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One time I went to watch my friend's son play HS football, and I thought to bring my camera. Took some talking and explaining until they allowed me to take photos on the sideline. They made it really clear that the photos are not to be used anywhere, for any purpose, and that I'd need to be really careful about not getting in way of anything that happens, including the real photogs.

In a way I understand they are really strict about the rules, but I just wanted to get good pics for my friend.

Also I've been also talking with local pro if I could somehow get to shoot the local MLS team. He says it's really difficult but not impossible, so I keep pinging him every few months if there's some reason or another to let me in.

So good luck there, it seems it's tough place to get in (as almost any photo stuff actually).

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Awesome! Cameras want to be taken out.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Launches 135mm f/2 Lens
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:16:03 PM »
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I'll make a prediction: After that lens is launched, about 2 month later you can find them cheap at Craigslist and Ebay.

Nice try to troll. The opposite is true. The superb 35mm 1.4 for example:

http://geizhals.at/de/?phist=647171&age=9999

No troll. 35mm is "bit" easier to MF than 135mm.

That's an interesting observation, as I would say the opposition.  The wider the angle of the view the less clear it is when focus is achieved, and that is definitely more true if you have a EG-S type focus screen attached.

Maybe it depends what you're shooting. Moving people at ~4-5 meter distance, I don't think I'm even trying to do that with 135mm. With 35mm I think it'd be possible.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Launches 135mm f/2 Lens
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:08:05 PM »
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I'll make a prediction: After that lens is launched, about 2 month later you can find them cheap at Craigslist and Ebay.

Nice try to troll. The opposite is true. The superb 35mm 1.4 for example:

http://geizhals.at/de/?phist=647171&age=9999

No troll. 35mm is "bit" easier to MF than 135mm.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Launches 135mm f/2 Lens
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:44:52 PM »
Umh.... manual focus...

And I want 135/2 for sports, so I think I'll keep looking for the Canon version.

I'll make a prediction: After that lens is launched, about 2 month later you can find them cheap at Craigslist and Ebay.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:31:38 PM »
I was shooting icy waterfalls today, and a chunk of ice fell at the place I was shooting.  Unfortunately, I was adjusting the ISO setting and totally miss an interesting shot.
So, my wish is to have a Canon system with voice recognition built in.  Shouldn't be too difficult, commercial GPS devices have them already.
This would be like:
   Camera, set ISO 500,
   Camera, set aperture 5.6
   Camera, set shutter 250
   Camera, focus 4 by 20 (in a 50 by 30 grid).
You get the idea, the user won't have to take eyes off the view finder.
Hope Canon does that!

Now, you hear it here first!!
-r

I'm not completely sure what you mean. But if I read you correctly, that's not good idea.

For one, I don't need to take my eye from VF to change settings.

Second, although the voice recognition has gotten much better over the years, it's still struggling with foreign accents.

Sometimes when we're bored, I'll start asking stuff from Siri or the Android-Siri (can't recall the name at the moment). I've lived only 9 years in Usa, so I still have some accent. It's hilarious how wrong the Siri can guess what it thought I was asking.

So especially if it's busy moment, I DON'T want to try to change settings with voice commands. I'm sure 90% of the time I can do the change faster with the dials, plus 95% of the time it'll be set correct for sure.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:04:10 PM »
Almost identical problem what I'm thinking at the other thread.

I haven't found answer to my question yet.

Possible alternative options for you:

Buy used 7D (especially if you have plenty -S lenses) and sell it when 5D4 comes out. You'll "lose" <$200, and meantime you'll get plenty more camera than 400D for your trip.

Buy used 5D3, and sell it when 5D4 comes out. You'll lose maybe ~$500, give or take.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Expect Higher End Products at CP+ in February
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:30:32 PM »
The 11-24 f4 doesn't make much sense to me bearing in mind the 16-35 f4 L IS, sure there is a big difference between 11 and 16, but it gets ever more difficult to use effectively.

