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EOS-M / Re: Hot pixels/dead pixels on sensor
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:15:10 AM »
I thought hot or dead pixels are ones that had burned out and are no longer usable.  Are you telling me there is a way to clean the camera to bring them back to life???

I have some on my 5Dmk2, but only notice them when shooting very high ISO.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 85 f 1.4
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:19:01 AM »
Not sure the difference between 1.4 and 1.8 is enough to make the switch.  Honestly, the DOF at 1.4 is so shallow that I often do not shoot it wide open.  The lens does have a nice feel - solid, but not too big - balances perfectly on a larger body like my 5D2.

When I first got it, however, it would not focus well at very close objects - the focus would just hunt back and forth.  I sent it in for free warranty repair and now it works fine at all subject distances.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:38:02 PM »
I do not see this lens listed in the lens gallery section, so I am starting a thread for it.  Here is a shot from last night at the Phoenix Zoo during a summer night opening.  I use this lens sparingly, but in very low light situations it comes in handy.  It was darker than even the photo makes it look and autofocus did not work, so I had a difficult time manually focusing.  I use a 5D2 - maybe a 6D would have been able to autofocus in the dark?

Anyway, here is the camera JPEG with no adjustments other than downsizing.  Shot at f/2, 1/8 second, iso 4000.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:21:25 PM »
I use Photoshop Elements 9 and love it.  I have not personally found a need to use the full CS version of Photoshop (pricey), because Elements does everything I would need to do.  I have not used Lightroom but I generally do not shoot RAW.  You can do RAW conversion in Elements, but for large groups of photos it would be rather time consuming.

My understanding is that Lightroom is for sorting and standard edits (color balance, noise reduction, etc) of large batches of photos and Photoshop (Elements or CS) is for more advanced edits, such as replacing backgrounds, doing composites (including panoramas), adding text, etc.

You may find a need for both or you may find Lightroom is enough (as others have said).  If you are in the very tiny minority of serious photographers like myself that shoots camera JPEG, then you may find like me that Elements is sufficient.

Canon General / Re: Bad Photography Rant
« on: July 21, 2013, 10:43:06 AM »
The best way to evaluate a photographer is to look at their website or portfolio.  Any smart customer should be able to judge the quality they can expect from that.  Customers should also enquire at photo labs or camera stores who those people would recommend.  I work at a major Southwest US photo lab and customers regularly ask us for recommendations for a photographer.  Since most of the local pros use us, we can recommend two or three names who are ideal for the kind of shoot they are looking for.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M 22 pancake lens cap
« on: July 20, 2013, 08:27:32 PM »
I picked up a generic plastic cap at a local camera store.  As per photos attached, appears to stick out about half as much as the Canon cap so I think it will be the perfect solution.  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:45:11 AM »
Will not happen and if it did would not be as cheap as you hope.  Best bet for affordable (but still out of my price range) digital medium format is Pentax 645D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: first paid gig need help
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:42:03 AM »
You already have three lenses which IMO is too many to be switching around (especially for a kids birthday party).  Do you really want to try more?  As for cake, no reason you should not be able to crop in post to get a good closeup.

I have the stofen flash cap too and found it does next to nothing - almost the same as shooting the flash bare.  If you plan to do a lot of flash work I think the only investment you may need is a better diffuser (Gary Fong seems to be the industry standard).

EOS-M / Re: EOS M 22 pancake lens cap
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:24:51 AM »
I am having second thoughts about the screw in cap.  It looks like it will work well on a lens where the filter thread goes right to the edge of the lens (as in most lenses).  With this lens, however, the filter threads are inset from the edge of the lens and there is a substantial area of perfectly flat metal lens barrel on front before the end.  I think it would be too hard to unscrew the very flat metal cap when the edge is so far inset like that.  The metal is not thick enough to get a good grasp.

I may just look for a thinner (non pinch type) plastic cap.

EOS-M / EOS M 22 pancake lens cap
« on: July 19, 2013, 01:41:30 AM »
I got my M kit today (the 299 deal with pancake lens).  I only got it to use as point and shoot with small lens (will never buy another M lens), so I want a small setup to fit in cargo shorts pocket.

Only minor disappointment is the pinch lens cap seems a bit thick for my needs.  I am going to order one of these flat screw in caps instead.  (No one seems to carry this except BH and Istock via Amazon).


EOS-M / Re: Where is my backordered EOS-M w/22 STM lens?
« on: July 19, 2013, 01:37:42 AM »
I ordered mine on 7/9 (the last day of sale) and it said at that time estimated to be in stock 7/13 (a Saturday, which of course BH is closed).  On Sunday night, 7/14, I got an email saying order was shipped with expected delivery 7/18 (I had chosen UPS 3 day shipping).  Sure enough, today 7/18 the camera arrived!

Not sure why I ordered 7/9 and got it already but people ordered before me have not.  I ordered the white one, did those of you who did not get it order the black instead?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark II composition movement
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:37:33 AM »
Or maybe you are using an IS lens and the stabilizer is keeping the old framing while you are seeing the new framing?  Still the difference would be so slight I do not understand how you would notice it.  This is the most bizarre photo problem I have ever heard.  I use a 5Dii as my sole DSLR and have never experienced anything like that.

Personal favorite is Nick Nichols, the staff wildlife photographer for National Geographic.  Famous for his low light motion blur work, a technique that I emulate (though mostly in zoos).

Favorite landscape shooter is probably Clyde Butcher, who does stunning large format black and white images in and around the Everglades.  Just dripping with detail and I would love to go to his Florida gallery sometime to see really big prints in person.

The trouble is that many people use this philosophy of not bringing a compass on to a mountain too seriously.  In the UK there have been numerous call outs to the (voluntary) mountain rescue teams to rescue them because the battery in their phone has run dry.  The trouble is that redundancy might be apparent, but that doesn't mean it's real.

If the battery in their phone was dead, then how did they call the rescue team?  :P

The question was, "does sensor size affect DOF?" (admittedly highly evolved since the OP's question).  There is only one correct and objective answer, and the answer is YES.

Actually what I hear people saying is the answer is NO.

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