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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 430 EX II vs Metz 52 AF-1
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:04:57 AM »
no takers? :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 430 EX II vs Metz 52 AF-1
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:49:28 PM »
So, I am starting to get a bit into event-photography (a few low-key weddings and some conferences) and seeing as I don't think my Olympus Fl36r is safe to put on my 5D3 in terms of voltages (and also wouldn't be a good idea for various other reasons) I need a bit of advice.
I have been using the 600EX-RT on a few paid jobs, but it is a bit out of my price-range for now, and I am not sure that I really need it at all.

For now I am looking at the 430 EX II and the Metz 52 AF-1 seeing as they are priced almost identically in my region.  I understand that the Canon might give me more reliability and compatibility whereas the Metz will give me more power and functionality. Still, there are a few things I didn't manage to figure out using google, so I am looking for some who can enlighten me or even someone who has used both.
What are the key differences (apart from USB port and the other things mentioned)
Can the Metz be controlled in-camera like the Canon?
Am I right in assuming that neither model will support all Focus-points for AF-Assist?
[size=78%]Is the touch-screen on the Metz as ennoying as it looks? :)[/size]

Canon General / Re: Copenhangen Trip Advice
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:25:47 AM »

- Dyrehaven (take the C train to Klampenborg and head into the forest. You keep on going past the amusement park there... this is also a pretty big forest with deer you can feed by hand), this place stretches out far north.

- Drive up the coast line on "Strandvejen".... every so often you'll encounter a worthy view.

- Go by car to "Møn's Klint" ( a big cliff side area made of lime stone I think... you can stand on top or go all the way down.


In regards to christiania, as long as you respect the rules, it is probably one of the safest place you could be. They adhere to strict rules concerning crime (with the exception of the sale/use of cannabis products. As long as you don't walk in there dressed like a cop :)
Even if you should take a picture, no-one will beat you senseless (but it COULD likely result in an unpleasant experience) Either way, Christiania is a unique place unlike anything else in the world really.

The seas around Denmark are literally filled with hundreds of small uninhabited islands. A few of them can be reached with short boat trips leaving regularly from "Nyhavn".
I have always rather enjoyed the beautiful lush graveyards in Copenhagen, specifically "Assistentens Kirkegård" in "nørrebro".
Enjoy your trip :)

Lenses / Re: EOS - trip in the desert: dust
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:06:39 AM »
At the start of the year I took a brand new 24-105 into the Negev dessert for 2 days. No storms, no spills, I was very careful, I didn't change lenses, I used a Filter, and STILL, sand got into the focusing ring which now grinds so much that in-camera audio on a video shot is unthinkable. Sand/Dust+Wind=it WILL get in there eventually :)

I am still holding my breath, waiting for a breakthrough in terms of in-camera conversion to 10 or 12 bit.
The hope is that one of the developers stumble on an undocumented feature in the DIGIC or that a canon engineer decides to show some love :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Releases Lightroom 5
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:50:30 AM »
Performance does indeed seem a little snappier, but it's hard to quatify.
I am however experiencing some weird library problems, eg. sometimes when I use "b" to add a picture to quick-collection (while in full-screen mode) a number of pictures are added and not just the desired one.
Was doing my first testing while in transit, will look deeper into it when my jetlag lifts :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Releases Lightroom 5
« on: June 10, 2013, 11:39:42 AM »
If its faster than LR4, thats all I need.

When you say that you want to separate conversion and editing, by editing, are you also referring to color management?

Yes. The optimal workflow for most is to do all non-conversion adjustments in an NLE, such as Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut, along with other programs that maintain a "non-destructive" workflow (e.g., Resolve).

Currently, the ACR/LR workflow outputs a Prores 422 file, into which many people are "baking" the white balance and other adjustments. The reason for making the adjustments prior to converting to Prores 422 is that you get to work on the uncompressed file and get a lot better results (especially with tonal adjustments). But the baking-in of these adjustments violates the non-destructive editing flow. In a non-destructive workflow, adjustments can be made at any point in the process, without the penalty of having to re-bake adjustments (in this case, in ACR or LR).

So the new workflows (similar to basically all other video workflows), will convert the RAW file to a format (e.g., Cinema DNG and CineForm) that maintains the ability to make adjustments at any point in the process, and doesn't require going back and forth between programs to adjust simple stuff like white balance and highlight recovery.

That said, ACR/LR do have some amazing features and I'm sure there will be people who will still use an ACR/LR flow (e.g., for extreme highlight recovery, or specific plugins such as SilverEfex). But personally, I want to take the footage straight into the NLE and/or Resolve, without having to worry about whether I "converted" the files properly.
I understand, and I share many of your thoughts.
I do however really like the results I get from ACR, and I never really got comfortable with color management in NLE.
It seem to me that the best way to go would be a workflow involving proxies and re-linking although that also has its clear dis-advantages.
Too bad ADL isn't useful here (and that I don't have endless storage space) :)

Video & Movie / Re: Underwater Macro Video - Canon 5d Mark II
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:04:16 PM »
Amazing video.. makes me want to get down there asap, but I think it will have to wait for my financial situation to improve a bit :)
What kind of setup are you using?
What depths was this film shot at?
Anyways, congratulations and keep up the good work!

Thanks for sharing your experiences!
When you say that you want to separate conversion and editing, by editing, are you also referring to color management?

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:03:57 AM »
Being on a very tight budget, right now I am very happy with my 24-105 + 50mm 1.4 and I do feel that once I get my 70-200 2.8 IS, I will be set for a while.
From there I'll change the 24-105 to a 24-70 2.8 IS/VC and after that, possibly change the 50mm 1.4 to get IS or better AF performance.
Alternatively, I'd buy a car and always bring as many lenses as my bank would allow me to accumulate :D

...working with the DNGs in Lightroom is still really useful though. I find it much easier to tweak and do cool stuff....
I also like using Lightroom better, but some people have reported that using Lightroom with 2012 calibration can cause flicker as it appears to apply some tweaks on an individual image basis.
Please keep us updated with your findings/thoughts on the color management/workflow! Thanks :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:13:21 AM »
Haters gonna hate :)
Slightly off-topic: Even if you think raw video on 5D is a dud, you gotta admit that the prospects of turning the old 50D into a cinema camera (albeit not FHD) is wicked awesome. Granted, it does not give you the FF advantage, but apparently the 15MP sensor has its advantages too:)
Personally, I am quite exited about the prospects of doing in-camera slides and such, not just the raw capabilities.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: May 31, 2013, 07:35:45 AM »
If you prefer sticking with in-camera H264, by all means, enjoy your time-tested workflow. For me however, Raw will give me a competitive advantage  and will help me gain access to a more lucrative market segment.
It could have to do with me coming from stills photography and thus being used to dealing with raw, but personally, I find it MUCH less time consuming to grade Raw rather than the stock H264. I don't really care about the time spend on converting files as I just work on something else meanwhile (eg. titles, sound etc.)
Either way, being skeptic at this point of development seems just outright silly... Great attention is currently being devoted to multiple different developments (in-camera bit shifting to 12/10bit, easy generation of proxy clips, automated/scripted workflows etc. etc)
As to canons design choices, besides from their corporate structure, could have to do with memory card speeds as well?
Anyways, I am stoked but I guess YMMV and so on...

Why are you disguising the camera? Why not just get a simple black t-shirt with "POLICE" written on it in the language of the country? (unless people there like to shoot police)

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