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Software & Accessories / Re: Yongnuo RF-603 Limitations
« on: September 09, 2012, 08:17:27 PM »
It's a manual trigger.  That is the limitation.  You have to walk over and manually set the power levels on the flashes, then go chimp a picture, then adjust the flash manually, then chimp again, etc.. 

Not ideal but to save the kind of bucks involved, it is a serious no-brainer.  Frankly if you are doing a strobist thing, you will be getting up and chimping constantly anyway, playing with snoots, re-angling flashes, scooting them in or out, etc..  Look at The Strobist himself.  He is wearing down a groove in the ground between him and his flashes, even with his assistants there, and you know he is not using manual triggers and manual flashes.  He could be grouping them and adjusting them from his camera, but he is not.

More like $2900.00 or $3100.00 according to recent sightings on the 5D3.

Anyhoo, that is still 4x the price of the T4i. 
Your shots look very nice.  You could certainly live without the more expensive camera.

I have the T3i, and I do wish I had better AF with more points, like the T4i or 7D or the 5D3. 

The one thing I would be tempted by on the 5D3 is the low noise at high ISO.  Frankly, I am sort of pissed that I cannot shoot at 800 ISO without what I consider unacceptable noise when shooting people.  On the T3i, 800 would be fine for a dim-light cityscape or something intricate like that that hides the noise a little.

I look at what the pros say about shooting indoor basketball and such, and they say they routinely shoot at 6400 ISO to allow for fast enough shutter speed for moving targets, which is just a crazy dream on my camera.  That is where you would see the value.  If you are shooting posed stills, and if you have lighting, then maybe that is not worth the extra bucks.

Lenses / Re: 400, 200 or...?
« on: September 07, 2012, 09:01:11 PM »
Because you already have 70-200 2.8 is II, I just can't see going for a 200mm prime. Because you shoot a lot indoors I can't see getting a 500mm lens at f/4. It is not bright enough and honestly it is too long also.
I'd have to say you should go 400 f/2.8.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Win a 5D Mark III Kit from Norman Camera
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:59:58 PM »
Seems easy enough.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:09:55 PM »
Whatever your budget is, whether it's $1k or $1.5k, don't blow it all up front before you actually USE the body and a lens first.  See what you want.  Many people end up buying something, and then almost immediately selling part of it based on what they really like and need vs. what sounded good in one up-front buying splurge!

Please DO:
-buy a tripod
-buy a flash

After 6 to 12 months with a body and a lens (depending on how much time you have had to actually TAKE PICTURES:
-consider other lenses
-consider STROBIST equipment (cheap manual flashes on light stands using shoot-thru umbrellas, etc.)

I have a wedding coming up in 1 month and I have been going round and round in my head about 5d3 and 5d2. I dont have either camera yet but I sure want one of the two. I see a lot of you have been saying not to be fearless with ISO on 5d3 but what about 5d2? Is the 5d3 a ISO beast compared to 5d2? Basically can you be a bit fearless with 5d2 still?

I found this ISO comparison between 5D2 and 5D3 compelling.  It is side-by-side shots of a church interior, and not test patterns or whatnot, so you may find it illuminating.  (photography pun intended)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: August 24, 2012, 09:32:40 PM »
Maybe if the Euro crashes the Dollar will surge and the price will be lower.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheap Camera Ideas...worth it?
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:02:53 PM »
I'm sorry, but I don't think that most photographers understand what it means to backpack with gear. A tripod? for a beginner? an external flash?
her XT already has a flash. I have backpacked for the past 10 months in Asia, and it's a pain in the as$ carrying extra stuff around, and strapping a giant tripod on my bag or carrying an external flash for a beginner is like telling my mom to put nitrous in her prius.
way overkill. I understand that lighting is essential, and tripods help a ton, but please.... for a beginner, or someone not that interested at the moment, more accessories to make life more confusing, and her bag heavier is a bad idea.
i agree that the 50mm would be good, but on a crop, its too tight.
i'd upgrade to the 18-55 IS II if possible, and call it a day. or get an S100 or something like that. otherwise, just tell her to enjoy what she has and use it

Backpack?  Where in the OP's question does the word "backpack" appear?  It is nice that you have been to the hemisphere referenced in the OP, but not all elements of your experience apply to this trip to India. 

