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Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:20:57 AM »
The 40/2.8 does great with a 25mm tube, mag is ~0.8x.  IIRC, working distance is ~6-10", can't check exactly as I've loaned out my 25mm tube.
Thanks Neuro I'm assuming the 40 would work much better than the 50 1.8 that I also have stopped down?

Lenses / Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:50:35 AM »
The 70-200 2.8IS ii is a great option. Expensive and heavy but a really awesome lens. One other option that I haven't seen listed in the postings so far is the Sigma 85 1.4. I just rented this for a wedding this weekend and was really happy with it.

Lenses / 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:14:00 AM »
I was just wondering if anybody has tried out the 40 2.8 with extension tubes. Given its very small design, I would think this would give a greater minimum working distance since even with the extension tubes it wouldn't stick out as far as some other lenses.

I'm shooting a wedding in a couple weeks and am not planning to rent a macro for it. I just shot a wedding on Saturday and only used the 100 IS L for a few shots of the ring so I can't really justify renting a macro just for that little. I have the 24 105 and am renting the tamron 24 70 as well in case anybody has any input on if those would work better with extension tubes (I would think not). I also have been wanting to try out the canon 35 1.4 and own the canon 35 2.0 if anybody has tried it on those as well. Thanks.

Software & Accessories / Re: Yongnuo RF-603 Limitations
« on: September 09, 2012, 06:14:40 PM »
"There's a separate plug for the remote shutter operation as well.  Here's the rub on that one though, you have to have it mounted on a hotshoe for it to work, it's a little annoying.  But, no biggie.  I only use them for manual flash work."

What do you mean it has to be on the hotshoe? I just did a wedding last night with only the shutter release cable plugged in and the transceiver hanging from the cord. The other one was in my hand. Worked fine.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP for MAC too slow?
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:07:37 PM »
After doing a lot of tests using both the Mac and PC versions, I think I have managed to identify the cause of the issue. On the MAC version DPP has a problem handling folders with over around 400 images in them. It seems that there is a memory management issue. On the PC version, it does not appear to be a problem.
Very interesting. I run on a Mac as well and I tend to run into a lot out of memory issues when I have a big folder of pictures. Is it exactly 400 or there abouts? I might have to start splitting up things into more folders but if it helps with these issues then that's not a bad trade off.

Software & Accessories / Re: Yongnuo RF-603 Limitations
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:04:23 PM »
Actually I think it's not pass through but more the trigger acting as an ste2 and the flash while attached is receiving signals like it would if it was wireless. I've definitely looked into those and after seeing the limits of this device will look into more. The main thing is its a brand new product and doesn't have a USB upgrade port so I'm tempted to wait some. I discovered a way to make the required change without soldering but I may end up soldering at least one spot.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP for MAC too slow?
« on: September 04, 2012, 08:42:54 PM »
Have you tried <Tools> then <Preferences> and in the General Settings tab (near the bottom of the panel) where it says "Default value of output resolution" [dpi 1-60000] and then changing this value. All you really need is 150 dpi or 72 dpi for screen resolution. My default on PC (similar spec to yours i7 3.4 GHz, 16Gb RAM, Nvidia GTX570 etc) is automatically set to 350 dpi for thumbnails.

Try playing with this setting and see if it speeds things up.
I don't think that really makes a difference as it's still the same number of pictures. I think that's more for printing settings.

Software & Accessories / Yongnuo RF-603 Limitations
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:29:22 PM »
So I just got my Yongnuo RF-603 triggers. They're not bad for the price but I realized a couple things now that I own it that I didn't realize before hand. I think I still would of gotten it but it does show that it designed to be used a specific way and has some freedom limitations. Anyways, the first thing is it took me forever to get it working. I put batteries in both triggers but when I would push the button it wouldn't send a signal to the other trigger. I tried different channels and batteries thinking those were the issue. I finally put the trigger on top of the camera and suddenly everything worked. I googled around and discovered this is a limitation of this model is that the transmitter has to be on the hot shoe on a Canon camera to work. The main thing that stinks about this is it means I can't use an ettl flash on the hotshoe at the same time I'm using this trigger :( I tested to see if the ETTL passed through but it doesn't (not that I'd really to do that since there's no locking base on the triggers). The PC port is an output only so you can't send a signal to the trigger through a camera's PC Sync port. There's stuff online about putting in a resistor inside the unit to trick into being a transmitter always. I don't completely understand what they're doing but my question is couldn't this be done outside the unit as well? So have like a hot shoe that you put the trigger on that has that resistor built into the stand? Then you could just remove the stand when you didn't want it to be transmitter and then you could put a pc sync input on it as well so you could activate the trigger from the pc sync out port.

Another limitation I found and this is more specific to my setup. But I would like to have a setup where when I take a picture with my primary camera, the secondary camera takes a picture as well. I can make this work if I plug the remote shutter release into both cameras and their respective trigger but if I use the cameras built in button to take a picture then the other camera won't take a picture which means I have a very awkward setup to have to use the button built into the trigger since once again the 2.5mm output for remote release is output only not input. I brought this up in another thread and thought I'd bring it up here as well that I'm wondering what would prevent you from using the PC sync port to trigger the other camera to take a picture. I did some testing and the voltage the trigger is sending out is maybe a volt if that if my meter is working correctly. The camera itself is sending a higher voltage than that for the remote release trigger so I don't why that wouldn't work but then again I'm little eerie of trying it out with off chance it would take out a circuit board in the camera. The safest option would be to use a relay or something similar that upon getting the input voltage it completes the remote release circuit. By doing this, whenever I take a picture with the main camera it will send a signal to the second camera to take a picture as well which is what I want.

