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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: Today at 02:13:52 AM »
It's funny to see just how different purposes we have with our photography. I too use my backpack only for storage at home, lift it only to vacuum under, lol. And one of my absolutely most used items is flash, as in OCF through soft box that is.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 04:04:53 PM »
Sold my Sekonic meter and my Spyder LensCal yesterday help fund an item I hope will be MUCH used.

I also had a few tripods that never got used. Monopods never used. Grey card. Gel holder for the 600 RT etc. lol and I have two cases full of useless items, like the Ricoh R10 I won once.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:47:03 AM »
I hope they bring back the f/1.0 - just sharper!

+1...without focus shift. Sharp from wide open to f2.8

Sharp ... you mean like how the Sigma 50/1.4 Art is sharp? Or sharp as in how the 50/1.2L is sharp?

Sharper than 85L II @ f1.2 and no AF issues like ART

And with amazing bokeh like the 50/1.0L, not like the Sigma 50/1.4 Art.

I'll take the bokeh of the 50 Art over the 1.0 L any day..

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 04:12:19 AM »
I cheap out on a lot ! I hardly ever buy a new lens, always used and I haggle like a pro. I have always bought the cheapest soft boxes and modifiers for my flashes, absolutely done with that, because they're useless.

I used to buy the cheapest of all accessories like triggers and filters (not protectors) but found it only ends up costing much more than I planned due to them not meeting my requirements.

First thing I cheaped out on was buying the first Tamron 18-200 DiII for mye first dslr, the 350D. I used it for a while but the IQ was so much worse than my Sony Compact. I then bought the 17-85 instead, where I also cheaped out, because the seller was right, a few more bucks and I could get the 17-40  ;D

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:31:39 PM »
Viggo:  Phottix makes several softboxes that you can place your lights inside.  They are ok.  I've not had any issue with them yet.  The only thing I don't like about those boxes is that you are limited in tilting movement.


Thanks! My Swedish friend also uses them, but can't get them in Norway, and I wonder, are the rods inside the umbrella boxes any better than the "eBay stuff" ?

I'm aware of the limited tilt action, and it's a large drawback, but it's either that or not taking it with me due to needing heavy sand bags. I just take the chance with the inside mount boxes, lol.

Any one have a link to where I can buy this bracket?



I have two of these and they work brilliantly. No wobble at the mount even with a 120 octabox http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151181673856?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

This seller has decent softboxes. The essentialphoto/pixapro ones are well made (for the price) and don't feel super cheap. Yes they aren't profoto but then what do you really expect for £50?  http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/tsl-2009?_trksid=p2047675.l2559


Thanks for the links. I guess I can't see how it can be mounted horizontally and have no support except the hot shoe. I saw that the Godox one had a screw on the horizontal rail that supported the flash under also, it's also a heavy flash making the load on the hot shoe even worse. It's 642 dollars for the ProFoto plus speedring, but in the end, that enables the use if all ProFoto boxes also.. And investment, at least that's whatni have to
Convince myself of, lol.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:01:30 PM »
A new 50 L that's "a lot smaller" ?? Makes no sense whatsoever ..

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:07:13 AM »
"As everything works with lenses, no lens cannot be strong somewhere without being weak somewhere else."

Want to borrow my 200? 8)

Your 200 is weak at zooming, but I'd borrow it anyway :-)

Lol, well, it's also weak at surfing the internet on  :P

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 27, 2014, 02:17:23 PM »
"As everything works with lenses, no lens cannot be strong somewhere without being weak somewhere else."

Want to borrow my 200? 8)

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:05:19 AM »
Wow! Fantastic shots. I really like your style. An inspiration. Makes me want to go out and shoot. I sold my wife's 5d and my camera is being fixed so I'm without a camera for a month! But when it gets back I've got my new flash and perhaps a new soft box .

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No issues here either. Also took 20 minutes before the camera was returned to me. I'm not a cps member.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:52:17 AM »
Kai at digitalrev published his hands-on review video. Lack of beautiful bokeh at 1.4 seems to be a weak point of this lens, based on Kai. I was wondering what other users think of it.
http://www.digitalrev.com/article/sigma-50mm-f-1-4/MjQ3MTQwNjA2


I think he's very wrong. And he's also wrong about build quality.


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Lenses / Re: How many years before we see a 50L II
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:56:44 AM »
many years.
there is nothing wrong with the 50L.

it's a people lens. it's plenty sharp.
it's f/1.2 - so if you're not nailing focus, you need to work on your technique.
+1 and you might want to visit the many "where is the 35L II" threads for some perspective on long waits...

Thank you..

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:53:08 AM »
Thanks everyone for your kind words.
Viggo: Godox is coming out with a new version of the flash holder.

http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_S_type_Speedlite_Bracket.html

It might be better.  I have not used it myself though.


Soo, wait what, it just hangs there tightened with a screw on top? Lol, but I guess it works since they make it that way. I have a simple bracket myself I might use.


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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:58:43 AM »
Viggo:  Phottix makes several softboxes that you can place your lights inside.  They are ok.  I've not had any issue with them yet.  The only thing I don't like about those boxes is that you are limited in tilting movement.


Thanks! My Swedish friend also uses them, but can't get them in Norway, and I wonder, are the rods inside the umbrella boxes any better than the "eBay stuff" ?

I'm aware of the limited tilt action, and it's a large drawback, but it's either that or not taking it with me due to needing heavy sand bags. I just take the chance with the inside mount boxes, lol.

Any one have a link to where I can buy this bracket?



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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:52:29 AM »
Well done yokaew. I really like your work.

+1, I think you are very very talented. I don't not know just how to put it, but you use light extremely right! It looks great  :)

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