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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Working with film
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:39:52 AM »
I'll echo that the Elan 7/EOS30 is a nice alternative to the 3 if you want to save a bit of money.

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Not sure what +1 or +4 in-camera translates into relative to LR, but as I know the common rap on Rockwell is oversaturation, I assume that+4 is pretty heavy. 
In LR I generally leave saturation alone and use vibrance instead, usually about +10 or 20 ticks.

also around there.
Vibrance for photos with fleshtones present, saturation for those without.

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Lenses / Re: Question...To UV or not to UV...that IS the question!
« on: July 19, 2012, 10:20:43 AM »
I use UV filters, mostly for protection but sometimes forget to take them off when taking night shots with lights shining into the lens. Big problem with the UV filters is ghosting. Make sure that you watch out for that.

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Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 09:51:36 AM »
My condolences.

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A wonderful initiative. Very generous!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone shooting film?
« on: April 05, 2012, 07:01:27 PM »
My favourite photo ever taken of me

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.4 AF problem?
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:18:30 PM »
Also:

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I forgot to mention it's not only AF that quits from the canon 50mm 1.4 lens it's also the MF. They both stop working and it becomes a dead lens.

MF failing?  :o

where are you getting this info?

Unfortunately he's right. If you have the problem like I described above, the MF will also fail. This lens is notorious for this problem. The focus ring can easily get bent and severely limits the range of the auto or manual focus. This is not an isolated issue and if you google "fix canon 50 1.4 focus problem" you will see many results of people having this problem. Like I mentioned if you're not scared to open your lens up and fix it, it isn't a deal breaker but if you are rough with this lens, you will likely have problems. Actually I was much rougher with my 50 1.8 and never had any problems but I'm taking extra care with the 1.4 now. If this lens takes a hit to the front, there is a chance that you'll have focus problems but still, a great lens and highly recommended from me for its cost/quality.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.4 AF problem?
« on: March 20, 2012, 10:32:43 AM »
I picked up the Canon 50 1.4 from Craigslist a few months ago and the autofocus died after a bit. I don't think that it was a problem that it had but as others have said, this lens is very susceptible to damage by being struck on the front element. I don't remember dropping it but it must have just been shaken in my bag.

Actually the autofocus didn't totally go. I just couldn't focus on anything closer than 1 metre.

However... thankfully this is not an uncommon problem with the camera and there was lots of advice online about how to fix this problem. So actually it was a great adventure and lots of fun to open this lens up and fix the problem. Obviously not everyone will feel comfortable with doing this but it is possible.

As long as you take care of the lens (store it horizontally) you shouldn't have a problem but in the worst case, even if you do, it is fixable. Obviously the build quality could be better but the price is right. A great value lens.

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Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: March 02, 2012, 11:10:48 AM »
Thanks everyone again. After a bit of struggling, I opened the flash and was able to easily figure out how to trick the flash into thinking that the wide panel was down. Looks like I'll be able to start playing with this bad boy soon enough.

I'll leave this thread if people want to continue discussing the possible uses of the pop-up flash, but expect me back with a "using a camera mounted flash" thread soon enough ;)

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Just to clarify, the synch worked fine, but my clock was reset after connecting.
Glad to hear that everyone isn't experiencing this.

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Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 29, 2012, 02:37:34 PM »
Hmm. Some suggestions that putting a card down there may help trick the flash
http://www.flickr.com/groups/canonspeedlite/discuss/72157624254978003/
But I'm skeptical because I have the broken wide panel and sticking it back into the slot doesn't help.

Thanks. I'll keep trying. Pretty silly that you can't use manual zoom on the flash with the wide panel out.

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Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 29, 2012, 02:31:33 PM »
Also wondering if it is possible to just trick the flash into thinking that the panel is down and disabling it by opening it up and what not.

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Lighting / Re: Using the Built-in Flash
« on: February 29, 2012, 02:13:53 PM »
I'm not gone yet.

Soooooo.
I got a 430EX2 for a good price from CL knowing that the wide panel was broken. I wasn't too concerned about this and unfortunately I wasn't very familiar with the operation of this flash before I bought it. So I played around with it a bit before buying it and everything seemed to check out;  however when I brought it home I read the manual and realized a problem.

So as you know, when you use the wide panel, the flash zoom is set to 14mm. So yeah... apparently this flash is constantly thinking that the wide panel is out and there is no way to change the flash zoom. Auto 14mm cannot be overrided and manual zoom is disabled.

So... I guess this might be a problem... unless
a) I can fix it. I see that there are wide panel repair kits on ebay for around $20. I know my way around a screw driver and wouldn't be against doing this unless...
b) nbd, 14mm flash zoom is all I need and will suffice most needs.

Now I obviously know that this is going to hurt my reach, either requiring me to bump up ISO or move close/use wider lenses. Or am I never going to use head on flash anyway, so it doesn't matter.

So many questions but I don't  know much about this stuff so please share your wealth of knowledge. Should I try to get my money back (to be fair, the seller was honest about the condition, I should have known about the limitation or checked for it). Thanks!

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Not sure if anyone mentioned this but it also seemed to reset my camera's clock to 00:00:00 of 2000. Make sure that you double check your time after you use this to make sure that it's set correctly.

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Just ran this and it seemed to work. The number of actuations seemed lower than I was expecting though. Thanks for this tip.

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