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EOS Bodies / Re: Happy Holidays!
« on: December 25, 2011, 03:35:12 PM »
Merry Christmas from AK Photo in Denver! 


EOS Bodies / Re: Quick question about 5D mark II
« on: December 23, 2011, 02:40:54 PM »
I just got my new 5D mark II. When I take photos , it gives a totally different click sound than my T1i, do you think something wrong with the piece? should I be concerned?, however the pics I took are excellent

5D sounds different from my 7D.  Totally different camera, totally different parts.  APS-C vs. Full Frame, etc.

Ignore the sound... go shoot!   ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Printing/sizing/online HELP!
« on: December 23, 2011, 02:21:52 PM »
Hello there!
I posted last week, the topic of printing. I decided to go over to and order a few prints.
When I uploaded the images I wanted printed, they offered some sizes and not others, so I chose a size I thought would be best.
I received them in the mail today, with an issue. The IQ was not even close to what it is on my computer, and more importantly the images were not scaled to fit. A large portion of almost every photo is chopped off the bottom, including a square photo which was blown up and cut in half. Did I miss something while ordering?

Any help would be appreciated. I'm new to printing, and would really like to avoid a $20 mishap again.


Check my reply to your other thread here...,2557.msg54712.html#msg54712

I touch on some items regarding image size, resolution, and sharpening that you might find useful.

Software & Accessories / Re: Exporting in Lightroom 3
« on: December 23, 2011, 02:15:22 PM »
Editing is fine, but for some reason my final pieces of work are not as sharp as they should be.


It looks like you've opened the can-of-worms that is digital printing.  First, don't be worried, with a few steps and due diligance, you'll be getting the quality results you want.

A few things to know when exporting from Lightroom for physical prints...

  • MOST IMPORTANT:  When working in the digital realm for editing/printing, it is imperative that you have a calibrated monitor and that you are working under optimal lighting conditions to view image details on an LCD screen!  Something like the Pantone HUEY Pro will give you decent calibration at a fair price.
  • Following up on the point above - be aware that most "cheap" LCD monitors packaged with computers these days are TN displays (Twisted Nematic - a type of LCD technology), that have limited color depth, contrast detail, and viewing angles.  Most graphics designers use IPS displays (In-Plane Switching) which give them access to more details of the image.  Of course, IPS displays cost a whole heck of a lot more than TN displays.  If you plan on committing to the digital realm, an upgrade to your monitor will help you see all the detail of your images, and give you more control over your editing process.
  • When exporting from Lightroom, it is imperative that you embed a "printer profile" for the printer that will be making your prints.  Contact Mpix, or search their Help pages, and see if they have a printer profile available.  If they do, install it in the directory that Lightroom looks for profiles, and apply it on export.  It is one of the options in the image drop-down pane (where you select JPG or TIFF, etc.).  If no profile is available from Mpix, you may need to embed your exports in an sRGB color space - but ask them first for what they recommend for B&W printing.
  • Keep your resolution high at export.  240dpi (dots per inch) is a pretty good baseline standard for printing 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10s.  Just make sure your math works out for your print size.  For example, if you are printing an 8x10 at 240dpi, but the dimension of your image on the longest side is only 2000pixels (say you've cropped it), your maximum print size is only 8.33 inches - so your printing company will actually have to enlarge your image to cover the size of print you ordered.  That can give you artifacts in the final print - which you want to avoid.  To calculate your available print dimensions, simply divide your image dimensions by your print resolution, or 2000pixels/240dpi in the example I provided. 
  • On the flip side to the note above, it's totally OK to have an oversized image for a smaller print.  Say, after divding your image dimensions by your print resolution of 240, you have a calculated document size of 16x24 ... that's just fine for making smaller prints, because detail is never lost in reduction, only when blowing-up to larger prints.  That 16x24, however, should be considered as your maximum possible print size for that resolution. 
  • Minimize sharpening inside Lightroom.  While sharpening can look good on screen, it can provide hideous results when printing to paper.  Keep this in mind, and try not to get too crazy with your sharpening sliders in the Details pane.
  • Do not do ANY sharpening in Lightroom's Export options panel.  If you've already added sharpening inside the Details pane in your processing work, added sharpening at export will only make that graininess worse.  **Disable all sharpening at the final export step!

I hope this helps!

Software & Accessories / Tripod w/ Spiked Feet and Air Travel?
« on: December 23, 2011, 01:48:33 PM »
Has anyone ever run into issues traveling with spiked feet on a tripod as a carry-on item?  I just got some spiked feet for my Manfrotto while visiting family on holiday, and I'm worried TSA will confiscate them.  I'm considering shipping them back home so I don't get forced into throwing them away at the airport.

Any advice/experience on this matter?  Thanks!

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you do with old bodies?
« on: December 22, 2011, 06:29:42 PM »
Dump them near the graveyard propably.


Unfortunately, bodies are disposable.  They are simply a tool in an artist's arsenal.  As they get updated by newer bodies with better features, they move towards obselesence and their value decreases. 

The real investment in photography is high quality glass, as great lenses can last you decades.   Your bodies, on the other hand, will come and go with greater frequency.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 20, 2011, 10:35:39 AM »
Haha, funny stuff ;D Yeah, well, they only reason I tell things like they are, is because I know how insanely mad I get when things don't frikkin' work like they suppose to! And really, me saying that is just to give others a different opinion than what you get from a commercial for a product. Not all things are as good as they claim to be, just saying.

