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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:03:47 PM »
If these specs pan out, this puts me in a real pickle. I have a D800 on preorder, which I can easily cancel, and the 5DIII offers an intriguing balance of resolution and speed. It's not so much the $3,500 price that irks me, but rather the premium Canon is asking over a D800, money that will come in handy in offsetting the money I stand to lose by switching systems.

For me, I think the determining factor will be when the 5DIII will actually start shipping. I have several potentially lucrative gigs coming up in the next 2-3 months where the features of both the 5DIII and D800 will come in handy. If there's going to be a 1Dx-like delay to get a 5DIII, that might be what pushes me over the edge. I suppose we'll know a release date soon enough!

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I think ETTL is fantastic for location shooting, impromptu shooting and when it comes to using speedlights really opens up the door to make things easier, especially with decent off-camera set ups, but I hardly use it.  Most of my shooting is studio, though when I am using my 580 and Flex, I still tend to use manual settings as well

Most my gigs are on location, so my Speedlights get a lot of use. Ever had to hop on a plane with a studio lighting setup? Major PITA. That said, if you're shooting studio stuff most of the time, then without question, a monolight setup is the way to go. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx Delayed in the USA
« on: February 22, 2012, 03:00:34 AM »
Always good to hear news about the mythical 1Dx.

wait till the video of the yeti using a 1Dx with 200-400f4L with builtin TC comes out... :o

I just saw it on Youtube. It's a video taken with a 5Dx, of a yeti taking shots of the Loch Ness monster using a 1Dx and 200-400 f/4L auto focused at f/8. The yeti then hops in his VW GolfX and drives down to McDonald's to pick up a Big MacX, which he washes down with a Dr. PepperX, before retiring for the evening at Holiday Inn ExpressX.

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Have yet to find a reason why I shouldn't use eTTL

IMHO, the only reason not to use ETTL flashes is cost. I've gotten some very good results with off camera Vivitars coupled with ebay triggers, but ETTL is a godsend when you're pressed for time. There's a reason why people spend $250 a pop on Radiopopper ETTL triggers.

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:47:44 PM »
Sure you did. Why wouldn't you? I included images so that you didn't have to click them to see them and if you did you knew what you were clicking with no element of chance. That's the point. Your link is blind.


So I take it that you have a problem with people posting links to their portfolios? I'd rather click a link than sift through several dozen images posted in a thread, but perhaps I'm in the minority.

Let's try this, then. If you want to see more images like this......



and this....



Click the link I posted three posts prior.

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:35:05 PM »

For my review of the cars & show be sure to click the flickr links. :)

That's strange. I found it quite effortless to click your flickr links.

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:56:38 PM »
This is my kind of topic. It takes up too much bandwidth to upload a couple dozen images, so let's try this:

www.stephenkimphoto.com


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EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon respond to the D800?
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:42:22 PM »
Well since I'll be getting one in the first batch I'll do some direct side by side comparisons with my 1Ds Mklll and can post them here if you're interested, but of course the glass will be a variable too, not just the sensor. Anyhow I need to do it to for myself to know what I'm dealing with, so happy to share.

Hopefully I'll be getting one of the first batches of the D800 as well. I'll also be doing my own comparisons as I'm particularly interested how the noise and dynamic range of the D800 will stack up to the 1DsIII. That said, I wouldn't bother posting comparisons on here if the D800's images are superior in any way, shape, or form. Facts have a way of really upsetting the fanboys. 

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:27:59 PM »
The recent introduction of Nikon's D800 seems to have whipped a certain subset of CR members into a particularly high dither. Anyone who even suggests that they might be considering this camera is tarred and feathered Internet style. "Stop whining. Leave! Who cares what you think, traitor?"  Most people on this forum probably have a significant financial commitment to a particular camera maker's line of products,  but how can anyone be so personally threatened by someone else's musings about a choice of consumer product?

Well said. On one hand, I'm surprised your post has resulted in 2 smites, but on the other hand, this kind of comedy is what I expect from canonfanboys.com, I mean canonrumors.com.

 

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It's basically Pocket Wizard's way of saying "We got caught with our d***s in our hands, and need a sleeker, more affordable model to compete with the cheap ebay models, even if the feature set isn't that much improved over our prior units. " At least that's my take on it. Gotta love competition. 

