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Lenses / Re: Does anyone here have a sigmonster?
« on: January 09, 2012, 03:13:02 AM »
ROFL at the amazon review and the replys :D

OMG those are funny!

Software & Accessories / Re: Automatic Microfocus adjustment software
« on: January 09, 2012, 02:04:47 AM »
+1 Mt. Spokane!  Thanks for sharing your work with us!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60d unavailable on BH and Adorama
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:26:59 AM »
B&H is showing the 60D in stock; but just in some kits and not body only...

What is surprising is the 1D4 is in stock; that has been unavailable for months...

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:11:42 AM »

2011 Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas Festival by alabang, on Flickr

Wow!  I'll even forgive you for shooting a Nikon!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: tips on getting started shooting in raw?
« on: January 03, 2012, 08:58:57 AM »
What are you seasoned RAW shooters using for white balance? ExpoDisc, Lally Cap, gray card, hoping there is something white you can click on?

I used to think the camera presets were adequate until I started using a WhiBal gray card to balance against...  What a difference!

Software & Accessories / Re: Is it worth updating 5D2 to 2.1.1 firmware?
« on: January 02, 2012, 09:49:39 AM »
Firmware version 2.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

Fixes a phenomenon where shooting stops after capturing one image when in continuous shooting or the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) continuous shooting setting.

Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Dutch language.

If you've run into the first issue, then it's probably worth getting a CF reader (makes for faster transfers, too, that don't use battery life).

Well, I, for one, was very distressed by the Dutch misspellings...  ::)

Software & Accessories / Re: Airtravel experts
« on: January 01, 2012, 12:33:52 PM »
I've been traveling a lot in the last two years; nearly 200,000 Skymiles to date...  Mostly in the Middle East, connecting in Atlanta, and then down to Central America...  I've lugged my Pelican 1500 with me the whole time...

The plucked foam looked good when I set it up, but in normal handling the foam breaks loose and you lose your perfectly designed compartments... :o  I'm glad I read this thread because it guided me to the Pelican website and I found out I could replace the foam fingers with a divider set for just $55.99 at B&H!  Thanks, guys!

But, back to travel...  One of the airline counters had a red, "FRAGILE - Handle With Care" sticker that they put on the side for me...  When I carry it on, even lugging my backpack, no one has ever said a word...  The best part about a hard case; you don't stress out when people jam their briefcases and other junk on top of it in the overhead bin - you know your stuff is safe...  When I have boarded late, due to a tight connection, I've had the flight attendants offer to stow it in first class for me...  People just seem to respect those cases; I guess it conveys that you care about your gear...

That Pelican 1514 and Storm iM2500 both look real nice!  When I treat myself to a FF it might be time for an upgrade!  ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Airtravel experts
« on: January 01, 2012, 12:10:59 PM »
Forgot to add - I use a pair of these locks for my case while traveling.

+1!  Just bought two!  Paid the same amount for a pair of Brookstone locks at the airport that will b-a-r-e-l-y close on my Pelican latches!  Really like the tamper/search indicator too!  Thanks, Neuro!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 28, 2011, 02:17:22 AM »
I set a ceiling of $2,000 for a 5D II about a year ago, thinking it would be a long time before that happened.  My skill level is simply not high enough to justify spending more than that right now.  So when the price hit my ceiling, I went for it.  So far, so good, and certainly no regrets as I was never in the hunt for a $2,500 camera.

In the immortal words of Master Yoda:  "You will be"

Nerdy they be on the CR blog.

Isn't that a requirement to join a site devoted to discussing and debating the fine points of Canon camera gear and drooling over the latest rumors?  8)

LOL!  Pitiful we are!

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:01:19 AM »
the 24.70mm is an amazing lens, ive used it basically at all my weddings this year

+1 for the 24-70L!  My old 28-70mmL almost never left my camera on wedding days...  The 20-35mmL was great for interior shots of the church during the service and some edgy WA stuff during the reception.  The 70-200mmL was what I shot from a tripod at the back; if the church was "photog unfriendly" and was on my second body for B&W portraiture (if requested by the bride & groom)...

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:57:29 AM »
You will be directing people as well during stuff like the formals and group shots. That is a big part of the day some people don't realize they even have to do.

