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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: October 01, 2014, 08:54:13 AM »
Then there is Frank Doorhof, a Dutch fashion photographer, who says

If you think you need two lights, use one
If you think you need three lights, use one
If you are absolutly sure you need four lights, then you should start considering using two. 

Not sure that advice applies to every situtation but it is probably a good general rule.  ;D

Love his pictures and videos, although he shoots with the wrong system ;)

Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:52:37 AM »
Westcott Apollo 50"
Very good softbox for three or six flashes.

The Lightware forusquare
Great modifier with much functionality.

Any Parabolic umbrella, The PCB PLM range are great value.

Thanks for the tip! So fare I have been using a tri-hotshoe and a large umbrella, but I will look into your suggestions :)
While I cannot contribute to the discussion about the very nature of HSS, to me it is the ability to shoot faster than my 1Dx (and soon 7DII)´s 1/250. Hence my need for more than three 600´s :)

Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:26:41 PM »
How many speedlites do you need or how many speedlites do you want?  The answer may be different.  :P

A valid and uncomfortable question.... :) I guess I WANT 15x600ex rt`s which a st-e3 allows, but is way over what I will probably ever need. I am thinking that 6 would be good, and if I need more, I have some friends who have a couple each which I can borrow on account of my good looks ;)

Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:22:56 AM »
Thank you all for your valuable advice.

I have to think hard about this as there is as you all mention a certain economical committment to buying these flashes. While the advice to buy more when the specific need arises makes sense,  I have a chance now to get my basic kit set up. I might go for three more, and if it is a overkill for my use/skill they actually keep a good second hand price. 

I am also pondering if I should keep my two elinchrom D-lite 200w given their eye cell capabilities, thus allowing me to use them for  backdrop light triggered by the 600 flashes.

Lighting / Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 26, 2014, 06:23:23 PM »
Yeah, a question with no definite answer, but yet....

I have now sold two of my studio strobes (elinchrom), and am about to sell the other two I have. What I have left is my three 600ex rt and a st-e3. I am thinking about aquiring another three speedlites, to allow me the flexibility of having enough light for most situations that I will encounter as an amateur (with the occasional paid photogig). My main use will be a studio setup, but I would also like the opportunity to do HSS.

Any thoughts?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Guidebook Available for Download
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:18:57 PM »
What looks like the full manual is available here

Although I'm quite prepared to be disabused of that.

Thanks for the link. I downloaded the other one, but iBooks kept prompting me for a password. Your link worked fine. Looking forward to reading this. I am soooooo looking forward to this camera. I¨ve sold my 5D II and other stuff to raise the cash quickly for this baby. Pumped....

Yes its because it is...just saw now that the sharpening was at default in LR for the first twoimages whereas in DXO I turned it off...you have sharp eyes :)

Thank you, you made my day :) LOL

With the launch of the 7d2 most of us have been somewhat disappointed that our beloved brand Canon didn't introduce a higher megapixel sensor to rival that of the competition.....but you know what we have right now still works pretty well...

I have the cheaper 6D that I use daily for my professional work and also for my private photography. This cameras high iso quality has just blown me over. Of course I have not compared it to the competition but the image quality of this camera has never let me down professionally. Personally I would like a few more pixels at 100 iso.

Enclosed a 25000 iso shot of my daughters school play. First image as it appears in LR without any tweaking also a 100% crop of the same image to show noise etc.

Last image is after Raw processing via  DXO optics pro 9 using the 'prime noise reduction tool' and then in LR I added a bit of 'grain' afterwards to my own taste. No sharpening. for me a high iso image shouldnt be devoid of noise, hence the added grain which also helps to improve the 'look' of sharpness. Actually sharpening the image didn't really improve it much so I left it as is - something I have noticed before with high iso images...

What I see here is that I could open the shadows quite a bit (contrary to conventional wisdom)and also that there was  still quite a lot of detail  left in the highlights. Also that the noise reduction software is really very very good and that its just really a matter of taste how much more or less one wants to reduce the noise. I have made quite large prints, A3 to A2, of these 25000 iso images and the image quality is just superb! Of course one cant use 25ooo iso images on every subject matter but with lighting conditions like in the sample image here it works just well!

I am not saying its the best or better than Nikon, Sony, Fuji etc...I really couldn't care, just that its pretty good for my requirements and in fact, for an old timer like me that grew up with film and large view cameras ...I just cant believe how good and easy we have it today!

More of my high iso images can be seen here: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/03/eos-6d-review-part-3-homage-to-tri-x.html

It might be my eyes or screen, or both, but I think the first crop looks sharper than the one through DxO optics. Looking at her closest eye.

All in all I don't mind the noise it produces either :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:16:50 PM »
I´ll wait for the official peepers to make their judgement, but I will get it regardless, as IMHO it looks like a great back up camera, which also will make my 1Dx look better ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:40:31 AM »
I might be naive, but would it not be better to wait for the codecs to appear in EOS Utility and Adobe programs before making judgments based on work-arounds?

EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:36:30 PM »
and I got sidewinded (if that is the correct word)

I think you mean sidetracked. I could get sidetracked from my FF cameras too.......the 7DII looks like very good value compared with the FF cameras.
Maybe "broadsided" by the announcement? I really didn't expect the 65pt AF system, that blew me away (at least on paper) I'm yet to see how it really performs.
Broadsided is probably the right word, like a torpedo. This mythical beast (judging by the many years of rumors and the general longing) suddenly became real. The AF is great (per spec), but for me it is the overall package. If the IQ is really as good as it bears tidings of, it will become a camera I own quite soon :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:46:43 PM »
I have to say... I am about to sell either my 17F4.0L TS or 8-15L and stuff to get this camera (lenses I hardly use). Just a few weeks ago I was thinking about how to get money for two additional 600ex rt´s (in addition to the three I have), and I got sidewinded (if that is the correct word) by this anouncement. I have to have it, and it will be the only camera I have in addition to my 1Dx. The only complaint I have (and that is a minor one...) is that it has not got built in radio triggering capabilities for the 600´s (and the others to come).

Video & Movie / Re: 5D MKIII H264 vs RAW vs RAW 3X Crop from Macro 1:1
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:37:26 AM »
I have never had much feelings for bugs, but you made me feel sorry for this little fella.. Great and impressive video.

EOS Bodies / Re: Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:30:11 AM »
Elsewhere, someone worked on a 7DII raw file and found rather clean shadows:


This is way out of my expertise, and all though it looked good from a shaddow point of view, I would have liked to see a few more examples. The steel railings (which in the original is quite dark) are somewhat smudgy in the shaddowenhanced picture. I am not sure if that is the way the steelrailing looks inherently, but could also resemble some sort of banding, could it not?

Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:34:22 AM »
Nice site, thanks for sharing :)

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