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I have a 60D and shoot on full auto = I'm a twat (cos some things never change!)

at least I don't shoot on full auto   ::) ;D

Shooting mode is irrelevant. The end result is.

But shooting on full auto and refusing to learn any other modes AND calling yourself a photographer is what I was referring to. The post was a reply to the "do you think either deserve to call themselves photographers?". Just my way of saying hell no!

Now, if they can use full auto as well as other modes to create stunning images then yes I would say that person could be called a photographer.

You gotta know the limitations of your equipment and be able to push yourself and be creative. That person Roo was talking about sounds like the opposite of that.

As a seventeen year old with a 5D mkii, my biggest pet peeve is that everyone always says, "oh your parents bought you a nice camera" and things like that.  No, I payed for it, I actually sell prints, shoot weddings, do ad work and photograph for local magazines.  I have literally over a million hits on several of my photos and have been featured on petapixel.

Or they think you stole it! No one takes you seriously as a 17yr old. Must suck. Well done though, sounds like you've put in a lot of effort and it's paid off! Don't pay attention to the old farts who tell you what to do.

At 14mm you'll find at most apertures and especially around f/8 you'll be shooting at the hyperfocal distance anyway. You can just set the lens to infinity focus and shoot away. I use dof master to calculate hyperfocal distances for any given aperture, it helps give me a rough idea. And at f/11 I think just about everything from 2ft in front will be in focus.

This lens is a take your time and compose lens rather than walk-about and run n gun style. All the AF confirm dot does is tell you "something" is in focus. You still need to frame your shot which with 14mm can be tricky.

I think the adapter route is just an extra, unnecessary step. You can get the lens chipped I believe. 

Lenses / Re: And so I DID - My 1st BIG WHITE LENS
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:59:18 PM »
I am more impressed with how you managed to conceal $6000 in a separate account from your spouse! Nice, but how will you explain it when it turns up at the door??

I know if I tried to hide something that big from my girlfriend she'd prob beat me over the head with the lens! I already suspect she thinks I love my camera gear more than her! Sssshhhh!  ;)

Anyway, congrats on your first great white! One day I'll actually get to use one!!!

My pet peeve at the moment is the use of the word 'photographer'. Last week a good friend updated her fb info to state that she was a 'photographer'.  She likes taking a photo but more often models in them with a friend shooting for her. Some of the shots she actually takes are good but she has never taken the camera (a 60d) out of full auto.  She only posts her shots on fb and has never sold one or been contracted for a shoot.  A couple of months ago I even offered to show her the different functions of her camera but she never took me up on the offer and has never even taken a workshop or viewed youtube clips and yet she considers herself a photographer. 

At the same time another person has posted on the work social media site 'I am a great photographer!' along with an iphone photo of computer monitors in a poorly lit room that had been used in a work web article.

Do you think either deserve to call themselves photographers??

By this definition -

I have a laptop and blog = I'm a programmer and web designer

I have a kitchen = I'm an Italian master chef (pasta is my speciality!)  :P

I have a car = I'm a NASCAR driver

I own a pair of Adidas trainers = I'm an olympic athlete.

I make bad financial decisions = I'm an investment banker

I have a 60D and shoot on full auto = I'm a twat (cos some things never change!)

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:53:41 AM »
As the lines between FF and crop continue to blur - and we are seeing very high performance crop bodies ....

Assuming you're referring to Canon crop cameras I think your premise is false - unless by "performance" you're excluding what ultimately counts, image quality.  Over the past few generations of Canon crop bodies there has been negligible improvement in sensor performance - the images taken with a 70D don't look much different from images taken with a 7D, 60D, or the last few years' worth of Rebels or EOSM, even if it's now easier to reach that result thanks to better AF etc.  The gap in price between crop and FF may be narrowing as the price of the 6D continues to fall, but if anything the gap in image quality between crop and FF has been widening: cf 5DII vs 7D/60D/Rebel and 6D vs 70D/EOSM - the crops have stayed much the same, but the 6D is noticeably better in image quality than the 5DII, which in turn is still considerably better than any of the crops.  (And even when/if Canon does start to introduce crop sensors with significantly improved image quality - 7D2? - the various physical traits referred to by the short-hand phrases "crop factor" and "full frame advantage" will remain.)

Is this really true that FF IQ is so significantly superior to crop ? I think the market is moving rapidly to smaller bodies and smaller high quality lenses.  Sure there are certain aspects of FF especially in the area of DOF that are not achievable with a crop, but ultimately the prosumer like myself, will not justify the cost of FF bodies and lenses. I still think there is a new much bigger prosumer market - that will go for high quality lenses for crops.

If image quality is a priority for you then yes FF IQ is significantly superior. When I went from 7D to 5D2 it was a very noticeable difference, so much so that I have barely touched my 7D since I bought the 5D2 last year (and I love my 7D). And what the 6D can do at those high ISOs just makes me drool! Almost bought one but decided to wait for the next generation of FF cameras. It's hard to describe but the images on FF have a certain look and feel that I like about them. And in post you can really push the files to the limit with little or no extra noise or degredation. For someone who post processes a lot, yeah significant is too soft a word. Massive difference I would say!

