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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:08:49 PM »
Ah, looks like they come in cycles. There was a 300 year gap up through 1908. Looks like the total cycle time is 565 years, so we'll have a bunch for a couple centuries, then another lull. I don't know what I read before, but I'm not even sure it actually projected future cycles...I guess I just assumed that it was a rarer event based on the history of Tetrads.

Anyway, here is one of my shots, taken as the moon was entering the umbra:

That's beautiful shot jrista :)

I have never photograph the moon before. Last night, I gave it a try. Result I got is "indescribable"  :-\ :-\ :-\

Derp. You need to use live view to dial in the exposure, or at least start with a pretty high shutter speed and work your way down to the point where the histogram just separates from the right-hand edge. For a full moon, you can start with 1/500th second, and work down from there. A full moon that is within the umbra, however, might need anywhere from 0.5s to 20s of exposure time...you just kind of have to experiment. It depends on how deeply within the umbra the moon passes (last night the moon passed through one edge of the umbra, missing the dead center, so it did not get as dark as it can...a total eclipse that passes right through the center of the earths umbra can get so dark as to be difficult to even see, like a new moon.)

Also, you have to make CERTAIN you are using Manual (M) mode...you can't really photograph the moon with any automatic modes, as there is simply too much contrast for evaluative metering to choose the right settings. Spot metering mode, metered off the moon itself, might do it, but it's still best to go full manual.

Will use your info on next shooting. Thanks

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:02:27 PM »
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Photography is just a hobby for me & take photo of my kids around the house :)

This is hardly the kit list for someone who take pics of their kids at home
Body: 5D III(x2) -- A7r
Zoom: 16-35L II -- 24-70L II -- 70-200L f2.8 IS II
Prime: 40mm -- 50L -- 85L II -- 135L -- 400L f2.8 IS II -- Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8

If you are not using that lot to generate some income then there is something wrong !

I disagree. I simply enjoy Canon fast L lenses because they offer better in IQ, contrast, color, AF and built quality over kit lenses. This is my reward by using Canon fast L lenses.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 15, 2014, 11:12:07 AM »
While we are talking about misquotes to the handful of people who keep yacking on about the 24-70 2.8 mk2 , there was never a reference to this lens in my post you all just forgot to read it properly, The lens I replaced and compared with is the 24-70 2.8 mk1 and as already stated i am not making assumptions about the mk2 it may well be better than the 35 IS i haven't used it so cant comment.

Just completed another two weddings with the 24 35 85 combo and very happy with the results so far certainly beats the quality that I was getting from the 24-70 MK1...

OK! There's the difference. Most copies of the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI were unmitigated pieces of shirt when compared to the prime beating MkII. I'm not the only photographer around CR (and elsewhere) who ploughed through five or six 24-70 f/2.8MkI lenses over a number of years in search of one of the rare good copies.

As a signed-up, paid-up life member of the Z Team, I'd also choose your primes, the 24 35 85 combo over the old MkI zoom for an important job. My first day shooting with the MkII zoom was one of the happiest days of my life. To say I was gobsmacked by the quality across a broad variety of situations is almost an understatement.

-pw

Thats good to hear ! I am however surprised as i was under the impression from lots of reviews and talk over the years that the 24-70 2.8L was the best Canon had - I never got the performance out of it that i wanted and the day i started shooting the 35 IS was an eye opener to see how much sharper it was.

Would you say the 24-70 mk2 can seriously better the 24 35 85 primes ?

The photo below was taken with 5D III + 24-70 II, SOOC,JPEG, no flash, zero edit. 

What do you think?


Honestly, Its a nice shot and well composed however it would not make me want to rush out and buy the lens. The bokeh looks odd and it does not look tack sharp anywhere.

You have any tack sharp image @ f3.2(without flash) in similar focal lenght?. Since you shoot wedding for $$$, I just want to know the definition of "tack sharp" from the pro POV. I visited your site, you have beatiful collection.

Photography is just a hobby for me & take photo of my kids around the house :)

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:51:08 AM »
Ah, looks like they come in cycles. There was a 300 year gap up through 1908. Looks like the total cycle time is 565 years, so we'll have a bunch for a couple centuries, then another lull. I don't know what I read before, but I'm not even sure it actually projected future cycles...I guess I just assumed that it was a rarer event based on the history of Tetrads.

Anyway, here is one of my shots, taken as the moon was entering the umbra:

That's beautiful shot jrista :)

I have never photograph the moon before. Last night, I gave it a try. Result I got is "indescribable"  :-\ :-\ :-\

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:46:59 AM »
She is adorable...very cute. Must got it from her mommy ;)

Well, I'm no expert in studio shooting. I REALLY like the 1st photo.

