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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:34:17 PM »
That's great and all, but how will people REALLY get to know the full possibilities of this camera without photos with their lens caps on?  I mean seriously!

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:09:29 PM »
... the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past.

I found the 'new' Peli latches to be only a bit less knucklebusting than the older version.  Storm latches are easy on the fingers.  Also, when traveling and getting up early to go out shooting, my sleeping wife prefers the silent action of the Storm latches to the *SNAP* of the Peli latches.

To me, the snap is more reassuring that everything is in place, secured, ready to go... I'm sure in a few years once arthritis catches up with me (runs in the family) i'll be thinking differently =)

 :)

The Storm latches open silently, but they click closed (unless press the release while closing them – you have the option of silent closing if you prefer).

 8)  Once upon a time I used to have a storm case... before they got bought out by pelican and kinda became one in the same...  Didn't love it, didn't hate it... it served it's purpose and served it well.  I remember when i got it, reading the instructions it had about the O-ring and this and that (after having a huge pelican case for my 4x5 camera) and thinking 'dear lord this is a high maintenance case'.  It didn't really end out to be that at all and was a good case...  Now the pelicans have something similar, but different...  so nothing against the cases...  cant go wrong with either one of them, unless you have arthritis issues =) 

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:27:36 PM »
... the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past.

I found the 'new' Peli latches to be only a bit less knucklebusting than the older version.  Storm latches are easy on the fingers.  Also, when traveling and getting up early to go out shooting, my sleeping wife prefers the silent action of the Storm latches to the *SNAP* of the Peli latches.

To me, the snap is more reassuring that everything is in place, secured, ready to go... I'm sure in a few years once arthritis catches up with me (runs in the family) i'll be thinking differently =)

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Software & Accessories / Re: pelican case 1200 for 5D mk III?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:09:37 AM »
My 2 cents... i got the pelican 1510... got a handle and wheels when traveling indoors, around airports, and other smooth areas...  small enough to be carried (and used as a carryon)...  I would definately opt for the padded dividers... not sure why, but when i had the foam, i just couldn't configure it to get the most gear in there, but once i switched to dividers, i was able to get more lenses and accessories in there.  Plus it doubles as a stool/seat during photo shoots and the tabs are easy to open unlike the knuckle busting tabs of the past. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Focus problem with 100mm
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:03:10 PM »
In these shots, i think AFMA is the issue, esp for the top 2 image... the 3rd, focus is (depending on how big they are, how far away you were) very close for arguements sake as far as the plane of focus side to side.  The exact mouse part doesn't seem like there may have been enough detail for the camera to determine absolute perfect focus, but all things in consideration, without being there, it's hard to say one way or the other.  Like other said, for food shots, especially if done for a client, live view and manual focus is king.  Manual focus is a good rule of thumb for most macro shots regardless, although the AF is usually good in most situations, it's just better to have absolute control over the shot.  And to answer your question, AFMA is auto focus macro adjust... in your custom settings you can use this feature to fine tune your AF performance if you find it consistently front or rear focusing...  I'd use caution with macro stuff as to how it would preform on non-macro subjects, but it is something to consider if you do a lot of these style shots.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: This news is exciting!
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:43:53 PM »
you guys really comparing a 5 year old camera that was aimed to compete against nikons D300 and debuted at $1699 to a 1d3 or a 1d4, which both debuted over $4k, competing against a better camera, and physically has a bigger sensor?  And expecting them to beat the law of physics by producing a newer camera that does better than a camera system with a bigger sensor...  mmkay...  I guess you guys are what makes these forums fun to read...

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Oh Dear Lord, it's time to put all of my gear on ebay or better yet the canon rumors selling thingy and start stocking up on Sony gear...  because we know all their lenses are top notch, and their quality control, ergonomics and functionality is all completely top notch!  Also let me quickly sell my new imac and get that nuclear warhead (new mac pro) plus a couple thousand of dollars in back up hard drive space just to handle this sexy new sony camera...  All this because I KNOW that all my portrait clients are clamoring to come to me because i have this camera and my competition doesn't and they all have space and a narcissistic desire to have a 30x45 or larger wall shot of their big fat mug on their walls.  Go big or go home I always say!...

