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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:57:52 PM »
The manual indicates that if you fire the modeling flash (which is what that 'continuous strobe' is called) more that 10 times in a row you should let the flash rest for 10 min.

It's no problem leaving HSS as default.

Thanks Neuro :)

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Lighting / Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:42:27 PM »
I have a couple of questions:

1) When using three 600 and a st-e3 for a shoot a week ago, I happened to bump into on of the two buttons down to the right (left when viewed from front) on the 1Dx, and it gave me a strobistic preview light. Brilliant to have this feature I thought, until a friend of mine mentioned that this can kill the strobe if used ´too much´. As I do not want to kill my speedlites; is this dangerous?

2) Is there any drawback to have them always on HSS? I seem to have read (or seen a video) that if shooting speed is below 1/250 it works just like normal, and that the HSS (and its subsequent limiting on power) only kicks in when speed goes beyond this. Are there any drawbacks or dangers to have this as a default setting?

Thanks,

Gerhard.

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Hey everyone

Can you guts please offer some advice on how one should or should pack one's camera bag please?

I've recently found that if I place my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L ii with the front element down, the lens cap pops off.

A veteran tog has also advised me not to pack my camera with a lens attached to it.

You guts have anymore? Should I vacuum my bag periodically?

Thanks guys

Never had that problem, but I think I put the lenses in the compartments with the rear down?!? I did break the UV filter on my Sigma 35 A attached to my 5D II, but that was on a trip abroad and it was just lying in a computer bag.

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Lenses / Re: Canon ef 300 mm f/2.8 IS II + TC 2X III test shots
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:04:33 PM »
Okay, so I just got this lens, and I'm jazzed, okay, I realize that. But, I put it on my 6D and took some pics of a building not quite 1/2 mile away at 300 mm and 600 mm with the 2X TC III. There are lenses that don't seem to match up too well with the 2X III (such as the 70-200 II zoom). But, that would NOT seem to be the case with the 300 mm 2.8 + the TC. WOW. You can see the screws in the security lights from nearly a half mile away. Okay, I'm impressed. (And these were just shot out of the box on a tripod, no remote exposure, totally auto mode shot...). (Click on the big thumbnail on the right to see the full resolution).
http://optimagroup.smugmug.com/Canon-ef-300-mm-f28-USM-IS-plu/

A great combo! I tried the same on a 1Dx last summer, and it was great. However, I think my 2xIII works just fine on my 70-200 II :)

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Is a hammer better than a saw? Should I get a hammer or a saw, or both? That is the question of the OP as I read it. Not the relative merits of a hammer and a saw. As the first reply in this thread indicated, only you can figure out whether you need to put in nails or make a piece into two in a good looking way..

As to you predicament. I had a similar predicament a couple of years ago. I was short on cash (for this sort of things) and I badly wanted the 135L, but also the 100L. While the one was the king of portrait, the other one could do portrait and macro... Well, I ended the dissonace by buying both :)

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:59:31 PM »
I'm just an amateur photographer who mostly takes photos of my kids so I usually just have one 600EX on my camera.  That said, I now have six 600EX and one ST-E3.  I take a lot of photos at children parties and I like using low ISO speeds so I put stands everywhere.  The place we usually have parties is very large so six lights is often not enough for those rare occasions.
I would be scared that the kids would run into the lightstands... :) I have settled on 5 for now, but who knows. I am also so lucky that I have a close friend who has two more if I need to borrow, as he can borrow five of me.


























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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon profit report
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:45:12 PM »
http://asia.nikkei.com/Markets/Tokyo-Market/Canon-likely-saw-7-profit-boost-in-January-September

October 15, 2014 1:57 am JST

Canon likely saw 7% profit boost in January-SeptemberTOKYO -- Canon's operating profit apparently climbed 7% on the year to just over 260 billion yen ($2.41 billion) for the nine months through September thanks to strong office equipment sales and a weak yen.

     But sluggish camera sales blunted the Japanese company's profits, which had shot up 26% in the January-June half.

     Total sales for the January-September period likely stayed flat from the 2.69 trillion yen booked a year earlier.

