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Lighting / Re: MYSTERY SOLVED....
« on: September 24, 2013, 11:39:28 PM »

In short... it is the yongnuo's... but only one of them.  Only one works as a transceiver... the other only works as a receiver... So I labeled them with a black permanent marker...

Get out the 1/4" plastic colored tape and do a strip around it.

We should put this thread on the 'things to consider when purchasing speedlights' faq.  Nothing against the Yongnuo's, but mix and match and having to figure it out based on model numbers just isn't my idea of fun.

Hope you found a way to reward yourself for brain teaser.

Software & Accessories / Re: rain protection
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:08:57 PM »
How much rain?  The cheap bags work great, I use the OpTech extensively (yea, Seattle!).  But there is a time and place that you're better with a D10/D20 or simmilar.  OP should say what they're trying to protect, it'll help us suggest things.

I still want a for those days when it's raining sideways or snowing like a mad man...

Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:02:23 PM »
You didn't say where you're carrying it.  My heart is set on one of the new line from think tank: Mindshift Gear!

The rotational cubby is just sick for having a body/lens combo plus a lens and other crap - but it's geared for hiking/backpacking more than carrying around town.

I think the bag folks need work together on a 'what fits in' type page, where you can fill in boxes with your gear and will give you a 'known to fit in' with a layout.


Shot with the 24-105 at iso 12800 f/4 1/40th.  Go with the kit lens for IS or the 17-40 for a wider view of things - pub crawls can be tight affairs and you can always crop in, just not back up.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:39:00 PM »
You're welcome.  You shot does look like it may be back focused, though.  Here's the other side of her face, also 100% - notice that even at f/8, with a close subject like this, her eye is sharp but her ear is OOF because it's outside of the DoF.

Either way it's the quality of the lens or lack there of.

No, I think you're missing my point.  If the shot is backfocused, it's not the quality of the lens that's a problem, but a mismatch between body and lens.  That's exactly what AF microadjustment is meant to address.  People used to send cameras+lenses to Canon for adjustment, which is part of the reason there's a CPS today.  Now, users have the capability to make those adjustments on their own.

To help explain what Neuro is getting at, what you may be expecting at f/5.6 or f/8 on a crop camera is different with a FF camera.  The area that is in focus gets a lot thinner.  With auto-focus, your AF is figuring out the 'distance' to the spot wide open, then closing down to get more depth of field.  If you focus on the item closest to you, and the AF under-calculates the distance, the DoF will be off, and you won't get the shots you want.

In most cases, it's better to link to photos on flickr/google+/etc than to post directly as attachments.

Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:45:02 PM »
Mother Nature is a downright tease - gives you the best look and when you get your camera out, it's gone.

Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:08:00 PM »

Also remember that the conditions you shoot in may dictate your lens choices more so than anything else.  Primes are nice, and in some ways a cheap way to get to a desired length, but having multiple lenses with you at all times, and switching may not allow for the shot you want.

Lenses / Re: Why are Zeiss lenses manual?
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:41:41 PM »
Can someone give a link for Zeiss lens rentals maybe?  Perhaps I could rent one and see how I do with it?

That 55mm sounds quite interesting. I'd been thinking of getting the Canon 50L f/1.2.....but would be neat to try a Zeiss and see how I did with my bad vision, and trying out maybe a diopter solution...?

Thanks in advance,

cayenne Roger has them - 15mm to 135mm just not the 55mm (yet).  They also do a deal if you rent and buy a new one within 6 months.

Lenses / Re: Why are Zeiss lenses manual?
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:39:03 PM »
Short answer, less moving parts makes for a more reliable lens.  Yes, they could make a killing, but look at the trouble Tamaron, Tokina and Sigma have had dealing with Canon and Nikon.  If you want AF on Zeiss, look at Sony.  It works well, but like anything, there is always a trade-off.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 08, 2013, 10:04:58 PM »
I shoot raw, but there are times when you're going to burst shoot a lot - sports shooters mostly - and shooting m-jpeg allows for faster selecting and editing to make a deadline.  This is the exception - not the rule.

Software & Accessories / Re: Joby strap
« on: September 05, 2013, 07:57:57 PM »
I have looked at the Carry Speed, Black Rapid, and Joby.  Not sure which I'll go with though it looks like the CS and Joby can be used on and off tripod seamlessly, but not the BR.

The BR option is for the Manfrotto RC2 system, so while it works well, I prefer Arca plates.  More specifically the F1 plate from CarrySpeed.

Also keep in mind that with the Joby you need the UltraPlate to use it with an Arca head.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:59:12 PM »
Grab a kit by a flash and your flash will be destroyed...

Depends on the kit.  I grab and carry by the 600EX-RT...when I have one of my flashes mounted on the EOS M + 22mm f/2.   :)

I think the 600EX also qualifies as the heavier or more expensive component.  Glad to see I'm not the only one who does this with the M+22 combo.  I mean really - what else is there to hold it by.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Finally did a few paying jobs now what?
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:57:52 PM »
Basic advice:

Learn to take things in stride, the internet can be harsh, but go with it, since you have the time to compose yourself.  You don't get that time in front of a client.

Hide your family.  Literally, don't publicly post things on your 'professional' site that are family images, as you have an emotional ties to the images.  They can also be used against you - think of how you'll react when someone tells you they're crap images, feel bad for the family, etc.

Lighting, literally work an hour a day on lighting.  You have a single flash, and while it can do wonders, you'll find there are times when it isn't enough.  Figure out how to work with light directly - flash, reflectors, positioning, time of day.

Pay for a portfolio review.  You may or may not listen to folks here, but find someone who is a working professional whom you trust and have them do a review.  Have them talk you through some images as to where you can improve.  It can make a huge difference.

Software & Accessories / Re: CarrySpeed straps vs The Rest
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:25:06 PM »
I am currently using the CarrySpeed FS-Pro with their F1 plate with a Hasselblad and couldn't be happier.  The thing to get used to is that the Carryspeed connector isn't a 'quick release' like the BR.  Upside is you have an Arca plate and can use the F1 plate with the SpiderHolster system without any changes.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Medium format
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:09:44 AM »

20 second exposure - no noise - H4D-50

Zoomed in on previous image.  Amazing the level of detail.

Shooting anything that moves is a 100% Canon gig.  If you can it to sit still, MF will give you amazing results.

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