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Lighting / How to get studio light on the fly ...
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:49:13 PM »
Suggestion One:

Cosplay Convention ..... Level: Canon Ninja

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:25:37 PM »
The 7DII will have a bunch of competitors when it arrives, some of the most fearsome ones coming from Canon itself and most likely the 7D itself being the toughest one. The current 7D has been selling strong and I expect quiet some trade in starting on e-bay once the replacement is out.

The People who bought a 5D3 that I know bought their camera either after intensive research or after no research at all. That might sound strange but I know a lot of Chinese and they buy their DSLR before going on a big trip and the choice of model happens by asking the sales guy in the shop for the best model of the leading brand. The time you and I use for debating the technical details is in such a case used to haggle the price down. The result in case of my Chinese friends was in the past the 5d2 and now the 5d3 hanged around the neck with the Canon strap and the 24-105L. Only other equipment they will ever buy is the lcd protector foil, and 2 fake batteries.

The 7D2 will fall into a different category. We talk here probably of internet savvy consumers but not automatically people who have studied CR for 3 years in hope of this camera arriving.

If I want to sell to semi pros I need a victory by numbers not a victory through a hard to explain concept.
Victory by numbers means up with resolution, up with ISO (I especially do not write usefull ISO) up with FPS.
So anything that is compatible to  a Dpreview comparrison table style way of making a choice.

Has popup flash, has green button, has face detection, has live view, has touch screen... those are Amazon shopper review friendly criteria and they are much easier to explain as highlights than the feature of shifting between AI servo and  one shot by pressing the little button for depth control next to the bayonet.

I also desire a 1dx style AF System, a microphone monitor feature etc... but the 1dx AF System is beyond the spiritual capacity of the hordes that make Canon the NO1 DSLR seller in the world.

Cudos from my side to the idea with the buit in RT. That is exactly what I would do with my APSC top toy for those with deep pockets . Give them a reason not to buy the 430EX but the more expensive 600. Let them overheat the Little Pop up Flash and afterwards sell them another 600 to master the one they already have.

Please forgive the thousands of spelling mistakes, my spell checker does not want to allow me using English

Lenses / Re: Lens Advise for Europe Vacation
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:40:56 PM »
Somehow I always believe that People asking for what lens to bring know the answer before they ask but want help in saying gentle "no" to the lenses they will leave behind.

Anyway.. for Paris if you bring a wide and a tele lens it is in my eyes more important what accesoires you bring.

You might want to bring a bean bag rather than a big tripod which is anyway along with the Flash forbidden in most places.

I would bring the darkest stopper you have and that fit on your lenses. You will find plenty of perscpectives which shout for neutralizing all the People that stand in the way. If you ever wanted to Experiment with real Long shutter times, Paris is your playground.

If you want an excuse for a little GAS attack, Paris is the capitol of gargoyles. No better excuse to explain the spouse why a x2 or x1.4 Canon tele converter needs to be bought before or when in Paris.

One more chance to invest in gear: buy a cheap M at home, come to Paris and aquire the 11-22 EFM lens and leave your fullframe wide at home. I never touched my Tokina 11-16 2.8 after going ultrawide on the M.

3 Private tips: If it still exists than find a shop called "theatre hall" in Paris.

Serves only mens Cloth but if you ever wanted to have something looking authentic renesaince... there you find it.

One ore tip for unbelievable pictures:

The opera in Paris (ye olde one). Do not bother with what they Play, just arrive 30 minutes before the evening Show. Ask for the cheap tickets. They sell balcony loge tickets for about 10 Euro. Sight is restricted form These chairs that is why they are cheap. Do not buy two, buy four! This results in you and your spouse sitting by yourself in a loge that you can close from inside which allows you to see a lot without being seen and to take Pictures of the opera and the guests. Only sad thing: For non French operas they have a red led poster running for subtitles... in one of the oldest operas of the continent...

Last tip (a Little morbid) Les catacombes. Read about this before you decide to do it. If you are not scared by the souls of the dead than this is as close as you can get to flirt with a camera and death at the same time. Flash is allowed but awkward to use there. LED light will do wonder.

Can't compete with your guys' heavy guns like the 1dx but:

my 2 year old son dropped my 60D together with the Sigma 18-35 1.8 minutes before a trip.
Next Chance to test it was last friday during dutch carneval. I thought the lens was damaged because I got less than 30% of sharp Pictures when shooting at that evening (in very very dim light).

Next morning I found out that my son had not broken the lens but switched the camera to AI Servo.
Did a test the same morning in an closed down coal mine a few hundred feet under ground. Again almost darkness only interupted by the helmet lights of our Group: 90% perfect focus with one shot, not even 30% with AI Servo and if I got a picture proper than with a big delay. So for me in any situation with Little light AI servo is a no go.

