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Lighting / Re: Basic home studio setup question
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:19:05 PM »
Thank you all for the good advice. Sorry that it took a while for me to get back with you, but work and family have been very busy this month and I have not had a lot of time to post well thought out responses.

I did purchase a promaster boom stand.  I wouldn't say it was the same quality as the manfrotto, but it's good enough for me to get started.   I also got a pair of rogue flash benders (large) with the soft box covers for them.  The main part for me, after spending a couple of hours in my not-so-local camera store opted for a portable option, and these should fit the bill.   As I grow, I'll expand/change accordingly, but for now, I've got a lot to learn with what I have.   Let me learn from my current set up and I'll post some results as soon as I think they are worthy for critique.

Again, thank you all for your help!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II on Moofie Woot for $89.99
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:27:05 PM »
I recommend you google "what is a moofi woot" to understand this site.  It's Amazon.  But hey, the Internet is never wrong...

Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II on Moofie Woot for $89.99
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:00:04 AM »
For those interested.

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For your trip, make sure that you get a bulb/rocket blower and a lens pen.  The lens pen is invaluable and easy to keep on you should you get dust or water on your lens out in the field. 

I would also recommend a battery grip.  This does 2 things - doubles your battery life and could make the 700d more comfortable to hand hold for extended periods of time.  I have larger hands and found that my pinkie finger could not grip the rebel as the camera was not long enough to fit my hand. Other than canon brand I have used Vello and found that they work as advertised.

If you choose to get a tripod, as recommended above, I would include a hotshoe mount bubble level.  They are cheap and will help prevent uneven horizon lines.

+1 on the remote shutter release.  They are inexpensive and can be wired or wireless.

Get a comfortable camera bag for your stuff.

If you think you will be carrying your camera around your neck, you also may want to look for a padded camera strap.   There are tons of options here and per this forum, black rapid solutions seem to be popular.

Get a couple (2-3) memory cards.

Not necessary, but a small flash with a clip on diffuser could come in handy.  I've used the 270ex for a long time, and though it does not have all of the bells and whistles of canons other flash units, it's small, portable, not expensive, and the version ii model can be triggered off camera by your 700d I believe.  There are also lots of 3rd party options with yongnou being very popular.

As for lenses, it all depends on your budget of course.   I would recommend the following:

Efs 17-55
Efs 10-22
70-200l 2.8 or f4
Efs 60 macro

Of course this is a recommendation only and I have experience with the choices.  You can find these on canons reburb page for a considerable cost savings as well. There are good 3rd party options also.   +1 on avoiding super zooms for the time being.

Filters - b+w filters and protectors with the multi coating.

At least 2 batteries.

Hmm, am I forgetting any thing?  :)

Enjoy your trip!

Lighting / Re: Basic home studio setup question
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:42:06 PM »
Today I went to Austin for a business trip and was able to stop by Precision Camera - my closest camera shop.  They carried a lot of Promaster and Westcott products.   Some of the packages they had seemed flimsy, but of course there were the better built models as well.  They did have some promaster 24"x24" collapsible soft boxes with flash bracket and carrying case for $99.  Do either of you have exerience with promaster gear?  It appeared well made.   The only thing that I would have questioned is the promaster and house brand adjustable umbrella brackets they had.  They were plastic/nylon.  The only metal ones they had were westcott brand.

The Westcott gear appeared okay.  There were a lot of starter kits there and I would put them above the house brand that they had.  Any issues to be aware of with Westcott?

I did pick up a large flash bender, but am still working my way through the thousands of options.   Some days it would be nice to have only 2-3 choices :)   

Thank you for all of your help!

Abstract / Re: Funny street signs and billboards
« on: April 03, 2014, 01:51:21 PM »
I apologize if I posted this on the wrong thread - given the choices, I felt that this was more appropriate than street photography.

Abstract / Funny street signs and billboards
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:33:38 PM »
Starting off with some Thursday humor inspired by Don Haines' post in the "let's get it on" thread here: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19636.msg369848#msg369848.

I had some business in Austin today and on my way I always pass this billboard and it cracks me up.  Nothing artistic about this, but I do find it funny that Rob Zombie could represent me in a court of law.


EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:34:22 AM »
I believe next Slr will be a eos rebel/kiss/xxx series camera to replace the eos 700d.  7d replacement might come at photokina. also any word on when will canon replace ef 50mm macro? that is the oldest lens in canon line-up and needs to be replaced soon.
+1. Most rebels are announced around now.

PS - as another suggestion, maybe a 17-55 2.8 IS if you can find one within your budget (maybe look 2nd hand)?  I liked it a lot on crop (well, it does have to be on crop after all!) and the IS can be useful.  If it was me shooting with your gear, I think I'd be looking at the 17-55 2.8 IS, the Sigma 18-35 1.8 or a flash (subject to budget of course).
I could justify the price of the 17-55 (around $900, same as the Sigma 35mm 1.4 that I'm already considering), if I could convince myself that I wouldn't immediately begin wishing I had faster prime glass for indoor shooting.

