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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:59:27 PM »

Great shot, and great advice, Jim!
Thanks for the reminder to take earplugs. They don't have any VTOLs this year, unfortunately :(
Really appreciate the list!
I have just created two new custom settings with 1/2000 and 1/800 according to your advice.
I was thinking spot AF on One Shot and AI servo with all points enabled on my DoF preview button- is that a good idea?

AI servo and all the spots should work ok if there isn't any of the horizon in frame, but I used spot AF with AI servo to make sure the focus wouldn't screw off when the aircraft got low.

Jim

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Canon General / Re: Lens identity?
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:33:32 PM »
The white dot for the mounting index point suggests that it isn't a Canon lens.

Jim

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Well now, is this a question of what I expect for 10 large or what Canon would sell for that much?  The two are most likely different.

Jim

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Photography Technique / Re: Need air show advice- Wings over Houston
« on: October 27, 2014, 02:23:16 AM »
Take:

  • ID
  • Hat
  • Earplugs if there are jet demos.  If there are Harriers or VTOL F-35s, consider ear defenders also (not instead)
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen if you burn easily - I faced my pasty face into the sun for an afternoon and burnt the half which wasn't behind the camera, boo.
  • Something to sit on
  • A friend to mind your kit while you find a washroom

All that said, I found 1/800 gave crisp airframes, mildly blurred props and a decent keeper rate.  The attached photo was 1/500, but I didn't get a lot of keepers like that.  For jets, use the fastest shutter you can.  I had a 200-400 and a seat about 100 yards from the demo line, I was in a bit tight to get the aircraft taxiing past but I was pretty good for the demos.

It depends on how much light you have but I'd start with the aperture wide open and only stop down if you can get to 1/2000 (particularly hand-held) without winding the ISO too high.

Spot metering works for me, particularly if there is broken cloud causing the light level to go up and down all over the place.

I used spot AF mostly, with your 5D3 you'll be able to select a point to match the composition you like.  The AF limiter on your 70-200 is a handy thing.

Jim

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 07:02:45 PM »
I wouldn't buy an SL1, but if I did I'd consider one of the white ones; other than that the only colour I'd find attractive on a camera besides black is 18% grey for convenient reference.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 26, 2014, 05:18:45 PM »
A Uniqball is worth a look if you plan on a long lens; its gimbal functionality could keep you from fighting with a traditional ballhead.

Jim

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help to get a new cam + lenses (FX)
« on: October 26, 2014, 02:36:25 PM »
Judging by what you want to do, a 5D2 is an option; there are lots of good copies available.  That and a Sigma 50 Art could work, $2500 tops for both.  If you want a zoom the original 24-70 f/2.8 is pretty good and likewise affordable.

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 26, 2014, 02:27:05 PM »
Great Egret - 1DX, 400mm f5.6L

Great timing!

Jim

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Consider renting before buying; get one or two for a weekend and see what fits you.  There are lots of options to match whatever you want to invest.  I'd also recommend Lightroom, it's worth it.

Jim

I was thinking about renting but it's rather pricy :( For a weekend for a body and 1-2 lens it would cost me over 200$... yikes.

I didn't mean to suggest renting a body :-)  Is there a camera club in your area?  You might be able to find a copy of a lens you like to try that way.

For glass I'd look at a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 but not the VC (stabilized) one; I have one and as much as the zoom ring turns the wrong way and the AF is noisy the optics are awfully good for a fast zoom for that kind of money.  That and a zoom telephoto (55-250 maybe?) should be enough to give you an idea of what you want if you want to invest in great lenses after, and they can usually be bought, used and resold at no more than a small loss.

Whatever you settle on, have fun with it and let us know how it goes for you.

Jim

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Consider renting before buying; get one or two for a weekend and see what fits you.  There are lots of options to match whatever you want to invest.  I'd also recommend Lightroom, it's worth it.

Jim

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I dont want odin. I have canon st-e3-rt and 600ex-rts. I want a small, cheap, reliable rt-transceiver to include 580ex/430ex.
 Nothing else. Not interested at all in yn600ex-rt or shanny 600 clone strobes.

If it could manage studio lights too (even just manual power) I'd buy a couple.

Jim

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A 400 f/4 and a 1.4x gets you there; maybe the new 400 DO will work well for that.

Jim

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 With a Liquid Element
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:31:45 AM »
I saw eyeglasses with a flexible membrane and fluid volume managed with a syringe, a low-cost customizable solution to a common problem.  Maybe Canon can take it up-market.

Jim

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:42:40 AM »
In any case the lights will tell you if they're getting hot.

Jim

So from this I might infer that the worst thing that can happen is that it stops working for a while until it has cooled down?

I don't know if you can actually push them to the point they'd damage themselves; the manual has the details on the two temperature warning indications.  I've never pushed mine hard enough to get there.

Jim

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D GPS How to turn OFF OFF camera AND GPS?
« on: October 20, 2014, 12:20:17 AM »
Removing the battery is the blunt-instrument approach.

Jim

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