I want a LtoMIS Adapter

that is an Adapter from Canon EF  Bajonett to EFM Bajonett but with the speedbooster effect (crop factor corrected and  one f-stop gain) plus the aditional bennefit of IS build into this Adapter.

That would be a dream to have my aging and more and more unused L flotilla of lenses up to date.
It is now more than half a year ago that I last time used the 24-70 L Brick and ye olde 17-35 L was not used for more than 2 years. Not an L glass but my old Sigma 120 300 2.8 would be such a lovely tool at 2.0 with IS...

This is a 2MPixel Kodak sensor in a EOS 1n body.....


The German text says that it is on sale as defect because the owner can't test it as the power supply is missing.

Dpreview lists the Power supply here:



Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:26:14 AM »
Finally a discipline I can shine in many ways:

1. Sitting close by an idiot with a 5DmkIII and a 600 EX RT trying to make a picture of the stars.... in a Zeiss Planetarium in Germany. Nothing confirms the power of Canon more than having your eyes adapted to near darkness and than a full 600 EX RT load against a highly reflective surface.

2. Climbing a hundred stairs in a Bangkog temple, with my wife having the M on a strap around her shoulder. One picture everytime the screen touched her body. The five pictures we wanted to keep nested between 32 Gig of pictures of stone steps or the bottoms of the people in front of her.

3. M again this time shooting at night and wondering why the pictures are so bright, discovering that nearly any setting is on manual, that the display shows menus I never saw. Any attempt to touch and alter the settings results not in manipulating the menu but in taking a picture which makes the camera go dark for 20 secs while the action on stage is continuing without mercy.

4. Toodler playing with 60D shifting the eye correction wheel at the eyefinder. Taking sharp pictures but seeing everything blurry and than trying to correct this by manual focus override resulting in seeing blurry and making blurry pictures.

5. Asking a model to swing her wet hair in a wide circle. Half of the water landing in a halogen lamp resulting in the fuses to blow. After finaly getting some light into the room discovering that I had been issued with a key to the studio but not with a key to the room where the fuses are.

6. Placing a model in a corridor of a scyscraper with a huge glass window facing the Europa Tower in Frankfurt. Spending 2 hours to arrange everything so that no reflection in the window will disturb the picture after nightfall when the Europa towers lights will go on. Two minutes in the shooting lights in the corridor directly above the model go on. Wasting an hour to find out that these lights are part of the warning system to prevent planes hitting the tower.. no manual override, no switch... etc.. another hour wasted with gaffa tape to have everything perfect again...than Europa tower switches of the lights for the rest of the night.

7. Some decades ago...vintage flash bar using the nail of my thumb to press the little switches at the backside of the bar (not knowing that this will set all 8 flashtubes to go off sychonized) with nothing hapening pressing the bar into my Kodak crap camera. Whinding the film rotates the bar (designed for the rotating flashcubes) Firing all 8 bulbs of the bar while they face into my direction.

8. not knowing that my Haensel central flash unit (a few thousand watt seconds) was connected to a  wrong wired power socket using my EOS 10 (analog) with a flash synchron cable. Feeling the typical ants crawl along your hand syndrom when holding the camera but not knowing at that time wht it meant. Lifting the camera to my eye and doing some shots. Changing to the EOS 100 with B/W film inside changing the cable to the hundred (via an adapter block) again the ant sensation than putting the camera to my eye. The rubber frame for the viewfinder of the 100 was missing, this time not rubber but metal touched my eyebrow. My god a proper flash generator can kick ass. Lost a few seconds of memory , a EOS 100 and a Sigma 70-210 2.8

9. Transporting a Bowens flash with a mounted beautydish and attached to a low tripod in the trunk of my car. Parking my car on the side of a busy street. Taking the flash out and putting it on the tripod next to me on the street to get my hands free. 30 minutes arguing with the car drivers afterthe first one thought this is a speed trap and got 2 others cars rushing into him after braking to hard.

10. being  arround 18 years old at the time and at the army I wenton a short trip to Berlin, bought my self a Kiev 88 the russian 6*6 hasselblad clone. Arriving last minute back in the barracks with my new toy. Wishingthat there would be a manual for the camera. One day later being interogate by basicly any higher ranking officer in the barracks and learning that there A) was a manual  B) it was in Russian C) that I had lost it inside the barracks D) that something called Pershing II was placed in our barracks the night before and E) that nude portraits of the sweetie serving in the barracks bar have a soothing effect on the mind of security officers.

11. Using a Sigma 2-4x zooming extender with a 70-210 3.5-5.6 zoom on a Ricoh KR 10X both fully extended. After checking that the lens cap was off, after checking that the mirror was down I stared clueless inmy viewfinder just to discover that my eyes were slowly adapting to the darkness and a picture apeared.

