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1D X Sample Images / Re: Weddings
« on: August 24, 2013, 06:45:11 AM »
Very nice images. However, i feel the shallow DOF is overdone in the first image ... seems to have turned into an abstract. Took me a more than a few seconds to figure out what the image was about.

Cheers ... J.R.
Thank you for the feedback  :)

The photo was made with a flipped lens, so I didn't have control over aperture. That's why I bought an extension tube recently to cover this type of shots  ;D

Though I feel that the image is special due to its extraordinarity. Anyway, I'll take into account what you said and will probably replace the photo with something more interesting  ;)
I could just tell!! I'm too scared to do it with my 5D, but I did it quite a lot with my 60D and 70-200 f/4
Was loads of fun and didn't realise how close I could until I could actually see the ants that were on flowers I was taking macros of!
I'm positive there was a trick to change the aperture but it requires you to use live view mode and change the aperture with the lens attached to the camera and then you take the lens off and work with that. 

Love all the shots and it's really quite and inspiration to me!

Video & Movie / Re: Testing 600D/T3i Video by me
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:13:33 AM »
I clicked on ISO on video mode. It says I can't use ISO on video mode.

I sold my t3i a while back...
I think you have to press the Q button and then scroll down...
Or you have to switch to M on the switch and change ISO there and then go back to video...
Again, YouTube it!

Which Q button ? I switched to M mode then pressed the ISO button it says it's on AUTO.

How do I youtube it on 1080p ? I am using Windows movie maker to edit the video and save it.
The Q button is just above the direction pad.
Set the mode dial to M and press the ISO button, and use the shutter dial (on the top of the camera on the right hand side) to change ISO.  The higher the ISO, the more noise (or grain) is evident in the video. This means lesser quality.
To upload to youtube on 1080p, you must set it in the video on Windows Movie Maker.  When you go to save the movie file, you can select "For High-Definition Display", under "common settings".  It should save as 1080p if you filmed in 1080p.

Video & Movie / Re: Testing 600D/T3i Video by me
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:24:35 PM »
When testing the quality, you should save the file at it's maximum quality after having edited it.  The Youtube video is coming up as 480p quality when if you want to see the true quality, you'd need to do 1080p resolution (which will take longer to save and upload).

When you move closer to the subject, you'd need to shift focus as you're doing so.  I'm not sure of the direction on the 18-55, but normally, if you were moving closer to the subject, you'd shift the focus ring to the right whilst moving so that the focus seems more smooth, rather than moving then focusing. 

But don't give up learning!  :)

Thanks for your replies,  I do find the Auto-focus  to be  adequate for the moment on the 60D for shooting the sports that I do however as the kids get older that may be less of the case.
@ mt. Spokane I had thought about the focal length change however I was more concerned with low light capabilities than reach. sports are only about 10% of my shooting, when reach might be a factor. most of my focal range would be in the standard to mid-tele range. I.E. 18-200 on a crop.
@ Brandonking, Option 3 had included the canon 70-200 f2.8 ISii I could always leave it with the 24-105? Also I have a couple of Yongnuo flashes as well as radio triggers which I find work well for me so far ( I'm not big into flash photography)

Concerning the 85mm 1.8, would this be a better option than the 135L? many on this forum seem to rate the 135 as one of canon's best? Compared to my current set up the image quality of any of these lenses should be an improvement for portraits.

@ AvTvM  the EF24-70 ii,  is a Great lens but I think it is Further down the line for me,

Okay.  Disregard my comment with flashes then. 

But it all comes down to what you find works better with you, and what you're comfortable with when shooting
The 135L is superior to the 85 1.8.  The 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is of course a great lens to get if you can!

Lenses / Re: Conversation with pro re: 50L vs. 50 f/1.4
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:14:10 PM »
Imo, even though I can afford a 50 f/1.4 right now, I'm still saving up for a 50L.
Not just for that f/1.2 aperture, but for the better build quality, better bokeh, and just better photo quality overall.  Yes it's not that much over the f/1.4, but essentially, you're paying for the red ring- which I'm very happy to do.  I could've had one, but I decided to buy a 24-70 mark II instead of the mark I.

Considering it's mainly just for your kids school/life events and such, I'd just go with the 6D.  If I could survive shooting a sports carnival with a 60D, the 6D would surely suffice. 

I'd suggest the 24-105, and maybe don't worry about a 70-200 (unless it's the f/2.8 IS II), as you already have the 100-400.  I'll just further my suggestions listing it with prices. I'm actually finding it difficult to think of what else you could add!

Canon 6D + 24-105 f/4L - €1900 (approximately.  I'm just basing it off US prices I can find and then converting)
Canon EF 135mm f/2L - €830
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 - €640

If you don't have an external flash, perhaps a 430 EX II or 580 EX II with a diffuser on would be good too, so that's another €225/270 there. 

