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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:51:23 PM »
I conclude its probably AFMA problem thing.
What's my option to solve this problem.
My last option, I will just used 85mm 1.8 exclusively for my 700D
using 35mm IS on 700D - not getting good result.

This was the test I've done last night.
I post the starburst on a wall.

I set my camera to manual, back button focus, AF one shot. My shutter speed a least 1/80.
I step back, subject distance varies.. AF point either center or right most AF point.
I manual focus lens to defocus on subject and AF on the subject (I did these repeatedly)

These are the result I get.
Half of them are a blur
1/4 of them just a bit blur (noticeable blur)
1/4 of them sharp

When I mount 35mm on my 6D. 60% of them are sharp and the rest just a bit not sharp.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: August 11, 2014, 05:22:53 AM »
Its been two weekends I used 6D and 700D with 35mm and 85mm.

first weekends. 700D + 85mm was flawless. All my shots was spot on using viewfinder AF.
6D + 35mm also give a nice landscape background.

2nd weekends. I switch lens. 700D + 35mm. sucks!. - most of subject came out blur,
- i have tested this combination and it does front focus. but i thought i could fix this by setting higher aperture value, or increasing subject distance.. but it didn't it still front focusing....???? why is this?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: August 11, 2014, 05:09:04 AM »
Update on 700D performance.

Initially, 1 was using class 4 SD card.
To increase frame per second, I bought UHS1.
When using class 4, I got 3 to 5 shots, and playback screen will go busy up to 20 sec.
When using UHS, I got more shots per second and playback screen won't lag much.

Using Center AF, with running kid towards me. Fast enough that most of them are keepers. like 70 to 80%.

Honestly, I was not able to use Manual Focus on the shoot itself.
700D + 85mm 1.2 = 135 mm. Initially, I thought point of view was too tight.. but I find it better than 85mm.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Any NAS Experts? quick question
« on: August 05, 2014, 03:40:33 AM »
Thanks all for the advise and tips.
So far I understand what you all said and learned.

So next thing for me is to shop in local store what they can offer.

But do you usually edit images on laptop's local storage or external LAN-Wired storage?

Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Any NAS Experts? quick question
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:41:33 PM »
I got two laptops, I want to have a common storage where I can access the storage on either laptops.
Access means I can do image editing of file saved on the actual common storage.

While having this setup, I want my internet to be on wifi still.

What are my options?
Specifically, I worry when I attach a LAN cable to my laptop. My laptop will search internet on the LAN network and ignore wifi reception. Is this correct?

Does common setup always use Ethernet LAN? I was thinking like, I connect my external storage system to both laptops thru USB.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: August 01, 2014, 02:51:15 AM »
For back button focusing, u can go custom function FN-6 to assing *button to af, shutter button for metering only.

Thanks, now I'm using back button focusing. unless im shooting moving subject, its back to normal setup.

Since I find the Swivel screen good. I was initially thinking replacing my new 700D with the 6D.
But I read that Phase-AF of both camera almost the same.

So i guess i just need to get use to: 700D with 85mm/1.8 = 135mm focal length view.
There's no good/fast AF 50mm in the market. So I'll stick with 85mm

using 85mm + 6D + center AF on a kid running towards you. Can get a lot of keeper.

This weekends I going to try if 700D can keep up with running kid.

You have a bright lens with usm focusing.  just remember, track track shoot a burst track track shoot a burst.  the aiservo likes a few seconds to get its predictive focusing up to speed before mirror black out kicks in.

Using centre spot af on my old 400d I got plenty of keepers at the speedway motorcycling with bikes coming right down my 200mm f2.8 at 70mph.

Have you looked at the Sigma 50 1.4s?   the older version is at good prices just noe, and I believe that if you ML your camera you get some form of mfa (dot-tune?)

Thanks for the AIservo tips, with Raw mode, i can get about 5 shot in 2 sec before buffer full.
With this method I can machine gun longer.

But another problem with 700D is the shutter button. Its so rigid that I can't control burst shot.
need to practice.

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: August 01, 2014, 02:24:21 AM »
This feature is the first thing I look on Magic Lantern.
But I didn't find an answer.

Also means, this is also what im missing on 6D. I thought it was a bug at first.

Like they say, a bug is not a bug if it is documented or stated somewhere.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: August 01, 2014, 01:38:04 AM »
For back button focusing, u can go custom function FN-6 to assing *button to af, shutter button for metering only.

Thanks, now I'm using back button focusing. unless im shooting moving subject, its back to normal setup.

Since I find the Swivel screen good. I was initially thinking replacing my new 700D with the 6D.
But I read that Phase-AF of both camera almost the same.

