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Lenses / Re: Thinking about the Sigma 1.4 Art
« on: May 24, 2014, 03:04:16 PM »
Yeah, I don't ever use the 24-105.  Was in my kit purchase.  Going to sell it off and might just wait on a 7D II or even the new 100-400 if it actually comes out.  Thanks for the advise.  Oh, to answer your question, I shoot everything.  Macro, weddings, families, events, parties, models...etc.  Just not planning infant shoots anytime soon.  Not enough patience for that.

www.facebook.com/AFlashInTimePhotographyByDonPedro

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about the Sigma 1.4 Art
« on: May 14, 2014, 06:58:02 AM »
I forgot about that haha.  Could get a 7D for lacrosse and softball and not buy another lens.  Might need another body for weddings anyway, in case my 5D3 ever failed. 

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Lenses / Thinking about the Sigma 1.4 Art
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:45:25 PM »
Well, I'm on the fence on this Sigma 1.4 Art.  I have all but a 50 prime in my bag already.

8-15L, 16-35L, 24-70 2.8L Mk 2, 24-105L, 70-200 2.8L Mk 2, 35L, 85L, 100L Macro, 135 2L.

    I didn't care for the 50 1.2 and sold my 50 1.4 years ago.  For that focal range, I just used my zoom (24-70 MkII).  I think I am chasing the sharpest lens dream and really don't need this thing.  The images people are posting look pretty good, but the complaints about having to adjust them is troubling.  All L glass so far, but recent Sigmas are peeking my interest.  I'm debating on skipping a 50 altogether and getting a 100-400 to capture my kid playing softball.  For lacrosse my 70-200 was awesome, but my daughter is outfield and cropping the images later still gets a little grainy for my liking.  I thing the 400 would help a lot.  I had the 2x extender for the 70-200 and didn't like that either.  Maybe I didn't give it enough of a test.  I sold it on EBay for 20 buck under what I spent on it.  Thoughts?  try the 1.4 ex or get a 100-400.  With my luck I will get the 100-400 and Canon and/or Sigma will make a newer version...LOL  Happened with my 35L.  I got it and 3 weeks later they released the Sigma 35.

 

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Well, I'm on the fence.  I have all but a 50 prime now.

8-15L, 16-35L, 24-70 2.8L Mk 2, 24-105L, 70-200 2.8L Mk 2, 35L, 85L, 100L Macro, 135 2L.

I didn't care for the 50 1.2 and sold my 50 1.4 years ago.  For that focal range, I just used my zoom.  I think I am chasing the sharpest lens dream and really don't need this thing.  These images look pretty good though.  All L glass so far, but recent Sigmas are pretty awesome.

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Lighting / Re: Which kit or head to go with
« on: March 25, 2013, 03:16:06 PM »
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/602689-REG/Elinchrom_EL_20751KIT_BXRi_500_500_To_Go_2.html

I wonder how this kit would stack vs. the Einstein 640?  Build quality, output, light quality, durability...etc

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Lighting / Which kit or head to go with
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:12:12 PM »
OK, I have 2 600 EX Canon flash units with the ST-E3 controller, but found them too slow for model work.  I added a battery pack to help with recycle times, so I may be ok.  If I were going to grab a kit or even a single head with a beauty dish, what would you recommend?  So far I was dead set on the Einstein 640 with the commander system to remote control it.  I planned to add a beauty dish and maybe a vagabond batt pack.  The price for all of that was right around 1150.00.  I hear good things about that light, but I knkow there are loads of options.  I doubt I'd use it anywhere near a wedding or for events, but maybe for modeling and Senior Picture type shoots.  Thoughts? 

I have never used off camera lights and have only used speed lights.


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600 rt set up question
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:54:26 AM »
Nice MOD, I may try that as well.  I have the ST-E3 now and 2 600's.  I just did a shoot where the recycle time seemed really damn slow on my 600.  I don't know why, but it was unusually slower.  I missed several shots.  Still think I may opt for a strobe unit like an excalibur, but so far, I really enjoy my 600's.

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Lighting / Choices
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:42:15 PM »
Would you buy http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A3BQWXK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile for 479.00 or spend 900.00 to buy 4 used Einstein 3200's?  The used kit of 4 comes with 3 stands, a few soft boxes and umbrellas.  They are used, but all work.

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Lighting / Re: Getting by with speedlights
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:39:43 PM »
Ok, so http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A3BQWXK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile or 4 used working Einstein 3200's for 900.00.  Includes soft boxes, stands and umbrellas. 

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Lighting / Re: Getting by with speedlights
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:24:41 PM »
I am shooting events (one 600 on my 5D 3 with Gary Fong Lightsphere) I am shooting weddings with natural lighting and the same event setup I already mentioned.  I shoot models using the 2 600's and my E3 controller with umbrellas.  I am just wondering if I'd get a better look by going to stronger off camera flash sets.  It's not at easy to carry and set up the other setups and I'd need battery packs to shoot in parks and on lakes/beaches.  I may opt for LED continous lights in a soft box, coupled with my current speedlights.  If you go to my link below, you can see my various works.

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Lighting / Getting by with speedlights
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:19:52 PM »
Can you get by using speedlight canon 600's on umbrellas with an St-E3 or should I stop kidding myself and get a nice flash setup?  I have 2 600's and the umbrellas/tripods.  Was thinking of alien bees or white lightening.

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I have 2 600EX's and the ST-E3-RT

plus this cheap umbrella kit:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/425220-REG/Impact_DFUMK_Digital_Flash_Umbrella_Mount.html

All you need for this is about 800 bucks, especially if you get the 600 and the ST remote used.  The umbrella kit is only 98 dollars.


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Lenses / Re: Recommendations
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:07:59 AM »
I forgot about the dang 135L I wanted too UGH

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Lenses / Re: Input on Lens Decision
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:07:14 AM »
Did you sell that TC?  How old is it?  :)

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Lenses / Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:50:53 AM »
I bought a 17-85mm for 120.00 and sold it for 550.00.  Not a bad deal.  It was over 800 when it first came out.  It was dusty as hell but Canon refurbed it for me before I sold it.  It was damn close if not brand new looking when I sold it.


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