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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:31:00 AM »
Have her feel both of them.  The 7D is bigger and I believe heavier.  The added weight should allow for more stability when hand holding.  Also it has a magnesium core which significantly is stronger than the poly carbonate core of the 70D.

If she's not averse to used or refurbished, she can find the 7D in good condition for around $700, and in refurbished with a 1 year warranty for 960ish before tax direct from Canon through the Canon Loyalty Program. 

Both are really good cameras and I don't believe there is a difference in low light performance... if she is doing video... then I'd lean her towards the 70D... but she should be good with both.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using their 450d?
« on: November 10, 2013, 12:07:09 AM »
I had an XS... and when I upgraded to a 60D I sold the XS.  When I upgraded to a 5D mkiii... I sold the 60D.  I tend not to keep old gear around.  However, I did buy my daughter an XTi pretty cheaply and I let her play with that.  She does a fine job all things considered. 

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 08, 2013, 03:54:36 PM »
I want to dislike this advice, because I dont like to think that it's true.... but I have to agree, because it always proves to be (in my experience).  The thing about letting flickr/family/friend compliments get to their head is the most discouraging thing... In my experience it hasn't been worth it and it always becomes hostile, or just ends with no results at best.

My theory is that, if someone is motivated to actually learn to take great photos, they can and will do it on their own (internet, books, etc).  More often the case however: they see the notoriety you are gaining amongst mutual friends or family, doing something that is seemingly all fun and games, and of course that's appealing—not necessarily motivated by the artistic aspect of it.  Definitely not accusing your neighbor of being in that category, but in my experience, the latter description fits the type of person that approaches me for help.  They want the internet popularity and compliments, not a respectable final product or the path that it takes to get there.

I mean, if I were to have my brain wiped of all photography knowledge and made to start again, I would RATHER be left on my own to research and learn at least at first... even if I had access to a world-class teacher.  If I didn't even have the motivation and patience for that, what good would I be in the hands of a pro anyway?

I  know my mind is always in the gutter,  but I think of knocking boots...  which is what I'm guessing isn't what you are sagging.   though that to can ruin a relationship...  but out of all the ways to ruin a friendship,  it's my favorite.

 as for doing it all over again...  wow... I  was  just so green and naive and I still did a reasonable job with what I had...  from changing angles to  focusing and timing...  ugh.   it would be so awful.

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 08, 2013, 02:45:07 PM »
Thanks Alex!  Yeah, I'll see how it goes.

I guess at some point I should learn something about photography myself and stop faking it like I've been doing for the past few years.  Know what I mean, LOL?!  I mean, should I teach her how to get it right in camera or just teach how to fix it in post???   ;D  After some shoots, I look at my pictures and I wonder if I know anything at all!!  Thank God for the occasional picture that I'm actually proud of!!

 photography is like love making,  the  bigger the lens,  the less you have to do.

 ok,  it's nothing like that... I  just wanted to be crass.

Canon General / Re: 5DII Used for Secret Disney Movie
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:47:52 AM »
I'd probably give it a watch if it were on IFC... but I wouldn't seek it out.

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:06:09 PM »
 I'd try to  teach her depth  of field  first with a  fast prime  only adjusting the aperture.   then I  would move closer and further away from the subject and affect depth of field that way...  then finally I would  get a zoom with a constant aperture and change the focal length only...

 then I'd say...  go forth and learn to use a tripod.

Lenses / Re: When discontinued, does lens price go up or down?
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:14:14 PM »
I don't see the 24-105 rebounding in price significantly.  With the 24-70 f/4L replacing it that will be the new over supplied, and not as much demand lens.  And while they are both on par with each other, I don't think that there will be a substantial longing and increased demand for the 105.  The 35 extra mm... not exactly something to make people pay over what eventually the price of the 24-70 will be.

Canon General / Re: 5DII Used for Secret Disney Movie
« on: November 05, 2013, 02:28:57 PM »
 tree sap?   oh my...  and why weren't they looking at dailies?   that was a lazy mistake to not take the time to check.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 06:44:43 PM »
 when I saw this, I  thought it might be thgmuffin  finally ageing that f5.6  is useless for shooting night sports... I  guess I  will just continue to wait for that  acknowledgement.

