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Photography Technique / Diagnose this error
« on: Today at 03:13:37 AM »
Hey guys I have a real puzzler for you!

Background story - while discussing THAT dress recently with one of my colleagues she remembered a photo that she once took that looked bizarre. I had a look and could see where things went wrong and explained how it could be fixed. It was fun diagnosing her photo fails so I asked her to send another. The latest one has me stumped so I thought I'd get some more technically minded folk involved with her permission.

This was taken on an iPhone (I think the 5 or 4s). What is causing that bar in the middle?

Software & Accessories / EOS Remote now with full tablet support!
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:57:27 AM »
Looks like Canon updated their EOS Remote app which now supports tablets. Before it was just the crappy phone version zoomed to fit but this version is the real deal. I tried it out and it looks good on the iPad. Still not as good as it could be.

I don't know why the exposure settings can't just be touched. You have to press the slider icon to get into the menu. Seriously Canon? I mean why not just make it work like the touchscreen on the EOS M or 70D?

It's getting there, I guess we'll see with the next version! Least we have the tablet support! Woo hoo! Gonna be using this next week for a photoshoot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 07:14:36 AM »
Hey guys I just sold my 5D MkII as I thought it's time to get in with modern society and get a camera from this era. I hear good things about the 6D. Does anyone want to share their thoughts? Was it as glorious as you imagined or do you wish you had coughed up for a MkIII instead? I'm pretty sure the 6D would be more than enough camera for me until 2020 but still nice to consider other options!

I guess I'm just looking for some encouragement to buy the 6D. Any negatives I should be aware of? Other than losing a megapixel and 1/8000s? (Neither of which I care about). I've played around with the six a few times at a camera store and I think I can get used to the directional pad thingy instead of the joystick. Mostly use centre AF point anyway. I think the MKIII AF would be wasted on me. (I think the 7D AF was wasted on me too!  :P)

I have to admit the Sony a7r does look a bit tempting when you have a vacancy in your DSLR kit.   ;)

Nah, let's not go there.

Any thoughts before I pull the trigger?? Or forever hold your peace?

(Note - I shoot a variety of stuff, most of it doesn't move).

Lenses / Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:59:59 AM »
Hey guys quick question. I'm going to an event where I'll be sitting a bit far away from the main goings on. The longest lens I have is my 70-200 f/4L IS.

Was thinking I could probably do with a bit more reach. Here's my Q -

Rent - 300mm f/4L IS (f/4 because the performers aint movin much and I wanna keep a lowish profile) ~ $50

Adapt - I'd have to buy an adaptor for the EOS M but then I could use the 70-200 on it. ~$80

Tele-convert - again I'd have to buy a tele-convertor (thinking Kenko). ~$150

Option 4 - crop. $0

I kinda wanna try out the 300 just to see what's it's like. It would also be my first time renting a lens, could be fun.

I have a T2i lying around but carrying 3 bodies plus all the crap along with them is not my idea of a fun time. I wanted to go with the 5D / tele and EOS M / 11-22 for the occasional wide shot. Light and easy.


(This is totally non urgent btw and I'll prob rent but just wanted to see some of your thought processes).

EOS-M / Image stabilization and touch shutter Q
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:23:40 AM »
Hey guys I wonder if anyone can answer a quick question for me?

With touch shutter enabled, does it activate the image stabilization when I touch the screen to take a shot (assuming I'm using the 18-55mm or 11-22mm lenses) or is the IS only activated through half press of the shutter?

Can't seem to find anything in the manual.

Thanks in advance and apologies if this has already been covered before.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 05, 2014, 03:17:08 AM »
I thought I'd start a gallery for this little wide angle wonder. I just received my copy last night and went out today for a test run.

Post your 11-22mm shots here if you have some, I'd love to see what others are using it for!

EOS-M / Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 02, 2014, 02:24:19 AM »
Hey guys I was wondering which would be better for achieving ~ 400mm focal length with the M. I would like to take some occasional pics of the moon. I've done it before and found 400mm to be long enough with a bit of cropping.

Option 1 - use my existing 70-200 f/4L IS and buy the Kenko 1.4x plus the EF adapter. Should be less than $200. Or Canon 1.4x II (used) for a little more.

Option 2 - buy the EF-S 55-250 STM plus EF adatptor. Total cost around $400.

Just wondering which option would yield the best results. L lens plus extender vs EF-S? Anyone have experience with either of these combos?

I like option 1 as it means I can also use the 1.4x with my 135L and it's FF compatible (plus cheaper).

