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Software & Accessories / Re: Nanuk cases vs. Pelican/Storm ones?
« on: January 22, 2014, 02:59:02 PM »
I cannot speak to the quality of the Nanuk, but recently purchased and used two of the Pelican cases.
Yes the latch does click loud. Doesnt bother me. It actually makes sure i know its closed. But loud yes.

I received my largest pelican case from b&h and it was cracked on the bottom. I ordered another and used it on a recent overseas trip(shipped under the plane)
It fared well and inside it i had a tripod, and some of my most precious cargo. Including coffee :)

I am very happy with purchases on both pelican cases. I have become more exhausted of carrying my 1540(i think) around for just regular usage. I will probably switch back to my natgeo backpack for most easy occasions. 

Lenses / Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:36:49 AM »
I can say the 100l is with out a doubt an amazing lens. I was having this same debate until i just waited for it to go on sale at the Canon Direct refurbished store. I thought i was buying a macro lens and that just barely scratches the surface. You get the absolutely best lens that 100mm can off up to 2.8. Portraits have never been better. Yeah you walk a foot or two back but its so worth it. I am not saying that 100 non L isnt good. If you like me you will eventually want the one that is going to deliver absolute best image quality and absolute best features. This is a lens you will have for a long time. I learned the lesson the hard way that buying cheaper just meant i bought twice.
If you have any specific questions about this lens please let me know.
Side note- Best IS out of any lens-excellent for video. if that's applicable for you.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:38:46 AM »
Thank you for increasing my confidence. I sent the broken one back to bh and they will be shipping me a new one. The box wasn't barely scratched at all so I think it was a case of something dropped on it or a fork lift or something pressed down on it while moving something.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:46:24 AM »
So finally payed up and bought a few pelican cases. 1540 I think and the 1740. Sadly the 1740 got shipped to me cracked! I am blown away! I thought this was the unbreakable box. Super nervous now. The cracking happened when there was nothing in it and the cardboard shipping box had very little to no damage on it. Bought this so I can ship my stuff to Jamaica to do a job. Now wondering if I should switch! Any one had this happen to them ? Should I stay with pelican?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:22:55 AM »
Wow. lots of frustration about the video feature. Before you get to frustrated you should realize that DSLR became extremely more profitable when it increased its customer base. People everywhere are buying dslrs now that they can do both. People who also want a cheaper interchangeable lens system would gladly buy these over similar priced camcorder of far lesser quality.
Also if they get a new person to come on board the canon boat that is a whole new set of lenses, cameras and toys. If a current user buys one new camera its valuable and they love it but the margin difference is massive.
Be happy a bunch of video people decided to pump fountains of money into the R+D the help benefit your picture quality. Now feature wise it does seem that most features are coming out for video but look at the cameras that are out there 1dx and 5d3 are top of the line image producing machines.
We will soon have a megapixelmonster.
Both Photo and Video features have a huge dollar sign. I think it is silly to complain about something that will not disappear and according to historical pricing has not dramatically affected what either party is paying.
Long term this is awesome. More customers to canon=more canon product=more product compatible with canon=more customers to canon.
Its good for all of us. Don't get wadded up on the fact video features are part of the team now too.

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 26, 2013, 09:53:27 AM »
Ok awesome it good to know that they are working so well fo reveryone else! I am starting to learn the weakeness so i can be more proficient at using them. I am excited for canon direct refurbished to have them on sale!

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:30:13 PM »
Awesome! these are some great replies.
I went ahead and ordered the st-e3 .
As i start using the 600 wirelessly what softbox/reflectors can anyone recommend? i think there is value in only buying stuff once but there is also the reality of a budget.

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:24:24 PM »
thank you everyone for all the awesome replies. I think those are valid points about using a off brand flashes. But i also have usedcanon for almost all my stuff. Very rarely do i order offbrand stuff(that sigma 35mm got me close). I think tha canon still sounds like the best decision for me. Glad to know i will be happy with the power. Any other instances where i may run into not enough power?
Would you think its good for wiresless portraits adding fill flash while being farther away?

