August 01, 2014, 01:10:44 AM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - Halfrack

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 ... 30
Lighting / Re: softbox
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:35:29 PM »
Just to confirm, what camera/lens combo and what shooting settings are you working with?  Drop down to ISO100, f8 and see how much power you end up needing.  There are times when speedlights work well, for just a touch of light, but nothing compares to what you can light up with a studio strobe.  Inside you may not need the power, but take it outside and try to balance with the sun, and you'll want everything the PCB gives you.

Light placement is a matter of opinion.  One guy I respect says to get the light into the frame, then back it up an inch.  A current trend is the 7' umbrellas, previously it was ring lights, so pick your modifier of choice and have fun. 

Canon General / Re: Camera Backpack Fits Under Airplane Seat
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:11:48 PM »
Easy answer - the Think Tank Urban Disguise has a sleeve that the handle on your Airport International will slide right through, so rolling it around as a unit is fine.

Lots of other bags have the option - just about anything that fits a 15.4" laptop will fit under the seat in front of you.

PS - as another suggestion, maybe a 17-55 2.8 IS if you can find one within your budget (maybe look 2nd hand)?  I liked it a lot on crop (well, it does have to be on crop after all!) and the IS can be useful.  If it was me shooting with your gear, I think I'd be looking at the 17-55 2.8 IS, the Sigma 18-35 1.8 or a flash (subject to budget of course).

I could justify the price of the 17-55 (around $900, same as the Sigma 35mm 1.4 that I'm already considering), if I could convince myself that I wouldn't immediately begin wishing I had faster prime glass for indoor shooting.

I've never rented a lens before, but at that price I might go the rental route before I commit.

Any faster than f2.8 you will have DoF issues, so rely on IS and higher ISO, with a touch of flash.  The 17-55 is amazing, grab it used, there are a lot of them out there.  Otherwise check out the refurbs -

I can't believe it's down to $563 - I know I sold mine for $750 last year...

Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:53:02 PM »
The lenses came before the cameras.  Sigma makes lenses for multiple platforms as a cost savings - literally taking one optical design, adjusting the distance from the flange to the sensor and swap out the AF control and selling it for what ever platform they decide on.  Check out the Sigma zoom in either mount - the both zoom the same direction (Canon and Nikon oems zoom opposite each other).

The lifespan of a lens is also much longer than for a camera - notice how up in arms everyone is if there isn't a refresh every 12 months in the camera models?  A good lens design with solid components can last for years.

You're saying multiple different things.  You're afraid of having it stolen or 'issues', you want something small and you can pull out with a moments notice, and you like the 7D - which isn't small, and with lenses can be very expensive.  Figure out how much you want to spend - this will answer most your questions.  Anything less than $1k and you're better off getting a high end point and shoot (G1x or G15).  You can spend a few thousand setting up a 7D with 2-3 lenses, flash and extra batteries/memory cards.  The high end P&S will give you plenty of image quality unless you're going to print large files.

Best of luck

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:17:14 AM »
Got mine with the 22mm, and added the 18-55 plus the EF adapter.  I loved the M with the 10-22 mm on it, so I need to get the 11-22 purchased asap.

Doing a 16-35mm 2.8 would be really cool in my book, but it's more wish than reality.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:11:14 PM »
The 'pro' mini-medium format already exists - it's the Pentax 645D or a D800/e/A7r setup.  The Leica S2/S3 system isn't what I would call a pro setup - there are a few pros shooting S2/S3, but they're not common, and they tend to shoot Hasselblad HC lenses with the adapter.

Wealthy enthusiasts have high expectations on the post-sales service.  You're not selling these cameras at Ritz or Best Buy.  This is what the Hasselblad Lunar, Stellar and HV are targeted at, but it's a mixed bag - re-branded Sony gear and all.

Canon can't create a market that doesn't leverage existing wares.  Or better put, they work conservatively and refuse to push the edge.  They 'could' purchase the Sony chip like Nikon and put it into a body, but they don't.  Ditto the 33mmx44mm chip, it's 'possible' but they'd be grilled if it didn't perform as folks expected, didn't work with their existing wares, etc.  There's always a problem.

Canon has an issue it hasn't figured out how to manage.  It has a small percentage of customers who demand that their needs be serviced at a cheap price point.  This small percentage is common among all camera makers - people bitch about the Hasselblad and Phase stuff all the time - though it comes down to 'can I see a difference for the price'.  Enjoy what you have, if it doesn't do what you need it to, change to what will.  Don't have enough money to do it?  Figure out a way to make it work - that is what professional photographers are paid to do - troubleshoot and solve problems.

Software & Accessories / Re: Large Prints from RAW files
« on: March 06, 2014, 04:29:36 PM »
Generally speaking, start with the end product and work backwards.  Work with a printer that has ICC profiles - check out for places that are already profiled.  I print huge stuff and love it, but I work with a local shop and enjoy the items he prints compared to what i pull out of Costco even with their ICC.

If you want to play with ProPhoto RGB, check out Roger's post -

Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:46:11 PM »
Only issues I had are unrelated to photo or music processing. Haven't figured out what to use instead of Nero to create CD images. And I'm having some VPN issues with my workplace which are supposed to be Mavericks related.

Today Apple released 10.9.2 by the way to fix a few security concerns.

Toast is a great option for CDs, but if you're just ripping ISO images, there are ways to do it from Disk Utility.  MacUpdate tends to have lots of cheap options.

Canon General / Re: I Need Help Finding A Camera Bag
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:22:11 AM »
Chrome Niko - should fit it with room to spare.  I always add a bit more padding, but it works great when I want to travel light.

Lenses / Re: Lee Filter Adapter Question
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:20:55 PM »
Lots in my local camera store...

Go for the wide angle adapter, you'll want/need it at some point right?  77mm covers the 17-40, so why double purchase?

PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:47:23 PM »
Cost any consideration?  I want to play with the Fuji X-T1 at this point.

Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:37:51 PM »
Consider leaving the 70-200 at home - unless you have a specific print you're gonna blow up, it's better to not be swaping gear around and lugging things that aren't needed.  Enjoy the trip, shoot come fun stuff.

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 ... 30