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Lenses / Re: Canon 135L f/2
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:31:47 AM »
My absolute fav lens period !!! Colors, speed, bokeh smoothness, sharp as a tack everything about it is just killer. First 6 months I had it  never left my camera.

Its still my go to when i can only take one lens with me. Great street/Cinematic lens as well.

Great shot!

Software & Accessories / Re: Gloves for Photography
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:20:38 AM »
those are the MX gloves? I just looked them up...!! wow the Arc'teryx products are like Patagonia to the extreme level but use mix of synthetic and natural products like leather... WOW cool oh.. warm
and yowza some gloves are like 275.00US... serious protection... THANK you! I will look through their site more!
great product... you lucky man have good wife!

Thank you!

I just called to the store to confirm the name: Arc'teryx MX Glove 11019. They cost 899,- NOK (approx 168 USD). I believe this is an Canadian company, so it might be cheaper to buy them there.

I saw someone else mentioning socks and footwear. I would add the second gift I got from my wife for shooting in the cold, which I bring all over - a buff made by National Geographic, add a Canada Goose Expedition parka, and my Timberland hat, and super underwear. You are good to go for some nasty weather! :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Gloves for Photography
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:36:41 AM »
Hey folks!

Just curious for anyones reccomendations for Gloves when out in the field doing some photography.
I use a DSLR but not a touchscreen so I dont need capacitative and fingerless is an option if people think it aids in dexterity/usage when using the camera.
Temperatures down to 0C or so and I might be planning a trip to Iceland at some stage so any input in this regard is also appreciated.

Thanks in advance!,

I got some fantastic gloves from my wife for doing photography in the cold (I live in Norway). They are called Arc'teryx, and are quite expensive (approx 150 USD). I have used them several hours in minus 8 degrees celsius, with no problem. They are sensitive enough to do all you want with the camera without removing them (I can even use my iPhone with them). I cannot recomend them enough!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 or 135L??
« on: February 15, 2013, 01:41:39 PM »
Hey guys, I always get great advice on CR and I feel like I learn so much every time I'm on here! Anyways, down to biznass -

I'm going to be shooting a wedding in May. My first paid job really. I am thinking wether or not to buy another good prime lens to add to my kit.

I think I'll shoot most of the wedding with the zooms I have. But for some artistic shots and some particular shots after the wedding I'm thinking shallow dof stuff maybe outdoors. I actually want both these lenses but I have a feeling I'm just being silly.

My question is this - If you had to pick one, which would you say would prove more useful for wedding / portraits? Bare in mind I can acheive 35mm f/4 and 135 f/4 with what I have.

I'm leaning towards the 35 as I think in tight spaces and indoors it will come in handy (seems a lot of events end up in poorly lit places). Also I need a wide fast prime, got nothing fast that end.

Is this wise thinking or should I just man up and buy both?

Thank you in advance, any help will be greatly appreciated!!


Video & Movie / Re: Timelapse of the Aurora in Finland
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:48:09 PM »

Lenses / Re: Canon 135L f/2
« on: February 13, 2013, 03:40:09 PM »
Weather-proofed my 135 today. Well, at least temporarily.


Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: February 13, 2013, 03:21:01 PM »
Thank you all for your valuable comments, and Gary Samples, I have been admiring your shot on the thread anything shot with a 1Dx. Not only do you have a great camera and a plethora of good lenses, it is obvious that you have the chance to shoot pictures of a wide range of animals that I can only dream of :)

How about the settings. Is IS III on the 500 still right to use on a ballhead, and the case 6 for the 1Dx right for this type of shooting, and if anyone knows a quick way to programme the 1D IV for the type of shots I am facing ?:)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Panic button - 1Dx
« on: February 13, 2013, 03:12:12 PM »
It's actually one of the first advices I gave my wife when she got her 600D (rebel something.. 3). I have missed too many moments trying to get it right. She is an able photographer, but I started out by telling her that if something happens, switch to green and shoot, if more time, let's play :)

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:51:54 PM »
I have finally gotten confirmation on the gear I going to use (picking it up tomorrow): a 1Dx and a 1D IV, plus a 500 F4.0 II, and a 70-200 II plus a 2xIII TC.

I have two questions if someone have time:

Am I right in assuming that the case six is right for shooting eagles, and if so, which sensitivity should it be set to?

I have not used a 1D IV before. Does anyone have a quick tip on how I can program it to have centerpoint with a few surrounding AF points?

And lastly a quick question on the 500. Is it correct when mounted on a ballhead to have it set for IS III?