Any thoughts anybody?

Canon General / Re: gear advice for second body
« on: August 31, 2012, 05:09:00 PM »
Chuck, the main reason I can see for keeping a crop body IS the crop factor. The 70-200 might be too long on the 7D for some venues but in my own church where I often shoot weddings it works out well having the 70-200 on the crop body since I can frame much tighter. Once you go above the 200mm range you're either looking at primes in the f/2.8 to f/4 range or a zoom that only goes to f/5.6. There are exceptions but they're big and heavy and don't seem to be very popular. You can get close to the 1.6 crop factor with a 1.4 TC but I think most would agree using a crop body is better than using a full frame with a TC due to the slower AF and loss in quality. If you find that you don't need anything longer than 200mm on your full frame then totally go for the 5D mark III or whatever other full frame camera they announce next but otherwise as others have said the 7D just has it's limitations just like 5D mark II has more limitations than the mark III. This is just my personal observations. I'm in no way a true professional yet but I think I'll always have a crop body at least as a backup for this reason.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:52:44 PM »
I have used "Follow that Page"  it is very customizable and seems to work well.
The issue I see with sites like that is the most often they'll check it once an hour (and only one at that). Most popular lenses will go out of stock before you even get notified with a service like that. Sites like that are good where immediate notification is not important.

As I said, I also plan to add several improvements. One I didn't mention yet that I will likely add is sending an email or text when the price changes since in the case of this last sale there wasn't even a discount code just that the price of all the lenses were reduced 15%. I'm trying to decide whether it should only alert the user if the price goes down or both ways though.

Beach camera has the 5d Mark iii for $2800 today on ebay. That's pretty close to what you have saved up.
I saw the Beach Camera advert on ebay site but the photo in that advert is of 5D MK2
That'd be a really crappy deal if you got a mark II. I got in on one of the Beach Camera Ebay deals and got my 5D Mark II and 24-105 for $2400.

I was really hoping to see a lower priced Full Frame by September.  I am beginning to have my doubts.  With the 1DX and the 5D III selling well (dispite the price  >:(), plus the recent firmware upgrade to the 7D I'm afraid we may have to wait until next year for a 7D II, 70D or 3D.  I got about $2,400 hundred but away now, and am socking away $150 a month so if they continue to "hold out" I will be in 5D III territory in the late Spring.  I'm hitting the limits of my 50D (resolution, low light performance, focusing) so I'm looking to upgrade.  Good camera but I do so want to upgrade.  A 5D II is 4 year old technology and a 7D is 3 years old.  I'll continue to be patient
Beach camera has the 5d Mark iii for $2800 today on ebay. That's pretty close to what you have saved up.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP for MAC too slow?
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:56:41 PM »
Only suggestion I can think that might help is try going under preferences and enable "Retain sort order". I'm wondering if it's trying to rebuild your thumbnails each time? Does this happen in all folders or a particular one? How many pictures are in that folder?

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:49:41 PM »
So wanted to give an update. I've gotten three alerts and oddly enough the Canon email has arrived 1 minute after I get my own email each time. Which is saying something since I'm only checking every 5 minutes currently. Something else I noticed this last time since several products came back in stock at once is that while I got five or six emails from my script, I only got one from Canon. In my other email account I got an alert for another lens. I don't know if Canon is limiting users to only one product per email address to be notified or what but it's an interesting development. If anybody has any input on which is faster or if you only get one email from Canon or anything like that I'd love to know about it. I am planning to add in a history of when each product was last in stock as well to make it easier to find patterns and how long a product is out of stock on average.

I shot my first wedding a few weeks ago.  Had a 5d3 which I used a 24-105L and the 70-200mm 2.8 ii time most of the time.  2nd camera was a 60D with the 10-22mm on it for group shots and 60 mm macro for detail shots.  Also had a 50mm f1.4 for when I had to use ambient indoors.  Usable shots on the 60d only went up to about iso 3200, noisy even then.  Had a number of useful shots as high as 25600 ISo on the 5d3, but had to use Nik DFine to noise reduce most shots above 10000 iso.

The 580exii was in the shoe most of the time.  I gelled with a 1/2 Cts because when I scouted the location it was a dark interior lit with only incadescents. The gel stayed on during out door shots.  Added a nice warming when I dialed back with FEC.  I would ditch the lightsphere and go with a Rogue lightbender.  More versatile IMO. Great for bounce, flagging, and quick snoot.

I tried shooting mostly in manual, but dropped that quickly as there was just too much happening most of the time.  Went back to manual for tricky shots, but mostly went Av with auto iso and used flash with FEC. 

I learned the hard way to take a little more time chimping.  Had some nasty tree branches in the background of many of my group shots.  Had to spend a LOT of time in post getting rid of them.  I was more focused on setting up the groups and dealing with dappled light near the edge of the shade.
MarkB, does the 5D Mark iii let you do auto iso when you're using a flash? That's one feature I'd love to have both my 5D mark ii and 50D immediately go to ISO 400 if they detect you have an external flash.

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