« on: November 21, 2012, 08:23:27 PM »
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The bigger the light source, the softer the light. A StoFen works well but is designed for bounce flash - it diffuses the light a bit, but doesn't soften it much or at all when used direct. The LightSphere is a little bigger, and that means a little softer, but it still sends a lot of light up - lost power at best, and with low colored ceilings you'll get a color cast
One option that I've used successfully is a Lumiquest Softbox III - it has an 8x9" surface which provides decent softening of the direct flash. It's about the biggest modifier that you can attach to your flash head and still move around with it (as opposed to a light stand with remote triggering). You'll still want to get it off-camera with a flash bracket and OC-E3-type cord. If it would help, I can take a pic of the setup I'm talking about...
HDR is best when it is used to achieve dynamic range the is IMPOSSIBLE with a single exposure, not just as an effect or detail enhancer. Here is a shot I took a few weeks back that would literally be impossible without HDR or exposure fusion. It is 7 AEB at 3EV per step. Yes you heard that correctly, 18 EV spacing total. My eyes could see it this way, but with a single exposure my camera couldn't. HDR is as much an art as any other technique. Use it, don't abuse it.
Everything Peels... by @!ex, on Flickr
Hope technology = significant improvements in sensor architecture and design
been seeing a lot of that from competing brands like Sony and Nikon, wait Nikon's using Sony's sensor right? So I guess it's just Sony??
Yes, as far as I know sensor technology is from Sony. Nikon is limited to provide electronics and software in addition to Sony's sensor. That must be fairly limiting on a development side (i.e. not to be able to design/control the entire setup), but Nikon is still able to provide something good in this situation, which is quite impressive.
For the Same sensor in Sony Cams and in Nikons... the Nikons seem to extract better DR and noise for the same analog sensor... Tells me Nikon's AD and amplification algo's are perhaps superior...
In some ways, Canon is like Intel... Nikon like AMD... AMD once beat Intel to the 1Ghz mark, caught it napping, because Intel was both arrogant and lazy... but then it came back with a Bang and AMD is still playing catch up after a decade... so there is precedence in the tech industry for catching up and reversing the lead. AMD is now slashing prices to make it's products interesting.... Nikon is already feeling the pressure and competatively pricing it's products trying to get back market share...
This year Nikon sensors have been good. Lets see what Canon brings to the table with the 0.18 uM process next year...
I just got a 5d mark iii offer from canon authorized dealer for 2980, should I jump in or wait for black friday deal?
need your help, thank you
I'd highly recommend the Samyang 14mm which fits exactly in your budget and needs. It is a manual focus lens but don't let that fool you. It's fairly easy to use, especially for landscape and street photography. Search the forum and you'll find excellent discussion and examples.
Yongnuo YN-622C transceivers: $90 per pair, complete functionality, perfect operation. Why pay more?
That will work, yes. You can 'sort of' access all funtions. E-TTL II is supported, Canon's HSS is not my PW has Hypersync to accomplish the same thing.
A similar (but cheaper) option would be Phottix Odin triggers.
If using the PW/Phottix systems, you need a controller on the camera and a receiver for each remote flash. If using Canon's wireless control for remote 430EX II's, you need a 580EX, 600EXm or ST-E2 (but NOT an ST-E3) on camera as a master.