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Jul 02, 2011 10:07 |  #16

I saw a guy shooting at a concert recently from the side of the stage with what appeared to a 5D and some L glass. Kinda lost credibility when he was holding it a foot from his face using the LCD instead of the viewfinder. I'm sure those shots were rock steady.:rolleyes:


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Jul 02, 2011 10:09 |  #17
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ToddR wrote in post #12693106 (external link)
I saw a guy shooting at a concert recently from the side of the stage with what appeared to a 5D and some L glass. Kinda lost credibility when he was holding it a foot from his face using the LCD instead of the viewfinder. I'm sure those shots were rock steady.:rolleyes:


I don't see the point of live view on cameras without video recording




  
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Jul 02, 2011 10:29 |  #18

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I don't see the point of live view on cameras without video recording

The only use I have found for it is astrophotography and getting your camera focused on the stars, and then only if you're using a laptop computer screen for the live view. Even then it's not really necessary.


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Jul 02, 2011 11:13 |  #19

400dabuser wrote in post #12693111 (external link)
I don't see the point of live view on cameras without video recording

Unless it's a waist-level viewfinder on a medium format ;) Sometimes I would like to have that on a DSLR.

Anyway.. The 2Ti is tiny and weights less than most lenses. So logically it's going to be harder to stabilize than a full sized body.

Have you considered the way your right hand interacts with the camera? Your grip could be the problem.

I have seen many new (and some not so new) pistol shooters grip their weapon in such a way that their trigger finger is not correctly placed on the trigger. This generally results in a small amount of involuntary sideways movement when the trigger is squeezed.

With the tiny grip on your camera, I suspect this could be the problem (or part of it).




  
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Jul 02, 2011 15:16 |  #20

PixelMagic wrote in post #12692986 (external link)
Joe McNally answers your question: http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=EDsx3-FWfwk (external link)

thanks! interesting technique, but i'm right-eyed, and i just couldnt contort enough (at least comfortably) to do this.

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Wish that photographers would stop using text speak....what is BBF?

i'm 27 and from the cell-phone generation, so its kinda hard not to use acronyms when applicable

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Unless it's a waist-level viewfinder on a medium format ;) Sometimes I would like to have that on a DSLR.

Anyway.. The 2Ti is tiny and weights less than most lenses. So logically it's going to be harder to stabilize than a full sized body.

Have you considered the way your right hand interacts with the camera? Your grip could be the problem.

I have seen many new (and some not so new) pistol shooters grip their weapon in such a way that their trigger finger is not correctly placed on the trigger. This generally results in a small amount of involuntary sideways movement when the trigger is squeezed.

With the tiny grip on your camera, I suspect this could be the problem (or part of it).

my pinky kinda hangs, as there is no room for it. ive thought about getting a grip, but im not a fan of how it looks. though i suppose its function over aesthetics. if i dont upgrade to a 7D in the near future, ill look into a grip. what would be a good 3rd party brand? zeikos?


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Jul 02, 2011 15:35 |  #21

ekinnyc wrote in post #12694306 (external link)
my pinky kinda hangs, as there is no room for it. ive thought about getting a grip, but im not a fan of how it looks. though i suppose its function over aesthetics. if i dont upgrade to a 7D in the near future, ill look into a grip. what would be a good 3rd party brand? zeikos?

When it comes to tools, it's function over form.
A grip will certainly help. It gives you more room for your hands, and the added weight will help balance the camera. Especially with longer or heavier lenses.




  
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Jul 02, 2011 18:08 |  #22

400dabuser wrote in post #12693111 (external link)
I don't see the point of live view on cameras without video recording

I do. I shoot alot of landscapes. I will use a tripod, liveview, manual focusing at x10. (also for stationary macro shots).


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Jul 02, 2011 18:10 |  #23

quiksquirrel wrote in post #12694365 (external link)
When it comes to tools, it's function over form.
A grip will certainly help. It gives you more room for your hands, and the added weight will help balance the camera. Especially with longer or heavier lenses.

+1 A grip will really help you especially with the rebel series.


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Jul 02, 2011 19:22 |  #24

ekinnyc wrote in post #12694306 (external link)
i'm 27 and from the cell-phone generation, so its kinda hard not to use acronyms when applicable

That is not a valid excuse.

On forums, it is expected that folks will at least define acronyms that are not often used and spell out everything else.

"BBF" with the stated meaning isn't even in the huge acronym dictionary site that I often refer to to translate stuff on forums.


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Jul 02, 2011 23:20 |  #25

noted, and agreed, it isnt a widely used acronym, outside of a photography site. but id assume a user with 2500 posts to be familiar with acronyms on such a site.... it isnt that esoteric (here at least).

but i digress...
what would be a good recommended manufacturer for grips (other than canon?)


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Jul 03, 2011 02:40 |  #26

ekinnyc wrote in post #12695883 (external link)
what would be a good recommended manufacturer for grips (other than canon?)

I like Meike and Ansmann. Both are in the slightly more expensive range of 3rd party grips, but worth the price.




  
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Jul 03, 2011 13:05 |  #27

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This is HOW I hold my camera.
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....i fell off my seat!!!!




  
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Jul 03, 2011 14:07 |  #28

That woman looks like Robin Williams.


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Jul 03, 2011 14:16 |  #29

Chuck Gardner has a great article on How to hold a camera steady (external link). Here is an excerpt:

The key to sharp images in low light is learning to hold a camera steady is support. Like anything else it is an acquired skill which requires practice to perfect. The strategies I use for holding a camera steady are very similar to those used for firearms: the more points of support the camera has, the steadier your camera will be.

The method I use is based on the concept of unifying the camera with the entire upper body as a single mass, then pivoting at the waist like a tripod ball head to adjust the framing. Its based on fundamental physics: the greater the mass, the more difficult it is to move.




  
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Jul 03, 2011 22:30 |  #30

ToddR wrote in post #12698298 (external link)
That woman looks like Robin Williams.

mrs doubtfire? :cool:


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