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An anecdote, completely open to interpretation:
I was shooting the Statue of Liberty when a couple of girls came and asked me to take their photo in front of the statue. They handed me a D800E attached to a 24-70mm lens.
I found that the camera was in A mode, and the focus point selected was offset and to a corner. I am completely unfamiliar with the camera, so I asked them how would I change the focus point and which button do I focus with (meaning shutter press or back button). They weren't native English speakers and misunderstood my question- saying it was on 'Autofocus'. I decided not to pursue the issue further, half pressed, fine tuned with the manual focus override and took the shot.
However, it was way too overexposed. So I asked them if they can turn the exp. comp. down, and one of the girls (presumably the one owning the camera) said it was ok, she will fix it afterwards.
Now, this is not a photo I would have walked away with confidently if I was using my 5DII, and definitely not with my 5Dc. So either the girl knows she can pull down the highlights by that much on the D800E, or she doesn't have a clue. I am leaning towards the former...

What do you mean overexposed? That's impossible, don't you know it has 14 stops or DR!  :P

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You don't need flash if you have a scrim and a way to bounce light back via a reflector. I like PBD's idea of the white sheet as it's large and folds up nicely. This way you can shoot with a shallow dof and not worry about sync speed.

Otherwise you'll need an ND filter and a much more powerful flash (or gang two or three together but that's a hassle compared to a simple white sheet). A large white circular reflector would work too. 

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Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:20:14 AM »
In China I see the same on a different Level:
EOS 5D, 5DII or 5DIII but always with the 24-105 L and the Standard Canon Strap

No surprise there. The 24-105 L is the best walk-around lens you can carry with a full frame camera. Never been wild about the Canon straps though – not particularly comfortable. Although I do like the CPS strap that Opti-Tech makes for Canon.

Am I the only one who doesn't care what mode random people use? It's one thing to observe what camera someone has (and since manufacturers often put the model name on the strap, it's easy for those of us to don't follow the mass market offerings closely) from afar, but getting up close enough to observe mode-selection dials? That's weird. IJS.
Canon Rumors is full of weird people. :P

Clearly.

I hate those Canon straps too, not only are they uncomfortable but they advertise your gear like you're some kind of touring sales rep. Not to mention they make you look even more like a tourist than you already are and just get in your way while doing portrait shots. Much prefer the BR style of strap if needed otherwise it's strapless.

Oh and there are rebels by the ton here in Japan during festivals. Though I do like it when I spot some not commonly seen stuff now and again. Couldn't care less what mode they use their gear in, that's their unfortunate business.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:56:30 AM »
I'll be excited just to see this mythical beast announced! I have no interest (or money) to buy the thing but very very curious to see what direction Canon is headed in with their APS-C line and this is the big pappa of them all, supposedly!

Maybe once they stick DPAF in the 7D2 and later on a rebel or two we might, just might, perhaps see that tech in an EOS M3. So hurry up 7D2! 

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EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:17:42 AM »
Thanks for all the info at least now I have a better understanding of what's required. Think I'll leave this endeavor for now, don't have any money to spare for gear for at least another 6 month. Damn residence tax came in this month, gonna be poor for a while.

:'(

How do you intend to share your images, or view them?  Online? If so... there is nothing wrong with cropping.  Don't worry about it and enjoy a nice clear night when you get one.

I wouldn't share them if they're heavily cropped. If I did get a half decent one it would prob end up on flickr or 500px. 

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EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:14:15 AM »

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EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 06, 2014, 02:06:29 AM »
Thanks for all the info at least now I have a better understanding of what's required. Think I'll leave this endeavor for now, don't have any money to spare for gear for at least another 6 month. Damn residence tax came in this month, gonna be poor for a while.

:'(

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 05, 2014, 03:17:08 AM »
I thought I'd start a gallery for this little wide angle wonder. I just received my copy last night and went out today for a test run.

Post your 11-22mm shots here if you have some, I'd love to see what others are using it for!

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Lenses / Re: RLPhotos first impressions of the 16-35mm f/4L - Video
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:50:42 AM »
My First test of time lapse using Canon 16-35 f/4 IS.

Somehow Lightroom is cutting the image from sides. Is there any setting that I am missing in Lightroom?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1Agko15_H4

LR could be applying Auto Adjustments at import. You can switch those off under Preferences. Also, check your import settings to ensure no presets are being applied accidentally.

