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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade Path Dilemma
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:04:14 AM »
Go with #4 - save most the money, keep shooting what you have, take a class or rent an item or to for a week and give it a go. 

Learn more about what you as a shooter want - keep it a hobby, make some coin on the side or...?  You really need to have an 'issue' to fix with gear, otherwise we'll all say spend as much as possible on what ever you can.

Keep in mind that the holidays are coming and that seems to be when we see the lowest prices on new gear, plus lensauthority.com will be doing their annual release of camera gear.

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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:02:33 PM »
You're going about this backwards - what do you need from a site?

- prints from a lab or self fulfillment? Is there a lab in the countries you're dealing with?
- digital downloads or not?
- volume of work to be up online?
- microstock sales?
- do you blog as well, or do you batch based on weddings?

From this, figure out who offers the best thing for you.  I have Smug, but am mixed on it due to file size limitations.  Would Photoshelter be a better match for you?  It comes down to what you need, compared to others.


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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:14:58 AM »
This is where the folks at Profoto need to work with Canon a bit more - as in allowing the Profoto Air TTL control the 600ex or the 440ex if we ever see one.  Or a TTL receiver, just a method that they all work together.

The power of a B1 is amazing - and setting up 2 B1's is a lot easier and reliable than doing 2x 3 600ex gangs.

It'll be interesting to see what the Phottix strobes do now...  https://fstoppers.com/gear/phottix-announces-indra500-ttl-500ws-strobe-ttl-and-hss-37521 - especially since it'll play with the Mitros+ and Odin TTL adapters.

Ideally, 2-3 of the 500w/s strobes with 4-6 speedlites on a single trigger

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Technical Support / Re: What are the best ND Grads? No circular!
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:31:57 PM »
Easy, the 100mm square ones.  Or the 100x150mm hard or soft grads. 

I've got both the Hitech and the Lee version of the rings and holders - the Lee stuff is more expensive but it's worth it.

Having used both filters, get what you can - Hitech makes a reverse grad - really important for a sunset on an ocean.  I tend to get a color cast with the full ND from Hitech, but haven't put down the money for a Lee version yet.  My soft ND Grad set is a champ though, so a Little Stopper is in my future.

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A different speedring and you're in business with a different brand strobe or speedlite. 

The kicker is that a softbox can control light fall off.  Add in a grid and you're even more in control.  There isn't the spill backwards that an umbrella will also have.

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Lenses / Re: Micro 4/3 lenses on Canon DSLR - Normal Lens Options
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:59:55 PM »
You have your lens/body combo mixed up - you can go from Canon lens to 4/3 body, but not the other way.  Oh, and while I love the Metabones adapter that gives me aperture control on an EF lens, the external battery setup makes it impossible to use.

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I'm tempted to say you're better off carrying additional batteries compared to trying to charge while outside.  Even if you were in the sun a full day, would you expect to recharge 1 or 2 batteries? 

Check out http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm?page=li-ionchargers&id=145&pId=145 - it'll charge 2 LP-E6's at once, comes with Euro and DC adapters, and can even charge USB devices.

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There are two issues - releases to fix an issue, and releases to add confusion/options.

The D600/D610 & D800/D810 jumps really hurts early adopters, and devalued the prior body since it has 'known issues'.  It will cause folks to wait for the second release of a camera before purchasing.

The addition of the Df and the D750 really adds confusion to what a FF Nikon is, or isn't.  Add in the D800E and you have 7 FF Nikon cameras in how short of a time period?  You almost need a cheat sheet of the frame rates if it does video, or what the frame rate in burst mode is.

I feel bad for the sales staff whom have to help those at the used counter debate between the features between the models.  Retail is already hard enough.

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I'm really at a loss as to why they'd do the dual models, the stock issues and the miss orders should by themselves communicate that a single model is a better idea.  Imagine having one well reviewed and one poorly reviewed, how do you keep them separate?

Even the focus/zoom positions are switched between the lenses.  I'm at a loss as to why I'd want more than 200mm and not want/need the higher build quality.

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Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:26:13 PM »
How many shots with your 50/1.4 are wide open or within a stop?

I would recommend anyone rent a few lenses before purchasing a number of prime lenses.  The 50L and 85L are both amazing, but have specific uses, and you feel horrible when they sit neglected (I did).  With the crazy high ISO, the need to shoot wide open in low light is no longer the case - given your f4 zooms, I'd recommend looking at the latest in f2.8 24-70mm (Canon mk2 or Tamron with VC)  zooms, or the new f4 16-35mm.  Find out what holes are in your lineup, and then figure out if a prime is the best way to fill it.

I get the fun of having just 2 zoom options (and nothing that would be considered medium or long) on my other kit, and walking around changing lenses every few shots isn't what I call fun.

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Photography Technique / Re: Tethered Shooting with 5D III & Microsoft Pro 3
« on: September 02, 2014, 06:04:18 PM »
Give CaptureOne Pro a shot - it's not the library manager that LR is, but the work flow is really nice for tethered shooting.

http://help.phaseone.com/en/CO7/Capture/Tethered-Shooting.aspx

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I had a Blowout... On a Hasselblad.
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:37:27 PM »
By the way, but I was surprised how small the lens is. Considering the fact that the MF sensors are so much larger than the 35mm ones, I would have expected the lens to have a lot more glass. Is that not the case?

The lenses are bigger, more noticeably with the zooms.  The 80/2.8 is the smallest of the lenses by far.  The two zooms are huge, with a 95mm filter size, same for the 24/28/35mm primes.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I had a Blowout... On a Hasselblad.
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:33:11 PM »
OUCH!  Painful in so many ways!

BTW - welcome to the H club.  The cookies are pricy, but are damn tasty.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:46:03 PM »
1 - rent http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/canon/accessories/calibration/colormunki

2 - download your local Costco ICC profiles for their printers - http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/

3 - read http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/using_printer_profiles.htm - it'll tell you how to apply them in photoshop

4 - print more :)

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Reviews / Re: Pentax 645z Review
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:48:23 PM »
No LS lenses is what killed this system for me.
Take a Pentax 67 LS lens (like the SMC Pentax-6x7 165mm F4) and shoot with it via adapter & sync cable.  Remember, that shutter speed can be eh, but a faster strobe will make up for it. 

That poor focal plane shutter has more distance to cover, plus being a much wider shutter compared to 35mm.

I'm going to get one on rent and do a side by side with my H4D-50 - the only other 50mp chip out there - and do some side by sides.  Roger is the worst enabler.

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