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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:28:44 PM »
Went to Laguna Beach the other day and was loving that last 30 minutes of light!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:57:15 PM »
AWB would be the culprit Eldar, most people these days will leave white balance up to the Camera set to Auto, after all it can be fixed in Post.

I'm of the opinion that WB is best fixed in Camera, so I always set the white balance manually, just like you would for a jpg Image.

I normally leave it on AWB. As long as I shoot RAW it is easily adjustable in post. But in this case, where I thought I had set the same WB (temp and tint) on all images and everything looked exactly the same in LR and on print, I was surprised to see the difference that appeared when I posted them here.

What advantage do you actually get from setting WB manually in the camera? That is not apparent to me.


Hi Eldar, AWB works fine, most of the time, but if you want total control over colour caste in your Images, in Camera, you should look at Custom White Balance setting, or, shooting in Kelvin, I use all, including AWB, but will generally shoot either with a custom white balance or in Kelvin. Have a look at these three sites to get some idea.

http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2013/whitebalance_creating_adjusting.shtml

http://fstoppers.com/learn-to-shoot-proper-white-balance-using-kelvin-temps

http://www.graphics.com/article-old/photography-fundamentals-white-balance

The benefits for myself are mostly around getting the best colour in camera that I can rather than leave it to an adjustment in Post, I learnt form a couple of excellent Photographers that the more you can tweak "in camera" the less you need to worry about in Post, and I feel every adjustment in Post contributes to noise and other downsides.

Most people will continue to shoot AWB because they are convinced it can all be taken care of in Post, and in most cases they are right, it can. But I believe there are real benefits to setting WB Manually, in particular when your viewing in Live View, I want to see, actually really see, what the Colour will look like in the final Image without going to Post to effect a change (remember what your actually seeing in Live View is a rendered jpg, not a RAW image).

I'm by no means a "Technical Photographer" (without a doubt Nuero, jrista could explain this much better then I, and some others as well), I'm more your "Gun & Run" type, but I've seen in my own Images the benefits to be had from setting WB manually.

I mostly went to shooting Manual WB because of the different colour caste you will find when shooting in bright light to shade, i.e.. outside a temple to inside, open savannah in the Mara to trees & shade, AWB will also work, but it's the Camera making the decision, not you, so you get what the Camera thinks is the right Kelvin Temperature in each situation, Cameras can't read minds so they do the best they are programmed to do.

You on the other hand are much smarter than the Camera with much better eye sight as well.

Thanks for the links Edward, I´ll give it a try. No so sure my brain works any better than the camera though ...  ::)


 ;D I say that all the time!  ;)

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Lighting / Re: Basic home studio setup question
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:47:26 PM »
You are getting some fantastic advice from pbd and Skir... I had never thought about the ST-E2 not working inside a softbox - that is a REALLY good point! Hence the strength of the 600 and its radio control...

I, personally, would not use TTL in a studio setting... Outside, when you are running and gunning, it can do amazing things delivering nice fill... But inside, you control all the light - I would get my manual settings down and have 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 ratios already worked out... That is why I like radio controllers or remote studio strobes - you don't have to mess around dialing in different settings when the flash is mounted inside your softbox/modifier...

I am a big believer in lighting the background separately - I like the way it adds dimension - if I had your kit (as is) I would put one 430 in a softbox, one 430 on the background, and bounce in the fill with a reflector... Oh, wait, I forgot about your 270! You could use that on-camera as a very soft direct fill...

Lastly, I can't remember if anyone said this, but I would invest in a flash meter... I just checked them and can't believe how expensive some of the high-dollar ones are! But I have one similar to this and it works great... http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/93222-REG/Shepherd_Polaris_SPD100_Polaris_Digital_Meter.html

Happy strobing!

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Lighting / Re: softbox
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:17:32 PM »
I would keep both lights - yes, a reflector will work for fill - but you usually have to have them very close to your subject(s)... I like to dial in a very light fill with my strobe...

I have (4) PB's - I like to be able to light the background, rim/hair light, main, and fill - the BEST thing about PB stuff (IMHO) is the WYSIWYG modeling lamps... Hopefully you bought one of their controllers so you can take advantage of adjusting your light ratios from behind the camera and not running around to all your lights...

