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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.

http://www.blackrapid.com/products/fastenr-t1

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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I use a Tamrac Zipshot for my P&S camera. Should work well for what you're doing - but they aren't very tall. Light, easy to setup, cheap - at least worth a look:

http://www.tamrac.com/carrying-styles/zipshot-tripods/

+1 - they work well and have a basic head that can be tilted.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Memory cards
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:16:46 PM »
On a 7D I've done the 400x or 533x cards - and yes, you'll notice the speed difference compared to the 30MB cards if you're doing high speed continuous shooting. 

Lots of options on cards, make sure you get 'authentic' ones though if going for SanDisk or other top brands.  I've used ADATA and Transend without issues on Canon cameras.

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Lenses / Re: Wedding where you can't move
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:01:24 AM »
Can you hide a camera or two and use a remote trigger?

Any chance of just doing an re-enactment?  Bride should know what you're working within, so as long as expectations are set, you should be fine.

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 17, 2013, 06:31:11 PM »
you want raid.... i like WD....

RAID for backup is what you're referring to?

C
RAID isn't backup, it's redundancy.  RAID saves you if a drive fails and you have a spare one to put in.  RAID doesn't save you from corruption or accidental deletion.

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Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT: Fire master manually, slaves wirelessly?
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:19:56 PM »
Ah, well then this topic really just got more interesting to me.  I'm playing with a MF setup that I will not be able to purchase TTL bits for. 

My phrasing of your question would be : What if I used the ST-E3 as a wireless master but a dumb trigger (side port sync, no TTL), but used the group A/B/C to dial up and down 600 strobes from that central point.  It would be along the same lines as your question, with the master being a 600 instead of the ST-E3.

-Joe

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Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT: Fire master manually, slaves wirelessly?
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:49:41 PM »
I think you're looking for something like the OCF camera cable so you get the full TTL love right?  A PC sync fire should trigger the flash, but what are you expecting from the wireless slaves?  Are they tuned manually or are you looking for TTL?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheap sports camera
« on: August 15, 2013, 03:24:24 PM »
I have the 1Dsmk2 and the 1Dmk2, and have owned the 7D.  Upside to getting a 1Dmk2/1Dmk2n is you have battery compatibility and you know the controls.  The upside to the 7D is the newer technology all around.  If I were to purchase one or the other, I'd lean towards the 7D or a 1Dmk3 if I was planning to shoot in all conditions.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:10:55 PM »
IF Canon were to get into a MF type situation, the company they should buy isn't Phase One or Hasselblad, it's Dalsa - the company behind the IQ1 and IQ2 sensors.  If Canon can control the IP on the sensor technology it would give them a lot of firepower to go against Sony sensors.

http://www.digitaltransitions.com/blog/dt-blog/phase-one-iq260-a-sensor-story

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Pricewatch Deals / Eneloop 8pk AA's with charger for $16 - Woot.com
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:22:26 PM »

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