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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:17:05 PM »
Is this guy a troll? No one even  knows what the hell he is talking about.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Big Sigma Primes [CR2]
« on: August 26, 2013, 12:15:04 PM »
I have 5 of them and I love them. I can just set them up anywhere on a stand or with a modifier and snap away. I can control the power from the camera flash or transmitter. It is just  too convenient to put like 4 or 5 flashes in a bag and be able to place them anywhere at an event. I never tried to overpower the sun or anything but I know it isn't great  for that.

SO   What i get from all this is to  use it if you need lines to be straight in an image, don't use it if detail is the most important factor because it softens or   makes it less detailed(even though no one provides visual examples), don't use it if it messes with the composition too much ( if that is  important.) Vignetting is totally  optional.

I am testing it  now. I guess I will stick with it but I will  manually adjust the vignetting if I think it is needed to make a pic better to me. Thanks for the help.

Lightroom 4.  I  have been using raws all the time now and I finally checked the lens correction button and I noticed my images getting brighter and stretched (undistorted?) I mainly shoot in clubs and some  portraits. I honestly didn't noticed  the pincushion effect but now that I know about it I am wondering if  my images might be better in the long run   if I correct  them. I use a 24-70. I get slight pincushion on the long end. SOmeone help me thanks....

Lighting / Re: The Flash Bracket? Do they really matter anymore?
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:35:14 AM »
I got some 380 custom brackets thing. I think it is the best bracket ever for anything.

6D Sample Images / Re: Photographs taken OF the Canon EOS 6D
« on: March 12, 2013, 03:33:22 AM »
Beautiful. I love you.

My thread made Canon fix this issue!   ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best flash for 5Dmk3?
« on: November 12, 2012, 01:20:59 AM »
I have two Canon 600 flashes and the Canon ST-E3-RT.  Awesome set-up for me, but the ST-E3-RT lacks an AF assist beam, so in very low light (single 60w bulb in a bathroom for example) it gets dodgy, but outside as a fill in set-up it's fabulous, fast, works, and is very portable.
The ST-E3-RT is awesome. I love using it.

I've found that if you half press the shutter button and wait for the AF  light to and point to flash, it takes 3 sec or more.  However, if I just press the shutter button down all the way, it focuses in about 1 second or less and fires with perfectly sharp focus.

I hope this is true for most situations. Everyone pleasure try this!

It's is just the camera. I do club photography with  a 7D and 5D3(once in awhile) .  I don't have the issue with the 7d.  I might spend tomorrow in the house messing with  the AF point settings  with my 5d and see what I find out. To the guy that mentioned spot focusing, the 5D3's  manual supposedly mentions that it will be harder to focus with spot metering. That is definitely a tip off to small spots make AF  assisted focusing harder to achieve. AS I mentioned in my  thread,  the 5D3 will actually focus faster with no AF assist in some situations. The 7D is the total opposite for me. I can barely auto focus  a dark club without my flash attached to my 7D.

Check page 77 of the manual. There is a mention of this, I think:

* With Single-Point Spot AF, focusing with the Speedlite's AF-Assist beam may be difficult
* If the camera cannot focus with the EOS-dedicated Speedlite's AF-Assist beam, set the AF area selection mode to Single-Point AF (Manual Selection) and select the center AF point to focus.

This sucks
I never use single point spot but from reading that it seems like the auto focus points might be too small and are missing the assist beam? Is this the problem???

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Sales Rising
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:59:51 AM »
The only  thing I can see causing this are  extremely high prices and  a lack of innovation.  I don't think the sensor stuff and DR stuff matters to the  majority of DSLR users. I know quite a few pro-photographers and not one of them  ever mentions dynamic range. It sounds like a lot of benchmarking tech  geeks are on the message board. It reminds me of how people  judge graphics cards  by using 3DMark scores  instead of actually using real games to judge their GPU.  Even though I have a 5D3, in 2012 a camera should have built in wifi and usb 3.0 for $3500. I wonder how much these cameras actually cost to  make and how much  profit would they lose by adding little modern conveniences.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best flash for 5Dmk3?
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:33:45 PM »
5D III has some issues with AF-Assist Beam under low light - Speedlite 600. You might want to double check.
It is still an amazing flash. I actually bought 4 and I use them for photoshoots. I started using them for the club months later  and  that was when I found out about the issue. One thing I have never tried was all points auto AF selection. I honestly don't trust that setting especially  when using  a 2.8 aperture  but next time I use it at a club I might try it.

Thanks for the info Ray
2 - 5 seconds!!!! I can manual focus quicker than that. Maybe the tape from the light leak fix is interfering with AF assist  :o :o
For me that's getting on for not fit for purpose. I look forward to seeing if/how this is addressed
I wish I could manually focus in the dark. LOL

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