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Lighting / Re: Your experience of Metz flashes.
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:23:53 PM »
I used to love working with Metz flashes...  i started in the early 00's using the Metz 70 series hammerhead style flashes... it was remarkable... It still to this day, power wise, matches Canons top flashes pop per pop.  Once i moved from film cameras to digital, that flash become obsolete because the adapter and commander would not work on the digital cameras at that time, the canon 10D.  I sold that flash and moved to the metz 54 shoe mount.  It sucked losing that extra power and rechargeable battery that was freaking awesome, but it was, at that time, the first metz flash that worked successfully with the digital cameras.  Now, they have 70 series flashes that work flawlessly with canon digitals but their prices have gone up to the point where i can pick up studio strobes cheaper than that... 

They are a little bit more plasticy and lighter than the canon counterparts.  The 70 series are excellent flashes, built like a tank, but are spendy and few people have the need for that much power.  I eventually sold my 54 for 2 430's when i got the 7d just so i can use them with the 7d commander mode.  Every so often i get the temptation to move back to the metz system, especially since i'm not using the 7d as much and using the 5d3 more and more...  maybe one day...

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 21, 2014, 08:01:01 PM »
Even if they had one of those locks like on the 70-300 L, i'd be happy

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 21, 2014, 07:54:42 PM »
I too would like this update lens to have internal zooming... I had an issue a few months back where the lens got knocked while zoomed out (walking around with the camera strap on my shoulder on a day out with the family and that lens is notorious for the zoom creeping like that) and after that it wouldn't retract... Had to send it to canon and $300 later it was fixed...  That was after the CPS discount.

The 24–105 L shouldn't creep—mine certainly doesn't.  The problem is usually easy to fix, though:

http://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=1182560

Zoom creep? Try the 15-85 EF-S for awhile and then you'll know what zoom creep is all about. :)

The zoom creep i'm talking about is the kind where if i'm with my family, or walking with a client, or any thing of the sorts, just the vibrations of me walking with the camera on the strap around my neck/shoulder would be enough to move the zoom from the 24 to 105 position.  It's usually a gradual thing but something where now i've got to check every few minutes to make sure it hasn't creeped on me.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 21, 2014, 05:36:53 PM »
I too would like this update lens to have internal zooming... I had an issue a few months back where the lens got knocked while zoomed out (walking around with the camera strap on my shoulder on a day out with the family and that lens is notorious for the zoom creeping like that) and after that it wouldn't retract... Had to send it to canon and $300 later it was fixed...  That was after the CPS discount. 

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I think most everything that has needed to be said has been said... now there IS a way to diffuse the light more all things being equal, but it is also a sacrifice in essence...  One person said it wouldn't diffuse any more than shooting through diffusion material...  Well yes and no...  And here's the whole crux...  not all diffusion material is created equal...  You can utilize thicker diffusion material which will disperse the light even more making it appear softer, or double/triple/quadruple the diffusion to make it softer and softer...  BUT, as we all know it means we lose more light power and affect, meaning the light would have to be closer to the subject to get the same amount of light.  Now here's also another tactic, the closer the light, the softer the light... The farther the light, the harder the light... so this may very well have really thick diffusion on the "softbox" softening the light, requiring you to shoot closer, more power, and thus softening the light even more.  NOW, dont get me wrong, i'm not saying it will be an attractive light.  As professional and amateur photographers, we are conditioned that bigger the light source, in relation to the subject, the better, whereas this MAY be a small soft light-sourse close to the subject...  So it just wont have the same effect that a 16x20 or bigger softbox can produce... it physically cant.  For run and gun, grip and grins event style photographers, i can see how this MAY grab someones attention...  So i wont say this is a complete design fail... I wont even say that this is a flawed product... but if they can improve upon this in future releases (and hopefully bring down costs to a more palatable level, then maybe the inventor may be on to something)...

Don't agree, just like sensors size trumps all. Look at some of the pro modifiers now, they are 7' and bigger, why? Because size invariably trumps being closer.

A good rule of thumb with modifiers is to take their size as the optimal distance from the subject, 20" modifier 20" from the subject, 50" modifier 50" from the subject, scale that down to this useless snake oil and you need to be 3" or 4" from the subject, and if the subject is more than 3" or 4" wide you are going to get big falloff issues.

I think your confusion the quality of the light vs the softness/effect of the light...  I'm not arguing that a bigger modifier will give a better quality of light and better affect...  I am just saying it's possible with heavy diffusion to soften the light, although the quality and usefulness of the light will be in question.


Having heavy diffusion will only reduce the light intensity unless the effective lighting surface is also increased.
For example, try covering the speedlite with tightly wrapped layers of white cloth- you will only make it dimmer.

