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Software & Accessories / Lightning Trigger for Canon
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:18:07 PM »
Does anyone have experience with lightning trigger units for Canon that attach to the hot shoe?  See several models on the Amazon website, but no user comments that usually accompany a product add.  Feedback about your favorite model and pros/cons would be appreciated :)

Software & Accessories / CF-SD adapters
« on: April 11, 2013, 02:13:47 PM »
Has anyone had experience with CF-SD adapter card like these?

Is it intended for in-camera use, or for interfacing between CF card reader and computer?

If usable in camera, could be less expensive way to have higher capacity cards in cameras that use CF cards.

Is there a loss of write speed if used in camera with CF card?   What may be some of the other pitfalls? ???

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: White balance for moonlight
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:41:12 PM »
Unless I'm missing something, isn't a good starting point just daylight (5500 deg K), since moonlight is no more than just reflected sunlight?   

Isn't the net effect that you are basically renting usage time on the software?  What I mean is this--if you spend 2 years in it at a cost of $720 and then decide you have all the features you need and don't want any more upgrade, you have exactly nothing if you close your subscription, right?  As opposed to spending that money on an actual software license that you can use indefinitely?

I've been mildly tempted, but it's the being locked in forever or you've got nothing (if indeed that's the case) that is the biggest turnoff to me.

My thoughts exactly.  It's like leasing a car.  When the lease is up you have to renew, otherwise you walk.

Creative Cloud might be a good deal for someone who can always write off the cost.   They could also write off a purchase, but may need to depreciate the cost over some time period.   Just not obvious that the convenience and possible benefits of getting the latest capabilities as soon as they are available justifies the ongoing cost.

Not sure Adobe would wait to market new capabilities.  Could be they would like a group of steady users who could help them debug beta versions of their software, but you shouldn't have to pay for that.

Software & Accessories / Re: What printer paper do you recommend, and why?
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:00:27 PM »
I have an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 printer and use Epson papers.  My favorite is Enhanced Matte Paper - formerly called Archival Matte Paper.  Epson calls this a "Professional Paper".

I prefer the look of the matte finish and like that it dries almost immediately.  It comes in a Heavyweight (or double weight) thickness that is easier to handle than single weight.

Hope this helps!

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W "Kaesemann" CPL versus regular
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:14:37 PM »
I have the B+W Kaesemann CPL filter in several sizes, but not the slimline version.  The slimline is not threaded on the front, preventing use of the lens cover.  The slip-on cover provided slips off way too easily, and can be easily lost.  The added cost of the Kaesemann seemed reasonable, and possible vignetting at wide-angle focal lengths with the standard thickness version has not been a problem for me.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Available for Preorder from B&H Photo
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:53:38 PM »
Ah.  Just in time for Christmas ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 10:50:36 PM »
Can't canon just design a LP-E6 II....same shape, better internals and work with any camera that takes the LP-E6

+1   I have 7D and 5D MkIII and would hope that LP-E6 can continue in 7D MkII.  I expect that a LP-E6 II, whatever that may be, would not be compatible with 7D and 5D MkIII, regardless of the chosen shape.  I have 5 LP-E6 copies today and a 7D upgrade to 7D MkII with LP-E6 compatibility would be very attractive - and makes sense!!

A dual Digic 5+ processor is a logical choice for the 7D MkII, although I get along fine with 8 fps with my 7D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you Love about the 5D3? POLL!
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:42:21 PM »
I love the autofocus system.  I hated the autofocus on my 5D classic and my 7D was only a little better.  Since I was trying to use prime lenses wide open for the shallow DOF it was really frustrating.

+1   Much faster and more decisive autofocus than my 7D.   

Also like the increased dynamic range compared to 7D - results in less contrasty image. 

Canon General / Re: Canon Can't Even Make a Billion Dollars Anymore
« on: October 26, 2012, 11:48:31 AM »
Poor Baby

Pricewatch Deals / Re: The 5D Mark II & 5D Mark III Get Cheaper
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:27:31 PM »

And these don't even account for the occasional deals that show up on ebay and the like.

I take issue with the above plot.  The 5D MkIII with 24-105 is shown to cost $5000 at launch in March 2012 - actually, it was priced at about $4300 ($US).  On this plot, it doesn't drop to that level until July 2012.   So what gives?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Semi-Erotic Photography: Questions...
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:05:08 PM »
Hi Folks,

I was about to put this in the portraits section, but that looks to be mostly for posting taken shots, rather than for questions.

