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Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:06:45 PM »
Disclaimer: my passion is wildlife.

What if you encounter some really great wildlife or something really cool and you just don't have the reach?  The 70-200 2.8 II is very heavy on a hike so this wouldn't be my choice- 70-300.

I am looking into purchasing a 1.4x and/or 2x extender before I leave on this trip.

I'm thinking I could maybe leave the 70-200 and 70-300 home and use my 135L with the extenders for added reach.  I typically don't take a high percentage of shots at longer focal lengths anyway, and this would save quite a bit of space and weight at the expense of some IQ and convince.  Maybe i could just get by with the 24-70 II and 135L + extenders?  Maybe the 50 1.4 as well.

Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:59:03 PM »
I would say 24+70 II, 70-300L as a minimum for lenses.  Others are better to comment on the primes.
Have a great time.

Next month my wife, 14-year old son and I are flying to California to spend two weeks.  The purpose of the trip is to attend my nieces wedding.  Following the wedding my extended family has rented a large home in Santa Barbara to have a week long reunion.  The final week of the trip will be visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with just my wife, son and a nephew for lots of hiking, camping and photography.

So, week one I'll be primarily enjoying the company of my extended family.  Most photography will be indoors or outdoor outings and activities, 95% people shots and portraits.  Week two will be entirely outdoors and mostly landscapes and my immediate family enjoying the parks.

I plan to take my 6D and S100 as a pocketable backup.  My lens choices are:

24 1.4 L (loan offered by a friend)
50 1.4
135 2.0 L
85 1.8
24-105 L
24-70 2.8 II (just purchased yesterday)
70-200 2.8 II
70-300 L (offered as a loan by a friend)
430EXII speedlight
90EX speedlight (used for on-camera optical master/fill)

I would like to limit myself to 2-4 lenses and the speedlites as the other luggage will be considerable.  This is a family trip first and a photography expedition second. When taking overnight hikes and camping, we will leave much of our luggage and gear locked in the rental vehicle, as we will need to travel light.  I'll probably only take 1 or possibly 2 lenses for the long hikes.

Lighting / Re: Is my 430EX dead?
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:06:44 AM »
Sorry to hear about that. 

I had a very similar experience after dropping my  580 EX II.  I sent it in to Canon for repair for around $150.00 (don't remember exact amount).  Basically, they replaced the insides and it works fine. 

I was out earlier taking some pics and my 430 EX flash just stopped working! I was using it in manual mode at 1/4 power to help freeze the movement on some Dragonflies I was photographing. However after about 6 or 7 exposures it just would not flash. I have tried 3 sets of batteries with no joy. It seems to power up OK and the red "Pilot" light quickly shows it is ready but then it will not fire on or off the camera, even pressing the "Pilot" button will not trigger it in Manual or ETTL mode. If I put my ear next to the flash gun I can hear a VERY faint beeping at a rate of about 1 beep per second.
Has anybody out there any idea of what might be wrong? Although not a new flash it has been very rarely used so I wouldn't have thought it would be the tube - but I have virtually no idea on flash guns so any advice would be appreciated.

Site Information / Re: How big is your "Ignore List"
« on: June 29, 2013, 02:34:49 PM »

Sometimes I enjoy reading a militant, rambling rant.  Mostly however, really great stuff here.

Video & Movie / Re: Flash Photography Tutorial
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:59:07 AM »
Nice job!

I have done a few videos for my site.  My 2 cents.

Great review of subject.  Effective use of simple graphics helped make concept seem easy.    The video was the perfect length.

I find the hardest part is the voic-over- good job with this.

Thanks for your hard work

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which body/lens combo for this event?
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:44:21 AM »
I'm not an expert..

The 5DIII with the 24-105 plus flash (when needed) is great.
The 7D yes.  However a crop body with the 70-200 may be a bit too long depending on the size of the venue.
what do others think?
A second flash might be good to have, but that is a lot of clunky stuff to carry.


My friend asked me to shoot his friend's wedding reception event. I don't have much details yet, but I understood it's some casual-ish indoor event, couple hours.

So my gear:
5D3, 7D
Lenses: 24-105, 70-200 2.8 IS II, Sigma 14/2.8 and Sigma 50/1.4
Flash: 430EX

How should I go there? Most likely I'm thinking to bring both bodies, instead of swapping lenses on the 5D. I'm kinda leaning towards 5D3 with 24-105 and 7D with 70-200. Then also I should steal/buy/borrow another flash so I can use one on both.

Or any other approach that would work?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:31:45 AM »
I love your shots.

Need an assistant?  I have my own gear.


Couple of Shots from Japan January 2013.

Bhuda Kyoto: 5DMK III 135f/2, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/60th ISO800

Snow Monkeys Nagano: 5DMK III 135f/2, Shot @ f/5.6 & 1/320th ISO1000

Another great Combo, 5DMK III + 135f/2, what a great Lens, never gets Old this Lens.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:29:23 AM »


Well, this building is in PA steel country...but it is a coal-sifting plant. I am so fascinated with the place I spend whole weekends there!
Hmm... Allentown? I was in Bethlehem in 99 - twice... Stayed at the Hampton inn across 22. Liked the fall stay better than the Feb stay...

