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Lenses / Re: Travel advice - which lenses?
« on: December 30, 2011, 03:10:13 AM »
I'm bringing my 5D classic, and definitely my 28/1.8 and 85/1.8 - my can't-live-without lenses.  I will also have a S95 with me.  Other things I could bring:
EF 20-35 (f/3.5-4.5 version)
EF 50/1.4
430 EX II flash

+300mm f/4

I have the 85 f/1.8, but I would put it on the bottom of the list with the 50 f/1.4 if you wanted to go really light weight.  Not that the 300mm f/4 is light either. 

I think I would take the 20-35mm over the 28 f/1.8.  Although the 20mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8 or some other wide angle lens would be my pick just for the focal length.

Lenses / Re: 14mm + 24-70mm or 16-35mm?
« on: December 26, 2011, 08:00:18 AM »
I would vote for the 17mm TS-E and the 24-70mm if I had to do it all over again.  Not that there is anything wrong with my 16-35mm.  (Especially if they put IS on the 24-70)

I took some photos with the 16-35, 50 f/1.2, and 85 f/1.8 in low light conditions and didn't see much difference until it was at 200-400%

If money is no object, the 17mm TS-E would be the way to go.  I am thinking about getting one next year for different tree photos I take.

Lenses / Re: A set of lenses for around the world travel.
« on: December 26, 2011, 07:47:57 AM »
I would take the 5Dm2 and the 24-70mm (with flash & tripod) if you want to go light.

The problem with these Cameras is that most of the weight I carry is camera gear and not food, water, or tent/sleeping bag.

I carry the 5Dm2 with 16-35, and an 85mm, which is also a good combination along with a carbon fiber tripod that is a little too big...
But I have a 300 f/4 & 1.4x for wildlife that works well.  I would take it if I were biking around the world, but not on hikes.

Lighting / Re: Color temp of pictures using flash
« on: December 26, 2011, 06:31:40 AM »

Im sorry to be out of topic here, but what strobe technique is this? This is amazing! I cant think of what the WB would be if what the flash fires is blue and the natural light is orange  :o

It is a great photo.  It looks like there is a sodium vapor light putting off the orange light.  Then the other lights have a blueish type of mercury vapor or somekind of bulb in them that produces a bluer color than normal mercury vapor lights.  Or maybe some post processing was done to add the color?

The couple it seems has a spot flash on them I would guess.

Lighting / Re: Color temp of pictures using flash
« on: December 26, 2011, 06:10:26 AM »
What camera and which flash are you using?  Are you using it in manual? 

Without knowing what camera or flash you are using, its pretty difficult to help.

That is pretty important info isn't it?  My camera is sitting here right next to me, don't you guys see it?  ;)

It is a 5Dm2 and a 580EX II flash.  I only use it in manual because the settings seem to be way off it left in automatic.  I do shoot 90% in manual, so it isn't much of a problem besides just guessing, but the camera tries to set the exposure as if there is no flash when in auto.  Let's say that it will want to set it for 0.3" and f/2.8 at ISO100, where with the flash, I can set it for 1/100 and f/7.1 at ISO100.  The thing I learned last night was that I can leave it at 0.3" but set it to f/7.1 and the color temperature of the photo looks a lot better.

The camera does seem to take good pictures with the proper exposure for whatever settings I use that are close to what they should be.

Lighting / Color temp of pictures using flash
« on: December 26, 2011, 12:16:48 AM »
I am trying to practice using my flash some more.  I use manual settings, and the exposure meter seems to be pretty worthless when using a flash.

I might be able to post some pictures if it helps, but what is happening is that if I have a quick shutter speed, the pictures show up white.  If I slow the shutter speed down and still use the flash, it matches the actual room color (a yellowish soft white light).

I think I changed the white balance from Auto to Flash, but that didn't seem to make a difference if I remember right.

And I don't understand most of the settings anymore on the back of my flash.

Or do people use a yellow filter covering the flash?  Do you have any other tips?

A live view only 5Dm2 would be interesting.  I wonder how much thinner they could make it though?

EOS Bodies / Re: weird "grid lines" in 5DII pictures
« on: December 26, 2011, 12:00:00 AM »
That doesn't look right at all.

If you have the camera create Raw and Jpeg photos, is it in both?

What lens are you using?  (not that I think that would be the problem)

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:00:53 PM »

Some of the wildlife/bird photos can be taken with a wide angle lens.  You just have to get really close.  See the above for some examples.

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions
« on: December 22, 2011, 06:26:38 PM »
*Focal lengths on some cameras are not the same as focal lengths on other cameras.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.8 or 300mm f/4 for baby photos
« on: December 22, 2011, 12:12:55 AM »
I'm a day late, but here are some example photos I like.




And this one, if they would have blacked out more of the background.

The problem is that I am setting the bar very high for myself, and I don't know how much time I will get, if they will even be out of the hospital before I have to return back home, how much time I will be able to spend taking photos with them, or where they will be at.  And I won't be able to disturb them (much).

I also would like to get 30-60 different photos that are excellent... 

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:32:19 PM »
You also have to factor in memory cards (don't lose them!), batteries, and a case to carry everything without it being obvious that you have an expensive camera hopefully (might not be as much of a concern in Iceland).

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:20:46 PM »
I use a Hahnel wireless remote.  It does cost more than those three options.


The best part of this for group photos is that you can take multiple ones without running to the camera and waiting 10 seconds.  There are red and green lights on the receiver to tell you that it is working.

Good post breningstall.

There is a market for a travel size crop sensor camera that can fit in a pocket.  I'm not sure Canon is the company that will get there first however, and I think they should take the G12 and turn it into this camera.

A lot of people are just using their phones to take pictures now, so I would think that there would be a more of a market fr a higher end portable camera for those who care about the quality and different photos a real camera can take.

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