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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:10:54 PM »
I understand what you are saying.  It's fast, the screens are dirty and scuffed, most times the rink lighting sucks but after all that your shots still came out good and will look better with some work in lightroom :)  The shot with the goalie in focus but the players blurred is something I was thinking of trying.  It gives a surreal sense to the goalie's position - calm and focused while everything around is chaos.

I'm fighting with Lightroom, my screen, and my photo viewer... I can't get the shot to look like it should... and I used xrite... So it is a work in progress.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:30:38 AM »
I haven't watched hockey for the joy of it since 1996... whenever the Carolina Panthers fans were throwing rats onto the ice.  So I have no instincts for the sport... not the way I do for basketball and football. 

And can I say... the game is a lot faster than I was expecting... sure I'd like the puck in the frame, but I was thinking I would be able to take some long (.5 second) shots and pan across the ice... and that really didn't happen... and the plastic glass they use... wow... that is so scuffed... and I was shooting close to the glass to blur the scuffs into the foreground, but when the light reflects off of it... geesh.  I don't envy the task of doing this often.

I shot at f/2.8 on my 70-200 and I was happy enough with the shots... I could have zoomed in more... but I understand I didn't want to cut off heads.. and then f/1.2 with my 85L mkii... and the AF was faster than I was expecting... but even with the distance to the subject, the DOF wasn't that great... and everyone was wearing a mask... so EVEN if I focused on their face... it wouldn't have helped that much because I would have still be 3 inches away from their face/eyes... so I like the f/1.2 shots... enough that I don't mind the faces being blah...

Then I shot some long exposures using a monopod and they were ok... I was trying to get the speed of the game, but @ a 1/4 of a second, I still wasn't getting the look of exactly what I wanted... so I'm thinking of trying again at an faster speeds, but until I get it just right... just enough blur... that it looks like what I envision.

I saved the shots @ 58% of .jpg via lightroom... so they aren't the best in image quality, but I didn't feel like uploading overnight.  And excuse the GIANT copyright... I'm sending them to a team manager for the team in white...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55197309@N02/sets/72157648769889669/

OH... and for some reason, stupid windows photo viewer is showing the images a good 1 or 2 stops darker than what they are... so that is annoying... and I had to fight with LR5 to get the copyright even on the images... so it was a rough night...

and as a quick side note before I go to bed... I didn't notice the CA until I was halfway through... so the purple glow should be gone after all is said and done.  and I think the WB is off... so... yeah... it is a very rough draft... but it is something to get better @

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which SD card for Canon 70d?
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:21:58 PM »
I'd recommend sandisk... they have an excellent reputation (and only buy from an authorized retailer... and depending on how often you clear the information, you really probably don't need much more than 8gb...

Do you format SD card before you start using it? I've heard different opinions about that.

I use CF on my mkiii... and I occasionally re-format in camera.  With SD... I do, but not that often because I rarely use it.  When I had my 60d... I did occasionally. 

Having the re-format, if I'm correct about this, makes the write rates faster, but I didn't care at the time. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which SD card for Canon 70d?
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:52:42 PM »
I'd recommend sandisk... they have an excellent reputation (and only buy from an authorized retailer... and depending on how often you clear the information, you really probably don't need much more than 8gb...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:46:05 PM »
I'd go refurb. Either an SL1 or a T4/5i. Then add either a 50 prime or a 18-135 zoom with IS.

I loved my 50mm f/1.8... and I wanted to love the 50mm f/1.4... but I didn't... it was as good... maybe better... but I didn't like it that much especially with the 80mm crop field of view. 

I think a 30 or 35 is more tolerable... I think having a prime is worth having initially... it helps to figure out whether you like think dof, bokeh, and image quality... and low light...


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:42:21 PM »
Good luck jd :)Looking forward to seeing the results.

Are there cheerleaders @ hockey games... I would not guess, because their HIGH BEAMS would be on all night long...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:34:47 PM »
It's hard to impress on them that changing the lenses is where the fun really begins with an slr!
I am leaning towards the 600d or 700d (t3, t5i) and kit 18-55 and a prime. I think a prime is very important to learn photography.

Agreed... tonight I'm going to go and shoot a high school hockey game for S___s and gigs...

I'm taking an 85L mkii, a 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii, and a 24-105mm f/4L is... and I imagine each and every lens will serve it's purpose tonight. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:16:47 PM »
Keep it simple.

I suggest a Canon T3i or a Pentax K-3 or K-5 IIs, a single prime lens in the so called 'standard' range of 35, 40 or 50mm. No need for a beginner to use faster than f1.8.

Both brands include a pop up flash, with a little experience, upgrade to off camera flash.
 
