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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Anyone using a Capture Camera Clip?
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:29:32 PM »
Hello Troops,

Wondered who might be using a Capture Camera Clip which is similar to Spyder Pro and some others of similar design.   Kickstarter has a new version of the Capture V2 in funding right now.

Your thoughts and experience with this type of attachment would be appreciated.


This is REALLY a great buy and the EOS-M is a great pocket camera with the 22mm lens.  I just bought this package less than 30 days ago and just now called B&H who is refunding me the difference in the cost: about $189.00.

Thanks for posting this. It really paid off. 

I picked up the EF adapter for $69 previously and can use my other Canon and Zeiss lenses with this small body. :D

Thanks for the update.  I'm alive too!

Site Information / Re: banning people for nothing at canon rumors
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:19:44 PM »
If we could just start by fixing the speling airs errors :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:50:48 PM »

I own currently 35/2.0, 50/2.0 and 100/2.0.  Just sold my 85/1.4 and 50/1.4.  I'm looking for a 21mm to complete 'my set' and I don't carry all at once.

I've rented the 15mm...

Just curious, but how are you choosing (or what's the thinking I guess) behind the 21mm over the 15mm?
Thanks for your thoughts...

I can't really absorb the cost difference between the 15mm and the 21mm and that is why I would look for the 21mm.  Additionally, the 15mm requires a 95mm should you decide to use one however CPL's and most filters don't work well on UWA lenses.  I have a collection of 82mm filters that would work for the 21mm.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:16:15 PM »
Agree with some of the others than all 5 lenses may create a storage issue meaning seldom will you carry all five at one time, but its ALWAYS nice to select which Ferarri to drive today. ;D

I own currently 35/2.0, 50/2.0 and 100/2.0.  Just sold my 85/1.4 and 50/1.4.  I'm looking for a 21mm to complete 'my set' and I don't carry all at once.

I've rented the 15mm and the new 135mm, all proven to be the best there is.  I will add that I also carry a Canon TSE 24mm L II and a Sigma 35 1.4 with me on occasion.   And yes, I do have some lenses so close in range that its rather redundant to have so many but I eventually sell the ones that seldom get used. 

This is only my workflow and not for everyone.

Bottom line, hard to go wrong with Zeiss lenses.  Biting off all five at one time is something I couldn't have done.

Wish you all the best with this.

Sorry, not sure either how to keep the connection active other than always keeping it on and not let is go to sleep. I use the wifi feature on my 6D with an Ipad and I love the larger screen and being able to remotely shoot.

Someone else had questioned other wireless options, well, for the 5D3, I just purchased a CamRanger that allows you to shoot wirelessly through the Ipad and the CamRanger app for Ipad or Iphone.  If you don't want or need LV you can use SmartTrigger, Hahnel or Satechi wireless shutter releases.

Best of luck

Portrait / Re: My first portrait session and what I learned
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:16:38 AM »
Thanks for sharing your experience and lesson learned however I wouldn't personally call it a failed session.  It was merely a pre-shoot to get to know the client.  Now, it sounds like you're ready for the next session and will know exactly how to take the emphasis off the client.  Being a family counseling service, maybe a shot of two people holding hands walking through a park (in the shade) or something that describes what the service is focused on.

Having other photos of the owner in the business environment might help in some way too.
If it were me, I'd ask the owner again exactly what some of her ideas are and build from that.

Good luck and keep us posted with the next one.

I fully understand how you feel about the first shoot. It's happened to me too. I did a shoot for a PT training company and focused on the facility and equipment that makes the gym what it is and separates it from the competition, however, the owner didn't want any of that!   Ha!  I did portraits of all the trainers previously and those are hung in the business and posted on their website but this second shoot was not what they wanted. ?

Portrait / Re: Senior Portrait Session. Criticism Welcomed :D
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:03:35 AM »
All nice photos indeed and a great variety of poses.  As the others have said, a small amount of fill flash with a gel might bring out some of the shadows.

My personal favorites are 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12.  Not a big fan of 14 and 15 as these make your lovely model appear bigger than I think she would want to be.  Getting her to create an 'S' pose with her body will help create a dynamic pose IMO.

Lastly, I would crop the images according to the 'rule of thirds'.  Nice processing.  Keep 'em coming. :D

Does anyone have experience with CamRanger + 5D3 that allows you to shoot wirelessly through an Ipad?  Having Live View on the Ipad and being able to adjust the exposure, etc, remotely is my goal.  The only vendor I've found is CamRanger which is approximately $300. Any alternatives to this?

The Canon 6D has wifi and works great with Canon's EOS app on the Ipad and I miss this same function for the 5D3. Smart Trigger app does not work with LV nor Ipad 4.

Any help you can provide would be very much appreciated.

Thank you


According to p.252 of TFM, which I just re-R'd (  ;) ), the default setting for the T3i is also Auto (1/200 - 30 s).

'TFM' is this 'The Freakin' Manual' ???  ;D ;D ;D

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:01:44 PM »
I'll take two, please.  ;D
Good luck to those that can afford this luxury.  Too rich for my britches.   Would love to see some shots with this one.  Wonder how soon LensRentals and BorrowLenses will get their copies.

Street & City / Re: San Francisco Long Exposure Cityscapes!
« on: May 08, 2013, 11:38:14 AM »
I personally like your style of portraits as seen on your Flickr pages.  As we both live in the SF Bay Area I know these places well and sometimes its just not that easy to get there and be there at the right moment. But still, well done. 

Like all else mentioned, ignore the penguin.

Keep posting your work.  Maybe you should go to SF Zoo and share your image of what a real penguin through your lens might look like. HA!

Video & Movie / Customer looking for videographer in SF Bay Area
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:04:20 PM »
I have a dear friend who has asked me to shoot video for a professional marketing gig however as a stills photographer, this is something I'm not comfortable with and I've told them. :-\

I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area and this project will most likely be somewhere near the East Bay Area or if you have a studio you can work in, location may not be an issue.

Any recommendations for a videographer you can share with me would be much appreciated.  Send me your info and I'll link you two up.


Anyone know if DigitalRev is an authorized reseller?  Their prices seem pretty good.
I would not purchase from DigitalRev, especially after this fiasco...
DigitalRev offers their own 1 year warranty on all their Canon products, so in the event that you purchase a defective Canon camera and Canon refuses to service it under warranty, DigitalRev will cover the cost of repair or replacement. I forgot where I read this but it's somewhere on the DigitalRev site and I believe it to be true.

What happened in that story above was a DigitalRev employee took one of the DRTV 5D3s and shipped it as new in order to improve his performance rating (they were out of stock and he would have had to cancel the order otherwise, negatively affecting his rating).

That was an isolated incident and DigitalRev has taken appropriate action against the employee and compensated the blogger who wrote the story. Additionally, they hired an internal auditor just to ensure that something like this would never happen again.

The whole incident showed that despite the bad employee, DigitalRev was really on top of their customer service. I would definitely buy from them!

In my experience with DigitalRev when I bought my RX100, you have to pay a tariff when the item arrives in the US.  As it turned out, I got a good price from DR but with the added tariff it didn't save me anything.  I would buy from a US dealer if you live in the US.

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