Thanks for sharing and the setup info


This image is taken at f/7.1, 1/200 of a second, an iso of 160, with my 100L.  This might be a guess but I believe I had an A:B ratio of 8:1... though I'm not 100% sure it looks like it.  I didn't have the 3rd Yongnuo at the time of the photo... I was using a crappy 90ex as a master and it did SUCH a great job I bought the Yongnuo immediately after the shoot.  Yes... that was sarcasm... but I have good news... I sold that 90ex for 45 bucks and I lost only $5 for the chance to test it out. 

I had one 580 exii to my left with a 43ish inch umbrella (soft white surface) and to my left I was reflecting my 2nd 580 exii off of a flash diffuser (because I am going to get another umbrella, stand, and mounting bracket... but i haven't pulled the trigger yet. 

Note the softness of the background despite shooting at f/7.1.  The background is just a sheet.  It keeps me warm at night and provides a nice pale blue for backgrounds.  I think we have other colors of sheets.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:45:16 PM »
added the new 56mm 1.2 to the X-T1 today. super sharp and super bokeh.

Beautiful shot.

If you have time, would you pls show a photo or two of X-t1 + 56mm f1.2 combo ::)

sure thing!

Beautiful camera, thanks  ;)

I sold my X100s 3 months ago :'(  I love the layout of this camera. Look forward to see FF version.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:16:04 PM »
While we are talking about misquotes to the handful of people who keep yacking on about the 24-70 2.8 mk2 , there was never a reference to this lens in my post you all just forgot to read it properly, The lens I replaced and compared with is the 24-70 2.8 mk1 and as already stated i am not making assumptions about the mk2 it may well be better than the 35 IS i haven't used it so cant comment.

Just completed another two weddings with the 24 35 85 combo and very happy with the results so far certainly beats the quality that I was getting from the 24-70 MK1...

OK! There's the difference. Most copies of the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI were unmitigated pieces of shirt when compared to the prime beating MkII. I'm not the only photographer around CR (and elsewhere) who ploughed through five or six 24-70 f/2.8MkI lenses over a number of years in search of one of the rare good copies.

As a signed-up, paid-up life member of the Z Team, I'd also choose your primes, the 24 35 85 combo over the old MkI zoom for an important job. My first day shooting with the MkII zoom was one of the happiest days of my life. To say I was gobsmacked by the quality across a broad variety of situations is almost an understatement.

-pw

Thats good to hear ! I am however surprised as i was under the impression from lots of reviews and talk over the years that the 24-70 2.8L was the best Canon had - I never got the performance out of it that i wanted and the day i started shooting the 35 IS was an eye opener to see how much sharper it was.

Would you say the 24-70 mk2 can seriously better the 24 35 85 primes ?

The photo below was taken with 5D III + 24-70 II, SOOC,JPEG, no flash, zero edit. 

What do you think?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:44:19 PM »
+1 for the 85 L, it makes a snapshot of your trashcan look like a pro commercial shot ;D

I know Canon has another lens that can make this trash can looks even BETTER.... take a guess ;D

Thanks Viggo ;)

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:39:57 PM »
I love all these new options coming to market! It seems if you already have a 50L no big deal, keep it. Question is, will anyone still buy the 50L for an extra $600 over the 50A? Is the bokeh $600 better if you don't already have the 50L? Not so sure.
50A is now on my list (along with a bunch of other lenses). Starting my letter to Santa now!

To be honest, if I don't have 50L yet, this new Sigma is very tempting. I can't believe I just said that :-X

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:32:36 PM »
Ignore all this... I'm talking to myself to see if I want to bother...

So the 100L is my favorite lens at the moment... If the 50 art's performance is on par with the 50L... then I'm looking at this difference in quality. 

Obviously the amount of light coming through is different, but that doesn't make a difference in a studio setup because I control the light...

So the center performance of the 50L at 1.4 is blown away by the 100L at f/2.8... no surprise there... and I do find that f/2.8 can be limited... and I'd like to go with a bigger aperture... so do the amount of times I find f/2.8 not acceptable worth the $950?

Or maybe I'll just nut up and get the 85L mkii.  Damn it.

"nut up and get the 85L mkii" and be done with :P It will blow your 100L out of water.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:54:39 PM »
She is gorgeous!
Thanks, Menace, and it's shots like these that have me thinking that I should just cancel the Sigma 50 f/1.4 pre-order.  I'm perfectly happy with the 50L.

I know the feeling ;)
You can always put a red rubber band on the Sigma ;D
True, and I've only owned one Sigma (the 12-24 II) and while I didn't find anything wrong with it, I rarely used the AF and certainly didn't use it for bokeh.  The bummer with it was when I went to sell it and received a fraction of what I paid.  I fear this will happen with the 50mm, and I love my 50L and I'm not sure the Sigma will be that much better for portraiture.  For everything else, the 24-70 II is more than fine at 50mm.  Decisions, decisions...

