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Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:34:48 PM »
I used the x-rite that was in sale a few weeks ago... I still need to do the rebate... But I'll give that a look. Thanks for the suggestion.

Actually... LR and facebook are not playing nice together... what I'm seeing in LR is what I expect, but FB is making the black look horrible... I'm guessing it is just FB's compression...

If you calibrate your monitor, could it be that your browser is not set to use your monitor's color profile?

Calibrating your monitor is a good start, but you also have to tell your browser which color profile to use for images, too. For Firefox, I use the Color Management add-on. It works well, but you have to manually select the profile to use (I wish it would dynamically apply whichever profile is in use by Windows for the monitor the browser is displayed in). Since I move between a two-monitor setup at home and another at work, I have to switch the profiles back and forth in the add-on. It's a minor inconvenience.

If you don't calibrate your monitor, well, all bets are off... :P

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I didnt watch his video...but the typical 'switch' scenario seems to be: " Sheesch, my new little camera is just so much smaller than that big badass 5d3 with the 24-70zoom and that huge 70-200f2.8! My new sony/leica/nikon/pentax/samsung is just so small and compact. I hardly notice its there'...which of course is all true...me I just swap my big ugly zooms for a little pancake and the my 6D is almost just as small and compact as the best out there, and all it cost me was the price of a 'meal'...

Where the hell do you eat.  I'm all for the occasional nice meal, but did you ask for extra bacon on the super sized meal?

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Technical Support / Re: 60D Front Focusing
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:20:48 PM »
Send it to Canon to pair with your lenses or drop it in the ground and hope for the best.

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Canon General / Re: New acronym patent: WO?
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:17:15 AM »
W/o= without

So sure it is different, but probably not different enough.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:52:18 PM »
So... who here owns both and can testify?    ;D

I'd guess not many.  The 85L mkii is a siren.  She makes you want to use her... even when it isn't ideal... like me shooting sports with it.

LOL, I think you might be right! I can feel her drawing me in... wallet first.

My favorite lenses are/were as follows respective to my other lens in my bag at the time:

50mm f/1.8 > 18-55mm is, 75-300/55-250
100mm f/2.8L > 50 f/1.4, 24-105mm is, 70-200mm f/4L usm
70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii tie with 100mm f/2.8L > 85mm f/1.8, 8.5mm fisheye, 24-105mm
but at present...
the 85L mkii > 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii, 100L, 24-105mm,

I really really love my 100L because it was really really sharp wide open... and the 85L isn't... but it is really pretty...

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=397&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=941&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

This is a pretty accurate representation... there is purple color fringing... which I have to remove in lightroom... it isn't crazy sharp... the thin depth of field means that I know I'm going to lose some shots that I otherwise would have nailed at f/2.8, and at least right now... I dont' care.  I'll slap on the 85L and walk bravely into the front because I know there is something special there that I can't get with my other lenses... and I love my other lenses... but I'm under its spell. 

I'd encourage you to rent/borrow and 85L mkii... I know we have to sacrafice sharpness, but I'm ok with it... and if it turns out that you are ok with it as well, it makes for a special compliment to one's arsenal.

Quick full disclosure... I was trying to buy the lens used for a while... and Dylan is partly to blame because he picked his up at a VERY nice price and I was of the opinion that if he can get that price... I should be able to come close to it.  So I bought one... couldn't sell enough stuff to afford it... cancelled the order... a few months later... bought one... and I found a better price, so I cancelled that order... then the 2nd order didn't arrive... so I was stuck... Then I bought another... again didn't arrive... and then finally I picked one up for under $1200... and it is like new... maybe very very good... but just a gem of a find. 

So... that whole effort... it could just be me rationalizing all my effort to get the lens at the price at I wanted...

but I do really love it...

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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:38:58 PM »
When you shoot a panorama... do you stand at one point and pivot or do you move parallel with the subject/wall?

I've done both, but I'm not sure if there is a preferred method when photographing something like this.

Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

I took a group shot of 20 kids... and that was tough, because they move without knowing it... so a hand is here... and then it is here... it is just a big pain... not to mention, I don't think the focal length was the issue... but the lighting...

I decided one day to try and take a panorama shot of the inside of my gazebo. The cats moved.

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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:02:12 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

I took a group shot of 20 kids... and that was tough, because they move without knowing it... so a hand is here... and then it is here... it is just a big pain... not to mention, I don't think the focal length was the issue... but the lighting...

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:48:13 PM »
If you're thinking of buying either of these lenses to shoot wide open for a narrow DoF, the two really don't compare.
From purely a numbers point of view, the Sigma has a 36mm aperture, while the Canon has a 71mm aperture.
How does the diameter of the aperture make a difference?  (I'm a bit of a newbie when it comes to technical matters like this.  I'm kind of curious to know  :) )
50mm divided by 1.4 equals 35.7. This is the size of the "hole" through which light enters the lens. Simple as that. 8)

What does it mean? ???

Remove the lens caps (front and trazeira) the 50mm F1.4 lens and look through the front element, to see a "hole" of 35,7mm, in place of the diaphragm. If the lens aperture F2, the hole will be 25mm. If the lens aperture F4, the hole will be 12.5mm. ::)

The F number (F1.4, F2, F2.8, F4 etc) represents a fraction of the "focal length" and "diaphragm aperture". If you do the math, you'll discover why a 600mm F4 lens is so gigantic, and cost so much. So a lens 85mm F1.2 will have a much larger "hole" (and uses more glass to build) than other lens 50mm F1.4. ;)

To understand why a bigger tele lens can blur the background, compared with wide angle lenses, search more about the "circles of confusion". :)

I learned about the ratio recently... and it makes me wonder why there aren't more 24mm f/.75 lenses... Sure it might be blurry as f$&k, but still.

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 I will hit on women with many photography prowess.

 You are so striking... I'd love to photograph you...


Did you mean "manly"?

No clue.  I have Swype on my phone, so it could be any number of other options.


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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:00:53 PM »
So... who here owns both and can testify?    ;D

I'd guess not many.  The 85L mkii is a siren.  She makes you want to use her... even when it isn't ideal... like me shooting sports with it. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 10, 2014, 02:55:32 PM »
When I upgraded from my 60d, I didn't notice a significant difference until I took shots in our light.  That's where the extra money comes in... for me at least.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 10, 2014, 12:37:05 PM »
Apple vs tomato :)
85L has more oomph.
Next question.

It fits depend.. the 50 has no distortion, so if he's stitching panoramics...

Also... in design.. the 50 is less scary when putting the lens on the body because the rear element is flush with the metal mount. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:31:50 AM »
And for what it's worth, I shot a hockey high school game with the 85mm with mixed results, but I liked the images more than the 70-200 mkii... just had a different feel... even if the shots weren't technically perfect...

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:26:53 AM »


As with all things, depends on what you are shooting. 

I have the 85 mkii and I'm quite fond of it, but it is so slow to focus on moving objects. 

And when you shoot at f1.2, it is a challenge getting your subject in focus...

The 50 will have issues focusing using peripheral points.... But it will have more depth of field.

If you believe in the transitive property, the art's bokeh< the 50mm f1.2<the 85 f1.2 mkii.

I was looking for a comparison as well, but then I got a really good deal on the 85 and that was game over for me.

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Why isn't there an alternative to ebay?  Everyone seems to hate it... it just seems like someone would have come along and created competition. 

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