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Lenses / Re: Which lens is should i buy.
« on: January 30, 2014, 03:17:40 PM »
70-200 f4/L IS USM - light, great image quality and not too expensive, compared to the 2.8
+1 on this and combined with a 1.4x extender, it makes for a helluva combo.  I used this for years and was very happy with the lens.

+1 on this suggestion.  It's about what I was thinking too based on your desire for price.

OR - Get the 70-300L + the 1.4x extender which also makes a helluva combo.  I do that myself sometimes for extra reach.  (But don't forget you'll lose an extra stop with the extender.)

OR - Give up some quality and gain a lot of versatility with a Tamron 18-270MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD.  Yeah, it's not an expensive Canon L lens but it's not a bad walk around lens if you're willing to accept the super-zoom compromises.  Might be worth a try to rent.

Before you buy anything, just rent a few things on a weekend and work them all as much as you can.

Canon General / Re: Upcoming trip, any can't miss spots?
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:22:51 PM »
I hate to be the wet blanket here but unless you are getting paid for exceptional photos at these locations, why not reduce your weight and stress loads and just take something simpler and lighter?  I know I'm inviting a lot of flaming on a photo equipment love site like CR but common sense dictates that when travelling in risky areas, simpler is better.

This is coming from a guy (me) who takes the very same equipment you have listed (and more) outdoors to scout campouts and other risky places but no where I go do I have to worry much about my safety or losing my equipment to serious theft.  If that were the case and I'm not doing this for a living, I would take something less expensive.  And my pictures are documenting a group event for a lot of families, troop slideshows, etc.

I guess my point is that this is supposed to be a pleasure trip to relax and soak up the environment and culture of the places you will visit, not lug heavy camera equipment around by yourself while watching over your shoulder for thieves to produce a spectacular coffee table book that you can probably just buy anyway and have better pictures than you will get just walking through in a hurry.

Again, I don't mean to rain on your parade but does this make any kind of sense to you??

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:45:41 PM »
Scott is a great teacher - I have taken a couple of his seminars when he has come through town. My buddy Hien snapped this of Scott and I on my old 40D, 17-55/2.8 combo. I joked with him at the time about being shot with Canon as he was a staunch Nikonian at the time...

Keep Calm and CanOn...

The 40D was about my favorite body ever.  Still need to get another one someday and relive the love.  I bought, used and sold 4 40D bodies to friends before I finally replaced it with the 60D.  Too bad the flash in this shot didn't have a Sto-Fen on it.

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 05, 2014, 03:55:40 PM »
As for 'Weather Sealed', 'Rugged', 'Impact Resistant' and other such arbitrary terms, I think a better term would be 'Toddler Proof'.  This term could easily surpass terms even as robust as 'Mil-Spec'!  We all know that no matter how tough something is made and purported to be, 20 minutes with a toddler will usually provide a true test of the ruggedness.

So I suggest we insist on rugged standards that are truly easy to understand.  'Toddler Proof' and 'Firehose Tested' are both easy to understand and hard to fake.    :P

Ok I know we walked on the moon and had poeples living in space, but come on, toddler proof... it's not even been put in science-fiction yet!

I'm watching a rerun of Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back as I'm working on stuff.  Amazing how easily that futuristic crap is blasted to bits.  Now if it were only 'Toddler Tested Tough'!!  Obviously, they haven't achieved that level of durability in the future either and science fiction hasn't dared to assume so...

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 05, 2014, 03:14:31 PM »
As for 'Weather Sealed', 'Rugged', 'Impact Resistant' and other such arbitrary terms, I think a better term would be 'Toddler Proof'.  This term could easily surpass terms even as robust as 'Mil-Spec'!  We all know that no matter how tough something is made and purported to be, 20 minutes with a toddler will usually provide a true test of the ruggedness.

So I suggest we insist on rugged standards that are truly easy to understand.  'Toddler Proof' and 'Firehose Tested' are both easy to understand and hard to fake.    :P

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 05, 2014, 02:28:55 PM »
Great article.  I worry about 3 things with my lenses. 
1. fungus. I live in a very humid environment
2. Will the IS element fail?
3. Will he AF element fail?

You forgot #4.  The risk of throwing the lens at the subject because they won't/can't pose or smile.

OK, I'm feeling kinda mean today.  Shoot me.   ;)

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 05, 2014, 02:18:30 PM »
Plastic comes in many forms and grades... If it is the right material for the job, then it is the right material.... In some cases, plastic is superior to metal, in other places it is inferior.

You can not treat all plastics the same. Just like tin is different from titanium, so are the plastic parts of your lens different from a child's sippy cup.

