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Here is some additional info on Monolights and flash duration here:

http://jerrycentral.com/2008/12/18/flash-duration/

As Neuro... said... the higher the power the shorter the flash duration for Mono's.. So as one may have suggested... backing the lights up and going to a higher power might be a fix.

I can easily introduce blur with a non-IS lens all the way up to shutter speeds of 1/1250th of a second just by panning slowly at 70mm.  So I can see where it would be possible to get some motion blur even with a monolight if you introduce a lot of shaking when you push the shutter.  So possibly you could work on your technique.  I know that I used to have a jerking issue when I pushed the shutter, but have resolved that issue with practice.  Otherwise... a "Steady" tripod should also resolve the issue and also a shutter release should make it perfect.

If you look here:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=108&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=6&LensComp=108&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=4

it looks like this lens is sharpest around 5.6.  I wouldn't go above F8 unless you really needed the additional DOF.

Good Luck

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 12, 2013, 10:49:31 AM »
I bought my wife the 100D Kit with the 18-55 and the 55-250.  She loves the fact that she can just toss everything in her bag and go.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:00:12 AM »
My Wife just got the SL1 several months ago... I would assume that she would be the type of person that this would be targeted for (someone who is more concerned with looks rather than features/functionality.. etc).  She doesn't care for the white.

In regards to the DF... As a child I would have loved this camera... all the knobs and the tiny little numbers scrawled on them.  And I can understand why people are still attracted to this.  But let's face it... it has nothing to do with functionality or versatility. It's all about the looks.  Again... it is for those who are more impressed by the looks... or who perhaps feel a  bit of nostalgia.   Again... not for me.. :-) 

I am not putting any of this down... for those who like it ... it's a great thing... but for me... NO.

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When a model shoot is going really well, I like to click about every 1-2 seconds.  I was hoping that with the speedlight on manual at 1/2  or 1/4 power, that it would keep up, but it didn't.  I lost about one shot out of every 3 or 4 when it didn't fire.  That was with alkaline batteries.  I later tested with eneloops and it worked a little better. 
I think Yongnuo has minimum 2 sec between shots regardless of power. I think I read somewhere this is a tech spec of the flash they produce.

I have two of the original 560's and one 560 II. And if I stay below 1/2 power I have not had any problem shooting at 1 shot a second or even slightly faster for more than 3 or 4 shots.  I do use NIMH rechargeable's.  Not Eneloops... but the Amazon Rechargeable..   They all consistently test at over 2000maH and I have been using them for several years now... and very happy with them.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS 5D Mark III $2549
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:21:53 AM »
Thanks unfocused... I just ordered.... Called them a few minutes ago and they said that I would get a USA model... we'll wait and see.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS 5D Mark III $2549
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:16:16 AM »
Do we know if they are selling USA model's?  Considering jumping on this.

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Not that this matters... but I have been thinking of upgrading my 70-200 F4 to a 2.8.  I also thought about upgrading from a MK II to a MK III instead.  So I took 3 of my lenses...

50 F1.8
24-70 F2.8
70-200 F4

I was able to find a spot in a dark area that was difficult to focus and then attempted to focus on that area with all three lenses.

I used both the 24-70 and 70-200 at 70mm and I moved up slightly for the 50 1.8.

Now I am not talking about focus accuracy... simply focus lock.  In my results... which I didn't expect... here is the  order in which the lens performed the focus lock the quickest.

70-200
24-70
50

I thought it would be exactly the opposite.... can anyone explain?

So the 70-200 was fastest, 24-70 next, and 50 f/1.8 slowest? That's a 24-70 v1?

I'm not surprise the 50 f/1.8 was the slowest. While it has a faster f-number, it has a slow and old AF motor, and it's actual transmissive qualities may or may not be as good as the rest. Which that can certainly matter, especially in a location with a low amount of light.

Not only am I saying that it was slower... but actually less successful at locking.  The test procedure wasn't really scientific... however I did test 3 times with each lens (swapping lenses each time) and the results were always the same.  The 50 rarely was able to achieve focus... and the 70-200 F4 was able to achieve focus most of the time.

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Not that this matters... but I have been thinking of upgrading my 70-200 F4 to a 2.8.  I also thought about upgrading from a MK II to a MK III instead.  So I took 3 of my lenses...

