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Photography Technique / Re: On-Camera Flash Technique/Gear?
« on: April 30, 2014, 03:59:08 PM »
     Just did my fourth professional shoot (a Bat-Mitzvah) and the results were the best I've yet done.  Haven't yet ventured into off-camera flash, but used a variety of "bounce" tools (simple diffuser, small soft-box and on-flash bouncer).  My camera's a 70D and flash is the 430EX II.
     Are there any other recommended tools/techniques like brackets, etc.?  Off-camera seems like it might be tough while remaining mobile.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I might like to stick with on-camera.
     Thanks for any discussion.

I prefer flash off camera, but when if I'm forced to to stay on the hotshoe, I really like using the spinlight360

Here's a link to Niel Van Nikirks review/useage video

Unless you are really trying to save space I don't understand why you should shoot in JPEG, because even if you shoot in RAW batch processing to JPEG only takes a couple of minutes. Also, with the 5DIII I can shoot both (my wife gets impatient about posting pictures as soon as they are shot- long story).
So Dylan, why DO you shoot in JPEG? I'm curious.

Can't speak for Dylan, but I have a friend who shoots sports.  He shoots 10fps on his Nikon all day long for an event and has to hand off images right away.

shooting a lot of macro lately using low iso with speedlites, so crop factor/extra working distance is so much appreciated.  I've also been flipping my camera upside down on a tripod for low level shots, and that's just so much easier to do with a tiny camera.

And truthfully, the touch screen for liveview MF is awesome.  The focusing point touched by a finger is so much faster and more precise than the joystick nub along with toggling between magnification levels effortlessly.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:39:24 PM »
Blemishes on the filter sitting atop the sensor can easily be seen at f22-f32, the apertures I use to map sensor dust.

Misery loves company I suppose...

(Granted they have not published Q4 financials.)

Technical Support / Re: Canon 6D battery issue (?)
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:10:53 PM »
Has auto shut off been disabled?

Canon OEM battery or 3rd party?

...Scratch that theory, just shot with my buddy's 70-200 II which is less than a month old and it does not record serial numbers either in bridge.  Oh well!

EOS Bodies / Re: Petition to Canon regarding the EOS 5D Mark III
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:01:56 PM »
Have you tried using AI servo in low light?  Wouldn't it have been nice to have your AF point illuminated in red so you can actually see what your focussing on?  Without the illuminated AF points, AI servo would be crippled in low light for me.

There's no reason why this feature shouldn't trickle down to the 5D, or spot metering tied to AF points given the fact they share nearly identical AF systems.

early adopter tax ;)

I just checked my other lenses and anything purchased prior to 2011 don't report serials properly in Bridge - 100L, 85L II, 70-200L II, etc.

The only lens that relays serials properly is the 40 STM, which I picked up most recently bout a year ago.

EOS Bodies / Re: Petition to Canon regarding the EOS 5D Mark III
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:37:08 PM »
Canon seems unlikely to add these features as their MO has typically been to cripple product in order to protect their "pro" line and upsell consumers.  >:(

Lenses / Re: Canon teaser for 4/24 announcement -- new fast prime?
« on: April 22, 2014, 02:35:09 AM »
looks like a sleeve for a pancaked catadioptric lens haha :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: April 21, 2014, 10:26:22 PM »
How reliable is the new Canon 1DX camera ie repair frequency?

What sort of punishment are you expecting it to live through?

yeah mine's the same way.

my 70-200 2.8 II shows something to the tune of "00000cbd00b" or some nonsense

I think it's because it was an early 2010 copy that didn't share this info with cameras properly back then?  I dunno...

Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

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