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Software & Accessories / Which gels to get and how many
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:51:54 AM »
Hi all
I am looking for gels for my 600s.
Which color gels should I get, covering most if not all cases of color correction?
Which color gels should I get, for most common/popular color effects?
How many of each should I get, to cover for burnouts and tears, etc.
Thanks!


Back story: I have recently started using shoe mounted flashes (600s) quite a bit, and now want to get some gels. I like the way the Honl gels attach to the flashes (transversely via velcro), but found there filter kit choices somewhat limiting. I contacted Flashgels.co.uk and Jason replied within a couple of days saying he will be happy to custom cut.
Now, considering shipping expenses and his having to custom cut, etc. I would like to make sure I ask for all the gels I need at least for a while. Hence, the question.

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Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:40:39 AM »
Never been to a safari (yet, I hope I still have time ;) ), but it seems if you absolutely need to spend on something, you might better spend it on a second Pro body.
I love my 5DIII, but I would not want to take it into super dusty areas nor would I rely completely on it for wildlife and quick shooting.

Hello,

I think you did forget some info from the start of this post. I have several bodies (see signature below) and I will take the 5diii and the 1dx with me on this trip

I didn't forget, I'm afraid you misunderstood what I meant.
I recommended getting a second fully weather sealed pro body with quicker (not necessarily better) AF drive instead of your 5DIII (or 7D).
Those were my 2 cents.

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Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: July 18, 2014, 02:36:27 AM »
Never been to a safari (yet, I hope I still have time ;) ), but it seems if you absolutely need to spend on something, you might better spend it on a second Pro body.
I love my 5DIII, but I would not want to take it into super dusty areas nor would I rely completely on it for wildlife and quick shooting.

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EOS-M / Re: The promised pics of the 18-200 Tammy
« on: July 18, 2014, 01:53:46 AM »
The PEZ dispenser. Somehow the feet of those dispensers are made to fit a hot shoe and you do not need to ask for smiles once you have mounted it.

Cool! I'm going to have to try this!

+1. This is brilliant!

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Lenses / Re: Canon 10-22 vs 10-18
« on: July 18, 2014, 01:49:55 AM »
I love the old 10-22mm.  Yes, it isn't built like a tank.  If it was, it probably would have tweaked the 7D's lens mount.  It went to Canon(CPS) in 3 bags.  Got it back in 3 business days.  The repair was replacing everything except the front lens assembly- new mount, iris, servo, and the entire inner lens group.  Cost?  $59.

$ 59 to replace everything? Surely that cannot be standard pricing that applies to mere mortals like us.
In any case, this reinforces what I said. The 10-18 is cheaper and will be more of a crumple zone ;)

As I said, I loved my 10-22 as well and it was one of the reasons I was balking at going FF and settling for an inferior UWA (the 16-35/4 was a distant thought back then).
But now, someone without an UWA should have no reason to drop $ 600 on it instead of getting a 10-18 for $ 300. It IS a no-brainer.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 10-22 vs 10-18
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:11:43 PM »
Lets get this one started....

Looking at MTF charts alone, how much better is the 10-22 vs 10-18? If we take the charts at face value, will the 10-22 be sharper or softer? Additionally, even if the 10-18 is a little softer, with it being half the price, would it be a much better value?

Thoughts?

The new 10-18 is 2/3 stops slower but it has huge benefits like smaller, lighter, smaller filter, 3-stop IS and cheaper so no brainer (it's a steal). If you don't have UWA go for this. I had the 10-22mm and I was happy and if you have it, there is no sence to go for the new 10-18mm.

Most of those 'huge benefits' are subjective.  Even the IS is arguable.  I'll concede that I'd rather have it than not, but if it's a tradeoff between that and a wider aperture not everyone is going to choose IS, especially at UWA.   Add in the better build quality, distance indicator, full time manual focus, 22mm, and USM and now it's not a 'no brainer' at all.  Even the smaller filter size is debateable.  All my filters are 77mm, so the 10-22 wins on that account too...  for me.  And for the final nail in the coffin, I can currently get a 10-22 refurbished from Canon for under $400, less than a $100 difference, if I could even buy the 10-18.  I'm not saying the 10-18 won't sell like hotcakes, just that the 10-22 still has its niche.


