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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:25:57 PM »
Google photos of your favorite sport, from the 1950. You'll be amazed at how good they are.

1952 World Series
http://goldinauctions.com/ItemImages/000009/9180a_lg.jpeg

i was at a minor league baseball game a few weeks back and they had photos of people who made it to the majors... from today and yesteryear... and OMG... the images from yesteryear were so awful.  They were crazy grainy and looked out of focus... I suppose they were action shots... but I manage to get action shots of baseball in focus even when manually focusing...

I don't disagree with your thesis... but I was surprised because I expected yesteryear to be better...

And for what it is worth... I'm not that impressed with the world series photo...

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Don't know how they came up with that number? My friends(currently pro-wedding) they ave about $12-$20K per month, working as a pair of course. They spend most their times in studio during work days to PP photos and shoot wedding in the weekend.

You WILL NOT find a f4 lens in their studio ;) Min f2.8 or larger

As I read it, income level is for photographers that are working for someone else, and not for those who own a photography business.  Usually, information like this comes from the Census.  Those who run their own business can do very well, or lose their shirt.  I doubt if those self employeed Craigslist photographers who advertise their services for $100 are doing very well, and they outnumber professional photographers 100-1

Don't disparage Craig's list... where else can you buy camera gear, get a job using it, and find a "date" for the event all on the same site... though the date may cost more than the money you make doing the event.

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The median hourly wage for photographers was $13.70 in May 2012. "[/color]
Surapon

That includes the now nearly defunct Picture People, Olin Mills, Walmart has their company, JC Penney, etc.  People in our craft that don't develop the infrastructure of the business get very little...

But the problem is that anyone can be trained on how to take a photo... how to generate boiler plate isn't that hard... So you have people producing more than adequate work and the company as a whole is being compensated...

The backdrops, the camera, the off camera flash, the lens, the printer... that is all paid for by the company... so the multitude of "professional" photographers don't make that much money...

Having said that... We are what we are worth.  If someone wants to hire me... I will quote them a price based on what I feel my value is... I have a portfolio to substantiate my claim and the customer ultimately determines where paying a premium is worth doing... having said that... I don't charge that much... I like to think I'm affordable because I like having fun doing the event... not because I need the money...

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:57:17 AM »
Another user here that is firmly in the camp of don't put a pop-up flash on my camera. Even for fill there are better alternatives.

There is no alternative if you don't have one with you.
Why the heck does the darn little flash hurt you guys so much? It won't break if you don;t use it. The fact you are worried about breaking almost hints that they you think you might find a use for it at times. And how does it break more easily than an external flash? If it breaks and you didn't want it anyway, who cares?
And NO it doesn't make you look like a cool, real pro to have no pop-up.

I didn't use the built in flash on my 60d and when I went to sell the body the flash wouldn't open. 

It was an easy enough fix... I had to bend a hot shoe metal piece back...

But it did break... despite not using it.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 03:04:08 PM »
Can we start doing fun competitions?  One raw image... edit using your normal technique and programs.. and we can view on a winner?  I'll lose... but someone has to finish in second place.

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I am the only one who does not trust media that can be deleted? ???
Pendrive, hard disc, SD card and all rewritable media may have accidentally deleted your files, or caused by computer viruses. ::)
Call me old, but I trust more in DVD-R medias high quality. ;)
Ok, you're old. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:54:08 PM »
Anyone know how the 6D's AF system compares to that of a Rebel?

6d has 1 really good center af cross type point, rest are ok.   But for landscape, portraiture, product, etc.. It is really good... stuff that doesn't move.   

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:29:03 PM »
6d for landscape... for safaris, rent a 7d mkii and a 100-400mkii.

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Always in person... and last time I copied 24 gbs of images over to two 16gb sd cards.  I charge five bucks each for them... fair deal and better than getting 6 dvd roms.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:06:58 AM »
My 5D3 still rocks. Images are great, AF hit rate is high, video is great, all my Canon lenses are rock solid top-notch. Spend many $1000 and lots of time switching to Nikon? You've got to be kidding! It would be quicker and cheaper to buy a 1Dx and blow away the D810 in every way but resolution (but I don't need that either), or wait a few months and blow away the D810 with a shiny new 5DIV.  Most professionals will tell you that switching brands is a fools game. Of course there may be exceptions from time to time on specific needs, but not in general all-round use.

I think Canon will blow away the competition soon, and the leapfrog game will continue. They will answer Sony's A7 line, they will further refine dual pixel AF, they will continue to expand the impressive lens lineup.

