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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:58:41 AM »

I tried to get some meteors tonight and really just practiced.  I tried a number of settings and didn't even come close.  Great job.


More Milky Way


Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:56:51 AM »
can you get a new family?

I want to visit some place pretty.  But the family prefers cities with things to do.

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 11, 2013, 03:55:05 AM »
A snoot is basically a device that is like a tube.  It focuses your flash to a very narrow beam to highlight only a portion of the subject for dramatic effect.

I've used one for those moments when a subject is harshly backlit, yet insists on having a shot taken anyway.

The example I have in mind is outdoors in broad daylight, with the subject standing in full shade.  Either the background will be tremendously blown out by exposing for the face, or the face will be unacceptably dark if exposing for the background.  Such a condition is manageable, but when the subject demands the shot anyway, the flashbender can help with fill flash.  Instead a "direct fill flash look" to the image, the flashbender serves as a nice bounce surface, softening--so to speak--the light on the subject.  Though the direction of the light is undeniably from straight on, the result is less undesirable than using flash aimed directly at the subject.

The large flashbender can be used as a snoot, and that capacity may add to the usefulness of the Rogue product for you.  I have not used the diffuser.

What's a snoot? 

I bought one of these, but I'm waiting a week or so for delivery (long-ish story) and what I thought I would do is use it for off camera flash... so hopefully the results come out well.  I'm going to get the medium one... Seems a better fit for what I need it for.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D or 5D III?
« on: August 10, 2013, 12:36:18 AM »
I have the 5D3, not 7D

The low light performance/ high iso, and great iso are strong selling points.  My passion is wildlife photography.  I find the frame rate is more than adequate. 

For my money, I would go with the 5D3 which is also a much newer body, and full frame. 


Hello, everyone! :D

I've been doing photography for a couple of years now, and I think it's time for me to upgrade in terms of my camera body. I currently use a Canon 1100D (T3), and it's starting to frustrate me. Namely the incredibly slow FPS, and the horrible ISO performance. I just don't know what I should upgrade to- 7D (Plus a lens, maybe), or the 5D III?

I primarily shoot wildlife photos (mostly birds), but I also love landscape shots, and some macro stuff. In short, I love nature.

The thing is, the locations where I shoot are usually somewhat dark, so I need to bump up the ISO. As a result, lots of my photos are unusable because of the noise, but I also lose loads of photos because of the dismal FPS of the 1100D. Should I get the 7D (and probably the 70-200L- or maybe something else? Any advice there?) for it's great 8 FPS, but with not-so-fantastic ISO performance, or should I get the 5D III, which has great ISO performance, but is 2 FPS slower than the 7D? I know that 2 FPS makes all the difference for pros, but will it make that much of a difference for me?

The 5D III also has a superior AF system to the 7D. Is it really THAT much of a difference?

I don't really care about the megapixel difference. I almost never print, and all of my good photos go to my Facebook page, so megapixels don't matter to me.

Also, the 7D is a crop sensor, which means that I will get more reach, but at the cost of DOF. Is that worth its ISO performance?

Thanks! :D

Portrait / Re: Vacation photo -I am frustrated
« on: August 09, 2013, 11:02:10 PM »
Handing gear to a stranger reminds me of that Chevy Chase movie where his camcorder was stolen.

Anyway, using a fill flash is a good idea.  Having a stranger with no familiarity with your camera is a surefire way to get a bad pic in this difficult lighting situation.

Why don't you put it into manual, expose properly for your wife, get someone to take the pic but be zoomed out (zoom out with lens or by foot), and then crop in later.  Be sure to check the pic first because people tend to cut heads and legs off.

Alternatively, let me know where you are going next time, and I may let you pay my way


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's Stock Hit Hard
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:37:16 PM »
That is interesting, but the comments that follow are even more interesting.  I can't help but notice that they are similar to complaints that I see here.  Like "The company doesn't listen to the customers, plus stuff unique to Nikon.


Hi Wes.

Where in Texas are you from?  I'm located in DFW, and can give you some pointers in this area.