12 Dublin is not the most sunniest place on earth but.. having an ikea lamp on the TV furniture which was basicly a 5 inch christal ball with a LED below it and on the table next to it a Canon 85mm 1.2 with both lens caps removed I came on a friday  evening into my appartement and dscovered that i had an about half inch deep half circle with a diameter of a car steering wheel burned into my wooden living room furniture. I did not make the connection until next morning the sunn came out again and started to make another one an inch about the first one. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: NEW TAMRON LENSES 16-300mm VC & 28-300mm VC
« on: February 06, 2014, 05:15:14 AM »
Interesting, don't care for the 30mm more at the long end but the 2mm on the other side.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35
« on: January 29, 2014, 05:35:16 PM »
This lens changed my complete selection of carry arround lenses.
After using it now for several month I never touched my EFS 18-55 2.8 und my Sigma 30mm 1.4.
The gap between 30mm and 70mm (my 2nd carry arround lens is the 70-200 IS L) can sometimes be to big so I use the EF 50mm 1.4 as a complement.

Be warned about 3 things: Weight and length and temperature of the Sigma 1.8
Weight is obvious, it replace 4 primes but also weights as much as two.
Length is a problem with real estate in your camera bag. With a protection filter and the very thick Sigma new style lens cap this lens is just a Little to long to stand upright in most backpacks.
Had to replace my Tamrac Expedition 4 with a 5 to gain the extra centimeter of protection but still feel not well about it.
Temperature: No other lens I have fogs worse than the SIgma 1.8 when moving from airco climate into hot and humid. Well most lenses fog up but the Sigma seems to have a core that changes temperature very slowly. My 70-200L, my Sigma 50-150 2.8 and my EF 85 1.2 all need less than 15 minutes to adapt but the Sigma 1.8 sometimes stays blind for more tan 30 minutes. So if (Sub) tropical destinations are part of your travel plan be carefull with this lens.

THX from Germany

Lenses / Re: Found Canon 28-80mm f2.8 and Canon 80-200mm f2.8, thoughts?
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:34:53 PM »

Carefull with the 80-200L
If you want to invest in Dinosaurs... also consider the Tamron 28-105 2.8 or the first generation Sigma 120-300 2.8

Well, the Canon Dinosaurs should work with ALL Canon DSLRs. Are you sure about Tamron and Sigma?

I use both from my film days until now. So at least for EOS M, 30D, 60D, 5D and 5D MKII I can say yes it works.
The only lenses which let me down so far were the SIgma 8mm 3.5 which eats so much power to step down that it fails on any digital camera and shame on Canon the Canon EF 85 1.2L which works fine on any camera but not the little M

The Tamron is a slow focusing and soft lens which looks with it's outdated design almost baroque on a modern camera but 28-105mm in 2.8 is a very nice feature when I cant change position like during a wedding in the church etc..  For the Sigma you can say the same it just does not look so antique.

Lenses / Re: Found Canon 28-80mm f2.8 and Canon 80-200mm f2.8, thoughts?
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:10:38 PM »
Carefull with the 80-200L
I used this lens as a cheap way into the L leagues but there are no spare parts for this lens anywhere available anymore.
I sold mine in 2003 after using it for 10 years.
If you want to use the lens in manual Focus mode please first check if the lens is not fly by wire. It had a precise AF but was slow. I remember that I did not like to Focus this one manualy.
I loved that this lens is black and much smalller than modern 2.8 lenses but it is a heavy heavy beast and the all metal touch makes it a pain to hold this lens on cold days in bare Hands.
Coating flare was an issue on the 30D and a very big one on the 5D.

If you want to invest in Dinosaurs... also consider the Tamron 28-105 2.8 or the first generation Sigma 120-300 2.8

Lenses / Dear Lord in case I die
« on: November 16, 2013, 06:44:09 PM »
please make sure that my wife does not sell my gear for the Price I told her that it has cost....

My wife is usualy scared by what I spend on Canon gear. I gained some Karma after selling some lenses but had to invest some of these Points when telling her that I Need to get a 50mm again.

I did not want to go again for the huge Sigma 50mm 1.4 so I went with ye olde EF 50mm 1.4 via eBay.
Came Close to divorce this morning when the mail man delivered this 50mm lens. The previous (private) owner sent this almost mint lens in ist original box together with the sun shade and used as the Transport protection the original box of a 5D Mark III Kit. My wife is not a market maven but she can smell if a box in her Hand has this 3000 Euro smell.

Anyone else had such a Kind of Situation before?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:06:11 PM »
Opps, you guys beat me while pressing post it...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:05:12 PM »
Look at my "Now enjoy this" posting...

it seems to be a white EOS 100 D
so move on folks nothing to see here...

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