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Canon General / Re: Single point auto focus
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:29:44 AM »
Center point and recompose is certainly faster and easier...and if I'm shooting at f/5.6 with a reasonably distant subject, it's fine because the deeper DoF will mask the backfocus. 

But if you're shooting with a fast prime wide open, focus-recompose is a surefire way to get a backfocused shot.  Some relevant reading: Why Focus-Recompose Sucks.

Personally, I move the AF point around as needed.  I have the default points set off center, and I use orientation-linked AF point to speed things up.  The only time I use an automatic selection mode is in AI Servo for face tracking, where I've already manually selected the starting AF point.

Neuro, your link provides a very effective illustration of the error with focus-recompose for shallow DoF situations. Makes me wonder how many photographers think they have a camera-lense problem with back focusing when it is a technique issue.

I think paper choices are dependent on both personal preference (the look/feel/mood you want to convey) and your intentions on display environment and archival needs. There are so many types of inkjet papers out there that cover so many different characteristics that it can be a little overwhelming. As others have suggested, most of the major manufacturers offer sample packs that can help you decide suits your style and needs.

I personally have sampled most of the Hahnemuhle, Ilford, and Epson papers. Most of my printing these days I am doing on either Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Fiber Silk (both color and B&W) or Hahnemuhle Monet Canvas. The Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta and Epson Exhibition Fiber give me something if I want a slightly brighter, higher D-Max if I am not concerned with the OBA's and Hahnemuhle FB Baryta if I am really going for something with a high gloss, extra white paper. I am printing on an Epson 7890 and Epson 2200.

Are these papers necessary for family photos as you indicate you are focused on with the new printer? Probably for most people they are not as they are a bit more expensive. Try out a sample pack or two from some of these companies if you want to experiment with the higher end papers. Otherwise stay with the "standard" economy papers for now.

I also agree with the comments from jondave, Crasher8 and Dickgraphixstop that you should always use the correct ICC profiles for your printer and paper to get your best results. Good luck and enjoy your new printer.

Canon General / Re: Total File Size - All Your Images and Keep or Delete
« on: January 02, 2013, 12:20:24 AM »

Wow, 36.5 GB to store your last 10 years. I am currently operating with 520GB in image files on my primary storage for photos and another 400GB of non-primary storage RAW files. I agree it is cheap to store but I sadly cannot put my kept files on a flash card right now. My trip out to Arizona a month ago to shoot in Canyon De Chelly, Monument Valley, Slot Canyons in Page, AZ and the GC alone totalled nearly 30GB in files and this was a scouting trip.

Lenses / Re: Football (soccer) lens
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:21:02 PM »
I used to shoot a lot of soccer matches and used the 70-200L f/2.8 IS v1. When roaming the entirety of the sidelines I would use the 2x extender particularly with daytime matches as there was no significant impact to my ISO challenged 10D. For night matches I generally shot without the extender and limited my shooting to action closer to the perimeter of the field. With the 5DIII, you will have a lot more flexibility on your ISO range with and without the extender.

Looking at your current lenses, the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II would be a natural fit to add to the long end and would get a greater deal of use outside of the soccer matches than the 100-400 IMO. Below is an old shot with the 70-200 w/2x on my old 10D body. On your 5DIII w/V2 lense and v3 ext it would be notably sharper.

Canon General / Re: Record Spending Into Camera Gear - HIGHEST
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:12:15 AM »
Bit of a big spend year for me as well with a number of upgrades and additions to my equipment.

BG-E11 and extra battery for it
16-35L f/2.8 II
24-105L f/4
70-200L f/2.8 IS II
100L f/2.8 IS Macro
MT-24EX Twin Lite Macro
Associated B&W and Hoya filters
Induro CT-314 Tripod
Arca Swiss Z1 DP Ball Head
Velbon Mag Slider Macro Rails
Gura Gear Battaflae 32L
Sekonic 758DR

Also added on the PP side:

Epson 7890
HP ZR30w monitor
Spyder Elite 4

Rather fortunate year for my photography equipment and I think I managed to keep my wife from putting me in the dog house with her own camera (SX50 HS which she is enjoying and maybe getting the photography bug) and a kitchen remodel (wish the camera had been enough).

Get a SX40 or SX50: 12mp, 10+ fps, wicked huge zoom, IQ will be on par with kit lens and a lot less money for a beginner.  My buddy keeps upgrading his SX and he really only uses it for wildlife (he is an animal keeper at a wildlife preserve).  He gets some awesome shots and even though he is jealous of my DSLR in many respects, he keeps pointing out that he spends $350 a year on photography and has such a stupid large zoom that I could not afford to get the equivalent focal length for anything less than 10x what he pays.  Dont bash me too much for recommending a non-DSLR camera
No bashing. I was also going to suggest the OP consider a PowerShot SX50 HS.