Lighting / 600ex as main lights
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:44:58 AM »
I have one 600ex and i am seriously considering getting another plus the st-e3. This would be used mainly for event photography and some portraits. Wedding parties etc. Are these bright enough to be used for the formal portraits and adding ambient light at a wedding? I feel like they are pretty powerful but every review i see they are using three on each light stand. I dont have 2500 to use on new speedlights.
I looking at getting stands and maybe using the gary fong for both since they are simple diffuser that works well. I know it wont be the same as having studio strobes but i also dont want to haul those around and have to set them up each time...
Any one have this type of setup?   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Street Photography Advice...
« on: July 06, 2013, 12:56:58 PM »
so i am getting even closer to the trip! i leave on july 20!
I made a pretty quick mindset change when i saw the eos-m going fo so cheap. i caved and ordered it. with the 22mm.
i think i will enjoy it as 35mm has quickly become my favorite shooting length.
any owners have any reviews for street photography especially with the new firmware upgrade.
i am going there for a purpose so i will also be taking video equipment along with my camera equipment. so i will without a doubt have my 5dm3 plus 16-35 i am just hoping the M will make it a little bit more fun. thanks for everyones advice and encouragement. I think i will also remember everyones comments to also enjoy the location and not try to overwhelm my self with just always hunting for shots...

EOS Bodies / Re: Reminder: Canon EOS 70D Launch Tonight
« on: July 01, 2013, 08:24:23 PM »
That seems to be quite a good deal if you go body only. Assuming you have lenses.
Cleaner ISO
with 1.6x reach Thats adds up to be a pretty good investment for a secondary sports/action camera or
a good qualifier for video with its focus system(if you have stm lens) and movable screen(i do miss that on my 60d)
I see the 7dii as having 5dm3 focus with higher megapixel, apsc, 12800 iso, an 7+fps. @$1700+ body only
i dont see why all the griping, you all want crazy upgrade for a cheaper price. I am pretty content with Canons path.
The only market i dont see them really moving in on is digital rangefinder/ equally priced 4k video(blackmagic)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mark III Live view NOISE!!!
« on: June 08, 2013, 11:44:17 AM »
it is just trying to enable you to see what you are looking at to help you focus. If its not coming out in the final product there isnt an error. like has already been mentioned just go change your live view exposure settings.

Lighting / Re: Emergency help-wedding tomorrow
« on: May 18, 2013, 12:02:25 AM »
magic lantern on the 5dm2 the one it seems to work on.
Did the wedding today and still had troubles.
It is like when in av and ettl the camera and flash do not communicate(may also be in other mode but just not manual) no matter how i change the settings it is still blown out by a considerable amount. And this is with iso static at 100. no and the aperture set at what ever applicable for photo. and high speed sync to ensure it can acquire necessary shutter speed.   
It is driving me nuts. in Manual mode on camera i can get it but i feel like i used to us AV and ETTL all the time.
probably me just not knowing how flash is working.

Lighting / Emergency help-wedding tomorrow
« on: May 17, 2013, 02:45:12 AM »
I have been having a problem with my flash for a while. But i dont think it is with my flash i believe it with the user.
I have a 600ex and a 5dm3 and 5dm2.
Whenever typically for a wedding since the shots are moving fast and i do not have time to continually adjust stuff i put my cam on av and my flash on ettl.
with my 5d2 it works out just fine.
with my m3 tho it always seems to be off. like the flash all the suddent becomes under powered and isnt bounce flashing correctly(typically pointed up with gary fong)
whenever i change one setting it doenst seem to effect anything-i understand because it is in av and ettl both semi-automatic modes changing something means the camera will compensate for it.
but ill change flash to +1 to add more to it and it does nothing. ill change it to -2 no noticeable difference in image quality.
it makes me almost want to use my m2 more! so frustrating. it has been going on for a while now and i cannot seem to figure it out.
could it be a metering mode? did they change the way the m3 works with flash? is it a new ettl? please help with any ideas as i have a wedding tomorrow and this has been driving me mad.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Street Photography Advice...
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:00:18 AM »
I could not possibly match the diligence of Ryan's post. Just a couple of comments.
1. Size and shutter sound matter, but probably not as much as you think. The reason is that you will almost certainly stand out in whatever venue in Indonesia you are shooting, and you'll just have to use your wit and streetsmarts to be able to smooth your way through whatever inquiries (official or otherwise) you may get.
2. You have enough kit for anything up to a moon landing. Just take the camera(s) you handle best. Above all, do NOT try to learn new gear on a critical shoot or expensive  vacation. Rent the gear if you must; bvut spend a few days full time playing with before you board your aircraft. I learned the hard way ...
Have fun. John
Thanks thats good wisdom. I appreciate everyones responses. Due to Price the Leica is in no way happening before this trip. sad but its how life works.
The x100s is still a possibility as is a new lens.
Anyone know any good places to read some tips on street photography? I think by reading that and working with my current equipment i can see what i am missing and see what i really want in a new item.??

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