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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Microphones
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:27:08 PM »
You just need a Zoom H2 - The H4 little bro'.

Records fab sound without plugging in a mic.

Nobody will tell the difference if it's placed close to your sound source.

And it's £120 !


That's what I thought Drizzt321 ... and if the focal plane shutter isn't being used we can sync at any speed !

Mirror would need to be locked up (or live view used), but i think it might work without compromising flash reach / distance ! :)

Lenses / Re: Leaf Shutter Lenses For Canon Dslr
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:35:08 PM »
I'm just wondering if it could be incorporated into Magic Lantern ... Have posted this thread too :


EOS Bodies - For Stills / High Speed Flash Sync with Magic Lantern !
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:17:40 PM »
Hi guys ...

I've just posted this question on the Magic Lantern Forum too :


Basically, could Magic Lantern be enabled to allow high speed flash sync with outdoor fill flash ?

If the electronic shutter (in Live View Mode) is used instead of the standard focal plane shutter, could ML allow high speed sync with Canon portable guns at larger distances ?

Thoughts please ... and perhaps pass any useful comments on to ML thread too  ;D

Lenses / Leaf Shutter Lenses For Canon Dslr
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:11:10 PM »
Hi !

I used to have a 150mm (short telephoto) leaf shutter lens for my Mamiya 645. It was amazing - i could sync my fill flash outdoors at wide apertures and long distances.

Why don't Canon make such lenses ? They can't be any more specialist than Canon PC lenses and great for fashion / outdoor portrait work.

Any ideas ?

Lenses / Re: Cheap fisheye for canon full frame?
« on: May 08, 2013, 03:14:37 AM »
Here's a mint condition and boxed Canon 15mm Fisheye on ebay in UK.


£400 !

I have one as well ... love mine.  ;D

I often have to shoot in public places and understand your concerns. It's frustrating but as sad sign of our times ...

I was in the Californian desert near Twentynine Palms (Joshua Tree NP) taking this pic and i got hassled by some douche. Was just minding my own business and got verbal abuse.

I also work a lot in towns and cities shooting tourism imagery in UK and i find the more professional you look, the less hassle you get off the public. However, the more pro you look the more likely security are to hassle you. It's a double edged sword.

You could try wearing one of those luminous yellow waist coats so you look official. Everyone assumes you're doing a job, especially if your equipment looks pro and you use a tripod.

Not much else to suggest myself i'm afraid ... Just smile and be friendly.

Lenses / Re: Tripod collar for 200mm f/2.8 L?
« on: February 18, 2013, 05:27:36 PM »
I have the proper Canon Tripod Ring Mount and it cost a fortune. It is vastly overpriced.

I also bought a very cheap one on ebay and it was just as good ! You need one that also fits the 70-200 F4 (not F2.8 ) ... ideally a black one if u want to match lens colour. I have the 200mm F2.8 and 70-200mm F4 and I use the same mount.

This is the kind from Hong Kong.


EOS Bodies / Re: Need seasoned advice - keep 5D Mark II or NO?
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:56:21 AM »
Stop worrying about upgrading your equipment and just go out and take great pictures !!! :)

The 5D2 is a fantastic camera and you'll notice little difference between it and the 6D or 5D3.

I have two 5D2's and they are perfect for professional quality results.

Save your money and have a nice holiday with the girlfriend (just don't tell the wife ...) lol  :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera Servicing
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:25:48 AM »
I'd wait ... No dust on sensor is no problem !

Canon Head Office in Elstree is great and will do you justice.

Why not post it to them in the meantime if you're that bothered ?

Lenses / Re: 85 1.2 L2 not sharp at 1.2
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:57:41 AM »
Initially i had similar problems with my 85mm f1.2 II and my 1Ds3.

After trips to Canon UK for testing etc, turns out i need to use AFMAjustments for perfect focus at f1.2 and close range under 2m). DOF at this distance is so incredibly shallow.

You need to shoot a brick wall using Live View at 10X and manual focus. Then try autofocus with mirror lock up. See the difference.

My Camera and lens are now set up correctly and the results in centre at f1.2 are awesome.

