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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: Today at 11:08:16 AM »
I just started using a BR Sport, but when researching it I came across this option for tripod shooters using Arca-Swiss plates:
http://enthusiastphotographer.com/2011/12/20/black-rapid-arca-solution/

I already had one of those little $40 1" Kirk clamps from an old Monopod head and it works like a charm. When I'm using a small lens I clamp to my L-plate, but when I switch to the 100-400 or 180 macro it goes on the tripod foot. Very tight and quick to remove. RRS makes a great little clamp too, but that's more like $60 IIRC.

I added a cheap Opteka safety clip for peace of mind, but it's been very solid so far.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:57:27 AM »
I have the full range of Markins ballheads, and highly recommend them.

I had the Q10 on a 2-series Gitzo a few years ago, and it's a very well balanced combo that can handle anything you can put on those legs. Kept the Q10 when I sold the Gitzo and still use it on my RRS. Really like the "sweet spot" adjustment on Markins heads, and the strength-to-weight ratio.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:49:19 AM »
I am really despising the 6d AF right now. A shoot yesterday yielded soooo many oof/missed focus shots, that im getting very very annoyed with it.  My t2i AF is waayyyy more reliable, and im not sure how long i can keep using this.

And this is with mostly non moving subjects.  Arjghg.

I guess mileage varies, because that has not been my experience at all, even shooting indoor and outdoor portraits with a 135/f2 wide open. I can nail the eye focus 8/10 times and the others aren't bad at all. Even the outer points work for me nearly every time.

You must shoot very different subjects or under different conditions than I do. Sounds frustrating. Sounds like a 5Dmiii might be a better bet for you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:59:39 AM »
I own a 6D and love it but if Canon are disappointed with it then they have only themselves to blame. I shoot with centre point focus which is good for me but they made a decision to severely limit the number of points and cross type points. They limited their market by doing this and I have no idea what they saved in manufacturing costs but I suspect it was minimal compared to the impact on sales that has been seen.

I'd also love to see some firmware updates to allow for quick access to off camera flash options - at the moment the method of getting to this menu is far too complex; especially when working on a wedding and trying to make adjustments fast on the fly.

Anyone any thoughts similar to this?...

Have you tried reprogramming the menus? I added "External Speedlite control" to the "My Menu", and reprogrammed the SET button to bring up the FEC settings and that really simplified things for me during lit shoots. I really wish you could break out the "Flash function" settings from the External Speedlite control menu and get to it with one touch, then it would be ideal when it's too fiddly to see/reach the ST-E3, but this is workable for me.

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Canon General / Re: Just a mention of the 5D MK III is worth Money
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:51:14 PM »
Best analogy I can think of is a roll-your-own kickstarter campaign to fund a 5DIII. The web is truly a weird place!

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EOS Bodies / Re: white balance issues
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:02:46 PM »
I concur with what everyone is saying regarding shooting in RAW then using something like DxO or LR.  But every once in a a while, the color balance/temperature just does not seem to be acceptable no matter how hard I try (I am my own worst critic).  Just last night I was doing post on a night shot and the streetlight glow gave me unacceptable color.  I struggled with that even trying to patch and clone in PS but that lost some of the details that I was trying to capture.  Finally, I did what one must sometimes do............gave up on the color altogether.

If I am not happy with the outcome, there are occasions where I just might convert to B&W.  Is that sacrilege?

I've been there too, usually due to mixed lighting in a theater or street shot. Nothing wrong with going B&W - it's only your photographic vision that matters.

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I cracked the red autofocus panel on the front of my 600EX-RT and got the replacement part from Canon, but how do I go about getting the old panel off the light? I've tried everything but can't seem to get it to detach.
Cracked? Can you carefully work something (knife blade, screwdriver tip) into the crack and then slowly expand the crack until the panel breaks in two?

That, and can you infer how it attaches from the replacement piece? I assume there's a flange around all or part of the red lens that holds it to the body, but if it's just tabs on 2 sides you might be able to squeeze it along that axis and insert it.

And ditto about taking apart a flash. Those high voltage capacitors can really be dangerous.

