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EOS Bodies / Re: B & H is already selling 7D Mark II Accessories
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:08:06 PM »
If it was going to go the whole 1D direction (urgh, sorry) it would have a proper card door, proper eye cup and the diopter on that side would be replaced with the blackout lever. How much of this really makes it into a 7D II is anyones guess but I would be pretty confident they'd put a proper door on it if they were serious about it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:15:55 PM »
So DPAF will be the savior??

And what about for video where they took the world by storm with the 5D2? So they sit around and wait until 2017 to put out a 5 series that does 4k (and has reasonable built-in usability features and built-in 1080p RAW)? Canon will be so beyond and afterthought by that crowd by then it won't even be funny.

But how big and profitable is that crowd really? What you are forgetting is the entire eco system available and in that respect canon is brilliant. Just look at the C100, who in their right mind would buy that thing when you look at the specs on paper? Yet it sells pretty well for what it is. Maybe canon has decided the enthusiast VDSLR market isn't big enough to invest lots of money on, especially when they have a cinema line. This obviously does nothing to the appeal for the vast majority of people buying a canon camera and have heard the video is good. These are the middle class moms who want to film their kids school play and if they go frivolous they might get a XXXD camera. DPAF is likely to be more important that the right codecs or 4K for what they make their money on, i.e. entry level cameras.

The 5DII kickstarted this and laid the foundation for canon to be successful in video. Sure they aren't selling many C500 but the C300 seems to be the defacto standard in reality TV and given the majority of the programming available is in that genre Canon may actually be on to a winner.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 17, 2014, 04:42:04 PM »
pfft, it doesn't even have IS.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 16, 2014, 12:01:20 PM »
When people say the 24-105 isn't sharp, they are comparing to other high end offerings and it is worth bearing in mind you can now find them for less than a third of the 24-70 II. My copy is very sharp 24-70mm wide open but after that the IQ drops a little. The f4 is sharp enough for most people but f4 may be a little limiting in some situations. Maybe the Tamron 24-70 is an option?

Lenses / Re: Lens setup for wedding photography
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:27:55 PM »
I would suggest the 10-22, 50 and leave the 100mm in a bag unless you are very far off the bride and groom during speeches, in church etc. I wouldn't take the 70-200 as it isn't an IS lens and it is massive and very conspicuous. I'd leave the kit lens at home and focus on the wider angle shots. The 50 will be perfect for getting some nice shots of various friends etc. Take the flash but leave it in the bag with the 100mm if you can.

As for the official photographer, there are two ways to really go about it. First and best solution is to have a friendly chat with him (or her) and say you want to get a few photos of the evening but that you will stay out of the way. Second is to just stay out of the way and not draw too much attention. A rebel with a 10--22 or 50 1.8 will not draw attention but if you stick the 70-200 on it will. As for flash, just use the pop up flash, it will work pretty well for some light fill.

Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:43:08 AM »
Speaking of mastering, when you've got the hang of reverse engineering a light set up go look at works of the classical masters, i.e. paintings. You can learn a lot from the light in a Rembrandt painting for example

Site Information / Re: 1dx users now 300L IS II?
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:32:14 AM »
oh dear, EOS M2. Is that a bad sign given I've never even seen the camera for sale anywhere?

Site Information / Re: Wedding Section
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:30:38 AM »
Sounds like an oversight there isn't one already given that many (most?) of the working photographers on here are in the wedding business

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:50:17 PM »
Viggo:  Phottix makes several softboxes that you can place your lights inside.  They are ok.  I've not had any issue with them yet.  The only thing I don't like about those boxes is that you are limited in tilting movement.

Thanks! My Swedish friend also uses them, but can't get them in Norway, and I wonder, are the rods inside the umbrella boxes any better than the "eBay stuff" ?

I'm aware of the limited tilt action, and it's a large drawback, but it's either that or not taking it with me due to needing heavy sand bags. I just take the chance with the inside mount boxes, lol.

Any one have a link to where I can buy this bracket?

I have two of these and they work brilliantly. No wobble at the mount even with a 120 octabox

This seller has decent softboxes. The essentialphoto/pixapro ones are well made (for the price) and don't feel super cheap. Yes they aren't profoto but then what do you really expect for £50?

It sounds like the rubber drying out, there are some easy fixes recommended.  I've had at least five 40D's, actually, more like 7 or 8.  I sold my last one this Spring.  I've never seen the issue, so it does sound like a age related issue.

