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Guy and girls - I am in trouble
While departing from NYC this Monday to go the airport and back home to Germany, my camera bag "disappeared" someweher betwen the supposedly secure holding space at the Ink48 and my arrival at Newark airport. I spare you the details (stupidity on my behalf cannot be fully excluded), but would like to know where you would search for "resurfacing" gear.
Would B&H purchase "off the street"? Craiglist? Any other suggestions? Will come back with serial numbers.
We are talking 5D3, 24-70 2,8 II, 135/2,0, 600 Speedlie (yes - this one hurts seriously)
Thanks for any help I can get

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:44:27 AM »
Hi Grumbaki,
I just now read your list of pro's, and the admiration of superb craftsmanship is the main reason for my all-mechanical "film stuff" still sitting on ashelf and - yes, gathering dust. Anytime I try to sell off anything, I feel embarassed to part for relatively little money (that makes no vital difference in my day to day living) from these pieces of beauty. I think of my Nikon FE2: light, reliable, all mechanical and still fully functional. A couple of years ago in my "medium format phase" I traveld with a Hasselblad 500C and a bystander commented on the bright viewfinder "most likely draining the battry really fast". Imagine his surprise...
Whatever you do, GAS is severe, to my knowledge incurable, and very good fun if you dont overspend your existential limits ;.))
Enjoy and Happy Easter

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:21:39 AM »
I do have a near mint Rolleiflex 6008i with some accessoires. I love the beast, but have not used it for a long time. I can send pictures if you are interested. Where are you based?

Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:00:43 PM »
If you can rent the 135 prior to buying, do so - but make sure that you can deduct the retal cost if you decide to  buy (within a reasonable period of time, I guess). I bet, if you rent it out on Friday for the weekend, you end up (at least wanting) to buy(ing) the next following work day. It is "just" soooo nice...

When photographing a family of 5, which is most appropriate?*

Have the family face the sun
Achieve an oval composition with a symetrical head to ear relationship  ::) ::) ::)

Place the subjects in size order.
Place the skinny subjects in the back

Portrait / Re: Looking for advice on my portraits...
« on: December 02, 2013, 11:35:40 AM »
Lots of valid feedback already
So I will add to composition
Busy background in "all familly picture":
Clean up walls, get subjects further away from wall (if needed, move furniture)
Kid in the middle, rather than the somehow akward off center position
Be patient, wait for the little guy to smile ;-)

"Mom & kid":
Lots of empty (=non interesting) space left of mom.
If you intend to crop in tight, rather open space to the right of kid, as mom leans over to the right. Use that "momentum" for framing. Would either crop mom's hand fully out or try to keep it "intact" (kind of try not "to cut flesh")

This one is very nice, again I would try to not go that close to the body to crop of arms  (either in post or while framing the picture)

The colours seem a bit oversaturated.

If these are your start-up portraits, you are on a good learning paths.
Keep going


Lenses / Re: Refurbed lenses and sharpness
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:31:00 AM »
Have not bought refurb yet, but try this line of thought
Routine QA does not test each individual copy as thouroughly due to volume
Returned copies should be below 1% and will be "hand-tested" before delivery and adjusted if needed
Woulnt you get a positive selection?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: moving from nikon D40 to Canon 5 D (classic)
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:56:46 AM »
5Dc is a great tool with lots of good reputation still these days. I have one, and upgraded to 5D3 last year.
24-105 is a good starting point (consider a used 70-200 4,0 IS -it could be within your reach) Pair either of the two with an used 50 1,4 and you will have a great low-light combo.

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:27:44 AM »
Especially the scarpbook suggestion is great.
No much to ad, but one thing that helped me get into it back in the film days.

I would start her on the 5Dc with, if you can spare it, a relatively fast normal range prime (say 50, 1,4).
Explain in simple terms the way to manipulate the amount of light in manual (f-stop, speed, iso).
Put the camera in all manual and off she goes.

It may be a little bit rough, but it will help her to discover the basics quickly (as she can always go for direct feedback and look at what she did after each shot). Zooming you can do using your feet, the fast prime allows her to discover and explore DOF.

Sharing progress in choosen intervals will help, and if you can afford a couple of hours, try to agree on a "project topic" that both of you cover usinf equivalent equipment. Not to show of, but to share different views to the same general idea.

Has become more than a bit, but here you go.

Mind to share the outcome of your project (if it stars)?
Have a great day

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 10:54:46 AM »

I am old enough to still enjoy the classic layout of controls to touch most important settings intuitively, even in the dark. Have and like my Epson D-R1.

I still own - and will not let go of - my FM2. Bulletproof design and make, does not need any energy.

Dislike the plastic construction.
Dislike the "wrong form faktor" (too thick - like Leica M9 over my classic M6)

If you got for rebuilding retro, get it right.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Camera Sling
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:44:21 AM »

The tripod solution I solved with a M-PLate from custom SLR. Check them out here: http://www.customslr.com/products/m-plate-pro

I also use the custom SLR M-plate. Great solution if you run a Manfrotto tripod (head). Solid, clever design. Only shortcoming is the "swinging" if you e.g. ride bike with it. Have attached a simple climbing cranine hook to tie the combo to my belt. Works fine for me.


This is one of my favourite shots.... taken with an Olympus 2 megapixel p/s one fall in Algonquin Park, Canada. This is the out-of-camera jpg.... no processing.
The early Olympus digital cameras had a beutiful colour rendition

Video & Movie / Re: Work stuff: Jaguar F Type
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:03:45 AM »
her scottisch accent is brilliant

Lenses / Re: Holiday packing help
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:58:27 AM »
50 (AF speed better than 40, low light prime if needed)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« on: August 29, 2013, 10:21:47 AM »
are you serious about the talkum & fan suggestion? how should that work to get dust out from inbetween the lens groups???

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