For me, the 16 -> 11 is not the most important aspect, I'm waiting for the IQ/sharpness/distortion -figures. If they could match certain other manufacturer 12-24 quality, I think the lens would sell plenty.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:20:58 PM »
OK, that was sarcasm.  Just get insurance if you are worried about theft.  I don't want to worry about whether or not a particular camera or lens has "checked in" with Canon recently enough every time I want to take a picture.  Canon can barely implement wifi on a camera to send images to your phone, let alone all of that nonsense above.

I have full insurance to cover all my gear. But still it would be pita if I lost stuff. On my FB circles I see occasionally people posting about stolen gear. Wouldn't it be nice if those would go away?

Acutance has good point about 3rd party. But I'm not sure if they would dare to do that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1DX2 - that is the question
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:16:31 PM »
If you buy a 1DX now, it will not become worthless when the 1DXII comes out, nor will it stop taking pictures, even if the replacement is announced "next week

These are wise words for the OP.


True, wouldn't be bad option to get used or refurb 1DX while waiting. One problem is that no-one wants to sell theirs, so used ones are really rare.

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I've also wondered about storage, but I don't have good solution either. Please share when you get yours.

Usually ~30% of the gear (1 body + most lenses) are in one bag that's easy to grab and go. Extra stuff are around one bookshelf, and then strobes + accessories for those are in another big bag.

It'd be awesome if I had one nice solution which would hold all those, but would also have the place for the bag since I don't want to get the stuff out all the time.

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Glass shelves. 0 watt bulbs which will remain always on. Keep space of gear to be at least 8" away from the bulb because of heat.

Some people use heated boxes, was it to kill fungus?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Expect Higher End Products at CP+ in February
« on: January 06, 2015, 02:16:53 AM »
there is not that much space between the T5i and 7D2 outside of build quality anyway.


Dude....seriously?

Well, if you put them next to each other on a table, you can control how much space there's between them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 05, 2015, 07:18:10 PM »

Here's an idea. Not super-useful but interesting.

Especially on wifi-equipped bodies (and cell if they add one):

-Camera keeps track of the lens serial numbers it is using. And minimum once every few month it would connect to an online database (run by Canon) to check if the lenses (or bodies) are on stolen-list. If yes, it would blacklist that body/lens and you cannot use it anymore. If you don't connect to the database, it would eventually blacklist (locally) everything you have, until you connect again.

Benefits:
-If gear is stolen, you could blacklist them and they would be next to worthless for the thief. -> less stolen cameras

Drawback:
-You need to connect camera every so often. This could be done also over the USB, so when you connect to download images, it'd also check the database. With wifi or cell models, it could be automatic in the background so user doesn't even know about it. Same for USB too.

Of course it cannot just suddenly shut down your camera, if you've had it in storage for a while and suddenly need to take pictures. There should be timer, e.g. if you turn it on for the first time since it's already past due the check, it'd blink on the screen that you have 5 extra days to do the connection.

Also there needs to be good way to implement how you send in the data. Only registered buyer or something, so you cannot blacklist you're ugly neighbors new 200-400 just because you hate him. But it needs to be easy/fast enough that if your gear gets stolen, you have it up at the list soon enough that the thief cannot sell the gear.

So if anyone is buying gear, they'd meet up at Starbucks, connect the camera to wifi or laptop and run the check. Then if it clears, you go ahead to buy the stuff.

I can't really see anything that would be bad on that system, and if it would reduce stolen cameras, that'd be awesome.

Canon, please implement, ok?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 05, 2015, 04:00:07 PM »
A couple of observations:
  • This doesn't follow the normal sequence.  I'd expect 1.2.4 or 1.3.1 for the next version.

Yes and no.

Quite often there's lot of internal versions before one is released out to the world.

So they could have had e.g. 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.3.0, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, and finally 1.3.3 is good enough they feel they can launch it out.

Also could be that the factory line mixed up internal beta-test unit (/FW) with the public units. Or ton of other explanations too.

But until it's confirmed from several sources, I'm not ruling out hoax.[/list]

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