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EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:26:01 AM »
Samyang / Rokinon have quite the selection of wide angles for the M mount now.

There's -

16mm f/2.0
12mm f/2.0
10mm f/2.8
8mm f/2.8 Fisheye (I'm thinking this could be a fun lens to have!).

There also seems to be a 24mm TS in M mount though I need to double check this to see if it is actually M mount or if it's via an adaptor. Here's the link to amazon.jp

http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00KXMFSNO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2NXK1AZF5QZO1&coliid=I33RAUDT0K2RV5&psc=1

And now with Tamron making an M mount lens too things are looking good for the little guy! I'm still waiting for my 11-22 to be delivered! Should be any day now!!  ;D

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Lenses / Re: RLPhotos first impressions of the 16-35mm f/4L - Video
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:07:47 AM »
Thanks for making this video. I liked the IS tests. 1s exposure is long enough for most of my shots. Goodbye travel tripod!

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EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:09:02 AM »
I would suggest that you try your local astronomy club. There will definitely be some Astro-photgrapher members and they will probably be able to provide access to a telescope so that you can try eyepiece projection. You will probably have to buy a suitable 1.25" mount adaptor, but these can be had for $10.

http://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/Canon_EOS_T_Ring.html

Thanks that's really useful to know.

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EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 02, 2014, 06:01:15 AM »
Why do you want to take photos of the moon, especially low resolution ones? If all you want is the moon,
here are some images from when I was comparing lenses on the 5DIII and the SX50. You would do much better with the SX50 than a moderate 400mm on the 5DIII. The 600 (300mm/2.8 II + 2xTC) was the best for me. From top to bottom 100-400mm, SX50 at nominal 1200mm, 600mm, and Tamron 150-600 at 600mm. (The Tamron was taken, obviously, at a different time, and under more hazy conditions and at a poorer phase for seeing detail).

Thanks for posting the images for comparison. Yeah I see your point but I just want to give it a bash. Not entering any competition or anything. Just practicing for the sake of it. I do want to try capturing the moon in different phases like you've demonstrated here. Like I said I don't want to spend a ton of cash on a 300 f/2.8 but rather wanted to just use what I have. Guess 400mm ish is not enough then. So you think the 2x extender then?

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EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 02, 2014, 05:52:06 AM »
Maybe not the direct answer to your question, but:

- For best moon pics, you would need much more focal lenght than 400mm eqiv
- you need best athmospheric consitions possibe
- you should do stacking to minimize athmospheric blur
- The moon stays the same, means you need one good opportunity, and you wont get it better anymore

So my suggestion:

- Rent the longest lens you can afford for some days, ad a 2x converter, add a matching tripod and head
- go to a better athmospheric place than your town
- inform how to do the stacking of the biggest amount of pics y can take,and how you have to take them (i dont know)

means for total 1000$ you should get breathtaking pictures of the moon, depending on where you live and what lens you can afford to rent

I would not buy any equipment for shootig the moon only.....

Thanks. You are right I need to improve technique as well as getting the right gear. I don't plan on doing much of this, was really just for the casual moon shot. I was just trying to see the absolute cheapest way would be. The TC would serve dual purpose thus making it the ideal choice.

I am intrigued by this stacking thing. Can you point me in the right direction for that? Never done it before. 

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EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:30:11 AM »
So you don't recommend the Kenko adaptor? Any reason for that? I feel like the Canon is over priced a bit. And for my purposes v2 should suffice right?

I have no experience with the Kenco adaptor, but from what I understand, the Canon is optically better and likely to carry on working well with all future (TC compatible) lenses, bodies and firmware updates that you might find yourself using in the future. That certainly can't be said of third party products, although due to the Kencos compromised optical design it doesn't have an element which pokes inside the rear of the lens, allowing it to physically mount to many Canon lenses which aren't designed to work with TC's.

Here's a comparison of the mk II and the mk III 1.4x TC with a 70-200/4 IS on FF:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=404&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=5&API=1&LensComp=404&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=7&APIComp=0

The corners are improved with the mk III, everything else looks quite similar to me. As for the performance on the EOS M, unfortunately this tool doesn't have the mk II TC samples on crop. The extreme FF corners are a non-issue with the crop sensor, but the higher pixel density might reveal some differences not visible in this comparison.

Corner performance isn't a priority I'll be using the center more than likely. I guess the extra cost for the Canon extender over the Kenko is worth it if it is optically better.

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