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Messages - Gert Arijs

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Photography Technique / Re: How can I get this apple sharp?
« on: March 09, 2014, 12:10:48 PM »
If you stack there's no need anymore to use f/14. You can use f/5,6 and take small steps. The background will be better. To avoid a moving apple: wait for the wind to slow down and/or stabilize your apple with another branch (out of the frame!).
And take multiple tries, seperated by a black picture (to easily group your series apart in Lightroom afterwards).
Good luck!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Hotshoe has stopped working?
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:17:26 PM »
Clean the hotshoe and the flashshoe. I've had problems with dirt. It was barely visible, but a simple cleaning solved the issue.
Good luck!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / AFMA values beyond -20
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:04:10 AM »
I have bought a used 5D3 last month and recently the Tamron 24-70 f/2,8 VC (also used). I just did AFMA for this lens (as I did with my other lenses before) and even with the value set to -20, it's just not enough. It should be about -22 for Wide and about -26 for Tele (these are educated guesses). What can I do?
-I performed a more or less "real life" test at f/4 and it's perfectly ok. Same test at f/2,8 and it seems quite ok.
-I do the following to determine the AFMA values: Tripod, detailed flat object (ie newspaper), camera and object aligned. I defocus manually, and autofocus; then I check the focus using liveview and adjust manually when necessary; I repeat this about 3 times using the middle focus point first and another 3 times for two outer focus points (both left and right). I always defocus first.
-I got very consistent results with my other lenses on this and previous bodies. So I'm confident I do not need FoCal or other packages. It's just this Tamron, which seems too off for calibration but turns out to be ok in real life...

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:52:23 PM »
I would invest in a 17-40. So take the 17-40 and the 100 is my advice. Not too havy, very multi-purpose.

In fact I wanted to suggest a crop body with superzoom, ie Tamron 18-270mm. Since quality is a serious issue, it's a tough descision...

Lenses / Re: Soon to be MP-E 65 owner has a couple questions
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:41:29 PM »
I do the opposite:  :)
I use no UV-filter on the MPE-65, but I do use the hood. I got a fake metal hood, from eBay. I do sometimes use a polafilter to do cross-polarisation indoors.
The front element is really very small and I just prefer not to put glass in front of my lenses. For the sake of protection from bushes, pollen, etc. a filter could be usefull, but I still prefer a hood.
All the best from Belgium,

Canon General / Re: I Need Help Finding A Camera Bag
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:51:56 AM »
I was about to buy a TT Retrospective 7 for about 95€ (used). But instead I bought an Eastpack messenger bag (smaller one) for 5€ (used). I'm making an insert for camera gear to fit in, right now. My purpose was to be very un-camerabaggy and if I fail, it's just 5€ spent.
On the other hand, it's not as waterproof as the retrospective and takes some work.

Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a new tripod and head
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:23:01 PM »
I'd buy a used Gitzo (3540XLS for instance) and re-use the old head from your Manfrotto tripod. And save for a decent ballhead.
Good luck!

Software & Accessories / Re: PS Photography Program
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:56:08 PM »
In your case, I suggest it would be more interesting to purchase the LR5 upgrade. But maybe it would be even wiser to just keep using LR4 and invest the money in online training.
You could go the cheapo way by just watching free online tutorials and not invest in anything at all. I would think you could learn some more about post-processing if you just use the basic adjustments. There's a ton of LR-tutorials on youtube, very high quality.
Good luck choosing!

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:52:55 PM »
Oh, and I printed a picture on the wrong side of the photopaper...

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 03:37:45 PM »
I have had similar fails... Lenscap issues during nighttime photography where I just point with a wideangle and I'll finetune the composition when I have the first shot.

One of the worst things that happened was with a borrowed two-lens Rolleiflex. Film days. It had a manual black velvet board inside to prevent unwanted light leaks. Because of the two-lens design, you should flip it away with each exposure and flip it in place during transport or lens change. Guess what? I flipped it in place and never flipped it away when I took pictures. So I ended up with some slides (Velvia 50 in 120-film), the rest was just black. I spent one whole evening taking non-pictures, carefully measuring light with spot metering on different places before taking one shot.

Another thing was also back in film days. I had a used EOS 50e, with battery pack. I was a student, so on a very thight budget. So, I used 6 rechargable AA-batteries to power my camera because that was cheaper. I got up really early, layed down in the mud, in the dark, with my bean bag, waiting for birds to arrive at the small lake. Remember, film days. That meant Fuji Sensia 100 slide film for me. I had to wait for a very long time before there was enough light to get a decent shutter speed. Halfway trough the morning, finally a goose flew over and landed in front of me, waterskie-ing as she landed towards me. Very nice morning sunlight, splashing water, pain everywhere from lying in the cold mud for hours. So on this very very exciting moment when I forgot the pain, I framed, focussed, pressed the shutter button on the right time. And then the batteries died. Nothing.
To make it worse, I changed the batteries, but my spare set of 6 full AA's fell on the ground, mixing with my 6 empty batteries. I quit en went home... And never tried to lay down in the mud for hours again.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Epson R2000, R3000 or 3880 Printer
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:11:31 AM »
I have two R2880 printers. I bought them used for less then one new R2880 (that is: my both printers combined and including some (12-15) replacement cardridges). I use it to print for clients on location. It takes about 3 minutes to print A4 (about 8x12 inches), so it's usefull to have two for larger numbers of prints.

If you don't need to print on location, I'd use online printer services. That's cheaper, but not as fast and you cannot tweak things as needed.

I look forward to your tests, have you managed to do it yet?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:20:08 PM »
If they put dual pixels in it, they could do one line iso 100, the other iso 1600 and have incredible DR. Without losing resolution etc. It would be copying Magic Lantern but no one would complain :-).
I just hope it to be worth the (quite long...) wait. And if too expensive, i'll get a 5d3 first and some years later a 7d2.
In for a new ine and waiting for 2 years now...

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:26:47 AM »
To organise, I use collections instead of folders.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:25:24 AM »
There's an easy workaround in Lightroom to solve this and to achieve unique filenames for all of your photo's. Automatically.

Some things can be variable, but I use a variation of an official renaming system here:

First part is my name (initials):
The date (dec 22 2013):
The time (17h14min12sec):
The filenumber (from _MG0001.CR2):

So the name will be: GeAr_20131222_171412_0001.CR2

Even if you use 10 camera's, you will never shoot a picture with more then one camera in one second. And even if you do, there is very very little chance to have the same 4-digit number in one second. If you're affraid to have this problem, you can make extra presets to add your camera name (eg GeAr_20131222_171412_7D_0001.CR2)

The most important thing is obviously to set your cameras exactly at the same time. This can be done very easy and quickly.

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