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Lenses / Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:28:08 AM »
I won't even buy a 70-200mm in the first place because it's just too big and heavy for my taste. I'd rather carry two primes (35mm/135mm).

That said, I can understand why a lot of event photographers (and big, muscular people) choose the 70-200mm. It's only downside is size/weight, imo.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Magic Lantern Firmware - Good or Bad?
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:19:11 AM »
Can't you (or a Canon service center) reinstall the original software/firmware if something goes wrong?

Sure, there's always a risk with 3rd party software, but there are also rewards. You do the research and weigh the pros and cons. Anyone who says all 3rd party software is bad is making uneducated assumptions.

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Does it have similarly high performance across the entire focal range?

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Lenses / Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:44:54 PM »
Thanks for the advice all! I ended up carrying too much equipment (14mm, 24-105mm, 50mm, 70-200mm, monopod, flash) but had a great time. On the plus side, carrying all that meant I burned more calories while walking around!Next time, I might just stick with the 24-105 and the 50 and leave everything else home.

Thanks for the debriefing!

A lot of people get excited about the 14mm, and rightly so. But let's face it... it's a specialty lens. The 16-35mm L and 17-40 L don't match the quality of the 14mm L, but they are quite versatile.

I also find that the 24-105mm L almost always has enough width to get the shot. And when I'm packing light, I often pair it with my 50 f/1.4 (to cover low light). But I'm starting to feel like I might want to get the 35mm L because the 50 is just a tad long (I can always crop in post, but I can't magically add more photo).

I'm starting to agree with more experienced shooters that going light with the gear can improve your photography by lightening your load and pushing the creativity that can come out of limitations.

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Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:34:30 PM »
This is popular on red carpets...


CB Mini-RC
http://www.custombrackets.com/cb-mini-rc.html

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The Three Best Lenses for Filmmaking?
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:25:53 PM »
Ohhh. I see. That does make a lot of sense.

Is there a chart I can consult for Canon lenses?

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Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:54:08 PM »
Sorry, a bit off-topic...

Alien Bees Ringflash
http://www.paulcbuff.com/abr800.php

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Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:51:58 PM »
Wow. I hear so many bad things about the build quality of this lens. I've had one for years and never had a problem with how it's stored. But I can see how it wouldn't stand up to abuse.

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Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:19:20 PM »
@wickidwombat I looked at both the Rayflash and the Orbis ring flash. Those two were the most tempting for me. But I felt like they would probably find their way to the graveyard. I don't shoot glamour shots for a living, so I have the option not to walk around town with a giant piece of plastic around my camera. I'm much more inclined to just wait until I have the money for some real studio gear like Alien Bees. For me, a ring flash is studio gear.

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Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:50:06 PM »
I've also struggled with this. I think metering and exposure are critical to getting good shots with on-camera flash. Whenever possible, I think on-camera flash works best when used to fill in shadows and not as the primary light source. The only exception is when you can bounce the light off nearby surfaces and diffuse the light.

With regard to flash toys, I don't think there is a silver bullet. All of the various manipulators seem to have their pluses and minuses. I've used cards, diffusers, bouncers, etc. Like most photographers, I have a flash toy graveyard.

I've also looked at ringflashes, but I feel like they are one-trick ponies (and the good ones are expensive). I wouldn't even call a ringflash "on-camera" because it's about as cumbersome as a tripod, imo.

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Lenses / Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:09:17 PM »
Great shot of the dogs, 7enderbender!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Who is this idiot??
« on: September 09, 2012, 09:13:39 PM »
hilarious

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Need help - photographs on dull days
« on: September 09, 2012, 09:05:55 PM »
Here's a B&W edit with Lightroom.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Need help - photographs on dull days
« on: September 09, 2012, 08:15:56 PM »
I find that getting colors right is the most difficult part of post production. I can almost always get the exposure, contrast, and composition right. But I am rarely satisfied with the colors. My edit here is no exception.

When you have a photo like this, with unappealing colors SOOC, it is tempting to immediately go B&W without trying to do it in color. But I believe every photo can have its colors improved.

Alas, there is rarely a silver bullet for color. I find that getting colors right often requires every tool in the LR kit.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Need help - photographs on dull days
« on: September 09, 2012, 03:17:11 AM »
Lightroom.

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