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I almost never shoot UWA, but I got a Samyang 14mm and I am impressed by how well it performs on my A7R especially for such a cheap lens.

I was thinking about one of those... but I don't want to lose money on another lens if I decide I don't want it...

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The shot I sold was a sports photo and if not for trying to get a decent sample of every team... that shot would have made the cutting room floor. 

And then there are some shots that I feel like are the once in a lifetime get... and not a peep. 

I usually try to get something above and beyond four my customers, a marketing gift week after the fact... but I can't think of anything... who uses mouse pads anymore?


You'll find out how individual taste really is when you sell your work.  The stuff you love rarely sells well, and vice versa.

So true. My largest sale to date was from a mom who purchased pretty much every shot I took of her two kids at a high school football game (QB & WR on the team).

I went back and looked at the photos and there's not one that would make my portfolio.

And there have been many others I've taken at other events that I was sooooo proud of, but nope, parents didn't purchase them.  :-\

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Canon General / Re: CF CARDS
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:52:15 PM »
I think cf has another ten years of life... but smaller with universal support is big.

The day is coming, but I wouldn't sweat it now.

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Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:50:27 PM »
I buy and sell gear and I used to sell gear in an electronics shop.  I would talk to people who had no clue all the time and I tried to explain depth of field 101.  Usually that alone would lose me a sale, but I wanted them to have an understanding why you go from a point and shoot to an slr... I think they appreciated that I didn't go easy on them... but probably not.

When I sell my stuff now, I give them just as much information as they ask for and just a bit more.  Not a ton... just enough...

I have a friend (a Nikon shooter) whose equipment far exceeds his knowledge and shooting ability. He dreams about buying a 36mp body, but mounts crap telephoto zooms to his current camera, and wonders why his photos aren't sharp. His mode dial has never been moved from P (or whatever the Nikon equivalent is to Canon's Full Auto / Green Square / A+ mode).

He was taking photos of a group to which I was a party recently, seated at a table in a restaurant next to large windows with strong backlighting (bright sunlight). After he muttered that we were all in silhouette (and changing the exposure dial didn't help), I suggested he engage his pop-up flash (and then showed him how to do it).

He was grateful for the advice and appreciative of the fact that we were no longer in silhouette, but I'm convinced that he promptly forgot the lesson as soon as the meal was over.

I never volunteer help to strangers, but when they ask for advice -- as often as not -- their eyes begin to glaze over if the solution to their problem is more than a single setting change. Some just hand me their cameras, and ask me to take the shot for them!

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I've sold stuff before... generally the service... not a print... but in regards to this subject... there weren't a ton of other options.... just the lone image.  So I kinda feel bad.... because if I throw another hour into the effort I can probably come away with something that both I and the customer would love... but it is ok...

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Well, $15 net.  I might have to downgrade my celebration with some Natty Light and annoying the wife...

But what is nice is that the print I sold was for some pro bono work I do for shits and giggs... So I am actually pleased, but the print isn't one of my best... So I'm almost annoyed that less than stellar work is going to hang on someone's wall.

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Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 26, 2014, 12:34:40 PM »
I never offer unsolicited advice.  If asked, I'll tell you what you want to know.  The only time I'll offer advice is to friends and family that I know well and that I know will take it as advice and not criticism.

If we are playing golf and someone offers me some swing advice.... they might get a punch to the face.  But with photography... offering advice regarding esthetics is probably a no no, but hey, some fill flash here would do wonders for your subject since the background is a sunset...

Some people don't know... but if they do know and want to produce crap... then by all means.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600-ex-rt upgrade?
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:37:02 AM »
I get all my rumors from here, but I haven't heard any thing.  I upgraded my twin 580 ex ii's and I'm pleased with the ease of use of the transmitter and both 600's

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Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:24:10 PM »
P... ich.  At least give them a rudimentary understanding of Av.

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Keep that dream alive. Soon or later it will happen. I got introduced to DSLR photography late 2008. Started out a used combo of 40D + 50mm f1.4 and 17-55 f2.8 IS.