So VERY true!

Almost every wedding is a rush, things like makeup and hair always run late.

LOL!  Again, so VERY true!

Software & Accessories / Re: Your Personal 7-Point System
« on: December 20, 2011, 07:03:44 AM »
Some of the questions which have been going through my mind are how do you get the sharpest and highest IQ images possible from your gear. For example, I always shoot in (large) RAW, lowest ISO possible, and the optimum aperture setting.  My Picture Style is set to standard and usually with highest sharpening.

I, too, have my first DSLR body after a long association with film.  I shoot RAW, at lowest possible ISO, and the optimum aperture setting, for highest IQ.  But here's where we differ...  And I'm not saying I'm right, I just want to hear from the more experienced digital shooters...

I set the Picture Style to "Neutral" and apply no in-camera sharpening.  I also switch off/disable all the automated optimizers in the Custom Functions.  Everything I do to the RAW image is applied in PP.  Have I got something wrong?

Thanks in advance for the advice!

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 18, 2011, 11:22:38 PM »
Wow!  I can't believe you got three pages of such great advice!  After I read through it all, I thought I would give you a few suggestions about "timing" your shoot that day...

If possible, attend the rehearsal.  You can pick your locations and angles for the wedding day.  You can also check with the minister to see what his rules are regarding photographer's and flashes...

On the wedding day, I would get to the church three hours early.  Let's say it was a 12:00 ceremony; I would get there at 9:00 AM.  The first hour was my time to set up equipment and scout shooting locations.  Walk around the grounds and evaluate backgrounds and lighting.  See what spots will be best for solos, couples, and groups...

The next hour was for the bride and her party.  Bride, bridesmaids, Mom & Dad, family shots if she wanted them.  You will finish her one hour before the ceremony so she can hide before anyone gets there...

Last hour is for the groom and his party.  Everyone has seen a guy in a tux so it is no big deal to shoot him as the guests start arriving.  Groom, groomsmen, Mom & Dad, family shots if he wants them.  You can shoot these practically up to the start of the ceremony...

If you follow this schedule, then all you have to do is shoot the ceremony and the bride & groom couple shots afterward.  Then off to the reception; which is like photographing a party but with a few special twists...  Their entrance, first dance, cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet/garter, their departure...  Then you're done!

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:22:42 PM »
If you want to get a taste of weddings, I suggest you find a local wedding photographer and offer to be a volunteer second-shooter.

This is a great suggestion!  It's how I learned the business years ago...  It's all about knowing the event and positioning yourself for the next shot.  If you work with a pro you will also get some great tips on posing and lighting...  See if they have a "shoot sheet" they'll let you look at; a list of all the standard wedding shots that every bride expects and no one ever seems to grow tired of...

I shot 35+ weddings a year and almost never took my 28-70L off the camera; but that was full frame (film)...  You can certainly shoot a wedding with a standard lens (50mm) but on a crop body you're talking an 80mm equivalent...  Nice for single portraits or tight twosies but not very good for those groups...  I think the suggestion to rent/borrow a 10-22mm for those crop bodies is sound...

Amen on the strobes!  Natural light is beautiful, but when it goes away a strobe will let you get the shot.  I would rent one for each camera...

Oh, a tip...  Put the lens shade on that 28-70 and leave it on...  Canon engineers have done an amazing job controlling flare and you don't want an otherwise perfect shot ruined by stray light...

Good luck!

United States / Re: Metz 45 CT-5 and Canon 5D Mark 2
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:18:44 AM »
My two cents worth...

I have used Metz' and Canon EOS film bodies for years.  When I bought my first digital (XSi) I called Metz and asked if I could use my 60 CT-4's.  They told me "no", that the CT series was not recommended for digital cameras but the CL series was.  I ended up buying a 45 CL-4 with dedicated module and have had no problem with either flash or Canon body...

I would call Metz (201-818-9500) and ask them.  They have always been extremely helpful when I've dealt with them.  They will also tell you every part required to make a camera communicate with one of their strobes.  Lastly, they are a great source for spare parts and hard-to-get items.  They will probably answer that phone "Manfrotto" because they are handling Metz USA business now...

Hope this helps!

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