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Lighting / Re: 270 ex ii or 430 exii for vacation
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:23:27 PM »
If you are looking to leave your expensive gear at home with the 600, a Yongnuo YN568EX might fit the bill.  Read some good reviews on them, have yet to try.  I do have both the 600 and the 430 though.  May try a Yongnuo for some off camera stuff, but what I read is that it is a decent option for on camera as well and does HSS.

Awesome photos.  I took my 5dmk3 with me to my first show... no pit pass and restricted to a lens that was smaller than my fist as well to my seat.  Went w/ the EF 85mm F1.8 so I did some cropping @ 8 rows back.  No where near as good as yours but not bad for croppy's.

Technical Support / Re: BG-E11 AF Select Button Not Responding
« on: April 27, 2013, 06:26:54 AM »
Best of luck.  At least Amazon provides great service (in my experience) and you should find out soon if all is ok with your camera.  My thoughts are just a defective button on the grip.

Technical Support / Re: BG-E11 AF Select Button Not Responding
« on: April 26, 2013, 02:29:36 PM »
Working from home today, just checked mine and it is working fine.  Check your contacts or perhaps you have a defective grip.

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: April 26, 2013, 11:39:41 AM »
Personally I am waiting for the official release, but here is the md5sum from the file I pulled from the web

$ gpg --print-md md5 5D300121.FIR
5D300121.FIR: 3C AB 84 0C D3 D4 CF 17  5B 5B 4E 0E A5 14 EB A9

I am going to compare that to what Canon releases next week.

Software & Accessories / Re: What site do you use to host your photos?
« on: April 20, 2013, 12:03:48 AM »
I use Farcebook, Google+, Zenfolio, Flickr Pro, and 500px.

500px is unique in the presentation.  I like it; don't yet love it, but it is growing on me (new user to it).  Zenfolio has been great for a while.  I use Flickr for some quick uploads.  Farcebook as I take photos of my daughters travel basketball and post for the kids and parents.  G+, because I like the communities.

Technical Support / Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:31:54 PM »
I use both a Mac and a PC... Lightroom for me.  I do have Aperture, but honestly never gave it a look once I got a copy of LR 3.6 and now on 4.4 and will likely look at the LR v5 beta before too long.  I really like the one-click lens corrections LR give and the "pop" power.  Can make the average image just look "wow" with a couple of sliders adjustments.

I ordered a Meike and got bait and switched from an Amazon third party seller.  They sent me some flimsy "Xit" brand.  It felt very cheap compared to the Meike grip I have on my T3i.  Amazon made good on the refund.

The Meike grip on my T3i has been solid for over a year, but the rubber grip material is starting to pulling away from the plastic.  Because of that, I figured I would go with the Canon BG-E11 for the 5Dmk3.  I have been very pleased with it.

I went Canon after using Olympus 4/3 for years and when I was switching systems I preferred the grip and feel of Canon as well as the menu system.  Seemed like it made more sense to me (perhaps more like the Oly menu's I was used to).  Additionally, I considered that Canon seems to take part in all aspects of it's camera.  Development of the processor, the image sensor, etc.  I wanted the 60D, my wife purchased the Rebel T3i for me.  It served me well for a while and I recently added a 5D mark III and love it.  Most everyone I know shoots Nikon, and it is also a good system.  While one has strengths over the other, in the end, I feel it is a wash and most of my Nikon shooting friends feel the same.  A couple are really impressed with the video.  What I like about Nikon systems is highlights in the shadow areas are just better.  But I am not disappointed in the 5D3 at all and would not dream of switching to Nikon at this point in time.

I considered the 6D but ended up with the 5D Mark III for the focus system.  My daughter plays on a travel basketball team and I missed a lot of shots with the T3i, not so with the 5D.  I felt the focus system on the 6D was too similar to the T3i.

I still have the T3i and use it for non sports stuff with a Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 on it most of the time.

Another vote for Eneloops.  All I use and buy for the last 4 or 5 years.  Use them in my speedlites, keyboards and mice, TV remotes... Kids game controllers (XBOX and Wii).  Great batteries.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 lens
« on: March 24, 2012, 12:50:36 AM »
Got mine the first of Feb right when it went on sale.  My lens hood is fine, the photos I get are outstanding.  Shooting my daughters indoor basketball and wanted the f2.8 across the range.  Very, very pleased with my copy.

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