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Canon General / Re: Canon LP-E6 Product Advisory
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:56:12 PM »
After reading this, I don't feel quite so insane.

I recently took the plunge on a 6D kit. It arrived at my office, I took it home at lunch and put the battery on to charge and went back to my office. When I got home that night the light was still blinking orange and the battery had no charge when I put it in the camera. I switched outlets with the charger and set it to charge again. It was fine after that.

I had been thinking that I somehow inserted it improperly (which seems almost impossible) or that there was something wrong with the original outlet (even though I use it all the time). Nice to know it was a super-drained battery.

Landscape / Re: Sunset - The Post Mill, Mountnessing, Essex
« on: October 04, 2013, 06:41:09 PM »
I was originally going to say, "Nice shot, but I really wish there was a glimpse of detail on the left side of the frame."

Then I clicked on the image and looked at the big upload on Flickr, like I should have done in the first place.

Beautiful image.


RE: paul13walnut5's altitude comment -- this was from Griffith Park Observatory.  Changing altitude from that vista isn't really an option.  But certainly, I should be considering altitude if the location allows.  Good tip.

- A

I think you could get a bit lower perspective from somewhere around the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Great view of downtown, but I don't think it's quite so high.

I'm curious if footage shot with such different ISO values will cut together well in post. I know this is doc style and not narrative, so you'll get a lot more leeway with the viewer, but I'm still curious.

Maybe you've already thought of this, but since you now have a meter you could go to a few of the places and take some incident foot-candle readings in various spots of each location. If the bars don't want you running around with a camera for a test shoot, it would at least give you an idea of the kind of light you'll be getting. That way you can go through your notes and see what kind of exposures you would be faced with in a given location.

Of course, all bets are off if the bars change their lighting, but at least you'd have some reference to work with.

Lenses / Re: Is There Such Thing As a "Best" Normal Lens for Crop?
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:45:19 PM »
Not going to get into the debate of what is "normal," but I'm very happy with the original 35mm 2 on crop. It's a nice compact lens with good IQ for the money.

Lighting / Re: Thinking of buying a Light Meter
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:33:56 PM »
That's an interesting bunch of responses.

Of course you don't "need" a light meter. On the side of the viewfinder of an old TLR that I have it has settings to use for "sunny" and "in the shade."

If you get the results you are looking for with the meter built into your camera, then maybe you don't need an external meter.

But, there are plenty of places where it's useful to have a handheld meter, especially an incident meter. To know how much light is actually falling on something, not just the processor's idea of what a proper exposure should be. To check different areas of a scene to know what your ratios are coming out at. I can think of a lot of reasons why to use one.

That being said, my old (and I mean really really old, like doesn't need a battery old) Sekonic doesn't usually come out. But when I need it, it's there.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 22, 2013, 05:11:17 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the knowledge.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 22, 2013, 02:36:11 PM »
So, I'm going to pick up the Vello collar. If I want to mount this on an arca type head, is there a specific plate I should be looking at? Would it be this one from Kirk, and would it fit on a Vello collar?


Thinking of picking up this 3LeggedThing from Adorama, since since what I have right now seems to be heavier and not as arca compatible as was described.


Software & Accessories / Re: Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 20, 2013, 01:23:51 PM »
Thanks Neuro. I'll take a look at the Vello. I've been pretty happy with their accessories in the past.

Software & Accessories / Lens support/collar tripod question
« on: August 20, 2013, 12:57:08 PM »
Hi all. Looking for a little advice and knowledge here.

I recently picked up a couple new toys, partially for an upcoming trip to Yosemite and partially because I am planning on upgrading to full frame in the near future, hopefully before the trip in November.

I bought a 200mm f/2.8L II to give me something on the telephoto end since both of my zooms are EF-S lenses that won't work when I upgrade my camera, and I wanted to get a taste of L glass at a decent price. I also picked up a 2x Extender III, both items at very fair prices on EBay.

When I have just the 200 on my camera (currently an older XSi, but hopefully soon a 6D) it seems borderline whether I would need to use a tripod collar. When I have both the lens and the extender attached, the balance is completely different.

For those with experience with this lens and especially with the lens and an extender, do you use a tripod collar? Is it placed on the lens or the extender (that may be a stupid question)?

Thanks in advance.

EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:00:25 PM »
No way.

Different tools for different jobs, needs and budgets.

Do I covet FF? Yes, I do. I would like to be able to shoot in lower light without flash. I'd like to take advantage of the shallower DOF and the fact that lenses would be the same to me as they were when I was shooting on film. But it's not for everyone on every budget, for every job, or size of kit.

A crop sensor camera paired with smaller EF-S lenses is a nice compact package that I think a lot of enthusiasts would appreciate on vacation.

A fast crop sensor body vs a slow ff body seems like a better fit for sports at a relatively equal budget.

Oh, and the 6D is not the same price as the 7D. I'd have one in my hand right now if it was.

As someone else said in a previous post, the 6D and 7D are like apples and oranges. I think they would make a great combo. And I also like apples and oranges, but I tend not to compare them.

Lenses / Re: What should I upgrade? I can't be done, can I?
« on: August 07, 2013, 01:48:26 PM »
Do you shoot much with the 85mm f/1.8 USM? What about it makes you want to upgrade to the L? I haven't shot with the 1.2, but I love the 85 1.8, and I have read posts from many who have used both who still like the 1.8. Not saying it's better, just that maybe upgrading a different focal length first (like the 135) would be more beneficial.

Software & Accessories / Re: Joby Ultra Plate with Blackrapid strap?
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:38:49 PM »
Since I am using the same setup as Neuro, I am a bit biased. I have no problem trusting the clamp with my gear and the added weight of the clamp is negligible. As long as you put Locktite between the screw thingy and the clamp, all is good.

Thanks, and good to know. I think I'm still leaning that way since it seems a bit more flexible.

Software & Accessories / Re: Joby Ultra Plate with Blackrapid strap?
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:06:10 PM »
I just re-read my original post, sorry for how vague it is.

I have the Blackrapid Metro strap and I really like it. It's very comfortable, and for the size of my gear (not too big) it works very nicely. The one design flaw seems to be that if I want to put my camera on a tripod, I have to unscrew the strap, screw in a plate, and then mount the camera. Not exactly quick.

I have seen Neuro's solution with a Kirk clamp on his strap, plate on his camera. This is what I was thinking of doing, as my tripod head is also Arca Swiss compatible.

Then I saw this plate in a B&H announcement email, and it seemed like another solution, a cheaper, smaller version of the Custom SLR M-Plate Pro. http://www.customslr.com/products/m-plate-pro

My concerns with this type of solution is that the strap stays attached to the camera, so I have to keep taking the strap on and off (maybe not a big deal), vs adding the extra piece and weight of a clamp, plus an extra attach point that could fail.


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