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Lighting / Re: is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 05, 2014, 10:02:23 AM »
Just to put a bow on the end of the story... I was able to sell my 580 exii for $322.70 (net after commission).  My final cost on the 600 rt is $377.98... making my total upgrade cost $55.29. 

So if I hate the 600... I'm coming lookin' for ya'll!!! >-|

I think I need a better flash diffuser... or a better assistant.  My flashbender had some harsh t-zones in some of the photos I took today...

I hate shooting with flashes  ;)

Keep in mind, I never own any speedlite prior speedlite 600. It took me about 20mins to fire up all these stuff. The layout is very friendly :)

First few couple shots with flashes(straight out from camera). Still have a lot more to learn. To have both kids sit still and looking at camera at the same time will be my #1 task ;D

Backgrounds will be next... ::)

I've come full circle in regards to flash.  When all I had was the on camera flash... I never used it. Then I had a 430 exii that I could use in slave mode and I could trigger it using my on camera flash... and I like it enough... then I had the 580's, an umbrella (still working on getting that 2nd umbrella), and stands... and I really like the result when the result is good.  When I screw up the result, well... I won't go into that.

So I like flash... but not as a panacea to bad technique... because it still can detract from an image... but I digress.  I like your first efforts.  When you have two subjects, I'd suggest shooting at f/8 or so, so both are in focus... There's nothing worse than everything coming together and both are looking at the camera, but one is out of focus and the other is in focus... it is just frustrating and annoying.

I plan to add two more 600rt to my kits. With two 60" westscott umbrellas and five 600rt, I will feel safe shooting @ f11 to 16, 1/200, ISO100-400

Again, the st-e3-rt makes shooting wireless very simple. However, the price we pay for this feature is high. I'll look forward to Dec deals ;). I got mines for $450each, NEW from authourized dealer, with 1yr Canon warranty. They also throw in couple off brand umbrella stands and one 60" westscott umbrella.   


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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:45:15 AM »
This makes me confused and that makes me cranky.

Don't my existing DSLR's have this already? Don't we call it Av?

What if you missed your subject in Av mode @ big apertures?

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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:43:22 AM »
"...but it seems like a logical next step feature."  really? for whom?  People that tend to take nice pictures (to avoid the term photographers) usually know where they want the focus to be before they press the shutter.  People that don't, usually think that "everything in focus" is the way to go.  I've had numerous people look at a picture with great subject separation and tell me "but why is the background out of focus?".

I can see the feature being somewhat useful to pros for micro-adjustments in post, but I don't see people that didn't know how to focus properly in camera spending hours in post to add bokeh to their pictures.

You haven't shoot BIF yet, do you?  ;D

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Hey there Arctic,

Glad you are so generous.  You described it well.  You are doing the same thing I'm doing, helping out organizations with your time and talents who wouldn't otherwise have what you provide.  I shoot my son's high school swim team, church events, a lot of boy scout activities and various other things.  It keeps me busier than most pros.  But people appreciate it and I get a lot of experience and improve my abilities.  It all gives my amateur shooting an important purpose and pushes me to improve.

I try to be considerate when a pro might be involved.  My church hosted a 5K fun run race event last fall and I shot it along with the hired photog from the company that promoted the event for the church.  I waited a month before I posted my pictures on my site to give the pro a chance to sell images.  The pastor later thanked me and commented that they liked my pictures better.  I was glad the event was a success and my pictures were well received but I was also glad I didn't initially "compete" with the hired photog either.  It's all about a bit of balance and keeping egos in check.   :)

Same here RustyTheGeek ;)

Both of my kids currently enroll in small catholic church. It's a small private school. Funding from gov. is almost to none. Every pennies important, however, we the parents like to keep it that way ;)

It's good to know that I'm not the only one :)


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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:22:17 AM »
Thanks justaCanonuser. With big lens, the gimbal makes shooting so much easy.

Thanks winglet for the info. If I go with RRS, this will be the set: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/PG-02-FG-Full-Gimbal-Head.html

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Peregrine Falcon food-pass in Norwich...
The Pass of Food by jammo s, on Flickr

Great capture Radagast ;)

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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot & EOS Cameras to Offer DOF Control?
« on: May 05, 2014, 08:48:33 AM »
Just make sure it works with current EF L ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:19:04 PM »
Hi Dylan, my experience to date.

2 x Wimberley 11 units
1 x RRS Pano
1 Jobu II

I've used the Wimberley units for several years, before that the version i units, can't fault them, they just keep working, smoothly & without fuss.

I bought the RRS Pano as I felt it would be a great replacement for the Wimberleys, and in some situations it is, on a Tripod, where you want to do Pano work etc, very smooth (better than the Wimberley), but I found in a vehicle (Safari) the Pano tends to load the weight to the side so vibration of the vehicle ensures the Pano head keeps slipping of vertical, not huge, but I've since gone back to the Wimberley units for Safari, RRS Pano for everything else.

I bought the Jobu as a lighter weight alternative to the above two heads, does the job, but I don't think it's in same Build quality area as either the Wimberley and certainly not the RRS, but it's cheaper, by a lot, tends to sit in the cupboard these days.

Sometimes, I wish I can go back to $99 P&S camera ::). Back in 2007(when I have no kids), you would NEVER-NEVER-NEVER be able talk me in spending $300 on a camera.