I think it would be cool to see a Canon L lens made from a child's sippy cup.  (Complete with the bright colors!)  It would be great for shooting child portraits.  And when not mounted to the camera, it could double as a pacifier for toddlers.   :D

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:52:17 PM »
It has been entertaining reading the back and forth this topic has generated.  There are many ways to look at it and everyone has their opinion and what works for them.

Whatever one thinks or how it affects them, I think we can all agree that this is something we can do without.

The firmware change does less to help and more to hinder our ability to do what we all paid $3000+ to do - use our camera.  With that in mind, why don't we all simply agree that Canon needs to stay the hell out of accessory control through firmware and just concentrate on improving the camera itself.  I don't recall anyone complaining over the years that Canon should do more to control batteries through firmware.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 31, 2013, 03:31:31 PM »
If I were you, I would be more concerned with all the ISO noise in the image!  LOL!  :P

Software & Accessories / Re: RLPhotos Computer upgrade 2013
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:00:07 PM »
I'm a bit late to this thread but I'd like to comment on a few things...  (RAID Array Strategy and Backups)

1st - RLPhoto - great machine.  However, RAID5 is outdated and risky.  Either go RAID6 or change things and use multiple RAID1 volumes.  RAID5 is less reliable and difficult to recover in the event of a failure, esp if you are not using an enterprise class controller.  I didn't see a RAID controller listed and I hope to God you are not putting a RAID5 array on a cheap single chip non-cache, non-battery (possibly motherboard) controller!  It's better and easier to have multiple volumes on separate disks/arrays instead of one large volume on one array.  When disks fail, you won't lose access to everything, only part of your data.  For instance, I have 3 - 2TB RAID1 Mirrors, one for older stuff (archive), one for current stuff before POST and a 3rd for recent stuff after POST.  I also have a few single internal drives that act as synchronized backups to the RAID volumes.  Oh, and you should also have hot spares installed along with at least a couple of spare identical drives on the shelf to maintain drive consistency when you have to replace one later.  And finally, how do you plan to back up a 10TB volume?  More important, how do you plan to restore it?  Do you know how and have you done it yet to be sure it works?  It is extremely tedious, stressful and time consuming to restore 10TB of data or a 10TB volume all at once.  In fact, you really need another RAID array 10TB volume to back it up to.  Hence the reason why I create multiple 2TB volumes as I need them.  The archive volume for instance doesn't need to be backed up very often since it rarely changes.

2nd - JPAZ - I certainly hope you meant that you have a RAID1 (mirror) because if you really have a RAID0 array, you are NOT PROTECTED from a drive failure.  RAID0 IS NOT A MIRROR ARRAY.  There is NO REDUNDANCY.  If one drive fails, you lose the entire volume, regardless of which physical disk the data is stored on.

3rd - dgatwood - I think there is nothing wrong with using a RAID Array but unfortunately most people do not really understand RAID so they do not plan, implement or maintain it correctly.  Doing RAID well is not easy, cheap or simple.  It is often misunderstood.  I think using RAID is a good idea for adding some physical drive failure insurance, provided it is done right with the proper respect for the technology.  But when things fail, most people are not equipped to handle the problem or did not use the right technology and at that point would have been better off staying with a simpler individual drive design.  It's the restore/recovery phase of RAID that tests the design limits and is usually the hardest, most stressful part, even with a good backup in place.

Software & Accessories / Re: Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:20:49 PM »
I've owned and enjoyed several BR straps along with other variations from other manufacturers for many years.  But I treat everything the same way, with an assumption that if it can fail, it eventually will.  Nothing is perfect.  I try to maintain vigilance on checking the connection points often.  If I were to go snowboarding with my 5D3, I would assume more risk of failure and have a backup strap connected.  I would also assume that the heavy rig would probably fly up and hit me in the face at some point.  Hence, I thought the same thing as neuro - chest harness.  'Nuff said on that.

I've experienced other types of failures/issues a couple of times that are a byproduct of all of the side hanging hip hugging strap systems.  These failures have to do with where some lenses rub on your side.  When they rub and press against your hip, some lenses, the 70-200 f/2.8 in my case, end up with the control switches on the side being manipulated.  I'll go to take a shot and realize the AF switch is changed to MF, etc.  D'Oh!

Worse, once or twice I have had a large lens unlock from the body and almost fall completely off because I was using a teleconverter and the release lever for the TC sticks out on the side where it hangs against my hip.  As the camera hung against my hip, things eventually pushed and rotated just enough to loosen the lens and I noticed it just before it rotated enough to separate!  Whew!  So I watch that now as well.

