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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.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 + 2x teleconverter vs 100-400
« on: August 29, 2012, 01:39:34 PM »
Thats amazing clarity for a TC, lookat that Iris .  Nice shot

A side benefit of the combo is the extra blur your get a wider apertures by merely adding a TC... since you are now shooting at 400mm, you can get very nice background blurs when you want to.
Just to confirm, you're not saying the 70-200 with 2x TC has a shorter depth of field than the 100-400 at the same aperture and zoom setting correct? Just that 5.6 at 400mm has a smaller depth of field than 5.6 at 200mm correct?

Lenses / Canon 35 1.4 with extension tubes
« on: August 28, 2012, 06:20:01 PM »
Does anybody here use the Canon 35 1.4 with extension tubes? I see the lens has a floating system which is supposed to make it better for closer focusing. I realize a Canon 100 2.8 IS is a much better option for true macro work but for the occasional shot, I'm wondering if this might be a possibility for ring shots with a pleasing background.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: August 24, 2012, 03:27:30 PM »
I noticed that button only two days ago, I am not ready to buy anything, and given the curious ups and downs of the site, I wonder if it will be reliable.
Still, it looks like a improvement, but may nale catching a popular lens difficult, since a thousand potential buyers will be notified once they place a few lenses in stock.
Yeah for some reason their store always seems slow. I'll have to setup more notifications on Canon's side and see which is faster there's or mine. I have a feeling if I changed my script to check every minute then I could easily beat there's but I'm leaving at every 5 minutes for now.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: August 24, 2012, 01:07:34 PM »
So I decided to go ahead and make this script. Unfortunately right before I was going to release it Bryan Carnathan informed me that Canon now has a notify button on the store. It looks like this button is only on some of their products though. It also appears there is a delay between when a lens is back in stock and when it send out the email. I still need to research this some more but so far my scripts email has been arriving before Canon's. So I figure with Canon having a 15% off sale of their refurbished lenses I'll go ahead and put the link out there and you guys can use it if you want:

I noticed that unlike what Canon normally does of having a discount code, this time they just have it applied automatically which has me wondering if I should also have the script email a person if the price of the product drops. Thoughts anybody?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: What size Softbox
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:42:27 PM »
So I currently have a 580exii and 430 exii and am currently using a gary fong diffuser on each. I'm looking to improve the softness of the light by starting to experiment with a softbox. The one I'm looking at is:

Some of the reviews mention it only being good for one person. I'd like to be able to use it with groups as well. Will this not work for that due to the angle of light transmission? Thanks.

Please don't take this the wrong way (I know everyone takes things personally on the internet), but it sounds as if you need to understand a little more about light before you start buying more gear.  Check this link out for some softbox basics.  I only caution you on your purchase because of my own experience; I've bought tons of gear only to learn later that it wasn't what I needed.  Buy once - buy right.

"Softness" is created by increasing the size of the light source relative to your subject.  This is why bare speedlites, no matter how close they are positioned to your subjects, produce hard shadows.  This is why the sun, a tiny spot in the sky, creates really unflattering light when it is at high angles... the shadows just kill portraits.

So, by increasing the size of the light source relative to your subject, you create a softer light that can "wrap" around body features.  This fills in shadows, and creates gradients from light areas to dark areas, which is that "soft" look everyone comes to know from a softbox.  This is why people are saying your 24" softbox may only be good for one person.  At that size you can only place it so far from your subject before it becomes a point source.  With that dimension you wouldn't get much use out of it beyond a key light for headshots, or maybe a gridded rim/effect light in a full body shot.

As I mentioned, a softbox will end up being a point-source if it's far enough away from your subject.  This is why those on-flash softboxes really don't have a significant effect for shooting event candids.  Going from a 2"x3" bare flash, to a 6"x10" soft box, is still a point source when you're 10'-12' from your subject! 

Now, come full circle to your question about lighting groups of people.  I wouldn't worry about softboxes and instead simply worry about trying to light them evenly.  Large reflective, or even shoot through umbrellas, are good for this kind of work.  Don't get me wrong, you can make softboxes work with groups, but like keithfullermusic pointed out, yer gonna need a few of them.

I do a lot of event work for DU, and two Alien Bee B800s with 42" shoot-thru umbrellas do the trick every time...
2012 August Hood Presentation-41 by Daniels at University of Denver, on Flickr
Thanks justsomedude. No offense taken. I understand the whole principle between light softness and distance and size. I'm fairly new to flashes but went to school for video and so the same principles apply for most things including this. The reason I was asking was I wasn't sure if there was an issue with the angle of the box not being wide enough. So it sounds like just about any box will work, I just might have to put it back further (which I understand hardens the light, but it'll still obviously be bigger than my gary fong on camera thus it'll still be an upgrade).

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / What size Softbox
« on: August 22, 2012, 09:00:34 PM »
So I currently have a 580exii and 430 exii and am currently using a gary fong diffuser on each. I'm looking to improve the softness of the light by starting to experiment with a softbox. The one I'm looking at is:

Some of the reviews mention it only being good for one person. I'd like to be able to use it with groups as well. Will this not work for that due to the angle of light transmission? Thanks.

Lighting / Re: YN-622 Reviews?
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:07:08 AM »
my only yongnuo product is a yn-560, and i've had zero problems with it.  also, it was like $60, and is a fast recharging, quiet, and powerful flash that can be triggered optically by a flash using either manual or ettl.  can't beat it for the price.
Speaking of the yn-560. Does anyone know what amount of control you'll be able to have with something like that with this product. Will you be able to change the power of it from the camera? If so, that makes those a huge bargain.

Lighting / Re: YN-622 Reviews?
« on: August 20, 2012, 09:31:43 PM »
You know, I'm curious, they say this can't be used to trigger a camera trigger. Could you not use the PC port to do this? Is it because it would mess up the camera or that it's not a contact closure mechanism?

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