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Street & City / Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:35:53 PM »

It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

And that is my point in all these first and second curtain comments, 99% of the time you can't tell which was used so how important a feature is it really?

I'd love somebody to actually post some images they took that illustrate how first curtain sync ruined their shot.

I actually have some shots that have this kind of shadow a moving object leaves when you drag the shutter with flashes. But for events like that where the DJ is jumping around I want to flash when the DJ "does his moves" and I only can consistently freeze those moments when I use 1st curtain. With 2nd curtain it's hit or miss because the flash goes off a second later than the shutter.

Hoooray! You're the first one to mistake me for an non-German, ever, after reading my English :-p ... actually I'm also German, Berlin to be specific, so I had a good look at the club scene for the last decade... but before my photography days, so sadly I never came around to try what you did.

Well, congrats for getting me to think you're a native speaker. :D I'm from Hessen, 80 kilometers from Frankfurt. The U60 was my go-to club for a long time.

But yeah, pretty much what you said:

For his setup, 1st curtain probably is even better because he freezes what he sees when he triggers the shot

Street & City / Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:57:37 PM »
Thanks a lot for your kind words and the constructive criticism. Thats always a good source of motivation for me. :)

- The white flash looks out of place so gels would make it look more 'natural', as if you weren't using a flash.
- The white flash does really well at separating the subject from the colourful mish-mash of lights and objects that would otherwise distract my eye and 'hide' the subject

After editing the photos i realized that the white flash indeed was to cold to fit the colorful style of these shots so i bumped up the color temperature a bit, that also made the overall colors more vibrant. Next time i will add a light orange gel to the white flash to have a warmer color temperature in the first place.

An off-camera flash placed behind your subject (well, behind as in behind relative to the camera) would also help separate the subject from the rest of the photo, so if you wanted to get away from the bare flash look experiment with that.

Since I have a YN-622c too much for my current 2-flash-setup (they come in pairs) i should consider buying another one of those YN-565s, man i love this flash. I actually like it more than my 430EX II.
I like the idea with the flash right behind the subject, especially if smoke is involved (maybe add color, too) this could lead to some very interesting results. Thanks for that!

Btw it's always interesting to see djs put up a show when basically switching cds and doing some beatmixing :-p

Here in Germany we don't like those David Guetta-esque DJ's, too. But we have a nice and impulsive electronic music scene, especially when it comes to banging techno. And I tell you what, those italian guys that were playing that night rocked the house big time! The crowd was going wild and so did them :D

... and with a 5d2 *snigger* that'll make the "you need a 5d3 to shoot your doorknob in low light" crowd think :-p

I never shot with a camera with more than 9 AF points, lol. But I really like the performance of the center focus point of my 5D, even without the YN-622s assist beam it focuses nicely even in dark club environments.

It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

I was using my YN-622 triggers with 1st curtain sync. I think you can use the 2nd curtain if you disable the wireless features with groups and all this stuff, I even think i used it once. But i have to test that out.

Again, thanks for the great feedback guys!

Greetings from Germany,

Street & City / Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:42:41 PM »
I shot a party friday night and got some results that I wanted to share with you guys. I'm pretty happy with the shots i got this weekend. I was experimenting quite a lot and it was paying of for me. I could definetly  up my game in the nightclub photography area and gain some experience with color gels and off-camera flash.

The lens I used was a Tokina 12-24mm for APS-C sized sensors. The results when using long exposures, zooming and using multiple flashes are pretty interesting, especially in the range where the image circle can't cover the hole sensor of my 5D, it's almost like the light trails are coming out of the picture.

Tell me what you think, I really appreciate every feedback. :)

Lenses / Re: Do You Take Better Pics with Primes?
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:47:34 AM »
For portraits: Yes. I like working with primes for portraits way better than with Zooms. I like it when my gear gets out of my way during the shoot, and primes do that for me.

For my work in club-environments: No. In such an environment it's hard to switch lenses all the time so use a wide-angle zoom to photograph the DJs and the crowd. I also like it to play around with flash, long exposure and zooming for some crazy results. :)

Canon General / Re: History: The Original Canon EOS 5D Camera
« on: December 06, 2013, 01:37:49 PM »
Interesting to see that a single series of cameras has revolutionized the industry twice. The first 5D was the first affordable FF digital camera and the "camera that killed film" and the MkII the first FF camera that featured 1080p video recording and low-light capabilities better than the "real" movie cameras back then, which was followed by a crazy hype in low-budget-filmmaking.

I bought my 5D MkII in 2012 and enjoy using it nearly every day. :)

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 20, 2013, 01:47:38 PM »


Everything shot with the 100mm f/2.0 on the 5D Mark II

Feedback appreciated :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:37:34 AM »
I always found Nikon cameras ugly, dont know why. The overall design just doesn't appeal to me at all. Just look at a D800 and a 5D Mark II or Mark III, for example. The more rounded and clean appeal of a Canon is just way more appealing to me.

is this news real or just some joke?

HOW can the C100 be upgraded to dual-pixel AF without putting in a new sensor and (some) new electronics and new firmware?

Even if they used a 50mm 1.8 this should'nt be a problem. I think no one using a C100 or higher uses the built-in mic. Does the C100 even have a built-in microphone? Same goes for the 70D, als long as you use external audio, no lens could be loud enough to appear on your auidotrack.

Maybe try the Rokinon/Samyang/whatever 14mm 2.8, from what i hear it is a great lens, even rivaling the Canon 14mm L at a fraction of the cost. Since you're doing video, the manual focus and iris could come in handy. The distortion is kept very low for such a wide angle lens from what I've been reading and it's just about 300€ (don't know the US price) around here. You should consider it. :)

Here is an image gallery.
Interesting ... thanks for sharing.

I'm sure Pentax could use some design lessons from Johnny Ive!

Oh god, imagine a DSLR that looks like this... Just no.

Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 10:32:55 AM »
100% of the previous statements are lies.

/thread :D

I was looking at the Canon 24mm 1.4 for some event work but now i will definitely wait for the Sigma. It's gonna be hard to beat the Canon 24L but hell, if its under 1k and as good as the 35 consider it purchased.

Lenses / Re: Does it make sense to keep my EF 100mm f2.0?
« on: July 28, 2013, 09:28:23 AM »
I Love the 100 f/2 :) My favorite lens at the time. Love it for portraits and everything that needs some bokehliciousness. I use it on my 5D2.

First is f/4, 1/800s. Second is f/2, 1/400s.

Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:06:25 PM »
Definitely the 100mm f/2. Totally overshadowed by the 85mm 1.8 but the majority of the reviews state that it's better corrected and focuses faster than its smaller brother. I use it for portrait stuff on the 5D Mk II and its awesome. Autofocus is the fastest i have ever seen and the bokeh is nice and creamy. :)

Wow...this became a way bigger discussion than i intented it to be. :o

So if i got everything right it is like that:

Same focal length + same aperture + same distance to subject on different formats =  different FoV but with same same DoF. And that makes total sense to me because the lens projects the same image as before but on a smaller area to capture it.

And same focal length + same aperture + same object framing (which means bigger distance to subject on smaller formats) = bigger DoF on small formats because the focal distance is further away and smaller DoF on bigger formats because the focal distance is closer to MFD.

I hope my english is good enouh so everybody undertood what i meant...  :-[

Greetings from Germany,
Knut Skywalker

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