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You, my friend, are one bad arse mofo  ;D Incredible work!
Haha thanks :)

Just curious which body(ies) you shoot with right now?


4900 USD (without lens).

You get the new 24-70 mkII for only 3500 USD.

It's in Norway.

Wow, that's stiff. You must be laughing at all the people complaining about paying $3,500 USD for it.

Out of curiosity, are US retailers not allowed to ship to Norway? What prevents a US retailer from shipping the camera at $3,500 into Norway?

I did a quick range test and they fired just fine up to about 300-400' for me...I don't know if they work well beyond that as I ran out of room to go further. I've been using them in much shorter distances like 100-150' regularly and they've been 100% reliable there. Like any 2.4ghz trigger (canon 600ex rt included), you should get good consistent results for a couple hundred feet, but they can still be susceptible to wifi interference. I haven't had that problem yet since I'm out in the woods, but I know it's a potential problem. The 600exrt has a nice feature where you can compare signal strengths to choose a good one. That's pretty cool.

Thanks for the feedback. That's some very impressive range, and more than adequate for my needs. The Canon setup is nice, and I particularly like how you can use the STE3 and 600EX to remotely trigger the shutter, but I'm not sure I can justify the price premium over the Odins. I can pick up a 550EX, which has nearly as much power as a 600EX, for $200, throw on a $140 Odin receiver, and add an extra off-camera flash while retaining ETTL capability for $340. That's half the price one one 600EX.

It's hard to believe you shoot weddings.

P.S And you're welcome to check out my work any time:
Fashion & Beauty: http://www.phildrinkwater.co.uk/
Weddings: http://www.phildweddingphotography.co.uk/

You, my friend, are one bad arse mofo  ;D Incredible work!

EOS Bodies / Re: Are we suckers, or smart business people?
« on: March 13, 2012, 04:06:25 PM »
I've never claimed to be anything other than a sucker ;D For 5DII owners, I can see how this would be a difficult decision. Maybe I'm just cheap, but I've always been a proponent of buying bodies that are a 1-2 generations old, or upgrading every other generation.

I'm very eager for my 5DIII to arrive, but I haven't purchased a new body since my old 20D way back in 2005. Since then, I've had a 5DC, 1DIIn and a 1DsIII, which were all purchased second hand in great shape at a fraction of what they cost new. It's not like older bodies stop taking great images just because a newer body has been released. And if you buy used and sell used, you hardly lose any money.   

So if you aren't impressed with the 5DIII, don't buy it. I felt the same way about the 5DII when it came out, so decided to hang on to my 5DC and wait for the 5DIII before even thinking about upgrading.

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO comparo: 5DIII vs. D800
« on: March 13, 2012, 03:58:53 PM »
Man, V8Beast, I absolutely love your photos. The sense of motion and the lighting are spectacular.

Thanks :) I'm just trying to keep up with those that are better than me.

On a different topic, one factor I neglected to mention about the image with the Mustang is that for car-to-car shots, the 5DIII's advantage in FPS over the D800 is huge. If you're a high-end commercial photographer that has the means to get a permit to shut down a public road, then you can get as many cracks at a shot like this as you want, as long as the light doesn't get too harsh. For editorial hacks like me, unfortunately that's not an option.

For one, this shot was taken on a public road while trying to circumvent traffic. Secondly, I'm sticking my head out of the moon roof of an SUV, which is quite hairy. If a cop sees you doing something like this, he's going to tell you to go home ASAP. Thirdly, the surface was very bumpy, making it very difficult to get the desired motion blur with a low shutter speed while maintaining acceptable images sharpness. These are all factors work against you, and lower your "hit rate." The ability to fire off as many frames in a given amount of time is always helpful in these situations. 

I tried to capture a shot at a very specific point on a bridge, but it didn't quite work out, and this is the best I could get. Oh well, maybe next time.

I'm having a hard time getting bookings with my current pricing...  :(

Cheap bastards. This industry is under assault, I tell ya.

Here's my website where you can see our work to get a sense of our style...   :)  This is our latest shoot...


Simply stunning. Great work! You should charge more money :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:35:47 PM »
Damnit, B&H, I need an update. WTF?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Mark - III Preorder and Delivery
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:33:58 PM »
Damnit, B&H, I need an update. WTF?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chuck Westfall & the 5D Mark III
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:24:51 PM »
It caught my attention too.  Is he saying that it could, for example, correct for some of the edge of image deficiencies of UWA lenses like the 17-40L?  It can't magically make images sharp edge-to-edge of course, but possibly reduce CA and other issues?

