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Lighting / Re: Diffuser for Canon 600ex for event
« on: March 03, 2015, 11:05:14 AM »
Also should I maybe consider some sort of bracket that attaches to hotshoe or something to place the flash slightly off to the side of the camera? Would that help the quality of the light at all? Or maybe (less ideally) a cord from camera to flash to hold it off center? But that would then disable TTL metering with the flash right?

This is a good idea, many/most event photographers using flash will use a bracket and cable.  Consider a bracket that allows you to quickly flip the camera from horizontal to vertical and keep the flash above.  (I don't have one but I know they're out there).  The bracket will attach to the tripod mount of the camera and have an arm for the flash to mount on top.  You connect the hotshoe of the flash to the hotshoe mount on the camera with a coiled cable.  Here is an example of the setup, although I don't know anything about the particular bracket:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/743039-REG/Vello_CB_200_Speedy_Camera_Bracket.html

You want to get an E-TTL cable that will keep TTL metering between the flash and the camera.  Canon makes one, but there are more inexpensive versions as well.  If you go off-brand, just try it out and make sure it works consistently before your event.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Accepts Rear Gelatin Filter
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:33:41 PM »
The 8-15mm fisheye zoom also has one. 

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PowerShot / Re: Advice for non-compact versatile camera plz
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:25:46 PM »
B&H is selling refurbished SL1 kits with the 18-55 lens for $399 through 2/28.  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1026501-REF/canon_8575b020aa_eos_rebel_sl1_dslr.html

I bought my 6D refurbished from B&H, and it was clearly refurbished by Canon (same style box as Canon refurb store and sealed by Canon).  If I didn't have a Rebel t1i at home, I'd be buying this for fun!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:11:00 PM »
The question is can pros and serious enthusiasts provide sufficient market for the level of development we have come to expect?  It used to be the pro bodies were updated on a ten year cycle and lenses even longer.  We are likely headed in that direction again.
I guess that explains why the 7D Mark II took 5 years before it got updated. Most folks thought it'll follow a 3 year cycle.

And yet, we get new iPhones every year or so.  And, despite the fact that my iphone is now several generations outdated, Apple has continuously updated its operating system to add features that its hardware will support.  Perhaps cameramakers will do the same thing. 

In Laforet's article, he talked about using digital cameras as stands to hold up smartphones taking timelapses.  Why aren't cameramakers putting something as simple as a software intervalometer into high end digital cameras?  Once they realize that they need to start making "smartcameras," there will be a revolution in the digital photography field.  I'm not talking about just dropping Android into the firmware.  I'm talking about making a serious effort at integrating cameras directly with existing devices, and taking full advantage of firmware and hardware.  On a $1,000+ camera, I think such things should be included.

I bought my first smartphone because I wanted to sync it with my laptop.  I bought the 6D so I could use the wifi to get pics on my iphone and get them to social media ASAP.  When people see me do that, they say, I wish my camera did that.  The point-and-shoot I bought my wife has the same capability but she can't figure it out without me.  If Canon made that kind of thing easy and quick on a smart camera, I think they'd keep people buying cameras.  It may not stop the shrinking market, but it would certainly slow the losses.

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PowerShot / Re: Advice for non-compact versatile camera plz
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:58:04 AM »
Hi guys,
Thanks for your interest, and advice.

Film Cameras I know, Digital, basically nothing helpful.

She has an inherited OM-10 (mint condition), and uses my Pentax 645 (non-mint) from time to time. A friend of her's has a powershot sx40, and she is really liking the way it fits into her hand. Thats why I mentioned the sx60.

From what I have seen here, the 5D3 is 'best in breed ', and the 70D and SL1 seem to be well respected. But it still comes back to the $'s.

I really want to help her as much as I can, she has that 'X-factor' natural ability. Pains me to admit it, but she can out-shoot me. She does awesome Street Candids, something I have never mastered.

Maybe the T3/T5 is the better option, for now.

So nobody has faith in the PowerShot series ?

Thanks again for the opinions, etc.

I don't know anything about the SX40 or SX60, nor do I know much about 14-year-old girls (not since I was a 14-yo boy).  When I was a teen, I started out on a manual focus Canon A1 because I couldn't afford the EOS models.  I bought lenses and shot that camera all through college, including a film photography class.  When I finally had money, I moved directly into EOS digital SLRs, and picked up my EOS film gear later.

The Rebels are all excellent quality cameras.  If she is into film SLRs, a Rebel will allow her to continue developing her manual-exposure skills on digital, and give her room to grow into higher quality lenses, be they fast primes, quality zooms, or even legacy lenses on adapters.  I suggested the SL1 due to it being the smallest Canon DSLR there is.  I've handled it in store and it works very well.  If price is a concern, look at the Canon refurbished store, or ebay, or Craigslist.  Rebels are very frequently dumped by people who thought they were into DSLR photography but didn't enjoy it.  However, if your friend/niece is already this into photography, I think a DSLR would be a great way for her to start building a system and a lifelong hobby.  The 5D3 is overkill for a teenager.  A 70D would be great if she wanted to shoot sports or make movies, but a Rebel is fine for starting out.  A bridge camera is just a stepping-stone anyway.

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PowerShot / Re: Advice for non-compact versatile camera plz
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:47:35 PM »
......The T5/T3i would be a step backwards from her film camera....
And an SX60 is not a bigger step back?
 
What is she currently shooting? I'm prepared to be impressed.

