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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dual CF or Combo memory slots?
« on: January 02, 2014, 05:58:14 PM »
I personally like the set up for previewing and culling images.

I use the SD for low res .jpg's and the CF for the full sized RAW images. This way I can quickly sort through the .jpg's and figure out which pictures are worth going back and editing and which ones can be tossed without having to open up the RAW files (which takes a second or two longer... but multiple that by 300 images and the savings adds up).


CPS Loaners. With Gold, you can try out a body or lens for a little over a week for free. I think any model, one time. Free shipping to you (you pay the shipping back). I think with gold, shipping is free 1 way for everything.

I signed up when I needed a repair and it paid for itself.

Ah, I forgot about the loaners-- that might be fun. It's too bad I'm not closer to one of their centers so I could skip out on the shipping!

Are there any other benefits of joining CPS? That is, none of my gear has needed repairs and while cleaning is free a couple of times a year, shipping is not (if I recall)-- so it pretty much cancels out on my end.

So, besides a fancy neck strap, is there anything else an amateur photog like me is forgetting? I've read through the list, but I didn't feel like anything jumped out at me.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 10:54:34 AM »
In my 7D and 5DIII I've used a number of 3rd party batteries without any issues. I had one that refused to charge after a year or so-- but up until then it worked great-- and for something like $10 I can't complain.

One thing I have noticed on my 5DIII is that the camera pops up a message saying there are "communication errors" (or something similar) when I pop in my 3rd party battery and the battery meter is not functional. But later during the shoot I'll notice that the battery meter is working just fine and is accurately reading the battery. I'm not sure if it is just my camera or what, but it's a pretty minor annoyance I can deal with for saving $70 a battery.

PowerShot / Re: Intervalometer Question
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:25:22 PM »
Cool, I hope it works out well for you!

PowerShot / Re: Intervalometer Question
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:21:25 PM »
I don't have the G15, but if it has a Bulb mode and a spot to plug in an intervalmeter, then I'd be nearly certain you can use it to go longer than 15 seconds. I know on my old Rebel xTi, the maximum was 30 seconds, but when I switched to Bulb mode and plugged in an intervalmeter there was no limit-- only how long my batteries would last :) . One way to check would be to switch to bulb mode and hold down the shutter button for 20 or 30 seconds. If that works just fine, then an intervalmeter will definitely work.

Also, it may be worth checking out CHDK ( depending what features you're looking for. It's roughly comparable to a lot of the features that Magic Lantern puts in the DSLR's, only CHDK is for Point and Shoots.

Lenses / Re: why would anyone scratch off the red ring of an L lens?
« on: October 24, 2013, 02:39:03 AM »
Glad to hear that it can be super glued back on. I was thinking of doing the same but was worried about the chemical reaction on the lens body. But based on brad-man's experience, I'll give 'er a try.

Just be careful, a little glue goes a long ways. On my 24-105 (fell off for no reason) I did this before I sold it and initially the focus ring got glued too! Luckily I barely used any glue and it spun with a little bit of force. After that, it worked just fine and you couldn't tell a difference from normal, but had I been a bit more generous on the glue I may have glued the focus ring permanently in place...

Software & Accessories / Re: Weye Feye or CamRanger?
« on: October 14, 2013, 04:23:20 AM »
The only problem I've had with Weye Feye is that they were blatantly padding their Amazon reviews and posting low reviews (2/5 or 3/5 stars) for CamRanger stating that Weye Feye was so much better. Best Part? These reviews were posted a few weeks before Weye Feye was ever released.

With that history, and noting the guy above with a pro-Weye Feye post has only 1 post to his name, I'd take things with a grain of salt until some actual user reviews surface.

Otherwise, for the record, I've never used either-- I just wanted to post a PSA ;)

IPS is the way to go. Also, if the monitor is over 24" in size, I'd really recommend a resolution greater than 1920 x 1080. Technically 1920 x 1080 is still "HD", but at 27" or 30" that's really stretching the pixels.  2560 x 1440 will be much crisper at that size.

Lighting / Re: Long exposure Portrait with second curtain Flash - Advice.
« on: October 08, 2013, 09:40:39 AM »
To me it looks like the ambient/city lights are shining through her (I see some lit up windows that are clearly on top of her head).

Sort of along the lines as the other guys, it looks like she's moved at some point during the exposure. Basically I'd open your aperture or bump your ISO up to allow for a shortened exposure time. With that, your model is less susceptible to move and cause the problems.

Or, if you're already shooting at your camera's limits, try shooting when there is still a hair more light in the sky. You'll still get a similar nighttime look, but there should be more light in the frame to work with.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lenstag
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:02:40 AM »
I registered all of my lenses and my body on the site. After sending in pictures of the serial numbers it took a few days for things to be verified-- but it's free and was a relatively painless process. For 20 minutes of your time, you might as well do it. Will it help if my gear gets stolen? Who knows, but it certainly won't hurt.

On top of that, they don't send out any spam emails or ask anything else from you. It real is just 20 minutes and that's it.

Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:52:03 AM »
Didn't you have more room to get further away? Or maybe use wider lens?

Well, I was just shooting for the flag reflection with the eye isolated (ie not a headshot). Using a wider lens you wouldn't have been able to see the small details in the eyes as clearly. Anywho, it was just an experiment, I'm happy with the results for the most part :)

Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: September 21, 2013, 01:15:44 PM »
I can't complain too much for a first attempt at this type of photo :)

Lenses / Re: AF not working on 24-105 - recommend a repairer?
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:51:49 PM »
When my 24-105 stopped working I sent it in to Fixation in London. They were quick and professional, so I can't complain too much.

I forget the cost, but the issue on my lens was that the ribbon/flex cable had torn. For me the AF only worked at lower focal lengths (like 24-60mm or so) and then eventually stopped working all together. Lens worked and looked like new when I got it back a week or so later.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best bag for hiking with a camera?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:20:52 PM »
I couldn't find a camera bag to fit my tastes, so I ended up getting a bag geared towards snowboarders and skiers. It's great because it has places to strap skis onto the bag (tripod anyone?) and it has access to the main pocket from the front or the back so I don't have to set my straps in the mud to open things up and get to my camera.

For internal dividers I went with TrekPak and they are absolutely perfect.

So, unless you find exactly what you're looking for, don't get too stressed with camera bags. There are literally hundreds of hiking bags out there that might fit your needs and TrekPak does a good job at handling the rest.

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