is exactly what I need- I wonder if I will get it shipped before this trip, though.
Going to check local camera stores now that I know what to look for...

Edit: Might be able to get it via Amazon Prime. Thanks again, a lot!

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In a pinch, consider going to Home Depot

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Nite-Ize-18-in-Gear-Tie-in-Bright-Orange-2-Pack-GT18-2PK-31/203210990

Cheap, work great, multiple colors help make your bag stand out, very strong.

I use them.  Plus, they come in lots of sizes.

sek

That's a great suggestion- unfortunately I should have explained- I need it to act as a strap to secure my backpack to the strolley handle. It should not be elastic but more like a webbing.

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Similar to the F stopper gatekeepers.
Doesn't need to be that fancy.
My Lowepro backpack has lugs for them and I need something here badly. Unfortunately Lowepro doesn't sell them separately- only one came with the bag.
Anyone?
Thanks!

http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2011/05/18/an-in-depth-look-at-the-new-f-stop-guru/110515_9328_dancarr/

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Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:22:20 PM »
It's good exercise for the finger to keep pushing the flash down. Maybe they'll get tired of it and upgrade to (a Canon) full frame.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:12:45 PM »
Please post pictures as soon as you can.
Thanks, guys!

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So, any advice for shooting locations in and around Niagara?
I understand there are some islands nearby?
(We won't be crossing the border).
Thanks for all your help in advance.

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Sorry to speak against 3LT, but I had purchased the Adrian, and I wasn't impressed by it. Here's why:
1. It felt rather flimsy compared to my then tripod, Manfrotto 190X ProB. My current GT2541 is much sturdier, too. The leg joints flexed too much, especially when fully extended (w/o center column).
2. The ballhead allows movement even when fully tightened with bare hands (i.e., not utilizing the torque of a heavy lens).
3. All the materials, knobs, etc. just felt cheap and poorly made.
Now, for the price point it's probably fine, since Gitzos and RRS are much more expensive. But try before buying, and compare with some other brands, would be my advice.

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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 24, 2014, 04:03:18 AM »
I am not sure I understand what the post is about.

What is the reason for your frustration? Are you feeling bad for the lenses? Are you feeling bad for the people who make the wrong choices?
I don't see anyone else who is suffering from this sharpness addiction- I am sure no one is losing a client or a competition because his amazing shots weren't taken with an L lens or because his lens has low MTF values!

The 50L still sells well, and commands a high price. If it were more popular it would be even more expensive. And those new IS primes- thankfully they got 'ignored' and the prices came down. Now you can have all your limbs AND a prime with IS.

Objective tests matter to a small minority of people. Don't get frustrated- just ignore them.

The frustration stems from two things:
1) It is a shame that some write off lenses because of sharpness tests, as some of the real gear treasures aren't the sharpest lenses.  A lot of folks missing out on the good stuff...
2) From one that likes the look of the 50L/85L, I fear Canon might start prioritizing sharpness over bokeh in future lens design for instance so lenses can get higher review scores.


So, you're feeling bad for those making the wrong decisions. Well, it's their loss if they don't listen to the wise and don't believe their eyes in favor of some specs. But, fair enough.
Regarding 2, I am sure you need not worry. Canon knows their market, and they care more about what the top pros tell them rather than the review sites. Otherwise, you'd see Canon shipping lens hoods with non-L lenses.

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Lenses / Re: The sharpness curse!
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:59:56 PM »
I am not sure I understand what the post is about.

What is the reason for your frustration? Are you feeling bad for the lenses? Are you feeling bad for the people who make the wrong choices?
I don't see anyone else who is suffering from this sharpness addiction- I am sure no one is losing a client or a competition because his amazing shots weren't taken with an L lens or because his lens has low MTF values!

The 50L still sells well, and commands a high price. If it were more popular it would be even more expensive. And those new IS primes- thankfully they got 'ignored' and the prices came down. Now you can have all your limbs AND a prime with IS.

Objective tests matter to a small minority of people. Don't get frustrated- just ignore them.

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What I'm trying to explain is that in fashion you rarely/never shoot in a way to get most of the model lost in bokeh. Wide open or not, it's about showing the clothes. So if I shoot at 1.8, It's likely a full body shot, or at least a bust, but even when it's a bust, it's likely to have focus on something in the shot, like accessories.

