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Photography Technique / Re: DoF question
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:03:58 AM »

for your use case the Brenizer method might be applicable.
...would like to create as much bokeh as possible while keeping the whole family acceptably sharp.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which Camera Are You Looking Forward Too?
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:50:02 AM »
I realized that just after I voted for the Canon 1Ds Mark IV lol  ;D
Despite the fact that this thread is very old, I still wish for a true successor. The 1DX surely is a remarkable camera, but the very loud mirror slapping sound is really a no-go for weddings imho. The 5D's silent mode is really nice. I wish e 1DX's silent mode was as 'silent' and that it had just a little more resolution (25mp or so). Other than that, the 1Dx really comes close to the term 'perfection'.

EOS Bodies / Re: LP-E6N in 5DMK III
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:39:53 PM »
I think it will work.
I will ask for confirmation tomorrow at Photokina and let you know the results.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:27:30 AM »
I sometimes also shoot landscapes or animals.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:21:36 AM »
Thank you everybody for your great feedback and thoughts!

The images from the 300 2.8 were totally amazing - seeing as I already have the 70-200 2.8 that might also be an option which would give me more flexibility (+1.4xTC or 2xTC). Most of the time I have enough room to stand far away.

I also agree that I should spend more time learning from the pros than to invest in gear - but the lenses are just sooooo tempting and I am extremely affected by G.A.S.  ;D I think photography requires continuous improvement in both aspects, technique and gear. As you move on with your technique, better tools can help you to fully utilize your newly learned skills.

I often am around fashion shows or shoot weddings for friends who can't afford a 'real' photographer or who want a 2nd shooter. Here are some examples, critique is very welcome as I know I still have a lot to learn. At the moment I am trying to improve the 'posing people' part.
The motorbike picture was taken using my Fuji X100S, the other ones using my 5D3.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:04:39 AM »
Thanks everyone for your great help - especially to Perio for creating the test shots. Just what I was looking for!

The bokeh @2.8 (and of course @2.0) really shows the difference. Wow, what a lens!

I rented the 85 1.2 II a couple of times but I found it too slow AF wise and I really prefer the long end for full-body shots, even if it means that I have to walk far away from my subject.

The question is if the comparison between the 135 2.0 and the 70-200 is as dramatic as the 200 2.0?

I currently have in my kit the 16-35 2.8 L II, 24-70 2.8 L II, 70-200 2.8 L II, 100 2.8 L IS Macro (which is a very sharp and very often overlooked lens, might be a bit redundant to add the 135 L then), Sigma 35 Art (which is too risky for me to use in critical situations due to AF issues) and the Shorty Forty (which I use as a camera protection cap lol).
I use the 5d3 and the 1DX and always bring my flashes when possible, so filter usage is important when outdoors (sync speed).
It is not that I am not satisfied with my kit, but I just feel I could add some more 'wow' to my images. Maybe I should just visit some Photoshop classes :-) I will post some pictures later on.

I really love this forum, so much great advice!

Lenses / 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:55:12 PM »
Hello everyone,

I own the 70-200 II and I am mostly doing portraiture.
Does someone here own both and can upload some sample shots (wide open)? The question is if the bokeh and sharpness really is that much better (of course it is, but is it worth the serious amount of cash? How much is the difference really in IQ and bokeh?)

I also thought of getting the 300 2.8 (which would then be my longest lens), but it might really be a bit long for portraits.

Thanks to all of you helpful people  :)

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 12:34:44 PM »
Well, I'd like to sell my Sigma 35 ART and my two California Sunbounce reflectors, but I obviously do not qualify for your beta test.
Maybe others feel the same way I do?

Site Information / Re: Post Precessing Section
« on: July 14, 2014, 03:41:55 AM »
I'd welcome such a sub forum as well! +1

Where did you get that information from?

It does not make much sense in my opinion, but who am I to judge?

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom - turn off single flash
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:11:20 AM »
I understood from their reply that I cannot turn the flashes off / on independently. I had another idea which might work - I can turn off specific groups using the ST-E3-RT. I could connect a Canon flash to an Elinchrom flash using a cord. If I then turn off the Canon flash, the ELC would also not be triggered.

That is a rather expensive solution as I would need a 600 Ex Rt for each other flash I want to trigger.
Are you aware of any Canon RT compatible 3rd party triggers?
I know Yongnuo has created a flash, but I haven't heard of a simple trigger...

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom - turn off single flash
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:54:45 AM »
Thanks for your suggestions!
I asked the Elinchrom support about this - this is what I got as a reply:

In the Skyport system you can have separate groups (1 to 4) and use them individually or ALL. If you would like to trigger your speedlites and the ELC together, the easiest is probably to use the pre-flash intelligent system built in the ELC Pro HD units and let the ST-E3-RT do the syncing. You can still use the Skyport to adjust the Elinchrom flashes.Hope this helps.

Lighting / Elinchrom - turn off single flash
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:17:49 PM »
Hello everyone,

Is it possible to turn off one (or more) flash groups with the Elinchrom Skyport system while all other groups still fire?

Long version:
I do have multiple Canon 600 EX-RTs and the ST-E3-RT. Sometimes they just do not give me enough power when I want to light up a whole room (i shoot events every now and then).
My plan is to buy some Elinchrom flashes, place multiple lights in the room and to assign different groups to the flashes.
When I walk around during the event I'd like to turn off / on the flashes just as needed.

Is the Skyport system capable of doing this?

I'd also like to know if I can connect a Skyport universal trigger to the ST-E3-RT? I imagine carrying around the ST and adjusting the Speedlites  while adjusting the Elinchrom flashes with the Skyport.

Thanks everyone for your feedback!

Dear surapon,

You are an important member of this forum and I really like reading your posts so here is an answer:

1) Changing the name of your picture file has no effect on image quality.
2) If you change the file size (making the picture smaller or reducing JPEG quality) your picture will have less quality. But to be honest, FB, Canonrumors and other forums do net need that high quality (unless you want them to zoom into 100%). So from my point of view yes, quality will be degraded but that is OK for internet use.

If you are interested in reading details I suggest you read this very good article:

EOS-M / Re: Got my new IR eos-m!
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:01:04 AM »
Congrats, looks great!
I have been playing with my X100s (weak IR filter compared to other cameras) and IR photography in the past and got nice results - however I expect your modified M to deliver far better results.
Please share some pictures :-)
I especially enjoyed taking pictures of people with sunglasses - they disappear completely. :-D

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