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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 01, 2014, 11:22:48 AM »
I actually like the 6D better than the 5D3 since the 5D3 does not support interchangeable focus screens in the firmware; if you ever plan to use fast lenses the 5D3's lack of high precision screen will be a handicap in nailing focus.  While the 5D3 does have superior autofocus, I am going to wait until 5D4 or 6D2 and hope one of them supports interchangeable focus screens like 6D... or I'll just buy 1DX! :)

One of the first things I was going to replace was my focussing screen for this reason.  But in actual practice, I found I didn't miss the high precision screen because I can nail f1.2 on outer cross type points all day long, with total accuracy.

Now if you are using Zeiss or other MF lenses, yes, you will absolutely need to replace the screen for any sort of viewfinder accuracy at apertures wider than f2.8!

EOS-M / Re: Another great toy for EOS-M
« on: May 27, 2014, 03:57:02 PM »
Dear Surapon,

I use the touch screen all the time to change focus points for stills and video, and select zoom ratio, etc.

How difficult is that now with the hood now in place?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cps gave me a 1dx and falling in love
« on: May 26, 2014, 05:38:05 PM »
This is my first 1D body and I have to say despite the weight, it is way more comfortable to shoot with not only with large aperture zooms but with short lenses like the 85 1.2 or 35 1.4

the 40mm pancake is the only lens I prefer on my 5D.  And if size/space is a tight restriction, I ditch both for the M.

Lenses / Re: Polarizing Filter to reduce light advice.
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:34:12 PM »
You want a Neutral Density filter to cut down the light transmission so you can drop your shutter speeds to match your X-Sync.

When I use a 3stop ND, I can typically shoot at f/2 @ 1/250 outdoors on a sunny day so I don't have to use high speed sync.

A variable ND works great, but can get pricey.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600-ex-rt upgrade?
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:30:33 PM »
... and likely very expensive.

my gels cost next to nothing and take almost no effort to use

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 USM IS L (not Mark II)
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:53:35 AM »
Mk I is awesome.  Biggest advantage of mkII is the improved MFD imho

Lenses / Re: Canon Lens Pouches
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:48:53 PM »
BL - $20 a piece, wow, that's a nice bit of cash for something so worthless!

yeah look it up on eBay.  $20 with $2 shipping is on the higher side, but I never had a problem selling them at that price as long as I was willing to let eBay auto relist once or twice.

I'll usually sell 3-4 of them at a time as they accumulate with lens purchases.  It's really strange, some bidders even differentiate between made in China vs Japan pouches... as if that makes much of a difference - go figure!

Isn't the calibration Canon applying a micro auto focus adjustment?  At f4, the depth of field is usually sufficient that your subject shouldbe in focus.  At ff1.4, sure... but f4 is a while different animal.  I'd be more concerned that the lens is off rather than the body and lens need to be paired.

There are shims and spacers located in the mount and various other places in the lens.  These often need to be replaced if the alignment is beyond the +/- 20 AFMA range.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cps gave me a 1dx and falling in love
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:47:56 PM »
+1, I've tried several body/body combos like the 5DII and 7D, but none of them come close to my 1D X/5DIII pair.  They are a perfect match 8)

wouldn't a 1Dx/1Dx be the perfect match? :)

Using AI servo for both stationary and moving subjects with the 1DX.  It's rather liberating not having to think about toggling AF modes now.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 430 RT
« on: May 15, 2014, 08:42:19 PM »
with bundled deals for 2x 600EXs and the ST-E3 for $1019, I've completely dropped the idea of using any RT version of the 430EX.  Even if all you wanted was the transmitter, you can sell off what you don't need and get any single component for very little.


I would get the grid screen, throw it on a tripod and call it good.  The slower aperture and super wide angle helps mitigate not having LV.

Tilts will be harder to gauge focus without LV, so make sure you stop down enough to ensure your plane of focus is solid.

Lenses / Re: Canon Lens Pouches
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:10:54 PM »
Has anyone ever used the lens pouches or found another use for them?

Converted each and every one of them into $20 bills.  Seems plenty of people on eBay will pay $20+ for your OEM lens pouches!

There's good debt and bad debt.  That's probably a great place to start as a mental exercise before spending a dime.

good debt = anything you need but can't afford to pay for up front without wiping out cash reserves or liquidating all your investments.  In cases where debt makes sense, only take loans for which you can afford the monthly payments. 

bad debt =  debt you've taken on for things you don't need and can't afford (e.g. 12fps vs 6fps)  the worst form of debt being credit-card debt, since it usually carries the highest interest rates.

But it sounds like you'll be pulling in $20k so why bother with loans?  Get the 1DX after you get paid and avoid the months or years of accrued interest.

As far as gear goes, I think you are more than equipped for paid work.  two bodies, 24-70 and 70-200, 600EX, etc.  As a student, you have better gear than my buddy who shoots portraits and weddings 4-5 times a month lol.

Software & Accessories / Re: Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:37:29 PM »
my joby sling strap came with this tether that locks an unused strap lug to the strap itself, should the tripod attachment ever come loose.

I'm sure you can rig something up for nothing that should provide you some insurance to prevent such a thing from happening again.

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