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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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I tend to do this when I put my camera down. Bad habit?  Situational dependent? Or just muscle memory?

Do you do this? And why/ why not?

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What phone do you use? and do you like the camera?

Currently on a really tricked out Note 3 and I love the 4K footage in good light.  8)

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A common question for strobists who have a stack of 600rt's and want to use them on non-canon cameras wirelessly. A quick video of using a yongnuo STE-3 to gain the ability and also second curtain sync.

http://youtu.be/mEJYxnhUEMw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:54:52 PM »
Explain.

I added a MF system but I don't think that counts as jumping ship.

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EOS Bodies / How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:40:42 PM »
This is a list of things I have found I'd like fixed or updated to in the 5D4 in retrospec of the 7DII release.

Stills Side

1. Blinky AF point
2. Linked AF point Spot Metering
3. 1/250th Sync speed bump. (1/500 would be even more sweet)
4. Built in RT transmitter
5. 7 FPS bump and improved buffer for dual card writing. (pitiful if you use the SD card slot currently.)
6. Dual CF or SD, just pick one or the other.
7. Add dual custom buttons like the 1Dx besides the lens mount.
8??. Did anyone notice the second curtain sync C-fn through PC sync missing in the mk3? I was positive this was on my 5Dc or the 5D2...
9. Make the Rate button do something else beside's rate and protect. :/
10. Slight screen bump in resolution/size and/or Touchscreen with optional toggle.
11. Lastly, Any ISO/IQ/Resolution bump is nice but these other features are much more important to me.
12. Glowing buttons like d4.

Video side. 

1. DPAF
2. 4K
3. RAW Video Internally (if possible, Magic lantern will get it anyway.)
4. Peaking
5. Crop Mode 1080P

Thats all I could think of at this moment and if you'd like to add, please do.


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Third Party Manufacturers / I had a Blowout... On a Hasselblad.
« on: September 02, 2014, 03:27:24 PM »
I blewout a 80mm Leaf shutter.  :-\ Will be sending it in with only 6k actuation's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GgrWHbwR2k&feature=youtu.be


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Software & Accessories / Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:24:56 PM »
A year and some months later... Have you jumped yet?

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I discovered something really cool today. I was shooting some Fracking platforms and noticed how bad the heat shimmer is here during the summer. Unfortunately, a Daytime shot was required and the simmer was making it difficult to use longer lenses to flatten the subject against the sky.

But I popped on my Big stopper and immediately noticed the simmer went nearly completely away on long exposures. Which I didn't think about before but was really cool to know now. I wish this is very helpful to other photographers who need to get past the daytime simmer.

Heres an example. Left is at 1/40 and the right is @ 30 seconds. Simmer be gone.

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Anything yet?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Adopting a MF system.
« on: July 18, 2014, 05:20:44 PM »
I have been saving my monies for along time to adopt a MF system to replace one of my 5D3's for dedicated Staged Photo usage. I have a budget of 8K to start a system and this is what I liked so far.

What I'd Like out of the system

1. Sync Speed
2. Prolonged Shelf life. (How long can I use it before no Backs work for it or other pitfalls.)
3. Repair & Upkeep Costs
4. Len's Selection vs Pricing
5. ??? Anything else I should consider?

Hasselblad H2D + 39mp Kodak Back + HV90x Viewfinder + 80mm HC F/2.8 - More or less around 8K.

Or should I consider Phase One? They're alittle more pricey though...

Alot of options but I'd like to know what system I should choose.

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Site Information / 1dx users now 300L IS II?
« on: July 09, 2014, 12:41:56 AM »
Did anyone notice the change in ranking?

Also, it'd be cool if I could have my ranking as the 200mm f/2 L IS being that's my favorite lens/dream. :D

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Lenses / RLPhotos first impressions of the 16-35mm f/4L - Video
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:18:11 PM »
A quick unboxing and contrast with its older sibling the 17-40L.

http://youtu.be/YpTaVMCpfvI

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Reviews / Lomography's Petzval Lens - RLPhoto's First Impressions
« on: April 07, 2014, 06:09:03 PM »
*Double Facepalm's Face.

Once I took the petzval outside for 30 minutes, I knew this was going to be a love-hate relationship.

Kickstarter funded a New Lomo Petzval Lens designed for 35mm Cam's last year and I signed up for the limited run from serial # 50-200. I paid 500$ for the lens and some neat other accessories that come's with the lens. I also have my name engraved on it so that means re-selling is out of the picture. (which I won't ever sell it because its also a personal lens for keepsakes.)

Sooooooooooooooo... With delays from the project, I got mine today and here my first impressions of this Petzval lens.

Build Quality - 3/5

-This lens has some heft when you pick it up and it feels like a tank being solid brass parts. The lens hood is also solid brass and screws off the front with precision threading from the fine machining. The thumb screw is very fine with no grit and the waterhouse plates slide in with a nice click. The machining is elegant and all the part fit together like a finely crafted classic Victrola.

-However, This lens has openings and gaps all over it asking for dust to enter it's innards. The waterhouse plate gap, the gap around the moving front element, the large gap between the rear element and the mount. Don't expect this lens to remain dust-free for long and definitely avoid water. The plate can slide out accidentally if you turn to a portrait shot too quickly.

Image Quality - ?/5

-It sucks everywhere but the center. Sharp this lens is not but it's passable IF you get focus IF you frame Center or IF you stop down.

-IF you hit focus... This was one of the hardest lenses to get focused because even with liveview, if you frame off-center, it will look OOF because of the field curvature. The knob is smooth but IF you can get lucky to move the tiny nuance you need. (A bigger knob would have helped alot.) I threw away 90% of my frames due to OOF and this lens can be a handful if you subject is moving the slightest.

-IF you stop down, Its much easier but this is not the lens for stopping down.

-IF you can hit all these check boxes, wow you can get some really stunning bokeh. It's not a prevalent as the LF petzval but with a brenzer menthod, I believe this lens can be stunning. I have some very nice shoots coming up soon, and I will report back with more images once I get this lens into the field.

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Photography Technique / Direct Image Competition - pixoto.com
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:43:48 PM »
Pixoto.com is a neat site when it opened two years ago. It's a site where normal people pick photos over another photo and rank photos through votes. I left a handful of photos there about a year ago and completely forgot about it. I checked back in and was quite surprised some of my photos were awarded in the top 20% of the year in 2012.

Sometimes we forget that its the general public who view photos and we can be overly analytic on ourselves. My profile is here - http://www.pixoto.com/rlphoto/recent.

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