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EOS Bodies / Re: Hybrid Viewfinder Coming To Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:18:21 PM »
I can't tell you the number of times I have looked my head into the viewfinder when shooting video.  Every time I feel like an ass.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 04:36:59 PM »
50 is such a strange balancing act.  Too shall and the bokeh suffers.  Pleasing bokeh and your subject is blurry.  I don't always shot in a studio setting, but when I do I want my subject tack sharp.  Then I'll soften in post because no one is that pretty. 

Damn you 50!  I was just mulling over the 85 L....

You think your out, but they keep pulling you back in!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:28:53 PM »
I loved my 50mm f1.8 but I was ambivalent to the f1.4.  I wanted to love it.. but I just couldn't. 

If the sigma is amazing, I'm in.  35 is too wide for me and 85otoo long.  Goldie locks.... don't care... but I will wait a year or two for the  50 to come down in price the was the 35 has.  699 New... on sale... thank you very much.

I hated the 50 1.8, and find the 50 1.4 much better. But I am hoping for a new sharp-wide-open 50 1.4 with IS. I'd settle for a well-made sharp 50 1.8 IS.

How about this... I love my f1.8 compared to the kit 18-55 is, the 75-300, and the 55-250.  When I got around to getting the f1.4, i had a 24-105, a 100m L and I'm drawing a blank on what else. But it wasn't add impressive by comparison.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:52:39 AM »
I loved my 50mm f1.8 but I was ambivalent to the f1.4.  I wanted to love it.. but I just couldn't. 

If the sigma is amazing, I'm in.  35 is too wide for me and 85otoo long.  Goldie locks.... don't care... but I will wait a year or two for the  50 to come down in price the was the 35 has.  699 New... on sale... thank you very much.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:15:05 AM »
6800, not 8000...  I guess that means I haven't been paying attention to the price of something I can't afford...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Vs. Canon 70D
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:11:47 AM »
Are you sure you can get 900? I sold a 7d last month for 800 and after the Amazon commission my take away was around 720.  Don't count your chickens...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:08:24 AM »
I am hoping the 7D2 is to the 7D, as the 5D3 was to the 5D2 and is compelling enough to make me want to upgrade. I am specifically looking and hoping for a sizable improvements in DN, High ISO Performance and the 5D3 AF system or similar.
I am so disappointed with the 7d by today's standards that any improvement will be worth the upgrade.  Just show me where to sign...

The problem Canon has with the 7DII is that it will certainly rob sales from the 1Dx. If 10 fps @ 18mp with 61 point AF is true then it really will be a 1.6x cropped 1Dx. I suspect that Canon will leave the IQ much the same as the 70D, it's got to hold back on something for this camera.
Naturally we all want a camera with less video compromises (the 7D has a really strong AA filter), far better noise handling threashold and a DR to match the current Sony Exmore CMOS sensors. But I seriously doubt that Canon will invest in sensor tech for this camera and I think they will brin in the new tech for the 1Dx replacement or it's high MP cousin.
I don't think  the 7D II rob sales from the DX. I've been saving for the 1 DX for many months now and on the verge of the getting one. I did have a fleeting thought maybe I wait for the 7D II I can then purchase that along with the 5D Mark III. I'm thinking maybe I can have the best of the both worlds but I held that 1DX again and felt the solid build. There's no doubt I'm getting the DX. The 1 DX and 7DII will cater to two different markets IMHO...

I occasionally wonder if I will be hit with the 1dx bug.  My logic in the past has been... if you have the money and your lenses are really good, the logical step is to improve your body. 

But there are also times when I use my daughter's old xti and I think... this generations old body can get me wow photos too... so why do I have a $3000 body and by extension, why would I ever need an $8000 body.

And I know the answer... because I can't use the xti all the time with a tripod in ideal light.  But it does still bother me just a little. 

If you don't mind me asking, what does the 1dx bring to the table that a 5d mkiii can't provide?  I know the specs, but I'm just curious what you value to be worth the extra cash?


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Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:15:26 PM »
For me... her legs are what catch my eye which leads upwards to her torso/chest... then finally her face. For me... since her face isn't the main subject, I don't think the current way it is lit/developed/exposed is a problem. 

