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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« Last post by Lee Jay on Today at 11:08:57 AM »
If they were talking about a camera,  why would they state "Get your camera ready"? My guess -a new online photo sharing service  ;)

You have a point!

How about "get your camera ready ... for a new lens"???
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 11:04:19 AM »
If I were shooting that same venue today, I would be shooting at ISO 25600 and 1/100th of a second. Once again, my choice of ISO does not make me a bad photographer, but my ignoring the tools available to me would.

To break my voluntarily silence, I'll bite.

The skill of shooting musical performance (my daughter is a professional dancer) in low light, is to shoot on the beat.

Cars don't stop for you, dancers and musicians etc do.

A dancer, a violinist, etc, stops on a beat, on a stroke, and it's a moment. Not long, but long enough to catch.

That's when you shoot, and it doesn't take some astronomical ISO to do it. it helps, but that's not the point.

Lol, sorry but silence would have served you better.

Did you actually look at the shot of the violinist?  The performer's face was reasonably free of motion blur, meaning she wasn't actively moving, which would certainly have been evident at 1/25 s.  There's a little motion blur on the bow, which I think adds to the shot by showing the action of playing the instrument.  So...the shot was well-timed.  The light was just really, really dim (~1.33 EV, if you want to put a number on it).  Please explain again how better technique can overcome dim light?  You say you don't go above ISO 1600...so, you'd have shot that violinist in that setting with a 1/3 s exposure?  How would that have worked out, do you think?

By the way, I know many people in a variety of fields who are very well compensated for what they do...and suck at it. 
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« Last post by scyrene on Today at 10:57:35 AM »
Hey, I think the discussion has become a lot more reasonable and that's good. But I have to point out (as a fairly disinterested party - i.e. decidedly NOT a fanboy) what I perceive to be a double standard here. From what most people are saying, the low ISO difference (in most situations) is not that big.


So glad you posted this as I had an interesting shot today and i can illustrate it perfectly for you.

I shot a photographer today that I mentor, for his promo shots, and I had him lit as I wanted in my head. Here's the shot as I intended it, unprocessed. This is the 2nd shot with both strobes firing.

http://client.deanagar.com.au/correct.jpg

But, the first time, the camera right strobe didn't fire and I got this.

http://client.deanagar.com.au/misfire.jpg Useless?

When I looked at the misfire on the big screen, Rob and I thought it looked kinda cool. Extreme for sure, but he and I really liked it.

Is there anything else in there he asked? He's a Canon 6D, and 70D shooter, and we love each other in a male bonding type way, so my love of my Nikon d800 does not prevent me from loving dearly Canon owners.

After all, I was a Canon boy for a long time and have fond memories :-)

I raised the shadows in Aperture and it looked washed out. Oh well, no harm.

So then I tried raising the exposure in Aperture to +2.8 stops, and it looked pretty good.

I exported a 16 bit Psd of the original misfire, and a 16bit version of my raised exposure version, and did some blending.

I then messed with it in Silver Fx, added structure and lot of other stuff, then added a colour overlay in PS, to bring back colour to my now B/W shot.

I never intended this shot, I'll happily admit that, but it's the one he's going to use.

That DR and clean shadow detail at 100 iso is so useful in so many situations, even when the other equipment misfires.

You may or may not like this shot, but it wouldn't exist if I'd shot on a Canon today.

Here is an image of all three.

Top is the strobe misfire. Pretty useless one would assume. A reject if ever there was one. 2nd is the shot with both strobes as I intended.

Bottom is produced entirely from the top misfire shot.

http://client.deanagar.com.au/allthree.jpg


I quite like the shots, but that's by the by. It's an interesting story, but peripheral - occasionally I've liked shots that were mistakes, but you can hardly recommend a system on that basis (I think the big guys here would say something along the lines of "how often do you need to pull up a shot by X stops?" - this is a legitimate example, but surely rare). Plus, although I don't know anything about studio work, couldn't you have achieved the third shot by having just the one strobe fire, but much brighter?

But of course we're talking about two different worlds. I don't doubt your choices are excellent for studio and landscape work, and your results (photographic and financial) speak for themselves. But if you're telling me I should jump ship to Nikon for what I do (birds and macro above all) and if so I'll see a magical difference in my shots - I simply don't buy it.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« Last post by sanj on Today at 10:55:17 AM »
If they were talking about a camera,  why would they state "Get your camera ready"? My guess -a new online photo sharing service  ;)

You have a point!
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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« Last post by RGF on Today at 10:51:18 AM »
The single most interesting thing is going to be the sensor in the new camera.  I want to know if Canon is going to compete with Sony or keep putting lipstick on  their current sensor technology.  This will help me decide where my  future camera dollars are going to be spent.

I hear you brother.  No new sensor and I buy a Sony A7R
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EOS-M / Re: The firesale begins... EOS M in UK £199
« Last post by moreorless on Today at 10:51:13 AM »
Seriously tempting as a street shooting body, whats the AF performance like now with the updates?
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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« Last post by RGF on Today at 10:50:45 AM »
Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400
+100
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If they were talking about a camera,  why would they state "Get your camera ready"? My guess -a new online photo sharing service  ;)

They are hinting at a new big lens.  It might be a new 100-400L.

My existing one is not up for sale - Yet ;)
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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« Last post by Maui5150 on Today at 10:40:53 AM »
SHOCKED... Surely the T6i must be looking on the Horizon...
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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« Last post by pdirestajr on Today at 10:38:13 AM »
Some shots from Hall of Fame Weekend:
Ernie Banks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Reggie Jackson by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Hank Aaron by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Torre HOF '14 Parade by Philip DiResta, on Flickr
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