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...but stitching of water is not an option
It's a trade off between money and time - you can do it, but it takes lots of time :) 

Worst case Roger will rent you the bits needed if your pressing need is a single trip. 

Otherwise, take a dive off the MF Film board and see what you come up with.  :D The water is fine

I've never had to do this before so I'm relying on your help. How can I trigger a 5d2 and a 7d at the exact same time? (MF prefocused of course) Ideally without anything mounted to the hotshoe of both cameras as I need at least one hot shoe equipped with a YN radio trigger to trigger all the flashes.
Thank you for your help :)

What is the scene you're trying to capture?  Look into bullet time rigs and downsize.  Or look at using constant lights instead of strobes, as being off 1/180th of a second is the difference between the shot or black frame right?

Mousing is really taxing on joints, here's one I got a few clients into-
It works amazingly, much better or just radically different position to work within.

Another idea for the stroller would be a walker setup with a Superclamp plus Arca head on it for taking to places where they don't allow tripods.  I thought it would be nice to add on saddle bags that I could easily remove.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:37:29 PM »
Or is there no such thing as overkill in this hobby?
Basically, all of these flashes can be turned down, it's more of a matter of being able it up to max.  +1 on the 600's, even setup an alert when they show up refurb on Canon's site.

Overkill may be a Profoto B1, but that depends on how many you have working together :D

C-PL filters are amazing, especially since they also can be used as a ND filter (figure a stop right?).  Polarized sun glasses give a good idea as to what it does to colors and light.  When you're ready to go down the rabbits hole, the Cokin/Lee square filters will really be fun.

Don't purchase the cheapest one out there, a good filter will start at $60 and go up.  I just spent $200 on a used 95mm CPL filter, the B+W or high end Hoya's are great.  I think I have a number of the promaster 77mm filters that work fine.

Canon General / Re: Photographer Olympics anyone?
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:20:58 PM »
Count me in - there needs to be:

- a film based event, like shoot 6 objects/people, with 8 frames of film in the camera
- a process and post with someone elses computer
- a bridezilla wanting a photo somewhere but security guard says no
- sherpa packing - stack and transport lighting kit on a dolly, with odd shapes and weights

um...  what else :D 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:49:11 PM »
As a MF shooter, there is limited gains by going into this market.  To do a whole new mount and the lenses that would be expected, plus the distraction it would be to their business just doesn't make sense.  What does a MF camera give you that you currently don't have?

Resolution? - Sony has a 36mp chip shipping, rumors of a 40mp+ Canon chips are out there
sync speed? - it would be really nice to have a 1.4x tele-adapter that can be a leaf shutter that the focal plane can use

Basically, when Canon puts their name on it, the expectation of perfection is there.  Think of how much you'd laugh of Nikon put out a 'wannabe MF camera' that was slow, incompatible with anything else, and expensive.  Canon is in that boat, their ability to half ass a product in this space is zero.  I mean, look at how poorly the 35mm world is looking at the Hasselblad re-branded Sony products.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:36:54 PM »
If you're into sunsets and haven't moved to 4x4 filters yet, let this be an example as to why you need to.  1Ds mk2 with 17-40mm...

EOS Bodies / Re: Repair or replace 7D
« on: February 09, 2014, 12:47:11 AM »
Based on the OP's profile saying he's in India, eBay/Abes/Amazon may not really be options, and we don't know what the local used market is like.  The tropical locations getting wet is a concern, things like the M aren't gonna do well - there isn't a seal on the EF-M/EF adapter.

Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:07:29 PM »
And I can't believe they don't have at least 1 200-400 w/1.4x lens. Hmmm...well, ok. They'll be shooting from more known locations & distances, so I guess you can go with all primes like they have.

They took 7, their order just doesn't translate well...

"7 Canon 200-400mm zoom lenses"

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Polarizing filter for Zeiss 15mm f2.8
« on: February 04, 2014, 01:19:55 PM »
I snagged a used B+W CPL 95mm locally for cheap.  The accessories at this filter size are crazy expensive - the Lee/Cokin filter ring is more expensive than the filter holder.  Are you going to add square 100mm filters?

Sports / Re: track and field photography
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:13:15 PM »
Tracking and shooting a moving subject is more technique and experience than settings.  Off hand, you'll want f4, 1/500th and what ever ISO it takes to get that.  The AF settings are a book by themselves, so really read up on your camera and it's tracking ability.  When shooting, are you zooming the lens as well (you shouldn't unless it creates the look you want)?  Indoor stuff is really hard due to the limited lighting, how has your success been shooting outside?

Honestly, grab a used 5d or 5dmk2.  The first is half the cost of the second, and both are great at what they do.  Selling the 24-105 is a bad idea unless you're planning to add in a 40mm/50mm/85mm lenses to your collection, and your has stated her preference for zooms.

No need to break the bank, just keep shooting.

Thanks for your response.  I did consider the 5Dii.  To me camera bodies lose their value very quickly and the 5dii is a great tool.  Are you just a FF shooter in general or do you have a specific reason for a 5Dii? Wouldn't the AF system and the better low light capabilities justify the difference in cost to the 5Diii?

I'd actually lean on the 6D for the low light and AF system more so than a 5Dmk2, but for landscapes or portraits it's a solid either option works great.  I shoot full frame, and would also put out there a 1Ds mk2 as an option at 16.7mp since they're under $1k used, but since there isn't a green square mode to start in, it really comes down to what you want to shoot.  If you're ok with handing her the 6D, then shop for what you want.  If you want to hold the 6D, get her set with something that will allow her to improve her skills without breaking the bank.  How does the 6D feel in your hand, in her hands and have either of you held a 5D/5D mk2? 

I'd say FF over crop based on what you shoot, so it comes down to price point:  $2k for a new USA 6D, $1,519 for a refurb 6D, ~$1,200 for a used 5d mk2, ~$1k for a 1Ds mk2, ~$550 for a used 5D. 


Honestly, grab a used 5d or 5dmk2.  The first is half the cost of the second, and both are great at what they do.  Selling the 24-105 is a bad idea unless you're planning to add in a 40mm/50mm/85mm lenses to your collection, and your has stated her preference for zooms.

No need to break the bank, just keep shooting.

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