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Canon General / A bit about what I do in the NYT.
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:33:45 PM »

3d printing and such.

Few things I have made for personal use: DSLR steady cam and a hood/filter holder set for the 17mm TS-E (pic is just the hood) light switch guards out of glow in the dark plastic and a cold shoe adaptor to use the RSS QR system for my flash bits and pieces. I do rapid prototyping on a number of machines (objet 500 Connext and a HASS Super mini vertical mill) for various products.

So, Just got my first Einstein and went the cyber commander route as I want to add more lights as time goes by. At the moment I also have and use 3 600 ex RT's and a st e3 RT. Will I be able to plug the Cyber commander into my PC port on camera, and have the Canon RT transmitter (Plan on using a 600 as a Hair light) attached as well and get both to fire? or do I need to buy one of the Paul C Buff receivers? I can't find reliable documentation of this working but would be super happy if it did~

Lenses / Zeiss 50 f/1.4, Canon 50 f/1.2 and Canon 50 f/1.4
« on: February 14, 2013, 09:07:10 PM »

So My old nifty fifty's AF motor just bit the dust a few days ago and has been having issues for the last year. I have been considering the following lenses to replace it:

Zeiss 50 f/1.4 Manual focus

Canon 50 f/1.2L AF

A New(er) Nifty Fifty.

I will be receiving the Zeiss and L on Monday to compare all 3. My standard method of testing is: Tripod and shoot about 100-200 photos with my 3 bodies under various lighting/conditions. I also go out and walk around with them (I will have the rentals for two weeks) and just shoot whatever. I will AFMA the 50 f/1.2 and check to see if there is a large amount of focus shift @ f/2, 2.8 and 4. I feel after that point the DOF SHOULD be deep enough to hide it at an average shooting distance. Any other recommendations/advice?

I just am looking to replace a lens I love that has after 6 years (dropped once, stupid cat) never caused me a problem.

Canon General / CPS-Canon Professional Servies.
« on: February 02, 2013, 05:31:47 PM »
So.. Anyone use CPS? Been thinking about it as I have a few longer tele's I like to get cleaned at least once per year + 2 bodies. I am mostly Interested in the gold tier as for $100 a year it offers lots of things I find useful. Anyone else use this service and can comment on the good/bad/ugly with it?

So who is going to buy something fun with their tax refund?

Personally geting close to $4000 back and putting it towards a 7DmkII or 1Dx depending on the stats on the latter.

Lenses / TS-E lens
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:03:19 PM »
So I just got contracted to do some exterior/interior photography work for a local outfit to fill out their portfolio (custom home builder). Most of these homes are on very steep (in the Lake Tahoe area) hills and after doing a preliminary walk around a few properties I noticed that my fisheye will not fit this job very well for the exterior shots like it has in the past.

I have never used a TS-E lens and was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on if this would be a prudent investment or a few online tutorials. I have searched around online and had little luck with finding anything tutorial related.


Lenses / Best effective use of my 50mm f/1.4
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:16:36 AM »
I have been doing some event work lately and have found the need for an 80-100mm "portrait" lens. I have a 5DIII 2x 5DII and 7D for bodies. I generally work with a 24-70 f/2.8 MKI on the 5DIII with a 600 EX RT and 70-200 f/2.8 IS MKI on the 5D II with a 2nd 600 EX RT and the 50 f/1.4 on the second 5dII. The issue I run into is I have a lot of crop work on the 50 f/1.4 to get that ideal portrait look.

I was thinking today (doing some wildlife work since the snow has been out in force) while shooting my 7D that the 50 would become an 80mm. I have rented 85 f/1.2's in the past and not liked them for one reason or another. So the question is: Using a 50mm f1.4 on a 7D will make it an 80mm, BUT how much light do I lose due to the crop factor? Has anyone done this with much success? Or should I just buy an 85 f/1.2 and learn to love it? I also would not be opposed if the 7D +50 idea works to buying a 50 f/1.2. I also own a 100 f/2.8 IS Macro but the DOF is a bit too shallow for what I want without stopping down to f/5.6

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