+1 on the SX50 HS. Got my wife one about 2 months ago for her week in Manhattan and it is a great beginner camera with some solid features and control as she advances out of the beginner mode and it has a crazy 24-1200mm range for wildlife and it can shoot in RAW format.

Lenses / Re: What lenses should I take to India?
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:45:22 PM »
Hello there folks! This is my first post so go easy on me, okay I'm heading to S.India at the end of Jan for six weeks and was just wondering if you think a 16-35mm f2.8 II and 50mm f1.4 are enough to capture most scenes(street, portraits, landscape etc...) Traveling light is a priority so can't really take a big tele and to be honest I don't really shoot over 100mm that often(not yet anyway). Also should 3 batteries get my 5D mkii through a whole day or two of heavy shooting as I'll be away from charging points quite often? Thanking you all kindly and happy to be here! Merry Christmas

Frodo, what lenses do you currently own besides the 16-35 II and the 50 1.4? Is borrowing/renting/buying an option for a lense you do not own currently?

2 batteries would most likely get you through 2 heavy shooting days (if you take 3 I can't see you running into any problems)

100mm f/2.8L IS Macro and an MT-24EX macro flash with 67mm adapter.

Technical Support / Re: 5dm3 AFMA Focal results
« on: December 22, 2012, 12:21:16 PM »
This is for 25, so if you want to use the 50, multiply distance X 2

Actually, the tool I linked offers a simple button to click for either 25x OR 50x focal length calculation so no extra math involved if you click on the correct choice. 

Technical Support / Re: 5dm3 AFMA Focal results
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:27:04 PM »
Neuro's suggestion is valid. As far as being concerned with the range, it seems you are operating outside the recommended 25x-50x focal length for the calibration on a number of your distances tested. I recommend that when you retest with higher EV 's you also work inside the recommended test ranges and use those figures initially until you can validate with some real shooting results.

If you need a quick calculator to confirm your target distances at different focal lengths, try the link below for a competitors product:


Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 01:23:12 PM »
I own a 32L and it is fantastic. I would love to win some Gura Gear and give it to my daughter who is embarking on her photography career.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:29:22 AM »
Sam as a puppy and how she is now.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:17:22 AM »
I currently use RAID 1 (mirroring) on 2x2TB Drives in my primary computer just for image storage. I have SSD's for my OS and primary Apps and non-redundant HDD's for non-critical files.

I keep an active 3 TB External connected for nightly scripted backup of the RAID 1 files.

I keep another 3 TB External at work that I bring home once a month to backup and store as my off-site.

I replace all my drives every 2-3 years to reduce the risk of aging drive failures.

In the event I have any failure in either drive in the RAID 1 array, the other is still fully functional. I perform an immediate backup to the external, grab a spare 2TB spare, and swap the problem drive out and allow it to automatically rebuild the mirror image on the new drive.

Perhaps at some point I may consider cloud but have found that my current system has served me well and survived a hard drive failure once already. If I am able to increase client level work, then I will probably make the move to cloud storage as my off-site method.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need great Photo editing monitor
« on: October 25, 2012, 02:29:23 PM »
Curious to hear your description of HDMI vs Displayport.

I thought that Displayport was the latest and greatest of the connection types...that it was HDMI on steroids so to speak.

Is it really true that you'd want HDMI over Displayport? I thought DP had the higher bandwidth, etc.

I found for my Dell U2711....on my MBP laptop...the only way I could get the full resolution was to use displayport....not HDMI.

I believe I found the same was true when hooking same monitor to a higher end lenovo laptop (different work) to it...had to use DP to get full resolution.


You are correct with wanting DP for 2560x1600. I personally didn't care about HDMI on the monitor and actually preferred not having it so that the latency is better. I only mentioned it in case the OP had more uses for the monitor in mind than just photography/graphics work.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need great Photo editing monitor
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:23:10 AM »
Another very solid option is the HP ZR30w. 30" IPS with low latency (7ms) for IPS panels. I have used one now for more than 6 months and find it fantastic. Calibration via Spyder4 is excellent. Only limitation is Display Port and DVI only. If you use this for work, that is fine but it doesn't have HDMI (which keeps the latency low) so if you want to use it for watching movies via an external HDMI source then choose something else. 2560x1600 resolution, 1.07B colors.


Got mine from B&H. Great monitor for the price, not a high-end Eizo or NEC but for my photography work it does a great job.

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