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Lenses / Re: 24-70mm or 70-200mm for full lenght portrait?
« on: January 21, 2014, 01:03:50 PM »
Did you get the 6D kit?  The 24-105 works ok when you're on the longer end of things.  If you don't have one of these lenses, start by purchasing a used 70-200 F4 - figure ~$550 - and shoot with it.  It will do anything you need when you keep the shutter faster than ~1/125th.  Don't like it, you can easily flip it back onto the market for the same price you purchased it for.

The original question is more about what look you want and what level of isolation you want for the subject.  Doing a more tele- based shot, with a 2.8 or faster lens can yield a person who pops out of the photo at you.  This is why the 135mm/F2 lens is so popular.  But again, the look you're trying to achieve really needs to be defined.

EOS Bodies / EOS M2 part of Apple update
« on: January 20, 2014, 06:58:27 PM »  Hope still exists of a USA launch soon

EOS-M / Perfect use for a M - plane camera
« on: January 19, 2014, 07:24:41 PM »
Did a nice little trip to SFO with the girlfriend, had the big camera packed away in a Chrome Niko Pack (amazing bag that fits a lot). Had the M with the EF-S 10-22 on it - I think I am going to order the 11-22 just because it worked so well.  Shot out the window - and I think airlines are missing out on a huge money maker - if you're a window seat, prepay for the window to be cleaned for your flight.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need wheels for my photo backpack
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:53:23 PM »
Having just lugged a very large bag around for a weekend, I know why this question was asked.  But I think it's best answered by purchasing a cheap duffel bag with wheels that you can put your camera bag into, or a roller for your clothes that can handle your camera bag hanging off it.

It pops up enough, everything from "i'm headed to XYZ, where/what/gear advice", to locals looking for a new place/topics to shoot.  Keep the topic names to cities or islands?

Canon General / Re: What is the problem with Canon
« on: January 09, 2014, 02:07:22 PM »
I like Canon, I have lots of Canon glass....CANON NEEDS BETTER SENSORS
So buy a Sony a7R and a Metabones adapter for EF and go shoot something. 

Oh, you want your snappy auto-focus, sorry, can't do that with current Mirrorless tech.  Might want to go complain about that on the Sony boards about how Sony has a problem and that they should buy or build a better AF system.
Cameras are highly integrated systems, and sensors really are low on the totem pole of things that that consumers care about.  Everything from battery power to life expectancy and cost rate much higher.  Work within your gear, or change your gear.  This 'topic' is almost 2 years old.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Will vintage lenses help me find the way?
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:08:21 AM »
I think I am reading the OP in that they have/had some EF-S lenses that covered a number of focal lengths.  What lenses were they, and we can point you to a few equivalent tools. 

The idea of getting some vintage lenses to use is mostly misguided.  They don't have the coatings and current technology to make use of what the 6D can offer - and if nothing else it will find any and every flaw.  The reason to use vintage glass is to go fully manual or to achieve a 'look' out of camera.  If this doesn't match up with what you want, stick to what you can afford in the current line up.

It's hard to look at the same focal length day in and out, but there are a number of cheap zoom's that can scratch an itch.  Based on what I saw on your blog, a 17-40mm f4, 24-105mm f4 and/or 70-200mm f4 lens should be in your future - cheap even in euro's and you will sell again when upgrading later on for a net-zero cost.  You've spent over 1,600 Euro's on a camera, and it's only as good as the glass you put in front of it.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 23, 2013, 02:03:54 PM »
Bulk renaming is actually a place where PhotoMechanic is better than Lightroom (that and tag'ing photos).  Give their free demo a run, it's really fast to work with.  Even if your camera isn't set to exactly the right time you can have it update that as well.  It's easy to burst out multiple shots the same second when you have a remote camera setup or are shooting sports.

Personally, I do:


Lighting / Re: Studio light for model and products
« on: December 22, 2013, 11:50:38 PM »
Bowens stuff out of the UK will work great, and their kits aren't too expensive.

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:41:08 AM »
It's that personal connection to an image, when an image is just so powerful to a person that they'll put it on paper, show it, or look at it regularly.

When a photo is truly art in the eye of the owner.

Lenses / Re: Best lightweight crop lens for SL1 & hiking
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:39:32 PM »
Crystal Pepsi!!!  yea, test market back in '92, when I was at Philmont.  Honestly, don't worry about low light - just bump the iso on the SL1.  I'd rent/buy a Tamaron 18-270 for the single lens solution, and drag along the D20 for when things are just too dusty/wet.  Is it perfect, no, but it's light enough that you should be able to do without additional gear.

Worst day on the trail, food exchange had dehydrated potatoes, and the following morning we did up a pot.  Too bad the pot wasn't big enough to fully cook them, so about 45 minutes into the day, said potato bits expanded even more... yea, bad day...

Technical Support / Re: Question about turning strobes off
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:16:12 PM »

It's a wifi power switch - turn it on and off over wifi :)

Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:50:11 PM »
A crane - yea, not going to work well between the basket you will be in to shoot the image will always be moving.  With that, stitching/stacking/ND filters isn't going to work.  You may get away with an extra tall tripod if the water is shallow enough.  You'd be better off getting as big a barge/boat as you can afford. 

What is the path of the sun for the shot on the days you'll be shooting?  You will need the fill lighting.

Has the discussions with the client gotten you a bit more information as to the files they are expecting from you?  Can you give them another 5d mk3 file as a test and see if it meets their publishing needs?  If you need more resolution, the cheap method is Nikon/Sony as a single shot, or the expensive way is the DMF method. 
The Pentax 645D can be rented from Roger at LR, operates much like a DSLR, but Pentax glass is hard to come by.  Other shops can rent you a Hasselblad or Phase One kit, but unless you're budgeting for it in time and expense it can be prohibitive.  Since you said the rental would come with a guy, make sure you still have the time to work with the digital tech ahead of time.

Personally, I'd do it with a Hasselblad H4/5D -50 or -60 and the 35-90mm HCD lens.  You're going to want room to crop & level the shot.  The Phase One kit would do a slightly better job, but you'd be using the 75-150mm lens - focal or leaf shutter doesn't really matter.  The ultimate would be a Phase One back with a Arca/Alpa/Cambo technical camera body and a Rodenstock or Schneider lens setup (designed more for landscape photography and infinite focus, but all manual and no zooms).

Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 10, 2013, 01:46:35 PM »
What is the budget for this shoot?  For the best possible image you can:

-Rent a medium format system for a week, learn enough to shoot the image, and bracket for DR
-Rent a Canon 5d mk3 and use a TS-E lens and bracket/stitch the snot out of it
-Rent a D800e/A7r and lens or adapter to use existing Canon glass

OP would help us a lot by letting us know what gear you already have.  How wide or long the shot will be (aka you're going to use every bit of the frame, so are you shooting at 24mm, 85mm or a 200mm?)

Have you already shot the image the client is looking to publish?  If not, do a survey of the shot with the gear you have, and see if and where you have an issue.  Depending on the shot, you may be better off with a technical camera like an Alpa/Arca/Cambo - even if you pair it with a low resolution 22-30mp Phase One or Leaf back.

Lenses / Re: replacement for my 17-35 till there is a 14-24
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:47:50 PM »
There is nothing to lose in picking up a used 17-40 as it will resell at the same price in a few years.  Decide if you like it, as your bodies can compensate for the f4 with higher ISO.  While not an optically perfect lens like the 14mm, it will do what you ask of it, and not leave you hanging.

I don't recall, but is the 17-35mm lens profiled in the 5d3/6d?  That itself should help push you forward.

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