Now very low intensity light has an illusion of being soft, because there is little contrast between the well lit and poorly lit areas. This isn't truly soft light though. It's just poor lighting ;)

By definition, soft light avoids sharp shadows and harsh bright areas, with smooth transition between the two. The only way to do it is control the effective size of the light source. Reducing the illumination such that there are no bright areas and no shadows are created is hardly a step in the right direction.

As i said... possible but not very useful...  Let alone the fact that if it's killing that much light, it may be even easier to over heat and kill your flash altogether...  But if there's a will there's a way... but as i said... if they can improve upon it with future releases, then they have maybe a good basis to move from to develop something bigger and better. 

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I think most everything that has needed to be said has been said... now there IS a way to diffuse the light more all things being equal, but it is also a sacrifice in essence...  One person said it wouldn't diffuse any more than shooting through diffusion material...  Well yes and no...  And here's the whole crux...  not all diffusion material is created equal...  You can utilize thicker diffusion material which will disperse the light even more making it appear softer, or double/triple/quadruple the diffusion to make it softer and softer...  BUT, as we all know it means we lose more light power and affect, meaning the light would have to be closer to the subject to get the same amount of light.  Now here's also another tactic, the closer the light, the softer the light... The farther the light, the harder the light... so this may very well have really thick diffusion on the "softbox" softening the light, requiring you to shoot closer, more power, and thus softening the light even more.  NOW, dont get me wrong, i'm not saying it will be an attractive light.  As professional and amateur photographers, we are conditioned that bigger the light source, in relation to the subject, the better, whereas this MAY be a small soft light-sourse close to the subject...  So it just wont have the same effect that a 16x20 or bigger softbox can produce... it physically cant.  For run and gun, grip and grins event style photographers, i can see how this MAY grab someones attention...  So i wont say this is a complete design fail... I wont even say that this is a flawed product... but if they can improve upon this in future releases (and hopefully bring down costs to a more palatable level, then maybe the inventor may be on to something)...

Don't agree, just like sensors size trumps all. Look at some of the pro modifiers now, they are 7' and bigger, why? Because size invariably trumps being closer.

A good rule of thumb with modifiers is to take their size as the optimal distance from the subject, 20" modifier 20" from the subject, 50" modifier 50" from the subject, scale that down to this useless snake oil and you need to be 3" or 4" from the subject, and if the subject is more than 3" or 4" wide you are going to get big falloff issues.

I think your confusion the quality of the light vs the softness/effect of the light...  I'm not arguing that a bigger modifier will give a better quality of light and better affect...  I am just saying it's possible with heavy diffusion to soften the light, although the quality and usefulness of the light will be in question. 

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I think most everything that has needed to be said has been said... now there IS a way to diffuse the light more all things being equal, but it is also a sacrifice in essence...  One person said it wouldn't diffuse any more than shooting through diffusion material...  Well yes and no...  And here's the whole crux...  not all diffusion material is created equal...  You can utilize thicker diffusion material which will disperse the light even more making it appear softer, or double/triple/quadruple the diffusion to make it softer and softer...  BUT, as we all know it means we lose more light power and affect, meaning the light would have to be closer to the subject to get the same amount of light.  Now here's also another tactic, the closer the light, the softer the light... The farther the light, the harder the light... so this may very well have really thick diffusion on the "softbox" softening the light, requiring you to shoot closer, more power, and thus softening the light even more.  NOW, dont get me wrong, i'm not saying it will be an attractive light.  As professional and amateur photographers, we are conditioned that bigger the light source, in relation to the subject, the better, whereas this MAY be a small soft light-sourse close to the subject...  So it just wont have the same effect that a 16x20 or bigger softbox can produce... it physically cant.  For run and gun, grip and grins event style photographers, i can see how this MAY grab someones attention...  So i wont say this is a complete design fail... I wont even say that this is a flawed product... but if they can improve upon this in future releases (and hopefully bring down costs to a more palatable level, then maybe the inventor may be on to something)...

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animoto.com... does it all for you

Do you use animoto?  It looks pretty interesting.  I'm wondering if it would be a good fit for our scout troop (non-profit) for the scouts to use to create videos.

Yes i do...  Here's a slideshow i've done with animoto, my daughter is in the hospital so this slideshow is still being added to as a tribute to her time there so it is not finalized...  you have hundreds of songs/genres... can add multiple songs, etc... vimeo.com/102168544

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