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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 06, 2014, 04:52:50 AM »
Would you guys advice against getting the yongnuo st e3 to save a few bucks? Also, is there a reason why you cant get an st e3 receiver/transceiver?

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f4 IS macro performance
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:21:09 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I think I will go for it as soon as I find a buyer for my 24-105 :)
the dedicated macro lens will have to wait for another day as I am afraid that the limited use it would see doesn't justify the cost. Btw, what would be the approximate working distance to get 0.7 magnification on the dedicated 100mm macros?

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f4 IS macro performance
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:12:57 AM »
@[/size] ajfotofilmagem[/size][/font][/color]
[/size]Thanks for the advice[/font][/color]
[/size]I am already using tubes and closeup filters, but I don't like the extra tension it puts on the mount. Atm I am using some old manual primes as well as my 24-105 on the tubes. I was just thinking that getting the 24-70 f4 might save me a bit of the hassle :)[/font][/color]

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f4 IS macro performance
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:29:31 AM »
@ ajfotofilmagem
As I understand it, to achieve 0.5 magnification with the 50mm 2.5 compact macro, the focus distance will be 23cm. With my current budget limitations, selling my 24-105 to get the 24-70 will be cheaper than getting the 50mm 2.5 macro, and seeing as 18cm vs 23cm doesn't make much of a difference in terms of scaring off insects, that serves as one more argument in favor of the 24-70 (the 24-70 will be used for paid gigs whereas the macro use is mostly hobby related)
Anyone got a link to MFT for 24-70 in macro mode?

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f4 IS macro performance
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:10:07 AM »
any idea of the working distance for 0.5 magnification?

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f4 IS macro performance
« on: June 25, 2014, 09:18:57 AM »
Yea, I read that one. Apart from
I'm not going to say that this lens is as sharp as the Canon 100mm L Macro Lens, but the Canon 24-70 f/4 L IS Lens' macro mode is very impressive. This lens could easily displace a macro lens in your pack - which in turn makes the size and weight difference of what you are carrying big.

he doesn't really say much about the macro mode.
I am specifically interested in how well this lens performs @ x0.5 magnification vs the 50mm 2.5 macro.
At the moment, I can't really justify the price of the 100mm 2.8L macro lens (which costs the same in DK)

Lenses / 24-70 f4 IS macro performance
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:41:11 AM »
I haven't really managed to find a reliable assessment of the 24-70 f4 IS macro performance.
I was looking into some of the cheaper options such as the 50mm 2.5 macro but it occurred to me that the 24-70 might be good enough for my macro hobby while also being very useful to me professionally as a replacement for my 24-105 (also, there is a 250$ cashback on the 24-70 in my country)
Anyone care to chime in with their experien, the ? Is the macro function on the 24-70 comparable to a dedicated macro lens? (I am aware of the very close focusing distance required to achieve x 0.7)
EDIT: After the mail-in rebate in DK, the 24-70 ends up at around 1100$

I inherited an old FD 50mm 1.8 in good condition. Paired with a glass-less adapter and dirt-cheap extension tubes it can be quite fun. Tried the same with an FD 135mm 3.5. Was waay to soft to be worth it imo.
Which lenses are in the bag? :)

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: June 22, 2014, 05:12:08 PM »
Serried rank of piers supporting a railway bridge
also refreshing with an alternative to the usual "anything shot with a/ in a / on a / of a" etc :)

Anyone care to share their thoughts on viable software solutions for the home-server solution?
Gonna set up a server when I move back home to my 100/100mbit fiber connection, but so far I have not been satisfied with WP-galleries or simple file servers. I would like to implement a flickr-like framework that integrates automatically with my storage drives.
The best for me in terms of publishing and public availability would be some function akin to smart collections in Lr where one could publish collections based on certain meta-tags rather than having to publish things manually.
In other words, the only downside to the personal server solutions is the time and effort it takes to maintain and manage them but surely, this pales in insignificance compared to this half-assed canon offering...

As mentioned over and over, all the information you need in order to install is readily available on the ML forums and the idea that you should understand a bit of how it works before using it is not a bad one. :) Really, spend a few days reading through some of the active parts of the forum and you should find most of the info that you need.
For me, the few aspects that DO have some degree of complexity are often the aspects that are under development as well as new modules, not included in the standard package and with those, your best bet is the forum as well as any written guide has the danger of being outdated fairly fast.
That said, the 1.2.3 port works great for me and ML hasn't left my 5D3 since I bought it :)

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: June 01, 2014, 04:23:25 PM »
+1 for the 35mm f2 IS - only downside for me is that the focus ring isn't as nice for video as on my L glas

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:41:37 AM »
Thanks for the advice :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:02:52 AM »
The one you link isn't available for shipping to my current location.
Will probably just go for the one in my OP and see how it works out :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:17:35 AM »
I have been doing alot of lengthy outdoor video shoots on my 5D lately. Even without ML raw, this can cause quite the power drain, so I am looking at different budget options for extended shooting. So far I am using extra cells and a car charger, but it is still not enough.
Rather than just buying more cells, I am thinking about getting a grip for the option of using normal AA cells in case of emergency. (If you badly need more charge than expected, you can send someone to pick up a load of AA's at a gas-station)
So, my question is if anyone here has any good/bad experience with the really cheap third-party no-name grips from ebay like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331137824745?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
I know quality will not be the same as an original grip (possibly worse than the more expensive third-party options) but do you think its safe?
If it's DOA or stops working after a while, that's fine. Ebay buyer protection actually works, and I have always gotten full refunds in those cases. My only concern is if it could cause damage to my camera even though my intuition tells me that this would depend on the cells I use rather than the grip?

Nb. No need to preach about using cheap stuff on paid gigs. I am doing what I can with what I've got (rigging a DSLR for real video production is expensive) and this is meant to be a backup solution rather than something I will rely on regularly.

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