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Portrait / Re: And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:42:02 PM »
Geez...what a bunch of pretentious 'photographers' we have here.  It's more than a little daft to dismiss his work as that of an 'Instagram Hipster'...please, have some respect.

It seems that this kid has what so many of you are so quick to dismiss him don't have....an imagination.  With a little training....or a lot of trial and error...anybody can make a technically 'good' photo.  On the other hand....not everyone has an eye or the brain for something creative.

To the person who said this kid would be better off 'with a business plan' shooting weddings...sorry, but for many of us that is the personification of photographic Satan.  Personally I get ZERO enjoyment from shooting weddings but hey, if you or others make a buck at it then good for you.

There are numerous ways this kid could leverage his imagination and vision into a paying photography career...once again it is others like you who lack the foresight or imagination to see it:)   I could easily see this kid making a go in the commercial realm while the rest of us sluff our 'technically perfect' yet boring, cliche photos at the doors of stock agencies....or worse yet, sell our souls to the latest Bridezilla who will be burning your vanilla bean hold the foam portraits at her divorce seven years later.


Well said, and welcome to CR! Some very disappointing responses happening here. Photography should not be pigeonholed.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Tripod heads?
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:01:42 PM »
The ballhead the OP linked to does not have the integrated Gitzo clamp, it has a 1/4-20 thread that connects directly to the camera. Modifying it to arca compatibility is a snap.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Tripod heads?
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:54:16 PM »
No. Buy an Arca type clamp like the ones Spokane linked to. They will have a 1/4" thread cut into the bottom of the clamp. This will screw into the 1/4-20 screw on the top of your ballheads' camera plate. You now have an Arca-compatible ballhead which will accept an L bracket for portrait. Any camera plate or L bracket should be designed specifically for your camera model. Plates for any lenses with collars that you have can be generic.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rain cover
« on: November 12, 2013, 05:44:12 PM »
I use a Lenscoat Raincoat RS small. They're $50. If your shooting mainly motorsports and don't need to wear your raincoat on a pod, the Vortex Media Storm Jacket would likely do the same for less.



I don't like using them, but then again, I don't particularly like shooting in the rain either :P

Just Ordered Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II from B&H, couldn't resist the price drop on this one. So now, what am I going to do with my EF 70-200 F4L IS which I bought with my 5DM3 (No experience selling a lens before  :-\  but will have to do now).
BTW, selling an L glass is a lot easier than you think, just put it up for sale on your local online site and see calls coming in ... Good luck, hope you get a good price.

Thanks Rienzphotoz, thats encouraging :)

I had the same dilemma when I picked up the f/2.8. I ended up keeping the f/4 because it's just as sharp and WAYYYYY easier to carry when you don't need the speed/DOF. I love them both.

Technical Support / Re: Help with Yongnuo YN-622C trigger.
« on: November 11, 2013, 05:27:49 PM »
I've never tried that configuration, so I can't really help. Is there a reason why you don't just pick up a third 622? Another $44 would simplify your situation.


EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:51:56 PM »
I just hope it comes in white...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Camera Sling
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:52:29 PM »
BTW, what is it that makes the Arca-Swiss system attract such devoted fervor when compared to the Manfrotto 234RC Monopod head & RC2?
Am I missing something? Or is it a treatable case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)


One thing is that you can slide the foot back and forth in clamp to get the balance right.


OK. I'll give a quick and probably incomplete list of reasons:

1)  As Jim said, adjustable balance on the fly.
2)  Plates are more comfortable to hold on the lens collar and less obtrusive on the camera while being non-rotational.
3)  Quieter to engage/disengage.
4)  Strong as a vice (because it is a vice).
5)  Non-proprietary. There are ballheads out there other than Manfrotto's. I tend to favor Markins and Acratech, while many here like the Really Right Stuff models. Oh yea, I hear there's even a company called Arca-Swiss that makes some really nice heads ;)  The point is interchangeability. Hope this helps.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Camera Sling
« on: November 07, 2013, 12:24:59 AM »
There's no way I'm hanging my camera/lens upside down on an RC2 plate. They're acceptable on a tripod, but I would never trust them in a stressful situation.
Have you broken one brad-man?

I'd be the last person to denigrate the excellent Arca-Swiss plate. But let's set the record straight. There's nothing wrong or weak about RC2. For more years than I care to remember I've hoisted a 300f/2.8 with a 1-Series body mounted to a monopod with Manfrotto 234RC Monopod head & RC2 (with the little brass locking pin rotated) over my shoulder and walked, jogged, run to my next shooting position. I see plenty of other sports shooters doing the same with much heavier 400f/2.8 glass.

If anyone has ever broken one, I'd bet that it was an eBay cheapie RC2 clone/knock-off with suspect metallurgy.


