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Here's another helpful tip for you.  Get this book:

"Speedlighter's Handbook"  by Syl Arena.  This book will really help you with your flash work.


Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:19:11 AM »
I didn't know this vice, er... hobby had a "cheap". ???

Good one Dylan.

I've got South Africa covered (thank you eml58) in 17 months (can't wait)

1. Antarctica to cavort with the penguins
2. Yellowstone, closer to home
3. Cuba

*  Bonus  The man made geyser in western Nevada

Plus a winning lotto ticket and about 20 more years of robust life to experience all of the other great stuff.

Midday is tough and requires a lot of tricks and skills that I have not mastered, but I can help a bit anyway.

You may want to look into a scrim and reflectors which can help diffuse the light, supplement the light, and even change color the light.

On the other hand, you can also use your flash as a fill flash cutting back on power output (play with this) depending on how far you are from subject.

Another way to use flash to eliminate or minimize the sun is using the high speed synch (hss) option.

I am sure portrait photogs can add more and better hints, but going out and learning about light will help.


EOS Bodies / Re: Is there something wrong with my 5D Mark III?
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:40:25 PM »
There is also another issue which I don't recall seeing in the thread.  With an aperture of 1.4, the dof is very thin.  If you are not on a tripod mount any movement will affect the focus, and the subject also isn't static.

Granted the Canon is soft generally, it would be better to conduct the comparison on tripod and using a subject that is static, say an object that won't move.  We don't realize it, but we even move with each heartbeat. 

Just my 2 cents.


Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:31:38 PM »
I'd still  like to see them best Nikon's 12-24.


2014 is the Yeah of the Lens!*

*disclaimer: may actually be next year

I'm assuming this has zero bearing on the (rumored) upcoming 100-400mm ii... I'd feel more confident if there reports of the current 100-400mm being discontinued like the 7D.
If anything, it basically confirms the 100-400. It won't be a new 200/300/400mm prime. It wont be an update to the 55-250, 18-135, etc (all just recently done with STM). So, what does that really leave?

I guess they could update the 15-85 or 17-55, but I'd doubt that. And they just re-did all their wide and mid-range zooms, so it cant be those. Basically only leaves the 28-135 and the 100-400. And since there really isnt any room for a 28-135 update...

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:48:08 PM »
Sounds like my X girlfriend.  Seriously scary. 

I did the time without doing the crime.  Got tired of doing the time and moved on to a non-abusive relationship, and life is great.


Maybe she caught him taking pics of other women, presumably hotter looking ones.

She must be some kinda monster with club feet, looks like she stomped on the screen a few times for good measure!

To be honest I've had nightmares about my GF bashing up my gear after a fight. Scares the crap outta me as much as  knives and scissors!  :o

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:42:33 PM »

Hammer throw.

It would be interesting to follow up with him in a year to see his status.

Personally, I'd be gone.  Even if I had done something wrong, I would fear for my life.  Everyone has to sleep sometime.


Hi Folks.
I'd like to ask first "Russian Shot Putter?"
I'd also like to add I've been caught up in one of these rows when I was about 15. Mother was worried about dad's health and he promised, as in swore blind he had quit smoking for the third time.
She caught him again and a row ensued, first thing thrown at him with the words "you keep smoking you won't need this" was his alarm clock, the next thing to hand was the 70-210 FD fit lens, as it came towards me on the back swing "and if you can't walk you won't be able to use this" I removed it from her hand and she threw a handful of air.
He quit smoking and died at 88 earlier this year.  :'( :'( :'(
She loved him to the end and cared for him 'till his dying breath quite literally, holding his hand!  :'(
So not every fit of pique is due to infidelity etc, some are from pure love and the thought of loosing him was breaking her heart!
So I don't necessarily see a divorce in the guys future though I wouldn't rule it out!

Cheers Graham.

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:39:27 PM »
And hopefully it is attached to you too, and will remain so!


Why jump to the conclusion that it was irrational?  Maybe he deserved it.
No man deserves this. This is more worst than having his wiiwii cut off  :-\

Ha ha but seriously!

Don't get me wrong, I'm very attached to my Canon gear but I'm even MORE attached to my wiiwii!

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:33:25 PM »
Reminds me of a country song, "The Day My X-Wife Met My Girlfriend- It Was the Worst Day of My Life". 

Here is the link:

Enjoy, for it is better to be us than him.


EOS Bodies / Re: Photokina 2014
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:58:03 PM »
I'd love to see 1DXII and a 12-24 2.8 is to beat Nikon's offering.

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:44:40 AM »
I basically do what everyone else does.  I do leave the lenses in the safe in the pouches partially unzipped to allow air to circulate.

I prefer ThinkTank Airport rolling/backpack bags myself and lens coats (don't always put all of the sections on the lens surfaces however) for extra protection which I find helpful, especially when gear is out of the padded bag.


Lighting / Re: Canon MR-14EX I vs II?
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:34:08 AM »
Another thing to consider, and right off, I have no knowledge of any of the flashes discussed, however, I have a lot of clinical experience, and especially, medical photography experience.  For what you do, you don't want a system that is difficult and that will require a lot of time and repeat shooting to get the right exposure.  Your patients are not there for modeling purposes, and may not want to get their pics taken anyway.  You want to get the shot ASAP and then get on with your work.  Therefore, get the flash system that will get the job done efficiently.

Also, patients want you to pay attention to them, not the technology.

Just my 2 cents.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24mm f/2.8 L - Constructing the Enigma
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:51:44 PM »
I'd love to see this lens.  An f4 would be fast enough for me, and from a dof perspective at this fl, I don't see a big issue.  I'd like to see IS, but that wouldn't be a deal killer.  Regarding filters, I am sure there is something that could be worked out externally that on the short end, vignetting would not be a problem. 

I hear such great things bout the Nikon 12-24, surely, Canon can beat it.  The 24-70 is II can take up the slack on the long end.  I would love to put up my SamYang 14mm with manual focus for this lens.


Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:16:52 PM »

I totally agree.

My 400 5.6 lens when calibrated with AFMA to my 5D III is awesome.  It is an old lens, but it is relatively small, light, and it also travels well.  Not that expensive either.  Don't rule it out for lack of is.  I love my new 300 2.8 II also, but for your restrictions, do consider the 400 5.6.

If you are unsure, try to rent one before you buy, or see if one of your buddies can loan you one.


I've heard good reports of the 400 DO in practical use - as opposed to the reviews......
I would check that out, too, though I can say that the 400 f/5.6 is a great lens if you can get used to the lack of IS.  Many of my best photos were taken during the 4 years I owned this lens.  The 300 f/2.8 II IS + 1.4x III and 2xIII is what I upgraded to and other than the cost, size, and weight, I can recommend it without reservation. 

Also, your post scared me a bit as "going native" means going without clothes in American slang :o

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