Saw this article from Digital Camera World

Think I have no reason to moan about the subscription model now! Gonna sign up tomorrow morning. What do you guys think?

Lenses / Lens nicknames
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:05:31 AM »
I know it's been done on other forums (prob this one too) but I thought it might be fun to see what we all call our lenses!

Also, there seems to be some lenses that have no fixed nickname. Let's see who can come up with the funniest name!

Who's up for some Friday fun??

My pitiful attempt -

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 = Samshroom
17-40 f/4L = Diet Coke Bottle
24-105 f/4L IS = Genralux
70-200 f/4L IS = Meatgrinder
135L = Pipe Dream

Am sure you guys can do better than me!!

Lighting / Why was Godox first to think of this?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:34:11 AM »
So Godox have beaten everyone to the punch with the release of their Godox V850 speedlite with a rechargeable Li-Ion battery.

Read more about it here -

Why did no one else ever think to do this years ago? Why did it take so long? Is there some engineering difficulty they had to overcome? Or was it a marketing thing?

Makes no bloody sense to me why we have to use AA batteries in our Canon or Nikon flashes in this day and age.


Lighting / Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 12, 2013, 10:26:27 PM »
Hey guys I would like some advice on a job I'm doing at the end of the month. It's going to be a series of group shots of employees for a company. It's a busy schedule over 2 days and there will be two shots with 30 people. I have pretty much full creative control and the possibility of doing the shots outside the front entrance. They also want about 30 headshots / ID type shots. The images will them be used in a magazine.

I was wondering how you guys would approach this purely from a lighting perspective. Lenses and camera choice is already sorted, no shortages there! However in terms of lighting equipment I only have 2 shoot through umbrellas and 5 speedlites. (1 430exII, 2 YN-560II and just ordered 2 YN-560III)

I was thinking to try bouncing the speedlite off a wall or ceiling but then I keep coming up with more complex set ups with backlighting and all sorts. I think I'm over thinking this especially since the schedule is tight.

There will be about 30 mins max for set up and execution. Then I get driven to a different location - about 4 in total. Since it's multiple locations (all offices) i can't really scout them out and research so am going in blind.

What is your tried and true lighting set up for groups of 8 and groups of 30. Plus what works best for employee head shots?

Any help or advice would be great!


Software & Accessories / Sandisk SD showing as Ricoh?
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:25:31 AM »
Does anyone else have a Sandisk Extreme or Ultra SD card that shows up as a Ricoh device on the taskbar when you eject it? Also shows as Ricoh in properties. Does this mean it's a fake? I have 4 different cards that all show up as Ricoh.

Am still waiting for a response from Sandisk.

Am I just being stupid or is Ricoh and Sandisk the same or something?

Lenses / 24-70 f/4L IS vs 24-105L
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:21:29 AM »
Does anyone have experience with these two lenses? In particular, the IS on both. I'm interested in buying a new 24-something lens for full frame purposes. Also how would these lenses compare with the 17-55 in terms of IQ? Anyone got sample images of the new 24-70 f/4L?

I've had a play about with both lenses. The 24-105L has the advantage of being almost half the price. But is it a mistake to go from a 17-55 to 24-105? Image stabilization is more important than wider apertures so for now the 24-70II is out.

Not a fan of Tamron so that's out too.

Lenses / 17-55 internal dust removal
« on: June 09, 2013, 01:05:39 PM »
Hey guys just wondering if I should open up and remove the front element myself and blow away the dust or have a Canon service center do it? The lens is out of warranty. Any estimates on how much that would cost? Has anyone removed the dust themselves and was it easy? Seems easy enough but just worried I might damage something.

Appreciate any advice, thanks.

Software & Accessories / Screen calibration frustration!
« on: April 28, 2013, 01:56:36 PM »
Aaaarrrgghh!!! My laptop screen is driving me insane! I tried calibrating it with i1 display 2 on easy four times and advanced twice and each time it looks worse. I finally gave up and loaded an older profile that looked OK.

My issue is this - there are no contrast or gamma controls for my laptop only brightness. You can change gamma using windows built in calibration program but that resets everything. Is there any way around this? I want to manually change the gamma to 2.2 and color temp to 6500K, the closest I got through i1 was 2.0 and 6600K but it looked a bit blue. The advanced mode doesn't give me an RGB choice it just goes from luminance to flashing square mode.

Also the luminance only goes up to 24 and the recommended is 90. I cranked the brightness to the max and it made no difference.

Am I doing something wrong or do I just have a rubbish screen? Using a Sony VAIO VPC-F13WFX/B 16.4-Inch With 1600 by 900 screen resolution.

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