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EOS Bodies / Re: Buying second hand, avoid low shutter count.
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:13:57 PM »
I had a shutter literally explode during a shoot with my 5dC. It failed at 186,000 actuations.

The cost of replacing a canon shutter is cheap. Mine was replaced for around 200.00 by canon. That's peanuts relative to the added years of use I got out of it. For that reason, I no longer care about shutter counts. If it fails I'll have it repaired quickly and cheaply. No big deal.

Much ado about nothing.

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Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:37:41 PM »
grats!

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That's nice for you but for the rest of us, we have to read it.  You do realize that no one really cares, right?  So why post this at all?  It's a waste of both your time and ours.  This appears to be a beef between the two of you.  If it can't be settled in the PM Board, why not just ignore each other and focus on the topic?  Really.  Please!   ::)

agreed

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I'm just here to share a story that's common in the community and which I hope to prevent such instances like this

i am fine with your post. i think in a forum such as this it is perfectly fine to report on such behavior and i think its completely natural to express frustration over it.

i also think its good that you followed up to your original post.

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I really wonder what the bride would think about her wedding photographer, which I assume you were paid for, was pulling her wedding photos into this drama? Would she be happy knowing that her wedding pictures were being used to bash this guy?

just out of curiousity...do you shoot weddings?

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early on when i was starting i worked for a highschool portrait company shooting sports and events. typically each school signs a contract with these companies that prohibit any other commercial photography from happening at a contracted school event.

outside of becoming a freelance shooter for one of these companies you will meet some stiff resistance trying to photograph highschool events. even if you offer to shoot for free and not charge for prints, the company will look at it as the school is breaching the contract as it could take potential sales away from them.

as far as higher level athletic events, i have shot a few collegiate athletic events only because i was hired by one of the institutions departments to cover alumni related stuff. those type of events will require some type of pass being issued either through the institution or through the media. when you get to that level (and i imagine the pro level) institutions will be very cautious about allowing photography as they are very keen on controlling their brand.

your best bet might be approaching media outlets to see if they hire freelancers to cover sporting events. i couldn't advise you as to how to do this as i haven't personally done it myself. i'm friends with a photojournalist that works for the local paper and i hear alot about the state of that industry. what may work in your favor is that many media outlets have cut their staffing by a significant amount which could open up more opportunities for freelance coverage. what may work against you is that their budgets have been cut significantly as well and they may not be interested in paying freelancers. another consideration is that you likely would not have rights to any images you shot as they would be owned by the media outlet.

outside of being a parent of a child who participates in a youth league, its not the friendliest environment out there for sports photography if you are not already affiliated with an organization.

at worst...you could always just show up and shoot until you are told to stop.

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What is the main difference of cheap vs expensive inkjet? pixma ip series and pixma pro?
Paper they can handle? Color Only?

the differences in inkjet printers will include the number of inks it uses, what the ink set is comprised of (does it have multiple greys for better B&W printing), the size and thickness of paper it will accept, the resolution of the printer (most have good resolution these days) and the speed at which it can print, among other differences.

i upgraded from an epson r1800 to an epson r2880 an couple of years ago for the additional inks, the improved archival quality of those inks, and above all the ability to print on thicker stock fine art paper. i like using Hahnemuhle papers with higher GSMs and these would often get stuck in the feeder of the r1800. hence the r2880 was a good solution for me at the time.

you need to identify what printing parameters you need and then select the printer that will allow for those parameters. i use B&Hs website to view specs for different products to quickly determine if the specs i need are being met by an item i might purchase.

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Lighting / Re: Fast firing units?
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:17:12 PM »
Hmm, interesting. Never shot under those conditions but i imagine you need short bursts of fast recycle then you have a short break until the next racers are on the block?

What i would do is a single flash unit on a stand aimed at racers with wireless trigger. Dial the power down to match your ideal camera settings. If you get the power dialed down far enough (on say a 600ex rt) you may be able to get a decent recycle rate on batteries alone. If not attach an external power pack. Drag shutter for taste....

The only wrinkle i could potentially see is getting permission to fire a strobe in the direction of the racers. Participants in sporting events can be particular about conditions that may be distracting and flash is usually at the top of the list.

