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Lighting / Off camera cord- how to connect it to cold shoes?
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:20:42 PM »
Hi all
I am assuming at least some of you use the newer cold shoes that don't screw on but allow the flip-lock system a la Canon to both tighten down on metal rails as well as push the locking pin in (e.g., Nisha is the brand I have, linked below- but Frio will have the same problem)
However, my off camera cord just has a square plastic plate at the bottom that is too loose in the cold shoe above. I am leery of using a screw-type cold shoe as it is too unstable and tightening it too much might break the plastic plate above.
So I was wondering, what is any solution have you all come up with?
Thanks in advance.

    Dear all
    I need some guidance on deciding on light modifiers, and will greatly appreciate your help. Here is the situation:

    1. I don't have a dedicated studio, and hope to work partly in my apartment, partly in subjects' houses and locations, and plan to shoot portraits and real estate/architecture. This will be strictly a weekends and holidays thing, and mostly for friends and family. So space and budget is limited, but so is the scope.

    2. Regarding lighting gear, I have 3 600EX-RTs, two large Rogue flash benders (one with the diffusion panel) and sets of gels for each flash, a Wafer softbox (30" x 40") and two Manfrotto 1052BAC lights stands that I recently purchased.

    3. I plan to buy the TTL version of the Godox 360 when it comes out (300 Ws, bare bulb)

    4. I am considering buying a couple of modifiers- one large and one small.

    A. For the first, I am considering a PLM- I am thinking soft silver as it is somewhat less specular than the extreme while still producing efficient output. I hope that it will give me controlled but bright light, let me utilize the full power of the Godox and produce round catchlights when I need them.

    >Question is, am I choosing the right surface?
    >If so, should I go for the 51" or the 64"- that is, how many people can the first light- how many the second?
    >Will my Godox 360 be sufficient to light a 64" umbrella? 
    >Finally, I am thinking of getting the Elinchrom ring mount for the PLM and the Elinchrom mount Speedlite bracket to fit my Godox and Speedlites. I shall also get an Elinchrom mount for my Wafer. Is it silly to go for this mount even though I don't have an Eli light? The alternative is to go Bowens on the wafer and Speedlite bracket and use the PLM by the shaft (PCB doesn't make Bowens ring mounts).

b. For the latter, I am thinking of a small flash-mounted softbox. What shape and size should I look for?

>There are some square Lastolite clones as well as some small and cheap octaboxes (links below)- which will be better?[/li][/list]

Are there other, better alternatives?

Thanks in advance!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Lighting setup for studio portraits
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:55:01 PM »
I have three 600EX-RTs, and I recently received a Wafer 100 softbox for free from a very generous CR member. He included a Speedotron adapter. Now I am trying to decide whether I should get a Speedlite adapter (Bower + L bracket thingy) and use one Speedlite in it, or should I either get a Speedotron or get a Alienbee 800 and the corresponding adapter? If I should get a monolight then what are the pros and cons of getting a Speedotron? I see a bunch of them for <$ 300 on eBay- are these good deals?
The primary use will be as a key light for portraits, but I am not sure if one 600 will be strong enough to pass through the diffuser and provide a good key. I am loathe to gang up 600s because that reduces my flexibility to use a secondary light, hair light etc.
Any advice?
Thanks in advance!

Third Party Manufacturers / FYI: D750 light leak issues
« on: December 14, 2014, 01:01:05 PM »
I suppose this happens to all manufacturers nowadays.
(to summarize, there is a light leak when shooting into backlit scenes using live view)

This article made me wonder how our spouses feel being married to men with photography-related G.A.S.
Change the cycling stuff to photographic gear, and disregard the middle age part (for now), and you've got me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6D accessory question
« on: December 05, 2014, 01:14:07 PM »
Finally got the 6D, thanks to B&H's awesome offer. However, I wish I had gone with Adorama, if only for the appalling service from UPS in my neighborhood (I believe Adorama uses FedEx). So they delivered the printer (which is already sold  ;D ) but not the 6D, which was in the truck all that time  ::)