Just looked at B&H prices, yikes, Pentax lenses are higher than I expected. Pentax 40mm pancake is ~ USD $550, Canon's is only USD $200.

My only issue with the pop up flash is that we all agree that flash directly over the lens without any kind of diffuser (and even with a diffuser) looks pretty awful. 

so the cheaper the body, but with a decent ettl speedlite (while bouncing) is a significant improvement... or using a wide aperture prime. 

Using an SLR is to get away from images that resemble point and shoot or camera phone images. 


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 03:20:36 PM »
When first starting out, you should explore a lot of different possibilities. I'd recommend the Canon T5 kit w/ 18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses. Add an extra battery and a 50mm f/1.8 lens. That's your budget right there.

There has been some good advice in this thread so I felt no need to give my 2ct, but I agree with the above doesn't seem like a good idea - esp. paying a lot of $$$ and ending up with the ultra-crappy ancient 50/1.8 which is the absolute reverse of the "glass first" mantra.

One other reason in addition to those jdramirez gave: Having too many lenses around can be a hassle for a beginner, nobody likes changing lenses and it can take the fun away. Having lenses with very thin dof can also be difficult for beginners. Better start with an older crop camera body and a single good ef-s lens like the ef-s 15-85 which covers more reach, then start shooting, then think again where to go from there.

I like the 50mm more than you, but when I first got it I was ignorant and a little stupid.  I shot everything at f1.8 and I didn't know it was soft until you get to f2.8 or so.  I think having someone to tell the newb the limitations of their gear will help a ton.

The 50 @f2.8 was my favorite lens over the kit and the 55-250mm.  The image quality and the thinner dof was huge in comparison... But for a crop, 35mm is more manageable.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:42:12 PM »
When first starting out, you should explore a lot of different possibilities. I'd recommend the Canon T5 kit w/ 18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses. Add an extra battery and a 50mm f/1.8 lens. That's your budget right there.

In a while, add the 10-18mm lens if you find yourself using wide angle a lot.

That's my philosophy. Others will urge you to pick one lens and master it before adding anything else. I just think you should know your options in case you eventually want to invest more in photography.

Also, I wouldn't recommend the Canon M as your only camera -- I love mine, but it's very difficult to use in bright daylight. The screen is too reflective to see what you're doing, and there's no other viewfinder.

I say this half heartedly since I started with the kit and had the 55-250 as well... But shooting at f5.6 isn't a dream... especially indoors... So the flash pops up if your in auto and your shots look like point and shoot images, or you shoot in av, tv ,etc, and your iso kicks up so much that your images look grainy and unusable.

I did suggest a cheap 430ex and learning how to bounce... well that may have been implied, but give me that, an older camera, and a better lens any day. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: November 07, 2014, 12:46:34 PM »
I'm going to take a stab at shooting hockey tonight... I'll let y'all know how bad of a job I do.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 12:44:30 PM »
If I may say... the 24-105 had its problems, distortion, chromatic aberrations, f4 max aperture, but as a beginner lens, it is spectacular.  Shall,  good color rendition, nice range even on a crop... So getting that lens paired with any beginning body would be an incredible combo provided the shooter isn't all about primes... which is ok...

Primes are great, but most beginners don't go that route initially.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:58:08 AM »
You can't go wrong with either Canon or Nikon, both manufacturer produce excellent cameras and lenses.

Why restrict it to only those two manufacturers?

I've said a very similar sentiment to people who ask my opinion.

Usually why I don't suggest Sony or Pentax is because of residual value.  There are more Canon/Nikon shooters in the world and do the out of people you can sell your old gear to is much larger. 


So if you decide slrs aren't for you, you can get out without losing your shirt.  If you decide to upgrade, c/n hold their value better so you can use the funds from that to defray the cost of your new lens.

I'm sure a bunch of people have seen gear on Craigslist that just sits there for an eternity...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:42:13 AM »
I'd lean towards a t3 for $300, sell the kit lens for $75.  Then but a 35 f2 is, or a 24-105, or maybe an 85 f1.8, or the 35 and a 55-250mm is..

I'd scrimp on the body, but pair it will some decent lenses... Maybe $100 for a 430 ex..

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EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:00:31 PM »
Jim Brown was an all American at both lacrosse and football... So it isn't a given that a split goal won't work.

I have almost zero use for video.  While I appreciate that many users do have a use for video I think Canon and most other companies have moved away from the essence of a stills camera. 

Will there come a point where the bestest still camera and the bestest video camera will be incompatable on the same body?

I also don't care about video and I wonder if my still cameras could be "better" if the design concentrated on still photography instead of video.

If a camera tries to be the best at both, is there a point when it ends up being the best at neither?

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