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CR should come up with some kind of way to host photographers of this caliber from time to time.

Video, Blog, or whatever.  I think it would be cool and really set CR apart from (and above) other rumor sites.

A "softbox" made from "robust ABS plastic"?  Wouldn't that be a hard box?   ;)

Still small though! Unless you like harsh light.

Exactly.  The 'softbox' is barely larger than the bare flash head, and the bounce door is about the same size as the flash head.   Since light softness is proportional to the apparent size of the light source (relative to the subject), I can't see this being more than minimally effective as a diffuser or bouncer.  The only thing that looks like interesting and useful functionality is the gel cassette, which means no cutting/velcro are required. 

I think it's main advantage is the lead-off line:  "A next generation flash modifier worthy of being seen on any camera..."  In this case, function doesn't follow form.
Pretty much what I was thinking too.  Regardless of price, I don't this as much of an improvement over the good 'ole StoFen with a 10 cent Rosco gel taped to the flash underneath.  And the StoFen can literally live on the flash and still store in the case, use no extra room, etc.  (Which is the way mine lives.)

Size = Small = Not much improvement.
Gels = Neat = Not enough incentive.

Wow, what an interesting thread.

Thanks for jumping in Captain Explorer!  Since you have had the privilege of knowing so many talented folks...

FWIW, I've enjoyed the work of Nevada Wier for years.  Do you know her or have you seen her work?  She does a lot of teaching, workshops and maybe some Canon work.  (She's shot Canon a long time.)  She travels all the time all over the world and is very interesting to listen to.

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:22:43 PM »
Now we know what the insides look like, eh?

Looks like they'll be picking up the pieces of that relationship for quite some time....

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:15:35 AM »
This a bit like; We´re gonna chop off all your limbs but 2 (or 3 or 4), which ones will you keep? By the way, in this case eyes, ears, nose and throat counts as limbs ...  ::)
I know, it's a rough one and I won't get into my reasoning behind the thread, but it goes back to what I do for a living which involves constantly planning for (and dealing with) worst-case scenarios.

For me, it's actually impossible to do this in reality, because what I shoot changes constantly and I have no specialty.  I may shoot nothing but macro for months, then shoot sports, wildlife, and real estate all in one day.  So my necessary gear list changes from one shoot to the next.  I really envy people who have a specialty - if you take all of the money I have tied up in gear, I could have the dream set of gear for a single specialty - though I have a lot of great gear, so I'm not going to complain :)

I'm enjoying all of the replies - keep 'em coming.

I was thinking the same thing.  While I'm not a pro, I shoot sports (swimming, running, etc), indoor low light events, camping, outdoors and other misc things that ends up demanding a larger collection of gear.  But I've made it work with less before I had all this stuff so I could do it again.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:07:48 AM »
5Dc - All my 600rt's - 24-105L + 50mm f/1.8'

That's pretty much all I would need.

I like your style RL!  I think we're on the same wavelength... if one were paring down, it would likely be due to finances so the most expensive stuff like $2K lenses and new bodies would go first.

That would indeed leave me with my 5Dc, etc.  And I could live with that.

My kit would be similar to yours....

5Dc, 24-105L, 580EX-II, 16-35Lv1 and 15mm Fisheye.  If I were lucky, I might be able to keep the 70-200 f/4 IS L too!  I also wouldn't mind still having my trusty 28 f/1.8 Prime for low light and that could be instead of the FishEye if necc.  This is essentially the gear that I felt super great working up to and using years ago and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  :-)

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:46:52 PM »
I keep the canon cases tucked away in the original lens box.  They are valuable when it comes time to resell a lens, having them increases the resale value by more than what the pouch is worth.

Me, too.

Me three.  I prefer the LowePro individual lens cases and I use them with one or more lenses per case sometimes hanging from a belt by a carabiner, sometimes stuffed in an inexpensive day pack.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:19:38 PM »
I just took the SL1 + Tamron 18-270 hiking over 70+ miles.  It worked great.

If you want it to be smaller, use the kit lens or the 40mm pancake or whatever smaller zoom or prime you like.

The batteries are also smaller than the 5D3 batteries.

Let us know what you decide!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:09:14 PM »
Anyone who's ever changed a litter box knows that cat litter is an excellent source of dust, and I'm not convinced that a few layers of paper towels will adequately seal in all that dust.  The silica or CaSO4 used in commercially available desiccant cartridges are crystalline and essentially dust free.

LOL!!  We literally just changed brands of cat litter that we've used for years for this exact reason!

And if the new brand doesn't cut down on the dust, it will be time for mandatory cat diapers!

:o  ???  ;D

No problem winglet.  I think I understand your point, you're keeping it simple.

Here is an example of my point...

Encrypted Drive X - (~100 GB) - Private files, documents, etc.  No media, photos, etc.  In my setup, this drive is on my server and it's not even physically in the same computer as my photography and media stuff.  This stuff is encrypted before it goes anywhere, backups, online, etc.

Non-Encrypted Drives M, N, O, P Q, etc... - (~ 2TB x 5 = 10TB) - Photography for over 5+ years,. Lightroom Catalogs, Music, Video, non-sensitive stuff, etc.  These are all RAID 1 drives and are backed up on external drives, online, etc.

