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Aug 19, 2011 22:14 |  #46

Actually, I can think of 3 places one would often find themselves cropping:

1- sports where the mantra is shoot tight and crop tighter.
2- photojournalism where one doesn't always have time to compose
3- birding when one is length limited


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Aug 19, 2011 22:18 |  #47

+1, there are too many that cannot see past what they personally shoot... :)


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Aug 19, 2011 22:22 |  #48

Oh, and not to mention printing portraits, where different aspect ratios than the standard Dslr's 3:2 are often required.


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Aug 19, 2011 22:26 |  #49

twoshadows wrote in post #12966106 (external link)
Actually, I can think of 3 places one would often find themselves cropping:

1- sports where the mantra is shoot tight and crop tighter.
2- photojournalism where one doesn't always have time to compose
3- birding when one is length limited

Heh! And your point is...:)?

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+1, there are too many that cannot see past what they personally shoot... :)

Ahh, and that's a good point, one to bear firmly in mind in threads like this!

I personally shoot with three old bodies -- the 5DC, the 1DM3 and as a fallback the 30D, all pretty "low-res", and I empathize with the basic idea that these bodies produce great images that are quite good for my actual needs, but if you offered me a 5D2 or a 1DM4, I'd take it in a hearbeat:)!


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Aug 19, 2011 22:35 |  #50

tonylong wrote in post #12966168 (external link)
Heh! And your point is...:)?

It is still manly to crop. :p :)


tonylong wrote in post #12966168 (external link)
Ahh, and that's a good point, one to bear firmly in mind in threads like this!

I personally shoot with three old bodies -- the 5DC, the 1DM3 and as a fallback the 30D, all pretty "low-res", and I empathize with the basic idea that these bodies produce great images that are quite good for my actual needs, but if you offered me a 5D2 or a 1DM4, I'd take it in a hearbeat:)!

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It's interesting because I'm shooting with a 5Dc, a 1DmkIII and will be looking for a 30d in the near future (or use my wife's 20d). And yes, if I was offered a 5DII or mkIV I'd take it, but I'm feeling content with what I have and what it's producing - at least for now...


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Aug 19, 2011 22:44 |  #51

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Tony,

It's interesting because I'm shooting with a 5Dc, a 1DmkIII and will be looking for a 30d in the near future (or use my wife's 20d). And yes, if I was offered a 5DII or mkIV I'd take it, but I'm feeling content with what I have and what it's producing - at least for now...

The fact that you can be content is important, as long as you can accept that there is "better" even though you are content with what you have!

I was giving a bit of s**t tonight to a friend who drives my dream car, a Corvette, something I could only dream of. But of course we were laughing about it:)!


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Aug 19, 2011 22:55 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #52

I love the ability to crop that lots of megapixels give me. It allows me to turn this

IMAGE: http://pixelsmithphotography.com/potn/precrop1.jpg

Into this

IMAGE: http://www.pixelsmithphotography.com/gallery/var/albums/Birds/lightroom-3559.jpg

I'm not good enough (or arrogant enough?) to claim the ability to frame every shot perfectly, so "cropability" is a crutch for me. But I'm betting it is the same for most. I wish it wern't so because I could save a lot of money with cheaper bodies :D

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Aug 19, 2011 23:02 |  #53

I like croppability personally, I found the 1D3 limiting.


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Aug 19, 2011 23:03 |  #54

one more crop, total pic these were taken from, and I had to resize them down more than 50% from the crop. There are indeed uses for cropping power... :p


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Aug 19, 2011 23:06 |  #55

TeamSpeed wrote in post #12966131 (external link)
+1, there are too many that cannot see past what they personally shoot... :)

And too many that can't admit what they really shoot and what sizes they really print! :p


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Aug 20, 2011 05:52 |  #56

Some of us are happy with 4.5mp
Heavy crop from my old 1D with 24-70L


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Aug 20, 2011 06:21 |  #57

I never gave a crap about pixel count...in fact, my first DSLR was 10MP XTi, the next was 8MP 30D...the one after was another 8MP 20D, then a 6.3MP 10D, then another 8MP 30D...right now I'm rocking a 10MP and I'm madly in love with it...helps that it's a 1D3.

I love it when people tell me their crappy little P&S has more MPs than my 1D3. I just smile unless they get cocky...in which case I tell them I'd rather have 1 Ferrari than 10 Pintos ;)


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Aug 20, 2011 06:40 |  #58

Steveod wrote in post #12967224 (external link)
Some of us are happy with 4.5mp
Heavy crop from my old 1D with 24-70L

This is perhaps the best proof of all, that more MP's does not mean better photos.

Even with much more current, higher resolution bodies in my arsenal, I still do payed work with my trusty old 1Dc every once in a while. And it has never failed to deliver.

Currently I'm looking at the Fuji X100 as my next "fun camera". And anyone who has seen what that thing can do with it's 12 MP's would seriously have to consider if they really need anything more.
I have seen it stand it's ground against the likes of 5DII's and Leica M9's. It may not downright outperform those, but it certainly gives them a run for their money.




  
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Aug 20, 2011 06:56 |  #59

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But I never really understood the argument for more cropping room.

Then I would guess that you are not a wildlife photographer.


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Aug 20, 2011 07:21 |  #60

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Then I would guess that you are not a wildlife photographer.

The gear you have listed in your signature can give you the equivalent of almost 900mm.
If you need much more than that, you must be shooting the shyest creatures on this planet while wearing a bell around your neck.

I only use a 300mm. when stalking wild deer, and I don't have to crop.
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