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Lighting / large softboxes for speedlights - what are you using
« on: July 17, 2014, 12:15:31 PM »
Is anyone using large softboxes, over 40 inches, for their speedlights - which brand/model are you using. I'm looking for one above 40 inches, and have a limited budget

PowerShot / SX 50 example
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:32:23 PM »
The image on the left show the camera wide, while the image on the right shows it zoomed all the way out. Hand held. The yellow/green mark on the left shows where the player is standing.

Software & Accessories / iOS DOF calculator
« on: March 04, 2014, 09:34:49 PM »
What iOS DOF calculators are you using?

There are several on the app store. I need one for garden photography Thx

Third Party Manufacturers / What am I doing wrong?
« on: January 13, 2014, 01:25:30 PM »
When I switched to the Manfrotto 057 Magnesium Ball Head with Q5 Quick Release, I expected the droops to go away.

On top of it I use a 6D with 70-200, and sometimes with the 2x.

I was set up this weekend for some countryside landscapes, and had to keep framing higher than the image I wanted because of the continual drooping.

Any thoughts?

Third Party Manufacturers / Go-Pro-like DSLR chest strap/harness
« on: December 01, 2013, 01:16:59 PM »
Working on a personal project.

Need a Go-Pro-like DSLR chest strap/harness for POVERTY images; don't want a Go-Pro.

6D body

Google searches either turn up video rigs or DIY articles. Prefer something already built


Third Party Manufacturers / AC adapter for 60D/6D...Canon or 3rd party
« on: November 03, 2013, 12:13:06 AM »
$100 difference between Canon and no name OEM....what do you use?

Lenses / Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« on: October 31, 2013, 09:53:05 PM »
I have a 60D, 70-200 2.8 and a 2x converter. On the 60D this works out to 610mm.

Going up to visit some of the wildlife preserves near Sacramento, focusing on Colusa and Willows.

I'm thinking of renting a 500mm f4 for the weekend. I'd appreciate any hands-on with the 500mm

Technical Support / Sharpest f stop for a lens?
« on: September 14, 2013, 09:31:16 PM »
So, I'm watching Rod Goodman's video on B&H about headshots.

He said the reason he shoots at 5.6 is that a lens is sharpest two stops from wide open, he shoots with the 70-200 2.8

Is this a myth or true? I have never heard of such a thing before

PowerShot / Body Harness for Powershot G11/SX 50
« on: August 22, 2013, 03:00:30 PM »
There are a lot harnesses for GoPros

Any harnesses for Powershot G11/SX50?

Software & Accessories / 20 fps with...iphone
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:28:33 AM »
Just saw this story in techcrunch


I wish the guy who wrote it would hook up with magic lantern

EOS Bodies - For Stills / External Live View Monitor for Canon 60D
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:58:12 PM »
What is your experience using an external live view monitor for Canon 60D? or, another Canon body

I just want a bigger view. I'm planning on some macro photography later in the Spring, and would prefer an external monitor for live view.

Can I use a laptop that has an hdmi input and see the image on the screen?

Anyway to do this with an ipad 3?

any specific monitor-only brands to review?

Don't need remote control or capture


Third Party Manufacturers / Sony RX-100 Samples
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:51:35 PM »
I'm liking the images so far from the Sony Rx-100. This image was taken Sunday afternoon at the San Jose Municipal  Rose Garden.

I'm looking for a compact street shooter with crazy fast auto focus and would like to hear your real-world suggestions.

In my kit today, I have a G11, D60 and a Mamiya 7

With a crazy fast focus on a compact body, there are some of the other filters that will guide me:

-excellent IQ (for the size)
- articulated screen
- sharp lens/sharp lens availability
-SD card
-ability to use an intervalomiter
-Short minimum focus on wide/normal
-fixed lens ok
-shirt pocketable

Thinking maybe the Sony Rx100, (RX1 if I win in Vegas) don't know enough about the Canon Mirror

Software & Accessories / Which Pelican case?
« on: July 01, 2012, 01:18:57 PM »
Amazon delivered the Pelican 1400 and without opening the box, it looks to be too small.

Which size case should I get for 1 dslr body and 3 lenses, 1 mamiya 7 body and 1 lens, ipad, cable/battery/small gizmos

Lenses / ND Filters for Southwest Red Rock?
« on: June 17, 2012, 07:32:23 PM »
I saw the other thread about landscape filters.

What would the forum suggest when shooting the red rock from Valley of the Fire outside of Vegas, Antelope Canyon, both upper and lower, Monument Valley, various places around Moab, and probably some Death Valley and Mono Lake. Widest is a 10-20 zoom, med tele is 24-85, and 70-200 tele

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