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I have come to the conclusion that I simply am not motivated enough to carry traditional light-stands when I'm asked to "take some photos" as a favor to acquaintances at things like baby birthdays, social gatherings, etc. 

I have some traditional "portable" softboxes and even a lumodi beauty dish, but unless it's a paid gig, I'm simply not motivated enough for the hassle.  As a compromise, I have bought some Rogue Flashbenders/diffusers, which are working out great for ultra-portable 2-light setup.  However, light stands are still a problem.  I do have some Manfrotto Nano clones and some slightly bigger ones, but what are some out-of-box alternatives for portable light stands that just needs to support a speedlite with Flashbender?  I am looking at some microphone stands, maybe even some carbon tripods (have some), which are not that small actually.

EOSD4447 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:18:38 PM »
Primes, primes, primes!  I'd like those on a pancake, please!

It would make me very happy to see a pancake EF-M 35 mm f/1.8~2.0 for portraiture.

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 18, 2013, 01:10:58 AM »
Canon 580 EX II with Large Rogue Flashbender and diffusor cam right, small Rogue with diffusor cam left.  Placing the panels closer to subject really gives off a nice light IMO..

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: August 16, 2013, 02:45:06 PM »
Does live view phase detect AF require things like lens microadjustment like viewfinder phase detect?  Live view contrast AF being the gold standard for AF accuracy, not needing microadjustments. 

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.

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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

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