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EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:15:18 AM »
It all depends on specific purposes. I would even rephrase the original question: is there a pressing reason to upgrade the existing 5DII? In my experience no. I took both to a shoot recently and could not tell the difference in picture quality for all practical purposes.

Is there something measurable? Yes, probably. But image quality difference is not convincing me to shell out thousands of dollars on new bodies.

Are there other reasons to go with a MarkIII or 1Dx? Plenty. But only the individual photographer and buyer can discern that. No camera today is "ideal" in my book. All have advantages and disadvantages. Some of this is probably by design for marketing purposes. So everyone needs to find their own sweet spots for specific purposes, even if all of those are great multipurpose cameras. First world problems really in the end.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This is the Way a White Camera Should be Done
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:04:59 AM »
Very nice!

And yes, I would totally want a digital version of it. Make it full-frame, give me a 28, a fast 50 and 90mm lens and I'm done. No AF, no gizmos - basically a more affordable Canon version of the Leica M. Just like in the old days.


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Sorry, but I can't resist posting this link about...how to be a Professional Photographer:


I get tickled every time I watch this..or the ones that follow in her series....


Oh boy. That's like fingernails on chalkboard. A) Because there are people (and not just females) who talk like this for real and B) Because it shows some of the recent gender bias that has started to develop in some industries. No, I don't think that the stereotypical guys who used to dominate certain industries were any "better" in that sense. But I've been watching a lot of the Creative Live features recently. You know the types I'm talking about. Some of those chicks have pretty good business sense I must say. And some are very good photographers, no doubt, while others I find deliver shockingly mediocre results.
But they all seem to get much better access these days to all sorts of situations where guys seem to have a harder and harder time based on the changed image of who and what is a photographer.

Don't get me wrong: I wish them all much success. Everyone is responsible for their own thing. Who cares how you get there.

I take it that most of us here are guys. Which seems to be rather typical these days. The famous pro guys are all tech guys. You know, those who tour the country to show some sweaty overweight guys named Chuck how to correctly use PocketWizards and their new camera. (Full disclosure: I watch a lot of those guys' videos, read the books and should really lose another 15lb...). Most guys known for their actual photography are mostly from a generation before that (yes, there are always exceptions). And then there is the new wave of female pros known for their California hipster style wedding photography (barf) or baby photographers to the celebrities (more barf) and so forth.

So to the original point: camera doesn't matter really (well it does,  but not really). It's about the marketing. How can Chucky and his friends be comfortable out there and get paid appropriately these days? Other than as a sports photographer that is.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Extension Tube has S/N?
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:00:24 AM »
I have received the 2 Canon extension tubes EF12II & EF25II. The only writing on the tubes was "1301" on the EF25II and "1201" on the EF12II. So my question are these S/N?
On the box there are several more writings, for the EF25II:
CZ 23522000DB0107
9199A001 [AA]
EAN/JAN 4 960999 204307
UPC  0 13803 03560 5
Searching the web EAN is probably Electronic Article Number, JAN is Japanese Article Number and UPC is Uniform Part Code.
no "1301" in any of the above.


As far as I remember: no they don't have serial numbers. I had the same question when I bought mine.

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I want to hear from everyone on the most annoying things people commonly say to them about their cameras, lenses, other gear, images and photography in general.  My personal favorite is "wow, your camera takes great pictures," or, while looking at my images, "you have a great camera."

I used to launch into an explanation of how much time and energy I have invested in improving my technique and artistic vision, but found the results dissatisfying (common response: "well sure you have to know how to use it").  So I just accede, "yes, it's easier to get good pictures with a good camera."


I wouldn't even respond really. Or if they have kids you could in return compliment them on their private parts. May not go over well with some folks though.

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Lenses / Re: Which lens to start with?
« on: November 19, 2013, 09:41:03 AM »
If the main objective is landscape with wide angle I'd have a look at the the Distagons. Something like the 21mm would be very high on my list.

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Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 14, 2013, 12:05:55 PM »
Or .... ND filter and add more flash power? Not ideal but certainly a cheaper solution to the sync speed conundrum.

I mean really? Medium format just to get faster sync?  :o

Just buy a fuji x100s and be done with it.

I'm over-complicating, am I? Again.

Would love to have the Fuji and not just for that reason.



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Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:54:51 AM »
Can anyone explain his issues with the sync speed at 1/200 with the markii/iii?

I'm confused by that. I know that this is an expected result from cheap china triggers. But with PW also? I don't get any of that on my mark II when using the canon optical system. And even my cheap triggers work at 1/200 most of the time 

Any thoughts why this is?

It has a lot to do with the transmission lag from the remotes to the camera and flashes and, more importantly, the speed at which the Canon shutter closes to capture the light. Too fast and the shutter closes before all the light from the flash "registers" in the image. First party flashes (like the Canon 430EXII or 600EX-RT) are built to work specifically with their brand bodies.

Pocket Wizard developed something called "Hypersync" that offsets the flash trigger to try and account for this, it works better with some cameras than others, but I've been able to get an extra stop (at least) out of my 5D3 using this. As always, mileage varies.


Hm. I see what you're saying but there is still something here I don't get.

Let's leave out the "Hypersync" versions of the PWs. That would be basically their version of HSS with ETTL. I think that doesn't apply for their "dumb" triggers such as the Plus III and X.

So if those are rated for up to 1/250 and the MarkII and III can go to 1/200, why would there be an issue at that speed? The flash pop will be much much faster than that during that time and should illuminate the entire frame. If that's not the case then I can only think of two explanations (neither of which should happen really):

1. The cameras are rated at the max sync speed of 1/200 which (if I understand it right) is the fastest speed where the shutter curtains are at one point NOT covering the sensor. Every speed faster than that will be a smaller slit sliding across the frame and result in dark bands when the short flash pop occurs during that pass through. So this would mean that the cameras really don't have that sync speed and that the curtains are ever so slightly closed at that speed already. This seems unlikely since it clearly works with the Canon system at that speed.

