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Photography Technique / Sunset/Ocean Techniques?
« on: July 11, 2014, 06:01:00 PM »
     Any words-of-wisdom for sunset/sunrise shots over an ocean?  I've got the usual stuff down, but would a graduated ND filter be something to consider?  Any other thoughts are very welcome.
     The gear will likely be a 70D/35 2.0 IS and then maybe a 10-18 for sunrises.  In this case the sunsets will be at the beach and the sunrises over rocks with water breaking all around.
     Thanks for any and all responses.

Software & Accessories / Small Bag Recommendation?
« on: July 02, 2014, 02:24:11 PM »
Is there a favorite small bag for one DSLR w/small lens + an additional small lens?  In this case it's the 70D, 35 2.0 IS and 10-18.  Looking for something as concise as possible, but still a bit snazzy.  Nothing over-the-top, but with at least a little bit of style. 


EOS-M / M+22mm for Travel/Street?
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:24:56 AM »
Could the EOS M with 22mm lens be "it" for a do-it-most travel/street solution when wishing to travel light?  Just back in stock at my friendly retailer.
I like prime lens, by the way, the EOS software already on my computer and ability to use my Canon flash if necessary.  Not sure how I feel about no viewfinder, but probably can't have it all. 

PowerShot / G16 or ?
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:45:16 PM »
     I handled a few of the leaders today for a few seconds each and found the G16 to be the most readily intuitive.  That might point to seeing what the G17 entails, but do some of you like the G16 over any of the others (like the RX100, X20, etc.)?
     I'm on the search for the "ultimate" compact for travel/street.

Photography Technique / On-Camera Flash Technique/Gear?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:42:28 AM »
     Just did my fourth professional shoot (a Bat-Mitzvah) and the results were the best I've yet done.  Haven't yet ventured into off-camera flash, but used a variety of "bounce" tools (simple diffuser, small soft-box and on-flash bouncer).  My camera's a 70D and flash is the 430EX II.
     Are there any other recommended tools/techniques like brackets, etc.?  Off-camera seems like it might be tough while remaining mobile.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I might like to stick with on-camera.
     Thanks for any discussion.

Lenses / Is 35mm on Crop Wide Enough for Landscape (in many/most cases)?
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:18:04 PM »
Would you say that 35mm on a crop will work most of the time for landscape/sunset/etc.?  Might not be able to get the foreground subject/nice background effect, but otherwise... (in many cases)?

Lenses / Good Non-Sports Mix - 10-22 + 35 2.0 IS?
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:04:54 PM »
     This should conclude my novice-like posts.  I use the 100 2.0 and 200 2.8 (on my 70D) for sports and can't say enough about that combo (especially for indoors and might eventually get some sort of telephoto zoom for outdoors). 
     My 35 2.0 IS does most everything else and does it well, but I might like to broaden my horizons with something wider for landscapes.  Would you say that the 10-22 would nicely complement a 35 (on a crop of course)?  Also considering the 24 2.8 IS and am also considering nothing.
     Thanks again for all of the shared knowledge and experience.

Lenses / Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:50:24 AM »
     I was thinking of a full-frame lens for possible future compatability, but I don't have a full-frame camera now so maybe not.  My almost everything lens is a 35 2.0 IS which is pretty perfect most of the time on my 70D (and a 100 and 200 prime for sports).  For the ultimate landscape lens I was thinking of just keeping that and making it work despite an occasional limitation or maybe complementing it with a Canon 10-22 or 15-85. 
     Thanks for any thoughts.

Software & Accessories / Photomatix or Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 or ?
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:18:15 AM »
     Is there a preferred software for HDR?  I have Lightroom 5 if that matters and would place a heavy weight towards "simple".
     Since we're on the subject of HDR do most shoot the 3+ images in RAW or stick with JPEG's?  Don't yet completely have my head around HDR, but I think it's my next thing (so any other insight for a total novice would be very much, as always, appreciated).

Sports / Two "Running" Shots
« on: December 24, 2013, 01:42:29 AM »
My two favorites from this past weekend and the final appearance of my trusty T1i:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Vote for T1i, SL1 or 6D
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:45:41 AM »
     I'm paralyzed with indecision on whether to keep my T1i, "upgrade" to an SL1 or upgrade to a 6D.  My lenses are the 35 2.0 IS, 100 2.0 and 200 2.8II. 
     My primary doodie is indoor volleyball (my daughter's in 11th grade and is on a seriously crazy club team through to June), but I do it all and can really notice differences in image quality.  For example - people say that zooms are as good as primes and I say "not" - I can tell and appreciate the difference. 
     Figured that if I were to go to full frame that I'd stick with my current lenses and add as appropriate (if even needed). 
     I do also very much appreciate simplicity and don't like articulating screens, don't use video and don't shoot Continuous.  And I use LR4.
     So, clearly, I'm unable to make a decision without anonymous guidance on the internet.  I'm pleased with my T1i, but ready to be more pleased.  My course is in your hands, I'll tally the responses and then do that. 

    I've been trying different upgrades to my Canon T1i and haven't yet found "it".  Could it come at the hands of a 6D?  I do it all with my T1i with a strong weight towards indoor volleyball.   
    I typically use a center focus point with my Rebel at ISO 6400 (and wide open at 2.0 or 2.8) and get very good results (especially after processing the RAW shots in LR4).  I never use Continuous so does that reduce the need for more focusing capability?  Also, is ultra-focusing capability more important with video as well (which I never use a DSLR for)?
     As long as you're focusing correctly whether a single point or over 60 and using the correct shutter speed/aperture/ISO does it really matter?  And is it possible that a single point is more reliable that multiple points anyway? 
     This may sound weird, but my current three options are a 6D, SL1 or keep the T1i.  Simplicity is a huge factor.
     Thanks for any insight into anything.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Final 70D-Upgrade Contortion
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:37:31 PM »
     The 70D's been out for a little while and I'm taking my avoidance of spontaneous purchasing to a new level.  My lenses are the 35 2.0 IS, 100 2.0 and 200 2.8 II.  I've got it almost all covered with those three with the added benefit of my real or perceived benefits of prime lenses. 
     My curfuffle is in upgrading the body from a T1i.  I think I'm there and have reviewed all combinations of bodies, lenses, high-end compacts for all non-sports photography (I do lots of indoor volleyball in particular - world-class 11th grade daughter and all/delusional sports dad alert).
     For sports and all other types of photography I REALLY appreciate image quality and am getting very good results with my T1i/LR4.  My current focal lengths, also, work.
     We did spend the weekend in Boston and the thought of a high-end compact did cross my mind, but then I came to my senses and thought that maybe just one GREAT do-it-all body is the best answer (with my minimalist approach in mind).
     With all of the above is my answer probably the 70D?  I care nothing of video, continuous shooting, articulating screen, wifi or GPS and might like to stick with the 1.6x effect.  Would the SL1 be a mistake or maybe the right answer or is the closest to perfect really the 70D? 


Lenses / Primes vs. Zoom for Indoor Sports
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:45:36 AM »
      There's not enough "prime vs zoom" threads so what's your thoughts on a Canon 100 2.0 and 200 2.8 II, lets say, vs a Canon 70-200 2.8 non-IS (on full frame if that matters)?  And then, consequently, your thoughts on the 70-200 2.8 image quality vs that of the 70-200 2.8 IS II with the IS turned off.

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