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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:02:51 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 16, 2013, 12:40:54 AM »
Lion Cubs

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 16, 2013, 12:25:19 AM »
Kingfisher with grasshopper

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 16, 2013, 12:23:20 AM »
Serengeti Wildebeest

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm F2.8 L ver 2 or 3 Prime Lens
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:09:54 PM »
One lens vs. three.  Something to consider for weight, and also in the field when you may need to change in dusty conditions.  Also, during lens changes, may miss a shot.


I was thinking of buying the 24-70mm ver 2 and it around 90K CMPI. With that amount of money, I can already buy 3 prime lens (non-L).
I want to know how others think, will you go for the ver 2 or 3 prime lens w/c are sharper and faster?

Prime Lens:
EF 35mm F2 IS USM
EF 50mm F1.4 USM
EF 100mm F2 USM

EF 24-70mm F2.8 USM ver 2


EOS Bodies / Re: Sensor Going? Purple Shots 5DMKII
« on: May 13, 2013, 02:24:30 PM »
I have been getting this with my 5DII too. It shows up immediately in the screen.  I will try a low level format.  Hopefully, it is the card, because the camera is really new, and low shutter count.


Lenses / Re: which lens to keep
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:37:52 PM »
There you have it.  Personally, you have two cameras.  I think you should have two lenses at least. Personally, when I go out, I take two cameras and at least two lenses, and am ready for most things, without having to change lenses in the field.  Plus, if something happens, I have a backup camera.  I am nothing more than a rank amateur photographer too.  Just my 2 cents.

All here gave great advice- up to you to decide what you value most and go for it.

I have a great suggestion for you to look into.  I wouldn't suggest RAID 1 either because what you gain in speed, you lose in protection.  Why back up only to lose it all- right?

Look at Drobo.  a tad expensive but fast, protected, hot swappable, gives you notice when a drive will fail, if a drive fails, all data is saved on other disks.  When you fill up the drives, replace with bigger ones.  If you max out Drobo (possible, but with capacious drives, hard to imagine at this point) you can daisy chain them.  There are a good number to choose from. 

I have been using mine a couple of years and love it.  It is easy to set up.  Additionally, you can start with two drives and add more when you get more $$.  It is a lot easier than the setup you describe (I have tried NAS before and they can be a pain to set up and keep up).  I am on Mac's and no problem.

I would finally suggest that you keep your Macbook clean and simple.  Just keep your programs on there and keep you pics etc. on the Drobo.  With fast drives in the Drobo, you shouldn't have a problem doing intensive editing.

Hope this helps.


Hi All,

My set up:
macbook pro (late 2011 model, 16GB ram), Dell U2711 monitor.

Now, as you can imagine, shooting all RAW, making multiple versions of some images in Post...and doing lots of video, editing it...versions after color grading, etc.

Well, I'm eating LOTS of disk space...that's not even keeping in mind, the software I've installed on said computer (aperture, fcpx, plugins, VMware, GIMP...etc, etc).

I'm having a terrible time keeping disk space open. As soon as I finish a project, I just move all the files off to an external single drive I plug into a USB connected drive docking station.

I'm thinking that I need some sort of fairly speedy, maybe dual disk NAS type thing....?  Maybe do it RAID 1 (mirrored) there.

I'm trying to fix up a separate computer to build a freeNAS system for large backups, haven't gotten that up and running yet, but I think for right now...I just need a large, fast disk storage system for holding and working on my current few projects.

Does anyone have a suggestion for that?

My macbookpro, has one thunderbolt connector on it...I'd think that would be the way to go, however, I'm using that with a thunderbolt to displayport cable/adapter...to run the Dell U2711 monitor, and I don't think there is a way to chain off that...?

So, likely firewire or sadly, USB2 is about my only option for connecting....

Anyway, does anyone have a suggestion on what I might look towards?

Thanks in advance!!


Canon General / Re: That's my money you are profiting from Canon!!!
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:22:39 PM »
I have too many Canon toys.  Nobody put a gun to my head to buy them.  In fact, this week I purchased a 24-70 2.8L II.  I anticipate a long relationship with it.  No buyers remorse here.  So, what is your point?

No. It's not.

Unless you own stock in Canon, you traded them your money for that long list of toys you so proudly display at the bottom of your post. You own that stuff now and can do whatever you want with it. It's yours. It's also now Canon's money and they are free to do what they want with it. So, No. It's not your money.

Secondly, why do people post stories without bothering to read them? Or in this case, even reading the headline.

Canon is adjusting their earnings estimates because the Japanese government's monetary policies have resulted in some inflation at home and some loss in value of the Yen against other currencies in international trade. It's an accounting adjustment.

Finally, I never understand why people get upset when Canon makes money. Do you think they would have more money to invest in research and development if they were losing money? Do you think they would be able to cut their prices if they were losing money?

Couldn't agree more... JR if your upset that canon is turning a high profit, stop buying their stuff... simple... i'm sure canon is shaking in their boots...  Hell i shoot professionally and I have half your gear...  People get hot and bothered with any one company or individual earns a lot of money or capital... Why?  They worked their butt off to earn that...  Sue Bryce said we need to check our attitudes about money and being rich.  If we get offended about those who are rich and big profitable company, we ourselves will carry that same mentality towards money and push it away psychologically.  In the mean time I hope to use my gear to make my studio have a profitable year this year... hope you dont get offended by me.

Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt vs PocketWizard Flex TT5 Setup
« on: April 24, 2013, 11:19:17 PM »
I have the mini, AC3, TT5 X2 580EXII X2, and use it on a 5D2- almost daily.  I use the top to bottom technique too.  I have tried many tweaks.  What I can tell you from my experience is that it is always a crap shoot.  Usually I have to completely adjust camera, flash stand position etc., and finally put flashes on manual.  Sounds like I need to pony up for new flashes. 


As it was mentioned by Neuro, The PW setup is it only worth keeping if you are going to use studio lights and want to control the power level on the strobes from the camera. If that doesn't happen in your case, sell all of the PW gear asap.

As far as using 600 ex-rt's, specially for events, I strongly recommend it. Canon has hit a homerun with its radio system. It is super reliable and fairly simple to use, once you get used to the key buttons on the flash (or directly on the camera, since you have a 5D3). We have been using the 600's for almost a year and it has been one of our best investments. We have 4 600s and 1 STE3 now.

My only additional suggestion, would be to consider using another 600 instead of the STE3 as the master. Since you do events, the AF assist light on the 600 is a savior for low light situations, plus the obvious fact that with the 600 you have a flash on top of your camera, giving you another option, beside the slave 600s. In my opinion, the STE3 is useful in more controlled enviroments (which is where we use it), but during a dimmly lit event, you need the AF to work as fast as possible.

By the way, looking forward to the 1.2.1 firmware for the 5D3. The AF when used with the assist light can really use more speed and that is supposed to come with this version.

I too am looking forward to this FW upgrade. I have been following all the threads on this from day one.

EOS Bodies / Re: The sound of silence
« on: April 23, 2013, 11:46:26 PM »
Shhocker- no 200 to 400! I wonder if it really exists outside of a few prototypes.
I guess I will have a few extra thousands of dollars to hold on to (said with sarcsm). 

So today is the much anticipated April 23 day of announcements... When the earth shakes and both the 70D (new sensor technology) and the 200-400 lens ( rumored to exist longer than Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster) get revealed to the world......

So far, silence....

EOS Bodies / Re: Bye Canon?
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:20:44 PM »
Waiting 8 years, bailing for a couple of weeks?  Sounds a bit impulsive to me.  What else is behind this.


Hey folks,
I'been waiting so long fot the 70d.... now it's again some more weeks away-at least. :-(

Looks like I'm finally going to switch to Nikon after 8 YEARS Canon... and now i'm wondering who else?
Anyone else out there who takes the consequences of the missing features or am i the only one?

Just wondering....

Portrait / Re: I need your help to criticise my photos :P
« on: April 20, 2013, 01:56:09 PM »

Don't get discouraged.  This is a difficult type of photography in particular for many reasons, details are extremely important for beauty, in addition to the usual technical photo details.

That said, these are good learning pics, and I noted some trends in yours.

Be sure skin tones are correct.
Watch facial expressions- open mouths are usually not aesthetic, though they can be
Throw backgrounds out of focus- don't let objects come out of heads
Try not to let things overlap, where possible I think the first one- watch for threads coming off- see the headband- now we have Photoshop, not so good with slides!

Beyond that I see what you mean about making the pics dynamic appearing.  This is so specialized I am not sure I could have done any better, so I will leave that to fashion shooters to give their recommendations.
I liked your use lighting for vignetting, and tangential lighting to show pock marked skin
This is one that frequently gets me, and got you in

Hey guys, Iv been taking some events for my friends in a society in university. I have a feeling that my photos as a whole are very boring and really seek some good help in guiding me to better performance. I use 5DM3 with 580EXII and 24-105. Im clearly not fitting into the shoes i have. Nothing in the seminar was too "exciting" and i found it hard with the ambient light. It was a makeup demonstration. Thanks!










Lenses / Re: Canon L Glass is currently priced at over $1200 / pound
« on: April 20, 2013, 01:46:05 PM »
When I retire, I will take the pounds of white glass and shoot pics with them.  But then again, I am a numbers "phobe"

What is even scarier than this is the price per gallon of printer ink.  I remember an article where the ink is something like $4,000.00 per gallon in some cases.


Okay I'll admit I am crazy enough to put this analysis together.  Then again after a year of retire (from Director of Marketing Analytics at a major CPG company) I miss number crunching.

Glad to share the data, I am sure that there a few items I missed.  Right now all I am interested in is the top line.  When I went deeper into the data, I found that older lens (2006 and early) had lower cost per pound $750 versus more current lenses $1,200.  Lots of reasons for this - could be new lenses are more technologically advanced and harder to manufacture, include more expensive glass and metals, harder to raise prices than introduce a new product at a higher price point ...

When I want a print, I go to one place- Bay Photo.  I get my pics printed on the aircraft grade aluminum, high gloss, rounded corners, with the optional back spacer with holes to hang the pic.

They look great, don't need glass, or mat, or a wire to hang up or anything.  Large prints usually around $100 or so compared to many hundreds to get fancy framing etc. 

Bay photos gives great color, sharpness, service, turnaround, etc.  Always happy with them.  True, they only do jpeg, but as long as monitor is calibrated, and original is sharp, I get great pics (at least 24 X 24 inches, maybe more).

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