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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:43:03 AM »
I use a 5D3 and bought a cheap ($89) Chinese grip for it and it works perfectly.
Cheap Chinese centre pinch lens caps for my older lenses, and they have worked perfectly for some years.
I have an EX580II flash, but needed another one, so I bought the Yonganu copy, and I can't tell the difference between them as far as the photos look, but the Yonganu has some useful extra features, but it can only be used either by itself, or as a slave. It won't work as a master, so for that I put the Canon on the camera and use the Yongy as the slave. No problem.  I also have a small Nissin flash which has served me very well too.

I needed some new studio lights a few months ago, and I was looking at getting the new Profoto lights with the built-in batteries in the heads, as I use them outdoors mostly, rather than in a studio. They were around $5K a pair here in Oz but suited my needs perfectly.
Then I was trolling around the net, and saw these Jindbai flashes which were very similar, but 600Ws instead of the Profotos 500Ws. They looked good in the photos and at $1K for the pair including a radio Tx, I thought they would be worth the risk.
They are amazing lights! Powerful, perfect colour. I was a bit suspicious of how many flashes they would do on one charge, so I tested them. At full power, I got sick of testing at 600 flashes and they were still cycling within 4 seconds.
I used them at a large event recently, and because they flash so fast (1/25,000th of a second!!), 90% of the people didn't even realise the flash even went off!
Best bargain I ever bought.

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Don't take photos of people facing the sun, unless they are wearing sunglasses. Their eyes will scrunch up because the light.
If your flash can't light up their faces with the sun behind them, then turn them at an angle to the sun so they can fully open their eyes, even if for only a short time (a second or 2), so you can get a good shot.
Don't forget, in portraits, the eyes are EVERYTHING.
A reflector is a godsend for these conditions, and depending on the strength and harshness of the light, can also be used in combination with your flash.
Don't be afraid to turn your flash up either, as you may need all it's got to overpower the sun. It's good if you can overpower the sun, as the background will look darker and hence the people will pop out of the shot rather than blend into a bright background.

Don't be afraid to play around with the flash and reflector, and if you can, pick a nice overcast day.

I could go about this for hours.
Most of my work at events is in darkness, which brings other problems to the fore, but I've done a lot of work outside too.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:38:54 AM »
I feel sorry for Nikon owners.
It doesn't matter what model they buy, even when first released, as a few months down the track, Nikon will bring out a new and improved version of it making your current model obsolete and now worth substantially less than it cost you. Remember the D600 then the 610?
Canon does hang onto models much longer, and hence they have better re-sale value later on as say, after 3 years, your Canon may be just superseded, but if you had an equivalent Nikon, it would be 3 models old and practically worthless.

I'm not saying that Nikon cameras are no good, in fact, they are very good indeed, but constant model updates is not how you keep up the perceived and resale value of products.
It also makes it more difficult regarding spare parts too, as many models mean lots of parts and distributors only have so much space and money for parts.

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Looks pretty good for a cheap lens.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 17, 2014, 07:23:18 PM »
It's available here.

http://www.digidirect.com.au/camera_lenses/canon/wide_angle_zoom/canon_ef_16-35mm_f4l_is_usm

I was in one of their stores on Monday and saw it on display.

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It's available here

http://www.digidirect.com.au/camera_lenses/canon/wide_angle_zoom/canon_ef_16-35mm_f4l_is_usm

I was in one of their stores on Monday and saw it on display.
Shame, I bought a 16-35 F2.8 in January.
Mind you, I haven't needed IS with this lens.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:52:30 PM »
It's already on sale in Australia.
Has been for a 2 weeks or so.

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Lenses / Re: When does the 16-35/f4L IS arrive?
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:08:25 AM »
Already on sale in Australia at A$1499.

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Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 14, 2014, 09:59:41 PM »
I do a lot of work at big building sites with lots of dust and dirt, and I use an Acratech GP ballhead.
If it gets covered in mud, which does happen occasionally, I just run it under a water tap to clean it. No need to lubricate it at all.
Had it for a few years and it has never let me down once.
It locks on really well and the gimball feature comes in handy for my fun photography.
It's very light in weight, yet holds my gripped 5D3 with 100-400 lens and even a converter sometimes, and it's steady as a rock, yet easy to adjust.
To me, it's a real work of design art too and I've had many comments about it from other photographers who may not have ever seen one in Australia.
You can also turn it into a levelling head which is really handy for panos. Saves carrying around an extra leveller.

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The 60D is a great camera.
I bought mine when they first came out and it's given me excellent service for 3 years or so.

Image quality is very good and having the small LCD screen on the top deck is very worthwhile having.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EDC gear
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:29:55 PM »
I often have my 5D3 with me, but for when I don't, I use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone.
I used to carry a small camera around with me (a G1X), but my phone does a reasonable job, as long as you don't want to blow the pictures up too much.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Interested in Hasselblad?
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:58:40 PM »
Fuji makes the Hasselblad lenses now, and have done so for a number of years.
This is something that is probably holding Canon back from buying Hassy, as it won't want to buy in lenses from another Japanese maker who is also a sort of competitor.

Personally, if you want to go MF, what's wrong with the new Pentax 645Z?
From what I've heard, it's IQ is the same as Hassy and Phase 1, but at a fraction of the cost.
Also, the removable backs from Hassy and Phase 1 sound like a great idea, but they are VERY easy to scratch and damage when off the cameras.

However, I too would like to see True Focus on Canon DSLRs.

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I hope it will have the dual-pixel technology of the 70D, as I need to do video work as well as stills, and this will end the tiresome manual focussing of my 5D3 and 60D or carrying around of a dedicated video camera.
If it doesn't, I'll buy the 70D and retire the 60D, which has around 75,000 shutter actuations and is getting towards the end of it's reliable life, even though it has never even hiccupped once since I got it.
I do love my 5D3, and use it even more than the 60D, but a good crop camera is very handy at events and with good video autofocus, I can give it to an assistant to take videos with.

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I love my 16-35 II.
I think it's pretty good already.

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Photography Technique / Re: White Optical Satin
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:51:39 PM »
Go to one of those fabric shops that sell end of rolls etc.
You'll find heaps of different materials and fabrics that you can use.
Most softboxes etc use a nylon fabric, and these can also be found at these fabric stores.
The best thing, the stuff they have is cheap as they buy fabrics from clothing manufacturers etc.
Might even be worth your while to buy some see-through coloured fabrics too as these can give some good effects.

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