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Lenses / Re: Best third-party lenses
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:23:37 PM »
I absolutely love my Sigma 85mm f1.4
f2 is super sharp, noticably sharper than the 70-200 f2.8 IS II is at 85mm and f2.8

I chose it over the canon f1.2L due to considerably faster AF

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i've got some stands and umbrellas that fit into a couple of old cheap rubbish tripod bags i had lying around you know the wobbly $10 aluminim tripods that struggle to hold a point and shoot. turns out those nylon bags hold a flash stand with head and 33" umbrella attached so nothing to break down

then i have a bigger stand with C stand and 40" umbrella in bigger manfrotto tripod bag

I have also seen 1m long bags on ebay that claim to hold 3 stands but i like this setup as i can pick and choose but there is no breaking down of stands which is nice

backdrops however :( thats another storey

also i find gorrilla pods make awesome standless flash supports if you have trees or poles around on location
so i keep a couple of them handy in my kit

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I shoot most of my panos with a 1DSIII with a 100mm F2.8L Macro lens mounted in portrait mode. This makes a great pano. I'm looking forward to doing the same with the new Nikon D800E and their 100mm macro. If it doesen't work out I don't think I'll take much of a loss on the Nikon stuff. One of my Nikon friends is already to buy one after I try mine, so he can have mine if I don't like it.
this is my favourite lens for this purpose too (works great on the gigapan) and i can confirm the Nikkor 105 f2.8 Vr Micro is even better build and possibly a better lens than the L (it is 9 blade circular and mag alloy build too) just dont freak out when at certain focus it wont go to f2.8, the Nikon adjusts the widest aperture value to the actual amount of light available (this only applies to actual macro shooting due to the close focus distance doesnt apply to landscapes)

this is the lens
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Nikon-AF-S-105mm-F2-8-f-2-8G-IF-ED-VR-Micro-62-UV-VHR1-/370436583220?pt=AU_Lenses&hash=item563fbdaf34

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I posted this in the other thread

If in M mode the EC gets applied to the iso so when Auto ISO is enabled then
EC is also enabled and acts on ISO only if auto ISO is disabled the EC is disabled as normal
it would be a pretty powerfull function IMO
helps keep control over Exposure and keeps the lowest iso but allowing flexability in changing light
Auto anything only ever works where scene metering is quite balanced

Being able to more accurately control the auto iso using EC applied to the iso would be awesome for these scenes where the standard metering gets all screwy
I totally see where LTRLI is coming from with this, it should not be too hard to implement through firmware

BTW i'm not complaining just saying it would be a cool feature

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I can certainly see why a person might need some exposure correction, it seems like a unnecessary omission to me.  I certainly plan to use the manual/ auto iso setting, and if I'd like to expose to the right, or correct a backlit situation, EC would be very useful.

Does the D1 X have it?

I would guess not - EC in M mode is a bit of a contradiction. However FEC works ....

not if in M mode the EC gets applied to the iso so when Auto ISO is enabled then
EC is also enabled and acts on ISO only if auto ISO is disabled the EC is disabled as normal
it would be a pretty powerfull function IMO
helps keep control over Exposure and keeps the lowest iso but allowing flexability in changing light
Auto anything only ever works where scene metering is quite balanced

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I thought I read somewhere that you can trigger the shutter remotely with the new 600EX/STE3 combo. For instance, with the ST-E3 mounted on the body, I believe you can trigger the shutter on the camera via radio with a 600EX. Can anyone confirm or refute this? I really like the Odins, but this feature would be a nice perk.

Yes I've read that multiple places. Only with a 2012 camera I believe (5DMKII and 1DX). A ST-E3-RT will also remote trigger.

Very cool. That does choosing between the Odins and the 600EX more difficult. I like the performance and price of the Odins, but having an OE Canon solution for radio flash triggering as well as radio shutter triggering would eliminate a half dozen accessories out of my camera bad, which is getting crowded as is already.

I have a seperate bag for flash gear
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Lowepro-NOVA-200-AW-SLR-Camera-Bag-/270688343239?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item3f064854c7
It holds
4 x 580ex2
4 x yongnuo external battery packs
4 x odin recievers
2 x odin transmitters
1 x Ni-Mh battery charger
piles of spare AA eneloops
Gels
I also keep a physical eTTL cable in there just in case
and a gary fong light sphere and stofen omni bounce
also just in case

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What would be good is if you could use the exposure compensation to affect the auto iso
ie you ahve aperture and shutter speed set but know the auto iso is going to under or over expose consistantly by a certain amount, it would be nice if when auto iso was enabled then the exposure compensation would operate on the iso leaving your aperture and shutter speed set.
This would allow you to quickly compensate for more contrasty light and get more keeper with auto iso

ie if the auto iso is over exposing (relative to the subject you want correctly exposed) it will be using an un-necessarily high iso value which you will need to correct in post anyway dropping the exposure so being able to dial in some EC into the iso will force it to keep the iso down.