Consider this - 6D is about $1500 for body and a 70D is $1000 maybe even more. That extra $500 gets you a lot more in terms of IQ. Makes more sense to go for the 6D if you can. Prob last you longer too. I think it's harder to justify crop these days when FF is getting cheaper.

Coming in late to this thread but yeah I don't particularly like when people compliment the camera - "your camera is awesome, I want one like that", "how much was you camera", "your pics are great what camera do you use?"  Etc.

I think they're just trying to be nice and pay me a compliment in a round-about way. However to me It's kinda like they're saying - "hey, well done for being able to spend large amounts of cash on your equipment. You must be doing well to be able to waste your money on fancy gadgets! Of course your pictures are good, they ought to be for that price!"


But then again there plenty of rich fools who think they need a 1DX and 200-400 f/4L 1.4x to take pictures of their cat! I guess for some it's a status symbol. Porsche? Check! Butler? Check! Most expensive camera in the world? Check! 

So naturally normal people associate these things with Luxury and excellence.

Pretty sure Michael Schumacher in a reasonably priced car could run rings around me in a F1 car any day! Not that I'm the Schumacher of photography or anything! Haha!   

Separate rant - people who hand you their camera and expect something to happen magically like you know how to operate every camera ever made. Can't even change the white balance on a Nikon for $h1t!!

EOS-M / Re: The rumored tele lens for the M
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:22:33 PM »
What I am beginning to suspect is that the IS is less effective when used on the M because your grip is so less stable holding the whole thing out at arms length compared to a DSLR.

Images at 250mm at something like 1/40th are fine on the 600D but are less sharp on the M. As they both have effectively the same 18mp sensor,  I can only put it down to the additional shake and the IS unable to work miracles.

I would be worried an EF-M version will have the same problem.

I hold mine close to the chest with elbows tucked in, similar to holding a DSLR but without bringing it up to the eye. It also helps to lean on something like a tree or lamppost. Although I do agree that I find myself shaking a lot more than if I was holding something solid like a 7D!

I haven't tried an IS lens on the M yet but I'd certainly want it for anything over 50mm.

I'd love to see an EOS M tele prime with IS. Something like an 85 f/2 IS could be relatively small and useful (giving a nice 135 look).

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 20, 2013, 10:31:41 AM »
As the lines between FF and crop continue to blur - and we are seeing very high performance crop bodies - I am hoping canon will invest in high quality lenses for crop bodies. Why not L lenses for crops ? There is no good wide angle prime lens options for crop (outside third party lenses) this is a pity.

L lenses for crop? What are you on about?

All L lenses can already be used with crop sensor bodies so what is the problem? Do you mean EF-S?

A wide angle for crop? EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Standard zoom? EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM or 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

The new EF-S 55-250 STM covers the telephoto range.

What's lacking?

Why would Canon make an L lens (something that represents the top of the line) that only work with something of the lower end of the product line? That don't make no sense!  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 20, 2013, 10:17:01 AM »
The Sigma 17-50 is an "L" lens for crop.  The Canon 17-55 isn't.
 :-* ;D 8)

Ummm .... What???  ???

Canon General / Re: From InterBEE: Interview With the Head of Cinema EOS
« on: November 20, 2013, 10:13:54 AM »
If that demonstration of the STM lens is anything to go by - I do not want STM technology in my L lenses, thank you very much!

The 50L seemed to do a pretty decent job on the C100 but as soon as that EF-S lens went on it buggered up everything! Uh oh!

Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: November 20, 2013, 05:23:19 AM »
I took my M on a recent trip to Kyoto as my second camera. I have to admit the images turned out alright, better than I expected. It works well in combo with my Mk II + 135L. Sometimes you just want something wide just incase, for a quick snap etc. couldn't be dealing with switching the 17-40L every time.

Here's a link to one with the 22mm. I'm at work and can't download and downsize etc.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:50:06 AM »
It has arrived, finally!!  ;D

Not been this excited since I got my first L lens! Boldly going into new ultra wide territory here, never used 14mm before! Time to test this puppy out!

Update -  ;D ;D ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 18, 2013, 08:45:40 PM »
Stills - 7D
Video - 70D

I bought a 7D couple of weeks ago. Tried both the 7D and the 70D and as long as you don't need any of the new 70D only features, the 7D is still the superior camera. Better ergonomics, build quality and same IQ. Trying to select an AF point without joystick is not fun. At least not when speed is important.

I  don't use the joystick.  I use the wheels...  maybe I should mix it up and give it a try.

There's a custom function (don't ask me where!) that essentially does away with the m-fn button when selecting AF points so as soon as you half press the shutter the AF point can be moved. When I first discovered this it put a huge smile on my face!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:32:16 AM »
One that TDP forgets to mention is the Samyang 14mm for $300! Lots of distortion but barely any CA and really quite sharp indeed (other than sometimes with fine details against bright white clouds), sometimes even sharper than well known L lenses.

I've ordered my copy of this (again) hopefully I'll be able to test it out on Monday. For ¥28,000 (less than 300 bucks) I don't really expect much other than the ability to shoot at 14mm (and have a little fun in the bargain!)

I have no interest in this Zeiss lens however. TDP even mentions the Zeiss some has coma, not ideal for stars. I heard the Samyang has one up in this regard.

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