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Portrait / Re: Portrait suggestions needed
« on: February 03, 2013, 05:52:28 PM »
A reflector would help with that dark side.  You can get the Chinese collapsiible reflectors very cheap, or pay a bit more for a name brand like Lastolite, etc....  You can also replace or supplement your store-bought reflectors with a simple sheet of foil-wrapped insulation board from Home Depot.  If you have a reflector at 45 degrees of the subject on both sides, and you bounce flash off the ceiling, you might get better results with your single flash.

I assume the camera chose your 1/50th shutter speed at 125mm.?  That might be a little slow for getting total sharpness in the eyes.  (even worse if using the 7D instead of the 6D)  You have an ETTL speedlite, so you could go Manual and select a faster shutter and the flash will compensate for the underexposure.  If things are still coming out too dark, you can jack up the Flash Exposure Compensation a stop or so.  Your lens does have good image stabilization, but I am not sure you really need to be counting on it. Also, IS won't help with any subject motion blur you might get from your relatively still subject moving a little.

It seems like you used the center AF point with the camera in portrait orientation.  His face is right in the middle of the shot, but it gave you too much negative space above his head.  You can select a different AF point so that your focus point is nearer the top of your viewfinder, and then you don't have to place his face right in the middle of the shot.

Taking it to the next level, you can get 1 or more additional speedlites, possibly some wireless flash triggers, light stands, shoot-thru umbrellas, etc...

Lenses / Re: A Hands on Review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:31:51 PM »
I agree, but I am afraid that if this thread has legs, you will be savaged at some point by a lens snob, or perhaps a lens snob mob.

My name is Scott, and I don't go by Scotty.  I noticed, however, a hamburger restaurant in Dallas called "Scotty P's".  As my last name also starts with a "P" I had to go in and get a cheese burger and a tee-shirt. 

Something about wearing that tee shirt in my laundry rotation for a couple of years made it stick in my mind. 

Hence my username.

Lenses / Re: Dust Donut - Add Weather Sealing to Any Lens
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:49:49 PM »
Mmmmm.  Donuts; is there anything they can't do?
-Homer J. Simson

Update:  I actually checked how well the flash was mounted, and to my surprise, although the tightening lever was deployed and everything, the speedlite WAS slid back in the hotshoe mount, and by quite a lot.

I pushed it back forward like it is supposed to be and suddenly the camera is doing what it should.  I set it in TV and selected 1/640th shutter.  Took a few underexposed test-shots, and then turned on the speedlite.  BANG.  The camera overrode my shutter setting and reduced my shutter speed to 1/180th.  It worked 3 times, so I am calling this SOLVED.   ;D

I feel a little silly, but that is still way better than if there were a major problem with the camera.

On the other hand, I wonder if you could "squeek"  a little higher sync speed out of the camera (just 1/250th maybe) by deliberately mis-mounting the flash in the hotshoe.


@titokane:  If you have selected a shutter speed higher than the max sync speed, the camera is supposed to override it when you turn the flash on.  The instruction manual says so, and also I have seen Canon cameras do this many times.

@ Marsu:  1.)  It was not in HSS, and 2.)  I was wondering about whether the old flash was maybe not included in the 6d's firmware as you say, and 3.)  I actually did post this simultaneously on the official Canon forum just as you also thought.  So far I have one response suggesting that maybe I didn't have the flash seated fully forward in the flash mount, and Canon's moderator gave that poster a "KUDOS" for the suggestion, but did not offer any insights from Lake Success.

I was shooting my 6D today at the aviary.  I believe I was in TV mode.  Had my Canon 320EX speedlite on.  I had been shooting with the flash off but turned it on.  The shutter was set at 1/400th.  The ISO was, I know, still set from the last room I was in, which was dark, so it is at ISO 3200.

Anyway, the camera failed to reduce the shutter to the camera's max sync speed (1/180) like you expect it to do.  As a result, the flash was clearly out of sync with the shutter. 

Also, the metadata says "flash did not fire".  But obviously it did fire.

Could this be a firmware glitch?  Bad camera?  Some obvious user error I am overlooking?


I would love to be wrong and see some major changes in the next firmware release!!

The next 5d3 firmware release is scheduled for sometime in April (2013 afaik :-)) - maybe they'll do a silent fix by then, let's wait and see ... but I've decided to save the €1000 and get a 6d anyway, so for me it's more like general interest in Canon reacting or not.

That's what I ended up doing, and mostly for this low light focus issue. 
The IQ is great, and I have not noticed any hardship at all from not having 200 AF points.  This thing will grab focus (with a nice red square and a cheerful beep) of scenes where it is so dark that the actual image is 99% black even with ISO cranked up to 10k. 
I also used a portion of the savings to scoop up an EF 85mm f/1.8 which I am really enjoying too.

Lenses / Re: Dropped my 70-200L F4 onto the carpet from my bag. Advice.
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:22:39 AM »
Don't worry too much. Test for lens element alignment issues, tape five printed pages on a wall and square your camera to it, space the pages so they are in the center and each corner of your frame and then make teat shots at all focal lengths wide open, either move the camera or the pages to keep them in he corners. If you have alignment issues the pages will have very different sharpnesses.

If you have an alignment issue Canon can fix it for a reasonable amount, but you have to send it in to them for a quote.

Yup.......teat shots....

"Teat" shots???

Sports / Re: The Destroyer
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:29:15 PM »
Ha.  You can see through the floor.  I never thought of it, but I guess that would be prety important in one of those.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 35 f/1.4 POST-RELEASE hands-on views
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:45:52 AM »
The title of the previous Sigma 1.4 post was about pre-release.  Now The Digital Picture has given it its first unqualified reccomendation vs. the OEM product,

and Lens Rentals has literally gushed over it..
  What are we to think?

Lenses / Re: Your "precious" lord of the red rings is?
« on: January 07, 2013, 12:40:45 AM »
Obviously he just wanted us all to know that he has two very expensive lenses!

PowerShot / Re: Boy Scout Photography Class - Thoughts?
« on: January 05, 2013, 01:19:54 AM »
All kidding aside, I think the TRIANGLE is the key.  I'd take ISO out of it, and have then work with shutter speed and aperture.  As for concrete exercises, I don't know....

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:30:01 AM »
I'll pick it up in a few years when it is the kit lens for the 5D5 or the 6d3 or something, and it only adds $600.00 to the cost vx. body-only price.

Is it just me, or does the Canon not smoke the Panasonic on image quality in this review?  The reviewer is touting the constant f/2.8 aperture throughout it's 24x (600mm) range, and granted that does give nicer background blur/subject separation, and of course that can give higher shutter speed and all...BUT.  He never talks about the IQ differences in his own comparison shots.

It just seems like from his shots anyway that the Canon gives much sharper images.

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