John_A_G

Lives in United States OH, United States
Joined on Nov 10, 2004

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  • Not saying anything about whether your friend should consider an f4 lens, but the critical thing about sports photography is getting faces exposed properly.  The shots you showed are about a stop ...
  • Flash mounted off-camera (on a monopod is a great solution).  shoot avail light between the 20s but switch to flash (not with HSS - too much light drop off) when inside the 20s.
  • I think if you post some unedited photos - just re-sized but not cropped or edited in any other way we can help.  Very often, it's a technique issue and not an equipment issue.  And it's a lot ...
  • great action and sharpness but the skintones make the 3 riders look a bit alien.  Very unnatural.  Fix that issue and you'll have some stellar shots.
  • why are you trying to shoot birds with a 105mm lens?  Honestly, if you're going to buy a high end camera, you really need to learn to use the appropriate lenses with it for a given purpose.
  • Look, I used a Canon 1dIII while running a sports photography business for print sales and as freelance for local paper and shot several weddings for pay and several other events for hire so I have ...
  • Replied in agree with above
    Absolutely spot on. Yes, there are some shots that are purely a timing thing.  But, you can't predict a stray hand coming into the frame.  You can't predict expressions. Having 10fps vs 6 gives you ...
  • The benefit of back button focus is it separates shutter button from focus and potentially metering. The most useful aspect to me is if you are in a continuous focus mode and you want the camera to ...
  • That's the problem.  It's a fairly easy strait path SL1 - 80d.  After that, it is no longer a strait line.  If your "profession" for example is action photography then it's probably 5dIII - 7D - ...
  • more complicated. Predictive focus is using an algorithm to predict what focal plane the subject will be to drive the lens Where things get muddy is it's not a completely separate concept form ...
  • Interestingly enough I was thinking the same thing yesterday.  I believe the answer is "no".  Let's say Pentax has 8% of the ILC market.  I don't believe 8% of people shooting sports as hobbyists ...
  • Replied in Good advice
    Yes.  You really have to take everything with a grain of salt.  People griped about how far behind in dynamic range Canon was when I bought my current 5diii.  If I listened to all the doomsday ...
  • Dave buddy, you need to get out more if you think postings on DPR affect Pentax or other manufacturers.  They don't make critical business decisions based upon online posters.  The fact you think ...
  • I disagree.  I use a Canon 70-200 2.8 non stabilized and sigma 120-300 2.8 non stabilized on my Canon.  Not an issue for AF.  And, when I shoot with 100-400 I turn IS off.  Sure if you're shooting ...
  • Yes, I am part of the grand conspiracy against Pentax.  You caught me Dave! No, I don't work for Canon or Nikon.  But a lot of what I do in a professional capacity is business and IT projects, ...
  • Replied in yeah
    When canon came out with the 1dIII, things went crazy.  It was a perfect storm - they had some flaws in the camera, they provided levers people didn't know how to use and they got wolloped for it. ...
  • Thank you!  No reason everyone has to agree :) My issue here is:  the problem statement  is easy.  When you want to do some alpha testing, who is going to do it?  Some random mom with camera?  The ...
  • Replied in A counterpoint
    Ughh.  What they need is high quality, fast/silent focusing lenses.  Not for the sports guys but for everyone else.  a constant f/4.0 version of the above lens.  A 70-300 3.5-5.6, a 35mm 1.4, 50mm ...
  • Yeah, it's why I think Pentax' incremental approach is smart for them.  Everyone benefits from high quality lenses.  Lens first definitely makes more sense than body first changes since both are ...
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