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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:40:02 PM »
Thanks Mac, I had noticed that too, it is on the press release I linked to earlier, I had just read through the whole thing and realised where some confusion might have arisen originally.

Like I said, I wasn't trying to make an issue of it, just pointing out a simple E&O.

P.S. How's that 1DX coming on? Notice much difference between it and the 5D MkIII files?

Lenses / Re: Help with choosing a wide angle lens
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:38:25 PM »

And privatebydesign.  You were in Puerto Rico and did not come by for a visit!

Many many times, I used to go through Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport twice a week, if only I'd known I had a friendly face there! Love that Jet Blue Terminal architecture, MIA too.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:39:32 PM »
I am not a very good reading learner, but I do learn well from videos. I also really like Mark Wallace, though there are no end of people with their opinions on YouTube!


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:55:02 PM »
Shutter Speed controls ambient light and Aperture controls flash.

It disturbs me when people say that, especially to the inexperienced. Whilst it has some truth in that shutter speed does not affect flash power when below max sync, it is misleading in that aperture does affect ambient and flash (if the flash is in M and you don't change the power level).

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:27:06 PM »
Still no correction of the incorrect IS information though.........

Do a Google search of the lens + Hybrid IS and see what you find.  I understand what you are saying and it isn't a Hybrid IS system in the sense of the system on the 100L, but most review sources refer to the IS system in the lens as "Hybrid".  From FredMiranda, for example:

"The EF 35mm f/2.0 IS USM Standard Prime Lens from Canon adds hybrid Image Stabilization (IS) to a rear focusing system and ring-type Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) for not only quick and quiet autofocus, but steadier shots in low-light conditions. Optimized lens coatings help ensure exceptional color balance while minimizing ghosting, and full-time access to manual focus is provided while in autofocus (AF) mode allowing you to quickly switch between the two as you need them."

I don't know why you are making such an issue of this, but hopefully this will help...

First, I don't see that mentioning it twice is "making such an issue".

Second, why do a Google search? Copy and pasting something that is wrong does not make it right. More confusing for many, Canon actually have a feature called Hybrid IS, but it is not on this lens.

Why not just look at the Canon press release? "Canon Standard Prime Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer: EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens"

The manual: You can use the Image Stabilizer in AF or MF mode

The Spec sheet: OIS box

I appreciate you are brand building, however propagating erroneous information is not a brand I would expect you to want.

The fact that you also misrepresented what the IS actually does in panning mode is also frustrating. Your reviews are very nice, your supporting images a very welcome break from the usual journalist churn it out rubbish that is so common. You know how to take a photo and you actually use the gear to its potential rather than write about what you are given with no enthusiasm or knowledge in the hopes of a promotion to the motoring division of a big publishing house.

That I am asking for simple errors to be corrected shouldn't be seen as a negative, I am trying to help and make your branding authoritative.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:20:12 PM »
The flash (600EX-RT) has arrived, so I've started mucking around to try and work out what all the buttons do (remember I am an amateur). I'm still reading Syl's book. I'm also chewing my way through the Speedlite manual. For now I think I will put the ST-E3-RT away and concentrate on working out on-camera flash. My first question is: what is the difference between ETTL mode and Ext.A?  When would I choose one over the other?  As far as I can work out, the only difference is that ETTL has the option of high speed sync. 

I generally shoot in Av mode, as I like to set the depth of field.  If I want to use the flash at it's most basic, essentially as the missing pop-up flash from my old 400D, presumably I would just leave it in ETTL and click away?  I can then work my way into more sophisticated scenarios.

ETTL gives you inteligent through the lens metering of both background and subject, Ext.A is a throwback to guys like me who hated Canon's first implementation of ETTL (but we are now on ETTL II). Ext.A has a light sensitive sensor on the flash that when it is exposed to enough light, light that has been reflected back off the subject during the exposure, shuts off the flash in real time, kinda crazy cool, the trouble is it is comparatively easy to fool with reflective, or not, subjects etc so good control and estimation of FEC is important, its strength is its simplicity and consistency..

Ext.A has very limited, if any, use nowadays. It is far more productive to get a good working knowledge of ETTL II and its idiosyncrasies than anything else, particularly in dynamic situations.

