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Lenses / Re: Your lenses for weddings?
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:07:14 PM »
Just doing my first few... 24-70 for most, especially with flash (use a Flashbender for diffusion)... 70-200 if you are at the back... primes (50 1.2 and 85 1.2) if time permits for portraiture.  The 24-70 is the "one lens" that's most important for me, especially if you can control your distance somewhat, or have to use flash.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best Headlamp I've Found
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:43:05 AM »
I've always loved the Petzl Zipka line of lights, specifically their newer high-lumen one. 

I keep one in my pocket when I'm out at night taking photos (yes, it has a red light), and it's about the lightest thing out there for hiking as well.

Lenses / Re: 6d/100L macro/Kenko 2X TC lockup
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:40:39 PM »
Thanks for your replies. Shutting off AFMA solved the problem, but as my 100L needed a +9 AFMA, not sure the overall solution will be satisfactory...
Back to the original question:

If you're going to be doing macro that close, I'd suggest going to Live View so that the mirror is up when you take the photo.  That kind of vibration can affect the results at that close of a focus distance.  If you use Live View, then the AFMA isn't necessary for accurate focus.

THIS... let's get back to the question at hand.  Live view is going to be your standard tool at that magnification anyway.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600 ex rt GEL holder, seriously?
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:20:43 PM »
After trying these with a Flashbender in preparation for a wedding, and seeing how easily they become dislodged, mine went back into the box, never to be used again.

The other issue I had with them, was that there's only a couple of colors included, or even available, that fit the holder... so not useful to me at all.

I have some Rogue brand gel kits in my wish list instead.

Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:28:52 AM »
I'll be watching this closely... I keep a 2x for my 70-200, but seems that this would be a better solution for occasional long reach instead, for just a few more bucks!

the above were taken with a Canon 7D with a Tamron 18-270 VC... other than the aperture sticking a few times, the Tamron kept up with the high frame rate of the 7D, and generally kicked out some good photos.

The 7D was MADE for air shows, it'd be the one thing I'll miss it for (since gone to FF).

last 3...

Here's mine... from a 2011 homecoming (in Pensacola) Blue Angels show.

Wow... did a quick look and I definitely have the "points" for any level I'd want, but not the desire to spend the $ on the membership nor am I a pro...   I'm just glad they'll sell the pro gear to mere mortals like myself I guess :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for information on a "beam tripper"
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:15:41 PM »
As promised, here's an example setup and finished shot.  The more flashes the better, you need the lowest power setting which means shortest duration, and if you add more flashes at this short duration/power, you get more flexibility.


Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for information on a "beam tripper"
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:04:56 PM »
If you have an iPhone (or Android maybe?)  get TriggerTrap if you want sound-tripping.

I'll post some examples tonight, but it worked perfectly for me for water balloons and pellets, via the sync cord method... open shutter in dim light, firing short-duration flash bursts from speedlites via sound triggering from a smart phone app using microphone on the phone.

Confused, why are you trying to add filters to a fisheye on a full frame camera? 

The 8-15 has 180 degree diagonal FOV at it's most zoomed in (14-15mm) setting, it's not going to work with a 5D.

+1 for Crashplan, big fan here...

Regarding the java app, it's totally fine, just customize your settings so that it rescans, then later does backups, all during the night when you're not using it... actually that's just common sense, you don't want your backups eating up your horsepower/IO/bandwidth during your work day... I have enough gripes with Time Machine without worrying about the online storage part.

Roughly $5 a month for unlimited offsite storage, coupled with Time Machine for any immediate local recoveries, is in my mind a very solid backup system.

Crashplan can also be used in a pinch from any web browser, to grab data to present to clients... there's a web-based restore, as well as iDevice apps, however it's not really meant for cloud sharing/availability... that's where something like Flickr or Smugmug would be better.

Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:20:03 PM »
I shoot wide open my 24-70 and 70-200 pretty much always.

On my fisheye and landscape zoom, I go f/8 or f/11 to get everything in focus, as that's usually what you're looking for.

On primes, I usually stop down one stop, to up the sharpness a bit.

The only time I routinely prefer stop down is when doing flash photography or when using an extender.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:29:38 PM »
Interesting to see Canon finally develop this range.

I've long recommended a rebel and a Tamron 18-270 VC, to anyone who's asked me about starting with an dSLR... I rocked that combo for a few years, including Yellowstone and a Blue Angels airshow, and it was a fantastic combo, with no lens swapping decisions to make.

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