BTW. I played with 200-400 yesterday at local camera store while looking for new camera bag to fit my X. That lens and 200mm f2 IS are quite awesome ;)

I'm glad I'm not keeping up with the jones (or the Dylan(s))... because my pocket book can't handle it.  Though I do have a hankering for some length... I was thinking 400mm give or take... :) I really wish I had a spare $12000 for the 200-400mm.

I have to be truly honest. I just got a 1DX about 6 months ago to replace my old beaten down 5dMK3 and I cannot honestly think of anything else I could want from a camera. It has great AF, great low light capabilities, excellent ISO quality. What else is there that you "HAVE" to have? To me nothing. I understand we will always want more in life but for me I have to say I am truly happy with my 1DX. Just my opinion of course, I know most feel differently.

Me too, recently joined the 1d line. Let me put it this way. If Canon releases 5D 4 and 1dX II tomorrow, I will more likely upgrade the 1d over 5D. I will keep my current 5D III as a second body until it dies or there is a huge discount on 5D 4.

The grip on 1dx is a HUGE advantage when shoot with larger lenses(85L, 70-200 f2.8 IS II, 400mm etc...)

After shooting with the X for 2weeks, I now feel I need to add a grip to my 5D III. It feels naked at bottom without grip.

I want to take a pilgrimage to B&H in NYC... Maybe while the Mrs. and the eldest are watching a show, I can let the baby just cry while I try out ALL the lenses... even the crappy cheap ones. 

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I'm glad I'm not keeping up with the jones (or the Dylan(s))... because my pocket book can't handle it.  Though I do have a hankering for some length... I was thinking 400mm give or take... :) I really wish I had a spare $12000 for the 200-400mm.

I have to be truly honest. I just got a 1DX about 6 months ago to replace my old beaten down 5dMK3 and I cannot honestly think of anything else I could want from a camera. It has great AF, great low light capabilities, excellent ISO quality. What else is there that you "HAVE" to have? To me nothing. I understand we will always want more in life but for me I have to say I am truly happy with my 1DX. Just my opinion of course, I know most feel differently.

Me too, recently joined the 1d line. Let me put it this way. If Canon releases 5D 4 and 1dX II tomorrow, I will more likely upgrade the 1d over 5D. I will keep my current 5D III as a second body until it dies or there is a huge discount on 5D 4.

The grip on 1dx is a HUGE advantage when shoot with larger lenses(85L, 70-200 f2.8 IS II, 400mm etc...)

After shooting with the X for 2weeks, I now feel I need to add a grip to my 5D III. It feels naked at bottom without grip.

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I feel the same way.  When I had my xs... yes totally needed to upgrade for so many reasons ( video, iso performance, fps,etc), and when I sold my 60d at a loss... that was hard... but the improvements going to full frame were definitive and it just took a while for that to notice.  But now... It will have to be truly earth shattering for me to consider the added expense plus losing money on selling the mkiii. 

I'm not sure I buy this rumor unless the new sensor tech is truly revolutionary (dual pixel doesn't excite me that much).  For me the 5DIII and 1D X are very close to the perfect cameras and it would take at least one or more of these items for me to consider upgrading, assuming no degradation of existing features/performance:

1. 2+ stops of improvement in ISO noise levels
2. 2+ stops of improvement in DR
3. 50% increase in megapixels
4. 50% increase in frame rate
5. Significant weight reduction (1D X) via carbon fiber or something
6. Something revolutionary that we don't know about

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I think I'm back on board... but I will wait for a discount...

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I feel as though everyone gets their hopes up about WHAT SHOULD BE in the new body... and then when it comes out well below the wishlist, people's hopes are crestfallen... I don't want to say yall are setting yourself up for disappointment... but I think that is the case.

Maybe there is a new sensor... with dual pixel since they haven't integrated it into the mkiii's firmware, and maybe gps, 4K vid, and wifi... and a price tag of $4000... So... maybe... we should curb our enthusiasm

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EOS-M / Re: Which batteries do you use on Speedlite Flash 90ex?
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:33:31 PM »
I did have a pair of energizer rechargeable batteries that wouldn't hold a charge after a year.... and they are warranties for two years... So I placed a warranty claim and after making them back, I got a coupon which I used to buy more energizers... as a back up set, I'm perfectly content with them.

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