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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: April 02, 2014, 01:57:34 AM »
A question!

Is this limited to teresterial or can it include airplane races?  The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is coming to Texas and I could use some tips.

Thanks.

sek

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Lighting / Re: softbox
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:00:30 PM »
I think this is a great shot.  I also think that it is good to be critical of your work so that you can grow.  However, you decide on the look you want out of your photo and if this is what you are going for, so be it.  Any way you cut it, always keep improving.

sek

quote author=mandiwmarie link=topic=20286.msg383294#msg383294 date=1396380140]
Thank you for the suggestions.  I have read a lot and keep reading and sometimes I think it just makes me way more confused -lol  I plan on setting them up and playing around a bit - I have a 60 day return so I may be returning one of the lights and just start and practice with one and a reflector.  I was working with the small softbox and 800 yesterday.  Lots to adjust too - and I only had my dog to practice on.  Obviously my light is too high - you can barely see the catch light in the eye.  I'm thinking if I would have had a reflector on the other side it would have made for a nice fill.  I will just keep playing and reading  :o
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Thanks Marsu42.

I learned a lot, hopefully, others did too.

sek

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:11:44 PM »
Wow for all of them.  The first one I like best- golden hour.

sek

Last light...

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:10:13 PM »
I like the second shot better- just me.

Here's "Smiley" (named Smiley for what appear to be rows of teeth on his jawline)

First image Smiley....second image Smiley with distracting nearby "scenery" that almost caused me to miss the shot!  ::)  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:23:13 PM »
A suggestion- I also have a ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0.  It will fit a lot of your gear and fit overhead in larger planes.  Love the wheels and it has "emergency" straps to convert to a backpack.

sek

Congratulations on your new purchase.

Just on the note of lens coats, I would not bother. I shoot quite a lot of international sports events and everyone on the pitch has their camera and lens but no lens coats. None. Everyone in the stands (who are not media and where they allow them) who are using long lenses has one with a lens coat on. It always baffles me why. Just be careful with your lens, and you do not need a coat.

You do though need a very good lens rain cover. I suggest Canon's own, as they fit perfectly and are not that pricey.

Enjoy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon Cine Zoom Lens?
« on: March 30, 2014, 01:18:40 PM »
I admit it, I'm a buzzkill.

meh.

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At last! A lens which will not roll off of the table!

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And finally, bringing up the rear

Here are a few more

Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.

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Here are a few more

Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.

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Here is what I discovered. 

I initially set the camera on manual with auto ISO, flash to ETTL. The flash was always set to HSS.  The ISO WAS fixed at 400.

The pics were way over exposed so I went to manual and set ISO to around 160, played with settings until I got a good exposure.  I also lowered the flash output as needed. 

So here are some sample shots.


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Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 12:14:54 AM »
Agree.

I have had mine since December but am just getting to use it due to weather and other stuff.

I would add good tripod, gimbal head.  I use the lens hood, and agree that it is bulky.  I don't use the part with the windows.  Despite your valid complaints, I just don't want to bang up this expensive lens.

sek

I finally made the jump to big glass. I shoot autoracing each weekend and had been using cheaper alternatives to get me the reach beyond my 70-200 I needed. I was wondering what tips &/or suggestions current users would have. I used the lens back in Vegas when CPS was in town and loved it. Is there any other accessories I should buy along with the lens?
Congrats!  You're going to love it!  The items I would suggest, in order are:

1. The 1.4x III and 2x III extenders, if you don't have them already
2. A decent monopod, again, if you don't have one already
3. The RRS or other brand replacement foot, assuming you're using Arca-Swiss clamps, which is great because the foot slides right into the clamp
3. The 52mm drop in CPL - it will help cut down on windshield/windscreen glare, helps a lot in harsh light, slows the shutter speed down like a ND filter for panning shots
4. A smaller carrying bag.  The suitcase gets a little old/big and I went for a cheap ($40) Ape Case ACPROLC18 Professional Large Lens Case to carry my lens to my shooting locations

I bought and returned the LensCoat for the lens.  I just didn't like it.  It felt bulky and there are plastic "windows" that cover all of the controls.  You can cut them out, but for $80 or 90, I didn't think that was something that should be necessary.  Others swear by them, I just didn't care for it.  I kept the LensCap, which is a cheap neoprene and hard plastic lens hood.  It's MUCH cheaper to replace than the $200 Canon cap!  Also, don't lose/break the hood, it's $400!

I might be forgetting other items, but those are what I use.  The drop in filter holder and some good ND gel might also be good for motorsports to really slow down the shot for panning, but I haven't used that personally.

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I am going to shoot a the cattle drive in Fort Worth, TX today at 4PM, which of course is outdoors.  This occurs on most weekends at 11 AM and 4PM.  I have shot this before but obviously, the timing of the event isn't the best for lighting.  Specifically, there is a lot of contrast not only in the longhorn color, but also the shadows and bright sunlight areas (obviously).  Today I am going to try to shoot again, this time with my new (yippie ky eyeee) 300 2.8 IS II lens on my 5DII body.

In thinking about how to augment the shadows, I though I would use a better beamer for fill and set flash to ETTL  (using a single 580 EXII).  I haven't used auto ISO, so I thought I would try that with appropriate manual camera settings.

I would appreciate if anyone can provide me insight for this situation.  How does this work?  Will the flash control the ISO?  What will the camera logically use as priority to set the ISO?  Should I make exposure compensation changes or set the flash to manual?  I could just set it and forget it I guess, but I really want to understand what is going on inside the camera.

To all who answer, I thank you in advance.

sek

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 18, 2014, 01:45:20 AM »
The 70-200 2.8L II is an excellent lens, and plays very well with the 1.4 III (my experience).  I also have the f4L IS which is smaller and lighter.  The 2.8 should do very well, but doesn't have the reach.  70-300 f4-5.6 L IS perhaps?  Neuro loves his.

sek

Hi There,

First time poster but been following for a little while now.

A little background, I've been an amateur photographer for a number of years now, first starting off with a 550d with the 18-55 and 55-250 kit lens which to me was a great starting point but then ended getting a 50mm 1.8 and 28 2.8 and getting good results when photographing my many fish tanks and reasonable results with cross country riding with the 55-250 in very good weather. Last year I ended up selling all the camera and the 2 kit lenses and purchasing the 70d and 18-135 STM lens. I mainly did this for the video and as a plus side, the photos were turning out better both on my primes for the fish and the 18-135 wasn't that bad at the sports side.

Now the thing I miss about my 1st setup was the reach of the 250 EF-S. The lens itself wasn't brilliant but I want to have something that range and the possibility of a little more reach if needed for wildlife. I was planning on going for the 100-400 replacement but this doesn't seem to be happening.... much to my announce.

So canon have kindly introduced a cashback offer for the 70-200 2.8 II with £210 off which got me thinking.

Not sure if I should go for this to use for everyday shouting (out and about/sports etc) giving me 112-320 on my 70d or do i wait for the 100-400 replacement?

If you advise to go for the 70-200mm II then what's the compatibility with teleconverters between this and the 70d? Its a dark art that I simply don't understand and get confused about but I was wondering if that could be my solution to get some extra reach.

Cheers
Stu

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cheaper than lens coat

A piece of foam pipe insulation split lengthwise down one side that I slide over the edge of my vehicle window.  It makes a great rest for long lenses when shooting from the vehicle.

Awesome...thanks!

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:53:58 PM »
You will love this lens

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