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Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:22:09 PM »
I sell my stuff on Amazon and when I have ambivalent feelings about doing so, I list the price higher than the used market value... so if itdoes sell, I get more than I should reasonably expect, but there is a higher likely hood of it staying in my bag because I price it out of the market....

So yeah....

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:13:30 PM »
I have the 100L and the 70-200f2.8L mkii.  Normally I would lean towards a prime, but the 200mm prime is a wash in image quality and you lose is.  It is smaller, so there's that.

I love my 100L, but I sold it when I bought the 70-200... then I bought it again... now I picked up an 85L mkii so I'm thinking about selling the 100L again.  Image quality is better than the zoom, but the 135L is close to being on par in image quality... so I might pick up one of those, sell the 100, and then have the zoom, an 85 and 135.  I mouse the minimum focusing distanceg of the 100L... so there's that.

Then there is the extra stop of light with the 135... and that is significant, but you lose is. 

I'd personally lean towards the zoom.  It is really good.  I use it when I cannot control the circumstances.  But when I can control the light or my subjects, I go prime.

So it comes down to you and what you shoot.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:24:48 AM »
I am probably going to get shot for saying this on a Canon forum, but if you are thinking of renting...... Why not a Sony A7S?

It is the low light king.... And apparently the right tool for the job.....

That's funny. :)

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:11:21 PM »
Any YouTube videos that you can reference so we have a sense of whether this is a dance routine, a skating routine like you might see from a band on a field, etc. 

I'm having a hard time figuring out what you will be shooting.

I'm supposed to get a CD of what was done last year, but from my discussions it sounds like it'll be similarly lit like this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BpFL1tA6lY

You're screwed.  But give it the best you got.

I would spot meter, I would only focus with the center AF point, I would probably also lean toward the 135L f/2... for the extra stop of light, and because it has a really good AF motor.  I have an 85L mkii and anything moving can be a challenge, so the extra stop and change wouldn't help me because everyone would be blurry. 

For that type of show... you can't use flash... but you can use the spotlight which has to be your best friend.  So follow that around.  Tripod... monopod... either or... but the 135L, the 85mm f/1.8, or the 100mm f/2 all lack IS.  If you have a buddy in the neighborhood with a 200mm f/2 IS, that might be your best bet.  Feel free to rent, but this is a challenge and a 1/2 regardless of the body and the lens combo. 

The other day in the dark I was using the 5D mkiii and I had to resort to only using the center AF point because it was the most sensitive.  So the other 76ish points won't make a huge difference.  So I'd probably lean towards the 6D as well. 

I'd also suggesting using something with the IR beams for focus.  I used the yongnuo 622c transmitter even when I wasn't using off camera flash, because the ir beams really came in handy to lock onto your target... having said that... a red grid on the performers might be distracting to the show...

Also, see if they will agree to wear a white and black checkerboard outfit... because that will also help to lock focus. 

I'd shoot in manual, set your shutter speed, open the aperture wide, and then let the camera adjust for iso... For movement, I'd agree that 1/500th is better... but I might try to get away with 1/250 if they are slowing skating... but getting those shutterspeeds... again... good luck. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:41:49 PM »
Here's a mediocre photo.  I was shooting at 200mm, f/2.8, 1/50 of a second, and 6400 iso on my 5d mkiii... and it is pretty awful. 

The kid falls, which is always fun, but it was just too damn dark. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:24:31 PM »
Any YouTube videos that you can reference so we have a sense of whether this is a dance routine, a skating routine like you might see from a band on a field, etc. 

I'm having a hard time figuring out what you will be shooting.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:18:50 PM »
I tried shooting my daughter's birthday party at a skating rink... meh... at best.

I'll share what I can, but I wouldn't promise excellence.

Can you share backwards and at a constant pace as your subject.  If so, that might make for some decent second shutter flash images.

I tried to bounce the light off of a wall, can't do the ceiling because they are to high.  But that limited my mobility.  I tried using off cameraflash using a diffuser, but my daughter complained because it ed Dahl, so the flash blinded her for a second... so that's out.