And what do you mean "supporting Alien Bees" ? I haven't used them, but are they ETTL? I didn't think so? The Odin supports ALL studio-flashes, and ETTL is restricted to Canon, JUST like PW's, so I don't get that point. The Odin is the only trigger that works straight out of the box down to 1/8000s with my Elinchromes and other studio-flashes. Did you find those sync-cables in your PW box? nope! That was extra. And you need soft shield, blocking the display, and af-assist, oh wait, pw don't support that  ::) and I see people hanging their PW's from a Canon OC-e3 cable to get distance from the flash, wtf... I mean, I'm an Apple fan, but this seems much like the Iphone-diciples, they want an Iphone4 no matter what it doesn't do. Android does everything better, but I want an Iphone, why? because it's an iphone... I choose stability over a brand name, just me I guess.....

Viggo, I'm just saying that it works with my Alien Bee setup.  See the adapter here...

I didn't mean to offend you, or your choice of Phottix.  I'm sure it's a fine product for you.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 19, 2011, 06:56:05 PM »
Why don't people listen?

Because nobody likes you.

Just kidding.   :D

Honestly, I have to say that after this experience I'd still prefer to stay with PocketWizard.  Their support for numerous brands of flash, including AlienBees, provides a tremendous amount of versatility and flexibility to photographers - and most importantly - me.  I've yet to find another ETTL radio trigger that is equaled in that regard.  Furthermore, in all their history, the 580exII is the only flash they've encountered repeated problems with.  To me, this information (in conjunction with their white paper) points more to the 580 as the culprit than the PW Flex.   

I'll probably be hanging around with them for a while, and more than likely just switching the make or model of flash units I choose to employ for off-camera use.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 19, 2011, 12:45:37 PM »
Thanks for the input, everyone.  After doing some thorough reading/research, I opted for (3) FlexTT5s to complement my (2) 580exIIs.  Based on information available, and some DIY testing done by photogs about the internet, the FlexTT5 had much better range as the primary transmitter than did the MiniTT.

I got the units last week, and had some great results doing indoor testing.  See sample of my dad below...

The units were no more than 20' from my camera body during my in-home tests, and everything fired fine.  I decided to implement them on a wedding gig yesterday (church allows flash), and for the first 15 minutes, all worked well.  Even shooting 100' plus away from the back of the balcony with the FlexTT5s on stands behind concrete columns at the floor level (full soft shield + shoe were implemented), I got consistent triggering/ETTL.

Then - catastrophe hit.  I was struck with the total failure documented here on both of my 580's.  They started doing the full power dumps, with no regulated output whatsoever.  I was able to finish the ceremony with natural light without issue, and my assistant had two 580's that worked flawlessly for the portrait shoot and reception.  We worked them just as strenuously as my two 580's for the rest of the night, yet no failures occurred.  I found that to be a little odd.

I immediately called PocketWizard this morning to find out more about this failure of my 580's.  Based on the research done in the link previously provided, PocketWizard claims the 580's design is the fault of this failure.  The CS rep I spoke with did say that Canon typically covers the IGBT repair under warranty, and that the repair should basically eliminate the problem from ever occurring again.  It's still frustrating being without some of my primary portable lighting gear for a few weeks as I move into boudoir/Valentine's shoot season.


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkii at $2,219 on Amazon today (12-7)
« on: December 16, 2011, 01:42:19 AM »
Thanks to the holiday season, UPS delivered from B&H 1 day early...


EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: December 15, 2011, 12:10:31 PM »
Will it be "outdated" in a year.  Yup... but then again, the 5DMKIII will be outdated by the middle of 2013 as well.


Maui5150 nailed it.  There will always be something newer, better, faster, lighter, more MPs, less noise, more dollars, faster write, bigger memory card, etc.  If you always wanted to wait for the "next best thing", you'd never ever buy anything.

The 5D is a superb camera and will serve you well for a long to come - if it raises the quality of your product NOW, improves the level of the service you can provide NOW... why wait?  $1,999 is a steal.

EOS Bodies / Re: how to price 5D2 once 5D3 is out???
« on: December 14, 2011, 10:57:12 AM »
Funny, I just had this exact conversation with a friend last night.  Considering the 5D2 is going for $1,999 right now on B&H and Adorama with some bundled toys (CF card, camera bag, etc.), we're guessing it will settle into the low $2ks after Christmas (and once an official MKIII announcement is made).  Probably $2,100-ish retail.

Once 5D3 hits and MKII is officially discontinued, we came up with $1,500 for a 5D2 on the used market (in good condition).  However, this will also depend on the retail price of the 5D3.  If the 5D3 pushes into the mid-$3ks, a higher price for used mkII's can be sustained.  As time goes on and the 5D3 becomes more common place, the used 5D2 value will obviously be diminished.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Body Pricing
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:20:07 AM »
Considering th 5DmkII has held at $2,500 for three years, and factoring inflation and snappy new features, I'd guess an MKIII would drop in the $3,199 - $3,499 range.  Maybe drop to $2,999 after a bit?

Just my $0.02 and out of left field guess.

EOS Bodies / Re: A little humor - Canon vs Nikon video
« on: December 13, 2011, 05:44:25 PM »
This "Video" has nothing to do with humor. It´s filmed violence, nothing more. I would not allow such a piece of S___, if I were responsible for Canon rumors. What about creativity, what about ideas?


Uhh... is this sarcasm?

EOS Bodies / Re: A little humor - Canon vs Nikon video
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:08:36 AM »
Very well made movie and funny too in case some of you have not seen it...funny how it was shot with Canon but the link was shown on NR as well!


HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!  Awesome - thanks for posting!!!


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