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1. Learn how to light.
2. Hey, you should learn lighting.
3. Have you learned how to light yet?

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:18:58 PM »
If MF, then I'd also want it mirrorless. Rather than a cubic -blad-style mirrorslapper. That rumor about a Sony 50MP MF in a Mamiya 7 style body would be along my preferences. Zero slapping, zero vibration, zero noise. And more compact. :-)

http://photorumors.com/2014/10/24/more-details-on-the-rumored-sonyzeiss-and-mamiya-medium-format-digital-rangefinder-cameras/
I'd just like sony to make a sony branded back for H-Series and Mamiya for the 8000$ price of the 645z. Then the system is modular and if you like mirrorless, they could make a mirrorless body for LF lenses like Phase1 did.

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BSI tech will eventually get incorporated into all sensors just like microlenses did. The NX1 is the first step and everyone else will follow.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 26, 2014, 11:16:50 AM »
I believe Canon owns the pro market, simply by observation. How many photos have you ever seen of sporting events, for the past decade (including recently) where any brand other than Canon utterly dominated? Canon owns the pro market.

Cavet emptor - sporting events aren't exactly the whole pro market. They're more the low investment/low income potential segment, the kind of assignment you'd get at a paper after mastering the press conference coverage.
Go into commercial or at least editorial photography and every member, including the gofers, of your crew outearns the average sports shooter by a good margin. Here Canon was dominant; today you have a good idea about who has long term sponsorship contract.


No, sports are not the whole pro market, but they are a HUGE segment of the pro market. Weddings, portraiture, food and product photography, photojournalism, etc. are certainly parts of the pro market. Wedding photographers seem enamored by Nikon's latest offerings. They loved the 5D III, but the D750 seems to be the hot thing in that segment right now. I know a number of portrait photographers who seem to prefer Pentax (it seems to be a size thing in particular...smaller bodies, smaller lenses.) It seems as though studio photographers who frequently look to MFD have been looking to Nikon's D800 more often lately (although who knows, now that Exmors are in MFDs, they will probably go back...either way, Canon doesn't exactly have a product for them right now, nothing that competes with current competitor offerings anyway.)


Canon has a massive presence in the pro photography world, no doubt. However the pro world does not seem as locked into Canon as they used to be. At the very least, they have diversified.

A FF 645 Sony Exmor MFD would be killer. It would be even more killer if they made it affordable.

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Photography Technique / Re: how NOT to use studio lighting
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:50:55 AM »
He got the light off the camera and left it at that. Not good at all. The biggest errors are in this order I'm my mind.

1. Subject to BG distance.
2. Flash exposure.
3. Flash direction.
4. Flash WB.

He got a few decent frames in that slideshow but some were atrocious to be called a professional product. He likely doesn't understand flash enough to work around those issues.


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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:42:43 PM »

So apart from the best lenses, flash system, ergonomics, service, reliability, etc, "What have Canon ever done for us?"

... and so the thread spirals towards the inevitable conclusion that immunizes Canon from critique for so long: You just need to pay $15k+ for their premium gear and you'll be just fine. And for the rest of their lineup: You can do beautiful shots with it. And the photogs of olden days did so with even much less gear. So what could be wrong? 'nuff said :-o

Not at all, some of the comments ridiculing some of the decisions by Canon are very well made, particularly on the software side where the holding back of basic 'features' is laughable. But Canon are not the only camera company that play that frustrating game of never quite seeming to get it completely right in one go, they all do it.

But much of the core criticism is just as laughable. For instance I don't buy into the 'crippling the RT system' meme, I think having just the 600 and the ST-E3-RT is fine, if I want AF assist I'll have a 600 on camera anyway, after all it is very rare that most people are in a dynamic flash situation and couldn't use any on camera light, even if they are bouncing it, and at $455 a lot of the time it is still way cheaper than the Nikon SB910 that doesn't even have radio functionality, plus if you want to mess up a perfectly good RT system buying crappy Chinese 'clones' to work with it then go for it. OR, point me to another camera manufacturer that makes their own radio controlled flash system, oh, you can't.......

Besides, if Canon don't make what you want then go buy it elsewhere, nobody ever forced anybody to buy or keep Canon gear and it holds its value very well so moving systems isn't that expensive even if you have been tied into it for years or have a big investment in it.

I just sold a ten year old lens for $900, I bought it new for $1,250, that is a $35 a year rental cost! Even the 1D I just sold at a depreciated $6,000 and very low shutter count cost me less than 30c an image, around a 1/3 the price of the film per image it replaced.

Despite peoples opinions I am not a Canon apologist, I'd like to think I am more of a realist, Canon can offer us what they do now because of what they have done in the past, and as a career decision to use Canon way back in the '70's before I knew what I was doing and again in the early 2000's when I moved to AF, I am generally happy with what they have offered me, though I do have some frustration about the lack of a 1Ds MkIII replacement. I have no doubt that if I had chosen Nikon on either or both of those occasions I'd be just as happy.

