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Messages - wickidwombat

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EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 07, 2014, 06:31:40 AM »
That would be the last wrench on the right anywhere most of the other parts of the quasi english speaking world :)

Only the yanks could break an entire language....


;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: SIGMA 150-600!!
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:40:02 PM »
Its gonna need a working panning mode is and AF to match the tamron which has awesome AF

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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

It does, but I have a jillion flash questions.

Without a flash, I am predominantly an aperture priority guy.  With a flash, I keep hearing two schools of thought on flash settings when you don't have time to dial everything in:

  • Rookie mode:  Stick with whatever mode you usually use without a flash, use your knowledge of that mode to nail the ambient and heavily rely on tweaking FEC as you go.

  • Let's get braver mode:  Switch to M, guess/practice at average starting settings (before the shoot), say ISO 200, F/6.3, Shutter 1/80s, and then tweak as needed throughout the event, using the rule that shutter affects ambient exposure and aperture affects flash exposure.  If either aperture or shutter are getting forced into values you that are problematic (shutter too slow to hold, shutter too fast for sync, or an aperture that is composition unfriendly to keep shutter where you want it, etc.), tweak your ISO to bring you back into settings that give you elbow room either way for flash and ambient exposure.

  • Jedi Event Master Flash mode:  Bend the spoon with your mind.  Just instinctively know what to do.

The concern with events is uneven lighting, which makes locking in 'you're good, just shoot' settings next to impossible.  Can someone give me a simple algorithm for managing this?

Also, I understand the hit to power by using HSS, but sometimes you have to use it, right?

- A
The above works just fine in aperture priority so stick to that if its your thing the flash ec is seperate anyway
Just go with the +1light back ground -1 dark back ground if its off  bit its not a huge deal and you will get a feel for it soon enough

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And what does Canon do?
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:34:27 AM »
am I the only one that thinks video shutter speeds are too slow to make this an effective method for shooting stills? regardless of data and bloat and all the other issues all you will end up with is terrabytes of blurred images...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:26:32 AM »
wow death by over quoting.

Nice work guys  ::)

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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

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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...

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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...


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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?

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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....

Done.

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

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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

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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

wierd...

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

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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.

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

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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

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