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:37:40 PM »
Along the lines of what we're talking about, I noticed macfly has a very high proportion of negative karma. Despite the fact that he's one of the most talented and experienced photogs on the board, I presume the fanboys don't like when he merely states his opinion that Nikon now offers a better tool for his shooting needs. Let's see, someone who makes a living with his images, relies heavily on his equipment on a daily basis, and is more well-versed on the practical applications and limitations of DSLR technology in real-world shooting situations is suddenly a villain, just because he acknowledges that the best tool for his livelihood now comes from a manufacturer other than Canon? There's a big difference between posting your watermarked images on your flickr page for fun, and relying on your images to compete with other very talented pros on the cut-throat world of photography. Some people don't have the luxury of being fanboys.

IMHO, that pretty much sums up the usefulness of the karma function, but if nothing, it is good comedy to see the fanboys smiting anyone that doesn't lick Canon's balls.     

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:11:42 PM »
Keep it.  The only people who get bad karma are those who doubt Canon's superiority in every field.  I've even seen some people suggest that Canon could do some things better.   Recently, there was even somebody complaining about noise on a 7D!!  We need a way to identify such fifth columnists!

Great point! Since the D800 was announced on 2/8, and I've expressed positive remarks about Nikon's latest effort, my negative karma has gone from 5 to 15. I could be wrong, but I don't ever recall being uncivilized in any way. I actually find it comical that people take someone else's admiration of a non-Canon camera so personally that they can't resist hitting the smite button.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III/X Variation & New Flagship Speedlite? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2012, 06:12:35 PM »
But i think you misinterpret some people who are advised they may get a 1D4 or 1DX AF system. If they're told it enough times they'll get to believe it and get disappointed if it doesn't happen.

Very true. DSLR's are ultimately expensive electronic gizmos that naturally appeal to tech geeks. That's why specs are more important to some people than how a camera actually performs in the field.

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A pro tog reminded me that i should learn to manually focus  like in film days properly before relying on AF points. I pondered on that statement for a bit, then remembered why i was good at focusing manually in film days.

This is a whole 'nother can of worms. I'm actually dumbfounded that people start shooting without learning something as basic as manually focusing, but with as dummy-proof as today's cameras are, it's not surprising.  On that note, I recommended people learn to shoot color slides before even buying  a DSLR for the sole purpose of learning how to properly expose on image.

I get a good laugh from beginners with Rebels that brag about "how they only shoot RAW," ostracize anyone that shoots jpeg, then post images of how they were able to salvage a badly exposed shot of their cat thanks to the extra latitude of the RAW format. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with shooting RAW, but how about learning how to expose properly so you don't have to waste time in post production?

There's been talk lately criticizing Canon's metering system. Yes, better metering systems are welcome, but have these people ever heard of bracketing? It was a pretty standard technique back in the film days, but unlike the film days when it required wasting money on film and lab fees, taking additional exposures, s is now free. Plus, these days you can bracket in 1/2 and 1/3 stop increments to nail the exposure more accurately than ever before. So other than being lazy, what's the excuse for not doing something so basic and getting the shot right in camera?   

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Soon [CR3]
« on: February 18, 2012, 03:53:50 PM »
Very valid point and would be forced to agree with you.  I am a mere hobbyist at best so my photography is a money pit.

It certainly wasn't meant to be a criticism in any way. There's just no way I'd put up with the hassle and cost of switching systems unless I was chasing some money at the end of a tunnel. If you're shooting for fun, how much does Brand X's marginal advantage in tech specs really affect how much you enjoy your shooting experience? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III/X Variation & New Flagship Speedlite? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:22:03 PM »
There was a clamour for the 7D AF and now the 1D4 AF is on the horizon everyone is after the 1DX AF - no pleasing people ::) ::)

Amazing how Nikon has upped the bar, isn't it  :) ? Prior to the D800 announcement, some fan boys were in outright denial of its specs, and many said they'd be content with a 9-point AF system in the 5DIII, as long as they were all cross-type points.  Now they expect a 1Dx or 1D4 AF system.

What happened to all the "My skills are so pimp that I just manually focus, so I don't care about AF specs" and the "Just focus and recompose" people?

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