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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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New Camera!

So I ordered a new camera today and need to tell someone...

I've been using a Canon 30D ever since the summer 2006 and the 8.2MP just doesn't cut it for me anymore. I needed a camera with a bigger sensor and one that could produce bigger image files.

So... I took the plunge today and purchased a Canon 5D Mark II. Should come in on Thursday!

If you can't tell... I'm a little excited. First time having a full frame DSLR of my own (I use one regularly at the studio I work for).

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-06-2013, 08:05 PM
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That mark II is sick! You're going pro now.

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I agree that the 5D Mark II is an amazing camera. If I had the cash, I would have went with the Mark III. I can't wait to shoot at ISO 800 and not have any noise in the photo!

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How large are you printing your photos that 8 mp isn't working? I've done 16 x 20 with 6 mp and they're sharp. You can't get that with 8?
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Why bother upsizing from 8MP when I can almost shoot at 16"x20" SOOC? Yeah, it is possible to upsize and make it look OK from a distance until you get close and see that it's soft. Plus, I do freelance once and a while and clients do want the outcome of the photo to be 3'x4' (if not larger) if shooting a store sign or banner.

Plus, I want to experiment with video so this camera is well worth it to me.

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Lets see some shot you took with the new camera .

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Snowflake, here's a picture of my wife at a wedding we were at last night


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Shinycard, you're talking to a guy that looks at stuff with a loupe. Can't help it. It's my job. I know exactly what you're talking about. But there are correct viewing distances for all sizes. You never see a billboard at 3' If you did you'd see that the print is pretty low res.
I paid damn good money for a soft lens for one job.

You print SOOC? You let the camera make color decisions for you?

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Yes, I know there are proper viewing distances. I've taken photos that were blown up to 8' tall once and when you got real close to the banner, it was low quality, but from afar it looked awesome. You wouldn't look at it that close.

Come on... you really gotta ask those questions?

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Guess I do. Don't really know your shooting habits at all. I shoot Raw+. Even on my "snapshots" (a technique I've had to relearn yet still have trouble with)
If I just want to send a shot if G4 to grandma it's the jpeg. If it's a shot I am printing it's raw + post. All the time. Every time. But I must also admit I am like the mechanic. Never buy the mechanic's car. Since I do PP for a living I tend to not want to do it for my own personal stuff. (Of course it still is nice to see my stuff on the higher end equipment I have at work) Unless of course it's a pano. Then I'll spend hours on it.

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Always shoot RAW. Always do some sort of PP on it (levels, curves, retouch, dodge, burn, crop, whatever is needed). SOOC doesn't cut it. You need to add something in PP to help the photo out. Obviously if I spent that kind of money of a 5D Mark II, I'm not shooting JPEGs...

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Always shoot RAW. Always do some sort of PP on it (levels, curves, retouch, dodge, burn, crop, whatever is needed). SOOC doesn't cut it. You need to add something in PP to help the photo out. Obviously if I spent that kind of money of a 5D Mark II, I'm not shooting JPEGs...
You don't hang with enough "photographers".
You have no idea (or maybe you do) how many "photographers" I see that trust the camera to make their decisions. Then get paid for that crap.
I get it as close as I can in camera. Same as I did for film. That way my PP is minimal. And i still don't do it. I mean still have 5000 personal shots to PP.And I know all the shortcuts.

BTW if that camera let's you shoot both you should. You don't always need, or want to PP everything. Some shots are just fine SOOC.
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Wow..
What an awesome camera.
I have many "unboxing" and "review" vids and I so want it. Maybe this thanksgiving.
Enjoy the new cam
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You don't hang with enough "photographers".
You have no idea (or maybe you do) how many "photographers" I see that trust the camera to make their decisions. Then get paid for that crap.
I get it as close as I can in camera. Same as I did for film. That way my PP is minimal. And i still don't do it. I mean still have 5000 personal shots to PP.And I know all the shortcuts.

BTW if that camera let's you shoot both you should. You don't always need, or want to PP everything. Some shots are just fine SOOC.
Enjoy the new camera.
No I don't know many photographers. I have one that I talk to on a regular basis since I worked with him previously. We share freelance work with each other to date. My wife knows plenty of "photographers" and every time I see their work, I cringe, I can't help it.

Getting the shot right SOOC takes a little bit of work to get at first. It's a pain at times to make it right in PP. I only use PP to enhance a photo. If I have to spend a lot of time on it in post, I know I did something wrong. I have some high standards for my work.

For an example, all I did to the camera body in PP was levels and curves to bring in the whites and blacks and to boost contrast, a crop, took some dust off the plexiglass, and burned down the top left corner.

Yes the camera does shoot RAW + JPEG, but I like to have the option to tweak white balance and exposure first before converting them to JPEGs (if need be). Plus then I have more space for RAW files.

I don't mean to sound defensive with my posts, but I wouldn't drop this kind of money on just a hobby.

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Wow..
What an awesome camera.
I have many "unboxing" and "review" vids and I so want it. Maybe this thanksgiving.
Enjoy the new cam
This camera is awesome. I've been drooling over this camera for a while and am very pleased with my purchase this far.

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