I'm a noob at everything as you can tell from other posts...learning video and stills. I live in New Orleans, lots of stuff going on here as you can imagine...from new movies and other entertainment being filmed and processed here (especially due to tax breaks LA give down here)...but also, to the old 'bread and butter' industries around say, the French Quarter.

That preamble being stated...

I have friends around town...many of whom have worked as DJ's around town to bouncers at strip clubs locally. And I mean the good ones too.

One of them is a good friend and has lots of the female strippers/erotic models in town as friends and he's talked me up to them and many are enthusiastic about me taking pics of them for their portfolios.  Some saw some PP I was doing experimenting with styles, etc....and wants me to take some images of her, and do the color isolation on some of show off her tatoos...I'm thinking something along the lines of her laying face down on bed nude (no naughty parts showing in the image) get the body art in with her...etc.

Anyway, I've not done any portrait or pro photography at all...and these models understand that. So, I'm wondering things like:

1. Any precautions to be taken when taking pics of women, potentially with nudity? I don't wanna get sued or have some whacko accuse me of something. I'm purely business here.

Be very sure to get a signed model release that clearly states all your agreements with the model!!!!!!!

2. I'm starting to try to read up on regular portrait type photography...but guessing that something more erotic would be a more specialized theme...does anyone have any suggestions or links to read up on this?

3. I'm not trying to be paranoid, but with everything you hear on the news, etc...are there any pitfalls I should look out for?

4. With regular or erotic you need to get consent/release forms signed? I'd want to have some release for me to use any images for my portfolio too for any really good shots I take, after all...I'm wanting to earn a bit of $$ off this to pay for my photog habit I'm rapidly developing.

See above

5. What to charge? What do people normally charge for regular portrait photography? Would there be a premium on something more erotic? Again, I'm being honest about my, I'm fine with some early trade off of not charging order for me to get experience with real live people as models, and try to build my own portfolio.

I've always been the type to figure that in order to learn something, you read and absorb all you can from good basic research, and then try to jump in with both feet and learn by doing....but this area gave me pause and I thought I'd ask.

I mean, let's face it, I have NO problem with hanging out with as many scantily clad women as possible....and there no shortage of potential customers here in New Orleans....if I do well, word of mouth with my friends could potentially mean some good $$ and well, lets' face it..this could be fun.

But I just wondered if anyone here could give some advice or links to more info....I can see potential both good and possibly bad.

Thanks in advance,


This is awesome for many users. I didn't see anything about lighting up the AF points like the 1Dx update had but maybe it will come. But even the features included take away 2 huge selling points of the D800 over the 5D3

Yeah.  In firmware v2

I keep my HDR settings as AEB in C3 with no issues. I just set my AEB for a 7 shot burst, p. 315, then saved that to C3. You can't save the IMHO worthless in-camera "HDR Mode" setting to the Custom Shooting Modes.

Thanks for your feedback. 

Certainly an HDR image can be made in post-processing from single exposures taken using AEB, and these setting can be stored in Custom Shooting Modes.

The point of my question was how (if even possible) do you store HDR Mode settings as a Custom Shooting Mode.   It doesn't appear that this is possible, although I can't see why it wouldn't be feasible - whether or not it is judged a worthwhile camera feature. 

For me the advantage of the Custom Shooting Mode is the ability to quickly compose a shot where all the camera settings have been thought out in advance.

When I have used the HDR Mode in the 5D MkIII, I save the individual (RAW) images, plus the resulting HDR (JPG) image.  I can quickly get a sense of how effective the HDR process was for my subject, while giving me the freedom to use the individual images later in post-processing.


For my 5D MkIII, I've tried to create camera settings for HDR mode and store them in the Custom Shooting Mode (C1, C2, C3).   It appears that Custom Shooting Mode is greyed out (cannot be selected).  Could not find anything in user's guide that addresses this.

By contrast, settings for the very similar AEB shooting mode can be stored in C1, C2, or C3. 

Has anyone tried storing HDR settings in 5D MkIII?  Were you successful? How?

If this option is not allowed, why might that be?  Could firmware be changed to allow this?


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