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I was out this Saturday and took some photos. Now I'm looking at them and some have overexposed stripe on the top of the frame. Examples are attached, unprocessed, except resize (raw has it as well).

I was using 6D and 135mm f2 L (no filter, hood on). the only settings pattern I noticed is that its on images taken at 1/1000s or faster (tiny bit is visible at 1/800s, but it doesn't get bigger at e.g. 1/3200s).

I quickly swapped it for 50mm f1.8, did one shot at 1/640s, it was OK, than one at 1/1600s, the overexposed stripe is there...

Any idea what was wrong, what did I wrong?

Thank you!


Software & Accessories / Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:44:57 PM »

I'm curious, which tripod legs locking mechanism do you prefer, twist, or flip?

I might be looking at a new tripod someday and so far only have an experience with a cheap (flip locking) one. The twist intrigues me for some reason, it just seems to me like it might be quicker, easier to use, however I might be wrong, so...

Btw, I'm also interested in what features you grown to like on your tripods (e.g. removable legs to use as a monopod, foam padding for when the tripod gets very cold in winter, 90degree horizontaly tiltable / reversible center column for macro...)?

Thank you very much!


Lighting / Questions about octo/brolly/boxes...
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:03:39 PM »

quick questions about octagonal modifiers, all the octobrollybox versions...

1, which way do you prefer the octobox to be lit up (and is there a difference)?
what I mean, I found basically the same shape/size octobox, but one has an umbrella like pole in the middle, closed back, the strobe sits behind the diffuser and aims back on a reflective inner back... the other has a hole in the back, with the strobe aiming at an (inner) diffuser screen (so it doesn't block the light and is naturally more accessible)

2, is there a big difference in light quality between an umbrella and the closed version (brollybox)? what is your preference? 

3, is there any significant difference between octobox (like example 1, a,) vs a brolly box (2, b,)?
seems quite similar to me (except that the strobe/speedlite is sort of in a way), but the cost isn't... the brolly box is much cheaper

4, is it a significant advantage going from a 80cm (32inch) umbrella/octobox to a 110cm one (43inch)?
I understand that distance to subject matters and the relatively larger area gives a softer light... but is it a big real world difference?

I know that many answers start with it depends", but anyway, thank you for any insight

1, a,
1, b,

2, a, vs regular shot through
2, b, vs regular reflective

Lighting / What modifiers (sizes) are speedlites good for?
« on: June 02, 2014, 05:24:52 PM »

I don't do much with my flashes, but every now and then I would like to try it a bit more (not professionally, just play with it and learn something). I recently booked a workshop that should have been my first studio/model shoot experience, but it was canceled just two days in advance, so I thought I’ll use the money to buy some lights/modifiers and learn on my own as until now.

I was googling some cheap alternatives as I don't feel like investing much now, but I want something more than my smallish DIY boxes. It seems that I could go with some fluorescent continuous set, or just buy something that I can stick my flashes into.

But I would like to ask you to enlighten me about lights a bit, so that I have an idea what size of softbox/octobox has my 430ex enough power for (I know, it depends... but you know, what will it just light up a bit and what will it make reasonably usable).

Continuous set of two 60cm(23.6") X 90cm (35.4") boxes... Usable?
In description they offer more powerful bulbs (5bulbs per box, 45w vs 115w)... Necessary?

And now, 430exII in:

Octobox... There are reasonably priced 80cm, 110cm and 120cm ones ( 32 / 43 / 47 inches)... I would like the bigger one, but is that too much to ask from a speedlite (or two mounted on one bracket)?

Will it handle this?

Beauty dish?

Closed 110cm (43inch) umbrella?

Thank you very much!

Canon General / You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 04, 2013, 04:41:17 PM »
You know those moments, when you are tired, trying to do something anyway and at some point you realize you are not your sharpest...

well, today I was a bit tired, packing my gear, changing lenses... and I almost tried to mount two lenses together  :o luckily, no rear element was harmed making this, erm, story

did you manage something similar, or is it just me? 