     Both sales and profit appear to have grown at its mainstay office equipment unit. The recovery in the business environment has pushed up demand for photocopiers, laser printers and other office equipment around the world. The soft yen has further boosted profits. Yet sales of high-margin consumable items, such as toner, stalled.

     Meanwhile, profits in its imaging systems segment likely dipped from falling digital camera sales. The company sold about 30% fewer compact cameras due to competition from smartphones with better-quality cameras. Weak personal spending in Europe and repercussions from Japan's sales tax hike also contributed to a double-digit drop for interchangeable-lens products, such as SLRs.

     The company is focusing more on higher-end items, which have a wider profit margin, and has slashed production costs, but was unable to completely make up for the slow sales.

     Canon plans to release January-September results on Oct. 27. It is expected to retain its guidance for the year ending in December of an 8% operating profit gain to 365 billion yen.
Thanks, this was interesting read.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:20:45 AM »
I might be biased, but this is imo probably the best studio picture I have ever taken. Biased, because it is my mother, and she has not always glowed like this..

The setup was one light (three 600ex-rt behind an umbrella), black paper backdrop. Camera goes without saying in this thread :), but the lens was Sigma 35A.
Flott bilde Gerhard!

Takk Eldar. Det bildet betyr mye for meg.
Off topic - and I love the picture. Is Norwegian grammar similar to English grammar?
Thank you :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:51:41 AM »
I might be biased, but this is imo probably the best studio picture I have ever taken. Biased, because it is my mother, and she has not always glowed like this..

The setup was one light (three 600ex-rt behind an umbrella), black paper backdrop. Camera goes without saying in this thread :), but the lens was Sigma 35A.
Flott bilde Gerhard!

Takk Eldar. Det bildet betyr mye for meg.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:32:43 AM »
I might be biased, but this is imo probably the best studio picture I have ever taken. Biased, because it is my mother, and she has not always glowed like this..

The setup was one light (three 600ex-rt behind an umbrella), black paper backdrop. Camera goes without saying in this thread :), but the lens was Sigma 35A.

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Lenses / Re: Which TS-E for NYC?
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:22:49 AM »
Hello all-

Finally ready to take the plunge on a TS-E lens but still woefully undecided on which. I currently shoot on a 5D3, with the 24-70L II, 70-200L II, and the nifty 50.

Living just outside of NYC it seems a shame I haven't taken the opportunity to photograph it. My primary interest in this context is the phenomenal architecture of the city, though I quite enjoy people photography as well. I'm envisioning the 24-70L II, a 135L, and one of the TS-E's (along with my Gitzo carbon legs and RRS ball head) as a suitable kit to these ends. But I'm undecided on the 17 vs 24.

One the one hand, 17 gives me a perspective 24 can't (though I could take advantage of shift movements). I have the Lee Big Stopper and hope to employ it but I read that is now also possible with the 17. So which is my better investment if I'm hoping to capture shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, Flat Iron Building, GCT, High Line, NY Public Library, and the like?

Thanks in advance!
I took this one with the 16-35 II at the River Cafe in Brooklyn of the skyline with the bridge. I seriously wanted the 17L TS-E and got it, but I am currently selling it (I am in Norway, so you are not in the market :). What I am trying to say, is that tilt shift lenses are a speciality lens, and be sure that it is what you really want. I would today rather go for the 14L II.
Just my two cents :)

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Lighting / Re: Flash equipment for Portraits & Events
« on: October 13, 2014, 07:41:07 AM »
I shot the last event using a Canon 580EX II and a Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud which a friend lent me. I took some shots outside and some inside a tent with transparent walls. In the tent I sometimes bounced the light on the ceiling and some light reached the people from the Lightsphere. Could you recommend a better diffuser for situations like this?

I had great fun making a DIY dome by cutting a plastic bottle in two, and spraying frost on the inside of the bottom, and using some type of foam to attach to the flashhead. Otherwise I normally fit Stofen on my flashes. If you want to save a buck or two, there is a great page where you get tips on how to make stuff yourself: http://www.diyphotography.net/

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Nice pictures here.

