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Canon General / Re: Don't order camera gear from Dell.com online store
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:46:28 PM »
It is legit. Happened to a member at POTN and was raked through the coals but came out clean.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1264733

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon 600EX-RT review
« on: January 24, 2013, 07:12:10 PM »
Nice work.

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Just curious why you choose 3200 for portraits? That is my preferred setting for my 5D3 and like you will go higher but that is for dark venues while run and gun shooting.

If I set up a couple of lights I shoot at 400. I may have misread what yo mean by portraits.         

Oh, by portrait I generally meant single subjects even if lighting isn't controlled. So that includes dark locations where 3200 might still be needed. If lighting is an option, I agree with 400. Great quality at those ISO levels!

That was what I thought. Just wanted to clarify. .

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I doubt the frequencies are the same. I do know this. You can put a transmitter into a Sekonic flash meter that will work with PW and fire a flash when a PW receiver/transmitter is attached to the flash. Sorry don't know what the mini or flex actually do so I just called it receiver/transmitter.  The Sekonic won't fire the 600.

I contacted Sekonic to see if they were ever planning to develop a transmitter that would fire a 600 and they said no. They are partners with PW. So if the Sekonic and PW are on their own frequencies as opposed to Canons then as I said I doubt it will work.

         

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Just curious why you choose 3200 for portraits? That is my preferred setting for my 5D3 and like you will go higher but that is for dark venues while run and gun shooting.

If I set up a couple of lights I shoot at 400. I may have misread what yo mean by portraits.         

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Noise Reduction Tips
« on: January 23, 2013, 02:30:27 PM »
If you scroll down to the 4th and 5th images you can see the difference masking makes. 

http://photographylife.com/how-to-properly-sharpen-images-in-lightroom

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Noise Reduction Tips
« on: January 23, 2013, 02:24:23 PM »
First off is to remember the 7D has a light hungry sensor. Correct exposure is the key particularly at high ISO's. It is not forgiving and underexposure at high will not yield good results.   

You have two key sliders in PS - Color and Luminance. DPP calls Luminance Chrominance which is actually correct.   

ISO 12,800 with no NR. You should always do this at 100%.



ACR sets Color NR at a  default of 25 you can increase it until the color blotchiness goes away. Sliding any higher when it is gone as it does not gain anything. I find 25 is pretty good and usually leave it there.

You can see the difference between the color blotchiness between the first image and this one. I set Color to zero in image one so you can see the difference.   



Now you use the Luminance slider. This gets rid of the grain or noise. Be careful with it because it effects the image sharpness. The higher you go the less sharp your image will be. You will really notice it when you sharpen it. It is upi to you how you want to balance sharpness vs NR.       



A little more detail. 

http://www.peachpit.com/podcasts/episode.aspx?e=102a9f80-8d15-4fc8-b3e1-80065441b5d0

Also in the sharpening sliders you will see a slider called masking. If you hold  the option key (mac - not sure about PC) and move the slider to the right you will see a lot of white at first. The further you move the slider more white disappears. At around 80 you will see very little white, only around the edges. These white edges are the only thing being sharpened. The black background will not be sharpened. Not using the masking slider only sharpens the existing noise in the background or other unwanted areas. I'll se if I can find a visual example of this.             

All the above works in LR as well.

Next I like to use this method. Another edge sharpening technique. I don't use it for mass edits in LR as it takes too  much time. I just use it for hobby shots.

http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/photoshop-really-smart-sharpening.html?search=edge+mask&bool=and

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - How bad is it? Really?
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:03:35 PM »
Great pics. Shows how much of a fantastic camera it is in the right hands.

Thats correct as the 7D is in a price gap that is very affordable compared to the FF equivalent but is aimed toward more advanced/pro shooters and the attitude amateurs have toward glass. Therefore many marry the camera with poor glass. Just because it is EF-s putting the cheap inexpensive glass on it will be detrimental. But many think cameras are more important, especially some that aren't photo buffs but like having the best.

This was always my qualm with Canon and its 18mp sensor as all the recent XXXDs and 60D have it too. Unless quality glass is used to resolve that pixel density then yes the camera wont perform well in terms of IQ. Give it high end lenses and the camera sings, but then it does have its drawbacks. There is always a compromise, add more IQ and it creates a slower camera at a higher price point. The 7D hits the spot pretty well, as long as you are willing to hunt for the light and spend some time editing the RAW files in post.

I enjoyed the 7D but it wasn't quite what I wanted and needed for my work, although I wish I had kept it and used it with my 5DMKIII.

In all honesty I almost did not buy it. Don't get me wrong because I do appreciate the resolution for cropping, etc but I think if Canon had kept it at 15 megapickles coupled with the new sensor tech no other manufacturer could have beaten at that time. Stall a bad a$$ today and would have been even more at it's release.

I had all the 5D series and have the 5D3 as well. Both bodies have their places and uses.   

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - How bad is it? Really?
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:59:38 AM »
BIF











Another Crop



Click on it to see it at full size


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - How bad is it? Really?
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:50:55 AM »
ISO 12,800 and NR using CS6



ISO 1600



a crop





Other fun stuff with it


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Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:25:24 AM »
I have the double. I used to have the single and never had any issues but then started to read about a few mishaps. Mostly human error or failure due to a knock off. As for error people forget to lock the carabiner.

Quick release clamp
 


I put a key ring chain ringy thing just as a backup here. I don't need it to swivel, just slide.



     

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Up to what ISO are you willing to set?
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:14:03 AM »
I just got my 5D3. I had no problem shooting 6400 with my 5D2 but have not tried higher than that on the 5D3 yet. NR for all images using CS6 or LR

5D2 @ 6400 with flash





7D @ 1600



7D @ 12,800


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600 rt set up question
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:06:41 AM »
How often are you going to be shooting in a studio situation so dark that your camera won't be able to AF?  And if you do just get a modelling light or small LED flashlight. If you are in a studio you have time.

I 'm very happy with my ST-E3-RT.  When in studio it sits on the camera. Well actually I carry it around with me, set it to group, shut groups off as a I work on others, use the test button to fire the flash or flashes (meter with Sekonic) and when I'm done it goes on the camera.

When I run and gun shoot the flash goes on the camera. I have two 600's and am going to get a 3rd soon so when I run and gun I will have two other flashes working.

I modified the mini stand that came with it (ordered a replacement) and strap it to my belt/pant belt loop. I cut it down so it was just big enough for the job.


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Lighting / Re: The Flash Bracket? Do they really matter anymore?
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:12:20 PM »
Yeah. I tried that. I can't can't properly support my 5D3 & 24-70II unless I eat some spinach. Popeye to the younger members which you may never heard of anyway ;D.

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