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Messages - Jim Saunders

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Landscape / Re: Water sports
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:42:05 PM »
I like those just fine.

Jim

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Photography Technique / Re: 10,000 Monkeys Shots
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:39:29 PM »
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Lens calibration
« on: April 13, 2014, 04:53:47 PM »
A program called Focal (Reikan.co.uk off my head) may be used to partially or fully automate the process too, if you get bored of doing it by hand.

Jim

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 13, 2014, 12:40:16 AM »
1Dx
85mm 1.2
beauty dish & two strip boxes

Your subject, that's your grand-daughter?  I thought read that a few pages ago.  In any case I like the sparing colour, and she gives an impression of considerable grace.

Jim

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax 645z
« on: April 12, 2014, 10:34:34 PM »
Looks like it has lots of well-thought functionaliy, and I'd certainly try one at a show or whatever.  On the other hand the 1/125 sync hurts (even if that is good performance for medium-format) and I'm far enough into EF lenses that I'd need an awfully good reason to either replace them or start a new collection.  So the usual FF user's reaction to an MF body, I guess.  I wonder how they'll look in five years?

Jim

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Lighting / Re: Bolt Cyclone battery packs
« on: April 12, 2014, 09:03:35 PM »
I'm looking for battery packs to upgrade to from my Cannon CP-E4s. There are some discounts running on the Bolt Cyclone packs through tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them, or any general input. I found them on B&H.

I don't know about the Cyclones but I have the Bolt AA-type packs for my lights and they haven't given me any reason to be unhappy with them.  I don't know if there are better out there, but take that as a thin vote of confidence for the brand at least.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Kitlenses - 50D
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:37:56 PM »
I have a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (the non-VC model) and I like it; the focus motor is a bit noisy and the zoom ring turns the other way but it is a pretty cheap way to get to f/2.8.

Jim

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Canon General / Re: 16 MEGA-byte CF card!
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:33:50 PM »
I guess you could use them for firmware updates, or as a coaster for a shot glass, or as a shim for a wobbly coffee table...  :P

Jim

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:35:35 AM »
All shots of my son are good shots, then again I am biased!  Essentially I achieved what I set out to do, which was work out the basic controls of the flash and how to get it and the camera to work together with minimal fuss.  For now I am content to stick with this 'a bit beyond point and shoot' mentality, but as I digest the various resources mentioned here I have a camera and flash that will let me work up to more sophisticated scenarios.

In that case I'm curious to see how it comes together for you!

Jim

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:44:19 AM »


I agree.  So here is my first example:

I know the composition is awful and the background is fussy (but the subject is somewhat dear to me).  I used the 24-70mm in Av mode (with the Camera set to keep the shutter between 1/60 and 1/200) and had the flash in simple ETTL mode, mounted on the camera and pointed straight ahead - i.e. in simple mode!  I'm pretty happy with the result - it has had no post-processing beyond that which Aperture does on import.

Good shot, first time or not!  I don't know if you tried different settings to get the flash and the background roughly even there, but that is one thing to try.  You can do it with an object with a sunset behind it, mess around and see what gets you the detail in the sky and the fill on your subject.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Damaged 70-200 2.8 II, suggestions
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:07:57 PM »
I wonder off-hand if Roger Cicala would be interested in running it through his new gizmo?  I mean if he doesn't have a year's work lined up for it already!

Jim

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edit: I notice I'm in a minority here. Without wanting to hijack the thread, what are people using the remote release for? I must be missing something :)

I have used one for bulb for fireworks.  There are no doubt other ways of doing that but that has worked for me.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Teleconverter advice
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:40:01 PM »
I have heard in passing that for the 1.4x extenders there isn't a huge difference between the II and the III for image quality.  I'd need to see a screaming deal to get the II though, the IIIs (both of them) apparently offer AF improvements with the big white lenses, no sense handicapping your future if you don't have to.  My 0.02.

Jim

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:39:23 AM »
The first of Gary's subjects there makes me think "great shot" and "Meg Ryan a bit" at the same time.  I have recently gained some insight into shooting with such large apertures and that has given me a new appreciation of what it is to make it work.

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:37:28 PM »
PK that shot is terrific!  If I had more wall space and less of a queue of stuff to get framed...

Jim

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