Flash on!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 04:48:40 PM »
Here's "Smiley" (named Smiley for what appear to be rows of teeth on his jawline)

First image Smiley....second image Smiley with distracting nearby "scenery" that almost caused me to miss the shot!  ::)  ;D

Think your composition's a bit off  ;)

Composition AND focus, dammit!  8)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:24:29 PM »
1Dx
200mm f/2.0

great image...sharp sharp sharp!

gary...where do you get these wildlife images, are you near a wildlife refuge?

gary has a very large backyard and these are all his pets... ;D

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Lenses / Re: Strange AFMA results with canon 50 f1.4
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:00:01 PM »
Im on -13 with my 35/1.4 and on +6 with my 50/1.4 .. The only canon lens i've owned in the past years that was spot on from the start was the 40/2.8. I cant use the 35 wide-open on my EOS3 for example becasue its that much off :/

That is so funny! Same for me too! I've got some pretty expensive glass and only my $150 shorty-forty requires no AFMA!

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:51:11 PM »
I agree with a lot of the sentiment here. I can't bring myself to use crop after buying my 5d. So my 60d is just gathering dust. So I'm not convinced i like the idea of buying a gen zoom for that.

I don't like compact system cams so that doesn't sound like a good idea for me.

I think I agree with the comments re I'd be disappointed with an f4 lens.

Think that leaves me with canon 24 70ii or just go with a few primes and keep my rx100 handy to fill in the edges where neccesary. Light and simple sounds good

The truth is my photography is my hobby and I get a lot of relaxation from it. I can't sit and read on a beach like a normal person :-p

Your 5DIII and the 24-70II are like bread and butter - they just go together... You can carry one lens and get a lot of great shots... That being said, I would drop that shorty-forty in my pocket - I love what it does on my 5DIII...

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 04:40:13 PM »
Hi all,

I'm just wondering what's the fastest SD card people have used and still get the speed benefit?
I remember reading there was a limitation/issue with the SD card slot of the 5D3 - does anyone remember what that was?

Thanks


Not updated since March 2013 but still informative...

http://www.robgalbraith.com/camera_wb_multi_page7de5.html?cid=6007-12452

You can see that there are fast CF cards and some that are slower than SD... You can also see that spending the money on a fast CF, and only writing RAW to that slot, will give you the maximum results... You can also see that, incrementally, the faster SD cards will still do a little better...

Me, I have (2) SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB CF cards and (1) SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SD card... I write RAW + Large JPG to each card - I have never hit the buffer... Then again, I am not a spray-and-pray photographer - I bought the 5DIII because that second slot buys you peace of mind... Every shot is recorded in both formats to both cards - have never lost an image with SanDisk - cannot say that about Lexar cards that I have owned... YMMV...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 11, 2014, 03:36:59 PM »
One of Matthew and his slammed Audi :-)

Great shot, bornshooter! What B&W was made for!

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Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: February 02, 2014, 02:27:35 PM »
My god us canon photographers are a good looking bunch :)

And modest too!

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Lenses / Re: Should I go for the 85mm F1.2L II USM ?
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:48:58 PM »
Not to hijack the thread - but I have a question for you other 85L II owners... Took my B&H new lens out of the box and ran it through FoCal - got a solid AFMA setting... Went to do the aperture sharpness test - I always go into Live View at 10x and use a Hoodman loupe with 3x to fine-tune the focus... The focus ring just spins - does not change focus or change the distance in the window - regardless of whether the lens was set to AF or M... Is there some trick to getting Manual focus on this lens? Thanks in advance!

Half press the shutter, so metering is active.  It's a focus-by-wire lens, so manual focus only works if the autofocus motor is powered.  If you like to store your lenses with the extending fronts retracted, you will have to get into the habit of retracting the front focusing element before you turn off your camera.

Thanks neuro! I was driving myself crazy!

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Lenses / Re: Should I go for the 85mm F1.2L II USM ?
« on: January 11, 2014, 05:23:09 PM »
Not to hijack the thread - but I have a question for you other 85L II owners... Took my B&H new lens out of the box and ran it through FoCal - got a solid AFMA setting... Went to do the aperture sharpness test - I always go into Live View at 10x and use a Hoodman loupe with 3x to fine-tune the focus... The focus ring just spins - does not change focus or change the distance in the window - regardless of whether the lens was set to AF or M... Is there some trick to getting Manual focus on this lens? Thanks in advance!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:34:23 PM »
200L wide open? Love that 1DX tracking!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:39:45 AM »
Tanzania 2013

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/6.3 & 1/250th ISO800
Great shot yet again edward,would love to get my hands on a 200-400 :)

Born, look at your models! You want to stand farther away? :o

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