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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:21:24 PM »
or this? 5DIII, 100mm 2.8L monopod

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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:19:07 PM »
I have a 5DIII and the 100mm 2.8L.  The image stabilization doesn't really work that well for real macro work.  WOnderfull as a medium, low light telephoto, but not great for macro.  I have a flash rig, but the the thing that works best is a simple monopod.  I picked up the canon one for 30 bucks.  Easy to carry, not nearly as cumbersome as a tripod and allows you to get really close to bugs and flowers with minimal fuss.  I usually go with a f9 or f11, apature priority and let the camera choose the ISO.  How's this?

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Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 10, 2013, 08:26:26 AM »
This won't work with all drops but I have some simple advise that may save some.  When you drop something, stick your foot out to break the fall.  Practice this with all things.  Many times this will break the fall enough to prevent damage.  This will work when you drop something while you are standing (changing lenses) but obviously will not help with something that falls off the camera.  I've save a number of lenses this way.  The downside, reflex.  Once I opened the freeze and a frozen chicken slid out.  I put out my food to break the fall.  Good for the chicken....not so good for my foot :-)

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Lighting / Re: On Camera Flash: Direct or Bounce, candid.
« on: June 20, 2013, 10:59:48 AM »
If I am anywhere near a wall I turn it backwards so it generally hits the spot where the wall meets the ceiling.  you pick up some odd color casts but as I shoot in RAW it's fairly easy to correct.  Only downside is the eyes don't pick up any catch lights so you might just want to aim it straight up and make sure and stick your hand right behind the light as a reflector instead of the little white plastic thing.  You get more fill and it's a touch warmer than the white thing

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Releases Lightroom 5
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:40:22 PM »
Just downloaded the upgrade.  Best feature so far?  Hit the F key and get true full screen.  It's now that easy.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200L f/4 IS vs 70-200L f/4
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:53:06 AM »
I have had the same 70-200L f4 non IS for years and never found a reason to upgrade.  I did upgrade to a 5DIII and if it's possible the lens looks sharper on the FF.  It's a great, sharp lens. you could get a faster lens, you could get an IS lens but you will pay significantly for the upgrade and you really don't get much optically.  If the money is burning a hole in your pocket why not look at the 400L 5.6?  With a crop camera you have some real telephoto fire power.  Probably won't be able to hand hold that one though

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EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Announcement Soon? [CR2]
« on: June 03, 2013, 01:20:28 PM »
Is Canon even aware of some of the great sharp fast lenses around for Micro Four Thirds?  This lens is really slow.  Canon just does't seem up to the challenge.  This camera is a bad investment.  It will be gone in a year or two. With the presumed death of compact cameras Canon will start to lose revenue.  a business plan of doubling the price of all of their new cameras lenses does not seem to be a good long term plan

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NO flash compensation set.  New flash, just a couple of days old.  The background is not blown out, it's fine, it's just the subject that is under exposed.  Full auto nails it, direct flash nails it, bounce flash...underexposed.  I am assuming the Program mode will correctly expose whats in the center of the picture but this is not the case

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I have a Canon 5DIII and a Canon 600EX-RT and am using a 24-105L.  I’m trying to take flash pictures of a backlit subject and bounce the flash of the ceiling.  When I do this using full-auto the subject is exposed perfectly.  When I try to take the same picture with the P (Program) setting , the subject comes out completely underexposed.  I then tried hitting the mn-funtion button because I am told this will expose correctly for the center of the frame (no indication of any setting being saved in the viewfinder).  No good, still completely under exposed.  I tried sport metering, still under exposed.  If I don’t bounce the flash the exposures are consistent between program and auto.  I tried an old 580 flash and have the same problem so I know there is nothing wrong with the flash.  My Question is why can’t I take pictures of backlit subjects and bounce the flash off the celling.  Works great in Auto, terribly backlit of program mode.

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Lighting / Re: Using 600EX-rt aboard
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:43:12 PM »
What I want to know is how you managed to get a 600ex-rt refurb. I can never seem to find them in stock!   :P

Just picked up a brand new one for $499 from B&H.  should be good until the end of June

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Lenses / Re: Purchasing a used 135mm f/2
« on: May 19, 2013, 03:32:08 PM »
This lens turns up on the Canon refurbishment site from time to time.  Set up an alert on SlickDelas for when the Canon refurb site advertises.  When they advertise they have almost everything in site or just keep checking back.  By buying from Canon you know you have a lens that has been checked out by Canon and is perfectly clean.  One usually turns up every month of so:  http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/subCategorySort_10051_10051_-1_22751_highPrice_list#

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PowerShot / Re: A New Large Sensor PowerShot Coming [CR1]
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:27:50 AM »
Same old 18GB sensor?

You clearly didn't read the first post ...

I'm sure it's just a variation of the same , tired, old, 18 GB sensor that is in so many of their cameras.  If they really had anything new do you think they would debut it in a powershot?  Why not the  the 70 or 7D?  The sensor will grade out the same, nothing new here.  Sensor innovation is not coming from Canon.  Have you seen what Nikon and Sony are putting out in this sensor size?  For less money?

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PowerShot / Re: A New Large Sensor PowerShot Coming [CR1]
« on: May 08, 2013, 03:43:39 PM »
Same old 18GB sensor?  They are putting this in everything. EOS, M-series, new powershot, smallest SLR, Ti whatever. Same old sensor just with different packaging. not interested

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24 - 105 for event photography?
« on: May 05, 2013, 09:36:39 PM »
I also have a 5DIII.  The 24-105 is a very, very good lens.  It is good at everything but it is the best at nothing.  You can find a prime that will do any task better.  Today I hauled around a bag of lenes and left this home.  I ended up with some good shots, but kept changing lenses.95% of what I took was between 24 and 105.  So I ended up cutting a photowalk short because I was tired and on top of that I got some dust on the focusing screen because I was constantly changing lenses in the wind.  I should have just taken the 24-105L.  Larger point.  If you are going for a walk about, this is your lens.  If you are going to a specific event, with a specific task, you can probably find something better.  Public speaking?  I'd go with the super sharp 135 f2L, but you will give up the IS.  Keep your 24-105L.  Leave it on your camera unless you have a specific task.

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Macro / flash bracket suggestions for this setup
« on: April 18, 2013, 07:50:43 AM »
Greetings,
old photographer but just putting my toes into macro. I have quickly figured out that I may have to sometimes supplement natural light. I'd like to start with flower pictures. I have a Canon 5DIII, 100mm 288L macro and a first generation 580EX flash with the off camera cord. I'd like to get the flash closer to the front of the lens. I can figure out some method of diffusing the light. The Canon tripod ring looked expnsive for what you get. What flash bracket would you folks recommend that would allow the flash to be mounted a bit closer to the front of the lens?
thanks

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