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Has anyone tried printing directly from a 6D to a Canon Selphy CP910 dye-sub printer over WiFi? I'm considering picking one up for an upcoming Halloween event at our local zoo, and I was wondering how smoothly these two work together for real-time printing. Particularly, 1) how long it takes to transmit JPEG photos to the printer, and 2) whether the camera is tied up during the entire 50-60sec printing process after transmission. I can't seem to find any of these details in the manuals or a Google search. They warn you not to interrupt the transfer or you will get corrupted images, but they don't describe timing or buffering.

For background, we set up a photo shoot for kids in costume last year, and sold 4x6 prints as part of a fund-raiser. I set up WiFi pairing between my 6D and a laptop running the WFT pairing utility, EOS Utility and Lightroom, so JPEGs were automatically sent to the computer over WiFi as I shot, and had an assistant printing to an older Selphy over USB. I'd love to drop out the computer piece and print directly from the camera if that is practical. BUT I don't want to stand around like a goof for 2 minutes after sending each print job either.

Experiences appreciated. It's cheap enough I may just try it, but thought I'd ask.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:58:17 AM »
A very nice 2nd body to a 5D3.

True, or a great complementary body to a 6D, filling in the functionality gaps for high FPS, AF tracking and ruggedness at close to the price of a single 5D mark III body.


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Lenses / Re: Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:11:09 PM »
I do like the Canon 12mm tube, the smaller tubes are useful for shorter focal length lenses, and only Canon makes a 12 mm, for more extension, I see no difference between a good set of Kenko Auto extension tubes, and the Canon ones.  The Kenko set also allows more combinations of extension for various magnifications.

That's not accurate. Kenko also makes a 12mm, and the automatic extension tube set for Canon (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/375102-REG/Kenko_AEXTUBEDGC_Auto_Extension_Tube_Set.html) comes with 12mm, 20mm and 36mm tubes that can be used individually or stacked.

Just bought a set of those and they're quite nice. Perhaps not as beefy as the Canon and don't mount quite as smoothly (but fine), but a good cost savings at $180 for up to 68mm in extension.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:08:30 PM »
I use eos remote on galaxy note 3 to shoot landscapes, fireworks, family portraits, and difficult-angle shots with my 6d. It drops the connection sometimes, but it usually picks right back up also.  I have yet to have one bit of camera equipment, computer, software, phone - any bit of tech that does everything it's supposed to do all the time or is otherwise flawless.  While I find the 6d wifi and canon software adequate for my needs, I would still buy a 7d II, depending on the price, whether it has wifi or not - I'd just rather it did...

Same experience here with my 6D Wifi. Useful and generally workable. However, I suspect the 7DmII target audience interested in remote capabilities might be better served by a CamRanger or equivalent rather than 6D/70D-type Wifi and EOS Remote app. Features like an intervalometer, discrete focus stepping, motorized tripod head interface and much richer set of camera controls would be more appealing in the field (e.g. shooting star trails from the comfort of your tent, or bears from a safe distance).

Looking forward to seeing the details on this beast. I've held onto a 50D for shorebirds even after going FF, so a better performing APS-C might lure me back for my wildlife work.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 to replace 50 1.4?
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:10:11 AM »
I currently don't do any professional portrait shoots but when I move out I am considering giving it a try to help my income. The screen and calibrator will be important because I know for a fact my prints don't match what I see on my screen all the time (my screen isn't even an IPS screen). I think if I do manage to get the money together to buy the 85 1.8, I would consider upgrading it eventually to the 135mm f2L.

The 135L is my favorite people and theater lens, but you will definitely want to have a 50-100mm lens on hand for anything wider than 1/2 body shots indoors. Your 100mm macro may even be a bit long for that use (IME 15mm is surprising significant between 85 and 100 - a good step back/forward you may not have room for). That said, I think you're on the right track keeping your 50 and 100 and pursuing other priorities for now.

Good luck.

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Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:40:45 PM »
Well damn, I wasn't really planning on upgrading my cold shoes, but those RRS shoes look quite nice.

Yeah, they are. I just bought a set for my 600's based on recommendations here and they arrived today. The feet slide right in and lock down tight - exactly what I was hoping for to both speed up and secure attaching flashes to stands. Like everything RRS it would be great if they weren't 4x the price of competing kit, but you sure can't knock the quality and service.

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Finally, but too late for me, I'm now using the combo 600 EX-RT and ST-E3-RT. I really like this system.

Same here, but it's good to have options.

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Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 06, 2014, 12:34:25 PM »
Thanks. Those look really slick, and should be faster to use.

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