Av mode for the camera, Speedlite in ETTL with HSS enabled is the beginners starter guide to speedlite fun.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:02:51 PM »
Don't spend another penny until you get, read, and digest, this book. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321832752/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&tag=pasoroblphot-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0321832752

He has another book too, but this one is more appropriate for you. If his rumoured 600 EX RT book comes out I'd recommend that but it hasn't appeared yet and he now has a full time educators job.

Thanks privatebydesign for the link. I just purchased the material and will try to go through this weekend.

I'm interested getting some lighting for home studio. Not sure if I should get some 600ex rt or just regular studio set. I like the ideal of having speedlite so I can take with me if need it. Any suggestions? Thanks

For a home studio I think the Speedlite route is the way to go. They are nowhere near as powerful, but for most people they are way more practical.

Stands: Manfrotto 420, a boom stand should be everyone's first stand, then I really like the stacking Manfrottos at whatever size you like, I have the BAC 1052's.

Umbrella brackets: There are many but the Manfrotto 026 (?) is the industry standard. I'd go for metal ones over the poly and plastic ones.

Modifiers: This is where it gets involved, but I'd suggest a Westcott Apollo 26" softbox, I prefer them to the Lastolite style. A convertible umbrella. A 5-1 reflector around 36" and I really like the collapsible style 78" kits, they give you huge scrims as well as black and white backgrounds.

This gives you enough to play with and to see what kind of light you prefer and the direction you'd like to go in, without committing too much money to something you won't use in the future.

Get a couple of gel sample books from B&H too, they cost $2.50 and are so much fun, they also teach you a huge amount about where your light is going.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:10:07 PM »
Still no correction of the incorrect IS information though.........

Macro / Re: The same flower.
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:54:57 PM »
1 looks like a scientific study with no emotion or feeling, 2 looks like a photo with context and evokes feeling.

Macro / Re: The same flower.
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:47:05 PM »
2nd, by a long way.


Do you have a guide number chart for the Phottix Mitros+? I can't seem to find one online either for the Mitros or Mitros+. Canon's 600ex-RT has a table of guide numbers for each zoom setting in the user manual.

58 @ 105mm, it is the same as the 600, you can use the same GN at the same zoom setting.

Lenses / Re: Damaged 70-200 2.8 II, suggestions
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:12:25 PM »
In my experience with Canon service, and their pricing, if you are happy with the IQ and general performance after you have done the wall tests I would get a local camera repairer to straighten it. Canon will not try to fix it, they will just fit a new barrel which will not be cheap, a local repairer will probably be able to straighten it enough to get your filters on and off and charge a fraction the price.

Lenses / Re: Help with choosing a wide angle lens
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:05:59 PM »
And four more, some on the 1.3 crop, some FF, some corrected, some not.

Lenses / Re: Help with choosing a wide angle lens
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:04:52 PM »
I wouldn't be without the 15mm fisheye, it is remarkable versatile and software makes it even more so.

Here is a selection of images I have shot with mine.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:42:03 PM »
I dont agree that Adobe main customer base is business it maybe where it makes the most money but hundreds of thousands of copies of Photoshop Elements are sold on Amazon, at Costco etc. every year and thousands of Camera Club members globally use this with Lr these are not generally sold to "professionals" but to amateurs and Im sure Adobe would miss the profits they generate.
Canon themselves have been bundling Lr5 with the purchase of 5dMKIII and 6d cameras a subscription model going forwards would mean a time limited period to hook you in or using alternatives.

Its quite easy for Adobe to adopt a subscription service for professionals and a purchase option for consumers, consumers by and large require fewer elements of the package hence why Adobe do Photoshop Elements the same could be said for Lr.

Well you might not, but that just shows your lack of knowledge, it is not a fact. It isn't difficult to find articles, even interviews with Adobe management, that back up the fact that it is predominantly a pro program supplier.


Further, Adobe is a publicly traded corporation, it has a market value that is totally unrelated to its actual product, it is valued on how well it is performing in real time by non photographers who are only interested in company performance and financials, as can be seen by their share price. By any measure they are doing well, they really don't care about the give away Elements programs or the camera manufacturer bulk buys for bundling, they care about the multi thousand dollar business licenses and how they can keep those people happy and, more to the point, how they can best serve those core customers and subsequently keep getting income from those businesses on a regular basis.

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