  With all of the announcements coming out about new sigma lenses, it got me wondering how there cameras perform.  I don't have a photography store near me, so going to see cameras other than the canons and nikons that best buy carries doesn't happen often.   Anyone worked with a sigma dslr?  If so, what are your thoughts?

- wes

Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 09, 2013, 10:27:30 PM »
I certainly understand msforografie's sentiments to be sure.  With all the turmoil in the Middle East, it is a scary place.  On the other hand, there are many exotic places to visit that present safe photo ops.

Regarding the OP comments and pic  I don't really think that it was a reprimand so much as an admonishment.  I think it is a great pic, but I wouldn't want a fatwa or other problem on my hands.  Plus, I think your ex-pat was trying to give you heads up about the social rules.

I just wouldn't have published it, but then, I hate the sound of my bones breaking.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:52:05 PM »
I am with you on that.  Also on the block will be my 300mm F4L.  combine 2 lenses in one, better IQ, hopefully great IS, not push pull (sorry to bring it up), and light weight with fixed aperture.  And while I am at it, affordable.  Why not?


Interesting. I can see myself upgrading to the new model when prices level out because it's a safe bet the new 100-400 will outperform the old model, and the 200-400 is out of my reach both in budget and bulk anyway. I'm hoping for the same sort of image quality improvement of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk I vs MkII.

Note: I challenge you all not to have any more discussions about push/pull vs rotary zoom!!!  Let's wait and see what Canon comes up with... :o  ???  ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 03, 2013, 11:47:54 AM »
So who is this camera really intended to appeal to?  Not trolling, but I am confused.  Is the sensor that much better than the current 7D to entice current 7D owners to upgrade?  Will the new dual pixels change af much for sports/wildlife photog work?  Is the image quality from the sensor a great step up from the current 7D?

I don't have a 7D, but was considering the 7D2 for extra reach to supplement my 5D3 for wildlife photography as a more affordable alternative to some 10K lenses or perhaps extenders. 

So how does this stack up against the 70D?

Just wondering.


EOS-M / Re: 2.8x LCD Loupe
« on: August 03, 2013, 03:27:24 AM »
Maybe Hoodman will make one-can always ask them

Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 03, 2013, 03:23:14 AM »
Full Raw.
Occasionally Full Raw + JPEG L if I am lazy and want to give a digital image away without any pp.  Mostly full sized Raw because I don't want to lose anything.  Load to computer throw out the garbage right away.  I keep it on Drobo, and if/when the 5 hdd's get full, I'll start swapping them out.  Easy peasy.

Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 03, 2013, 01:33:43 AM »
I would not disagree with what has been posted.  I would augment with this.

Be sure that your system is fully calibrated to obtain best results.  Decide which system system you will use to do it if you can adjust AFMA.

I Got the 24-105 with my 5DIII kit and found it to be an awesome lens.  I was however swayed to buy the 24-40 2.8 II based on reviews and must say it does have the edge on IQ and it is faster.  Either lens however is awesome and has benefits.

Not wanting to waste your money, and knowing nothing about your current camera, and little to nothing about the 6D, my advice to you would be that if you are intent on getting the 6D anyway, get it, calibrate your lenses, optimize your technique with the new gear, then decide if you want to upgrade your lenses.  You may decide that the new camera alone may be all that is needed to meet your needs.


Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:48:12 PM »
Here is an alternative for you.

Consider getting a Drobo.  I have one and love it.

It is a breeze to set up for windows and Mac.  You can add HDDs as you need them.  It has "beyond RAID"  which is fast and safe.  They are in the process of merging with another company like Pogoplug so hopefully one day soon you can create your own personal cloud. 

Present offerings include Drobos for one compute or a networked one (NAS).  I like that it is expandable and hot swapable.  It will tell you if a drive is dying or dead and you won't lose data.

And no, I have no financial stake in the company.  I have been using mine for about 2 years now and love it.


Lenses / Re: Canon primes
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:42:49 PM »
Unfortunately, most of us don't have unlimited funds and we share your pain.

If you ever get the itch and don't have the "scratch", look into billmelater.com.  You can buy now and pay off in 6 months without interest, and it doesn't go on your credit cards.

Just a thought.


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