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Lenses / Re: Macro photography: lens+flash+diffuser?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:42:30 PM »
Thank you all for the tips! Very useful stuff!
I'm new to Macro photography, so I think that for now I'll take the 100mm L and the Speedlite with the Rouge small softbox kit, and in the future if I get serious I'll take the 180mm (hopefully updated), the Macro flash and the focusing rails!
Thank you all again!

That's a good plan.  If you outgrow that setup, don't forget there are cheaper alternatives to getting more "serious," e.g. using extension tubes with 100L to get more than 1:1 mag, using a good non-Canon ring flash (not continuous LED "ring flash"). 

I have used this one with good success.  Still, I'm sure there are QC variations, so I would buy from a place with hassel-free return policy. 

Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:29:42 PM »
Depends on use.  Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II surely can replace 35L or other fast primes for shooting landscapes, studio/strobe work, product photography, etc, but for non-studio portraits, shallow DOF photography, and low-light photography, I still prefer to use 35L.  My feelings may change if 24-70 could achieve at least f/2 aperture at 70 mm end, which will make for a nicer non-studio people shots for me, which is why hope the rumored Sigma 24-70 f/2 is a good one..

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:16:52 AM »
I received the large and small Flashbenders with diffusion panels on.  I was glad to see the combo produced pretty even light across the panel.

EOSD4447 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: EOS M / Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Combo
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:35:46 AM »
Thanks.  35 mm at f1.8 definitely has more pleasing background than the 22 mm at f/2.  I am, of course, spoiled by my 50L and 85L as far as bokeh..

EOS-M / Re: EOS M / Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Combo
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:22:18 PM »
Could you post some portraits at 35 mm end at f/1.8?  Wondering about bokeh and portrait presentation of this combo, which I have been thinking about but appears just too big for the "portable" purpose I bought the EOS-M for..

EOS-M / Re: My own take on the EOS M
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:14:26 PM »
Nice review.  In regards to the dark LCD caused by the Exposure Simulation when using strobes...  my own workaround is to temporarily switch to ISO 3200 to regain the view and to then use the LCD zoom to manually achieve focus.

Good tip.  It's too bad about exposure sim, but on the other hand, how many people will use EOS-M in studio situations involving strobes?  I know I bought the M because I did not fancy any current Canon aps-c DSLR and because I needed a portable body for those situations I did not want to carry my full frame DSLR. 

Lenses / Re: Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:42:51 PM »
"Vivitar" (same as "Pro Optic") extension tube set (13, 21, and 31 mm set) is built like a tank and has worked perfectly,all for $62.90.  No need to pay premium for Canon air IME.


Sony are rumoured to be bringing out a FF NEX mirrorless camera in September.  It should be pretty good.

Unfortunately it's rumored to be $3K body-only, with lens $1.5K range, so we're looking at a $4500 camera. Oh well, at least Sony appears to be innovating, something sorely missing from CaNikon  >:(

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's Stock Hit Hard
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:33:41 PM »
I sure hope Nikon stays successful and viable, giving competition to Canon.  Otherwise, Canon would have much lower incentive to invest in R&D to improve their products, a bad news to consumers like us  :'(

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM & 90EX $399
« on: August 09, 2013, 05:09:35 PM »
The 90EX is better than the ST-E2, for half the price.

I'm really loving that 90EX, so much so that I carry it for my 5D III instead of my all-out radio transceivers.  Much lighter, smaller, and just more convenient than the whole get-up.  90EX also elevates the humble EOS-M to strobist greatness with use of off-camera speedlites on the go. 

Lenses / Re: canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« on: August 09, 2013, 05:02:47 PM »
If you like the 50mm focal length and understand its flaws, I haven't found a better 50mm on canon.

That's basically my conclusion.  No other 50 on Canon gives you the gentle background with subject "pop" due to color and contrast wider than say f/2.0.  Below shot is at f/1.6.  ISO 100 meant long 1/16th shutter speed, but the 50L's relative lighter weight and shape lets me avoid blur.

EOSD4323 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:45:05 PM »
Here's hoping the new 20.2mp APS-C sensor has honest RAW IQ improvements over the old 18 mp one  :-\

EOS-M / Re: You Get What You Pay For - Warning for EOS M Adapter
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:14:47 PM »

If I were to buy a 3rd party adapter, I'd get one from Fotodiox, they seem to produce good quality parts.  They also sell them for less. ($60).  I do see some clueless reviews on Amazon, as you can see in the photo, it has a full set of communication pins.
You can see the Fotodiox lens lock button and pin in this photo.

That Fododiox adapter looks exactly like my Viltrox adapter, both of which are likely from the same factory..

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:16:21 PM »
More and more, it looks like I made the right decision to splurge on EOS-M for aps-c fun rather than waiting (and apparently waiting lots more) for the next-gen, awesome, aps-c replacement for 7D. 

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Flash Diffuser
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:12:35 PM »
With such a small and low-output flash, placing more plastic stuff to diffuse is going to end up compromising the already-low output too much.  I ordered one anyway, not to use as diffuser for direct flash work, but to further downplay the 90EX's optical trigger light for my off-camera Canon flash.

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