Just for family and kids, I think that's a pretty darn good kit.  Or if you wanted to go that little bit further, you could replace you 50mm f/1.4 with a 50mm f/1.2L

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to buy for filming
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:47:48 AM »
Is this the filter that some people recommended ?

Plus, will it fit on these ?
I think you are misunderstanding some of what has already been posted. 

i) no one has even recommended the 55-250mm f/4-5.6, and no one in their right mind would.  There are many more lenses that will perform better.

ii) it's not hard to notice that a 55-250 for $300 US is such a rip off.  That is way too expensive for a lens with such a limited capacity.

iii) the 50mm f/1.8 prime lens is decent for low light, and a lot of bokeh (out of focus area), but if you want good quality for around the same price (just a little more), then the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens is the better.

iv) Unless you plan to buy a step-up ring.  The filter you are constantly saying people have suggested is a 77mm filter thread.  Both the (rather terrible) 55-250 f/4-5.6 and the 50mm f/1.8 II do not fit that.  the 55-250mm f/4-5.6 is a 58mm filter thread, and the 50mm f/1.8 II is a 52mm filter thread.  If you do want to buy a 77mm variable ND filter (which you appear so persistent on for some reason), you will need to buy a 52-77mm step-up ring and a 58-77mm step up ring, both which you can get for 5-6 USD each.

v) I'd suggest actually taking Sandymandy's comment into account.  It's a good suggestion.

So overall, my suggestion:
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 - 180 USD
A decent tripod worth at least 90
You could get a decent filter for around 90

Good luck.

You know the Canon 10-22 will not work with the 5DII, right?
10-20 f/3.5
assuming he's talking about the sigma, it will, just very bad vignetting up until probably around the 16-17mm mark.

Used 5D mark IIs are definitely cheap, but it is harder to find a completely new one.  The 6D's are better for getting new, plus they're just completely newer and perform that little bit better than a 5D II.  The only real advantage I see with a 5D II is a better body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New gear.. ultimate combo? :)
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:36:20 AM »
So it's not even new gear? but just different(used) gear :P?

It's like when people say I bought a new car ( second hand ), that is a different car!

But seriously , I really appreciate you posting this
I guess getting a 1Dc for that price is absolutely stellar, even if it is used.

But it is pretty much your description.  If the car is has been bought and owned for a few months, and has mileage on it, it's still used :)

But that is an absolute bargain for a 1Dc.  now I see the point

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11-12 2013
« on: August 14, 2013, 03:49:54 AM »
sigh i was going to try and take photos of what I could (living in Australia), but it got cloudy very quickly, even though the day was super clear!

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to buy for filming
« on: August 14, 2013, 03:38:18 AM »
The only reason you'd buy a 77mm Variable ND-Filter is if you have a lens which has a 77mm filter thread, and the 18-55 does not have that (the 18-55 has a 58mm filter thread).
For filming on such a small budget (microphone not included in the budget), I'd suggest getting a 40mm f/2.8 lens (meaning it does not zoom).  If you want a mix of 2 focal lengths, I might suggest that you buy an FD mount to EF mount, and try using the 50mm f/1.8 FD and 28 f/2.8 FD (the crop factor of the camera and adapter would increase the focal length though.  Bare in mind that these lenses are only manual focus.
However, if you wanted something that is cheap for a 100% new and 100% sharp lens- the 40mm f/2.8 is your best bet.
It's hard to really improve upon the 18-55 with such a small budget.  And check the filter thread of the lenses to see which sized filter you should buy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New gear.. ultimate combo? :)
« on: August 04, 2013, 07:04:52 AM »
A bit of a strange combo: a cinema body with a stills flash and a fast (non-sports) telezoom.

What are you going to shoot with this combo?
I'd only really question the flash..
If you're using this for stills (the flash certainly does imply this), why not just buy a 1Dx?

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: August 04, 2013, 04:29:04 AM »
I quite like this picture of a landscape I took today whilst on the way home. 

The iPhone 5 has better quality than I expected, but I only enjoy taking landscapes with this.  Selfies and all that other junk don't really come out as nice as a sunset or sunrise. 
But this sunset from my iPhone came out decently

Data from the photo:
iPhone 5
ISO 50

Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: August 03, 2013, 10:58:13 PM »
The only time my camera is not on fully manual, is when I hand it to someone else to take pictures of me so I set it to aperture priority so that they don't have to keep saying "why is the photo so dark here when it was fine over there" and all that stuff.

If it's solely for photography, I'd grab a 5Dc and a prime (a 40mm f/2.8, 28 f/1.8, or for a wider lens, the 20 f/2.8).
If he wants video on a DSLR, I'd suggest just getting a 550D so there's more to spend on the lenses.

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