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Software & Accessories / Re: What's your favorite Lightstand?
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:00:23 PM »
Thanks, awesome! I'll be sure to check them out. Mine couldneasily take the weight, but snapped in the joint when I grabbed it, needless to say, I hate wind! And even with the battery pack around the bottom.

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Software & Accessories / What's your favorite Lightstand?
« on: November 26, 2012, 09:30:35 AM »
Hi guys!

I want a lightstand that's light and small for a Quadra head in a 70 cm Octa.

Until today i used the stands that came in the Dlite4 kit, but the plastic tighten mechanism snapped when I grabbed it to prevent it from falling over. Metal is what I need!

Tips are most welcome!

Thanks!

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Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:08:10 PM »
Got my Quadra with 70 cm Deep Octa box the other day.

First thoughts:

Pro's:

 fantastic power from small lightweight stuff! They quality of light is gorgeous! Very easy to assemble and can be left half mounted. Very high sturdy quality on the Octa and batterypack. The head isn't bulletproof, but it's very light and just sits there so no real worries. The flexibility with the octa is enormous, you can use it bare, with only the deflector, with inner diffuser, outer, both or all three. All creating very different looks all equally high quality. VERY short flash duration is a GREAT feature! The LED model light is also awesome, I don't use it for video, but as focus assist and also, as a modelling light.

Cons:

You'll never learn how to use the "menu" without carrying the manual! Really tricky with just 7-seg's!
(Most of the things is a one-time change only, but indeed some aren't). The Asymetrical power can be frustrating when shooting two lamps. I tend to mostly use one and I work around it, but 50/50 would be awesome.
No small protective cap when the head is mounted in the standard Elinchrom adapter, so you have to carry the Quadra reflector for no other reason than to protect the flash tube. It can be a bit heavy, so for minimum weight, get the new lithium batteries.

The worst is that although it says "Skyport inside" it is only the receiver that's built into the batterypack. The TRANSMITTER is an expensive extra.. Remember this or you're stuck with the cable.

Conclusion:

Get the transmitter! Only way to remote control power. And also get the Octa, it's fantastic and perfect for a small portable kit. Would I recommend this? Oh, yesss, absolutely. Probably the best portable light there is when you don't need a mule as an assistant to carry the weight. And also one of the shortest flash duration for action. Love it!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 21, 2012, 04:33:05 PM »
Weathersealing?

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Light stand and oc-e3 cord is the fastest way do send your flash to the floor, the cable is to short and stiff, and when you try to move around with your eye in the VF, it will tip over.

The bigger light the softer the light, BUT remember this is appearant light size, meaning a smaller light can look soft by moving it VERY close to the subject. That is why the biggest light source of them all, the sun, gives very harsh shadows, it looks tiny for us. So in other words, how soft light you can get depends on how close the light is and how big it looks to your subject.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 85mm 1.2 version I or II
« on: November 21, 2012, 03:48:31 AM »
Never tried mk1, but in those samples above the bokeh looks way crappy compared to the mk2, which is a big reason for buying it.

maybe the quality of the bokeh is caused by the busy backgrounds, the 1 and 2 actually don't have that big of a difference in image quality/bokeh.

main upgrades are af speed, and flare control, up to the buyer to decide if it's worth the extra money.

..and rounded aperturediaphragm.. i've shot too much with 85 mk2 to just think it's a busy background, that's what i love about the 85, it doesn't show busy background..

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EOS Bodies / Re: 85mm 1.2 version I or II
« on: November 20, 2012, 03:25:33 PM »
Never tried mk1, but in those samples above the bokeh looks way crappy compared to the mk2, which is a big reason for buying it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MARK III with 50 mm f/1.2 performence
« on: November 20, 2012, 04:53:34 AM »
Not sure how to determine if a lens is 12 times better, but for me it's absolutely worth it. Twice as much light, weather sealed, fantastic bokeh, color and contrast. Hopeless .AF mounted on a 5d2, can't miss AF no matter what on the 1dx and also seriously much better on the 5d3. Build and handling are superb. Love it.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Sample Images
« on: November 19, 2012, 01:20:05 PM »
It seems strange to me apparently no one remembers that the Canon sample images have nothing to do with reality. The editing and smearing is crazy.

Please find the 1d X sample pictures of that model in the blue dress or whatever and TELL ME that has anything to do with what the 1d X is capable of producing, I think not.

Those sample images from Canon is only to be looked at for their subject, they might as well be shot with a Ixus V2.

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That article shows the difference between a proshooter and an enthusiast  ;)

That being said, it took for someone here at CR, to make me aware of the fix to my annoyance over not being able to skip menu tab's. Just press the Q-button, wonderful!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Question
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:57:51 PM »
1.1.1 is the latest and includes all previous firmwares. No need for 1.0.3 or 1.0.6..

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Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 17, 2012, 04:33:38 AM »
I took my almost 5 year-old daughter to her gymnastics class a couple of weeks ago.  My wife asked me to email her a pic during the class, so I held up my iPhone and caught a well-timed pic of her hanging from an uneven bar. The guy next to me looked over at the iPhone 'shutter click' and said, "If you want to get an actually decent pic, you need a real camera." He reached into his bag and pulled out his T2i with an EF-S 55-250mm mounted, and gave me a little grin.  I grinned back and replied, "You know, it's really more about composition and timing than about gear."  He took some shots, well-spaced since the popup flash was firing (despite the kids being out of its effective range) as I watched the kids.  When mine started a bounce down the trampoline track a few minutes later, I was unable to resist.  I looked over and said as I reached down, "Ever seen Crocodile Dundee? 'That's not a camera...that's a camera,'" as I pulled out my 1D X with the 70-200 II and fired off a 12 fps burst.

True story.  ;)

(1D X, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 200mm, 1/500 s, f/2.8, ISO 10000)

To read that made me so happy , I wish I was there to see his face!

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Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 17, 2012, 04:10:30 AM »
Check my setup in the signature, I 75% of images are of kids in the younger than 5 years..

I love the 24, 35 for laying on the floor when they play. Outside i also use those two for the most. The 50 gets a lot of use always, and equal the 85. I can't really see me using anything else... the closer the better. I don't like a 300 to "not interfere" and shoot from a distance, because first off, you often loose the connection to the subject, and second, you isolate the subject, whilst I found setting and surroundings where they like to play much more interesting. If you see a wooden wall behind the kid you fail to see his favorite climbing rack you would've gotten with the 24. Why i love the lenses I have is because when including the background with wide lenses, you can make them less intrusive with a much larger aperture.

Only my opinion..

I agree with Neuro about the 85 for portraits of course, and in a birthday setting or something is very different from out playing with one or two kids. I like to take my son to kindergarten on Sundays, then we can shoot on all of his favorite climbers and slides with on clutter and interruption.. i'll post a few samples later  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Conversion to Nikon
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:46:16 AM »
The shot of the two elephant babies in the competion was seriously funny and cute  :D

Congrats on winning btw.

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Technical Support / Re: How to rotate video?
« on: November 16, 2012, 05:26:49 AM »
why would you do that?

if you rotate the video.. well it is rotated... unlike you shoot some abstract stuff i don´t see the sense in that.

if you shot a person walking... after the rotation the person would be 90 degree rotatet. think about it.
 
fact is you don´t shoot video in a horizontal position... not a slong as you don´t want to make an "artistic" statement.

You DO shoot in horizontal position, I'm sure you meant that as well..

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