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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:25:36 PM »
Here more Photos, The PRO shoot the PRO----Sorry Not My photos.
Enjoy.
Surapon

Thanks for sharing, you put a bit of fun into my evening with these  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:59:43 PM »
Iž, Croatia

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:58:56 PM »
Iž, Croatia

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yey, fantastic news that probably excite only me, but nevertheless... its back and working  :D

in case somebody is interested, it really was the shutter and it was repaired under warranty

I asked whether I now have a full warranty period (2y where I live) on the new shutter itself and the guy said no, the rest of the warranty period stays the same for the whole camera now and its only prolonged by the period the camera was in the service center (3 days)

He seemed to find it a weird thing to ask, but I work for a car dealership network and I'm quite sure that if we change some part on a car that's not under warranty anymore, we still have to provide some warranty on the part we installed (obviously not on wear, but on faults of the part or the work done)...

Anyway, lets hope the new shutter will hold longer
thanks and good night

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well, the 6D is in an authorized canon service center...

the guy at the counter looked at it and quickly diagnosed it:
"its gonna be the shutter... it sure is the shutter... unless its something else"

I'm glad that its still under warranty and hope they have a good technician (and a 6D shutter in stock)

Unfortunately, shutters can die prematurely, or last forever.  They fail on a bell curve, so most of them last for X actuations.

If you bought it with a American Express card, they double the warranty, so you actually have a two year warranty.  I make it a point to do that.

Ye, I have a 350D that I used (a lot) until I got the 6D and never had to visit a canon service, but better now as just after the warranty ends

and as for the warranty, I didn't buy it with AE card and the camera is about 18 months in use now, but I'm from Europe and the warranty is (luckily) 2 years (now even has to be by law).

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well, the 6D is in an authorized canon service center...

the guy at the counter looked at it and quickly diagnosed it:
"its gonna be the shutter... it sure is the shutter... unless its something else"

I'm glad that its still under warranty and hope they have a good technician (and a 6D shutter in stock)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 22, 2014, 05:33:02 PM »
uuuh, so far its very close  :)

thank you guys for all your nice, interesting, informative and funny replies

(not that I would want to close it here, in case it sounded like it  ;) )

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Hi,

I was out this Saturday and took some photos. Now I'm looking at them and some have overexposed stripe on the top of the frame. Examples are attached, unprocessed, except resize (raw has it as well).

I was using 6D and 135mm f2 L (no filter, hood on). the only settings pattern I noticed is that its on images taken at 1/1000s or faster (tiny bit is visible at 1/800s, but it doesn't get bigger at e.g. 1/3200s).

I quickly swapped it for 50mm f1.8, did one shot at 1/640s, it was OK, than one at 1/1600s, the overexposed stripe is there...

Any idea what was wrong, what did I wrong?

Thank you!

Stig

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Software & Accessories / Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:44:57 PM »
Hi!

I'm curious, which tripod legs locking mechanism do you prefer, twist, or flip?

I might be looking at a new tripod someday and so far only have an experience with a cheap (flip locking) one. The twist intrigues me for some reason, it just seems to me like it might be quicker, easier to use, however I might be wrong, so...

Btw, I'm also interested in what features you grown to like on your tripods (e.g. removable legs to use as a monopod, foam padding for when the tripod gets very cold in winter, 90degree horizontaly tiltable / reversible center column for macro...)?

Thank you very much!

Stig

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Lighting / Re: What modifiers (sizes) are speedlites good for?
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:34:07 PM »
ye, I came across this test... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTJcBLrtBXA
and seem that fluorescent aren't too hot, but they also seem to have really just a fraction to the power of even a small strobe... than again, why would I put it 3m away? and It seems it isn't too useless... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkUqBJoxZ-I

so anyway, while I was inclined to base my set on this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Continuous-Softbox-Studio-Lighting-Boom-Kit-3300w-Photography-Photo-Portrait-3-/151318574739?pt=UK_Photography_Lighting_Kits&hash=item233b4a3693

now I think I'd rather put some more money into it and base it on these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pro-Photo-Studio-540w-Light-180W-x3-Strobe-Flash-monolight-Lighting-kit-set-S602-/151049091293?pt=UK_Photography_Flash_Lighting_Kits&hash=item232b3a38dd plus some universal mount softboxes, stands, boom arm... I would end up spending more but...?

and for even a bit more money, I found an ad close by where I live for a "little use", about 2year old set of:
4x strobes Quantum 200Ws
1x octabox 150cm
1x octabox 80cm
2x softbox 40x180cm
1x softbox 60x60cm
1x background reflector
1x beauty dish 70cm white
5x stands

so I think I will check that tomorrow...

