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Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:12:35 AM »
I guess, I should have prefaced my comments with my background. I am a software engineer and work full-time consulting with the federal gov in DC. Photography is my main hobby. I wouldn't be interested in getting a degree, just taking a few classes to broaden my skills.

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:49:56 AM »
I have wondered about this too. Over the last 4 years or so, I have gone from barely an SLR knowledge to having a nearly complete technical understanding. I would say that I have mastered candid or outdoor photography. I know how to do basic fill flash just fine.

I've bought a basic studio strobe set, some reflectors and modifiers and am trying to learn pro-quality lighting. Right now, I'm pretty terrible. I've wondered if taking some classes would be the way to really learn lighting. I'd really like to learn more of the artistic side as well.

you are shooting manual....  so you need to change your shutter speed and or aperture...

He says he was using Auto ISO, so the camera still meters and adjusts the ISO based on the calculated exposure.

I think he's dealing with a highly reflective floor and less reflective players. The camera is metering off light reflected from the floor.

Lenses / Re: New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Canon getting awesome reviews
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:22:09 PM »
Am i the only guy who thinks the canon lens socks are useless? at least the sigma has some real protection and can attach to my belt, and that's my plan for it. i'll keep my samyang 14mm in it, while the sigma 35 is on my cam. then switch out as needed.

Nope. I love the Sigma cases. If I'm going for a hike and don't want to bring a camera bag, they are perfect for protecting a lens in my backpack.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:18:18 PM »
To everyone saying they would buy this lens immediately, I have to ask, and I'm not trolling...how is the current 14mm L lens letting you down? Is the ability to zoom from 14-24 that killer of a feature?

Based on the feedback so far, it seems like the wear you are seeing is an extreme case. It's possible there was a manufacturing problem when they applied the finish on that part of your camera.

Mine is from the first batch to US and shows no wear at all. I am not particularly gentle with it either.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag challenge: pro body and two primes
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:42:10 PM »
I bought the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar home when it was on Amazon Lightning deal. It was way smaller than I imagined it would be, but I've been carrying around all week a Mark III and with one mounted and two stowed lenses(Sigma's 35, 50, and 85 f/1.4's(working on a comparison)). That is the max that can fit though I've been laying my neoprene camera strap flat across the back of the camera and putting my straightened 430 Ex II on top. The closed bag flap holds it in place.

Technical Support / Re: I solved my own problem, but thought I would share
« on: December 07, 2012, 01:27:51 PM »
From the owner's manual section on Silent LV Shooting:

"When using a non-Canon flash unit, set it to [Disable]. The flash will not fire if it is set to [Mode 1] or [Mode 2]."

So, maybe this has nothing to do with tethered shooting, it's just a Live View thing. I'll test it tonight.

Technical Support / I solved my own problem, but thought I would share
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:52:44 PM »
Last night I tried tethered shooting in EOS Utility with my 5D Mark III using studio lights and a sync cord. The strobes would not fire when using Live View. They worked fine through tethered shooting with out Live View.

So, I did some digging and found that under the Live View settings you have to set Silent Shooting to Disabled in order for the body to trigger the strobes. Why? No flipping idea.

Anyway, thought the info might help someone, so I've shared.

I realize this might be common knowledge already, but I had no idea.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS II vs. Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 VC
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:54:01 PM »

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:53:59 PM »
If Sigma can maintain this level of quality and price across more lenses, Canon might have to reconsider its pricing. Canon's near monopoly on the high end AF lens market might be coming to an end finally. Of course, this could also be a "loss leader" or gouge from Sigma. Time will tell.

Their 85mm is just as good, so this isn't a brand new thing. I'm glad to see them competing not only on price but also on quality. I still think they have a significant hurdle to overcome before Canon has to worry. Their still seems to be an issue of people being leery of third party lenses due to uncertainty and hearse concerning problems. A good PR campaign and maybe a loaner program would go a long way.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:27:07 PM »
Not sure if this thread has noticed, but I posted several full-size samples in this thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11210.0

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4
« on: December 04, 2012, 09:31:10 AM »
From a little further away... see...round.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4
« on: December 03, 2012, 10:21:33 PM »

OOF lights at f1.4 showing mild ringing/onion:

At f/1.4, aren't the round lights overly football-like in shape?

only when your subject is very close to the lens. At the distance you would really shoot people they are round. I'll have to post an example tomorrow.

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