I drive thru Allentown and Bethlehem on the way to coal country...Frackville and Wilkes-Barre areas are a treasure- trove for shooting. I see photos everywhere I look.

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:00:41 AM »
Here is my 2 cents.

I agree that you need to start somewhere.

The $100.00 is really nothing, and will just cover expenses.  If this was a "meet up" would you do it for free just because it is interesting or because you could learn something?

Also, nothing like actually being paid to do something to really understand the responsibility.  You will learn a lot from the experience, and you may get leads.  This may be more valuable than the money.

I would keep the copyrights but allow them to use the pics with restrictions that you see fit- that is fair given the small remuneration. 

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 22, 2013, 11:44:03 AM »
Not the best, but a start.  From my hummingvird feeder.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:01:12 PM »
The TT5 can be a transmitter or receiver

Are you using on-camera flashes that do TTL or a strobe system that can be controlled remotely?  Yes, you need one PW device for each strobe you want to fire, unless you're plugging the PW into a pack.  Basically there are 2 types of PocketWizard systems:

PlusII/PlusIII/PlusX/MultiMax - these are basic 'fire' commands to a strobe.  You get to adjust each strobe independently of each other, but this can be a pain.  The MultiMax can be setup in zones, and you can turn on and off each zone from the master.  These are best as transceivers, as you can use 1 on camera, and 3 on strobes, or 2 different cameras each controlling their own strobes (if you set them to different channels).

FlexTT/MiniTT - these have transmitter only and transceiver models, and are designed for situations where you're controlling power manually or via eTTL.  The times I've played with them, the MiniTT1 was more of a pain than it's worth, and it was just better to work with all TT5's.  Now the key thing to remember is the AC3 accessory needs a TT1 or TT5 to sit in (this confused me until I played with it).

Depending on the strobes you have, there are additional modules for specific brands, so you may or may not need certain pieces.  Then again, depending on what you're using for flashes, you can also set them do optical slaves, so as when one fires, it triggers the others to blink  (not good when other flashes are going off).

Software & Accessories / Re: Hdd/SDD storage for trip
« on: June 16, 2013, 09:22:53 PM »
I tried an earlier version of the Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA and although the interface was a bit clunky, it worked flawlessly.  It contains a rechargeable batteries so that it works on its own or plugged in.  Does not require computer to work.  Just turn it on, plug in the card.  Looks like the new versions do wireless transfers as well (I didn't look into these however).

To save money and configure my way, I purchased the empty unit and a compatible hard drive elsewhere.  Easy assembly.  I used the device for a 12 day safari for thousands of raw photos and didn't fill up a 500 GB HDD.  Theoretically, you could bring a second HDD if the first one gets near full, and change it out.  This does not have RAID capability however.



Lighting / Re: Radio Triggering-- 600ex-rt + 430exii + ??????
« on: June 15, 2013, 02:06:51 AM »
My 2 cents:  on my 5DII, PW tt mini + AC3, paired with two 580EXII with tt5's- not all that reliable all the time.  I out up with it because I can futz with the exposure  until I get it right, rather than count on it being right shot after shot.  When I can't count on it at all, or when I fall into a ton of money, or when I just get sick of it I'll belly up and get a couple of 600EX- RT's and not look back.


What about Pocket Wizards with the AC3 zone controller vs. 600EXs with ST-E3-RT?  Wouldn't those give fairly similar functionality?  I have 3 x 430EX ii + 1 x 600EX-RT which I currently control with a Phottix Strato ii system, but there are times when I am using 2 or 3 lights and would like to make rapid changes from the camera position.  Applying a flex/mini + AC3 system would probably work out cheaper than moving to more 600's but I'm interested to hear people thinking that the Canon system is far superior.

I've found the Phottix Stratos to be very reliable but obviously they don't have the functionality of the higher models and I haven't used them out to 80 feet as the OP was requesting.

Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:31:07 AM »
To make such such grandiose statements and to be better than judges, you must be truly great!  Given that you don't give critiques, you really don't need to make a public statement, you just need to not make critiques!  Humility is also a "learnt" skill as is generosity as was pointed out earlier...just saying....

Best to you.


Sorry but I don't critique photos on open public forums. Why teach the countless wannabies who browse through these pages? Especially for free. My skill and tallent was learned the hard way, by trial and error...but a lot of wannabies want to take quick short cuts and think that a learnt skill can be downloaded and is free. For every poster and replier, there are hundreds of readers.

Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:27:55 AM »
I am a rank beginner and not a wedding photographer.   That said, backgrounds must be paid attention too, as stated already.  It seems to me when I shoot, that I find this out time and again when I look at the pics on the computer.  One thing you can try is survey the area before the shoot, and be aware before you compose.  Another is open up the aperture for shallow depth of field.

Otherwise, it just take a lot of time and practice, and looks like you are on your way.

hey CRF,

I shot a Wedding this Weekend and i was happy with the outcome, but could use some critique on my work. Just trying to get better so good or bad critique welcome.

Shot with a Canon 6D using the 24-105mm and a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens. was going to rent a 70-200mm but i thought that space would limit the lens. should i have rented it anyways? ive never used a 70-200mm lens.


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