I do not think a speedlite is terribly more complicated (or large, or heavy) than the built-in flash, but it does allow for bounce light indoors, and more power.  I am not sure how excited one can or should become at the prospect of replacing an 18-55 I with an 18-55 II as you suggest, or if that would even be worth the price.  And getting this person interested in photography was one of the OP's stated aspirations. 
I only listed "tripod" and "50 1.8" because you could buy either one with the money left over on @$200.00 after buying the flash.  Even if she does not need a tripod on the trip, upon her return a tripod is a very basic cheap thing for a photographer to have.  The 50mm would be GREAT on the trip; feather light, teeny-tiny portable, and fantastic in low light compared to the kit zoom. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheap Camera Ideas...worth it?
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:04:04 PM »
Get a flash.  The most glaring flaw of the 18-55 she has will be poor performance in low light.  You could get a decent 3rd party flash and go a long way towards remedying that deficiency.  Bower, metz, Sigma, Vivitar. 

She might even have enough for a flash AND something else, like a tripod or a 50mm f/1.8.  The flash plus the nifty fifty would address low light in 2 ways, and (to an extent) also address image quality.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony NEX goes Full Frame!!!!
« on: August 17, 2012, 05:58:18 PM »
Canon should have done it.... Sony does it.

I just learned via (many) trusted sources that the third revolution from Sony is about to happen. After the SLT and NEX introductions (first two revolutions) Sony is about to change the photographic and video industry with the third revolution… a new Full Frame NEX system!

now sony has to start making lenses...  ;D

Dear God!  The seventh seal is about to be opened!

IS is simply a must. The difference in terms of the keeper rate is considerable.

Or look at it this way.  He wants it for sports mainly.

Well, in bright lighting sports, the f/2.8 would let you use a faster shutter, and gaining one stop of aperature (f/2.8 vs. f/4) lets you advance one stop in shutter speed (double speed), making up for one stop of image stabilization.  Does the f/4 IS really give you much more than 1 stop of IS?  And if it is really bright, then forget about IS completely.  At a very fast shutter speed (like bright daylight fast sports), Image Stabilization doesn't really do any good.  So in some situations at medium speed, the two may cancel each other out, and in others at high speed the IS is useless.

And in low lighting, like in a basketball gym, the f/4 may not be usable at all (unless you have an uber-expensive camera that is great at uber-uber-high ISO), whereas the f/2.8 is twice as bright as f/4.  And since you would want to use a monopod for that anyway, the monopod will be your image stabilization.

PowerShot / Re: PowerShot SX160 IS & PowerShot SX500 IS
« on: August 14, 2012, 12:15:41 PM »
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<p><strong>Two New PowerShot Cameras<br />

</strong>Below are a couple of images of upcoming PowerShot superzooms. We have the 16x zoom PowerShot SX160 IS and the 30x zoom PowerShot SX500 IS. Both cameras  will be arriving soon.</p>
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 :o So.... how exactly do I visit that website (*%&#^%$@*.net)?  Can't even type that in.   

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM vs IS II
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:21:09 PM »
Were you looking at the image on a big monitor and blowing it up/cropping it, or were you just chimping on the camera screen?

Canon General / Re: "Time for a Change at Canon?" -Barons
« on: August 10, 2012, 02:53:16 AM »
I have mixed emotions about reviving this thread, but can't resist a bit of "I told you so."

Nikon's first quarter results and projections for the year are out. (See Nikon Rumors). Net profit fell by a jaw-dropping 48%!

Now that those numbers are out, it's a little easier to compare performance of Canon and Nikon. The numbers confirm what I said previously – this particular article was written by a single columnist with an ax to grind against Canon's management.

Demand a change in top leadership at Canon when profits are down 2.4%, while a major competitor's profits are down 48%?

Fact is, Canon is well-managed and doing very well during tough economic times.
And they avoided selling the 5DIII cheap whereas the D800 must not be earning then much money
Desperate means from Nikon of course to sell it at that low price. Will be interesting to see the development of their profits once D800 sales will have larger impact. Also, this will have impact on their overall pricing strategies as they will be held back in trying to get better prices for other models they will launch from now on.

Losing less than one's competitor is an odd sort of "victory" isn't it?  But, yes,  hoooray.

Lenses / Re: Center Pinch Lens Caps
« on: August 07, 2012, 03:04:06 PM »
I got Nikon ones for my Canon lenses  ;D they are passable and usable.

That could trick theives looking for good camera equipment into leaving your lenses untouched.  8)

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