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Lighting / Re: Selling off my old strobes, What to get next?
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:31:32 PM »
the Einsteins are not capable of exceeding the sync of whatever canon camera you have. tested it and they failed. but that was using AB triggers.

i have never heard of a radio trigger being able exceed flash sync of a camera. i have only used canon speedlights to do that. and i highly doubt that you could shoot at 1/8000th of a sec with strobe and not be using a leaf shutter. even at 1/500th on a Hassi that was pushing it. everything i have ever experienced says that is not possible with a curtain type shutter.

i also don't believe 400w/s heads are enough power to beat direct sunlight. the einsteins are 640w/s and they struggle to beat direct sunlight with direct unmodified strobe.

i'm not buying it....but please, i would be thrilled to be proven wrong.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 50
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:51:34 AM »
i would like to now see Neoro and Mikael do a rendition of "Who's on First".

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Sports / Re: Q: Would car show shots be appropriate in here?
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:27:07 AM »
sure why not. i think the only thing you can't post is porn. i dont think nudity is allowed either but tastefully done implied nudes is probably ok. i would check the forum rules for clarification...i think its outlined somewhere in there.

i also wouldn't post other photographer's work without proper credit being given. that's just a respect thing.

but bring on the cars man!

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Landscape / Re: Need critique for future improvement
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:17:09 AM »
Hey SJ,

 nice work. the only thing i could add is to be a little more careful when doing your post production. you have some "halos" happening around some of your details that can be distracting as it "reveals" your retouching...so to speak. i liken it to watching a movie where you wouldn't want to see a boom sneaking into the frame...it breaks the illusion of that world for the viewer.

 also, you could pay some more attention to midtone contrast on some of the photos to reveal more of the detail. here is a quick redo that i did to demo what i am talking about



i used Nik tonal contrast to bring out more detail in the surf and sky but you could also do some selective dodging and burning in PS. to handle the halo of the rock i zoomed in and dodged the midtones of the edge of the rock and then cloned in the sky where it got too bright. always zoom in when you are in PS so that you fill your screen with the area you are working on and always use appropriatley sized brushes for the size of work you are doing.

for me, this allows me to stay focused in the world you are showing me and not have my attention be broken by thoughts like "oh, there's a weird halo on that rock".

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Lenses / Re: Grey (Gray) Market Advice
« on: January 20, 2013, 10:34:37 PM »
never buy gray market. its not worth the hassles if something goes wrong.

B&H have that lens for 1799.00 right now if you add it to your cart.

gray market is a bad idea.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kenrockwell comments on Canon 6d
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:32:09 PM »
well, this thread was doomed from the start. i've been watching it simply out of curiosity at the ferver it would reach. some of the tones taken were pretty disappointing and not indicative of what i have experienced on this site. to that point....

regardless of any CR members interests or experience level, i have come to enjoy the mostly good natured exchange of ideas, opinions, and experiences with different types of gear. i certainly expect this thread to be a blip on the radar of what i think is a pretty diverse and respectful online community.

what i have noticed is that there seems to sometimes be different perspectives between pros earning a living through photography and enthusiasts just enjoying photography. there is certainly no right or wrong but it seems that sometimes when those perspectives cross, context is lost in the shuffle.

i personally fall into the camp of thinking Ken Rockwell is a clown and i personally am underwhelmed by his work. i do not think anyone who enjoys Ken or learns something from his site is "stupid" or somehow below me in anyway. that would just be nonsense. i would caution those that follow Rockwell that there is a great deal of learning, experience, and enjoyment beyond his musings and to actively seek out other sources so that his thoughts don't become gospel. but this is true of anyone....any single source of information or inspiration can be troublesome in the long run.

i think what everyone can agree upon is that photography is simply alot of fun and very rewarding at all levels of experience. no one should ever feel hesitant to post images that they have done on this site for any reason. i think the majority of the members here truly enjoy seeing shots from everyone regardless of their skill level. i know i do...i only wish i could see more of all of your work.

that being said, i will soon be adding my website to my profile (as it is in the process of being updated...sorely overdue) and welcome all to visit it and critique away! i always felt the worst thing that someone could say about my work was nothing....i would much rather prefer that someone hated it or loved it. at least that way i could get some growth from the experience. indifference gives no satisfaction!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kenrockwell comments on Canon 6d
« on: January 19, 2013, 07:54:43 PM »
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let whoever is without sin cast the first stone

< casts stone....and hits self.

lol, sry i couldn't resist. but isn't that usually the case?

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Lenses / Re: IS blurry pictures
« on: January 18, 2013, 01:04:10 PM »
i agree with others that IS is totally overrated and i tend to avoid using it at all costs.

its one of those things that if the situation absolutely calls for IS then fine but i think those situations are rare. its not a cure all intended for all situations all the time. the best solution is to increase your shutterspeed and compensate exposure through other variables.

also, practice steadier handholding techniques and breathing...these things can help more than you could imagine. i taught a class where one of my students was former military and i was asked how do i hold my camera. when i demonstrated wrapping the strap around my arms for steadiness and keeping both my eyes open when looking through the viewfinder, my Ex-military student commented how thats exactly how the army teaches steadiness when shooting a rifle. he also added that they teach controlled breathing in that the body is most at rest at the end of an exhale. the body tends to get jittery when you hold your breath and he advised against doing that. interesting stuff....any Rifle experts in here that can corroborate that? 

