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Lenses / Re: Excellent review of the 40mm pancake
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:38:52 AM »
I just picked up two used 40mm STM's for stereoscopic shooting. Yes, there are used ones out there already!
 :)

Mine will be on the market soon enough too. I fell head first for the novelty value when it was announced, used it all the time for a fortnight and haven't used it since. Right now it's little more than a functional lens-cap. But that's just me.

It's a really decent little lens for a great price. But at this focal length I'll keep reaching for the Sigma 50 f/1.4 or the 24-104 f/4is, and soon the 24-70 f/2.8II.

-PW

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:30:43 AM »
Plenty of time to discuss it, since it usually takes a minimum of 1-1/2 years for a Sigma lens to start shipping once development has been announced.

I don't know about that. Hopefully the timescales will compress somewhat with the new Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS because the changes amount to an early "tweak" in the life of this lens. Sigma is working hard at the moment to greatly improve QC issues.

Given the lens announced only a year ago has known issues, Sigma has stood tall and acknowledged the fact and will be keen to get the MkII to market ASAP.

-PW

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I'm in the same boat and really starting to tear my hair out. Hardly a dream team, OS X 10.7.5, EOS Utility 2.11.4. and EOS 5D3.

The solution I'm ready to go with is to install Parallels http://www.parallels.com/au/products/desktop/ or Bootcamp http://www.pcworld.com/article/249059/how_to_install_boot_camp_and_run_windows_on_your_mac.html so I can run Windows 7 on my MBP. EOS Utility runs 100% stable on Windows 7.

Still in the checking out stage, I'll post when it's up & running. But got to be very soon, the instability of OS X 10.7.5, EOS Utility 2.11.4. and EOS 5D3 is big enough to lose clients over. Arrrrgh!!!

-PW

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I know I been bad about making a review on this Wing Light diffuser I recently bought. Its the best I've ever used so far.
Wing Light? http://winglightstore.com/features.php
Thanks, this looks amazing, a real left-field idea. Is it light weight?

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Big Megapixel Talk [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:13:50 PM »
i also think it will be very expensive.
in the range of 8000-10000$
maybe called EOS-S  (for studio).   ;)
It wouldn't make any sense for Canon to price a DSLR that high.  You might as well buy a used Hassy at that price.  I bet it will be under $5000 - if this rumor is true, of course.
That's true, you might just get a pre-owned Hassy for similar money. But if the option is there to run with just one set of lenses, it makes Canon's megapixel monster hugely attractive if it's priced in the $8-10K range. Do a quick search for pricing on lenses for that Hasselblad. Ouch!

-PW

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Save your $ for the lens.  Use either
Bounce flash or off-camera "bare" flash...

$ for the lens? I guess you mean the new 24-70 f/2.8II. It's on pre-order. Can't wait!

Bounce or bare flash are both useful for the right shot in the right physical environment. At a busy event, there's frequently nothing to bounce off, and straight flash would kill the shot. A diffuser offers another viable choice to use. For the sort of work I do when on-camera flash is the only option, a good diffuser would be the correct choice over 80% of the time. Straight flash is generally at it's best for daylight fill, as you have done in your posted image. Properly balanced against the natural light, skillfully used fill can be barely detectable.

-PW




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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Blown-out Highligts in Stage Lighting
« on: September 24, 2012, 06:36:32 AM »
Welcome to stage photography. The lighting ratios are not going to be set up for your benefit. It can be a real challenge. I tend to expose for the main action/subject which you have done with the singer. You just have to surrender to the fact that other areas will be over-lit or under-lit. It's all part of the "look" of stage photography and I think there is a lot of "licence" given to the fact that images may have blown out areas. It's reality.

I often just focus in on individuals and build a picture story of the production over a series of images. When the lighting is more even, that's the moment to grab your overall shots. It's handy having two or three bodies ready with different lenses so you're always ready for the changes. That perfect lighting moment may only be there for a moment. Stay with it, shoot heavily and be a tough editor.

