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general rules for dialling in Flash exposure compensation in ETTL

if the background is brighter than the subject dial in + EC the amount depends on how much brighter the background is so you need a bit of trial and error start at +1 and work from that.
this is out doors bright sun etc

if the background is darker than the subject dial in - EC same as about the amount depends on how much darker the back ground is again start at -1
this is indoors in shade at night etc

don't leave the flash just in ETTL it will rarely balance correctly you need to practice balancing the ambient exposure with the flash exposure.

another general rule is expose for the background and use the flash EC to correct the exposure of the subject

hope that helps a bit

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: September 05, 2014, 02:41:44 AM »
So you guys reckon if I walk through with a gripped camera and 400mm f/5.6 around my neck, I'd be allowed through  ::)

Just weighed my entire kit, 8.1kg.

As a South African, it's disappointing hearing about the prejudiced attitude of my countrymen. Disappointed but not surprised.

yep no problems. Done it with 70-200 before when i've been pinged and popped a couple of big primes in my jacket pockets to get the bag weight down.
They weigh it let you through then you put it all back in  ::)

I really don't understand how NASA missed recruiting all these geniuses first...

Canon General / Re: Another Northrup - Canon vs. Nikon
« on: September 05, 2014, 02:36:53 AM »
That was nothing more than a 25 minute infomercial.

Knowing that going in, I didn't waste any time actually watching it.

this is the benefit of china unilaterally blocking facebook google and youtube i actually have to spend effort and turn on my US VPN to watch so by reading the comments first or seeing warning signs like "tony northrop" then i dont wast effort or time watching it.

another benefit is i don't have 1000 alerts a day from other peoples facebook regarding what they just ate, are about to eat or what their cat just ate or is about to eat...

Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:44:09 AM »
It puzzles me why Canon won't out a customizable button a little further down.  It would things a lot easier...

With Magic Lantern, you could switch keys and put the SET function on AF-ON and vice versa. If you use BBF a lot, SET might be easier to reach, at least on some camera bodies. It's not included in the standard ML distribution, but there are other key swtiching/simulation functions already there and you'd only have to copy/paste the code.

really? didnt know that

can you program the rate button to activate AEB like a 1D does with its button press?

Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:40:16 AM »
external SSD usb 3 drive just dump everything to that....


i've been travelling for the last 15 months flying 10 to 15 planes a month cars trains buses... well not many buses actually

I have a 512GB SSD usb3 I work off. back up to a Drobo mini with 4 x 1.5 TB in a raid 6 array with a 64GB SSD as its speed booster.

so far so good

Macbook Pro is also all SSD

i don't even know anyone that even comes close to travelling as much as i do and so far my system works ok for me so for your uses just dumping everything to the external SSD will work fine, i would skip the HDD though

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Features seen in the past and absent today
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:13:32 AM »
3x video cropping zoom on 600D which since disappeared although my EOS-M box had the ikon for it on but a white sticker over the icon

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M and Magic Lantern
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:08:22 AM »
seems if i use a slower 45mb/s 32 GB card it works ok
it was using a brand new 60mb/s 128GB transcend card that ML doesnt play nice with
but the card works fine in the camera if ML isnt being used


There's a tidbit in their install guide about using a 32gb or smaller card to first install ML. But after the initial install, larger cards work ok.

Not sure if this applies to you, but check it out: http://www.magiclantern.fm/install.html
see this is why i love this site...

seems it didnt like trying the standard approach on the card but using macboot and making it bootable then putting ML on it worked a treat

thanks for the tip :D

Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 31, 2014, 04:37:17 AM »
I have the 40 stm and the voigtlander 20. Both are great. Shooting manual focus at 20mm on full-frame is totally easy. The only thing is you can't shoot quickly one-handed but so what. The voigt shoots beautifully. Two lenses at 345 grams total. Share a 52mm filter. It's great. Amazing how effective the distance scale becomes as well as the focus confirmation. The 16-35 is twice the weight of both put together and over twice the size. It's a hassle switching lenses but the prime shooting experience is also special.

Having used Pentax for 3 years previously, and having owned a handful of their pancake and small limiteds, I'm most satisfied with the 6d and a couple of small lenses. A 24mm pancake would be very compelling. I guarantee it will be stm if it exists. I just can't see it happening though. I'd bank on another m lens with a new m camera that actually is worth buying. Canon isn't going to give up the mirrorless game that quickly. But if they don't spit out a modern 50mm they'll frustrate a lot of people.

i agree the voigt 20 and 40 are an awesome pair when travelling light
with the 20 set f8 hard stop infinity and everything from 2m to infinity is in focus anyway its a wicked point and shoot when used like this.

EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:36:22 PM »
last spanner menu at the bottom

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:30:21 PM »
best value camera around for an IR conversion

Reviews / Re: Tamron 16-300 VC Review and Video Review
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:22:19 PM »
great review and not unexpected outcome i think i agree the 28-300 might be a better option even on a crop
especially since canon have the 10-18 to make a much better crop wide end

i still think you need to review the samyang/ rokinon 8mm f2.8 on the eos M its fantastic :)

Lenses / Re: Stacked Teleconverters or Tamron 150-600
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:13:02 PM »
the tamron 150-600 doesnt like any teleconverters
tried kenko 1.4 and it just didnt want to play at all
tried a canon 2x mk3 with a extension tube spacer and no joy there either

Lenses / Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:51:24 AM »
dunno ...

i think i have a 28-90 somewhere in a drawer
most of my EF glass is pretty new

i do have an FD600 f4.5 that is older than I am though...

Lenses / Re: Which lens to take on bike trip?
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:20:56 AM »
take the 70-200 and buy a kenko extension tube for macro they weigh almost nothing

the 40mm with a 25mm tube makes a damn good macro lens

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M and Magic Lantern
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:19:19 AM »
seems if i use a slower 45mb/s 32 GB card it works ok
it was using a brand new 60mb/s 128GB transcend card that ML doesnt play nice with
but the card works fine in the camera if ML isnt being used


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