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Software & Accessories / Re: How Long Does Your CF Cards Last...
« on: August 04, 2013, 07:02:46 AM »
Never had one "Wear Out", what I have had is where the capacity becomes too restricted for my current camera.  My 3GB cards are sitting somewhere in a box, physically perfect to use, but lacking in capacity.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Picture styles
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:39:25 AM »
I shoot in RAW and I convert using DxO.  So, Picture Style is irrelevant except insofar as it affects the histogram.  I use Neutral.

+1, the only reason I shoot in JPG is for the histogram.  I keep it set at neutral as to have no impact on the histogram.

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Lenses / Re: Gear Advice foe and awesome Greece trip
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:47:54 AM »
Hello

Me and one of my friends are going to go to Greece on 5th of August for almost 1 month. I am planing to visit Santorini (if any of you have been on an awesome island not far from Santorini, let me know), Athens, Meteora, and Thessaloniki. Also if you guys know other places, tell me.

So far I packed 5D3 17-40 with a polarizer and a 8 stop ND filter, 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8 and 1 600EXRT and ST3 trigger. Also I will bring a GoPro Hero 1 and a Manfrotto tripod.

For renting I want a 24 TS-E a fisheye, eather the canon 15 2.8 or the canon 8-15. A GoPro Hero 3 Black, and a quadrotor for changing the perspective.

I will have with me a mac 11 inch to see in some cases if I nailed the focus and two 750 HDD, one main and one back up.
Mostly I am shooting cityscape, landscape, architecture, nature, and I am planing to shot some milky way shots at the islands and at Meteora.

What else should I rent /bring?

Thank you!

Nate

I don't see any zoom in the normal range (a la 24-70 or 24-205).  I would not go anywhere sans my 24-70, in fact I always take both the 24-70 and the 24-105.

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Canon General / Re: What's so bad about HDR?
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:45:10 AM »
(btw - HDR processing/printing isn't new, hence the curiosity people have over its new found popularity, it is almost as old as photography itself. We just did it in the dark room back in the day..)

+1  We used to call it dodging and burning (yes you can dodge and burn in PS, but it's much easier in the wet darkroom)

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it seems that we just naturally gravitate towards certain focal lengths; even with a zoom, we tend to choose prime focal lengths more so than we choose non prime.

I always find it interesting to look at the focal lengths of my photoshoots, I find it amazing just how often they do gravitate towards primal focal lengths.  But then again, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics!

That does seem uncanny that a disproportion of your shots landed on "standard" lengths. While you were shooting, were you aware of the focal lengths you were using?

I'm completely skeptical that 50mm is any more inherent or "gravitational" than, say 45mm, 55mm, or any other focal length that is near a standard prime focal length.

Going one step further, I would guess that most people couldn't land on a specific focal length IF THEY TRIED TO. I'm guessing the margin of error would be around +/- 5mm for those who tried.

Few would debate that there are certain focal lengths that work well for certain types of shots. But my original question was really about why the standard focal lengths are PRECISELY 24/35/50/85mm, and not +/- 5mm off of those lengths.

I find the same holds true to all my trips, with 24mm being my favourite focal length.  It's even more uncanny if I include prime focal length +/- 2mm.

And no, I don't choose focal lengths based on focal length.  I just compose the photo and shoot.

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Looking at my last photoshoot, those focal lengths are the most used.  Using primarily the 24-70 and to a lesser extent the 24-105:

Total: 396
24: 116
35:  29
40:  16
50:  13
85:  20

This is consistent with all of my folders.  So to answer your questions, it seems that we just naturally gravitate towards certain focal lengths; even with a zoom, we tend to choose prime focal lengths more so than we choose non prime.

I always find it interesting to look at the focal lengths of my photoshoots, I find it amazing just how often they do gravitate towards primal focal lengths.  But then again, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics!

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Canon General / Re: What's so bad about HDR?
« on: July 31, 2013, 05:34:34 AM »
Natural looking HDR is just like dodging and burning a B&W print.  You over expose the shadows and under expose the highlights.  It's been done in the wet darkroom for decades.

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I've heard, in part, that the 45-55 range is approximately equal to the field of view of the human eye and so that formed the basis for the 'normal' lens being about 50mm, and wideangle at ~35mm is because, depending on the exact camera, that's only slightly shorter than most flange depths, and so only needs a mild or non- retrofocus design. Also apparently somewhat by convention, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide-angle_lens#Wide-angle_lenses_for_35_mm_format.

According to the prosecuting attorney during the George Zimmerman trial, the human eye sees at 49.6mm.  Yes, I actually learned something useful during the trial :)

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:12:09 AM »
I find your blanket statement more than a little judgemental.  I almost always shoot in Aperture Priority mode using exposure compensation as needed.  I don't have time to try to fiddle around and find just the right combination of Aperture and Time for my prefered aperture.  I always shoot manual ISO.  Frankly, it's just a hell of a lot easier letting the camera choose the exposure time value than trying to figure it out myself.


Also, I learned to shoot on film (EOS 1V).  With transpariencies, if you do not nail the exposure on the head, say good bye to the shot, so I learned to let the camera do it's job.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Canon 44.7MP DSLR at the End of August? [CR1]
« on: July 25, 2013, 05:41:18 PM »
The photography agencies will buy that stuff, but I really think enthusiasts is where they're making the money on the expensive bodies and big lenses. I can't believe how many $10,000 lenses I see out there.....
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+1

I remember just ten years ago seeing a fellow photographer with a red ring on his lens usually meant he was a pro or a serious hobbyist.  Today you see L series lenses on half the bodies (and almost 100% of FF cameras) and someone with a big white lens very frequently

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 35mm film body
« on: July 01, 2013, 05:29:04 AM »
Thank you all for great tips, I'm aware that film body is mainly only about autofocus (if it have some, right?  ;) ) and build quality and rest is up to film, so it looks like EOS 3 is ideal for me. I checked some reviews, and I can't wait to try it with my 24-70 II   ::)
1V looks great too, but I don't feel like spending so much money on film body, which I want (right now) only as an experiment.

Can you also please recommend some films? I would also appreciate some sample photos and maybe some good and bad experiences, thanks

As far as I remember, the main difference betwixt the 1V and the 3 was that the 1V has capable of storing a bunch of metadata (largely the same data as you get from the EXIF Data on a digital body).  It was primitive, I recall it being in the form of CSV, and you had to keep the leader of the film roll, which contained body number and roll number on it.

Anyway it was cool back in the day before digital.  It does not work on computers that are running a newer OS than XP.  Canon was truely ahead of their time with the metadata.

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Lenses / Re: Step-up ring question
« on: June 30, 2013, 09:00:40 AM »
I have always found that a CPL usually precludes the use of a hood...unless you want to always take the hood off/reattach it after recomposing

Maybe I just have longer fingers, but I have no issues.  Certainly not with a 24-70, etc., but even with the 70-200 II it's not an issue for me to rotate the CPL with the hood attached.

Much fewer problems with the new 24-70, but the old one had a hood nearly identical to the 70-200...a much larger hood.

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Lenses / Re: Step-up ring question
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:25:43 AM »
The problem is that the step-up ring precludes the use of the lens hood...and you should be using the hood, if possible.


I have always found that a CPL usually precludes the use of a hood...unless you want to always take the hood off/reattach it after recomposing

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At 24mm, the focal length closest to shat I most often shoot, FoCal suggested no changes be made to AFMA.

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