There's no denying the 40Ds are getting on a bit. Lovely camera though and I'm sure it'll be remembered as one of the Canon greats of the digital age. If only it had slightly faster card writing facilities than it does

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:09:33 PM »
EF-S prime in the range 20-24mm
EF-S 50-150 f2.8 IS
200mm f2.8 IS
100-300 f4 IS
A replacement to the 22-55mm would be nice, it is a very handy focal range. 20-50 f4 IS would be ideal and would make a killer holiday lens

Lighting / Re: Bare bulb mod
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:07:57 AM »
@Viggo: This might be quite coincidental, but this thread was posted just today (a thanks and a shout-out, Hannes!)

I was going to post it a week or two ago but forgot, this thread actually reminded me to do it :)

Lighting / Re: Bare bulb mod of YN-560 III (with pictures)
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:04:08 AM »
The capacitors retain enough charge to give you a potentially lethal shock even after you take out the battery.
I think the main reason for "bare-bulb"-ing is to have the non-directional light that you can shape as you want, especially with modifiers (well, that is my reason at least). Ideally, all light sources should start out as bare bulbs for maximum flexibility, but you can see how that will make the Speedlites extremely fragile.

This pretty much. The capacitor is buried deep inside the main flash body. Taking the batteries out and leaving it alone for a few days is one way.

Duct taping two of them together won't have the same effect as you don't get an evenish 180 degree spread. These are more directional than a proper studio strobe because they have the reflective aluminium at the back meaning there is a bit more light forwards so the spread is very similar to that of a stofen, just a stop at least more power.

I was quite worried about the fragility as well so that is why I added the acrylic (perspex) half tube to protect the tube. Another advantage I forgot to mention is that the flash will do many more pops before it starts overheating because the air can circulate through the half tube with it being open on both sides.

Attached are what a 120cm octa looks like with first bare bulbed yn560 and then a plain one

Lighting / Bare bulb mod of YN-560 III (with pictures)
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:09:38 PM »
I decided to try and see what happened if I modified the brilliant Yongnuo YN-560 III to bare bulb. End result was interesting, large modifiers are better filled and amount of light has increased by between 1/3 to 1/2 stop depending on modifier (bigger effect in softbox than brolly). Light has also turned a bit cooler as one of the fresnel lenses is slightly warming. The quality of light seemed a little better with less of a central hot spot and somewhat softer in a softbox and a fair bit harder in my PLM knock off (hobo lighting 163cm parabolic silver umbrella). I wonder if this is because there was less light spillage around the umbrella bouncing off the small room I was testing it in.

Now for pictures (first is clicky for all the pictures in the series):

Bare bulb modyfiying the Yongnuo YN-560 III flash

The flash before modding it. Please be aware that you could potentially electrocute yourself doing this if you don't know how to make sure the capacitor is empty. You could obviously ruin your flash as well, don't blame me in either case.

Taking off the side strips of rubber and metal clamps holding it in place

Completely disassembled. The wire on the left either needs to be soldered off the board and then back on again, cut and rejoined or the cage holding the flash tube and reflector in place to be cut open to let you take out the flash tube.

Cutting an aluminium blanking to replace the fresnel lens. 1.2mm aluminium sheet is ideal thickness. I used a standard hacksaw and metal file to finish the edges. I also tried polishing it with a dremel but results weren't good as the surface became more dull.

Blanking plate together with a piece of 32mm wide acrylic tube with 2mm thick walls cut in half. Piece is 60mm long.

Holes drilled, one is 5mm and the other 6mm. The larger hole is needed to pass the flash tube through and the smaller is perfect size to use the rubber retainers to protect the wires.

All fitted back together. I elected to cut the wire and solder it back together to avoid soldering on the PCB. This may increase resistance and decrease flash power slightly but I took that chance instead of risking ruining the flash. Rubber retainer has been cut in half as otherwise it wouldn't fit and the pieces are held in place with a bit of electrical tape on the backside. The white plastic basket holding the flash tube and reflector may need some bits snipped out of the sides to leave enough space to pass the wires up. Acrylic tube was glued on with epoxy glue as it would bond better between the uneven edge of the acrylic and the aluminium than super gluing (some poor sawing by me).

Total cost - about £5 with offcuts and epoxy glue off ebay and I still have enough parts to do another three flashes. It took about three hours in total as I was trying things as I went along and I don't have anywhere proper to work on these projects. If you have a normal work bench and know what you are doing I'm pretty sure you could knock one out in half an hour or so.

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:51:24 PM »
Wouldn't it be something if this new flash was being rolled out as one that could be controlled by a built-in radio wireless system in the new 7D? Yes, I know I'm reaching and just kidding.  At least, I hope that's not what it'll be cause I'd be too jealous.   
I think the regulatory environment makes a built-in radio transmitter for the 7d unlikely. They would need different models for countries that don't allow radio transmitters.

They already do for the 6D so why not?

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