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Camera Body Gallery / Re: Anything shot with the EOS-M
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:54:48 PM »
Ice formation

Camera Body Gallery / Re: Anything shot with the EOS-M
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:53:32 PM »
A couple of winter shots with my EOS-M and EF-M 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.  Limited PP in Lightroom 5.3.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D: RAW via WI-FI?
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:16:28 AM »
With EOS remote on a laptop you can transfer RAW files, and you can also specify some really useful things such as:
Shoot RAW+Save onto SD Card, but transfer JPEG to specified folder

Then from the specified folder import into lightroom via auto import


Here's a nice write-up on that setup: http://www.p4pictures.com/2013/01/eos-6d-wifi-tethered-shooting-to-lightroom/

Note that it will take 20+ seconds to transfer each RAW file, so I find the option to shoot RAW+JPEG fine (which stores both on the SD) and only transmit JPEG over wireless to the laptop works best. Just a second or two delay and they show up. Good enough for real-time client preview.

I do something similar with my 6D and iPad Third Generation.  At extended family events or parties I often take lots of pictures and people want to see them right away.  In these situations, I use WiFi to transfer the JPEG's to my iPad so others see them almost real time.  Most of these JPEG's are later deleted with only the selects staying on the iPad.  The RAW files I transfer later to my laptop via SD card for Lightroom/PS editing and I back them up to external hard drives at this time.

I think everyone here on CR will agree that surapon is one of our favorite members.  He has some of the most interesting posts!  You never fail to amaze, amuse and impress me surapon!!  You 'da man!

I do agree. More people should be more like Mr Surapon. This forum would be even better than it alreadys is and surely, we would be the friendliest and most creative bunch of photographers, amateurs and pros.


+1. Mr. Surapon, you are humorous, self-deprecating, always willing to impart knowledge and experience and just a great guy to have around the forums. Cheerio!

+1  Surapon, you are a treasured member of this forum, I always enjoy reading your posts and have learned a great deal of very useful photography and DIY equipment information.  Keep it coming!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF on Sony A7R field notes
« on: February 02, 2014, 08:18:39 PM »
Thanks for sharing your notes and observations Graham. 


I use Black Rapid, Op/Tech or BosStrap methods that transfer the weight to my shoulders hanging across my chest to the side over my hip.  The camera hugs my hip and stays out of the way.  I also will hang an extra camera from a carabiner over my belt on the other side sometimes when I need another body/lens combo.

I too made the switch from neck straps to a Black Rapid strap and/or Cotton Carrier for when I am carrying one or more cameras and extra lenses for an extended period of time.  I find these carriers much more comfortable and convenient.  That said, I normally do not carry the wide range of gear that Surapon illustrated.  The heaviest gear I take on extended hikes or outings  my 6D with 24-70 2.8 II mounted and either 135L or 70-200 2.8 II in a belt mounted lens case.  I use a Lowepro slingpack if I need to carry additional gear.

Great idea!  I too love to travel and take pictures.  Having a board dedicated to exchanging travel and travel photography ideas would be awesome.

Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:33:43 AM »
Just wondering how does my 430EX-II fit into the system now. Will it work with the RT System or will I have to limit it as an optical slave?

The 430EX II will fit in nicely...if you need a paperweight or a doorstop.  :o

I just picked up my second 600EX-RT during the recent Adorama $420 sale.  Now I'm experimenting with different two and three flash set-ups including my 430EXII.  I can use the 430 as a third flash if I use the 600 as an optical master.  I have an OC Gear 32' ETTL cable, so can use my "on-camera" master, off-camera as Syl Arena describes in his book.  This works pretty well, essentially giving me the ability to actually use the master to provide more than fill light.  Of course, including the 430 means I can't use the superior radio triggering with all its advantages. 

Eventually, I'll get a third 600EX and either a ST-E3-RT or the Yongnuo equivalent, but I'll work with what I have for now.  I'll hang onto my 430EXII to use on-camera when I want to bounce flash and don't want to mess with multiple speedlites. 

