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Technical Support / Temporary af problem.
« on: October 07, 2013, 04:15:38 AM »
Hello all!

My camera (canon 5dmkii) seems to have developed a problem with af. From what I have noticed, after a little while of use, the autofocus seems to just stop working for about 15-20 seconds. It only happens once of twice in a full day but still.

I have recently bought a canon 50mm 1.4. Are there any known issues with this. I am not 100% sure but i think its when I use this lens.

The other thing I am doing differently lately is using back button focus. I am getting a few more keepers so i dont really want to change this.

I can't seem to force the problem to help me figure out what is it. Any suggestions?



I have a 580 exii and a yn 568. I always reach for the canon first because I find the menus a little easier to use, other than that I love them both. I dropped yn568 from about 8 foot onto a hard ground and it survived. Well actually the impact made the batteries compress the springy battery holder bit too much, but once id given it a small tug it was fine.

I use them both the yn 622c. Love them. I have 3, one for the camera and one for each flash. I can control the power of each flash and I can use the both in hss. Never had any sync issues and its never not fired in about 6 months of use. I haven't tested them to the limits so I dont know about range that much though.

At a medium power I can snap away with out worrying about the flash missing shots.

Hope this helps. Personally I would always get one canon that will be your main flash, then after that I would get yungnou.


Technical Support / Re: 5d mkii low light help needed.
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:50:10 AM »
I shoot nearly the exact same 24 - 50 - 135 combo.

Bump your ISO to get at minimum a 1/200th with the 135L. That does two things, one is prevent camera shake and the other is prevent people shake as well. Never underexpose! Hit the exposure correctly at a high ISO is better than underexposing and pushing in post.

I imagine this is a non-flash situation and inside the church, I see no reason to use AV. The light isn't changing so Manual should be used.

Another alternative is if the light is that low and if the church is permitting, use the 50mm and work closer.

Thanks, I was just so nervious about using manual and messing about with settings I thought it was easier. I was wrong, so Ill definately go for manual in future.

Out of interest, how do you find the 24, 50, 135 combo? I sometimes wonder if I need something in the gap for 50 and 135.


Technical Support / Re: 5d mkii low light help needed.
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:42:58 AM »
Thank you all so much. I really appreciate the advise. I want to get into another shoot straight away. This will hopefully make me much more satisfied with my keeper rate.


Technical Support / Re: 5d mkii low light help needed.
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:07:50 AM »
I had the trial of topaz noise reduction which I really liked. I am only using the built in noise reduction from ACR in creative suite 6 until I buy the topaz version.

Any suggestions?

Also, Is there a way to toggle ISO without neededing to press the shoulder button first in manual? I can just practise more if not!

I use spot exposure. Is this OK for getting a good exposure or should I use somehthing else? Should I slightly over expose or aim to get it dead on 0?

Lastly, I never resize my Images, should I do this to hide a bit of the noise? What should I scale them down to?

Technical Support / Re: 5d mkii low light help needed.
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:05:35 AM »
In my opinion you have the following options:

- Use the 50 1.4 instead of 135 2: This will reduce the need of fast shutter speeds due to shorter focal length + you have a 1 stop brighter aperture (if you like the results at f/1.4) -> you will gain about 2 stops of lower ISO

- Use faster shutter speeds and compensate by using higher ISO and OVERexposing (ETTR). Pull back the over exposed shots in pp. I never had the 5DII but I suppose it should be quite fine until ISO 6400 using this technique. Do NOT underexpose like you suggested in your post!!

- Use Flash. An inexpensive 430EXII + diffuser (you are not going to bounce in a church i suppose) will give you all the lighting you need. I understand that you want to preserve the atmosphere so I suggest you use flash for people (candid portraits) and no flash for wide angle interior shots with the 24L.

The 100L should give you some more flexibility due to IS but you need to watch out to keep shutter speeds fast enough to stop your subjects movements. I wouldn't recommend this lens in your situation.


Thanks for this I will try this technique ASAP. How much should I over expose by before it can't be recovered in PP? 1 stop?

Yes I will use my 50 1.4 more next time. I just love the brokeh on my 135l so much i try to use it in every situation I can. Maybe I should have just bouth the 50mm 1.2 haha. I dont usually use my lens completely wide open as they aren't as sharp. Will sharpening in PP recover this?

I am secretly glad you dont recommend the 100L IS. It would hurt me too much to get rid of my 135L at the moment.

Flash has always been completely banned in the churches I have been, which is a shame as a small amount would help so much. If I was ever allowed to use flash, should I gel it to mix with the church lights, or would the ambient light coming through the windows typically be the main source I am blending with?

Thanks again,


Technical Support / Re: 5d mkii low light help needed.
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:52:06 AM »
Ok cool, I was just wondering if there where any secret tips. I notice alot of church photos get turned to black and white, and I am thinking thats a little trick becuase they are slightly underexposed etc??

I think you are right, Ill just have to get quicker with manual mode until I get a 5d mkiii next year. If that doesn't go well I will use my 50mm and crop when needed. I probably just need to be more confident about where I can stand too. Also, it looks like trusting the back of my camera to tell if its sharp is no good, so maybe taking more photos than I need is something I should rather than just thinking 'great, I got it'

I have never been allowed to use a flash in church so that's not an option sadly.