I focus on right eye. As you can see the shallow dof throws everything else out of focus at 1 metre f1.2.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f1.8 or 100mm f2.0 ???
« on: October 02, 2012, 06:03:23 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Professional Landscape Photography
« on: September 16, 2012, 02:56:52 AM »
Incidentally, in answer to jVillaPhoto ... Over five years ago there used to be some money to be made from 'stock' landscape photography. Now, an image that used to sell for $500 sells for less than $50. You can try submitting to big agencies but may find you get a better return from selling your own work direct to clients. Agencies like Getty Images take up to 80% of your sale and leave you with 20% (less your costs and less tax). It's harder work selling pics yourself but you keep 100% of the profit and will learn a lot more about the industry and much faster. Trust me on this one ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Pro Landscape Photography
« on: September 16, 2012, 02:46:42 AM »
Hi !  ;)

I'm a professional and have been for twenty years. My website is here so you can see what I'm talking about www.rodedwards.co.uk.

The first thought that came into my head when i read your post was "Oh no ... not another one ..!"

I really don't wish to rain on your parade, but sadly, since the advent of digital imagery (and the internet), photography and in particular landscape photography has lost most of its commercial value. The market is flooded with very competent amateur photographers who are happy to supply their images to clients and publishers etc for little or no return. This has made it practically impossible for professionals to earn a living from just landscape photography.

If your work is exceptionally good and unique, there is always room for the best but if your work is not better than 99% of other professional photographers you will maybe make some beer money but undoubtably fail to earn a realistic living from just shooting landscapes. This is certainly true for us over in the UK and Europe but the USA market is bigger and perhaps very slightly more buoyant. Check out Peter Lik (www.lik.com), he is an Ozzie in USA and an expert in marketing his work.

In answer to your questions :

1 ) Hard work. Get an amazing portfolio together, market yourself and haul it around to your potential clients. Academic qualifications are irrelevant as no client cares if you've been to university - they only care about the photo.

2 ) It will happen slowly ... you need a lucky break. I'm still waiting for mine. :)

3 ) I only use Canon gear (4 x 22mp full frame dslrs). It's more than adequate for 99% of commercial uses. A few years ago I even had 12MP images cropped to panoramic (6mp) and blown up to massive 24 sheet posters in the London Underground. More megapixels are great but most clients won't notice or care. They just want cheap, high quality images.

In closing ... I'm really not trying to put you off from trying to become pro, but you need to think long and hard before giving up a secure job with a stable income. It's harder now that its EVER been to earn a living from just landscape photography so prepare for a life dedicated to photography. If you can pull it off fantastic, well done I have the greatest respect and will admire your work. My advice is keep the day job and when (or if) you start to earn good money then turn pro ... but don't expect it to happen overnight or over a couple of years.

Best of luck and just enjoy taking great pics ... :D

But just to confuse you more, the Canon 85mm f1.8 would also be a lovely 'portrait' lens on the 650D. Being APS-C, and having a crop factor of 1.6, it makes the 85mm similar to a 136mm f1.8 lens. It would give slightly more depth of field as it's a smaller crop sensor, but you won't notice a great deal of difference at such close range - lots will still be out of focus.  ;D

You could also get the 650D with the kit lens 18-135 IS STM. This would be perfect for full length portraits. It also has a 0.39m close focus. Not sure if this is quite close enough for you, but if not, just buy some cheap extension rings / tubes to extend the magnification and close focus distance. Canon rings are more expensive than Kenko so I'd get the Kenko.

You'll also love the IS for any handheld video work. The 650D and 18-135mm IS STM are a new camera and lens combo that allow autofocus whilst shooting video which could be a bonus too.

The Canon 100mm f2.8 IS Macro is also a good lens and ok for portraits. If you bought this instead of the 85mm lens, you would no longer need the extension rings.   

I have four full frame Canon cameras - the 5D, 2 x 5D2 and a 1Ds3 but i think you'll be happy with the above kit for the price. The new equipment will also hold its value well if you eventually decide to upgrade to full frame.  ;)   

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