Good luck.

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Lighting / Re: Fast firing units?
« on: January 11, 2015, 11:27:05 AM »
Any flash you may get wont be able to keep up with your frame rate over an extended period of time. The best thing to do is to get an external battery pack to help maximize recycle rate of your flash. You run a big risk of overheating a flash though pushing it that hard for that long so beware.

For long events I bring 2-4 flashes and about 4 sets of 8 rechargeable batteries. This covers me in case I shoot heavy flash I can just swap out heads with fresh batteries and keep my recycle rate from lagging.

You could also try being more selective in shooting as to spare yourself running into a shortage of flash power.

You didn't mention what you are shooting...indoor sports? Why the need for such intensive shooting? Just curious.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MkII will not power up
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:05:38 PM »
It could be a faulty on switch as well. I had the on switch start to fail on my 5dC. I could get it to power on only if i wiggled the switch in the on position. It will still power down if my face accidentally brushes the power switch when I'm shooting.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo 35mm f/2 Canon Clone on the Way
« on: January 05, 2015, 11:54:07 AM »
wow! very interesting conversation that is being developed here. lots of interesting points being offered as well.

the term clone is certainly misleading, i had not looked closely at the design myself but rather assumed what the report was telling me was that it was a copy. you know what they say about assuming...

i stand by my notion of not supporting companies that copy and undercut, though it appears that is not what is happening here. i do understand the cultural differences within China and accept them...i just happen to personally fall on the other side of the fence. its completely a personal decision i am making and really cant fault the logic of those who do make those purchases.

as pointed out, the world economy still has alot to work out in terms of copyright law, intellectual property, labor laws etc etc.

on the scale of interesting...this thread has really been refreshing to me. i really appreciate everyone's input and different points of view!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo 35mm f/2 Canon Clone on the Way
« on: January 05, 2015, 01:08:45 AM »
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then we will have some real copyright and patent fights.

this is the aspect of Yongnuo that just doesn't sit right for me. i'm not a fan of others stealing designs and then undercutting the price of the original product. i understand that there are some out there who wont care as long as they are saving as much money as possible, but my sense of fairness keeps me from purchasing anything from companies like Yongnuo (or almost anything coming out of china for that matter).

i know there are plenty of fans of Yongnuo on this site....just something to think about is all.

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calibrating your monitor will only get you so far. if you really want to have full control over your colors when printing you should also get something that will build profiles for the papers you will be printing on.

i use the ColorMunki to both calibrate my screen and build profiles for a handful of different Hahnemuhle papers i use. i print on an Epson R2880. the results are pretty good though i have to admit that i don't keep my screen and paper profiles up to date as much as i should. there may be more robust and accurate hardware out there but this combo is sufficient for my tastes.

one thing you have to remember is that you will never get exactly matching results. you are essentially translating the look of one medium (back illuminated screen) to another medium (photo paper). because light is acting differently on the two mediums means that density, contrast, and color will change between the two. the goal is to minimize that change as much as possible. to add an additional variable...once printed, an image will perceptually change color as you move the print to different lighting conditions.

i still maintain that color management is the absolute most frustrating exercise in all of photography. it is bad enough to just try to maintain consistent color from screen to print but factor in the fickle nature of desktop inkjet printing and you enter a mind numbing world of frustration. i cant express to you the expletive filled rages that i would go into trying to get the perfect results from desktop printing, but my wife learned to stay way clear of me when i was attempting to do so...

in the end i abandoned my pursuit of "perfect" colors and settled on "close enough"....simply to save my sanity. i also added the services of WHCC when i needed quick client prints as i found their results to be quite good with little fuss on my end.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lighting setup for studio portraits
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:19:34 PM »
pookie, can you talk about the differences you have seen between the Einstein units and the Elinchroms? i have einsteins but am curious about the potential of switching.

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last i heard, you needed a permit to shoot with a tripod on the streets in NYC so those extended exposures you are planning may be a bit tough to pull off. every time im in new york for shoots, we have to be hyper vigilant about how and where we shoot. 

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