Technical Support / 5d mkii low light help needed.
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:17:10 AM »
Hello fellow canonistas,

Firstly, sorry if this is in the wrong topic. I have been asked to do a few christening lately which I was pretty happy with the results in the end, but I am also getting frustrated to get there. Please help.

Ok so basicaly, in a church its very low light as I am sure you all know. I dont like push my 5dmkii over 1600 because it gets too noisy for my liking (maybe I have a bad copy?) Sometimes I am a bit further away than I would like whilst I am trying to be respectful and not be in peoples way. I still want tight shots, so I use my 135L, and my problems being.

I am using aperture priority becuase sometimes in manual mode I take too long to adjust settings and I can miss the shot all together! However I am taking the photos and they look great in AV mode on the back of the camera, but then when I get home I notice tiny amounts of motion blur because the 135L was very senstive and sometimes the camera chooses 1/80th or 1/100th. I am not getting a very good 'keeper' rate and its frustrating me.

I could use TV mode, but in these cases I am trying to get more than one person, or just an eye in focus so I want to set my aperture to 2.8ish. I am worried TV mode would just but my aperture to the widest possible.

What do I do?

Should I just slightly under expose the photos and fix in post, or turn to black and white? Should I increase the ISO and get better noise removal? Should I get a monopod or just try to remember to brace against a wall at every opportunity? Should i take more control and get as close as I need to be to avoid long focal lengths? Should I just be using manual or TV? I am only using one shot, should I use contunous burst? Could it be my AF mode? Which AF mode should I use for church situations?

I only have 3 primes at the moment 24L, 50 1.4 and 135L.

I LOVE THIS LENS. I love it so much I want every excuse to use it. However, should I swap it for the 100L with IS.

How do you handle low light with long focal lengths?

Please help with some friendly advice.

Thanks in advance.


P.S I intend to get a 5dmkiii or something similar next year depending on what is released, whereby this problem wouldn't exist for me because I could push the ISO so much higher. However, I don't feel this is an excuse for my low keeper rate in low light which must be due to inexperience or poor technique. Maybe I am being too harsh on myself!

Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:08:45 AM »
This was with 135 L on 5d mkii. So an 85mm on a crop would be roughly the same

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 14, 2013, 09:00:43 AM »
Ok I think I will buy another SSD. I might get a bigger one, then i can swap my current C Drive for the new one and use the 64gb one just for scratch disk stuff. Will that be ok? Id love to get two more but Im beyond skint due to the wedding!

Should it be obvious which scratch disks I set to which folder? If its not could I PM you when I have it?


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 14, 2013, 08:11:49 AM »
Thanks for explaining it.

So would the current usb drive I have be good enough for the capture scratch disk, and then i could buy a faster drive to have as the render scratch disk. Or do i need two new drives one for each? There is literally 4gb left on my main c drive so i dont think i can use that for either.


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:15:08 AM »
OK So at the moment my main drive C is an SSD, which my adobe suite is installed on. I then have my F drive which is    western digital drive WDBPCK0010BBK-EESN. I cant find out the rpm or cache capacity, it just says 5gbs transfer speed, and it does feel fast for a hdd. Also it, says it comes formatted to NTFS, so that may elimante the possibility of that problem!

I have my scratch disks set up to the F drive, but I cant remember how much space I have given it all. What are the ideal settings for cache and scratch disks in a project file?

If it turns out that its just the disk is too slow, can someone just explain why it can handle shorter .movs<1min but not .movs roughly >1min? And if it was too slow, why would it work after the .movs have been transfered to the F drive from C drive rather than straight from the card?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:30:50 AM »
Yeah its definately USB3 and seems to be running fine. I think the NTFS / FAT32 thing could be possible, and it makes sense as to why it might work on one drive and not another. Ill check my disk formats when i get home. Im hoping if it is just this, that I could partition the drive to have an NTFS section and use that!

Thanks for the help, ill let you know what happens tomorrow. Its V Day today so ill get murdered if I start messing with computers tonight!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 13, 2013, 06:28:07 PM »

Its USB3 so i dont think data rates are a problem? What do you think? Im just scanning now to make sure it doesnt have any corrupt areas on the drive. I only got it because after the thailand floodings a few years back hard drives got very expensive. Might need another one now :( Im suspecting its the camera or cs6 software less though which is good.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Help for CS6 premiere pro with 5d footage
« on: February 13, 2013, 06:11:23 PM »
**Update 2**

The 'corrupt' video files work when I import them onto my main C drive, then into cs6, but not if I import them to my external F hardrive. However, if I copy them from C to F after importing them, and then load them from F drive into CS6 they work. WTF is going on? Not sure if it is the cf card now?! But i also dont get why it would be the F drive if it works after being transfered from C drive.

Does something happen to the files when imported from the camera that my main SSD drive might be doing differently from my external drive? I dont have enough capacity to store files on my main drive so this is a problem :(

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