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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.

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.

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.

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.

Lighting / Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:41:18 AM »
I'm finding it difficult to reliably attach my 600EX-RT's to generic cold shoes (e.g., and last week I had a flash slip off and hit the floor after I though it was tight. No damage, amazingly, but very worrying since these flashes aren't cheap!

Has anyone found a cold shoe that works well with Canon's quick-release mounts on the 600EX and 430EX-II? I didn't have this much trouble with my old 580EX and 430EX with the screw plates.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 03, 2014, 10:31:45 AM »
All I can say is that I'm in awe of some people here.  I get involved in print judging, and (annoyingly) most people don't say what type of camera/lens combo was used.  And, obviously, there's no EXIF data to review.  I'll admit it,  I'm just not capable of telling what type of camera or brand was used.  But some people here are so confident that there is a night and day difference.  I'm now worried that I must be missing something.  Some even suggest that my eyesight must be defective if you can't see it (ok, my eyesight is defective and I wear glasses...but I see fine with my glasses on). 

Help me!  When I look at a print, what should I be looking for so that I can determine with high level of consistency and certainty if it was taken with a P&S, M43, crop camera, FF, medium format or large format camera?  If it helps, most prints I see are approx 8x12.  I'd love to get this right so that I don't inadvertently promote an image taken with a crop camera over a FF camera.

I sure hope this is sarcasm  :-\

I haven't soaked my 6D yet (knock on wood), but I was told that 2 6D's and a 50D failed in wet/humid conditions during an insect macro-photography workshop in Belize last year, but 7D's and even some Rebels kept clicking. I bought emergency rain covers for my 6D (the cheap OP/TECH rainsleeve variety) and stashed them in all my bags as cheap insurance. Those have worked well the few times I've been stuck out, and I have gear insurance if those aren't enough.

Good luck getting your gear repaired. Tough break.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 04:29:52 PM »
A Wimberly Plamp.
Lens baby Muse
An array of flash accessories too embarrassing to use.
Oh it hurts the money I've wasted!

Boy that hits home. Ditto on the flash mods and Plamp. We need to start having anonymous swap meets at our photo guild meetings so I can clear that stuff out without admitting to owning them.

Local camera shops here in Los Angeles were the same story as B&H, KEH, Adorama, etc.:  they offered around $650 for something they'd clearly flip for $1100-1300, so that's out.

I've opted to give Fred Miranda a try.  We'll see how it goes.

My only hangup was the call to describe my lens as a 9 or 9+.  I believe it to be a perfectly clean lens other than scuffing on the hood, so I called it a 9+ but was sure to flag the hood scuffing.  We'll see how I do!

- A

I think that's reasonable - hood scuffing from bag transport is completely normal, and often described in listings for 9+ or 10 lenses. Just disclose and you should be fine.

I work in marshes off GA, and regularly have to deal with swarms of mosquitos and sand gnats. This is what we live in during the summer research season: Overkill for the occasional foray into buggy locations, but can't beat the protection. It was a godsend in Denali last year too. Not a single bite.

I don't have any problem seeing through the mesh to focus, but the shirt is designed so you can partially unzip near your eyes and keep the rest of you protected.

That is weird. If it only happens at fast shutter speeds that probably rules out card/card reader errors that often show up as partially incomplete or corrupt images. I agree with Sporgon that a problem with the second curtain hanging up seems more likely than a delay. Sounds like a trip to Canon service may be in order, since you can reproduce it with different lenses.

Good luck.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:35:49 AM »
I've lived in humid climates for years (S. Florida and Georgia), and it is a challenge if I have to store gear in non-humidity-controlled spaces. Desiccants in air-tight containers are ideal, as neuro describes, but I've personally had more problem keeping bags mold-free than camera gear and lenses. Any bags (or straps) with natural fibers or polyurethane foam padding mold very fast in high humidity, and then you might as well throw them away. I stick with weather-resistant backpacks and bags from F-stop and Timbuktu or use hard cases, which fare better. Good luck!

EOS-M / Re: Arca Swiss plate for EOS M
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:42:21 AM »
I read in another thread elsewhere that the Kirk PZ130 works well too and it does not interfere with opening the battery door either.

I use that plate on an Olympus PEN and agree that is probably a good bet. It has a low back lip to prevent twisting and the screw can be moved between 3 slots to accommodate different tripod socket positions, so it's quite generic for P&S and small mirrorless cameras.

Software & Accessories / Re: Rain protection for 5D3 and lens
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:29:45 PM »
Like a camera, the best rain bag is the one that you have with you when you need it.

I always keep a couple of these in my bag. They are inexpensive and don't take up hardly any space. Sure, they are not the best, and are essentially disposable,  but they work well in a pinch. They come two to a pack.


Work well, and really cheap, practical insurance.


I have a question, what about the tripod mount ring... Just noticed that it doesn't come with the F4?

How crucial is it for tripod stability? I don't notice that it's prone to leaning more than any other lens I've used, perhaps 85mm is the exception?

Canon is asking 145$ for Canon Tripod Mount Ring A II??? That is crazy!

You can probably find a more affordable third party mount ring ;)

I bought the Opteka tripod ring for ~$25, and it didn't prove to be worth keeping on the lens. The fit was loose (I couldn't tighten it down to maintain position without wobbling and rotating) and it appears to be made of some pot metal that is rough and not nearly as nice as the OEM rings on my 100-400 and 180 macro. The interior of the ring was lined with very thin paper-like felt that rubbed off immediately. So I never really used it because I was nervous about it breaking with the camera/lens attached and didn't think it held the lens tightly enough to minimize vibration when on the tripod, defeating the point.

Like others here I concluded that the lens is light enough to use hanging off the camera body when a tripod is needed, so I shouldn't have bothered.

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