Anyway, with that rant out of the way- I have two questions:
1. How fast a card do I need for the 6D? I am guessing the fps will not be a problem, but if I (ever) shoot video, I don't want it to stutter. On the other hand, I don't want to spend unnecessarily on a higher end card. So can you let me know what cards work without a problem?
2. Will the 5D classic's L bracket work with the 6D? I wouldn't expect so, and wouldn't have asked the question- but someone who owned both had once told this and I wanted to verify before selling the L bracket with my outgoing 5D and spending $$$s on another L bracket.
Thanks in advance!

Pricewatch Deals / Anyone got their 7DII + 24-70 f4 IS shipped yet?
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:45:03 PM »
Hi all
So I ordered the 7DII + 24-70 f/4 IS bundle from Henry's on September 17, taking advantage of the bundle offer by Canon Canada. It seems that they are experiencing stock shortages, and my stuff are yet to be shipped, with no estimated date of shipping. Just to get an idea of the shortage situation, has anyone's order (bundles only) been shipped yet? If so, can you say where you ordered them from and when? I am wondering if I should have ordered from Camera Canada or elsewhere instead...
Thanks in advance.

Photography Technique / Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:50:17 PM »
Hi all
I shall be attending the Wings over Houston airshow next Sunday. I shall be taking my 5DIII, 5Dc, 24-70II, 70-200II and both TCs. I wish I received the 7DII before that, but I doubt that will happen. In any case, gear is pretty much decided- I shall just take what I have. And I decided to take my monopod.
I would greatly appreciate any air show-related advice (or related to shooting aircrafts). I have seen some amazing threads in these forums, and I know there are a few experts and a lot who are good all round. It will be great to get some tips re shooting planes on the ground, in flight, solos and formations, tracking, pre focusing or not, shutter speeds for props, etc. I have zero experience.
If you have experience of going to Ellington and are willing to share, that will also be much appreciated.
Can't offer much in return except I will post all the reasonably acceptable pictures :)
Thanks in advance.

Thanks to CanonPriceWatch, I was about to spend another $ 373 on a 600EX-RT when I stopped at the last moment.
But it is a great price for the flash. Use the code TEDDYRFD. Shipping is free. I understand some low-end lenses are also included, but don't know which ones.

Lenses / Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:09:36 AM »
Often I don't want to carry the expensive 24-70II with me and pick an inexpensive lens. The use is generally street photography, or a gathering of friends, or a short trip.

For the past few months it had been the 40mm which was perfectly fine if somewhat limited. It only replicates one FL of the amazingly versatile zoom but doesn't offer any additional advantage.

So I made a shortlist of some choices that are within the 24-70 range, below $ 500 and have some unique advantage  in addition to being a mere cheaper stand-in. None of them seem an obvious choice though (primarily due to the 35/1.4 being there, so if y'all can weigh in on one or the other or add other choices, I shall be much obliged.

1. 24mm f/2.8 IS (only as fast as the 24-70, but has IS- I don't own any other IS lens below 70mm, wider so overlaps less with my 35/1.4)
2. 28mm f/1.8 (cheaper and faster, but I am not sure of the IQ- if it is usable at f/1.8 and sharp at f/2.8 that should be good tho', FL too close to 35/1.4)
3. 28mm f/2.8 IS (same IS advantage, cheaper than the 24 IS, overlaps with my 35/1.4)
4. 35mm f/2 IS (arguably a very good lens, has IS, but overlaps too much with my 35/1.4)
5. 35mm f/2 (used)- (cheaper but again overlaps with the 35/1.4)
6. 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (old and not such great image quality, but cheap and has IS and is a zoom)
7. 24-105mm f/4L IS (slight advantage of range, but a bit too costly at >$ 600)
8. 24-70mm f/4L IS (included here as I have pre-ordered it with the 7DII and it might end up costing just $ 300, but completely overlaps with my 24-70II)
9. 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (slow and I am not a big fan of STM- don't do video and prefer the speed of USM)

Thanks so much!