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Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:07:25 AM »
70-200 f2.8 IS II
Beautiful model, but the lighting does not allow to see details of the face. There seems to be off-camera flash but the reflection of the sun on the water is so strong that it is difficult to tame. :( Maybe a CPL filter help?
Face?  Oh.. I didn't realize she had a face.   :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:56:41 AM »
sensor sensor sensor.  That's all y'all talk about.  Why is pixel density such a deal dealer?  I rarely use every pixel in an image and I presently complain about the files size of my raw images. 

I don't need a 7d, but if it were a solid upgrade over the 70d, I would think that would be satisfactory to a sufficient number of buyers.

In the abstract, sure everyone wants a body that is 30 megapixels 10 fps, usable iso of 6400, 4k video, dual card slots, touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a hot Asian model with every purchase.

But in reality... being a bit better can be significantly better for certain individuals.



The biggest deal about pixel density is the depthness of cropping.  For those of us shooting wildlife we mostly have to crop...often pretty deep as we cannot get our subjects to cooperate most of the time to allow for full frame images.  More MP gives us more to work with.

I shoot sports so I'm not nearly as close to the action as I'd like to be so I crop into my images as well. I suppose if you have exhausted every option, a 2x teleconvertor, a 400mm + lens, etc... then yes cropping can be a last resort.  But if 18 mp can't get it done, 24mp Wil be better but not a panacea.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:46:49 PM »
sensor sensor sensor.  That's all y'all talk about.  Why is pixel density such a deal dealer?  I rarely use every pixel in an image and I presently complain about the files size of my raw images. 

I don't need a 7d, but if it were a solid upgrade over the 70d, I would think that would be satisfactory to a sufficient number of buyers.

In the abstract, sure everyone wants a body that is 30 megapixels 10 fps, usable iso of 6400, 4k video, dual card slots, touch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a hot Asian model with every purchase.

But in reality... being a bit better can be significantly better for certain individuals.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 11, 2014, 11:12:53 PM »
I guess they are welcome to my d!ck pics... excuse me... my art photos.

When you format, did you do a slow format or a quick one?

When you do a full format, the computer writes over every block back to simple 1's and 0's.  It takes forever.  A quick format just marked everything as deleted and is consequently recoverable. 

I might be wrong about that, but that is my understanding.

Full format will not erase data on sectors.  However, it will scan bad sectors for you.  That's why you still can recovery data from full formatted discs/cards.  Nowadays hard drives and flash drives/cards rarely have bad sectors, so quick formatted is recommended.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 11, 2014, 12:09:08 PM »
Someone here mentioned they give or sell their old cards with camera bodies.  I will never get rid of my old cards.  I accidentally formatted a card once and used the recovery software to get back my images.  I found hundreds and hundreds of images on there from months and months prior.  I had formatted that card dozens of times and yet there were tons of images from past shooting days. 

There may be a better way to format a card then using the camera to totally erase all the little bits and bytes.... but then again there are some very clever programs out there for file recovery.

I'm not saying that my work is so valuable I wouldn't want someone else getting it, but that it is too personal to me! 

I keep all old cards.

When you format, did you do a slow format or a quick one?

When you do a full format, the computer writes over every block back to simple 1's and 0's.  It takes forever.  A quick format just marked everything as deleted and is consequently recoverable. 

I might be wrong about that, but that is my understanding. 


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Software & Accessories / Re: How many cards?
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:17:58 PM »
But I remember when I was thrilled to get my first 8GB CF card, so I suppose 256GB is a candidate for being standard when we go to +45MP images.
I remember being thrilled when I bought my first 256MB CompactFlash card!  I still carry it as a back up if you can believe that.  I paid like $200 for it, so I can't just throw it away :)

 $200... Ouch.  The most I ever spent on a card was $20 and even then it was an effort to open up the wallet. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:14:08 PM »
Also a 135 L would work nicely on a 6d with maybe a single yongnuo 622c which will emit a red grid of lines and help lock onto focus.  There are a ton of options... Heck manually focusing will work if you do it often enough.
+1

If 135mm is a regularly required focal length and a wide spread of AF points isn't needed, the 6D/135L system would be hard to beat in low light.

The 1DX is a great body, but you can achieve comparable results at a fraction of the price.  Another guy mentioned it before, but I thought it was interesting. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paJqHPHLExo

pictures of herons catching fish?  Sometimes you don't need the best to capture mundane...

Someone here introduced me to that clip but it seems apropos.  Spending other people's money is so easy.  Sometimes a t1i will suffice for someone's photographic ventures... plus a good lens of course.

That's a funny clip!  Reminds me of some people on here, only they aren't funny :P...

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