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Auto Iso should technically work if

- the scene is fairly uniformly lit ie the camera will be able to make its programed exposure calc and it will be correct. If there is massive contrast in the scene then it's going to do something crazy same with anything in auto

- rapidly changing light back and forth as brian said shooting birds etc in changable light.

- you dont mind all the images having iso values all over the place maybe its a low volume shoot so processing individal images isnt a problem

Still its better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, I'll definately test it out and see if it could be usefull.

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Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 15, 2012, 07:15:27 PM »
Didn't take long for someone to hit the smite button did it?

I got one too from him once I questioned his post  ;D. It is ok, whatever makes people happy... I gave you an applaud, and did not smite him.
how are you working out who smites you? I cant work out who keeps smiting me
I dont see why flakes post warrated a smite it was completely logical and civil, and informative too

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2012, 07:04:54 PM »
I wonder what life would be like if Steve Jobs was involved with DLSR's?
then we wouldn't be able to save photos, only view them on the icloud at $1 per view

Ouch.  Just came crashing back down to earth. I'll think next time before I post something so stupid next time.
 
You are correct sir.


Don't worry,  I enjoyed that one anyway.   I was thinking he's probably too caught up arguing with St Peter about the Pearly Gates having rounded corners to have much time to take pictures.   He'll have to make the case by himself, all the lawyers are in the other place.

LOL
Actually i think you'll find the pearly gates are now a svelte brushed aluminium with a cool white glowing logo.
and st peter now wears a blue tshirt that says "genius"

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:53:47 PM »
Quote
I find it hard to believe that I'm the only one that these apply to
What if the Nikon D800 was only 22 MP...........
I guess all you guys (who really needs 36mp all of a sudden) would have no camera to take pictures with.

Well, I've manage to take AND SELL a fair number of pictures with 10MP, but if you're telling me that I can't do better with 36MP then I guess I'll just have to trust that you know more about my photography than I do.   ;)

+1 me too. The 40D sits in the car just in case. It is amazing what it can do. ;D ;D ;D

I feel SO inferior when using the 40D, I am frightened that I will be called a newb by a pompous person with a series 1 ;) ;) ;) ;)
Newb  :-*


 :'( :'( :'( :'(
Don't worry your 40D is at least a DSLR i only have a point and shoot :P ;)

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A couple of problems I find with Auto Iso in general
on other cameras previous nikon and the fuji x10

- If the scene is mostly dark with lit subject you want to expose for auto iso will overexpose the lit subject to try and get the scene to its predefined middle grey exposure setting for example a concert. much better off setting everything manual in this situation i find

- When you have a big shoot and lots of photos to process you really dont want iso changing all over the place because it means editing every shot 1 by 1. crazy workflow. much better to set your iso manually again

- I personally find auto iso on any camera just doesnt quite deliver. it might work in some situations but generally it causes more problems than it solves

thats just my take on it, so i'm not too worried about it

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:37:32 PM »
Quote
I find it hard to believe that I'm the only one that these apply to
What if the Nikon D800 was only 22 MP...........
I guess all you guys (who really needs 36mp all of a sudden) would have no camera to take pictures with.

Well, I've manage to take AND SELL a fair number of pictures with 10MP, but if you're telling me that I can't do better with 36MP then I guess I'll just have to trust that you know more about my photography than I do.   ;)

+1 me too. The 40D sits in the car just in case. It is amazing what it can do. ;D ;D ;D

I feel SO inferior when using the 40D, I am frightened that I will be called a newb by a pompous person with a series 1 ;) ;) ;) ;)
Newb  :-*

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EOS Bodies / Re: Megapixel wars: Where do we go from here?
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:35:08 PM »
Are there ever going to be ad campaigns to attempt to educate consumers...

Only insofar as such 'education' extolls the virtues of whatever is being sold.

I had to laugh, its early in the morning and I read that as "education ex trolls"
and thought but you cant educate a troll thats why they are trolls then i read it again
must be all the troll fatigue taking it's troll (doh there i go again) :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Huge flaw found in Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:03:18 AM »
LOL nice thread +1

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