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Technical Support / Re: canon 5D Mark iii with 430 EX ii flash question
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:07:56 AM »
batterys? ETTL Comp?

Lenses / Re: Vintage Lenses: Any Advise?
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:06:41 AM »
I would like to get a setup of old, possibly all-metal, manual focus fast primes.

I am a child of the AF generation, so I'm very little experienced in this sense and I don't know which ones are worth having nowadays.

I'm interested in 20-28mm, 30-40mm, 50-60mm, 85-100mm and 135mm. A standard setup.

Please share your opinions with me. Doesn't matter about brands, as long as they can be adapted and that it makes sense to buy them price-wise.

Thank you!

Contax-Zeiss Primes have less issues being fitted to EOS camera than the FD lenses. Plus, They're awesome.

EOS Bodies / Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:05:03 AM »




EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Chasing exposure
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:01:33 AM »
It seems the further I delve into photography the more there is to learn, gone are the days of just Pointing and Shooting and accepting what the camera chooses...
These were the days I would look at photos taken by pros and hope that one day I could achieve similar.

Everyday I try to learn something and then attempt to put it into practice...

My latest reading is in relation to the "Zone System"...at least the simplified for digital version of it...

As much as I enjoy using this system for obtaining the correct (subjective exposure) it doesn't seem to be "everyday practical" (again subjective, as it depends on your everyday needs).
Spot Meter, choose your tone, Spot meter, choose your tone...the system seems to work best if you have the time to take numerous meter readings, to determine where your shadows and highlights will fall.
Obviously this system is dependant on choosing and knowing where your tonal values fall, and for colour, knowing which colours are Zone 5 (18%)

Then there is the ETTR school of thought, push the exposure to the right but avoid clipping the highlights (or at least the highlights that matter), this seems to be the quickest method, quick look at the preview and histogram and adjust...

Even though it seems quickest is it the best, my luminance histogram will show clipping based on the JPEG, not the raw file, so I need to know how far I can push ETTR, but this luminance histogram doesn't show the possible RGB clipping.

1. Am I over thinking this
2. Is there a preferred method.

What got me thinking about this?....I live in a tourist town, I watch people all day everyday taking photos, from camera phones through to 1Dx, rarely do I see anyone consider composition or exposure, everything is left to AUTO mode (yes, even on some of the very high end cameras I see people use)

So I started thinking, was I better off knowing less about photography and never understanding 18% grey....or am I better off knowing more but always chasing the "Perfect exposure"...

Photography and Golf, both pursuits that drive you crazy seeking the perfect game ( I gave up golf early on, realising it would drive me mad)

There is no such thing as perfect exposure. I tend to prefer Under-exposure for Drama while others prefer a different look. Exposure is subjective.

but hey! That's just me.

Lenses / Re: Which canon macro lense 60mm, 100mm, 100mmIS, 180mm
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:58:43 AM »
I like macro prhotography and until now I have some nice photos of flowers and insects that move slowly (spiders) using an 60mm canon efs macro lense. I want to go full frame so I would like to hear your suggestions. Is it worth going for the 100mm IS which is the double price from the non IS? I am also considering the 180mm but although is an L lense is not IS. Do I need IS in order to take a moving subject (i.e. a bee, a flower under wind) without a tripod with these magnifications. If so why the 180 lense is not  IS and is the most expensive? Also what about image quality?
Please I would love to hear the expert advise.
Thank you

100mm Non L is good, The 100L is better in the field and the 180L is the best for studio use.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A positive feedback for 6D
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:56:37 AM »
Someone tested 6D on photokina and it seems the AF is not bad at all :D

Not surprising, But is it worth more $$$ over the MK2? That is the question.  :o

Software & Accessories / Re: Output sharpening in Lightroom
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:54:35 AM »
Sunday night where I live. I am processing some family pictures from this weekend and just discovered a feature that I haven't seen or used before, it's the output sharpening feature in Lightroom. I've only used Lightroom a couple of months so far and still consider myself to be on a steep learning curve. Is this a useful function according to those of you who have used it? Is this a stupid question as I should always use it? Any advice is appreciated.

Web use require more aggressive sharpening than Print use. So yes, Use output sharpening.

Sigma 30mm.

Lenses / Re: Lens Filters -- preference?
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:47:16 AM »
Thanks -- I saw three B&W 77 mm XSPros... 1) Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter, 2) UV MRC-Nano 010M Filter and  3) Clear MRC-Nano 007

Which would you choose?
Option 1 is a polarizer. Its an effect filter to reduce reflection and improve saturation.

Option 2 will cut UV light from your lens, I've noticed about a 100 K degree cooler photos. If you shoot film also, I'd get this one.

Option 3 will simply protect you lens, nothing else. Get this one if you plan to shoot only digital.

Over the years I have used Stofen diffusers and a variety of Gary Fong diffusers on my 580's.
They both have their strengths & weaknesses. They're both a step up from any number of home-made devices I've tried.

There seems to be a rush of competing products in well thought out camera straps, but I'm not aware of any breakthrough designs in the flash diffuser market. In another CR thread today I've become aware of the Demb diffuser products which I immediately ordered online. If anyone has had positive experiences with anything else, whether it's manufactured or homemade, I'd love to hear about it.



I know I been bad about making a review on this winglight diffuser I recently bought. Its the best I've ever used so far.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing 6D with 5D3
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:41:02 AM »
The Real comparison should be if the 6D is worth the $$$ over the MK2.  :-X

Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:39:32 AM »
Canon EF 200mm F/2

Then I would be done with my lens selection.  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Who upgraded from 5d mk2 to mk3 ?
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:31:30 AM »

Long time lurker,first time poster.

Have had d60, 10d ,1dmk2, 5d , 5d mk2

Gear is 35L , 85Lii, 100macro, 17-40L , 70-200mk2, and just this week a 24-70L mk2
And 600ex plus stert3, 2x550ex

Anyway,to the point- I've been sitting on the fence about jumping to mk3....
Have mk3 owners here generally upgraded from a mk2 or something older?
Since I now have mk2 of 24-70 and 70-200 plus new flash I'm thinking the mk3 would compliment my gear very well

I shoot mostly family stuff with a little concert photography as a sideline

I went from FF cameras like this

Yashica MAT-124G ----- Olympus OM-1 ------ Minolta Maxxum AF -------- 5Dc -------- 5D3

Never cared for the 5D MK2 series.  :P

The 5D3's AF is fantastic.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:26:11 AM »
Please be sub-4000$.   :-\

lol.  Yeah, let's call it the 5.1D then.  With Canon's pricing strategy, $4,500 is almost a guarantee.  6D -> 5Dm3 -> 3D -> 1DX.  $4,500 fits in there nicely.

Does Canon even make a lens that can resolve 46MP?

Yep, The 100L & 135L are beast. Perhaps the New 24-70 II?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:23:20 AM »

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