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I own that lens and mine does not make that noise at all, let me go shake it.... it has a slight noise when i shake it, but nothing moves. Mine was soft from factory, anf I sent it to tamron under warranty, and they adjusted it, much better. Still not a very high contrast lens tho.

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: October 03, 2012, 10:13:31 PM »

Is it just my lens thats so crappy? 50mm 1.8II L(ens hood attached)? OR my 1100D camera? It just doesnt look so shiny awesome like i want. Like so "mellow" contrast only. Or is it just the post processing? Feel free to give my photos a try.

Thanks already

My 50 f/1.8ii gives the same feel. It is an excellent lens as far as sharpness goes and the 1.8 is nice. But it has no saturation or contrast. I shot a wedding last weekend and the 50mm's images all needed retouching, to make them look punchy, where some of the shots from my 17-70 sigma almost seemed too punchy and saturated. every lens has it's strong points. My canon 28mm f/2.8 is very vivid and sharp! but not very versatile. I like lightroom but if you shoot Jpeg try making a custom picture style, thats a normal landscape style, but add +2 saturation. That livens up the 50mm a lot!

Software & Accessories / Re: problems after installing magic lantern
« on: October 03, 2012, 03:47:26 PM »
My 3rd party grip did this to my 60d. During a friend's wedding last weekend my grip made the camera shut off and battery light flash. took me about 20 seconds to remove the grip throw the battery door back on and be back in business. Grip ended up at his house..... I should retreive that

Software & Accessories / Re: Who uses a handheld light meter?
« on: October 03, 2012, 03:44:16 PM »
So for this type of photos an exposure meter does not offer anything that I cant get with a fill flash? I better spend some time to learn to use my flash...
Thank you for your input

P.s. What if it is really bright out and the sync speed of 1/200 may not be enough?

3 options!

1)lightroom is pretty amazing but not ideal
2)Most higher end flash's have high speed synch, which will allow way over 1/200th. I find this quite useful for outdoors
3)You can use a polarizing and/or ND (neutral density) filter to make the scene appear darker to the camera, then enabling a slower (1/200) shutter speed to be correctly lit

Im using a nothing-special samsung 22" display, seems to be calibrated well. My machine is a pc, home made 6-core 8gb ram, AMD 5770 card(getting old now, but it handles overclocking very well, so it is still fast)and I have windows and all my programs on a SSD(solid state drive) which makes them so fast it is like they are stored in memory already! I use a standard SATA for storage tho. High precicion laser mouse is a must too. I run everything overclocked and have a lot of cooling. My case, dvd drive, keyboard, speakers are all 6 years old, and upgrading the rest to be very able was very cheap, Thats why I like PC. upgrades are cheap

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon presets for Lightroom 4.1
« on: October 01, 2012, 02:21:50 PM »
FWIW, lightroom's colors were WAY off on my screen, but not in the output file. DPP was perfectly fine. It ended up being my monitor calibration file (supplied by samsung's drivers) was WAY off on color. Apparently DPP doesnt use the color profile and Lightroom does, so I found a much more accurate color profile for my needs. Maybe you can try the spyder screen calibration thingy?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D actually doesn't need AFMA?
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:16:41 PM »
I have a 60d, and my sigma 17-70, canon 50 1.8, canon 28/2.8, and tamron 70-300 VC are all dead on. the 70-300 back focused on my T1i. I sent the 70-300 to tamron and it came back sharper but still backfocused. On the 60d it seems focused right

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:08:56 PM »
The way current sensors work (atleast in canon SLRS, not sure about others) they need a mechanical shutter to work, they are somehow charged with electricity to become more sensitive, and  the light triggers the photo-proto-electrons(i have no idea haha) I just know I read that current canon sensors need a shutter to be as sensitive as they are. But cell phones dont have a shutter and they take great low-light shots....(cough, cough)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Magic Lantern Firmware - Good or Bad?
« on: September 12, 2012, 12:23:40 PM »
I put ML on my 60d, and it worked fine, no problems. I have since removed it just because I dont do anything with video, and for stills it is not that useful. Update your factory firmware first even if the version is the same (i had to do this to my 60d)

Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:23:15 PM »
The catchlight in her eye is to the left a bit, (makes sence with a portrait shot, tipping the camera and all) so maybe that slight sidelighting helps. She seems to be a decent bit away from the background too, makes her pop a little more. Plus she is a celeb, in full make-up 24/7 :-P

Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:13:38 PM »
gotta have one of those plastic thingies that cost 70 bucks and resemble a tupperware container a-top of the flash! Wish I invented those things! But yeah, Im surprised you bow down to that shot, as I bow down to the work I have seen you post!

EOS Bodies / Re: Any Nikon D3x to Canon 5D MKiii converts?
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:05:19 PM »
Ive read a lot of pro's like the colors from the 5dIII's better than the d800. But that could be the legendary canon glass they use. I have also read that canon does something with their sensor output signal that makes it near impossible to accurately test dynamic range. I think listed 4 different canon sensors (and not different model, actual different sensors) with the exact same dynamic range, from shadows to highlights. seems fishy. I am curious on the DR of the 1dx?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Dead/Hot Pixel Issues
« on: September 08, 2012, 08:55:14 PM »
Im not sure what it might be, but if you post a crop of a pic containing the problem I'm sure another member will give you a cause, a reason, and a scientific explanation, these guys are great!


Here's what you do, sparky.

Take the $500 or so you might be willing to spend on your ultimate gear statement and donate it to Partners In Health:

They will use it to keep a few children from dying of tuberculosis or cholera, maybe provide some clean drinking water for a few people.

Then you go down to the local surplus store and get yourself a nice canvas backpack to throw you stuff in.

Your eyes may still hurt, but your spirit will fare better.

Finally, when (if?) you get to be 55, come see me and we'll talk about what's important in life.

What kind of people design camera bags? My guess is people who are 55 yrs old, who wear clothes from the early 90's With no eye in fashion. because 99.9% of all camera bags look really bad and they hurt my eyes when i look at them.

I use a lowepro classified 160, which is actually an ok looking bag but i need a smaller size backback or a really ergonomic shoulder bag/sling for my 3 month trip to Japan where i will walk up to 10 miles on some days.

I also want to be somewhat fashionable or at least have it be ok looking so i won't stick out as a stereotypical photog with a huge square looking thing on my back that could house a small person.

I want to fit one 1DX body, two primes and an ipad. (smaller size is also a good thing when i'm riding the metro in Tokyo at rush hour.

Maybe your suggestions and findings will be useful to many others too.

So have you found anything good? I've looked at many.. like lowepro, crumpler, kata etc... And they all look horrible.
Price is not an issue.


I love it distant star! haha, and im just a whipper-snapper, but raised old-school

Nice work dirtcastle. I hate PP but should learn it better:-/

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