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I have the YN-568EX and it works fine.  I mostly use it off camera with TTL using a Yongnuo wireless transmitter and receiver.  It permanently sits on a portable stand with a softbox in my living room.  When my baby daughter is doing something interesting I just quickly grab the rig and point it and fire off some shots.  The flash isn't perfect (occasionally doesn't fire properly when shooting in bursts) but for the price it's incredible value.  I just don't have the cash to afford the Canon flashes - if I did I would have bought them because they're better quality and arguably more reliable.

The cost where I live for a Canon 600EX by itself is US$800.  The cost for the YN586EX + wireless transmitters (2) + stand + softbox was around US$350 all up.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: First pic of Sigma 24-70 F/2 posted
« on: August 03, 2013, 02:29:36 AM »
For me the big clue is the gap between "70" and "mm" printed on the lens.  Sigma don't put spaces here, it should read "70mm".

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Here's one I took just now - 5Dc + Soviet Jupiter11A 4/135,  betw. 5.6 & 8 , ISO 200.
Cheap lens which I've owned for c.40 years
Nice!  Shouldn't that lens be on a FED or something?  :)

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Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:09:58 AM »
Heh there's no simple answer to the questions posed in this type of thread.  Being a programmer doesn't automatically mean that suddenly your word is gospel either - there are a LOT more programmers programming for Windows than OS X on the Mac, so take that for what it's worth.

My solution:  have both. :)  I do.  I play each to their strengths; the Mac for email and Internet (and portability), and a high-spec Windows 7 desktop for sheer horsepower (photo editing and gaming).

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Dustin I love your photos. Your photos convinced me to purchase one of these a few months ago. Do you mind sharing what program you used for that wedding photo you recently posted and how you achieved that look? It's gorgeous

I used the Alien Skin Exposure 5 program.  I will be doing a review of the software for them shortly.
Can you post a link to the review once it's done?  Keen to check it out, although it may be too expensive for me.

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None of those things by themselves would be enough to motivate me to upgrade... in fact, even all of them put together probably wouldn't be enough.

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Video & Movie / Re: İstanbul Turkey Time Lapses
« on: July 13, 2013, 06:27:01 PM »
Here is some new time lapses.... The third one is my favorite...
Taksim İstiklal HD Stock Footage Time Lapse

Taksim İstiklal HD Stock Footage Time Lapse

Kumkapı Cataraman HD Stock Footage Time Lapse

Kumkapı Cataraman HD Stock Footage Time Lapse

Şişhane Metro İnşaatı HD Stock Footage Time Lapse
Şişhane Metro İnşaatı HD Stock Footage Time Lapse
The first one is my favourite, because things are happening.  The second and third don't really have much going on that justify a time lapse (you could almost achieve the same thing with a single still photograph).  If the diggers had been digging or driving around in the third video, it would have been really good!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Where did you starting professionally?
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:11:00 AM »
I started doing family portraits recently, and the way I figure out the pricing is the same as pretty much any business does:  work out how much money you'd like to earn per hour, then determine how many photos you will hand over after the shoot.  Calculate how many hours you'll spend in post-processing+the shoot itself, then multiply by the hourly $ amount you want to earn.  The final amount is what you'll charge the customer.  The key point is to not be too greedy - if it's what you'll be paying your mortgage/rent/food with, then it needs to be able to sustain you.  If it's a side business, then you can probably afford to charge less.  A note: if you don't charge enough, people may assume you're no good.  If you charge too much, then they may look elsewhere.  Of course there are exceptions to this rule.

Most 'fun' family shoots result in anywhere between 3 and 20 good photos that a family would be prepared to pay for.  Some photographers simply offer (for example) a 5 photo package for a fixed price.  Many *only* provide prints, and refuse to give out digital copies.  These tend to be the more expensive photographers.  Another popular pricing format is to charge a 'sitting fee' that includes 1 or 2 photos as part of the price, and then the customer can purchase additional photos individually.

The prices for my region are no doubt different from yours, so I'm not giving specific prices here.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« on: May 24, 2013, 10:56:44 AM »
Thanks to those who've commented on the +2/3rds exposure - I tend to keep that amount dialled in and occasionally adjust based on what the image itself looks like on the rear screen (histograms be damned!). The warranty is up very soon so might get it checked out.

For those taking action shots in silent-mode, do you find it captures most/all of the action? A few people on the forum thought that due to the way silent-mode works (a more gentle mirror open/close function) meant the camera wouldn't be quite as reponsive for faster action. What do you reckon?

