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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Mindshift - Does it fit?
« Last post by AcutancePhotography on Today at 03:55:12 PM » are a GASBag, I see.
(ducks virtual rotten tomato bombardment)

That pun was so bad, I wished I had thought of it.  ;D
Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« Last post by AcutancePhotography on Today at 03:54:22 PM »
edit - I still don't see why the equipment I have makes a difference to my question, nor if am I a photography professional or not.  But, if you feel it's pertinent to your analysis and recommendations, then you have your answer above.

I agree, the type and amount of equipment really does not enter in to the question.

It does seem like you are getting two different types of advice.

Some say that if you have a photography block to go out and do other types of photography. 

Others say to take a break from photography for a bit. 

Interesting to see the different suggestions.
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« Last post by Sporgon on Today at 03:51:38 PM »
Does anyone here remember how long it took Canon to address issues with the 5D Mark II? It definitely wasn't this quick!

Does anyone remember issues with the 5DII ? Talk about clutching at straws.

I received on of the first 5D MK II's about November 27, and a week or so later, on December 8, reports of a issue from black spots appearing on bright highlights when people shot Christmas lights.  NR normally made them go away, so many did not see them.  I had to review my shots to find one that had them.

On December 15, about two weeks after the first Camera deliveries, Canon announced that they were looking at the issue.  Canon modified the firmware to eliminate them.  On January 9, three weeks later, Canon issues a firmware update to fix them.

So, it took ~ a whole month from initial reports to verify the issue, develop a firmware update, test it and release it.

How many D810 users will have their camera fixed in a month?

I also got my 5DII when it was first released and have never had an issue. Neither have I ever updated the firmware - 'cos I never do  ;)

The 5DII must be remembered as one of the best sorted cameras right from its inception; not a good example to use !
Baseball is a totally different story, a players vision is absolutely critical, 20-20 vision is unacceptable.

That was an interesting article.  I never knew this.
Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« Last post by Vern on Today at 03:48:55 PM »
I used this lens exclusively at my oldest son's wedding on a 1Dx. As I was just a back-up to the pro they hired, I could risk missing some shots - and of course I wanted to be a participant as well. I had the choice of my 70-200 2.8II, but I'm glad I went with the 85 b/c I shot mostly at f1.8 and really got some great shots. Since most were posed, the focus speed was not an issue and the 'look' provided by this lens won the day. Good thing I was back-up b/c the pro did not really deliver excellent shots. If I was on the hook as a pro, I would definitely have this lens on one body while I had the 24-70 2.8II or 70-200 2.8II on another. I don't think another lens would render bokeh as per below.
Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« Last post by Lee Jay on Today at 03:46:39 PM »
I believe the last bit is the most interesting for me:

"I believe that the trend towards compact, lightweight equipment is a certainty among categories encompassed by advanced amateurs, and even professional equipment, [so] the entire [EOS] system will move toward a more lightweight form.

The technical challenges are: lighter, stronger materials; glass materials with a high refractive index and high permeability; improvement in low power consumption design and compact, high-capacity battery; electronic parts with a higher degree of integration.”
Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« Last post by Dekaner on Today at 03:45:16 PM »
I've used it and my hit rate is obviously lower due to the slower focus speed.  It all depends on the event and how static you expect the people to be.  That being said, when it did hit it was beautiful.
Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« Last post by Sporgon on Today at 03:43:57 PM »
The 24 -105 was introduced with the original 5D and that combination made a budget wedding photographers 'kit'. The 105mm focal length went someway to compensate for the dof of an f4 lens so you can still produce some nice shallow dof portraits. I would suggest that for an event like a wedding the 24-105 is a much better lens to use than the 24-70 F4 IS, whereas if you are looking for a sharp landscape lens to use instead of primes, the latter is definitely better - assuming you get one that has been tuned up correctly.

I don't think we will see a mark II because, as has been pointed out, to improve the IQ over that range the increase in cost is going to be prohibitive. Also the mark I is still such a good lens for weddings ! I don't do many, but on one recently I used the 24-105 much of the time, and I was really pleased with the results.
Somebody with several displays should compare the display alone and with a protector under a controlled bump.
Dylan used to have two 5DIIIs ;D

LOL.... ;D
I use Zagg screen shields on all my Canon cameras. They have life time warranty, if they get scratched or anything else, you can get a replacement for free. They include a protector for the LCD monitor and the LCD screen. They run approx. $15.

Expert Shield also offer life time warranty. Replacement is on the way. Their customer serivice is SUPER.
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