« on: December 21, 2011, 10:19:06 AM »
Oh ya, I forgot, my 7D has a video mode.
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Just wanted to pass along that Amazon has the 35mm f/1.4L USM for $1099.00 (US). I hope this is more evidence that the CR2 for the 35 II is a valid rumor. B&H has it listed for $1255.00.
I'm still gonna wait for the ver II
Link? I just did a search on Amazon and don't see it
As a hobbyist, I'm kind of forced to listen to my wallet....
@RC: Automatic focus isn't particularly useful in landscapes. For the most part (and there are some exceptions), you want a deep DOF, so the entire scene is in focus. There really isn't anything specific to focus on, so AF usually just gets in the way.
More specifically, when photographing a landscape, focus is more about the art of compromise as much as anything. You really can't get *everything* in focus, so you have to fine-tune focus for the selected DOF to get as much of the entire field of view as sharp as possible, without losing too much on the front or back. The only way to do that is with manual focus. Better yet, the ideal way to do that is with dedicated manual focus lenses with a nice, long focus throw, so fine adjustments are easy. (AF lenses tend to have very short focus throw, as it helps them focus less precisely faster.)
In the heydays of large format, you had a REAL NICE, HUGE ground glass screen to compose and focus your shot with. It was 4"x5", maybe 8"x10", clear and easy to see focus. The direct equivalent today would be like having a small TV attached to your DSLR, however Live View serves this purpose extremely well. Its many times larger than the largest viewfinders, clearer, brighter in most cases (OLED screens are even bright in direct sunlight), and usually more capable. With most Live View features on DSLR's today, you can zoom in and focus to a pixel-perfect level at various locations of a landscape scene, and never have to worry that some part of your photo may be out of focus, or that it was focused clearly on the wrong thing.
...Choosing a single AF point didn't work so well on my XSi ;-)
On the 7D it is definitely more of a possibility... but when I'm taking that much time and care to get the shot I want... I want it to be _perfect_ (hence the reason for my "Earthshattering" post from last week ;-)
Where at in Idaho? I'm living near Idaho Falls right now myself. Haven't been here too long... but I'm loving it. It truly is a nature photographer's dream!
I compose the shot I want with the camera mounted on my tripod. Then to focus perfectly (either from hyperfocal or to achieve some other goal) I want to focus within that composition on a particular point. There is no way to do that with AF without moving the camera (which I don't want to do because it's already in the "perfect" position). So manual focus is what you want.
Yep, Live View is the way to go for manual focusing. I pop into live view, zoom all the way in on what I want to focus on, then manually focus until it's sharp. Then drop out of live view.
The two second delay works together with mirror lockup. The idea is to have _zero_ vibrations in the camera when the shutter releases, so you can get the sharpest possible photo. Mirror lockup puts the mirror in the "up" position long before the shutter fires, ensuring that there are no vibrations from the mirror movement when the image is captured.
oh i also forgot to mention if you enter a discount code when you buy topaz you get 15% off
I used stuckincustoms when i got mine, I think its the same now but lots of websites have their own discount referal codes, I think they get a little kick back from topaz but the 15% discount makes it pretty good value IMO
I only use camera raw and LR3.5, I really dont want to learn a new program..... Who know's, I might just install it and play around... Thanks Guys!... Anyway, what does DPP stand for? And is it better to use for my RAW images than what I currently use (Adobe Camera Raw in CS5 & Lightroom 3.5)?
Didn't see this answered yet so...
DPP = Digital Photo Professional - Canon's included RAW image editor. Is it better? I doubt anyone would say yes. I've only used LR and DPP.