I am sorry, but I have to disagree.
I owned and loved the 10-22, it is a great lens!
However, there really is very few reasons to buy it any more; good reasons, that is.

Build quality: who cares about pennies. Both have a cheap build quality, just cheap and cheaper. The 10-22 isn't weather sealed either, and they are both quite plasticky, and similarly likely to break in a fall. A lot has been made about metal mounts, but I am yet to see significant number of people complaining about plastic mounts breaking.
Distance indicator and FTM: How much does one really use those in a WA lens with AF? I use it quite a bit with my Rokinon, however, but never did with my 10-22 (it has markings at 1 ft, 3 ft and infinity, by the way). Only time you might need it is when focusing at infinity (night sky, etc).
USM: Not a big difference between USM and STM in a wide angle lens with such short throw.

Not worth paying more money and losing IS, IMO. No question about it.

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Arca flip-lock has to be completely open to put brackets/rails in and out. I use the intermediate setting for minimal adjustments, if at all. I think of it as just providing an extra step between clamped and not.


Well, technically the intermediate step is supposed to allow sliding the plate in and out- which the RRS does, I believe.
In case of the Z1, if the lock is tightened such that the plate is completely clamped when fully closed, then the intermediate step doesn't allow anything- not even minimal adjustments (at least on mine).

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Reviews / Re: Long-term Review | Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:48:15 PM »
Just sharing my review guys..

http://www.occhio-photography.com/long-term-review-canon-100mm-f2-8l-macro-is-usm/

cheers,
r.



Very nice review. Thanks for posting.


+1.
Very useful for someone contemplating buying one.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:46:43 PM »
Like many, I got the 64gb 1066x Lexar cards for $88 a pop when they were on sale. Ordered in May and they didn't come until last week. It's really a supply/demand issue - they will come eventually.

Oh, the joy! Just checked the order status page at B&H (usually I checked it about every 15 minutes or so, for past 2 months)

It just changed to: Status: In stock, order sent to warehouse Expedited Delivery

Mine is still: On order :(

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Today I went shooting in Atlanta and brought along my Canon Rebel GII 35mm camera. I attached my 40mm f/2.8 STM on it, knowing full well that 28mm is 44.8mm on crop sensor. It was simply amazing to shoot at that lens and camera combination for an extended period of time. It's wide enough for me. So, I'll be getting the 28mm f/2.8 IS USM.

Thanks for all of your help! When I get it, I'll update the thread with my impressions.

Please update with some photos, too. I love to watch street photography.
Cheers!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stpper with UV filters
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:33:27 PM »
Nota bene: Filter Connection ( www.2filter.com )  warns about screwing a wide angle adapter into a thin polarizer, and I have heard of several people who tried that and had the hardest time separating the polarizer from the adapter afterward. It is tempting to try to save on buying an $80.00 105mm adapter ring and a $320.00 105 mm CPL. Don't mate a modern CPL by its female threads. The only use female threads of a CPL should have is to serve as lens cap holder.


+1.
I had this problem with a Lee WA adapter and my B+W CP-L. When I was using it, it felt great that I could use the two and also turn the polarizer merely by turning the Lee system altogether clockwise.
However, I realized to my dismay afterwards that the outer ring of the CP-L, which I need to grab tightly in order to get the WA adapter off, is completely hidden under the adapter. Turning the adapter counterclockwise merely turns the outer ring of the polarizer with respect to the inner ring, with no effect on removing the adapter whatsoever.
The solution was to use gaffer's tape to secure the two rings of the polarizer and then twist them off as one piece.
You can have a similar situation with a regular filter if you screw the adapter on too tight.