EOS-M / EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:45:20 AM »
Just got the EOS M + 22mm. Like it and will keep it for the long term, so now need to think about accessories.

1. The Canon EF-EF-M adapter: I think of the M as a compact camera to carry everywhere, so I don't know how useful it will be to have the EF adapter and give up the whole compactness thing. Not that I will try to use the reach advantage and shoot birds, LOL  ;D.
So your opinion will be really useful to inform me of advantages I am overlooking. How many of you use the adapter regularly with EF lenses? Which EF lenses do you mostly use? Is that still true if you have a second body?
Retro lovers: is it better to get a FD 50mm and an adapter instead? If so, which 50mm- there seems to be a bunch of them out there (I mean 1.8s and 1.4s, the 1.2s are too expensive and my manual focus capabilities with the M are untested and with regular dSLRs are ok, not stellar!
I like the 80-85mm-ish focal length a lot for portraits and don't have that FL for full frame unless I am lugging my 70-200 II.

2. Wrist strap: I thought of getting a grip for the M, but I am not sold on the metallic grip- once again because it will increase bulk. Here again, those who bought the thumbs up and grip for the M, how useful do you find it?
Is there any wrist strap that works particularly well with the M? I am aware I will have to switch out the neck strap to use the lug connector.

3. Batteries: Wasabi, is it? Any other options? How long is it safe to run the M continuously? If an hour or so (in the mandatory 29.99 minute chunks) is ok, I will use this as my primary video cam.

4. Bag: Neuro earlier had mentioned the Dashpoint 20. Any other suggestions?

Thanks, all, in advance.

Technical Support / Flaws on the rear element
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:36:18 PM »
Hi all
I just purchased an EF 100mm Macro USM (non-L) from a member on FredMiranda. The lens has very tiny pin-point flaws on both the front and rear elements, visible when a flashlight is pointed at them. They don't look like scratches, they are too small and superficial to be scratches- and they might only affect the coatings and not the glass. There are about half a dozen, and they are midway between the center and the edge on both elements.
My question is, will these affect the image, and if so, how can I test for it? The seller has agreed to take it back for a full refund but I don't want to return it unless I really see an adverse effect. Can someone please guide me on what to look for?
Thanks in advance.

Software & Accessories / Which gels to get and how many
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:51:54 AM »
Hi all
I am looking for gels for my 600s.
Which color gels should I get, covering most if not all cases of color correction?
Which color gels should I get, for most common/popular color effects?
How many of each should I get, to cover for burnouts and tears, etc.

Back story: I have recently started using shoe mounted flashes (600s) quite a bit, and now want to get some gels. I like the way the Honl gels attach to the flashes (transversely via velcro), but found there filter kit choices somewhat limiting. I contacted and Jason replied within a couple of days saying he will be happy to custom cut.
Now, considering shipping expenses and his having to custom cut, etc. I would like to make sure I ask for all the gels I need at least for a while. Hence, the question.

EOS Bodies / AF point illumination revisited- 6D AF point question
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:02:47 PM »
Just returned from a trip where I had taken the 5DII and the 5Dc. In the 7 days, had sort of gotten used to the AF point illumination of the 2 cameras. Came back to my 5DIII, and the lack of AF illumination was a nasty reminder of the issue. I truly wish Canon could somehow fix this issue... :(
I have been contemplating a 6D as a backup- can anyone tell me how its AF points behave?

Similar to the F stopper gatekeepers.
Doesn't need to be that fancy.
My Lowepro backpack has lugs for them and I need something here badly. Unfortunately Lowepro doesn't sell them separately- only one came with the bag.

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