I am on my iPad, so I have not the ¨real ´ pictures here, but here is the link to the first two pictures I sold in order. The first was used for a main theme for an organization, and the second I printed on my Pixma Pro 1, and had it framed in a frame shop? and sold.

https://500px.com/photo/3196219/escalator-iii-catching-the-color-by-gerhard-emil-schjelderup?from=user

https://500px.com/photo/13964305/enter!-by-gerhard-emil-schjelderup?from=user

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Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 09, 2014, 08:44:11 AM »
Regarding the extra grip, which provide double battery capacity. Does anyone know if they are using the batteries in parallel, to boost torque for faster AF speed? If they havn't, I'll drop the grip and just carry an extra battery, as I have done with my various 5D bodies.
I posted the very same question to another thread here a while ago, and I think it was neuro who answered that it uses the batteries sequentially, thus not paralell :(

To be expected, Canon is quite zealous in guarding the 1dx-only features (faster af speed, af-linked spot, ..., no Magic Lantern). If they trickle down the af (5d3) & rgb metering (7d2) and don't find anything new to add to the 1d, this will only make them stick more to the exclusive features left.





Quote from: Eldar on Today at 07:20:48 AM

Regarding the extra grip, which provide double battery capacity. Does anyone know if they are using the batteries in parallel, to boost torque for faster AF speed? If they havn't, I'll drop the grip and just carry an extra battery, as I have done with my various 5D bodies.




I posted the very same question to another thread here a while ago, and I think it was neuro who answered that it uses the batteries sequentially, thus not paralell :(

Edit: In all fairness, I asked this question unrelated to the 7D II, so it might yield another answer...Modify message

« Last Edit: Today at 08:06:37 AM by Quasimodo »
Batteries are either mounted in series or in parallel.

If they were mounted in series, a pair of 9 volt batteries would give you an 18 volt battery. Since all the internal electronics is made to run off of a 9V battery, this would mean that instead of regulating from 9V down to 5V, you would now be regulating from 18V down to 5V and you would be wasting a lot of your capacity and building up more heat.... the only exception to this would be the power feed to drive the AF motors of the lenses.... and on some of the big whites they will operate faster with the higher voltage of the 1DX batteries, but certainly not at an even higher 2X LP-E6 voltage.....

Therefore they are not in series.

Mounting in parallel can either be both batteries active at the same time, or with circuitry to switch from one battery to the other once charge on the secondary battery depletes to a certain level. Most cameras do it this way. What will happen is that the camera will operate from the grip battery until it is drained, and then switch over to the internal battery. It is done in this order because the grips are removable and you can not always depend on having the grip mounted. If you did it the other way, you could end up with the scenario where you use the camera for a while, deplete the internal battery down to , say 20% left, remove the grip, and go on shooting with a ready-to-die battery. Much better to deplete the grip battery first, and if you remove it, you still have a well charged internal battery.

Thank you, this was informative :)

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Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 09, 2014, 08:12:54 AM »
Regarding the extra grip, which provide double battery capacity. Does anyone know if they are using the batteries in parallel, to boost torque for faster AF speed? If they havn't, I'll drop the grip and just carry an extra battery, as I have done with my various 5D bodies.
I posted the very same question to another thread here a while ago, and I think it was neuro who answered that it uses the batteries sequentially, thus not paralell :(

To be expected, Canon is quite zealous in guarding the 1dx-only features (faster af speed, af-linked spot, ..., no Magic Lantern). If they trickle down the af (5d3) & rgb metering (7d2) and don't find anything new to add to the 1d, this will only make them stick more to the exclusive features left.





Quote from: Eldar on Today at 07:20:48 AM

Regarding the extra grip, which provide double battery capacity. Does anyone know if they are using the batteries in parallel, to boost torque for faster AF speed? If they havn't, I'll drop the grip and just carry an extra battery, as I have done with my various 5D bodies.




I posted the very same question to another thread here a while ago, and I think it was neuro who answered that it uses the batteries sequentially, thus not paralell :(

Edit: In all fairness, I asked this question unrelated to the 7D II, so it might yield another answer...Modify message

« Last Edit: Today at 08:06:37 AM by Quasimodo »


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