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Lenses / Re: Portrait lenses
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:18:28 PM »
I've been monitoring the focal length used in my portraits shot with 70-200 f/2.8isII over the past month and it was instructive to me that an extraordinarily high percentage of the shots were in the 120-150mm range. If this is telling me anything, it's to go straight out and get a 135 f/2...regarded by many as the primo portrait lens.

There was a small percentage in the 180-200mm range, but they were generally not the strongest shots. The virtual absence of shots from the short end says that the Canon 85mm glass would be a wasted spend.

Plenty of other photographers are fans of the 85 as their go-to portrait lens. Very few will nominate a 200 as a primary portrait lens. But hey, apart from missing the bright f/2 max aperture of the 135, a 70-200 will earn it's keep every single day that you own it.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will be the issue with the 6D
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:43:19 PM »
cough cough...is there a troll nearby? Or am I missing the humour?

But seriously I think the biggest single issue with the 6D will be the extreme radioactivity coming from the admittedly remarkable, compact nuclear reactor used as a 25 year, never-recharge-it power supply. This could result in excess noise at all iso settings, not to mention hair loss and unwanted security alerts at airports.

-PW

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: G15 & S110 reviews posted
« on: November 22, 2012, 06:46:19 AM »
I am thinking it will be prudent for me to wait for the next  G*

Hah! I think that elusive, perfect NextG is always somewhere over the rainbow. I've been putting it off with each new G-Series release since my very brief, underwhelming ownership of a G3. "I'll just see what the next one is like..."   I've never really minded taking my FF with me.

But you know what? The G15 might be the one to tempt me...the bright lens, quicker AF and the strong high iso performance and small size. It's certainly worth a test drive.

-PW

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PowerShot Cameras / G15 & S110 reviews posted
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:30:21 AM »
DP Review has posted its G15 full review
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/11/21/Just-posted-canon-powershot-g15-review

Also, The Photography Blog has just posted their review of the Powershot S110
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_powershot_s110_review/

It's good news in Canon Compact Land.

-PW

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This thread has triggered me to buy another Demb Flash Diffuser Pro plus an extra Mega Flip-it! Panel http://www.dembflashproducts.com/order/index.html#accessories for expanded versatility.
BTW the international shipping costs are incredibly low...$8.00

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Too much dynamic range?
« on: November 21, 2012, 10:57:55 PM »
Great to read all the highly technical responses. You guys know your stuff! Brilliant...

At a working mans level, I'd regard having too much DR as a non issue, unless of course it goes too far and delivers ridiculously flat images. But it's always going to a simpler matter to crunch down the DR to achieve suitable output vs struggling to increase DR in post-pro.

-PW

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I also shoot a lot of events and have tried just about all the diffusers...it's a little like the search for the holy grail. I have a couple of Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible diffusers; they are OK in the right environment but because they spray light in every direction, they chew up the power at a crazy rate, and usually require big apertures and high iso settings. You definitely need external power. I have the unbustable Quantum Turbo T3 with the twin outputs http://www.qtm.com/index.php/products/2012-05-17-18-18-59/turbos/turbo-4

The most technically reliable and configurable Gary Fong I've had is the now discontinued, brittle, bizarre looking Whaletail http://www.garyfongestore.com/whaletail-studio-complete-system.html#.UK1eDoZvrng But bits fell off, the mounting cracked up and it was quickly retired. Pity...

The Lumiquest http://store.lumiquest.com/lumiquest-softbox-iii/ looked like a good thing on paper, but was soon sent off to the landfill. I found the quality of the light highly unattractive, the unit was bulky and for reasons I cannot explain, my flash exposures were all over the shop.

Stofen's are occasionally useful in a room with low white ceilings, and has the advantage of being so light, unbreakable and compact that it can have a permanent place in the camera bag. Still, it's very limited.

Ah ha! So is there a holy grail? Maybe in mythology, but in the real world plenty of photographers are discovering the very useful, configurable, light weight products from Joe Demb. The Flash Diffuser Pro http://www.dembflashproducts.com/diffuser/ is the best yet. It wins on price, ability to instantly configure to suit the shot, energy efficiency and of course the quality and shape of the light. So until someone invents a better device, I'm a Joe Demb fan.

-PW

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: November 21, 2012, 04:36:01 AM »
Charlie is an action girl...but can run into trouble

-PW

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Software & Accessories / Re: Do It Yourself Black Rapid type Strap
« on: November 18, 2012, 11:02:34 PM »
i don't trust those screws in the tripod mount to hold my camera. a few twists and turns and your camera could easily fall to the ground. I would be constantly nervous my camera was coming unscrewed and about to crash.
I did a lot of research on these, and finally ended up buying the bos strap. It is a very similar design, except that it simply mounts to one of the neck strap lugs.
I've used it for a few months so far and it is very comfortable and sturdy.
I really wanted to buy a BR, but ultimately, it just didn't seem like the safest way to carry my camera.

There's not just the unscrewing potential...I had the thread in the grip of a 5DC pop loose and then out altogether after firm tightening. In hindsight that was clearly over-tightening, but worth considering. The thread in a lens collar would be a safer bet.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:32:05 PM »
Graveyard spiral?  :o
That emotive stuff...
Wait...there's a distinct smell of troll in the air.

-PW

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There is discussion on another thread that suggests the Yongnuo YN565 spits out an AF Assist beam that makes the 5D3 AF more reliable at very low light venues than the Canon 580EXII & 600EX-RT. One poster put up images of the bright Yongnuo AF Assist beam projected on his ceiling, and said that with the Yongnuo YN565 his 7D will focus in pitch darkness. This is interesting enough to look into a bit further. My guess is that it depends a little on what you're trying to focus on. Any real-world feedback on this?

Like others I have been professionally embarrassed by the glacial speed of getting an AF lock with 5D3 & 580EXII at low light venues. If the Yongnuo YN565 does in fact offer a solution, I'll get a couple of them just for extreme low light functions. The YN565 has a side benefit of being able to accept external power sources. Bizarrely, the newer YN568EX which supports HSS doesn't have a plug for external batteries. Go figure...

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 11, 2012, 05:36:56 AM »
!!! I've just circled back to this thread....
Eleven pages on the new lens caps?
Must be a slow news week.

-PW

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
« on: November 10, 2012, 08:43:28 PM »
This lens is one of the real sleepers in the Canon L range. I sold mine when I got my 300 f/2.8 but I'm seriously tempted to get another one primarily for it's incredible light weight, sharpness wide open, surprisingly close minimum focus distance, 77mm filters and the small space it takes up in the bag.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you Love about the 5D3? POLL!
« on: November 10, 2012, 08:38:44 PM »
1. The New 61-Point AF System: This is my primary reason for picking up a 5D3
2. Dual Card Slots: Nice feature, but prefer dual CF
3. Enhanced Video Features (IE: touch wheel, etc...) These are strong features
4. Ergonomics: Compared to my usual 1-Series bodies, the ergonomics comes a distant second place
5. In-camera RAW Processing: Personally no use for this function, but some seem to value it.
6. I don't like anything about the 5D3: Not True! For a non 1-Series body it's a pleasant surprise.

And I'd add this:

7. Great value for money
8. Switchable viewfinder grid


-PW



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OK thanks for the info on the Yongnuo YN565 being able to take an external battery pack. Good! That ticks one more box.

But can anyone verify whether the Yongnuo YN565 spits out an AF Assist beam that makes the 5D3 AF more reliable at very low light venues than the Canon 580EXII & 600EX-RT?

-PW

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