I'm trying do distinguish popular wedding look, which is bokeh, bokeh, more bokeh, from actual commercial way of shooting which is product, product, more product.

Yes, I understand why event photographers that shoot wide open might find their focus lacking.

However, I don't get why people complain for "still" work. So, okay, yes, my camera would probably search for focus endlessly if I set it to a focus point other then the center one, especially in low light, so I don't.

I'm trying to learn here. I guess my question should be: What/how/when do you use those other AF points for? And how do people do it on MF systems where there is only one, is there a way to apply same techniques?

MF Hasselblads have a focus system that readjusts itself when you recompose.

That's the True Focus PhillipP74 mentioned. Now, that is quite revolutionary.

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That's why I am asking. I don't understand where is the issue? So many are complaining about it, so it does exist, I just can't get it.

Neuro put this link in one of his earlier posts. Click on the link- the phenomenon is quite nicely illustrated.

http://www.visual-vacations.com/Photography/focus-recompose_sucks.htm


Cheers.

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Reviews / Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« on: June 21, 2014, 10:06:21 PM »
Having said that, I will probably prefer a used 5DII for $1000 than a 6D for $1300. Unfortunately, all the used 5DIIs seem to be available for not less than $1300, so go figure!

That doesn't mean anything, subjective demand is no indicator for technical superiority. The dslr crowd in general is rather conservative and old-school, also look at the prices for older L lenses that are rather mediocre by today's standards.

I put a lot of time deciding between 6d and 5d2, and the 5d2 is more "pro" as in full mag body, higher shutter rating, 1/8000s shutter, 1/200 x-sync and cf cards, but otherwise the 6d is the more modern and superior camera: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=12582.msg226467#msg226467

I can understand people not wanting to sell 5DIIs they purchased for 2.5K below 1200-1300, but what surprises me is the market tolerating those asking prices.
In fact, you are right- the fact that people for whom money is not an issue asking whether they should buy an old 5DII or a new 6D should have tipped me off.
Having said that, I purchased an old 5DII today- money is an issue for me. That 300 dollars makes a difference to me.

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Reviews / Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« on: June 21, 2014, 01:02:54 AM »
(is there an English verb for this that doesn't also mean kill something?!)

Shoot should only mean photography IMO, at least in times of peace ;)

OP, I have noticed the 5DIII is much more forgiving to over-saturation than the 5Dc. I always have to keep on the histogram with the 5Dc, since if something is blown out, it is gone. Also the sensor of the 6D is twice a high in resolution- you can barely crop with the 5D. Live view is an excellent feature that I miss.
Having said that, I will probably prefer a used 5DII for $1000 than a 6D for $1300. Unfortunately, all the used 5DIIs seem to be available for not less than $1300, so go figure!

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Reviews / Re: Sold all my canon gear . . . Then bought a 70d
« on: June 21, 2014, 12:48:15 AM »

I don't understand how you can say that Canon didn't bring FF down the lineup.

5D original price was $3299.
5DII original price was $2499.
6D original price was $2099.

6D current price, I've seen as low as $1299. That's a couple hundred dollars more than your 70D body, for a sensor that's over 2 and a half times as large.

How far down the lineup can you bring a FF sensor?

Well it's 1299 on refurb sometimes but 1699 normally. It's a bit older now too- will the next version be 1299 on release? Also no built in flash which I like to use from time to time. Also the EF-s lenses are much cheaper and the newer ones are quite good optically. The new 10-18 is on my buy list and I never thought I could afford a lens like that.

Mostly I just got sick of waiting for a $1000-ish full frame from Canon after waiting for what seemed like forever.  Yes maybe another five years it will come but what if it doesn't? 

I'm probably going to shoot my x100s 75% of the time anyways, which I just love so far. I just need the SLR for telephoto and action, ie to do what the fuji can't.

I can tell you one thing Canon needs to add is a hybrid OVF/EVF like the fuji.  The 70D rear screen is tough in sunlight - I'm probably going to buy a Kinotehnik LCDVF

Quite surprised that you never considered the 5D given you were using the ancient XTi.
My 9-year old, third-hand 5D is still better than any APS-C sensor IQ-wise.






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