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Canon General / Photo Expo 2014
« on: November 01, 2014, 06:34:45 PM »
Spent a couple of days at days at Photo Expo 2014 in NYC.  Got to meet some of my favorite podcasters and get my canon gear cleaned and checked at the CPS booth.  I also got to play with lots of toys from other manufacturers and I have to say Canon put on a pretty poor showing.  The mirrorless stuff from Fuji, Panasonic and Olympus is really, really amazing.  Cheaper, smaller, full featured with good lenses.  Sony just blows everybody else away.  The full frame 7 is great but the A6000 is the real star here. $800 bucks with a lens and better resolution than anything on the Canon table?????????? 24MB sensor for $800 and the 5DIII cost $2,000 more??????  for what????? Canon has lost the sensor race.  Game over.  I put a card in a Nikon D810 and had some really big prints made at the Epson  & B&H booths (Canon Printer). WOW!!!!!!  Canon is toast.  Sony sensors simply beat the pants off them.  Look with your own eyes.  Canon sensors are not longer in the same conversation.

I have a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 600EX-RT and am using a 24-105L.  I’m trying to take flash pictures of a backlit subject and bounce the flash of the ceiling.  When I do this using full-auto the subject is exposed perfectly.  When I try to take the same picture with the P (Program) setting , the subject comes out completely underexposed.  I then tried hitting the mn-funtion button because I am told this will expose correctly for the center of the frame (no indication of any setting being saved in the viewfinder).  No good, still completely under exposed.  I tried sport metering, still under exposed.  If I don’t bounce the flash the exposures are consistent between program and auto.  I tried an old 580 flash and have the same problem so I know there is nothing wrong with the flash.  My Question is why can’t I take pictures of backlit subjects and bounce the flash off the celling.  Works great in Auto, terribly backlit of program mode.

Macro / flash bracket suggestions for this setup
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:50:43 AM »
old photographer but just putting my toes into macro. I have quickly figured out that I may have to sometimes supplement natural light. I'd like to start with flower pictures. I have a Canon 5DIII, 100mm 288L macro and a first generation 580EX flash with the off camera cord. I'd like to get the flash closer to the front of the lens. I can figure out some method of diffusing the light. The Canon tripod ring looked expnsive for what you get. What flash bracket would you folks recommend that would allow the flash to be mounted a bit closer to the front of the lens?

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