I have never had one break, it was docholliday that mentioned having Manfrotto plates crack. I also used the RC2 system for years. More times than I care to remember, I found that the spring loaded clamp had not properly seated (after the click) and that my camera/lens was being precariously held in place. Fortunately, I always discovered the condition before anything bad happened. Does that sound like user error? You bet it was. Nevertheless, the fact that it happened more than once made me uncomfortable with the setup. I'm glad you are happy with the system and wish you all the luck with it. My user error aside, I do not feel it is a strong enough or secure enough system. It is why I went through the expense to switch to the Arca system.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Camera Sling
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:05:52 PM »
If you use a tripod often, don't look at those - the usage of the 1/4-20 to mount to sucks balls. I hate having to unscrew and screw the stupid adaptor all the time. I prefer using the Op-Tech sling kit from the right strap lug to the bottom strap lug on all my 1-series bodies. With the quick-release clips, I can even take the strap off instantly if I don't want it on the camera when tripod mounted (prevents wind induced vibrations from a strap blowing around).

I mounted my Black Rapid strap screw to a manfrotto quick place adapter


and mounted an RC2 plate to my camera. This allows me to quickly attach/detach the camera from my BR strap and quickly attach it to my manfrotto monopod/tripod.

That's all fine and dandy, until that RC2 let's go on you. I've had multiple Manfrotto plates crack in the pot metal (on my Hasselblad 203FE, no less). Plus, I don't use the Manfrotto QR system. I use the Arca-Swiss system. And, even with your setup, you'd still have to unlatch the Krap-Rapid from the plate before docking onto the tripod. I can have the strap still on camera with the body mounted to the AS B1.

+1  There's no way I'm hanging my camera/lens upside down on an RC2 plate. They're acceptable on a tripod, but I would never trust them in a stressful situation. Go Arca-Swiss. Use a 1" clamp on your BR strap and replace your plates.

EOS-M / Re: Grip available for EOS M
« on: November 04, 2013, 06:01:35 PM »
I want the grip for my M to come labeled EF-M 35 f/2.x and EF-M 50 f/2.x as pancakes. I really don't need a larger grip.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why are DSLRs so Big?
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:56:42 PM »
Well, I think different people are looking at the question in different ways. Many, myself included, would appreciate a smaller, lighter camera for transporting. Whether that means packing for a flight or just walking around with a shoulder bag all day, it's about comfort and convenience. The other group, myself included, is considering the ergonomics while actually shooting. More weight for better balance and more stability, and more controls to avoid taking your eyes off of your subject and dealing with menus. What we need is a transformer camera...

EOS Bodies / Re: Why are DSLRs so Big?
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:52:56 PM »
They're big so we can impress the ladies. Ohhh, you're going to shoot me with THAT!

Canon General / Re: Technique...
« on: November 01, 2013, 05:05:16 PM »
Now that you've learned about the "rule" of thirds. Do your best to forget it!

Unfortunately, a great quote by Edward Weston has often been bastardized to emphasize the importance of "good" composition. But, doing so requires that the quote be misquoted, taken out of context and used to justify the very thing Weston opposed.

Here's what you may have read: "Composition is the strongest way of seeing."

Here is what Weston actually wrote:

...Now to consult rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection and after-examination, and are in no way a part of the creative impetus. When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches.

Good composition is only the strongest way of seeing the subject. It cannot be taught because, like all creative effort, it is a matter of personal growth... [the photographer's] greatest asset is the directness of the process he employs. But this advantage can only be retained if he simplifies his equipment and technique to the minimum necessary, and keeps his approach free from all formula, art-dogma, rules, and taboos...

 an·ar·chy \ˈa-nər-kē, -ˌnär-\
: a situation of confusion and wild behavior in which the people in a country, group, organization, etc., are not controlled by rules or laws...

Merriam Webster

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Sports Line Updates Next? [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:08:21 PM »
My beloved 24-105 f/4.0L is the lens most showing it's age right now. I have to keep a constant grip on the zoom ring. If I have it pointed upward, it "falls" to 24mm, if it's pointed down, it "self-zooms" to 105mm. However, image quality is still great, and it gets used pretty much daily.

Take a rubber band from a head of broccoli, place it on the lens at the joint of the zoom ring and the lens body..... it gives extra friction and that stops the lens creep.

I hate broccoli! While the rubber band idea is cute, they just don't make them like they used to. They have a tendency to rot and fall apart and stick to stuff. You want a silicone band. The type that are to be worn on the wrist will do. Else, you can do what I did and fork out a little cash:


I have the 35 and I just can't wait to see how these teles perform. I have coveted a 300 f/2.8 (with IS) for a long time, just couldn't justify it.

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