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 07, 2014, 03:15:08 PM »
Mine was the 24-105 f4 in a kit with the 6D
it replaced my 350D and 17-55 f2.8 as "the base" and was an improvement in the way it feels (build quality) and range... I really like the combo

then came the 135 f2 (got that one used, on a trip to US) and of course its lovely, magical, etc... but maybe I wouldn't buy it if the nifty fifty wouldn't show me what a fast prime can do... I'm really gad I got that one years ago (hmm, now that I think of it, maybe Canon does those so they work for them as a cheap entry drug  :D )

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Lighting / Questions about octo/brolly/boxes...
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:03:39 PM »
Hi,

quick questions about octagonal modifiers, all the octobrollybox versions...

1, which way do you prefer the octobox to be lit up (and is there a difference)?
what I mean, I found basically the same shape/size octobox, but one has an umbrella like pole in the middle, closed back, the strobe sits behind the diffuser and aims back on a reflective inner back... the other has a hole in the back, with the strobe aiming at an (inner) diffuser screen (so it doesn't block the light and is naturally more accessible)

2, is there a big difference in light quality between an umbrella and the closed version (brollybox)? what is your preference? 

3, is there any significant difference between octobox (like example 1, a,) vs a brolly box (2, b,)?
seems quite similar to me (except that the strobe/speedlite is sort of in a way), but the cost isn't... the brolly box is much cheaper

4, is it a significant advantage going from a 80cm (32inch) umbrella/octobox to a 110cm one (43inch)?
I understand that distance to subject matters and the relatively larger area gives a softer light... but is it a big real world difference?


I know that many answers start with it depends", but anyway, thank you for any insight




examples:
1, a, http://098776d263023324e4ab-83dce928c02d69c5e386bf35b135c77e.r38.cf6.rackcdn.com/01cc604e2cbc4072e606cbc592fb56fa_10153000725_4db7b38958_z.jpg
1, b, http://www.x-skong.com/queam/picture/VE0129-6.jpg

2, a, http://ebay.doufin.com/photos/lightup/umbrella-softbox-2-1.jpg vs regular shot through
2, b, http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/8/6/8/4/6/5/webimg/399741761_o.jpg?nc=436 vs regular reflective

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Lighting / Re: What modifiers (sizes) are speedlites good for?
« on: June 05, 2014, 06:13:49 PM »
Hi,

and again, thanks for sharing your tips and advise, and of course the beautiful photos.

I looked, read, googled, did some calculations, got even more confused when strobes came into the mix, but I think I'll call them too expensive* for now and try a combo of:

cfl (two 5x60w boxes/stands)http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3000w-Continuous-Softbox-Lighting-Studio-Kit-Photography-Photo-Video-Portrait-/151318574069?pt=UK_Photography_Lighting_Kits&hash=item233b4a33f5)

and a brolly box + bracket  for the speedlite http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/109cm-43-Umbrella-Softbox-Soft-Box-Brolly-Reflector-For-Studio-Flash-Strobe/310897212264?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222003%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D22313%26meid%3D7380530785298607357%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D9701%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D330861626445&rt=nc#ht_1609wt_1006

and see whats what with those.

I still have some questions about modifiers, but I guess that's for a separate thread

and btw, about our other (better) halfs, I hope mine will give me at least 10minutes in front of the lights before going away and asking when will they be disassembled and stored away  :) ... do your wifes and girlfiends pose for you, or rather hate being in front of the camera?