I tried long exposures, but that's just a mess of arms and you can't tell what anything is. 

F2.8 just really doesn't get the job done.  Heck, I'm not sure f1.2 can get the job done without flash.  I hate skate Paris so much because they are moving towards you or away... so focus is an issue.

Good luck.. honestly...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:55:35 PM »
Put it this way: among current wedding/event photogs, how seriously would you take someone who is using a Rebel XS (1000D) as his/her only camera?  What about a sports photog using a 60D?  I'd feel more confident that the "pro" was serious about his/her work if they were using 7D (sports/wildlife), 5D or 1D series bodies.

So, it is then the perception given to the client?  Does that go back to the notion that a camera is more professional based upon the amount of money it is, or because, in the example provided above, they are physically bigger?   I do agree that a 1D is very impressive looking on the sidelines.

I could use the original 1d and it would only be marginally effective at capturing the shots that we take now (outside of ideal light)... big doesn't mean better...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:46:46 PM »
Dig rev tv on YouTube does a bit where they have photogs who are well respected, presumably, use cheap cameras to recreate their magic.  It is great. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:44:19 PM »
The person behind it which is a sentiment many if us share. 

It takes vision, understanding, and a willingness to fall, but in a positive way. 

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Lenses / Re: Do date codes matter?
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:19:37 AM »
There is a clicking that happens when you zoom in the 24-70 f2.8L mkii.  That was fixed with layer models.

The 24-105 had a rubber band that breaks after five or so years... so getting a newer lens is better than an older.

Other than that.... I don't care.

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No offense, but it sounds like you are setting up impediments... creative cloud, local vendors, antiquated operating systems...

We don't always get exactly what we want, but we find a way to make it work.

Nah, all that stuff is legitimate complaints.  Most people find it difficult to update an operating system and there's always a cascading set of problems that follow with programs not working, lost settings, reinstalling everything, its a PITA.  There's also nothing wrong with wanting to support local people who spend, hire, and pay taxes in the local community nor is there anything wrong with being annoyed that Adobe has moved to rental scheme.  IMO, it really doesn't seem worth it to upgrade to a new camera that might be, at best, a marginal improvement in a couple of specs over his current bodies if the setup he has works for what he does.  And I'm saying this as someone who built the computer I'm typing this on, regularly reinstalls the OS, buys stuff online and is interested in the 7DII (depending on how it performs v 1DIV).

I just replaced s failing hard drive with a ssd... and I totally agree that it can be a huge pain in the ass, but choosing to use a computer that is antiquated is what is causing the problem, not that Canon doesn't support 3.1, 95, xp, or Vista.  And there are resolutions to the problem, get a computer solely for photo editing with a new os being the first, then getting a boxed version of Lightroom, and asking if the local store will match the offer from the online store. 

There's nothing wrong with supporting a local store, but it is a reciprocal relationship.  I give you my hard earned money and you provide the gear and service I require.  If you fail in that regard, my hard earned money will go elsewhere.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:24:53 PM »
A minor point, but one I think is worth mentioning, is the larger viewfinder with FF. I find it makes it easier to compose with and is just generally nice to have.

Obviously this becomes a moot point when referring to mirror-less cameras.

I was passing with a t1i the other day and the smaller viewfinder was killing me. 

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No offense, but it sounds like you are setting up impediments... creative cloud, local vendors, antiquated operating systems...

We don't always get exactly what we want, but we find a way to make it work.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 2nd hand 70D, what to check?
« on: October 13, 2014, 07:17:46 AM »
Take a cheaper lens, attach it, take a photo, if you can take a laptop, take the image and look at the metadata and the dimensions.  I guess someone could remove a 60D emblem and put a 70D.

No need to take a shot - you'll see 19 AF points in the VF if it's a 70D, 9 if it's a 60D.

I'd want to make sure that the information transfers to and from the lens.  It is possible that the info is damaged... not just confirming the AF points... but the functionality.

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