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Software & Accessories / Re: another Gitzo question
« on: September 03, 2012, 10:38:28 PM »
I debated this exact thing, and went with the Benro Travel Angel, after extensively playing with both. If my Benro broke, I'd buy another one. I've had it a year now, and never had a single issue.

I find that almost exclusively the people that claim that "gear doesn't matter" are people that have expensive gear, and for whatever reason, claim that, though gear doesn't matter, for their specific purpose, they need it. I think people mostly do this to justify themselves spending money on expensive gear by 'setting themselves apart from hobbyists who just spend money on expensive gear'.

For my part, I'm an amateur. My father has been a magazine photographer for more than 30 years, and I understand now why he always used to say: "If gear didn't matter, I wouldn't cart 30-40 pounds of equipment around for two weeks in Africa."

I know it's too late to help the original poster, but for anyone else that has this problem and stumbles across this...

If you think about the flash, the lens, and the camera as having a relationship, it becomes an easy problem to solve. The glasses are a mirror. If the flash hits the glasses in a way that bounce into the camera, you'll get a bad reflection. If not, you're fine.

So, straight on? Bad reflection. Flash high, camera low? Bad reflection. Flash right, camera left? Bad reflection, etc. Think of the light from your flash as a ball on a pool table, shot from the direction of the flash. The glasses are the wall of the table, and as long as your camera isn't in a place that the "ball" (light) hits, you're fine.

Portrait / Re: Need some Photoshop/Editing help
« on: August 07, 2012, 12:40:42 AM »
Just to chime in, one of the biggest mistakes I see people making when trying to clean things up is using a brush that's 100% hardness, and using it at 100% flow. There's very little margin for error there. Instead, try using a 50% hardness brush at 40% flow or so and go over mistake areas a little bit at a time. If you're more patient, you can make it look even better by dropping the flow of the brush to 20% or so, and just going over it a little at a time with brush strokes. Fixing mistakes like this quickly will only make it look bad in the end.

As the previous poster said, catching things like stray hair during the shoot will always save you time in the end. Hope that helps and was a clear explanation.

Site Information / Re: Optical Technician ?
« on: July 10, 2012, 05:29:31 AM »
Just to throw my two cents in about the Japanese language side of things, as an American that speaks both English and Japanese, and lives in Japan... It's not worth trying to learn Japanese in order to work for a top Japanese company doing something like lens design. It's unlikely that they would ever hire a foreigner for work like that. Japan is still very closed in quite a lot of ways. I'm sure you could get a job in a PR or marketing position, or some other position where your English would be an advantage (if you were very lucky AND you spoke great Japanese AND you were willing to "become" Japanese in the ways that are important in a Japanese company [being willing to work crazy long hours, not asking "why", and doing business in radically different ways than you're used to]). Overall, I wouldn't say it's impossible, but the language is difficult, and the culture is more difficult. Even if you were born here, you still wouldn't be "Japanese" to anyone looking to hire anyone. Japan is still VERY racially discriminatory.

Japan / Re: Hello from Okinawa Japan
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:15:54 AM »
Welcome to the forum. I'm here in Hiroshima and have a 60d. Just bought a 5d3, but that won't be arriving for a couple of weeks, as I bought it in the states, and am having a friend bring it over.

Lenses / Re: Is my Canon 100mm macro broken? Soft everywhere
« on: April 30, 2012, 10:08:03 PM »
This may sound a little stupid, but I had this problem once, so it's worth checking. Look under the rear cap and make sure there isn't a big fingerprint or something on the rear element that's causing the blur. My wife often holds my camera lens as I'm changing, and once there was an inexplicable fingerprint there that screwed up a few shots until I looked and saw what was going on. Forgive me if you've already checked that, but also, if you're living in a place where it's getting warmer, moving from an air-conditioned environment to a more humid environment can give you fog on the lenses until it has a chance to equalize.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT Flashes now in stock
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:55:26 AM »
Hey, great! Haven't heard of that one. Thanks for the link. I buy probably 90% of my camera stuff in the states and have it brought over with friends or mailed, but if there were better prices in Japan, I'd certainly be more interested, especially with the yen->dollar rate climbing.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT Flashes now in stock
« on: March 27, 2012, 12:49:24 AM »
Hmm, what's Mituboshi? If it's not a website, I unfortunately live way off in the middle of nowhere :/ I just ordered them on Amazon for 52,142. Not sure I can cancel the order now, as it's been listed as 'shipping soon' for the last week.

Lighting / Re: Where can I download the 600EX-RT manual
« on: March 24, 2012, 08:24:52 PM »
Haha, I have the exact same question, about both the 600 EX-RT and the ST-E3-RT as well. Let me know if anyone finds anything...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600EX-RT Flashes now in stock
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:28:17 AM »
I'm in Japan. My controller came today, but I'm still waiting on two of the flashes. It's sad having a camera with a controller and nothing to control ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Why the Japan hate Canon
« on: March 21, 2012, 01:05:30 AM »
Sorry to take this even more off-topic, but Squarebox, I live in Hiroshima, and I ship lenses to my parents, but have been relying on waiting for people to bring things when they come on trips. Right now, I have a 2x extender, an 85L, and several other things sitting at my parents house waiting for a friend to come to Japan. How much did your mother mark the value of the lenses when shipping?

I would recommend what Neuro and several of the others are saying. Keep your 450 for stills. It's much better than a point and shoot, and spend about $300 on a camcorder instead. Buying a point and shoot could do both, but will do neither well. Buying a better DSLR will give you better stills, but worse video than a dedicated camcorder.

Here's one that looks pretty good (I haven't used it though)

Both this and your camcorder would use the same SD cards.

Software & Accessories / Re: Audio Recording Device
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:40:00 AM »
you'll want to get their remote control (unfortunately a wired one)

Just curious, why do you think the remote is so essential?

I apologize for the slow reply. I believe that the remote is essential for a few reasons. First, for video, the power cord is short on the H4N which requires the unit to be near an outlet. This means that it's necessary to walk over to the unit and start the recording, then go back to the camera and start the video. It's easier to be able to use the remote from right next to the camera.

Secondly, by adding some distance between yourself and the recording device, you make it less likely to add in user noise, bumping, etc, when using the onboard microphones. (Similar to the reasons that you'd use a remote trigger on your camera).

More than anything, I find that where I want to be standing/sitting is rarely within arms reach of the H4n when I'm wanting to start/stop a recording. Hope that helps, sorry for the late reply!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Does FF make your photos pop?
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:23:14 AM »
Sure, full frame will look better. But, that doesn't mean that you can't get images that pop from an aps-c either. I'm no pro photographer, but I feel like any of these images pop pretty well in their own right. All shot on a 60D.

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