I'm gonna try to be cool 8) and NOT have this new Sigma on pre-order. Wish me luck ;D
I found this comparison (50L to 50A comparison from SLR Lounge) and that sealed the deal.  I cancelled my pre-order. With the 50L in my kit already, I can think of a lot of other things to spend $950 on that wouldn't duplicate something I already have.  And I'm assuming you skipped the 600 II?  For now at least... 8)

I saw this review in your other post. I might sell my 50L, not because of Sigma. I used A7r + Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8 quite often now. The A7r has "eye AF", which I found is very accurate. Even shooting at wide open aperture. The Zeiss FE 55mm is sharp, however, the bokeh can't match with Canon 50L. See photo below: A7r + FE 55mm with "eye AF" feacture.

I always want to build a home studio kit, just for the holiday photos. Since I have almost $400 BH rewards, I might as well getting some lighting  stuff:
1. Speedlite 600EX-RT(x3)
2. ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
3. Stands and softbox etc...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:39:06 PM »
LOL... ;D, well I have plenty of those in my collection. Look forward to see those photos.

I'm thinking: Speedlite 600EX-RT(x3), ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter, some stands and softbox as priviatedesign suggested

When I get home I'll show you two photos... one that you can tell was done by an amateur and one that looks pretty Damn good if I say so myself.

Same here JD, I have 2 kids. They are my main reason I got deeply into photography.

Have any pics with home studio?

I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have.  Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon.   I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that. 

The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera.  I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.

I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers.  So human error.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:17:31 PM »
Same here JD, I have 2 kids. They are my main reason I got deeply into photography.

Have any pics with home studio?

I photograph my 7 month old mostly... so I use what I have.  Two 580ex iis, the yongnuo 622 c's, one umbrella stands and one diffuser, though I'll be fixing that to two soon.   I want a 72" umbrella but I think I'll wait a little bit on that. 

The yongnuo cost 120ish and allow for ettl and power adjustment through the camera.  I use mkii two current tripods.. so my"studio" is make shift, but it folds up nicely because I use a family room... so being able to reduce all of the stuff is key.

I have a few small complaints about my setup, but they are mostly related to me hitting a button and changing the channels of the transceivers.  So human error.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:14:41 PM »
She is gorgeous!
Thanks, Menace, and it's shots like these that have me thinking that I should just cancel the Sigma 50 f/1.4 pre-order.  I'm perfectly happy with the 50L.

I know the feeling ;)
You can always put a red rubber band on the Sigma ;D
True, and I've only owned one Sigma (the 12-24 II) and while I didn't find anything wrong with it, I rarely used the AF and certainly didn't use it for bokeh.  The bummer with it was when I went to sell it and received a fraction of what I paid.  I fear this will happen with the 50mm, and I love my 50L and I'm not sure the Sigma will be that much better for portraiture.  For everything else, the 24-70 II is more than fine at 50mm.  Decisions, decisions...

I'm gonna try to be cool 8) and NOT have this new Sigma on pre-order. Wish me luck ;D

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:59:08 AM »
$550 x 3 units = $1500ish. Why rush into it, when you don't need to have it RIGHT NOW. I can always use my 85L II at the moment :P

I have thoughts... but I'm working...so they will have to wait.

Don't spend another penny until you get, read, and digest, this book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321832752/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pasoroblphot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0321832752

He has another book too, but this one is more appropriate for you. If his rumoured 600 EX RT book comes out I'd recommend that but it hasn't appeared yet and he now has a full time educators job.

Thanks privatebydesign for the link. I just purchased the material and will try to go through this weekend.

I'm interested getting some lighting for home studio. Not sure if I should get some 600ex rt or just regular studio set. I like the ideal of having speedlite so I can take with me if need it. Any suggestions? Thanks

For a home studio I think the Speedlite route is the way to go. They are nowhere near as powerful, but for most people they are way more practical.

Stands: Manfrotto 420, a boom stand should be everyone's first stand, then I really like the stacking Manfrottos at whatever size you like, I have the BAC 1052's.

Umbrella brackets: There are many but the Manfrotto 026 (?) is the industry standard. I'd go for metal ones over the poly and plastic ones.

Modifiers: This is where it gets involved, but I'd suggest a Westcott Apollo 26" softbox, I prefer them to the Lastolite style. A convertible umbrella. A 5-1 reflector around 36" and I really like the collapsible style 78" kits, they give you huge scrims as well as black and white backgrounds.

This gives you enough to play with and to see what kind of light you prefer and the direction you'd like to go in, without committing too much money to something you won't use in the future.

Get a couple of gel sample books from B&H too, they cost $2.50 and are so much fun, they also teach you a huge amount about where your light is going.

Thanks privatebydesign, I'll put my BH rewards to work. Kinda wait for some rebates from Canon.

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