here are examples with the PCB ABR800. fun strobe unit. perfect for the budget minded portraitist.
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LOL! Well, you guessed wrong! And the funniest thing is: My girlfriend totally approves this lens. If it was for her I would already have it - she even offered to pay for it! I know I'm a lucky sob...
There are more stupid ways of spending €250 per year I guess (smoking for example ).
obviously you haven't had to work with a pesky art director, sales manager, marketing manager, or the anal retentive micro managing general manager on commercial shoots... You can easily be bothered or intimidated by how they can be... Some shoots, not often, my sets have to be approved by top management before I fire the shutter, just so I dont bother wasting my time if they dont like the set or want something changed... It happens
IS may not be what you look for or need for your own particular usage, however for others (particularly those focussed on video, or who make significant usage of video) IS is a massive advantage in a lens.
The black card idea is interesting, but a studio still-life like this seems a perfect candidate to bracket exposures for a composite image. I don't (necessarily) mean feeding it to an HDR program, but more "old school" style, combining the parts of each image that are properly exposed. This would give you maximum flexibility to expose each part exactly as you like.
Do not really understand what you asking, but I so do not like the bounce boards being visible...