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Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 08, 2013, 05:44:55 AM »
Good thinking about the hood. That would have protected the extending barrel. I looked at the neoprene covers, but those only seem to be available for the telephoto lenses and they only protect the sides. I might have to hot glue the hood in place to keep it from disloding on impact though.

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Lenses / 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 08, 2013, 04:38:44 AM »
Yesterday, I dropped my 50 F1.4 from about a metre (about 3 feet) onto a hardwood floor (forgot to listen for the click while mounting it) I saw it bounce about twice before coming to rest and the focus system is broken. It works until the camera focuses at infinity and then it can not get out of infinity again.
Now the worst bit is that this is the second 50F1.4 which I have dropped and the previouw one died with the exact same issue.
My question now is, has anybody else experienced this with other lenses or is the 50F1.4 just an incredibly fragile construction and would I be better off with the 50 F1.2 L? (I also have the 50 F1.8 and so wished that had been on the body at the time, but alas, I love the manual focus ring of the 1.4) I also suppose that sending it in for repair would come close to what it would cost new?

Your thoughts and experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon France Denies Large Sensor Compacts
« on: June 28, 2013, 10:20:04 AM »
Their comment doesn't seem to be dissatisfied with canon rumors?, Unless the abbreviation RT means something special?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Stabiliser for 60D
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:23:03 AM »
I've been experimenting with the steadicam after getting fed up with the way my shots looked and I must say that it's very nice and easy to balance, despite a lot of reviews saying that it's horribly hard to do, but the fact that it has so little friction means that any movement, once induced, will not stop, so it takes planning ahead if you want to make sure your panning moves work out. It does take a lot of practice, but you immediately see the result.
A friend of mine has a longboard for skateboarding, so the next experiment is to combine these two by having somebody on the longboard with the steadicam getting pushed by a second person.
I was thinking about the cheaper options as well, but so far, every time I bought some cheap copy of something I really liked, I ended up regretting it, so when the merlin was on promotion, I just got it and played around with it; It's also nice that you can use it in really crowded places without getting in the way.

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Well, I tried the 100D and pancake in some public places and even at ikea to take some shots of interior ideas and nobody commented on it. People seem to consider it as not much different from taking photos with a cellphone.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 Choices
« on: June 12, 2013, 09:49:11 AM »
Second hand 70-200 F2.8 L IS will be at that price as well, you can find a lot of those from everyone who didi the upgeade to the version II.

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Not really sure how this went from street photography to rights and wrongs of the police...but ---


My bad  ;D

To get it on track again, I did play around with a 100D this weekend and they are so cute with the 40mm pancake; A lot better suited to street photography than the 5 or 7 series with grip. It looks like a point-and-shoot, so I'm guessing you could get away with taking pictures at a lot more places with that one (and am very tempted to get it as well, but I do miss the fact that you can't enter the color temperature in Kelvin by hand as I do mostly jpg

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But seriously how did taking a photo get connected to crime?
Watch any crime show and the killer usually has a stockpile of photo's on a blackboard complete with a diagram of how to do the kidnapping/murder/whatever. It makes it visually easy to show the viewer what the main antagonist was up to, so it now gets associated with being up to no good.

Having said that, I once had my car break down on a busy freeway and since I had to wait for the repair service to come pick it up, I found a safe spot between the two directions of freeways which was not accessible to pedestrians and sat down there with a book to read to pass time.It Didn't take long for the police to show up to question me what I was doing there either, so I guess the police just looks for unusual behaviour.

Taking pictures of schools, armed transports, military installations or kids does seem to fall under those categories. On the other hand, those stereoptypes can also be used to your advantage, try pinning on a badge (like those from the Umbrella Corporation for example) and carrying a clipboard and pen as if you're marking something and people will really try to pretend not to notice you in order not to get asked any questions. The one downside is that if you do it in stores, you get people asking you where they can find a specific product : )

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Lighting / Re: Would this be original lastolite hilites?
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:12:04 AM »
Very nice. Mine is still en route. I noticed that they are no longer available form amazon itself now. So either their stock is gone or they wanted to get rid of what was left in their warehouse.

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Lighting / Re: 270 ex ii or 430 exii for vacation
« on: May 10, 2013, 04:08:12 AM »
I would go for the 430 because it does HSS. If you take the 270, the shutter speed won't go below 1/200 which will be too slow to stop action. (but yes, I get your point as I also dearly love the 270 for its pocketability, just remember turn it off when stopping action and when there is a lot of light as otherwise you end up with very bright pictures  ;D)

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Lighting / Re: Would this be original lastolite hilites?
« on: May 10, 2013, 04:03:02 AM »
Mine is now in status "We've started preparing your parcel for delivery and it should leave our facility in the next few hours to a few days. "

So I'll keep you updated as well.

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Lighting / Re: Would this be original lastolite hilites?
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:39:56 AM »
I ordered one to see what they are going to send. it's like a really expensive kinder surprise egg now : )

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Software & Accessories / Re: Alternatives to Adobe Software
« on: May 07, 2013, 10:09:43 AM »
Photoshop elements, lightroom and paintshop pro seem to be the most common alternatives although elements and paintshop are more graphic editing whilst lightroom is more photographers tools.
GIMP (tried it, but never really liked it)

For Apple: Aperture or Photostudio (and after working with windows 8 for a while, I must confess that that platform becomes more tempting by the day)

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Lighting / Re: Would this be original lastolite hilites?
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:00:34 AM »
It's become #1 bestseller in Photo Studio Backrounds now.  ;D

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Lighting / Would this be original lastolite hilites?
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:05:16 PM »
Hi guys, I've been trying to do high key pictures with the help of normal living room curtains as a kind of cheap option, but I noticed that amazon itself has the lastolite 5x7 hilite background for 90 UK pounds (equivalent to 140 dollars), which is less than 1/3 of the normal 300 pound (450 dollar) price as far as I am aware.
Would there be any chance that these are not the original lastolite products or could this just be a really really weird price setting?

Link
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000UAV4TQ/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Regards,
Kristof

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