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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:00:01 AM »
All I have are opinions.  I upgraded from a 60D to a 5D mkiii... and I really really like/love the mkiii... but I also really really liked/loved my 60D.  The 5D is better... and after selling the 60D... the mkiii only cost around $2000... but do I believe the mkiii is worth the money I spent... and here is my answer.  Kinda.

The low light performance of the mkiii is truly impressive.  I never pushed the 60D passed iso 2500... and even then, that is significantly more than most people are willing to push it... some people are 1600 people.  With the mkiii, I try not to go passe 3200... but in a pinch... 6400 isn't a crime.  The images clean up nicely with lightroom and the images are still really really good.

The added shots per second... nice... but not mandatory.  The magnesium core... nice, but I don't drop my gear, so it is a bit of a non factor for me.  I do miss my articulating screen, but that's a small complaint.  I do like the double card slots... I'm not a crazed fanatic of the joystick, but it is nice to have.

In great light, I'm not sure that I can tell a crop sensor photo from a full frame, but in low light, definitely. 

As for the depth of field, focal length issue... I don't miss the 1.6 conversion factor... and it is nice being able to get in closer with a subject with my 100mm L or my soon to arrive, 135L.  As I get closer to my subject, the depth of field shrinks and the aspects of the bokeh can really come out.  If I'm shooting outdoor sports, I throw on a 1.4 teleconverter.

I like my mkiii so much that I don't know that I will upgrade to an mkiv... but I also wasn't blown away by it so much.  Would I make the jump again... yes...

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:29:33 AM »
Croft British Touring Car Championship 2012...
That's cheating, coz he ain't a "photographer" ;D ... he is a videographer  ;D ... but nice image.
It doesn't take stills?  Almost every video camera @ best buy has a stills button.  Unbelievable.
I was not commenting on the video camera ... I was saying he is a videographer, also it was said in jest, hence the grinning smiley ;D

I don't use smilies... thus my jests are often misinterpreted. 

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:16:22 AM »
Croft British Touring Car Championship 2012...
That's cheating, coz he ain't a "photographer" ;D ... he is a videographer  ;D ... but nice image.
It doesn't take stills?  Almost every video camera @ best buy has a stills button.  Unbelievable.

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Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:14:54 AM »
If you are comfortable with it, just take the 50. And a ziplock bag ;) I did just that last summer and was very happy. No weight, no worrying about other lenses getting bumped/lifted/flooded/whatever :D

Yip. Perfect.

It is very humid in Florida... so you may want to read up on switching lenses and waiting for the temperature to normalize before switching. 

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Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:07:17 PM »
I brought a 70-200 II to WDW.  It was useful for the shows and parades, but that was about it.  A fast prime is nice at night.

The fireworks @ night... helps to have a fast prime... something like a sigma 35 art or a 24 f/1.4 would be really nice... but in conjunction with a flash... maybe some 2nd shutter flash...

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Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:56:18 PM »
I'd vote for the 50mm... or maybe a get a 35prime for indoors and then the 24-105 for outdoors.  F/4 isn't going to cut it for the it's a small world after all ride...

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:50:21 PM »
Women's rights rally... dude looks like Springsteen to me... in retrospect, I should have cropped/composed this differently.

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I don't care about read speeds... sure it is helpful, but I'm reasonably patient.  Write speeds I do care about.  I used to spray and pray... and when I upgraded from a class 4 SD card to a class 10, the change in speed was noticeable. 

Presently I shoot around 5 to 6 shots at one time.  I time my shots up with the action and then I throw in a little spraying and praying. 

I haven't tried to see at what point my mkiii + my lexar 800x will slow down... but I am curious.  And I want to know if I shoot 30 raw shots in a row with that combo... then will I get 50 in a row with the mkiii and the 1000x?  Having said that... I don't even come close to 30... so it is a non-factor.

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 15, 2014, 12:05:51 AM »
Could manufacturers design a camera that uses solid state drives?  Would that be faster than current transfer rates?

SSD's and CF cards & SD cards are basically the same thing...same tech, different shapes. So you've got what you wanted already! If you have a daily need for speed, just buy the fastest cards you can afford. They genuinely make a very tangible difference.

A bit of best forgotten history...Around the turn of the millennium when a 128Mb card was quite big, a lot of photographers burned their money and lost lots of data on a CF card shaped device called MicroDrive. I had one which was a then massive 512Mb...and it was a tiny spinning HDD. It seems unbelievable now. They were scarey devices with an alarmingly high failure rate.....shudder.....

Check out the wiki page and thank your lucky stars for solid state memory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive

-pw


When I bought my first card, it was an MMC... and I bought it off ebay... and I remember getting the big card... but I'm trying to remember how "big" the "big" card was.  I want to say 32MB... but it very well could have been 16. 

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:27:32 PM »
Product dimensions:
2 inches x 0.1 inches x 1.2 inches; 0.6 ounces

Http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B3X73EE/ref=mw_dp_mpd?pd=1

This for instance...


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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:21:14 PM »
Or hopefully they will ditch SD for 2 really fast CFs

SD is where it's at for photo use. The latest SDXC cards are on par with high-end CF performance and they work in laptops. CF really has nothing going for it at this point apart from high-capacity designs for shooting video at high-bitrates.

I disagree - I prefer CF for its size, robustness and handling. The cards are big enough that I can change them out with one hand, toss one in my camera bag and be able to easily find it again. SD cards are a little more fiddly in that sense and easier to loose too.

Here's a borderline dumb question.  Could manufacturers design a camera that uses solid state drives?  Would that be faster than current transfer rates?

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I gave up waiting. Going to try the old Sigma 50 1.4 for now and see how it goes. Might upgrade to the new one later this year after the price settles and there are a stack of good reviews.

I'm kinda in the same boat.  I think I want to buy the old sigma 50 for $275... but I'm concerned that it's auto focus is going to be whack... and then someone else will buy it and not be happy with it. 

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 07:26:28 PM »
Or hopefully they will ditch SD for 2 really fast CFs

They already have.  Its called a 1dx.  The SD card was added to the 5diii as a low cost way to back up shots when shooting important events like weddings.  Canon had to keep the price point down and this was just one feature that was scaled down to meet their price point.

  The 5diii was designed with wedding, portrait, and event photography in mind.  Not high speed shooting such as with the 1dx..which was designed around sports photography.

By using CF and SD at the same time you have a built in backup copy of your images.

But the mkiii has a really nice af system only second to the 1dx... so sure one is ideal... but the other is no slouch.

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:09:39 PM »
Or hopefully they will ditch SD for 2 really fast CFs
An sd card is convenient for me because I have a shot in my computer for sd cards, but not cf. 

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:35:00 PM »
I have four 4GB, and two 8 GB CF cards. The 4 GB cards I use for regular shooting and have been 100% reliable but are getting a little old.

I'm going on a holiday to Japan soon (once in a lifetime opportunity?) and now I'm thinking of using my CF cards in one slot and getting a 32 GB SD Ultra as a backup in the SD slot, for RAW files. Please advise if this is a good idea, and any experience you may have with this kind of set-up. I don't want to loose a single shot - it's going to be cherry blossom season in Japan!

At the end of the day are you going to be loading them onto a hard drive and uploading to the web?  It also doesn't sound like your are filling the buffer up, so... yeah... sounds like a plan.

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