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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Switch from Ds3 to 7d Mk2
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:08:05 AM »
When I shoot macro, I manually focus using live view.  The subject is in focus, but there is a ton of white background... so much of that would be gone... I kinda think the crop might be better provided there is enough light and you are at iso 100.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which body to buy?
« on: August 17, 2014, 06:22:40 PM »
Since you do a little off everything, I'd guess I'd lean you towards the 3rd option.  But I personally would do either of the two options... go back to crop with the 70d and wait for the 5d mkiv... or more likely buy a discounted mkiii and a new lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 17, 2014, 06:18:48 PM »
I worked at a major electronics and appliance retailer a few years back and I noticed the 60d was discontinued. It wasn't... we got more in a few weeks later.  I wouldn't believe what the computer says unless there is an announcement or a major price drop.


The reason I said that it is employees is because business owners generally do not work for wages, only employees earn wages.  The site linked to is a job site, as in for those looking for a job.  It talks about what qualifications are needed to get hired.

An eye (both not needed), and a right index finger to hit the shutter...

Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:07:49 PM »

Personally, I've always thought this was one of the all-time greatest sports photos (says a lot more than any razor sharp action shot ever could in my opinion)

that i like... but if it was taken today, people would say that it doesn't follow the rule of thirds.

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

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...

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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. 

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.   

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.

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.

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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