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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:02:28 PM »
Photo backpack.  It just sits in the closet because it's too cumbersome to shoot out of, and I never find myself in a position to carry everything I own. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 30, 2014, 06:15:05 PM »

Another APS-C vs. FF rant, this time by Zack Arias:


I'm not remotely foolish enough to stir a debate so much as pass on something that will give the pre-digital-era photographers a smile.

- A

I wish all commercials were as fun as this one  ;D

EOS-M / Re: Arca Swiss plate for EOS M
« on: July 15, 2014, 03:31:02 PM »
Hi all,

My EOS M will be arriving in a day or two, and I'd like to get it paired properly with a small, arca swiss compatible plate that doesn't extend way past the body (like a typical DSLR plate would on the M)

Any one out there happy with the one they are using?  I'd like to keep it semi permanently attached to the camera, so not blocking the battery door is a must.


Dear BL
Here is another option that fit your EOS-M need for both additional grip and  Arca-Swiss Plate---And Cheap too.



Hi Surapon,

Yeah I'm rocking this right now and I love it!

Link for my review:

Craiglist is great for some stuff (not electronics!), but always meet in a very public place to avoid being robbed.

Craiglist is great if you're not in any hurry, as in you could be waiting for months lol
It's where I've had the best deals (both selling and buying).

But like macguyver says, meet somewhere safe.  I meet my buyers in the local police station lobby.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: June 26, 2014, 10:26:52 PM »
The mkII's most improved features is the much improved MFD, along with much better performance with the new mkIII extenders imo.

If neither of those mean anything to you, pick up the awesome mkI and save yourself some coin!

When I bought the MkII I knew the AF performance was 'imited'. As fot the MkIII I'm yet to find the limits of what its AF has to offer, even with fast motorsports so again, it's hard to imagine what improvement the 1DX could offer.

Yeah, I mean in many ways they are similar cameras.  But the red blinky AF points of AI servo in low light, high fps, and other little niceties (spot metering tied to AF point, saving camera setups to CF card, weather resistance, interchangeable focussing screens, etc.) make it the perfect camera for me. 

It's hard to imagine what major improvement the 1DX mkII could offer imho :)

I have to be truly honest. I just got a 1DX about 6 months ago to replace my old beaten down 5dMK3 and I cannot honestly think of anything else I could want from a camera. It has great AF, great low light capabilities, excellent ISO quality. What else is there that you "HAVE" to have? To me nothing. I understand we will always want more in life but for me I have to say I am truly happy with my 1DX. Just my opinion of course, I know most feel differently.


The 1Dx is the last DSLR I purchase.  Famous last words, yes, I know, but seriously. 

As a hobbyist, I have never been more pleased with a camera related purchase than the day I started using this camera body.

Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:14:07 PM »
Another tip, get a set of multicoated ND filters if you want to shoot with speedlites during the day.  I stopped bothering with HSS since I found the power output to be really poor with anything but bare flash and my battery life really suffered as well.

I use a 3stop and a 6stop ND.

3stop ND for apertures from f/2 - f/5.6 @ 1/250 xsync in daylight
6stop ND for when I want to shoot wide open @ f/1.2 @ 1/250 xsync, or when I need to bump my ISO to 800-1600 for fast recycle times or more power.

Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:17:39 PM »
Thanks for all your responses!

Having both is certainly ideal, but I find myself forcing to choose one or the other. Shooting on a 7D, when using a long lens for shallow DOF, I need to stand further away from the subject and the lightstand. In windy conditions, the lightstand gets blown over all the time  :-\ Sure I could use a sandbag, but it's a lot of extra weight to carry. My wife already dislikes the idea of me carrying lots of gear when we go out.

So I like to put my foot on the lightstand, which needs to be relatively close to the subject. In that case, I'll need to use a wider angle lens -> reducing blur.

I guess the ultimate solution is to go full frame!

if you need to stand further away, just PP your stand out if it's in your shot.  I do that all the time when I need an environmental portrait with a wide angle but want to light my subjects with strobes.

In regards to sandbags, I generally leave those at home unless I know I'll be "shooting from the car".  My gear bags are heavy enough to play dual roles and generally keep stands in place when needed.

And I disagree about FF being the ultimate solution (for lighting).  I actually prefer using my crop sensor M when I'm using speedlites in broad daylight since I don't need to stop down as far for DOF, giving me faster recycles and more headroom in regards to flash power.

Your photos are superbalicious, btw. LOVE that DOF, and the lighting is excellent! :D
Thank you kindly! :D

Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:11:12 PM »
Hi all, my first post at canonrumours!

For portraits where you have time to mess around a bit, if you had to pick between shallow DOF or off camera lighting, which would you choose? Which technique alone do you think makes better portraits?

I choose both!

why force yourself to choose between one or the other?

Lighting / Re: What modifiers (sizes) are speedlites good for?
« on: June 05, 2014, 02:14:01 PM »
I don't do much with my flashes, but every now and then I would like to try it a bit more (not professionally, just play with it and learn something). I recently booked a workshop that should have been my first studio/model shoot experience, but it was canceled just two days in advance, so I thought I’ll use the money to buy some lights/modifiers and learn on my own as until now.

I was googling some cheap alternatives as I don't feel like investing much now, but I want something more than my smallish DIY boxes. It seems that I could go with some fluorescent continuous set, or just buy something that I can stick my flashes into.

Start small, it's easy to overdo things and walk away confused after many hundreds or thousands of dollars later.

If you go the speedlite route, start with some 43" umbrellas (shoot through and reflective) and master those.  Then work your way towards other modifiers to change up your light.

Between bare flash (with or without gobos) and umbrellas, I'm pretty much able to shoot 85%-90% of what I want.

Here's a simple shot I took of my boy, 43" shoot through umbrella from above and 43" silver reflective umbrella on axis.  There's not much to it!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:14:01 PM »
Oh no! What do I do?
I don't have any complaints!

complain about not having any complaints?  ???

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: This Is How You Sell a Used Lens !!
« on: June 03, 2014, 02:19:55 PM »
aaaaaahhahahaha  thanks for for lols!

Lenses / Re: New 70-200mm MKII DUST!
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:09:34 PM »
yeah, try and exchange if possible.  but if it doesn't work out, don't sweat the small stuff (says Roger)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:55:25 PM »
hey that's a fantastic idea!

oh wait... i absolutely love my 1Dx and M

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