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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Help me decide: 270EXII vs 90EX
« on: November 12, 2012, 03:27:58 PM »
I am deciding whether to go for the 6D when it becomes available.  Not having a pop up flash was a bit dissapointing so now I am trying to figure out what the true cost of the camera would be.  Considering that I do own a 430EXII, currently my greatest use of a camera is on holidays and travel, but there is kids on the way and thus potraitures and candids would become more important.

So to add fill flash to my 6D (or 5DIII) without lugging the 430EXII around which one will be best.
270EXII                                         90EX
+More Power                                 +Small and light
+Titable head                                +Optical Master for 430EXII
-Larger                                          +Wider @ 24mm
-No optical master                          -Low power and no tilt

At first this was an easy decision but the Optical Master is intriguing as it would allow me to start experimenting with off camera flash.  I do want to limit my cash outlay, so if the 270EXII is, in your opinion, overwhelmingly better for the intended main use, what "cheap" offbrand controller would you recommend. Maybe something that goes beyond line of sight.

I know most will say it depends on yout intended use, but if this is not clear, qualify your recommendation then

Thanks alot

The 90EX is too weak, worst than the pop up flash on your 500D.

Get the 270EX II and a remote trigger if you want it off camera.

I have one, it's good for its price....
But you can get it cheaper:

Btw, they now have one (YN-568EX) that suports high speed sync...

EOS Bodies / MTBF using live view
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:53:46 AM »
I'm wondering, if I use the live view to take pictures, does it helps the shutter life?

Black & White / Re: I'm new here
« on: October 18, 2012, 01:11:54 PM »
Much better in color! I feel a difficult color shot is worth the extra effort. Sometimes B&W is often used as a way to avoid difficult color processing.

If you are motivated, curious, and talented, it probably makes more sense to invest in gear and time, rather than pay people to teach you things you can possibly learn on your own. Plus, gear is expensive on its own. And a few a la carte classes and workshops can go a long way to filling gaps in your experience. If you're in a big city, you can apply to crew for a photographer to learn lighting techniques.



EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 08:34:58 AM »
Finally a 3D camera from Canon! Does it record movies in 3D also?

Landscape / Re: The Ship
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:30:13 PM »
Well, here goes my take on this shot:
- I like the light rays on the ship but like the little boat on the left, too (which took me a short while to notice). I think cropping so that it looks like a panorama emphasizes that relationship between the two ships (tiny vs huge) and maybe how unfair life is (the sun shining only on the already privileged), and makes it easier to notice the little one;
- One other reason to crop is that the blue part of the sky kept drawing my eyes to it, as Freelancer said, so I got rid of it;
- I agree with Z on the green/magenta balance;
- I tried to overexpose the ship a bit, even though it's a JPEG and detail is not expected to come up by doing so.
Have I gone too far? :)

Like your crop!

Landscape / Re: The Ship
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:26:37 PM »
Classic example of why you need grad filters for landscapes. At a guess, a 3 stop grad on the sky and maybe a 1 stop on the sea would have helped with the light around the ship. Overall, the image is underexposed by around a stop, so with the grads 4 stop extra light would have helped lift the photo, with less need for over the top processing. If you have Lightroom, a slight increase in the highlight saturation only, would have prevented the weird colours in the blue sky.

Can't I get the same effect of grad filters using HDR?

Landscape / Re: The Ship
« on: August 17, 2012, 10:19:16 PM »
i think you should have hit that ship with a 580 or a reflector for some fill  ;)

LOL   :D :D :D

Landscape / Re: The Ship
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:43:21 PM »
Thanks all, this is the original:

Landscape / The Ship
« on: August 16, 2012, 09:31:05 AM »
I'm trying to improve my PP skills, so, advise is welcome!

25-105mm@24 | ISO 100 | 1/1000 | F/4

Large version:

Lenses / Re: 70-300L or 70-200 2.8 IS II?
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:14:43 PM »
could you please explain what you mean with 'lack of AF sensor type access'? Won't the lens work with all AF points in the Mkiii?

The 61 points AF will only work with 2.8 or faster lens...

EOS Bodies / Re: Is SLR dead?
« on: June 28, 2012, 01:27:59 PM »
I think that SLRs, like everything else, will eventually die, being replaced by the next thing...  when and how this will happen, only time will tell!  :)  I think mirrorless is the first step, and the fact that a lot of the P&S cameras are getting better and better!

Yes, but even if P&S reach SLR in terms of IQ, noise and ISO performance, we will not have the same DOF using small sensors....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 01:07:12 PM »
It is important to note, they are not a Canon authorized dealer.
And they are a fairly well known scam/upseller shop. Sure, you'll order the 5dIII, then you'll get the call telling you the battery only lasts 30mins and you need the extended battery with service plan (for only $179.99!)...oh, and their unbranded 16GB CF card for $179.99 too. If you don't upsell, your order gets cancelled as they don't have it in stock anymore. If you do get the camera, the warranty is through another shady company, and it will likely be grey market.

Listing a popular item for 15% off retail when nobody else is doing discounts is exactly how you hook people into a scam.

exactly, I had the very same problem before trying to buy an GPS unit...

Lenses / Re: Just out of curiosity
« on: May 09, 2012, 05:50:24 PM »
When a thief finds a camera, does he/she really look closely to see if it has a red ring?

IMHO, 99% of people don't know what that "red ring" means...

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