So i guess i just need to get use to: 700D with 85mm/1.8 = 135mm focal length view.
There's no good/fast AF 50mm in the market. So I'll stick with 85mm

using 85mm + 6D + center AF on a kid running towards you. Can get a lot of keeper.

This weekends I going to try if 700D can keep up with running kid.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: July 30, 2014, 03:10:56 AM »

If you got such a great deal why not put sone of the change towards a katzeyes focus screen?  Matte prism with split centre circle?  The 700d was never really designed for mf, along with everything up to the 70d... if canon don't make a replaceable mf friendly screen for it, then they were probably expecting folks just to use af.


Do you mean the focus screen of 700D can be replace?
does split center circle focusing means it only emphasize manual focus only on center?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:08:28 AM »
As 85 is too tight, it sounds like a 40 2.8 would complement your 700d very well.

I also own the 40mm 2.8. worth to try, but doubt, and it will be to wide..
40 on crop is 64mm
85 on crop is 136mm

I am looking now at light and cheap 50mm 1.4. should be just right.

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:40:40 PM »
#1 is from a club night. I shoot their parties every month or so. One 430EX with orange gel, one YN565EX with green gel.

#2 is Roundflash with a gorgeous girl

#3 is a photo montage inspired by FightClub ("Everything is just a copy, of a copy, of a copy..."). Again the 430EX and the 565EX, using the Roundflash as a softbox with orange gel.

#4 is a self portrait with my new SMDV Diffusor-60 I bought yesterday on a Manfrotto-boom. Took it literally like 10 minutes ago, just for funzies. :D

Hi Knut,

How do you wireless trigger those flashes?

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Manual Focus using 700D - Wow!
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:11:47 PM »
So I got myself a part time shooting client on weekends in the park.
I like the simplicity of a prime lens so I got 35mm IS and 85mm 1.8. - plus one body 6D.
To avoid changing lens all the time, I decided to get another body.
with low budget I only get to choose crop body. - I got a brand new 700D with 18-55 stm at bargain price.

On the first night, testing view finder AF - its so cheap that I could not use it professionally, plus no back button focus, very hard to choose af points - i was like holding a toddler's toy camera. Live view auto focus is good but I could not find myself moving my hand here and there while taking shots. So I post it for sale on the next day.

Nobody confirmed to buy it. So I play it on my second night.
Trying my best to give it a place on my shoot.
Mount my 85mm. and say I might as well try Manual Focus on this thing.

Suddenly, bam! bam! Its so easy and fast to nail manual focus on this thing using live view. And the swivel screen was perfect for this.

I suddenly fall inlove with manual focus, not the 700D. lol. :)
big problem with 700D, exposure setting. - NO MINIMUM SHUTTER SPEED AND ISO step is 1 STOP?????!!
so now im keeping 700D for a while, upgrade to 70D later.

now its the lens issue. 85mm on crop is to narrow for me.
looking on a good manual focus prime now!

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looking thru the photos I took last weekends. Found out that, its a No No to let subject face the sun.
and the best I saw, was the bright sun was a bit behind and on top of the subject - lighting the hair, nose and casting a shadow. Under the shade, without flash, I still find lighting flat, so I find it no good - but for flash maybe its perfect.

looking at this, I remember a simple tool to let you decide where to face your client.
you raise your hand with your palm facing you - then you could see how the sunlight falls to your palm and create shadow.

well I guess I must priority placing subject relative to sunlight THAN placing subject due to nice background/scenery behind.

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Don't be afraid to turn your flash up either, as you may need all it's got to overpower the sun. It's good if you can overpower the sun, as the background will look darker and hence the people will pop out of the shot rather than blend into a bright background.


Thanks guys for sharing your experience.. This is a basic good concept to remember.

Do I need color gel for my flash, to balance color with sunlight.

I might need ND filter, to battle sunlight..?

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I would like to ask some tips on shooting outdoor family portraits, specifically in the park.
I will try to describe the scenario and hope you can share how would you take the picture.
The only tool i have are camera and flash.

the scene looks like this: Its on a park, there's green grass all over, one big tree, bright skies, hard sunlight,

My specific question is, would the use of flash be better? - i haven't tried and would like to ask for your inputs to get good shot - coz i find my pictures, if taken on shade, background scene is over exposed.
and if i take directly under the sun - light falls on the face too bright - should I use flash and over power the sunlight?

And as Sir Surapon used to say.. thanks thanks thanks to all master teacher here in forum.

Definition of Master: if the effort to attain the goal is lost, the u r a master of it.


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