That's how I interpret it. In light of all the stink that's been made over the 5DIII's noise and DR, if this feature actually works, this is the kind of innovation people are accustomed to seeing from Canon.

Optically, my L lenses are damn near perfect, but I wouldn't mind less vignetting from my 24-105.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Calculating Dynamic Range
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:15:57 AM »
Great info! Have you used the step wedges on your 7D and 5DII, and if so, how do their measured DR compare to their calculated DR?

I have.  Both are less than the calculated DR, in my step wedge tests coming in at about 9 stops at ISO 100 (no difference between them), and (as expected) decreasing with increasing ISO.

Thanks for the info. I'm curious what you'll find with 1Dx, DR wise, once Canon decides to ship them.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chuck Westfall & the 5D Mark III
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:14:50 AM »
to quote Mr. Westfall:

"A new feature called Digital Lens Optimizer processes RAW images to achieve ideal optical characteristics for all types of optical aberration or diffraction, effects of a low-pass filter in front of a CMOS sensor, etc. This function improves image quality particularly in the image periphery in addition to the image center. This function is made possible because the entire design-through-manufacture process, for camera, CMOS sensor, EF lens, and DPP, is carried out entirely at Canon. Images are processed optimally using lens information in the image files (focal length, subject distance, and aperture) and lens data specially for the Digital Lens Optimizer. (However, the size of a .CR2 file will be two to three times larger after applying the Digital Lens Optimizer.) "

This feature has received very little buzz, but I find it quite fascinating. I'm very curious how effective it will be. Maybe it's a gimmick, maybe it's a legitimately useful feature. With the shipment date of 5DIIIs imminent, we shall see very soon :)

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO comparo: 5DIII vs. D800
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:01:34 AM »
V8 Beast - since you already shoot and merge multiple exposures i am interested to hear how you think that the theoretical greater DR of the D800 is going to impact your workflow (I like how you provide specific examples illustrating your arguments)

I can see where the additional MP might benefit you and more likely to a greater extent the Nikkor 14-24 will give you some serious benfits that well outweigh the D800 benefits (I assume you are going for the E version)

I can see where there will be some marginal real world difference in a single exposure with pushed shdows but in this scenario its really subjective and up to the tolerance to noise of the individual. however as soon as you are merging multiple exposures then the theoretical DR of a single exposure goes out the window as rather than struggling pushing shadows you just take the cleaner data from the relevent exposure

I will reference this tutorial again as a way to blend exposures (I am not sure of your method)

Great point. For images that are captured on a tripod, or with the camera rigged to the car, there isn't much benefit of 1-2 extra stops of DR when you're merging multiple exposures. In shots that are hand-held, or that capture real action opposed to staged action, merging exposures isn't in option.

Here, I'm sticking my head out the top of an SUV. Even if I tried to keep the camera in the same spot and the composition identical from frame to frame in an effort to create a composite of multiple images, it's just not possible. The camera, the lead car, and the chase car move too much.

So, there's no other option but to make do with what you got, and try to expose the image in a way that will assist in maximizing DR in post production. As you can see, there's a tremendous difference in contrast between the highlights on the grille, and the shadow side of the car. You could always shoot the car front-lit, but that makes the subject flat and two-dimensional, which I hate. Although this approach with the Mustang is far more challenging, I find it far more rewarding.

The same goes for this shot, but the situation is slightly different.

Backlighting cars is tough, because they're not exactly translucent, but I love the results when it works. With the sun beating straight into the lens, there was very little detail left in the background, shadows, and midtones. This is another shot where multiple exposures can't be merged effectively, since I'm hand-holding the camera while hanging out the side of my minivan. Again, you have to make do with what you've got, and try to extend the DR as much as possible in a single exposure.

That said, I'm honestly not that concerned with the DR in the 5DIII. It's 22 mp are more than enough for the editorial work that I do, but there are instances for product or PR photography where extra resolution would come in handy. Extra pixels also give art directors to turn vertical shots in to horizontals, and horizontals into verticals.

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO comparo: 5DIII vs. D800
« on: March 12, 2012, 11:00:27 PM »
I hope! I'm actually interested to see what people do with really high native ISO settings...the shots of Earth from the ISS with the D3X were stunning. I can only imagine what might be possible now...

Me too. I just hope it's a real-world application of high-ISO usage. Shooting at ISO 25,600 in the middle of a sunny day on a tripod at f/22 with a pitch black ND filter is bogus. OK, that's an exaggeration, but you get the idea. IMHO, high ISO test shots that are taken in dark environments where high ISO would normally be used are valid, but shooting at high ISO in bright light just for testing purposes is questionable at best.

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