Now...nearly $1000 for a RRS Pano tripod head? ::) ::) ::) Ummmmmm, I'm gonna need couple glasses of wine red.

I have to think about this elm58.
Thanks

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Lighting / Re: is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:49:50 PM »
Just to put a bow on the end of the story... I was able to sell my 580 exii for $322.70 (net after commission).  My final cost on the 600 rt is $377.98... making my total upgrade cost $55.29. 

So if I hate the 600... I'm coming lookin' for ya'll!!! >-|

I think I need a better flash diffuser... or a better assistant.  My flashbender had some harsh t-zones in some of the photos I took today...

I hate shooting with flashes  ;)

Keep in mind, I never own any speedlite prior speedlite 600. It took me about 20mins to fire up all these stuff. The layout is very friendly :)

First few couple shots with flashes(straight out from camera). Still have a lot more to learn. To have both kids sit still and looking at camera at the same time will be my #1 task ;D

Backgrounds will be next... ::)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:14:42 PM »
Here´s another one of my daughter (still proud after all these years ;)), where I went from f2.0 (previous post) to f1.6. I do suspect though that I would have been more happy with a tiny bit more depth.
1DX, 1/125s, f1.6, ISO1000 (no edit)

Just like Sporgon said "you have a very beautiful, elegant daughter"  ;)


 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:56:00 PM »
Thanks Northbird and Lightmaster for the info :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:52:31 PM »
My WimberleyII Arrived today....AWESOME ;) Thanks everyone.


Congrats on your new acquisition.  8)

Thanks Click,

Believe it or not, I have been shooting my 400mm f2.8 IS II on my cheapy: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687335-REG/Oben_AC_1410_BA_0_AC_1410_Aluminum_Tripod_w.html

It's day & night dif. compared to Wimberley II ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:46:00 PM »
Personally I chose the Jobu Pro 2 as the gimbal for my 600mm f/4 L II. I looked at the Wimberley, Mongoose and RRS Pano. There really isn't much difference between the Wimberley and Jobu, same basic thing, same weight. The Jobu is a bit beefier, and has a nice lock for the inner arm, but otherwise, they are the same thing. I got the Jobu because I got it a little cheaper thanks to a sale on Amazon.

I tried out the Mongoose, which seems to function the same as the RRS Pano. These are side-mount heads...you attach the lens to the joint where the wimberley/jobu attach the inner arm. They don't quite work the same as a true gimbal, and for whatever reason, the Mongoose felt more restrictive. I guess I just like having my lens return to base balance due to gravity.

I've shot thousands of bird and wildlife photos with the Jobu Pro 2, and I haven't got a single complaint about it.  LensCoat had a specially designed coat for the Jobu, so I was able to camo my whole setup with lenscoat (tropod legs, gimbal, and lens), which was also ideal. I believe there is a lenscoat for the mongoose, however I couldn't find anything other than a camo carrying bag for the RRS Pano.

If you picked up the Wimberley, then you shouldn't ever have any problems.

Thanks jrista.
I saw some youtube clips about Jobu II, I'm impressed. The price is slightly more than Wimberley II, therefore, I settled with Wimberley II. This is my 1st gimbal head, so far, I like the feel of wimberley II.

I'm putting extra money toward decent tripod instead ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:39:53 PM »
Hey Dylan- Congrats!

I love my Wimberly II.  Also, I love SD Zoo.  I was in SD last year and went down to that private showing "Zoo La La".  That was great- get to front of the room when they start, have a flash diffuser and your 24-70II for best results.

You may also want to venture to Coronado Island and walk along the beach.  I shot some guys biking on the breakers, a beach wedding, and all kinds of interesting stuff.  The Gas Lamp district is also fun and has great night street photography.

You will love your gimbal.

I have the RRS PG-02 LLR, and I've used the Wimberley II.  Both are excellent. 

The RRS setup allows multirow pano shots with regular lenses, and it breaks down into two pieces for easier transport.  Its side-mount design lets you reach 'under' the lens from either side to access rings/controls.

Regarding the Wimberley, I think the P-10 may be too small.  For superteles, you need a P-20 at least, longer ones for larger lenses (http://www.tripodhead.com/products/lens-plates-main.cfm).  Personally, I went with a RRS replacement lens foot.

Got it. Cool, thanks Neuro ;)

PS. My co-worker has 4 VIP tickets to the Wild Animal Park, San Diego. We will have backstage treatment - getting very close to the animals. My co-workers and I thinking to spend a weekend there.

http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/

Thanks Scott for the info ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:39:43 AM »
I had the Wimberley Gimbal II, but sold it. I had the RRS sidekick, which is excellent too. But I must admit that I miss the Wimberley. My memory is getting weaker, but I am sure the Wimberley was more stable than the RRS. But I have now ordered what I need for the full gimbal from RRS, so I´ll find out if that makes me happy.

The RRS seems very nice Eldar. The price tags are little high for me @ this moment.

I bought this Oben tripod with the Wimberley II. After couple tries, I do not like the "twist locks" feature. The rubber covers feel very cheap. I'm going to return it.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/864596-REG/oben_ct_2381_3_section_carbon_fiber.html

I'm going back to flip locks and ordered this one:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/754168-REG/Manfrotto_MT057C3_G_3_Section_Carbon_Fiber_Tripod.html

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