Thank you in advance,


PS. I bought a extra card today with 64GB, in addition to two 32GB CF, and an additional 32SD for the 1D IV. And I am also bringing a spare battery from the 1Ds III which I have been told will work on both the 1Dx and and the 1D IV. Overkill probably, but my thinking on this trip that I have anticipated for so long is to be prepared. I would rather be overprepared as far as gear is concerned, rather than being there and miss opportunities given the lack of... The scary thing now is that if the eagles show up (which I believe they will as this is close to their nesting area), and the gear is right, I have no other excuse than myself if the pictures turn out bad... :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Best Practices for using a Monopod
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:41:38 PM »
One option to consider might be a monopod belt pouch - used with the monopod collapsed, it transfers the weight to your hips rather than your arms.  Not as good as setting it on the ground, but a lot more flexibility for moving around.

Brilliant! I did not know such a thing existed, but I will get one.  Combined with a Black Rapid seems like a good match to me :)

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: February 12, 2013, 05:29:56 PM »
Thanks East Wind. I will if I have to.. I have a request out now for maybe borrowing a 5 III as a second camera.

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:30:56 PM »
A quick question..

If the 1Dx is unavaiable (the 1D IV is certain), which backup camera would you suggest? I have my 5D II, and also a 1Ds III, and I can borrow a 7D. the lens i thought about bringing in addition is my 70-200 II plus a 2x III TC. Although the 7D is a very good camera, I am reluctant to go to this setting without a full frame camera, and as the 1Ds does not have auto-iso I am thinking that my second camera should be my 5D II? Or is it okay in this setting to have two crop cameras?....

Lenses / Re: Advice for shooting pictures of eagles
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:11:39 PM »
This one was taken with the 500 f4 IS USM

Very nice :)

As of today (I am picking up the gear on Thursday) the gear I am looking at borrowing is a 1D IV and a 500 F4L II. We are still hoping that the 1Dx is ready for that day, but still uncertain..

I hope after this weekend that I will be able to post some pictures of eagles :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Argus 1.8 Billion Pixels
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:49:39 PM »
Did you guys happen to see that Sports Illustrated Giga Pan picture from the Superbowl?

I think that there ar about 50,000 release forms that need to be filled out, like the lady with the purple hair who was picking her nose....

LOL, and as I pointed out in the earlier entry here, in Norway this type of picture was actually stopped by the government. I think it raises important privacy issues. I would have liked to have a Giga Pro Pan, but for landscape.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Ring Lights
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:46:05 PM »

Again, thank you.

I looked at the link and the links from there, among the video.

Hmmm...  I love the look you have on this shot. The other ones posted further down are great too, but I see that they cast shaddows (not that that in itself is wrong when going for that).. Why would one use a ring flach instead of a beaty dish (in studio). My impression is that you can get the same effect with a deep beauty dish, but also because of the deepness and the curve of it eliminates the shaddows behind the subject much more? Or are these really two different things for different looks? Is the main benefit of the ringflash that you can have the lens through the light, thus giving other angles of light?

Please forgive me my ignorance.

Your are not quite right, the difference between mine and the ones with shadows is the proximity of the background, a ringlight will make a shadow all around the subject unless the background is far enough away to fall into dark, it still makes the shadow you just can't see it, which isn't difficult with shoe mount flash powered lights. Look at the shadows in agierke's first shot, the head is much closer to the background so the shadow is smaller, his hands further away so the shadows much bigger, mine the background is so far away the huge shadow just merges with the underexposed background.

You can use a ringlight like a beauty dish, just take it off axis, but you can't use a beautydish like a ringlight, you can never get it 100% on axis. All lights make shadows, the angle they are to the subject is what gives us the three dimensional impression. Now the next important thing is falloff, my example has very pronounced falloff, that is the luminosity of the cheek and neck are very different, the light is so close to the subject that there is a difference in illumination. In agierke's third shot the subject is far enough away from the lightsource that the falloff doesn't come into the equation, she is evenly illuminated.

They are both very distinctive ringlight "look" shots, but quite different.

If you can only afford to get a ringlight or a beautydish, get a beautydish, they are more versatile. They can't do a true ringlight look, but they are much more efficient than a ringlight attachment and it won't take you long to realise power is king. The ONLY benefit of the ringlight is your ability to shoot through the circle of light, like I said in my first post, once you get bored of the "rinlight look" the true advantage of the ringlight attaxhments is on axis contrast control, fill.

Thanks a lot for your detailed answer. I think I might get both and experiment :)

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