I'll bet $5 that she has a 1VHS

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PowerShot / Re: Advice for non-compact versatile camera plz
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:31:48 PM »
Go for an SL1 with 18-55.  Add the 24 and 40 pancakes (or nifty fifty) down the road as gifts.  A bridge camera will simply be a disservice to a youth interested in film photography. 

The photography industry will thank you (and all of us)!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:29:18 PM »
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"This is bold prediction, but it’s clear to me that over the next several years, the standalone still camera will disappear from the hands of everyone – with the exception of a few high end professionals."

I disagree.  Cameras (still and video) have always been sought out by hobbyists, and they always will be.  Look at the impossible project, reviving interest in relatively low-quality instant film cameras.  And the number of people hauling DSLRs to their kids' events.  There will always be people who want to step away from the "entry-level," whether it is a smartphone camera or a point-n-shoot film/digital.  Smart cameramakers will simply step-up their integration with smartphones.  A digital camera is just a computer attached to a lens.  I think that enough people are yelling about the demise of the camera and the rise of the smartphone that Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fuji are going to be willing to listen and consider how to do that.  It just won't happen as quickly or efficiently as we'd like.  The end result will be smarter cameras, and, hopefully, better lenses (since a cameraphone can't compete on optics).

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:20:11 AM »
I'm more than satisfied with my MP-E 65.
Think I'd rather Canon looked at a mark II of the MT-24EX.

Registered an account on this forum just to agree with you 100%  -the current Mt-24EX is in desperate need of a refresh!

I think 'desperate' is a tad reaching. I'd love to read your proposed list of updates and fixes to the flash.

RT

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Technical Support / Re: Confused about LP-E6 vs LP-E6N
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:54:44 AM »
The answers are correct from the camera perspective they are the same, the N just last longer.  On chargers it more complicated you need a new charger to charge the LP E6N, which will also charge the older batteries.  I have a 7D mark II, which works fine with all the batteries.  Its simply about how frequently you need change batteries

I found that my non canon LP-E6 batteries became damaged and unchargeable after switching charger.  Both worked fine up until the moment the EP-6N charger broke them.  They are dot photo.  I imagine its the higher charging rate from the charger and brand as opposed to higher spec originals, but had to replace them with genuine canon LP-E6N's replacements as the after market hasn't caught up yet.

I presume you mean the damaged batteries are this brand:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dot-Foto-Replacement-Rechargeable-Camera-Battery/dp/B007QTESOM



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Sorry - still can't support the Chinese ripping off of technology.

It just baffles me how it can be so widely supported in camera gear, yet so controversial in many other aspects of goods...

Yongnuo reverse-engineering Canon's RT and E-TTL protocols is no different from Sigma/Tamron/Tokina reverse-engineering Canon's autofocus protocols.  The third-party lensemakers have always tried to fill open niches in Canon's lens lineup.  This is no different.  Canon should have introduced this receiver about 6 months after the 600EX-RT was introduced.

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 09, 2015, 10:44:10 AM »
I'd love to see a long zoom macro with IS, like a 70-200 or so. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II speculation...
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:59:44 PM »
Please, Canon.  Just add some more AF points, several/many/most of which cross-type at 2.8, add NFC, and a second card slot (CF or SD, I don't care which).  And don't remove the GPS or wifi. 

Anything else would just be gravy for me.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 7D/Sigma 10-20mm or Canon 6D/16-35mm f4 ?
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:28:38 AM »
Here is a comparison of the two lenses.  http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=711  No way to select the two cameras that you are referring to, however.  I think the 16-35/4 is going to be the better lens for ultrawide to wide-angle shooting.  The biggest question, though, is what do you prefer shooting?  The 6D and the 7D series are very much opposites, and have many more differences than similarities.  You should choose the best body/sensor format for that purpose and then select your lenses accordingly. 

I think the biggest reasons people choose the 6D are:
  • shallow depth of field from a full-frame sensor
  • low light capability (although newer crop-cameras will improve in this area over older crop-cameras)
  • maximizes the field of view offered by quality lenses
  • WiFi built-in
  • GPS built-in (although other bodies are getting this, too)
  • smaller and lighter than 5D, 7D series options

I think the biggest reasons people choose the 7D series are:
  • powerful autofocus options
  • higher frames-per-second speed
  • crop sensor provides more "reach" for longer lenses
  • GPS built-in (7DII only)
  • more affordable than 5DIII or 1DX
  • crop lenses are more affordable than L series lenses

Which of those factors are more attractive to you?  I bought the 6D because I needed wider, better low-light performance, and I loved the idea of wifi and GPS.  Ultimately, I'll be keeping my 6D and adding a 7DII when I need the FPS and "reach" of the crop sensor. 

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:56:16 AM »
Why is everyone insisting this is slower than f/1.4?

24mm f/2.8 replaced by 24mm f/2.8 IS
28mm f/2.8 replaced by 28mm f/2.8 IS
35mm f/2.0 replaced by 35mm f/2.0 IS

Now.

50mm f/1.4 replaced by 50mm f/2.0 IS?  Really?  Why?  That would be a boring optic.  Less wide than the 35mm and not any faster, boring.

If it is a 50mm f/2 or f/1.8 IS, I don't think it will be replacing the 1.4.  It would be replacing the 1.8.  The other three lenses were not gold-ring "USM" series like the 50mm 1.4 is.  Those lenses (20mm/2.8, 28mm/1.8, 50mm/1.4, and so on) would be ripe for an update after the IS primes were all released.

At least, that was the thinking before this other rumor that the new 50 will be a non-IS nifty-fifty replacement. 

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