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Third Party Manufacturers / DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:51:48 PM »
As DXO has given a near perfect score to the D810, they may have painted themselves into a corner. Their proprietary scale doesn't give DXO much room to heap hyperbolic praise on the next Nikon release.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / shutter problem
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:32:00 PM »
Today, every picture I took with my 5DIII has a black bar on the bottom of the frame, regardless of the lens I used. The camera has not suffered any recent impact (of which I am aware). Is this indicative of some problem with the electronic shutter? I assume I will have to send this into a Canon repair shop to get this fixed.

Lighting / mixed brand question
« on: June 15, 2013, 11:31:24 AM »
I'm planning on building a home studio. I have to 2x 600EX-RT and one ST-E3-RT. I'd like to get at least one Einstein E640. In terms of controlling the strobes, is it better to stick with a whole Paul C. Buff line-up and buy 2 Einsteins and the Cyber Commander? Would I lose any functionality if I control the rig with a Pocket Wizard instead?

Lenses / tilt-shift question
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:06:52 PM »
I am looking to purchase either the TS-E 17mm or the TS-E 24mm.

I'm greatly leaning towards the 24mm. First, I already have the 14mm L II  for when I need something super wide. Second, I also like the idea of being able to use filters without having to buy into a Corkin or Lee system.

Can anyone with experiences with these two lenses give me any feedback or suggestions?

Thank you in advance!

Lenses / lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:31:28 PM »
I know, the least exciting type of post, but I would be very grateful for any advice on what to bring and what to leave behind.

This summer I had planned on going out with a pro-photographer, but he was unable to secure the permits in time. So, my wife and I are heading to Europe in a few weeks. We will be hitting London, France and Brussels.

My current kit:

70-200L IS II
14L II
100L IS

I will be carrying whatever kit I bring in a Lowepro Flipside 400AW.

I was thinking about taking the 50, the 70-200, 14, a monopod and one flash. The first two lenses are my favorite walk around combo. Any advice would be very welcome. Also: should I look into a second battery (I don't have a the optional grip)?

Lighting / Lighting advice
« on: July 22, 2012, 04:58:04 PM »
I have the 5DIII, The 600EX-RT and the ST-E3-RT. I have a full set of Gary Fong accessories but no flash stand or other modifiers.

I am looking to expand my lighting capabilities to take better pictures at home (portraiture, jewelry shots for my wife, attempts at creativity).

Reading through McNally's Hot Shoe Diaries, I was think of getting a second flash, a Lastolite Skylite panel and a stand to hold the whole contraption. Any thoughts, points, tips, advice or admonishments would be very welcome. Thank you in advance.

Lenses / lens problem
« on: June 24, 2012, 03:38:23 PM »
I may or may not have a broken lens.

I used the 100L last night and took a few pictures without any problem. I left the lens on the camera. When I picked up the camera today, I could hear elements in the lens loudly clanking together. I took the lens off of the camera and could see through the back aperture something moving. I mounted the lens back on the camera - after it focused on an object, it took a picture that looks like it focused ok and it is no longer making a clanking sound.

I tried calling Canon Support but they aren't open on Sunday. Is this normal or should I pursue this with Canon Support tomorrow?

Thank you in advance.

Software & Accessories / A question on post-production work flow
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:05:22 PM »
DPP seems to produce much sharper images from 5DIII raws than Lightroom. However, DPP doesn't pack as robust a suite of editing tools as Lightroom.

For those of you using the 5DIII, do you
-just use Lightroom and work a little more aggressively on sharpening?
-use DPP to convert raws into TIFFs and then work with the TIFFs in Lightroom?
-use DPP and not touch Lightroom at all?

Lenses / Filters - how important are they?
« on: May 07, 2012, 10:22:51 PM »
I can understand the need for / point of polarizing filters, but how necessary / useful are filters for everyday shooting?

Software & Accessories / Best resource to learn Lightroom
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:02:11 PM »
Is there a book, online resource or some other tutorial that you would recommend to get the most out of Lightroom?

Lenses / Lens advice: which prime should I buy first?
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:15:08 PM »
I finally made the jump from point-and-shoot to DSLRs with the 5dm3 kit. I am having a lot of fun with the camera and, even in relatively inexperienced hands, I am able to take gorgeous pictures. I would like to buy a fast prime for general purpose photography, i.e., walking around the city, the park, etc.

Would you recommend the 50mm L or the 85mm L? Or, should I go for a wide angle prime?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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