Yet another vote for the 6D, whose low light performance is so good you may find yourself doing more photos of interiors than you do right now.  I don't agree that you might as well get a second-hand 5DII - while a 5DII certainly has better image quality than any crop sensor camera, the 6D is better in terms of dynamic range (much less shadow noise and banding if you push shadows; the same is true compared to the 5DIII) and high ISO performance, and it focuses better in low light (than just about anything). 

Nor do I see why you would miss your 17-55 - it may be the best such crop zoom, but in my experience it's not as good as the 24-105 on FF, even though the latter is "only" f4.

+1. The 5D2 really has no advantages over the 6D other than price.  To me the 6D is easily worth the difference in what you will pay.

f/2.8 on a crop is roughly equivalent to f/4.5 on FF, so you are not giving anything up in aperture going from a EF-S 17-55 2.8 on a crop to a 24-105 f/4 on a FF body.  I think the 24-105 is optically as good and has the added advantages of better zoom range - both wider and longer, and superior build quality.  You can buy a white box 24-105 for less than what 17-55's sell for.

Lenses / Re: Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:57:07 PM »
The EF-S 15-85 gets my vote. Excellent zoom range, sharp with very good color rendition.

Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: January 31, 2014, 06:56:11 AM »
Technically, all extra glass effects the image quality. However, most of the times the benefit of a filter for protection out ways the better IQ.

I usually carry a box for my filters to I can remove them in special situations like low light, high detail landscape, that sort of stuff. Around children the filter stays on, as I like to get close to children, and they always end up touching my precious glass.

+1. I have clear or UV filters for all my lenses and leave them on as a default.  But, I often remove them before shooting when I want maximum IQ and am in a safe and kid free environment.  I currently have good quality Hoya UV filters, but plan to upgrade to better quality B+W soon and I may leave them on more when I shoot.  I've done some comparison shots with filters on and off and there is a tiny difference in some situations with no filter being better of course. 

Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:42:14 AM »
My key learning here? There are DOF calculators for smart phones!

Just checked, I found 44 on iOS. Awesome! I am not one of those people that can do the math in my head and I sometimes panic or worry when taking group shots as to what to set the aperture to.

Thanks guys!

These DOF calculators are a great reference.  When I get a new lens I consult them frequently and do as well if trying to set-up a specific shallow DOF shot. 

As you gain experience, you will develop a pretty good feel for what your DOF will be in a given situation and can select an appropriate aperture without having to look it up.  I'm in my forth year of photography as a serious hobby and selecting aperture settings now is pretty easy in most situations.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:04:46 PM »
Excellent article by FM.  The shadow recovery of the a7r files is impressive.

I have a long way to go before my photography skills catch up to the capabilities of my excellent Canon equipment, so I'll be keeping an eye on this from the sidelines.  I think its healthy for the industry and good for the consumer that Sony is pushing the envelope here.

I was thinking some more about the FM article...and I don't know about anyone else...but I am not taking 1000's of dollars worth of "precise" camera gear out into the field and relying on a glue-in-felt fix that I have to perform myself. (I totally have the skillset to do the fix, too) on a possibly off-center adapter (God that is funny!). If Metabones is selling expensive adapters for top-notch precision camera gear and they are that poorly made...um...NO THANKS.

+1. I'm really surprised the quality of the supposedly high-end Metabones adapter is so irregular. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8 $275
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:25:11 PM »
Great price for a terrific lens.  Maybe I should sell my current one and get another red ring? :)

Sorry guys, still healing up and trying to keep up with my day job & the teaching job I've had to take on to make up for my lost photography income :(.  I have the night off, so I'll try to do it tonight.

Sorry to hear things are not going well.  Get healed up and if you have time down the road, do the test.

I do not plan to use ML on my 6D until it reaches a beta level and that might be another year or two, so myself and probably many others, would be interested in your results.

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