My solutions... I simply put some gaffer tape over the switches on the lens with a tab to pull it back if I need to change one.  I put a bit of gaffer tape around some of the base of the lens where it contacts the camera body to prevent it from rotating if the TC release gets pushed.  And finally, I adjust the strap a bit if I notice that it is hanging in such a way as to allow the TC release to be pressed with the pants I'm wearing or whatever.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: "Pro" mythbusting
« on: December 25, 2013, 07:39:33 PM »
Pro┬┤s are concerned about making money, amateurs are concerned about their gear ...

I think this somewhat inaccurate.  Everyone is concerned about their gear.  Pros just exercise more restraint in the gear they decide to buy to keep expenses under control.

In my mind, not only does 'pro' mean that one makes money and/or a living with their photography, it also means they have a more mature and bottom-line + result driven attitude about their work.  A pro makes images first and money second when they are lucky and otherwise just has to make money.  However, in every case, regardless of the fun factor, the money is the result of the image not the other way around.  And the pro makes sacrifices to his enjoyment and fulfillment to pay the bills.  It's not all fun and art.  Sometimes it's boring crap that pays.

Being a pro also means they do whatever it takes to get the shot and they don't give up until they do regardless of discomfort, effort or sacrifice.  A pro adheres to a high standard and goes the extra mile to achieve that standard because if they don't, their reputation will suffer and a pro's reputation is everything.  Without a good reputation, they will eventually be an amateur because no one will hire (pay) them for their poor low quality (lazy) work.

I look at some of the work of famous pros (McNally, Sartore, Adams, Salgado, et al.) and that it's evident that they make/made big sacrifices to achieve amazing images that most others miss.  They travel farther, get up earlier and stay longer.  They emerge from the field dirty, battered, bruised or just plain dead tired.  It's easy to click the shutter.  It's hard to wait 6, 12, 24, 48 hours to click the shutter and still miss the shot because the light wasn't right or whatever and have to wait more.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 25, 2013, 07:15:53 PM »
Does the fact that it's Dec 25th today have anything to do with it?  Maybe the OP is sad and not having a good day.

Honestly, if someone can't handle the comparatively benign banter that occurs on this forum, what chance do they have to survive most other forums around the Internet?

I mean... reallyCanonRumors is driving someone away?   ???

I've known people with this attitude before.  Somehow they think that the world is better with them in it and if they threaten to remove themselves, people will flock to beg and plead that they stay.  Except in reality, no one does and they are left to their own imagination to feel the immense need that they expect others to express. 

In other words, take your toys and go home (don't let the mirror hit you in the lens...) and we'll stay here in the CR playground and keep playing.  Enjoy your life as much as you can and be healthy, wealthy and wise.  No hard feelings here but not much sorrow either.  Live long and prosper.   :D

Lighting / Re: Studio light for model and products
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:42:21 PM »
I tromp around outside to shoot pictures and get my stuff dirty.  I don't shoot portraits much.  But when I do, I borrow AB800 units from a friend that bought a couple Buff kits with modifiers, stands and everything.  They work great, simple and easy to use and durable too.  If budget allows, get the Einsteins.  If not, the AB800s are great too.  Get some trigger cables and some Yougnuo wireless triggers and start learning how to use it all.  Don't spend too long sweating what to buy, you can't really go wrong with the Buff stuff.  As RLPHoto said, they work well and don't change color or intensity so your post work will be easier.

You won't really know what you want until you dive in and start using it all.  Just get some experience with something and then tweak it as you go.  Don't over think it.  Keep it simple.

Buy a kit, get some reflectors, a background and get to work making some money.  Then see what tweaks you need and keep on going.  Refine your technique.  Hone your craft.  It's your knowledge and talent that is making the pictures, not some fancy lights.

No one will know what kind of lights you have, they'll just see pictures that are well exposed and visually appealing.  Only photographers analyze pictures to determine how the lighting was used.  Most folks just look at the pictures to see what they need to see and move on.  Have fun with it!

Lenses / Re: Best lightweight crop lens for SL1 & hiking
« on: December 21, 2013, 03:00:36 PM »
Thanks bholliman!  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the SL1 after you've used it.  I considered the M with an adapter.  But the M and the adapter is about the same weight as the SL1 and probably close to the same size.  And I was concerned that it would be awkward to use since it's sort of a live view type of thing instead of a viewfinder thing that I can tuck in close and hold still, etc.  It's not exactly cheap for what it is, esp after adding the cost of the adapter.  But hey, if it's a super item for the purpose, one never knows!!...

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