Canon make very good cameras that fit in with an even better system, if that isn't for you then buy a different brand, nobody cares, but if you can't create the images you want with the gear currently offered then don't look for the lack of this or that feature as the excuse, the reason for your failure is six inches behind the viewfinder.
I can't knock the RT system. It's unbelievably good that Nikon flash is pretty ugly to me now. And if I need those extra features, the YN transmitter has been very reliable for me, which I have to say I didn't expect.

AvTvM is just reaching on his criticism of canon flash. It's the best system hands down on the market.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:16:10 AM »
I'm at the point where the 5D3 is doing everything I need it to do and getting what I want from it with minimal hassle. The 600rts, the superb lineup of lenses and AF is what keeps me here. If another company did a better system than canon, I'd be there already.

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Lighting / Re: Profoto B1 vs. Phottix Indra
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:31:18 AM »
I've only seen some YouTube demos on the b1s and considering they do offer a lot of portability, they do have the light mods behind them. I couldn't find the info on what mods the phottix takes but it won't touch profotos mods. In the end, the mods are key and that's what takes up my space when I have to lug it around, not the lights so much.

Then again, if HSS isn't that important, the Einstein heads will cut your weight down, get rid of the pesky Odin system (plus remote power control and even light metering direct into your transmitter to adjust exposure with.) with cybersync and you already have the mods for it.

But... if you have the budget, get the b1s simply for the mods.

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Incremental sync speed is vastly over rated and not the panacea many seem to think it is. Besides, the 1D from 2002 synced at 1/500 and the 1D MkIV syncs at 1/300 AND, speedlites like the 600-EX-RT, 580 EX II, Nikon SB910 etc have full power flash duration in the 1/250-1/350 range anyway, shorter shutter speeds actually cut your power even when you are not in HSS.
I disagree. A FF camera with a sync speed @ 1/500th at that price would be a game changer. The X100 is already a hit with many strobists. It means I can stress my speedlites less, better battery life, and less headaches of battery pack swaps.

Of course you do.

However the X100 sync is a work a round that has it's own limitations, anything short of a true shutterless sensor read exposure and very short flash duration is. The real game changer in this area for serious pros has not been the X100 but the Profoto B1 Air kit, sync at any speed and any aperture, true HSS with a decent amount of power.

And now the Chinese are coming out with their own versions of powerful HSS enabled integrated battery powered studio strobe crossovers at a fraction the price, that is where the strobists that want to push boundaries should be looking, not at leaf shutter hacks.
The history of photography would say otherwise. The game changers have and will be when shutters and strobes will both reach a normal sync at insane speeds at normal prices. Right now, still a compromise with HSS. Scoro Broncolor packs and Schneider LS lenses is what serious pros look to, the average pro would like that eventually and a 1/500th sync FF camera is a good first step.

Edit: The X100 makes your argument against faster sync speeds irrelevant. It already works better than HSS w/o the workarounds.

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Incremental sync speed is vastly over rated and not the panacea many seem to think it is. Besides, the 1D from 2002 synced at 1/500 and the 1D MkIV syncs at 1/300 AND, speedlites like the 600-EX-RT, 580 EX II, Nikon SB910 etc have full power flash duration in the 1/250-1/350 range anyway, shorter shutter speeds actually cut your power even when you are not in HSS.
I disagree. A FF camera with a sync speed @ 1/500th at that price would be a game changer. The X100 is already a hit with many strobists. It means I can stress my speedlites less, better battery life, and less headaches of battery pack swaps.

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Lighting / R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:52:02 PM »
Very sad day for a strobist. One of the best makers of alternative speedlites is going under.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6718942318/lighting-equipment-manufacturer-metz-files-for-insolvency

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Phase One Mirrorless MF Camera in December!
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:53:21 AM »
Meh. They basically took large format parts, added an iPhone and wham 40000$+. MF will still take massive lenses if you use the naive lenses for the platform. This could be of benefit to still life or LF shooters but then again, they'd like real thing of the bellows and such. Now if Pentax did this for that 7000$ range and had LS lenses, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

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IBIS was only the next natural step. They've had it for awhile now in the axx series cameras.

Now if Sony could get their sync speeds to 1/500th or faster, I would adopt one asap. I don't think it's ready to replace my DSLRs until they address the issues with the whole mirror less platform.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 19, 2014, 01:02:22 AM »
If I had to start over again with little to no budget, I'd never buy a crop camera when 5dcs are 400$. Add an eg-s screen with your primes and you'll wonder why the 5d3 doesn't have it. It's really goodm

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EOS Bodies / Re: Custom Dials - what do YOU do with it?
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:48:35 AM »
I should be using these but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

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