50 F1.8
24-70 F2.8
70-200 F4

I was able to find a spot in a dark area that was difficult to focus and then attempted to focus on that area with all three lenses.

I used both the 24-70 and 70-200 at 70mm and I moved up slightly for the 50 1.8.

Now I am not talking about focus accuracy... simply focus lock.  In my results... which I didn't expect... here is the  order in which the lens performed the focus lock the quickest.

70-200
24-70
50

I thought it would be exactly the opposite.... can anyone explain?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Full Frame or faster lens?
« on: September 18, 2013, 04:52:34 PM »
I started out with the 550D (I believe that it is pretty much equivalent to the 7D as far as image quality at Hight ISO's (nothing else)), and later got the 5D Mark II (2 not 3).  I have done a lot of low light photography such as at my Children's school concerts... etc... and I have also found that 1600 is pretty much the upper limit that I like to shoot.

After I bought the 5D Mark II I found that it is not only the amount of noise... but also the quality of noise.  Where I would almost never go to ISO 3200 on the 550D... I have no problem going to ISO 6400 on the 5D Mark II and from my understanding the Mark III can do much better than that.

So I find that I rarely use the 550D anymore... even though I get a longer reach with it.... actually I find the improved sensitivity of the larger sensor (and better noise profile) more than makes up for any loss in reach. 

Just one opinion!  :-)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Finally did a few paying jobs now what?
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:36:12 AM »
I guess the bigger question is... where do you want to go from here?

Are you looking to do this full time... or are you just looking for part time business?

If you want to get into photography as a business... you will soon find that "Photography" is only a small part of the business.  You need to get some training on SEO and Advertising as well as many other aspects of the business. If you want to continually get new clients...then Advertising is a very big part of the business.  Also.... if you are looking to go full-time/part time, what type of photography are you trying to focus on. You should display that prominently on your header page on the web.  Probably start a blog, create a Facebook page, twitter...etc.  All that ... maybe not necessary but most people are doing it... and it is definitely beneficial for someone starting out.

I won't comment on the web page as you said it is a work in progress... but I will say that I wouldn't show all of your photo's in one place. On your header page you should have no more than 3 to 5 of your absolute best photo's (maybe only one depending on your design).

I've been working on creating a photography business for over 6 months now... and I still have a lot to do.  I am planning on specializing in Weddings/Portraits... and I've finally booked my first paid wedding.

Not trying to dissuade you... and I am sure that there are plenty on here that will give you advice... but just sayin.... you got a lot of work to do... :-)

Good Luck!

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Technical Support / Re: Need Help = " How to shoot this kind of Photo"
« on: August 27, 2013, 04:40:23 PM »
Here you go... this one was at 1/400th @f7.1 and @ 24mm.  No flash was involved.  One point is to try to keep the light (sun in this case) on the opposite side from you from the subject.  In other words... light coming from the same direction as you will not show off the water droplets as well. 

Good Luck!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Insurance
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:18:24 PM »
I did mention on the other post about PPA.  They also list a place where you can get liability for I believe a little over $300... maybe a little more.  I did some searching myself for Liability and couldn't find it for less than $500... even through my own Mortgage company.  I have yet to purchase Liability... but will do so before my first wedding.  Let us know if you find anything reasonable.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 11, 2013, 02:40:32 PM »
How about a 45+ mp camera with the ability to do a lossy compression RAW file... similar to Adobe's dng format with lossy compression.  I am sure that the Digic 5+ (or 6 when it is incorporated) can more than handle the workload of compressing the files.  And you should be able to get a filesize comparable to the current RAW files on the 21/22mp sensors.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Insurance for your camera gears...
« on: June 11, 2013, 08:29:20 AM »
Have you looked at PPA.com (Professional Photographers of America). In the US I believe that give you up to $15,000.00 of equipment coverage with your membership... plus an Indemnification benefit (If someone tries to sue you  because they don't like your pictures or your camera/memory card dies... etc).  This is not the same as liability.  Of course the yearly membership runs a little over $300, however there are a bunch of other benefits also (i.e. free online training, monthly magazine, Online community/resources... etc).  Personally I think it's a good deal.

Good Luck!

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