I can understand it might worry some to have the lens 'bare' while using the Lee system, especially as you carry the camera+lens from one place to another, because you wouldn't have the filters stuck at that time, and you might not want to take the adapter on and off every time to put the lens cap on. I recommend getting the Lee filter caps ($ 8 for 3 pieces) and ensuring peace of mind.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:02:23 PM »
I got me some Lexar CF cards at the weekend, and from a price point they are even cheaper sometimes (look at the 128GB cards for example):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lexar+1066&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=



It is frustrating that Lexar 64GB regular CF cards (which about 10K people including myself have ordered at the lower price point) isn't in stock but 2-card packs are being sold well enough.
I don't understand- is Lexar bundling all the 64-GB cards into 2-packs to prevent the customers from getting the discounted price? This stinks!

I ordered a Lexar 64GB card during the last sale and Adorama told me it was the biggest seller.  Mine came about 2-3 weeks later...  I think it's a supply/demand issue, not any kind of trick on Lexar's part.



Well, I still haven't received mine either from B&H or from Adorama.
And if they have cards to put into 2-packs, they don't exactly seem to be running out of cards.

Anyway, it seems they will get it next week- just spoke to a rep. Fingers crossed.

Sorry to hear that - I hope it comes next week - and not to defend them, but they are probably out of the packaging.  It's a nice fast card, however, and worth the wait, especially for such a low price.


No, you're right.
I'm just being grumpy. Had a scare during my trip as I ran out of space on my cards- I deleted some images thinking they're backed up. Except they weren't.
Fortunately the Lexar software allowed me to recover the images, but they have a stupid key code you need from the original card package (which I had since thrown away, and wouldn't have carried on my trip anyway). So I had to wait until after the trip to recover them, when they mailed a key to me.
That made for unnecessary anxiety during the trip and one 16GB card I couldn't even touch, pressing me further for space.
Ah, well... end of rant.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:44:23 PM »
I got me some Lexar CF cards at the weekend, and from a price point they are even cheaper sometimes (look at the 128GB cards for example):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lexar+1066&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=



It is frustrating that Lexar 64GB regular CF cards (which about 10K people including myself have ordered at the lower price point) isn't in stock but 2-card packs are being sold well enough.
I don't understand- is Lexar bundling all the 64-GB cards into 2-packs to prevent the customers from getting the discounted price? This stinks!

I ordered a Lexar 64GB card during the last sale and Adorama told me it was the biggest seller.  Mine came about 2-3 weeks later...  I think it's a supply/demand issue, not any kind of trick on Lexar's part.



Well, I still haven't received mine either from B&H or from Adorama.
And if they have cards to put into 2-packs, they don't exactly seem to be running out of cards.

Anyway, it seems they will get it next week- just spoke to a rep. Fingers crossed.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:16:05 PM »
I got me some Lexar CF cards at the weekend, and from a price point they are even cheaper sometimes (look at the 128GB cards for example):
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=lexar+1066&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=



It is frustrating that Lexar 64GB regular CF cards (which about 10K people including myself have ordered at the lower price point) isn't in stock but 2-card packs are being sold well enough.
I don't understand- is Lexar bundling all the 64-GB cards into 2-packs to prevent the customers from getting the discounted price? This stinks!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:09:28 AM »
Good to see these are in stock.
I have lost hope of the 1066x 64GB Lexars that I had purchased aeons ago on sale...   :'(

Same here, I bought two of those. Some reason BH even removed the item from their website few days ago.

Have been thinking if Adorama would price match the sale they had, but they are out of stock also. Asked BH couple times if they'd ship the 2-pack instead (which they had in stock), but they denied. Maybe I should ask Adorama about those,... hmm...

I had actually ordered from B&H and Adorama, hoping one or the other will restock before my trip (I plan to keep both orders, by the way, as long as they don't cancel on me).
Neither have restocked, and both keep sending emails of regret. Bummer!

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