As you can see, I have very little need to encrypt all the photography and media files.  It's a needless step and honestly, puts encryption on stuff I really don't want it.  It makes good sense to encrypt the other private stuff because it is important and possibly sensitive.  I'm not talking about picking and choosing files, I simply have one drive that is encrypted and all the other drives that are not.  Even though it is called file level encryption, it can be managed on a drive by drive basis, at least in the Windows world.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MK I Still Relevant?
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:31:02 PM »
I used a 5D + 40D combo for years and loved it.  They use the same battery too.  Go for it.  Nothing to lose.  I also now own a 6D and a 5D3 but I miss shooting the old 5D.  It IS a simpler camera and it takes great pictures.  I still own my 5D and plan to use it again soon to teach some classes with.  And someday I might even buy another 40D because I loved that camera too!

In summary, I think you'll be glad you bought a 5D.  The 6D has almost the same quantity of fancy features as the 5D3 so if you sold the 5D3 for that reason, it's obvious that the 5D is more your speed.

My local supplier - Arlington Camera - is a great shop.

I also bought a 5DIII at Beach Camera.

Context here, UK wedding, low budget, likely to be a registry type wedding then a meal and booze up in a pub back room afterwards - not expecting a great venue, mostly just family reportage and a few informal group photos

Sounds like expectations will be in line with reality.  Having been in quite a few pubs myself, you're going to need a flash for sure.  Ceilings/walls are often dark and unsuitable for bouncing, so I would also recommend a small flash-mounted softbox (something like the Honl Traveller8) to soften the direct light.

Ditto but pubs are small.  A wider lens might be nice.  A 16-35 would be ideal.  You could also use a Gary Fong diffuser OR, you can't go wrong with a simple Sto-Fen box diffuser.  That's pretty much the go-to diffuser for everyone starting out and it works great and doesn't weigh you down or become too cumbersome.

All the advice so far is good.  IMHO, TAKE A FLASH!!  I've shot a lot of available light photography and shots with fill flash always come out better at events.  You don't have time to get shots perfect with available light because things move too fast.  You are more concerned with getting good shots period.  And the less light you have (pub, etc) the less flash you need.  Try to balance the ambient with the flash so all the low light shots don't look like "crime scene photos".  You'll probably be shooting M or AUTO Eval Metering Av 3200+ ISO at f/3.5 or f/2.8 at the pub even with some subtle fill flash.  Otherwise all the shots will have blown out subjects and black background.  (Crime Scene Photos)

Make sure the venue (church or otherwise) is OK with your photography, with using flash during the ceremony, etc.

As for other advice, SCOPE OUT THE VENUES AHEAD OF TIME.  Take the same stuff you plan to shoot with AT THE SAME TIME OF DAY.  Go with a friend and shoot a lot of practice shots trying to imagine the scenes and how many people will be in the shots, etc.  Use the same lenses.  Use the flashes.  Once you do this and look at all the shots on your computer, you will have an idea about what you'll get on the big day and how to modify your plan to be successful.  You'll also have a good idea of which camera settings produce the shots you want instead of trying to figure it out on the fly.

Have the "client" build a SHOT LIST of group shots, friends and relatives, etc and provide a friend or relative to help you find and wrangle the folks after the ceremony for group photos, etc.  Work your way down from large group shots to finally just the couple so you get all the shots in the shortest time so everyone can get to the reception which is where they want to be ASAP anyway.  Sorry but the last place they want to be is in front of you camera so get it done right away and quickly.

Wedding Photography is less about photography and more about people wrangling and being efficient and professional.  It doesn't matter whether it is formal or not or whether you are getting paid.  The situation is still the same with the same challenges.

Photography Technique / Re: Recommendations for portrait cropping
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:17:07 AM »
One of the nice things about art is that there are no rules. Just opinions that people try to sell as rules.
I both agree and disagree on this one - there are no rules, but there are some guidelines like the ones Phil posted that certainly make a portrait look better.  For example, cropping at the wrist, knee, or ankle joints may not break any rules, but it's not going to make for a pretty portrait.
I agree.  I think it's a good guideline to follow "rules" within a range of scale.  The range will encompass 2 or 3 different zones of wildness, risk and craziness, green, yellow and red.  The further out you go on the scale, the more risky (and perhaps more fun) your shots become.  In other words, do "establishment (by the rules)" shots first and then branch out and try more risky and unorthodox things to get unique and inventive results.  That way, you can please everyone, the client, your own art needs and whatever may be in between.  You also learn more this way!  So shoot a few good basic shots, then start getting tighter or wider, tilt the camera, have the subject jump, get wacky, etc.

One example, I tell small groups to get ready, be silly, etc and fire off a few shots before they are ready and this often makes them laugh and I fire off more shots.  Which makes them laugh more.  Then I get serious, they stiffen up, we shoot more (insurance shots) and then I ask them to loosen up and I shoot more.  Funny faces!  Have fun!  When I'm done, my goal is to have about 15+ shots, 3 or 4 of which might be worth keeping and hopefully will be different from one another.

Another thing to remember with portraits, esp one on one shoots is to put your subject at ease.  Don't start shooting until they (and you) are relaxed and comfortable.  This may take 30 seconds or 30 minutes.  But the great photographers out there that make legendary photos of big celebrities, etc do exactly that.  They make it a point to get to know and become comfortable with the subject before they start shooting, even if all they are looking for is one good shot to have at the end.

It sounds like the rubber drying out, there are some easy fixes recommended.  I've had at least five 40D's, actually, more like 7 or 8.  I sold my last one this Spring.  I've never seen the issue, so it does sound like a age related issue.
Ditto!  I've owned four, bought 'em, used 'em and sold them to good friends who STILL use them.  I finally bought the 60D years ago after the fourth 40D.  I still want another one.  I never quite warmed up to the 60D nearly as much as I loved the 40D.  Wonderful camera.  It's a beautiful mate to the Classic 5D.  Ahhhh, memories.....   :D

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