Fine weather today so off to try some birds in flight after lunch  ;D
You should learn to trust your histogram!  :)

I've tried using silent mode for action shots.  It's a no-go as far as I'm concerned.  The mechanism is just too slow to use - especially for bursts.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Advice on 1st flash
« on: May 24, 2013, 10:37:30 AM »

The odd thing is that my inexpensive Yongnuo flash has all of those things on your list... obviously there's no guarantee it'll work on future bodies, but I doubt Canon would completely change their flash system to deliberately trip up 3rd party manufacturers.  They'd have to release firmware upgrades for their entire back catalogue of digital camera bodies to support the new system too, which would be costly.

However, there is no doubt that a 430EX II would make a *superb* first camera flash, and for US$259 (in the USA), why not?  In my country the 430EX costs more than US$400, which is why I chose the Yongnuo ($180).   :o
Canon doesn't have to do a complete change to their flash system to "trip up 3rd party manufacturers."  With my 40D I was having excellent results with my Sigma 500 flash.  Then I bought my 7D and it no longer would work.  Some of the Sigma 500 flashes could be rechipped to work but mine was the older model that couldn't.  I still use it with my 40D kit and it is an excellent slave flash so it wasn't a total loss.  Just a demonstration that change can be incremental and my 580EX II replacement works with my wife's 30D and my 40D.

I actually intend to get a Yongnuo unit for slave purposes so I am not trying to discourage anyone from using them.  Read a lot of good reports on them but people should be aware that a simple change from Canon might make them of little use in the future unless you want them as off camera slaves.
You've made a very valid point.  I also have the Sigma 500DG Super (purchased in 2004), but it doesn't even work on my 40D, so I've been using it off camera.

Since you're intending to get one, you'll be pleased to know that the Yongnuo is a big step up from the Sigma in terms of build quality and features.  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:17:17 AM »
I typically set my 5D3 to overexpose by 2/3 stop for natural light, and a full stop for flash (E-TTL II) photography.  I've tested it with a grey card and the exposure seems pretty accurate.  It just seems that my subject matter is mostly light-coloured and so it overcompensates by underexposing.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Advice on 1st flash
« on: May 23, 2013, 09:39:15 AM »

The odd thing is that my inexpensive Yongnuo flash has all of those things on your list... obviously there's no guarantee it'll work on future bodies, but I doubt Canon would completely change their flash system to deliberately trip up 3rd party manufacturers.  They'd have to release firmware upgrades for their entire back catalogue of digital camera bodies to support the new system too, which would be costly.



That is really odd.  Thats it! I'm going to burn my 430EX!

Good luck with your yongnuo, health to use it mate.  It's not like E-TTL-II rendered a lot of third party lenses dead or anything is it?  Canon would change the firmware, or activate extra features in a heartbeat without a thought for yongnuo.

Good luck also if you ever come to sell your yongnuo too.

I've never used them, never will, and so cannot recommend them.
Haha don't burn your 430EX!  As I said in the rest of my post, my choice was financial.  If I bought a 430EX for $400 and sold it for 60% of what I paid for it, I still would have lost $160.  My Yongnuo was $180 new, so I think we can consider it disposable...  :P

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Video & Movie / Re: İstanbul Turkey Time Lapses
« on: May 23, 2013, 09:23:24 AM »
I think videos 3 & 4 are the best from that selection, because the subject matter is relatively clear and interesting.  The first video has such a shallow DOF that I'm not sure what I'm meant to be seeing, and everywhere I look is just bokeh.  That would probably be my main suggestion: try more depth of field so that your viewers can see more of the subject matter.

Have you tried doing a time lapse of the fisherman on the big bridge in Istanbul?  When I was there there must have been a hundred men fishing off it.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Advice on 1st flash
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:13:32 AM »
I have lenses by Sigma, Tokina, batteries by energiser, calumet.

I will only ever have a speedlite flash by canon.

Why?  Heres why:
The odd thing is that my inexpensive Yongnuo flash has all of those things on your list... obviously there's no guarantee it'll work on future bodies, but I doubt Canon would completely change their flash system to deliberately trip up 3rd party manufacturers.  They'd have to release firmware upgrades for their entire back catalogue of digital camera bodies to support the new system too, which would be costly.

However, there is no doubt that a 430EX II would make a *superb* first camera flash, and for US$259 (in the USA), why not?  In my country the 430EX costs more than US$400, which is why I chose the Yongnuo ($180).   :o

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« on: May 23, 2013, 06:53:46 AM »
My first 5D3 had some stuck pixels.  I returned it immediately and was given a replacement (the next serial number up, by 1), which has been perfect.

It was a huge financial outlay for me, costing £2750 for the body, but it has been worth it.  I strongly recommend buying from a trusted camera shop so that if anything does go wrong (like with my first copy), they treat you right.

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