*though I'm still looking at these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Digital-900w-Studio-Flash-Lighting-set-Photography-Strobe-light-Portrait-Kit/281008891976?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222003%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D22313%26meid%3D7380142445252548667%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D9701%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D231008381491&rt=nc#ht_5470wt_959 even though that would be twice as much as the combo above

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Lighting / Re: What modifiers (sizes) are speedlites good for?
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:24:41 PM »
Thank you for your replies!

I think I'm getting a bit better idea now... but also new questions and inspiration and googling (virtual window shopping)... like monolights...

I'm thinking I could start with a continuous set of two 60x90cm (23x35inch) boxes with 5x45w (or 60w) bulbs in each box and two stands, which would be around 140-180 euro (incl. shipping) like here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3000w-Continuous-Softbox-Lighting-Studio-Kit-Photography-Photo-Video-Portrait-/151318574069?pt=UK_Photography_Lighting_Kits&hash=item233b4a33f5

 but I still like the idea of 110-120cm (43-47inch) octobox... but seems that 430ex and/or my cheapo flash wont do that trick, so I was looking for cheap strobes today and since I would/should go for at least 400w one (or not?), that would be 150 euro already, only for that alone http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400W-400WS-Godox-DP-400-Professional-Studio-Strobe-Lighting-Lamp-Head-S525-/181292959754?pt=UK_Photography_Flash_Lighting_Kits&hash=item2a35e7080a

plus an octobox (about 60euro) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/120cm-octagonal-umbrella-grid-softbox-light-softbox-kit-for-Studio-Lighting-/310972461566?pt=UK_Light_Controls_Softboxes_Diffusers&hash=item48676731fe

and that's only one light (without own stand)... then again, after that I could add some umbrellas for a few euros and would have more options... and after some time, try a beauty dish...

aaah, the choices...


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Lighting / What modifiers (sizes) are speedlites good for?
« on: June 02, 2014, 05:24:52 PM »
Hi,

I don't do much with my flashes, but every now and then I would like to try it a bit more (not professionally, just play with it and learn something). I recently booked a workshop that should have been my first studio/model shoot experience, but it was canceled just two days in advance, so I thought I’ll use the money to buy some lights/modifiers and learn on my own as until now.

I was googling some cheap alternatives as I don't feel like investing much now, but I want something more than my smallish DIY boxes. It seems that I could go with some fluorescent continuous set, or just buy something that I can stick my flashes into.

But I would like to ask you to enlighten me about lights a bit, so that I have an idea what size of softbox/octobox has my 430ex enough power for (I know, it depends... but you know, what will it just light up a bit and what will it make reasonably usable).

Examples:
Continuous set of two 60cm(23.6") X 90cm (35.4") boxes... Usable?
In description they offer more powerful bulbs (5bulbs per box, 45w vs 115w)... Necessary?  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-outputs-light-head-60x90-Softbox-Studio-Continuous-lighting-kit-equals-2000W-/130747669475?pt=UK_Photography_Lighting_Units&hash=item1e712b1be3

And now, 430exII in:

Octobox... There are reasonably priced 80cm, 110cm and 120cm ones ( 32 / 43 / 47 inches)... I would like the bigger one, but is that too much to ask from a speedlite (or two mounted on one bracket)?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Umbrella-Octagon-Softbox-Brolly-Reflector-Speedlite-with-Grid-120cm-/231042307421?pt=UK_Light_Controls_Softboxes_Diffusers&hash=item35cb31d55d

Will it handle this? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Umbrella-Octagon-Softbox-with-Grid-For-SpeedLight-Flash-80cm-32in-/310897184030?pt=UK_Light_Controls_Softboxes_Diffusers&hash=item4862ea8d1e

Beauty dish?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pro-White-Beauty-Dish-Honeycomb-Bowens-Mount-for-Flash-Strobe-42cm-16-5-/231201901724?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item35d4b50c9c

Closed 110cm (43inch) umbrella?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Umbrella-Softbox-Soft-Brolly-Box-Reflector-Studio-43-/330861626445?pt=UK_Light_Controls_Softboxes_Diffusers&hash=item4d08e3c44d

Thank you very much!

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