2. A mismatch or delay in trigger time of the actual trigger. That would mean the PWs reach the flash delayed and they only pop after the curtains are already closing again. Or maybe the reverse where it's too early because of some shutter delay. Don't remember which direction the horizontal shutters move. The dark bar seems to be at the bottom. I've seen the same thing happening on my $25 China triggers at times. Not consistently though.

Why make a big deal? I think it matters. 1/200 is pretty slow already if you like shooting with wider apertures while trying to control ambient light. I know, that's what HSS and Hypersync is for. And that's why I'm still on the fence about all this. No good solution is cheap. None is 100% flexible. Or 100% reliable it seems.
I think my next investment is really going to be a medium format film camera for that kind of stuff. Leaf shutters and all. Anyone seen the Gregory Heisler book? Delicious. That's the kind of stuff I want to do more.



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Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 13, 2013, 05:50:54 PM »
Can anyone explain his issues with the sync speed at 1/200 with the markii/iii?

I'm confused by that. I know that this is an expected result from cheap china triggers. But with PW also? I don't get any of that on my mark II when using the canon optical system. And even my cheap triggers work at 1/200 most of the time 

Any thoughts why this is?

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Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 13, 2013, 03:57:24 PM »
I'm still on the fence if I should pick up a set of PW plus III or maybe some of these. I'd actually prefer the other brands for their functionality (mainly to be able to control manual settings from the camera display, not so much actual TTL) - but PW are and seem to remain the industry standard.

And with a few potential shoots lined up at a rented studio facility I might as well have a pair of PW that are compatible with what's on set. And they are compatible with some light meters.

For proper manual control of your photos I can not recommend the 600EX-RT's enough: http://www.canonrumors.com/reviews/review-canon-speedlite-600ex-rt/

That said, if you're in studio and a bit more budget conscious you can grab the Plus X for under $100 right now (there's a rebate on). The Plus III's have a lot more channels, and a long-range mode that works, but how often do you shoot more than 500ft?


All very good points. I have ruled out the 600 plus controller for now given the cost of upgrading 4-5 speedlites at this point. And I want to move more towards more serious studio lights at some point.

What I like is that the PW models are all compatible with each other. So I was thinking getting a Plus III to have all channels and options for the rented studio place and then add Plus X for my own stuff as needed.

Let's see which of the jobs materialize...

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Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:13:34 PM »
I'm still on the fence if I should pick up a set of PW plus III or maybe some of these. I'd actually prefer the other brands for their functionality (mainly to be able to control manual settings from the camera display, not so much actual TTL) - but PW are and seem to remain the industry standard.

And with a few potential shoots lined up at a rented studio facility I might as well have a pair of PW that are compatible with what's on set. And they are compatible with some light meters.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 06, 2013, 04:48:27 PM »
As a hybrid shooter, I am a little bias. But WHY would nikon make this camera have no video feature? The fact that it is missing video is what makes nikon, and ANY camera manufacturer lose my business and respect. At that point they are not trying to make the best camera they can, or push the market. They are just creating a gimic-ish product that WILL sell, because most people, don't know any better.


I think they're going after the market segment that wants a Leica but never pulled the trigger because of the even more insane cost. And I can totally relate.

Where they miss it after some more reading is that the viewfinder is not suited for manual focus (just like all modern DSLRs unfortunately - at least not in the way one would expect).

I would be perfectly happy to give up my gear for a pure, manual focus, manual dials full frame camera with good optics and good handling. No video, no gizmos, nothing that gets in the way of just making photographs.

I know this is not for everyone. And it's nothing we can expect from a Japanese company probably. So saving for a Leica it still is.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 10:14:08 AM »
If I were a Nikon afficionado, for the same price, why would I buy a Df over a D800?

Because you already own a D800 and D800E?  I think this is marketed to wealthy hobbyists.


I know next to nothing about the Nikon system, but I think the appeal here may be that this camera is compatible with all the old Nikkor lenses. Something that Nikon had moved away from for all practical purposes on their more recent pro level cameras? Again, I'm not sure about this.

If this were the case it would make me sad in a way since this will never ever be a reasonable option for Canon. I have a bag full of nice old FD glass. I never liked the EOS/AF approach and only bought into it since with digital there was no other Canon choice available. And I didn't want to go the Nikon route a few years back because there are some Canon lenses for which Nikon doesn't have an equivalent. And a few other reasons at the time.

But had this thing been around and if it really takes old MF lenses without compromises (again, not sure about that) I would have had a very close look at this. I hope it's successful and hits a nerve with people who are sick of the spaceship cameras with touch screens and plastic lenses. I hope it's a trend because I would love to shoot again with a camera like that. Does it "take better pictures"? No. That was never the question. Remember the days when every camera loaded pretty much the same film? So that's not the point. It's how well a camera feels and handles and if you are happy to bring it along often.

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Gotta love that old film SLR styling straight out of the early 1980's.  To complete the package, you just need a groovy mullet haircut and a sweet ride like an early 80's Mazda 626...






Well, they/you certainly now the target market here ;-)


I would be totally happy to have a digital Canon F1n version of this (with a viewfinder that supports manual focus lenses) and load it into a fully restored early Celica.

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I take issue with anything that has these strong magnets. Kills mechanical watches, hard drives, laptops, and probably other stuff you carry in your camera bag.

I like the design but not the use of magnets. Same adapter but with some other way to attach the filters and I'd buy it.

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