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Lighting / Re: Selling off my old strobes, What to get next?
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:42:24 PM »
i have 2 Einsteins and i find them to be very reliable and built much more solidly than the older AB units. i have not yet tested the high speed flash duration of the units but it was a feature that i liked having if the need ever arises.

some other nice things about the Einsteins:

1/10 stop variation in power over a 9 stop range
ability to control power of multiple strobes via camera with the Cyber Commander unit
value vs quality (its just a good product for the cost compared to other brands)

i have also not had any issues using any type of modifier with them. i got the units when they were first released and i was aware that they were going to correct how modifiers were attached to the unit. as i understood it, occasionally a large/heavy modifier could "jump" off the unit so PCB planned to extend the length of the clasps that engaged the speedring that the modifier was attached to.

i have never had an issue with this and i have used up to a 36x48 softbox on these units. i do hope to get a 54x72 softbox in the future so at that point i might send the units back in to get them updated to handle the extra load.

bottom line is that i find the Einsteins to be well made, reliable, and very very versatile. but i would try to research how they perform at faster flash durations and if they are capable of what you need. the only other units i saw (online) photographers using to do such work were ProFotos...and they are beastly expensive. 

edit:

just found this review/test by Rob Galbraith (whom i find to be very thorough and informative) for the Einstein 640's. scroll down tne article a bit and you will see interactive tests for the high speed flash duration compared to the elinchroms.

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-10053-10715

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EOS Bodies / Re: Older Canon cameras
« on: January 17, 2013, 11:24:31 PM »
if you want to go old school 35mm film then i would go Pentax K1000 if i were you. they are absolute rugged workhorses. a good one in working order will still fetch in excess of 200.00 and for good reason. they were hard as hell to break (and even when they did they might still be able to take a picture) and were just a plain and simple mechanical camera. no muss no fuss. they are still the most desired 35mm film camera being checked out at my university's equipment lab simply because all the other brands aren't reliable (at their age) and break.

couple that camera with some uber fast primes (shouldn't be that hard to find either) and you got yourself something that can give you an enjoyable vintage experience.

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Lenses / Re: Help with 360ยบ Panoramas
« on: January 17, 2013, 01:21:03 PM »
on a slight tangent...

those of you with pano experience have any opinions about panoramic tripod heads that allow you to avoid parallax? i have been looking at manfrotto products for quite some time but have reservations as i dont know how to identify the pros and cons involved with this type of shooting.

the head i was looking at is the following:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/293646-REG/Manfrotto_303SPH_303SPH_QTVR_Spherical_Panoramic.html

any thoughts on this item?

i have done panos for fun and have always use PS to stitch and then just retouched any anomalies but i would like to invest in a head that would help me correct for parallax before i get into post.

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Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 01:04:53 PM »
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Would love to see some portraits taken with a 35mil. ^_^

granted that these are not indoor shots but here are a few portraits done with the canon 35mm 1.4L all at F2.0.

i generally use the 24-70 F2.8L for indoor use as i usually using for an event where i can incorporate my own lighting mixed with available and i like the convenience of the zoom. typically i need the versatility of the zoom in these situations where the 35mm may prove not to be wide enough. but the 35L is a fantastic lens...i highly recommend it.


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Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:55:26 AM »
i do support the idea of buying locally but i stopped going to my local camera shop because they were generally inept and practiced crazy upcharging on whatever they could (ex they charge 80.00 for 9' seamless that is 45.00 everywhere else)

so currently i buy from Calumet in Philly (when i am in the city) and everything else is purchased from B&H. the beauty of that for me is that i live in Delaware, home to NO sales tax! and as far as Use Tax is concerned....this made me crack up...

http://www.tax-rates.org/delaware/use-tax

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well....you kinda answered your own question as you dismissed any options available to you. but i'll take a stab..

though i haven't used the 24-70mm 2.8II, it looks as though it is a stellar lens. much better than the Mrk I (which i own and preferred over the 24-105 in overall performance). the Mrk I version has a useful if not true macro capability for getting close to small objects, not sure if the Mrk II duplicated this feature or improved upon it but i would be shocked if it didnt.

i never found the 70-200mm unbalanced on a tripod so long as you mount it via the supplied collar. couple it with a ballhead and it can be a pretty fluid setup for recomposing on a set of sticks. it is also a tremendous performer especially for headshots. but if you seriously aren't comfortable with it then i would suggest the 100mm 2.8L Macro. great for headshots and will cover any macro/close focusing for small product type shoots.

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In my opinion Canon needs to make a F2.8 24-105 or F2.8 28-110 both with slight macro that is tack sharp, little distortion & vignetting whilst having a smoother OOF / bokeh than the 24-105 or 24-70  more like the 50 1.2. And I would pay a lot for this

thats a pretty tall order for a single lens especially over that range of zoom. zooms will always sacrifice in one area over another by design so we are kinda forced to incorporate high end primes if we want the kind of performance you are looking for.

again, i have gotten great use out of my 24-70 28L and was never impressed by my friends/colleagues shots coming from their 24-105mm 4L's. i even did a head to head comparison on a shoot with another photographer and both of us agreed the 24-105 came up short on IQ compared to the 24-70 mrkI.

i would say get the 24-70mm 2.8 mrk II. it appears to be an absolute great performing lens.

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:04:22 AM »
i just entered the world of great primes this year so i have to say the 35mm 1.4L right now. it has made me really want the 85L or the 50L though. i picked up the 85mm 1.8 to tide me over but i haven't really spent enough time with it yet.

i also really enjoy working with the 24mm TSE. shifting and then combining images to expand the field of view creates images that still really intrigue me. again...that lens has made me jones for the 17mm TSE.

its a terrible sickness this business is....

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