-PW

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FlashRight line of flash diffusors from ColorRight are hopelessly overpriced if you go by their "list price."  However, they are usually found on Amazon for less than half that, and they often email out coupon codes, often for 25-30% of list. 

Having said that, I really like the FlashRight, mainly due to fact the face can swivel 360 degrees (useful in portrait mode) and the fact half the light becomes bounce flash while half goes to subject for that catchlight.  The best part is it's so much smaller and secures well to flash that one can carry the flash with the accessory attached to it in a small bag. 

The FlashRight looks interesting...like something from Planet X! I read up some reviews and it seems to be well received. Thanks.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D & 700D in 2013? [CR1]
« on: September 23, 2012, 07:53:55 PM »
Announcements in the first half of 2013. Delivery in 2014. Can someone give me a wake up call?

Ask Siri...

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Update for the EF 24-105 f/4 L ?
« on: September 23, 2012, 07:51:48 PM »
The current 24-105 f/4is is a very competent lens that will be with us in its current form for quite some time. I bought mine after a staggeringly disappointing run of four sub-standard 24-70 f/2.8 zooms, and it's an absolute cracker, pin sharp wide open and useful IS. What's there to change? The optical issues are corrected automatically on import into LR4. I thought I'd be selling the 24-105 when the 24-70II shipped, but this one is a keeper.

-PW

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: HDR with LR 4...
« on: September 23, 2012, 04:36:14 AM »
Highlights that you thought were unusable are easily rescued with Lightroom 4...
...particularly with 5D3 files. I've been astounded how much detail there is lurking in highlights.

-PW

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I got rid of the Tupperware on my flashes a long time ago.
....and?

-PW

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Best flash diffuser for 580EX/600EX-RT
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:44:20 PM »
Over the years I have used Stofen diffusers and a variety of Gary Fong diffusers on my 580's.
They both have their strengths & weaknesses. They're both a step up from any number of home-made devices I've tried.

There seems to be a rush of competing products in well thought out camera straps, but I'm not aware of any breakthrough designs in the flash diffuser market. In another CR thread today I've become aware of the Demb diffuser products which I immediately ordered online. If anyone has had positive experiences with anything else, whether it's manufactured or homemade, I'd love to hear about it.

http://www.dembflashproducts.com/
http://www.stofen.com
http://www.garyfongestore.com/featured-products/lightsphere-collapsible.html#.UF52MlHfsSY
http://www.garyfongestore.com/

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Photozone's review of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is up
« on: September 22, 2012, 08:22:58 PM »
I received my 24-70 2.8L II copy yesterday. I don't know what this bad review is all about. Mine is razor sharp on all the frame, at all focal lengths. Very minimal aberrations, and superb fast auto focus. I am comparing it to a 24-70 2.8L I, a 24-105 4L, a 50 1.2 L, a 24 1.4L, a 35 1.4L. 

I really believe that the bad review guy got a defective copy.

The cold hard light of a Photozone review is a useful perspective, but it is best balanced against real world feedback from working photographers. The lens is selling quickly so there should be a flood of user feedback coming in to help inform out purchase decisions. This review doesn't put me off, but it is a sobering counter to the gushing early feedback.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 22, 2012, 06:05:24 PM »
Yeah, you're probably right, it could be a 4D, but the low ISO range of 100 to 12,800 and not 50 to 51,200 or 101,400 threw me. Is this going to be a $4,999 EOS 4D designed for Studio or outdoor Landscape photography where low-light is not an issue?
Well I take pictures with a dslr for 7 years now.
95% of my pictures are taken with ISO under 6400.
I really donĀ“t know what people need ISO 25600 and above.
And I wonder how these people have worked before.....

Yes most photographers would shoot the majority of their work under 6400iso, probably under 800iso. But having the option of ramping up to 12,800iso or beyond in fading or very low light to still deliver shots for your client is a godsend.

-PW

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