I've never rented a lens before, but at that price I might go the rental route before I commit.

watch for Canon's refurb sales.  I've seen the 17-55 for under $600 there and you get a year warranty.

Lighting / Re: Basic home studio setup question
« on: April 01, 2014, 12:37:57 AM »
Thanks for all of the advice.  One thing I wanted to be clear on is that I have 2 x 430EX II's and an ST-E2 transmitter, so I can take those dollars recommended below for flashes and put them back into light modifiers.

I watched the BHPhoto lecture that PBD recommended and I was very impressed with the single flash and reflector options (the 16 looks video).  That's got me wanting a similar setup as a starting point.  It was small, portable, and looked straight forward to work with.   Now I don't know all of the brands and options, but here's the list of what was in that video along with some stands.

1 - Sunbounce micro mini reflector and clamp
1 - Photoflex 45" convertible umbrella
2 - Manfrotto BAC1052 stands with 026 swivel clamp
1 - small rogue flashbender
1 - a storage bag for the stands
1 - kupo universal hotshoe adapter

replace the umbrella with the recommended 24x24 fotodiox softbox and I'm at about $550 USD.

I could drop the price by changing the manfrotto stands, but reviews on amazon are hit and miss on a lot of the cheaper stands. Do your PBL stands hold up pretty well?   I was looking at just the 2 lightstand kit on amazon and one reviewer said they were a bit flimsy.  Manfrotto seems to be a go to stand from the forum posts I've read here, so I was looking at those.

The other big ticket item is the Sunbounce reflector.  It looks portable and easy to use, but I can't say that I have any practical knowledge of reflectors.   Seems silly to put a lot of money towards something that you don't have experience with, but I've learned that sometimes it's better to pay for more quality up front rather than paying over and over for lesser quality.  I do see me using this for years should the equipment hold up.

This has been the part that I struggled with - figuring out where to start.  There is so much out there that it's easy to go in circles trying to figure out what you'd like to do.  I was impressed by the video mentioned earlier and think that's a good place to start. 

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:22:30 AM »
Nothing beats this lens for storms on a Canon crop.  In the past I always had to drive a couple more miles with the 17-40 if I wanted to get the whole storm in.

Lightning flashing as the shot started flashed the truck body.

One of the best qualities of the lens is you can point it at light sources and just not get flares.  Best flare resistant thing I've shot. 

Also great for atmospheric optics. 

Love the lightning shot!   That's awesome!

The tornado's a tad bit close for me though....  :o

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:19:57 AM »
Using this lens more and more.  Olsen field at Texas A&M.  Little League opening ceremonies.

Lighting / Basic home studio setup question
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:03:55 PM »
Howdy all,
  I have a question regarding a home studio setup.  I would like to take individual portraits of my family so I can learn and improve my portraiture photography skills.   I'm not looking to invest a lot of money right now (for this topic, a lot to me is over $500) and was wondering if a speedlite setup would work for me.  I've searched the forums and found that most home studio folks are using Einsteins or Alien Bees strobes, but I'm not ready to invest that much and was hoping to use the two flashes I have, and a simple background to get going.  The bad part is I'm not sure if I need anything else or not.  I know that sounds silly, but I keep going in circles so I'm seeking advice on what to start with.

My signature includes what I currently own.

I was thinking of getting two shoot through umbrellas (Westcott perhaps) and a Westcott X-Drop background with white and black backdrops.  I do not currently have the room for larger backdrops right now, and what I end up using needs to be portable as I don't have a dedicated space in my house for this.  This is where I go in circles.   Are umbrellas the right choice, or should I be looking at softboxes for my speedlights?   Are speedlights the right answer here, or is continuous lighting/strobes necessary to work with?   blah blah blah.   I was hoping that one of you portrait photographers out there could provide some guidance.   I don't want expensive, but I also don't want poor build quality.  It is also okay for me to out grow the beginner solution and replace it should this lead to continued growth as a photographer, or a side job.  For now, it's for my own achievement purposes.

Thanks a lot for all of your feedback,


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:52:00 PM »
I gave up waiting (yes, just six months to 'Kina) and I'm not sure I want to go back to crop again.  I found a great deal and I have a 1DX on the way.  My AMEX is crying a river :'( but I hope to make good u$$$e of it. 

I'm sure the 7DII will probably be announced tomorrow with all of the 1DX features, shoot 30FPS for 90 frames, be noise free up to ISO 12,800...and cost $1500...

That is usually my luck.  I'm holding out, but the camera deals are starting to show up again.

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