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Lighting / Re: Elinchroms and High Speed Sync
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:17:22 PM »
Actually, I just realized something based on the cool things said earlier. Let's see if I got it right.

You're saying that my shutter speed doesn't really matter as long as the flash is powerful enough for a short amount of time?

So 1/250th shutter speed + 1/4000th flash duration of suitable power would actually freeze most anything. Is that right?

If so, I got no problems with getting any of the Elinchrom gear :)

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Lighting / Re: Elinchroms and High Speed Sync
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:46:22 AM »
Thanks to everyone for your replies. Awesome stuff here.

I am looking to do mostly outdoor action stopping stuff and find I need a s**tload of speedlites if I ever want to get any decent results, and the modifiers intrigue me to get better light.

Some studio portrait work will be involved but less of that, and for that I know most any combo will do. It's the action stopping outdoorsy stuff that has me a bit puzzled.

Wombat: seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. You're not getting any of the funky dark lower or upper frame effects with that?

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Lighting / Elinchroms and High Speed Sync
« on: March 26, 2013, 04:32:04 AM »
Hello all,

Since googling seems not to turn up any understandable results I decided to ask if any one here who could shed some light on the issue (pun intended. :))

I have been narrowing my options down to getting either the 500BRXi kit (500/500w) or the Ranger Quadra RX setup. However, they all say they can do flash durations down to 1/6000th of a second (give or take) but flash sync speed is only 1/250th of a second.
Speedlites can do HSS easily, no problem, they emit several pulses as the shutter traverses across the sensor to light the whole thing. Fine and dandy, but apprently the Elinchrom's cannot do this.
I was thinking though, if I set the camera to 1/2000th of a second shutter speed, but the Elinchroms to output flash over 1/1000th of a second, shouldn't that cover the whole sensor and then some?


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 06, 2013, 04:07:32 AM »
A shot from my recent trip to Malaysia and using a Lee Filters 0.9 Soft grad to balance the sky.


Malaysia - Pulau Manukan by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Why aren't zoom lenses faster than 2.8?
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:04:54 AM »
It is quite easy actually. If you want to know what size it would require just divide the focal length with the required f-stop and you'll see what size the front element diameter would be. So, for a 100-400mm f/1.2 the front element would be 33,3cm in diameter. 

Actaully, that 'rule' applies to telephoto lens designs but not all lens designs.  Else, the front element of the 16-35mm f/2.8L would be only 1.25 cm in diameter.

Not to worry. The formula is pretty much correct. But there are other factors that come in to play. But as a rule of thumb it works good. It does not take in to account the convex and lens shapes required for UWA lenses for example, as pointed out. If you did make a straight 35mm by f2.8 you could theoretically get away with a 1.25cm diameter, but that's not 100% of the story. :)
That's typical, I was just starting to get it and now you complicate things again  ;)

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Portrait / Re: How to take INCREDIBLE photos of your friends
« on: February 22, 2013, 01:13:35 AM »
Now that's funny stuff... and so true, seen that happen more times than one... :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:00:34 AM »
Esp. with the crop mode from aps-c the 24mp d7100 will be a budget sports/wildlife shooter's dream, looking at Canon's latest innovations I somehow doubt that they'll put something equivalent in the 7d2 but more likely they'll try keep selling their tele lenses :-o

I would hardly call 6fps or 7fps a sports shooter's dream. Nice, but hardly dream material, even if you are on a budget.

If the 7D Mark II can really do 10fps then that would be great.

6 is good in the sticks~

8 is great~

10 and Ben Roethlisberger is your focus~

12 and you get to delve into the land of sports MF~

14 FPS is just plain obscene~

+10.000 for the '14 is obscene' comment.  ;) I saw a guy shooting a 1D-X at a local sports event at 14fps and HOLY CR*P! The sound of the shutter was insane! :) My 7D sounded like an arthritic in comparison and it is no slouch.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Why aren't zoom lenses faster than 2.8?
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:54:00 AM »
It is quite easy actually. If you want to know what size it would require just divide the focal length with the required f-stop and you'll see what size the front element diameter would be. So, for a 100-400mm f/1.2 the front element would be 33,3cm in diameter.  :D

If you divide the focal length with the diameter of the front element you'll get the maximum f-stop for that lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 02:22:21 AM »
If this spec list is even slightly right, count me in! :)
I find the current 7D to be a brilliant general-purpose camera and this just seems to make it one notch better on all fronts..
Now let's wait for the actual image samples... this should be interesting.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Weddings 70-200mm 2.8 is vs 4 is
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:40:36 AM »
Sunsniper or BlackRapid is all I got to say when it comes to the 70-200mm f/2.8L MkII. Shot three weddings with it and no issue with weight.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Worth Buying ???
« on: February 15, 2013, 03:16:55 AM »
If the deal is as good as the OP says, then go for it. The added functionality and speed of the 7D alone are worth it. IQ-wise it is on par with the 600D, slightly better. I have very little issues at high ISO. Yes, it takes some post processing work to get it looking at it's best but even 6400 can look alright.

This is ISO 4000 and unless you look at it at 100% and over, it's fine... to me at least.


Picture from Ballmaster Open 2013 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Around Inari, Finland
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:09:38 AM »
Awesome, but I'm partial. :)

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From what I can deduce from all the different reports regarding this lens is that it is definitely a viable alternative to the Canon one. I got a quoted price of 840EUR for it, which seems decent, other opinions?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Topaz DeNoise or other plugin
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:59:17 AM »
Topaz, Nik software... they're both good. Can't really go wrong. Each one does things a little differently than the other, strengths and weaknesses...

You might want to take a look at PictureCode's Photo Ninja... their old Noise Ninja was awesome... Haven't yet upgraded to Photo Ninja but looks interesting.

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something i could need help with is image backup.

i will not carry a laptop with me.
i only have a small netbook and i am not willing to do image editing during my vacation anyway. :)

i am now convinced to shoot JPG and RAW.
but i don´t think i have time (or passion) for image editing on my vacation.

thought i like to have a backup of my SD/CF cards.
what is a good backup device?
something to put the SD/CF cards in and that copys all images onto a harddisk.

i heard there is a good solution from epson (P7000)?
but it´s no longer available.


oh and about the 1.4x teleconverter.
is the canon worth twice as much as a kenko teleconverter (MC PRO 300 DGX 1.4x).
is there a visible difference in image quality?
or anything that makes the kenko worse?

An android tablet with and On the go cable (OTG cable) a compact card reader / usb hub will let you backup cards to USB drives (You cannot do this on the ipads!)

Not quite correct. The Camera Connection kit for the iPad + HyperDrive's drive for iPad will do just what you want. There's always a way. :)

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