Lenses / Re: Which setup would you have?
« on: November 01, 2013, 09:10:24 AM »

I have the yongnuo 622's and the IR beam works well for night time shots, but it doesn't work with AI servo... which is a shame... because that would be nice to have it.

You're speaking of IR triggered off camera flash, or on camera flash?  How would flash work with AI servo anyway?  I tried a Yongnuo 560 and sent it back.  I admit I don't know much about them, but I know I need E-TTL...

 the 622's  are transceivers that trigger off camera flash,  but used alone,  they will emit the red lines which aid in auto focus in darkness.   using that alone would not blind the players and would help to lock in on your subject....  but it doesn't work in ai  servo mode. 

Lenses / Re: Which setup would you have?
« on: October 31, 2013, 08:46:33 PM »
Hmm Flash is helpful for basketball games I guess but for outdoor soccer most of the action is going to be too far away.  Fast lens and high iso are your friend.  I guess some people have extremely powerful flashes but my guess is that some refs and participants might object.

I agree, if you use a better beamer or something, you're going to blind the players. 

High ISO capability in low light is extremely necessary.  It's also necessary in very bright daylight if you are using f/9 and want 1/2500 of a second.

I have the yongnuo 622's and the IR beam works well for night time shots, but it doesn't work with AI servo... which is a shame... because that would be nice to have it.

Lenses / Re: Which setup would you have?
« on: October 31, 2013, 07:27:07 AM »
I think the problem with a  high iso  capable camera is that people use the high iso in lieu of lighting correcting....  exposing correctly.   I'm occasionally guilty of this myself

Jd....I think I understand what you're saying....

I have shot at poor light sporting events where the action is stopped, and I continue to shoot manual at 1/1000 and ISO 3200, even though the subjects are moving slow or not moving much....they are exposed correctly, but the image quality would be better if I quickly switched to 1/500 and ISO 1600....or maybe 1/250 and ISO 800

 I probably should use my custom settings more to do this.

Hey Northstar, thanks for all of your help! The tips you gave on editing and cropping are very helpful!

Right now, I can't get the high end 70-200 simply because I don't have the money. I'll use the 70-300 for friday's match and hopefully I can get some good pictures.

Did you buy it new from a place where you can return it if you don't like it.

I was seriously considering  the kenko,  but knowing this might be a possibility lead me right into the arms of  Canon.   pretty sneaky sis.

Also keep in mind that when using a Kenko on Canon, metering is off by one or two stops, depending on which TC you are using. You eventually pick up on that, but early on you'll find that most of your shots are overexposed. I still forget to compensate these days, which is why I finally just went and purchased the Canon TC instead...much less of a hassle having to always remember to change your exposure by an additional stop.

The real question is, is that slightly lower hassle worth twice the cost? The Keno DGX TCs are about half the cost of the Canon Mark III TCs...

 I'm trying to remember,  but I think I paid 150ish  for my 1.4 mkii.  I got it used and also had a discount.   it is perfect...  and I'm happy to have it when I need it.

Lenses / Re: Canon Extender 1.4ii or iii?
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:55:17 PM »
I use my ii  on a 70-200f2.8L is mkii and I was pleased with the results.   image quality wasn't noticeably impacted and while I lost a stop of light, I  actually had a shallower depth of field because of the added focal length. 

 people will say the iii  is better and I'm sure it is,  but both deserve an A  grade,  but maybe the iii  gets an a+

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting a dance performance and rehearsals
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:15:24 PM »
I was planning to shoot with a 100mm f/2.8 IS on a 5D2 and 24-70 f/2.8 on a 7D or 1D3.  It's not my usual cup of tea but I agreed to take publicity shots for a college dance company.  I won't be shooting with flash during dances so any tips ahead of time would be welcome.

i'd  suggest shooting during a dress rehearsal using of camera flash..  probably two or three.

 I'd probably suggest shooting while on stage at maybe 70mm and f5.6...  but that is a guess.

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