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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:37:57 AM »
Wow Canon really outdid themselves this time. the industrial design and style are awesome a huge departure from previous generations.. I sure am glad they are not remaining stagnant


Well, actually it's probably an advantage that it's ergonomics and button layout is almost identical to the 5D mkIII as a lot of pro photogs will already be used to this layout and if they are purchasing a 7D mkII as a 2nd body they don't have to re-learn all the button layout again. It should be instinctive. Pick up and shoot.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:30:14 AM »
Did anyone notice that the top LCD display can now show more than 999 shots remaining? Yay!

And no Creative Auto mode thankfully.

I also like how the AF-On button is much larger now. That's nice since bbf will be used a lot on this thing.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:00:37 AM »
Remember when phones resembled bricks? And then they slowly became smaller and smaller until they could fit inside a matchbox? And nowadays the trend seems to be for ever larger phones - reverting them back to brick status. I love progress! 

Just rambling.  :)

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:47:09 AM »
I shoot handheld a lot so composition and leveling are always a little off and need fixing via crop tool. Not all my images are cropped though, sometimes I take my time in camera and it pays off.

I also crop a landscape shot into portrait orientation on occasion. I recently did this with a series of group shots where I just left the camera in landscape orientation on the tripod, mostly to minimize fiddling about time during the event. I didn't want to break up the flow we had goin! (Was a freebie gig for a friend).

I think the crop tool is my most used item in Lr outside of the basic edits. Lights out crop is also great using the overlays. Top tip - press O key to toggle overlays when using crop tool.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:50:47 AM »
From what i know, manual settings for the iPhone camera were not "allowed" by apple. at least so far. manual shutter speed is a function controlled by iOS, and apple hasn't allowed for apps to access it, until now. it is said that with iOS 8 users will be able (through using specific apps) to manually set shutter speed :)

PS. It was about time 8)

Ah I see, thanks. I have an iPhone 5 as well but never bothered with any camera apps other than the standard built in which for almost all quick snaps does a damn good job. For me the phone camera should work well in auto because that's how I'll use it. I'm more of a functional camera phone user than creative. I leave that to the DSLRs.

Edit - though having full control option is always a plus!

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:47:16 AM »
What does "camera shake compensation effect of the four stages" mean? Poor translation of something that means 4 stops IS?

Yes. The same info is written regarding the 24-105 IS STM so I'd imagine they're talking about 4 stops of IS.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:42:10 AM »
i wonder if you can use the camera with a manual mode? i dont understand why they dont allow this it would make it sooo much more powerfull to be able to set shutter speed and iso manually....

I thought there were apps that could do manual settings?

Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:26:00 PM »

I'd only get one if I were a full-time professional and using a Nikon D810.
While I admire the quality of the lens I can scarcely imagine a full time pro wanting to buy one. Manual focus for what is a portrait lens seems to be a recipe for frustration.
The other reason a pro would not buy it is because $4500 is a lot of working capital tied up in a tool that no client will appreciate.

Yeah it does seem like a poor business decision. I guess you could make that money back if you're one of the top pros earning thousands per job. For the average working person it's like 2 months salary for almost no gain in extra clients or work. Don't forget you have to insure that bad boy too!

I have a feeling Sigma are going to bring out an updated Art version of theirs soon at a quarter of the price and 99% of the IQ. The current one gets the job done as it is for most folk looking for an affordable 85.

Lenses / Re: Samyang 12mm F2.8 Full Frame Fish Eye
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:17:09 AM »
I saw this on their fb page earlier! I almost bought the 8mm one a while back but this FF would be way more interesting. Loving what SY are doing these days. Really impressed with my 14mm f/2.8 so far!

Lenses / Re: Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:19:33 AM »
This is what I'm aiming for.

Lenses / Re: Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 09, 2014, 08:54:37 PM »
Glad you were able to decide on a solution.  The thing to keep in mind with 3rd party TCs is possible incompatibility esp. if you use AFMA.  You might find yourself picking up a TC in the future to use with your 5D/70-200.  Are you using a monopod/tripod?  I've tried an EOS-M + 70-200 + 2x TC and can get unweildy without support.

Thanks for the tip! I was just gonna rely on the IS.  A monopod would be a great idea! I don't have one but I think I might be able to borrow one from a friend. The event is in a baseball field with benches and chairs. It's it a sort of fireworks display with these special giant handheld roman candles. Light levels will be low but I want to capture some of the sparks falling so I'll prob have to drag the shutter a bit.

The M is just a backup. I'll be shooting mainly with the FF, cropping in post if needs be. If there's time I'll make the switch to the M and get a couple of tight shots of just one person holding the firework. It will also help me decide if I should think about investing in a 300mm lens or not. (Any excuse to buy gear, eh?)

Lenses / Re: Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:59:18 PM »
Rental shop is closed on the Monday (national holiday) when I would like to return the lens so I'd have to return it Tuesday, a workday. Too much running around and hassle so I opted for plan B - adapt. That gives me 320mm with the EOS M plus I get an EF adaptor which I wanted anyway!

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:52:55 PM »
That awkward moment when someone hands you a P&S to take their pic and you instictively start to raise it towards your eye before realizing it doesn't have a ruddy viewfinder. Best you can do is pretend you're fiddling with the controls and look at the screen intently like a "pro".

I actually also did this when I first got my EOS M. Luckily it was in my house so no one saw it! A few minutes later I was frustrated when I couldn't find the playback zoom button. (EOS M owners will understand that last one).

Lenses / Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:59:59 AM »
Hey guys quick question. I'm going to an event where I'll be sitting a bit far away from the main goings on. The longest lens I have is my 70-200 f/4L IS.

Was thinking I could probably do with a bit more reach. Here's my Q -

Rent - 300mm f/4L IS (f/4 because the performers aint movin much and I wanna keep a lowish profile) ~ $50

Adapt - I'd have to buy an adaptor for the EOS M but then I could use the 70-200 on it. ~$80

Tele-convert - again I'd have to buy a tele-convertor (thinking Kenko). ~$150

Option 4 - crop. $0

I kinda wanna try out the 300 just to see what's it's like. It would also be my first time renting a lens, could be fun.

I have a T2i lying around but carrying 3 bodies plus all the crap along with them is not my idea of a fun time. I wanted to go with the 5D / tele and EOS M / 11-22 for the occasional wide shot. Light and easy.


(This is totally non urgent btw and I'll prob rent but just wanted to see some of your thought processes).

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:08:43 AM »
Damn self timer gets me every time! 10 seconds of beeping and standing around like an idiot. Not cool.

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