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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!


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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?  ???

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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!

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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)

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/08/the-apocalypse-of-lens-dust

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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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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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? :)

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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.


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