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Notapro, I have six Einsteins and use a variety of lightstands depending on the project and the weight and size of the modifiers I'm using. If I use the PCB 86 inch PLM's I'll use a heavier, taller Manfrotto stand with a broader footprint. I like a stiffer stand when using a heavier beauty dish especially if it's pushed up high. But for most location jobs I'll use bounce flash and the surprisingly light PCB stands are my first choice when shooting with just the standard 8 inch reflectors, or with an umbrella or smaller PCB 51 inch PLM's. For location work you need to consider every bit of additional weight so these nicely made, inexpensive stands are gold.

These are the PCB stands I use
I have no experience with the smaller


Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:41:59 PM »
Black spray paint will cover the red ring perfectly well...

I used to tape for what I perceived as criminally dangerous locations but eventually figured it was largely paranoia driven. Just be the guy that never gets mugged.


Software & Accessories / Re: slide scanning alternative
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:36:35 PM »
Luminous Landscape ran a great piece last week on a nicely evolved variation of your method:

And here on CR there was a fairly recent, informative thread on the same subject:

When the daily workload eventually quietens down some time late next decade, one or other of the camera-scan methods will be the way I go about getting the prime-picks of the film/negative back catalog digitized.


Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:44:02 PM »
Adobe is burning through the 5.x version numbers pretty quickly ... can v6 be far behind?
They should be OK...there's still a little space between seven and infinity...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:15:34 AM »
PW, will you give me your 5D3 when you're done with it?   ;D
Usually to an assistant or family member. Come & work for me! Or marry my cousin! :)
Actually they're pretty much unwanted second hand with a few hundred thousand clicks on them.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 18, 2014, 10:27:12 PM »
The pattern of pairing a 1-Series plus a 5-Series as my main working pair started with a 1Ds3 & a 5D classic. The 5DC clocked up over 300,000 clicks on original shutter and no mirrorbox fix before being given to an assistant who still uses it pretty solidly. It's still all-original. Amazing. I always likes the portrait files from the 5D, they had a certain "something" that was all their own.

The current working pair is a very high mileage 1DIV and a 5D3 which also now has close to 300,000 clicks...all original. It works just like new.

OP, it's worth learning to clean the sensor yourself unless you're a CPS member and live a short drive from your regional CPS.

I'm not the slightest bit sentimental about camera gear, and sell, trade or give away equipment as soon as it's done with. But just a little part of me would love to have a 5DC. I believe it is a classic.


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:56:19 AM »
If only it says f/2.8, but still. If this was just an EF lens....
...then the retail price would be comfortably north of $3k.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:48:27 AM »
If you shoot things that move I recommend you stretch for a 5D Mk3, the AF capabilities are well worth the extra. The 6D is quite basic in that regard. (I miss my 7D's 19 cross type points!)
It's not just things that move that benefit from the 5D3 61 point AF array...shooting portraits with a shallow DOF is a breeze with the 5D3 with the 61 point AF array with up to 41 cross-type AF sensors available (depending on the maximum aperture of the lens mounted on the camera). This is more AF points than any other FF EOS camera except the 1D-X. And surpassed by the APS-C 7DII. Being able to drop an AF point right on the subject's eye without focus/re-composing is brilliant. This is not an option with 5D2 or 6D, and the main reason I've eBay'd my otherwise brilliant little travel camera, the SL1/100D. Once you've worked with 45 or 61 AF points, it's a frustration working with anything less.


Post Processing / Re: Portrait-specific post processing software
« on: November 01, 2014, 06:25:12 PM »
Photoshop. Learn Photoshop. It's the prime tool. Expensive plugins are generally "canned" versions of what you should easily be able to achieve with Photoshop. Too often images processed through plugins tend to look a lot like images that have been, well, processed with a plugin. People who do use them skillfully tend to use them sparingly. Go directly...


Lighting / Re: 600 ex -rt sticky wheel syndrome
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:27:56 PM »
One of my 600EX-RT's has a smooth wheel and the other is a or cold weather.
It's seriously annoying.


EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:49:56 PM »
Arthur Morris is a class act, no question. He's Mr BIF...even Sir BIF
Even so, this is a field report with a beta 7DII from a photographer with declared Canon affiliations.

I'll be using my 7DII for all sorts of commercial work where APS-C cuts it, but I'm really looking forward to the totally nerdy, pixel-peeping, technical excesses from the meanest independent camera reviewers on the planet.

What is becoming clear from the handful of beta-reports published so far is that 7DII performance is brilliant. What is not yet clear is the cold hard technical output/image quality from properly processed RAW files. Only then the dust will settle and we'll be able to get on with actually working with what is shaping up as a bargain-priced, high performance camera.


Lenses / Re: Zoom or 135 in Place of 100 and 200?
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:50:38 PM »
My 135mmL was by far my most used lens for a few years. Then, I got the 70-200mm f/2.8 MK II.  Now, the 135mmL just sits. Then, I bought the 24-70mm f/2.8L MK II, and my 2nd most used lens, the 35mmL dropped off the list.  So... I bought a 16-35mm f/2.8L.  It gets no use, so go figure.
the 135mm and 1.4 tele might be a good option, but I don't know if $wise it makes any sense. I've used the 135 and I owned a 100f2. I never found the 100f2 lacking in anything compared to the 135mm(besides 35mm), it's awesome. what camera are you using? besides 135mm + 1.4 tele gives you a fixed f2.8 lens for nearly, if memory serves me and it usually doesn't, the same money as a 70-200 2.8. unless you really need that 135 f2, I would take the 70-200 over it all day. I did in fact.

I'm firmly with these guys. Get the 70-200 f/2.8is. It's truly one of the all-time great lenses. Too conspicuous? That may be true shooting in the favellas in Brazil but at a sports event? Hardly. You'll blend in.

I also found my (now sold) 135 f/2 was sitting unused and the 70-200 was getting all the work.  I very rarely used the 135 below f/2.8 (too hard to nail focus) and I missed the IS and the total flexibility of the 70-200. Look at the photographers on the sidelines of major sports events. Most will have two bodies. The majority will have a 70-200 on one of them.


Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:38:14 PM »
It sure sounds baked on, a deep wet-clean should do it.
Just had my sensor cleaned at Canon CPS. Here's behind-the-scenes footage of how they did it:


United States / Re: Is this the norm or outrageous?
« on: October 19, 2014, 09:02:33 PM »
Yes, same as what everyone else has long as the quality is OK this is in fact very competitive pricing. Go for it!


Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 19, 2014, 12:52:51 AM »
Call me crazy, but if you are shooting digital, the need for an accurate meter is much less even in studio, because you can shoot, review, adjust, 10 times in 2 minutes. 
And you can probably pick up a used meter on ebay for $20-50 that will get you within a half stop of the high end meter you are looking at.
And last, even a super-duper high end meter is not going to give you a perfect exposure because we all have some personal taste in what we want to see. Are you shooting a scary Halloween scene, where you want it extra dark?  Toothpaste commercial, where it has to be extra brute etc? 

On the other hand is this the last piece of the puzzle in $100K studio where you intend to make a living or enjoy your retirement?  Is this going to provide the inspiration you need to shoot that piece of art that will hang in a gallery and earn a ton a $$?  Go for it.
You're crazy  ;)

I use an incident light meter a fair bit. Knowing where the 'correct' exposure is for a given lighting situation is really useful, at least for me. It also gives a clearer picture of where the histogram should sit in relation to the latitude of the camera.

When I use my Sekonic meter these days it's usually either during a shoot with seriously technical lighting where increments of 1/10 stop across different parts of the shot are worth being aware of. I also use it to get a quick sense of the shape of a multi flash lighting setup ie exact ratios. You can eyeball it but with a flash meter and an assistant you can get the shape right very quickly.

A flash meter is no longer the ultra-critical item it was in the film-era, but it's still useful item with a permanent place in my bag. Surapon, there are probably a lot of extremely high quality light meters up on eBay/Craigslist/Gumtree as photographers find that they are no longer using them.


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