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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:15:51 PM »
Hakone Japan

1Dx + Otus 55 @ f/1.4

Welcome back, Edward!

Love the sense of peace this conveys...

1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 02, 2015, 01:32:33 AM »
Great seeing the 1DX guys back on a new thread! Just have to get gary and eml back on the bus!  8)

Hmm, I find it odd that nobody else here has run into this issue. I shoot weddings with mine, and the batteries get hot enough that they can't be held in your hand. I use energizer ultimate. Any suggestions from other's who may have to shoot a lot using the flash during a short period of time?

Try a set of NiMH...


Some here already know, and some don't...
The Eneloop batteries are a form of NiMh battery, not Lithium.

See http://www.panasonic-eneloop.eu/eneloop-products/eneloop-batteries.html

I have always used NiMH in my strobes - that type of battery is better suited for the power demands of constant recycling... Li-ion batteries are noted for their low drain and fantastic shelf life - that is why you find them used for your camera battery pack...

Lighting / Re: Best way of setting up the lighting
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:56:02 AM »
When I use multiple lights, I like to set each one up separately to make sure that each light is doing what I need it...

Each light needs to have a purpose and can, usually, be evaluated for that purpose individually.  Of course you also have to look at how all the lights working together at the same time make or break the scene.


Here's an example from a 4-light 'corporate headshot' setup.  Key and fill are each a 600EX-RT in a Lastolite 24" Ezybox, both on Manfrotto 1051BAC stands.  The key has a round mask diffuser panel (for catchlight shape), and the fill is gridded.  The hair light is a 600EX-RT with a Honl 1/8" Speed Grid on a Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom.  Background light is an Buff Einstein 640 with a white shovel background reflector, on a Manfrotto 012B backlight stand.  The backdrops are Backdrop Alley muslin on a Manfrotto 1314B background support system.  Speedlites were radio triggered with an ST-E3-RT and the monolight was optically slaved.

Awesome example, Neuro! Definitely highlights the importance of each light in a 4-light setup! I am a big believer in lighting the background separately - and I use the exact setup you have! Also, the hair-light just adds so much "pop" to a portrait - and I like how it also spills over his shoulders and creates even more separation from the background! Well done!

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:05:48 AM »
Sad! One of THE strobes in the 80's and 90's...

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:02:33 AM »
My first soccer match with this lens! A lot of intensity from two, ten-year-old girls!

Nice shot old shooter!

Is that real turf?  It looks so perfect.

Thank you, rpt and Northstar!

Naw, it is the fake stuff! Why it looks so good!  ;D

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: November 04, 2014, 02:48:39 PM »
Coming from the world of film, I remember when 400 ASA was a grainy compromise between getting the shot or not getting it... When I bought my first digital body, the XSi, it was still kinda like film... 100 ISO was best, 200 ISO was an extra stop that still got the job done, 400 ISO was starting to show a little degradation, 800+ ISO was really about just getting the shot...

When I got my 5DIII, it started out on 100 ISO all the time, and the images were great... When it required 200 or 400 ISO, the images still looked amazing to me! Now I just leave it on 400 ISO all the time - it's like getting two free stops of light - 800 and 1600 ISO just amaze me with the quality!

This shot was at 400 ISO just as the last few rays of sunlight were hitting the rocks... The background had gone cold but there was still some nice light on the model... Actually wish I had cranked it up to 800 or 1600 - for just a little higher shutter speed... But the 5DIII and the 24-70II provided a good capture of my bride-to-be - and that's the best part! This camera is one of the few things in life that has caused me ZERO buyer's remorse!  :)

Lenses / Re: Is FoCal worth ~$150?
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:09:59 PM »
FoCal has recently added hard targets to their store... If you don't want to fool around with printing and mounting a target, you can order them ready-to-go from them...

I have had the Pro version ever since I bought my 5DIII... There are several features that make the Pro version handy... As Neuro said, I think the aperture sharpness test is the bomb and I now have optimum aperture recorded for all of my lenses... I don't know if the 6D will let you store two values like the 5DIII, but when you're working with a zoom it is really nice...

If you buy, read every page of every document! It is not the most logical flow of user information - but all of it plays into the end result...

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: October 02, 2014, 12:16:02 PM »
My first soccer match with this lens! A lot of intensity from two, ten-year-old girls!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:48:05 AM »
Another one from the same series

Mark and Bridgette, Pre Wedding Shoot, Ullswater Cumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

The lighting and composition in that shot is beautiful, Tom! I wish she didn't have her hand stuck down between her legs like that though...

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:35:37 PM »
Sharp as a tack on my screen, buddy!  :)


If you're working with Flickr you can create an album restricted to friends/family, thus no public content will be visible. Afterwards you can share a guest pass with a dedicated link to the album and share with teh other families. Access only with this mentioned guestpass which can copied and send out to each who's interested.

Thanks, folks! Flickr seems to do what I need - and I really appreciate you mentioning the guest pass, buddha14! Thanks for all the great suggestions! The CR community is tops!

I know dozens of my CR friends have experience with this - so I'm going straight to the source for some good info!

I shot a soccer game because my kid was playing - ended up getting quite a few good shots of other kids...

What site would you recommend - where I could upload images and just let these other parents browse and download till their heart's content... No money involved, just posting images that they can access through a link I can send them?

Many thanks!

Lighting / Re: Your experience of Metz flashes.
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:07:09 PM »
I have used Metz flashes since the mid-80's... Still have a 45CL-4 Digital that I use today... They are truly a piece of quality gear... As stated, you will pay over $500 just to get started...


For TTL, you need this...


And this...


And this battery pack is just the best...


So another $240 to make it really trick - but for pro work you would want at least one more NiMH cluster...

I love the sturdy handle mount and the quality of light it puts out...

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