98% of the time when I miss, it is my fault... not the mkiii's.  I like that... what I need to do though is improve my practical execution though my practical knowledge is pretty decent.

I suppose my point is that I'm more than satisfied with the mkiii's performance... so much so that if the mkiv came out tomorrow and I could swap for free... I'm not sure I would bite.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:20:16 AM »
The fact is rising tide lifts all boats.
I am not concerned one bit about videography for myself, yet the fact that Canon seems to fall behind in prosumer or low end pro videography behind Panasonic and Sony is unfortunately going to affect revenues. If Canon decides not to bring what is now standard or expected to sub-10K cameras it will definitely affect their bottom line. 5DII used to be the definitive line in HDSLR filming, now GH4 and A7s are much better it seems. Even Black Magic was said to be better than the 5DIII.
Similarly, Nikon has brought lots of great new features in the D810. I am not concerned that my 5DIII doesn't have it, but I would like Canon to bring out a camera that does have all those features so they don't lose customers. A high-res high-DR sensor would certainly help.
I would like Canon to flourish because it will affect me indirectly and allow me to use the great equipment they bring out. I am concerned that Canon's business strategy (which often overrides market surveys for big companies) might be too conservative.

I agree 110%. Sony absolutely has plans to take marketshare from Canon and Nikon. The question is will Canon respond or keep nickel and diming us with incremental updates?

Sony has a lens problem. The other issue with AF and other rough edges would take maybe two or three new generations of cameras to work out. I think we will see Canon and Nikon users switching in big numbers.

Do people not remember the 5d mkii?  The mkiii is a revolution in auto focus and low light performance... nickel and dime in the rebel line... sure... but the 1dx is reportedly amazing and the mkiii is borderline great.  How soon we forget.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:01:15 PM »
It's still the worst place for light to come from regardless if its the primary light source or fill.

If that were true, no one would use ring lights.  But they do.

when a ring light is used the light is coming from top, bottom, right and left of the lens position creating a unique look entirely different than the look from a pop up flash. you cant be serious with that post...

Architects same as the Great Chef , who can use the Chicken's S___ to make a great Chicken Salads"---Yes, Some time Useless Pop-up flash can be the Life saving Photos for the photographers like us,  if we know how to use them.
Enjoy
Surapon

PS, All Photos are no Post processing , except reduce the size to fit below 1 MB.

with all due deference to your ingenuity surapon, the quality of light from your fill flash is still poor. you can season chicken S___ as much as you like....its still chicken S___ that you are eating.

regardless of how you spin it, quality of light has a great deal with the direction it is coming from. directly over the lens is about the least desirable position for light to come from. size, intensity and ability to shape your light source also contribute to quality of light and pop up flash fails to achieve any merit in any of these criteria.

photography quite literally translates to "writing with light". understanding quality of light and how to manipulate it is paramount for professional photography. a pop up flash is so far on the other side of desirable that its hard to put into words. put it this way...once one is introduced to lighting, lesson #1 is get the light off the camera.

sry, i just can't fathom anyone that is remotely serious about lighting defending a pop up flash on a professional level body.

Are we talking about gizzards?  Gizzards are gross.  My grandparents used to claim that they were the same thing as nuggets... damn liars.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:05:42 PM »
Pop up flash is quite low on my priority list.  Give me integrated rf triggering with second curtain and I'm a happy camper.  Want a built in flash alternative, get a 90ex for the instances where you need a flash.  Fifty bucks... done.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:00:27 PM »
I believe what happened is that a good long while ago I told the computer to check for bad sectors on the hard drive... but it could only doo that after a restart.  So I forgot about the check... a few hours las and I assume the hard drive is fried.... but after a few more hours, the check is finally done and it is as it was... but there are some bad sectors... o

I was able to retrieve my light room code and I was able to put it on my laptop as a backup... but all in all I can see why film has a certain draw...

I'd replace the HDD before it finally goes kaput, and might as well upgrade to SSD.  Personally I'm done with HDD except for storage.  Solid state drives are really affordable now, just picked up a 500gb drive for just over $200.

That is excellent advice, but I'm truly very cheap... I suppose a small ssd to host the basics would be reasonable...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:11:53 PM »
I believe what happened is that a good long while ago I told the computer to check for bad sectors on the hard drive... but it could only doo that after a restart.  So I forgot about the check... a few hours las and I assume the hard drive is fried.... but after a few more hours, the check is finally done and it is as it was... but there are some bad sectors...

I was able to retrieve my light room code and I was able to put it on my laptop as a backup... but all in all I can see why film has a certain draw...

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