Canon General / tips for Barcelona?
« on: March 10, 2013, 04:54:27 PM »
Hi guys,

every now and then I see a thread like this with interesting photo-travel tips and so now I thought it would be a good idea to consult with you, because after some time I'm looking forward a short vacation trip with friends and my first visit of Barcelona. It will be in late April, 4days, two couples (not really a group of photo enthusiasts, so I'm not going to make it a main objective), I expect some nice architecture (I thought it would be a nice place to try TS-E, but I'm afraid I won't be able rent it anywhere around), I look forward the sea side (a walk on the promenade, beach, marina) and (hopefully) nice, warm weather for a change  :)

... so, should you have some tips for us, I would like to read them and would appreciate

Thank you!

Canon General / new plush lenses
« on: March 09, 2013, 04:39:24 PM »
accidentally found this, so I thought I'll share, though you might have seen it already...

relax with a 24-105 of a 50mm under your head  :)

Canon General / Do you see lenses when you check the time?
« on: February 17, 2013, 06:50:36 AM »

sometimes (maybe after looking on lens offers too much), when I check what time it is and I look at the numbers it reminds me of a lens, e.g., I looked at my phone and saw 17:55 so I thought of my EF-S 17-55mm... (quarter hour ago it was the 17-40mm WA zoom I want and an hour later it was my first 18-55mm kit lens) 

Anybody else crazy in this way? (and how about after you read about it? :) )

By the way, I guess most of you use the 12h am/pm time so would only see UWA zooms like the sigma 8-16mm or canon 8-15mm, right?

Abstract / Apple on sticks (stuck at home)
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:45:04 PM »

this is basically one of the stuck at home ideas that I came up with mainly because I wanted to play with off camera flash and I seen the chopsticks in the kitchen... however this is one of the cases when I end up with two pictures and I'm not sure with which one to go on with, so in case you feel like giving some feedback, please let me know which (if any) you like better

... and, if you feel like, I would also welcome other "stuck at home" ideas  :) ,



Canon General / a 3 in 1 post, if I may
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:08:07 AM »
Dear Canonrumorers,

1, Hi,
because after being a long time reader I registered to say...

2, Thank you,
for all the info, advise and pictures you guys deliver in a nice and friendly way. I have been amazed many times by pictures posted here, learned many things about photography and I'm still being surprised by the technical knowledge in some posts (you kneurow who you are : ) ). And with that you also helped me with my...

3, Upgraaaade,
after about eight years with my 350D, I got the 6D. Now, with most upgrades, there is some excitement about some stop of better ISO performance, however I got some more differences to explore, including some things considered standard now : )
e.g., live view... there is a thing like that now,
or video recording... it does that as well
the sensor is a bit bigger in this one : )
the rear display with about 10 times more pixels gives a better clue,
ISO range went from 100-1600 to 50-102400 and noise wise... : )
plus the DR, colors, pentamirror vs pentaprism and of course bigger VF...
oh, and my 8mp went to more than 20mp
(and for some of you, I do know about the 5DIII, but where I live that's more than 50% the price and I couldn't justify it for my hobby at this time)

lens wise... I got the 24-105 kit (and am still surprised how wide is 24mm all of a sudden : ) ), have the nifty fifty, that was probably my best photo investment ever (except the initial), because for that price, it gave me something fast, a taste of primes and thought me about DOF, then the 17-55 f2.8 IS that replaced the 18-55 non IS kit about 2y ago (yes, bit better : ) ) and a Sigma 70-300 (that I got with the 350D kit and for some reason thought its only for crop, turns out it works on FF as well)... and some cravings, as probably most of us

So, thanks again and with this done (the upgrade was pending for a long time and got me confused and looking up the gear more than taking pictures), I hope to be able to helpfully contribute every now and then, however the downside on the camera is that I now feel to be worse than my gear and some of your pictures here support it strongly.


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