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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII
« on: May 31, 2014, 11:23:46 PM »
How was your battery?  I'm sure you know this, but at a half full battery the fps slow.  As for the ai servo... I probably would have use ai focus and an ir beam to lock focus. 

Also... I remember going from my 60d to the mkiii and the .8 additional fps felt like a big upgrade.  I can imagine losing 2 fps is huge. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:34:09 PM »
When I first got my mkiii shot in good light and the images were good... but they didn't blow my old 60d out of the water.  But the more I used the miii, the more I appreciated it for how great it was.  I screwed up some photos, but I was able to salvage the image because of the mkiii... the crop bodies are fine, but they aren't as good for grain... and saying that you don't notice until 3200 is a crock.  Maybe some people don't notice... but they are wearing blinders.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens through Adorama or B&H
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:03:30 PM »
I got a used 430 ex ii and it worked fine, but it was pretty beat up... Though described accurately.  They omitted what came with it... which add it turned out was accurate.... but I was hoping for at least a foot...

EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 30, 2014, 02:18:28 PM »
How much space are you actually saving with a Sony A7 mirrorless camera as some have recommended?  Since you can't take a picture without a lens attached, the answer is not much at all!

See below comparisons:

Sony A7 native 55mm f/1.8 vs Canon 6D native 50mm f/1.4
Sony A7 native 35mm f/2.8 vs Canon 6D native 40mm f/2.8

+1.  Everyone seems to miss this.  Sure, the cameras are thinner without a mirror, but a big sensor (generally) has big lenses.

So if I ever got tired of lugging my FF rig around and wanted a smaller body, it would be APS-C or smaller, and I'd expressly choose a system that had really well reviewed pancakes.

- A

+1.  Which is why I got the M to complement my 5DIII.  The native lenses maybe be slower, but it is a much more compact system.  But when the light levels are low, I'd rather have the larger sensor with the fastest lenses.

I don't think it's a surprise that many of the initial lenses for the Sony are relatively slow.  (i.e. 28-70, 24-70 f/4, 35 f/2.8, 55 f/1.8).  Imagine if they had come out with these lenses instead (24-70 f/2.8, 35 f/1.4, 55 f/1.2, 70-200 f/2.8), then the price and size would have killed off the A7 system at the start.

I picked up an sl1 for my daughter but it is a nice complement to my mkiii.  The problem is that I should most out my cheaper lenses and I started to let her use my L glass... and that was disconcerting... so I bought her the impressive little 40mm.

Software & Accessories / Re: Shooting in the rain
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:28:58 PM »
I'm not fond of rain photos.  It doesn't really show up in the image... It is annoying.

That is what flashes are for, just put a ziplock over it on the stand and it works great for illuminating raindrops.

I thought about doing something similar... but then I have to stand in the rain... I guess I could sit.

Software & Accessories / Re: Shooting in the rain
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:33:56 PM »
I'm not fond of rain photos.  It doesn't really show up in the image... It is annoying.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:15:19 PM »
Has the inertia factor been discussed at all?  The heavier the body and lens are, the more resistant to movement/torque they are.  Our are we assuming in this dystopian future the camera fully adjusts for all hand shake and movement?

Is it bad if there are multiple photos of the same athlete? Majority of my best frisbee photos(at different events) are of our captain and of our senior handler.

I just asked someone who had interviewed for the position previously and apparently having both in person portfolio and online portfolio is a good thing. Should I include the same photos that I have prints of or different?

What sort of order? by sport? What do you mean be careful mixing portrait and landscape oriented images?

Thank you so much for your help!!

and this is what I had for my portfolio so far:

I'll give you some thoughts I have...(I shoot sports regularly)

1. I would print and bring about a dozen of your best...and then have an iPad or laptop to display your online portfolio....focus on quality, but there has to be some variety of angles /subjects / scenes /action/emotions

2. I looked through your photos, first thing I noticed is you need to straighten your images.  Second thing I noticed is you need to crop some of your images.  Third, I want to see more faces...I can't see a face in 6 of your first 7 photos.

3. Go take some photos of a couple other sports to give your portfolio some more variety and give the impression that you have more experience.   Try a night game or indoor sport because those are regular sport photography assignments.

You have some great shots in your portfolio!  I like this one the best...I cropped and straightened it.  ( I did a screen grab so that's why the image looks white in the upper right corner)

That guy has some crazy thick thighs.  I have to reevaluate who I believe plays quiddich.

That sounds like very good advice... I'm not sure that there is much to add other than have faith in your skill... not your subject.  You breath life into the image... so go with what you have been successful with and don't just add filler that might not be as dynamic.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 29, 2014, 04:22:24 PM »
I've used screens and I've used viewfinders.  I prefer viewfinders.  I'm not alone.  As for bokeh generated by software... possibly... because it is being done now... and rather poorly... but possible.

Full Frame and Optical Viewfinders are the past. APS-C/DX, M4/3 and One Inch cameras with EVF are the future.

In the not-to-distant-past Full Frame 35mm cameras where called Miniature Cameras, and most professionals didn't use them. In the not-to-distant-future only hobbyists will use Full Frame, and pros will have moved-on to smaller formats.

Did I hear someone whining about bokeh?? Bokeh will be handled by the camera, sorta like custom white balance is today -- just dial in how little or how much you want.

Time marches on!

Lenses / Re: buy the 24-70 4 IS... or wait for the 2.8 IS?
« on: May 29, 2014, 11:12:10 AM »
I've seen the 24-70 f4L sell for as little as $850... I say get the 24-70 today... sell it at a small loss when the mythical lens comes out. And don't really worry about it. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:14:33 PM »
Rip.   I'm quite fond of my daughter's sl1 and the short 40 combo.

All things considered, I considered the Canon m, but having to pay for the adapter is what swayed me to do otherwise. 

Ouch, sorry for your loss.  Not all Americans are thieves.

Though most of the thieves are on wall street... So...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: should I buy a 7D now for Cad $690
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:35:33 PM »
She is selling it to you at a very fair price.  If you don't like it, sell it and don't lose much.  The 7d is a very nice body and is a definite upgrade over the 40d.  I don't think you will see a 70d used at 700 for another year or two.. So waiting that long might not be worth it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d2 IQ thoughts.
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:30:00 PM »
I wouldn't get my hopes up... It will probably be the same sensor as the 70d.  But if they did something dramatic... I think it might be possible to do a 20mp aps-h sensor like the 1d line had a generation or two back.  That way you could improve low light performance, though not as much as a 6d.  It would be better in most regards than the crop bodies, and fps than the full frame, but not as good of low light performance.

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