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I've found the Westcott Speedlite ProGrip Umbrella Kit to work pretty well and it's a lot easier to carry around than a softbox. Learned about it from Zach & Jody: http://westcottu.com/photography-tips/modifying-speedlites-in-confined-spaces/

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Lighting / Re: 6D + 580EXII serious TTL metering problem?
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:26:52 AM »
I have experienced same with the Canon 6D. Massive under exposures on center weighted e-ttl on multiple flash manufactures; in fact, when using 6D in ttl mode, I just use average now - which seems to get the shot right.

I've gotten these massive under exposures on Yongnuo, Gotix, and Canon 480
I'll have to try that out. Thanks.

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Technical Support / Re: Replacing Canon Flash AF assist cover
« on: January 02, 2015, 12:55:23 PM »
Good point. Not sure if Canon would of given it free but I'll try that next time first. Doesn't hurt. Regarding the capacitor, I shouldn't have to mess with that at all but I have been shocked by an old school windup film camera capacitor before. Not fun.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 30, 2014, 10:55:05 AM »
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I haven't read through 19 pages of comments...

But I believe if this is the 5D4, a lot of people will be using the 5D3 for a lot of years to come.
Yeah seems kind of weird. Although one possibility would be to make the 6D mark ii a lot more pro level. Makes sense considering how big an upgrade the 7d mark ii was.

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Technical Support / Re: Replacing Canon Flash AF assist cover
« on: December 30, 2014, 09:14:26 AM »
The $185 fee is just the fixed price servicing, they do it like that because it is more efficient for them, but it means even the smallest job is expensive.

But I believe the AF cover just pops on without any dismantling, it has a couple of tabs on the top that you hook in first then push it on the rest of the way and another couple of tabs lock it in. No screws, no dismantling, just pop it on top first.
Yeah I totally get it. I guess the main thing I was worried about was I noticed what appeared to be a seal around the cover. I'll go ahead and order that part and see how we go. Thanks.

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Technical Support / Replacing Canon Flash AF assist cover
« on: December 30, 2014, 07:49:40 AM »
So I accidentally dropped my Canon 600 EX-RT on Christmas and shattered the cover for the AF assist. Does anyone know how hard this is to fix? Canon is quoting around $185 which is a little steep for something that's mostly a cosmetic thing in my use. I found this site: http://www.uscamera.com/cy2-4318.htm that has the replacement part. Just not sure how difficult it is to replace. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: Comparison: Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 50mm f/1.8
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:42:39 PM »
hmmmmmmm....maybe I should not have purchase my Sigma Art....... :-X
:) na I think you're still good. That's a sweet lens. I have the Sigma 35 and keep trying to justify my need for the 50 as well. I think I'm probably going to end up getting the Canon 24-70 2.8 ii instead but it's an excellent lens.

Brian, I have both. I had the same debate with myself months ago after already being a 35mm owner.  Buy the damn thing. They seem like similar lenses on paper but in practice, the 50mm will do much better with portrait situations if that's what you do because the distortions of things like facial features while prevalent on the 35mm is not a factor on the 50mm.  So it's all about what you're trying to do with the lens vs. your shooting needs
Thanks for the input. I just bought the Canon 70-200 IS ii so I have to wait anyways but I do know what you're talking about. Just hard since they aren't very far apart. I was hoping Sigma was going to announce a 85mm ART lens at Photokina but they didn't so I went with the 70-200. At some point if they come out with an 85mm ART I'll have to decide between it and the 50mm ART but I think I'd be learning towards the 85 assuming it's as good as the other ART lenses have been.

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Lenses / Re: Comparison: Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 50mm f/1.8
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:27:34 AM »
hmmmmmmm....maybe I should not have purchase my Sigma Art....... :-X
:) na I think you're still good. That's a sweet lens. I have the Sigma 35 and keep trying to justify my need for the 50 as well. I think I'm probably going to end up getting the Canon 24-70 2.8 ii instead but it's an excellent lens.

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Is there any advantage to using this vs Lightroom?
When I was getting into things Lightroom and Photoshop never gave the correct white balance or color cast. I've messed with it some lately and it does seem more natural but I'm used to DPP now so I haven't switched.

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BTW, in case Canon software designers ever read this forum...
Please please please please please add in one small change to a future DPP release: Make Ctrl + and Ctrl - zoom in and out as they do in Photoshop.   :)
Are you on a PC or Mac? If a mac this relatively easy to do using the mac keyboard panel.

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I'm guessing it still doesn't read in the recipe from the previous version. Still, at least it's actually usable now since it's compatible with the 5D Mark II now.

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Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Yosemite and Canon EOS Utility and DPP
« on: October 24, 2014, 07:03:24 PM »
Weird. Alright. I'm upgrading next week. I'll try it out then. Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: OS X Yosemite and Canon EOS Utility and DPP
« on: October 24, 2014, 08:45:55 AM »
It appears they pulled it from the site :( When I select Yosemite it says there's nothing available.

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Lighting / Re: What 3rd party flash?
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:24:29 AM »
One other flash I just learned about is by Shanny. It seems pretty good.
http://flashhavoc.com/shanny-flash-and-trigger-models/
http://flashhavoc.com/shanny-sn600sc-speedlite-review/

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Lighting / Re: What 3rd party flash?
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:22:14 AM »
I don't have it here with me, but if I recall it has 4 battery levels on the indicator, I've never seen it lower than 1/2.

Oh my, the thing even has a battery indicator? Take that, €500 Canon 600rt... :-o
My biggest gripe with pretty much every flash out there these days.

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