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Canon General / Re: So much redundancy...
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:15:00 AM »
There's something about a lens in your collection that never gets used and is, as you say redundant, that gnaws away at the back of your brain. The 85mm 1.8 was like that for me.

I feel like I have just the right amount of overlap between the zooms now with just a few choice primes at carefully chosen focal lengths. Finding those focal lengths was (is) a bit of a mission though!

Having the 135L I often wonder if I would also benefit from the 100L or if I should swap. Focal length wise the look is kinda similar and potentially the 100L could kill two birds with one lens. Portraits and macro. But there's just something about 135mm @ f/2 that is soooo creamy and bokehlicious that you just can't give it up!

Keep them both I say.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: February 11, 2014, 03:11:07 AM »
I agree with all of the above.  Don't waste time with cheap stuff.  A tripod needs to hold up over time, be transportable, and most important, keep the camera stable during the shoot.

There are different ways to extend the legs (latches, rings and the like).  Next you have 3 or 4 segments, with more segments usually less stable, but smaller when collapsed.  You need to consider how tall you are and how tall you need the tripod to be.  Really Right Stuff web site has a nice chart on its front page you can look at for this.  No center column greatly enhances stability, and decreases the weight of this element.

Some tripods have a hook to hang additional weight to stabilize the unit- helpful during windy conditions.  Some either come with, or have optional "accessories" that you may later purchase.  These may not be important now, but keep an eye toward the future- like the leveling plate as mentioned by Neuro-  it may not make sense to you now, but as you expand, the ability to use these items may become essential.

I totally agree that your head should be a separate purchase.  This is a personal decision as the tripod legs.  A lot of things go into this decision.  One very important thing is the plate- Arca Swiss is my vote.  Another thing is the layout of the tightening knobs.  Be sure that they work for you, and be sure the head will carry the camera/lens load.  Play around with it for a while to be sure you like it.  I have a collection that look pretty but I hate.

I have a Manfrotto 190CXPro3 and it is a great tripod.  I am going to get a RRS TVC-33 when I get my big white lens

So, be sure that the combo is easy to carry, easy to set up, and stable.



I have a stupid question, I have a Manfrotto 055CX3 and it came with a hook attachment; however, I'll be damned if I can figure out how/where this hook attaches to.

Not quite sure what you mean. Can you take a picture of the attachment and also one of the tripd base and center column?

Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:54:19 PM »
Amazon marketplace has worked well for me. Sold lenses, speedlites and a whole bunch of other stuff. I like the ease of it. I would use ebay too but where I live ebay isn't popular.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: February 10, 2014, 05:05:25 AM »
Thought I'd post what I ended up getting, after considering all the fine advice:

RRS BH-40, with lever release and panning clamp, an RSS L plate, and for the tripod legs I decided to go with carbon fiber, but compromised on the price, since I got the expensive ball head, and went with Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 instead of Gitzo or RSS.

Even though my heaviest lens is only a 24-105mm, I thought I'd go with the BH-40 in case I get heavier lenses in the future and because I wanted the independent drag on the ball head. I went with the panning clamp so I didn't have to worry about leveling the legs first when shooting panoramas. The only thing I didn't get was the nodal slide, but I can always pick that up in the future.

Are you happy with your choices a few months out? Thinking about tripods myself and trying to learn from your research :-)

I recently bought the same combo and it's been amazing so far. The tripod isn't as light as I thought it would be but the extra heft adds some stability. 

Lenses / Re: Most Anticipated Rurmored Sigma Lenses?
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:59:04 AM »
An "Art" refresh of the 85/1.4 would be very welcome.

+1 the 85 refresh is on the wish list. I think the most anticipated was the 50 1.4 but that's coming soon so no worries!

I would like to see a wide prime, maybe a 24 1.4 or something. Not sure if that was ever rumored. I also agree we don't need another 24-something. They already made one I can't see them making another one so soon.

Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 09, 2014, 05:30:10 PM »
I wonder why they bothered with the 5ds. Why not just have one model to track?  Does the 5d do something the 1D doesn't?

I was thinking the same. Perhaps the size difference is an advantage in certain situations? Perhaps as a 2nd body or back up?

EOS Bodies / Re: Repair or replace 7D
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:10:19 AM »
Also the touchscreen and  liveview focusing will benefit your macro work.

Nice features, but imho not useful for macro. For non-handheld macro, you're much better of with manual focus & Magic Lantern's focus peaking (and stacking of course). The dof is so thin that tipping the touchscreen with your finger will hardly do the trick, and this is the one situation where speed doesn't matter so the faster lv focusing doesn't help much.

Sorry, where did the OP mention handheld macro shooting? I was under the impression that it would have been using a tripod. I'm sure the OP does at least some tripod work so in those cases the flippy up screen, wifi and touchscreen could all benefit him.

And the OP also mentioned he wanted a higher fps camera, for whatever reason. That was my reasoning behind a 70D. Otherwise yeah I think any crop sensor camera would work.

But then again, he lives in a humid or tropical environment and needs the weathersealing. A rebel isn't going to cut it. And after owning a 7D, trust me you do not wanna go back to a rebel!

OP could get a refurbished 7D but I don't know if thats an option.

EOS Bodies / Re: Repair or replace 7D
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:14:44 PM »
Don't waste money on expensive repairs. Ditch it and go for a 70D. You'll be getting an updated camera with similar features and only slightly lower fps. Also the touchscreen and  liveview focusing will benefit your macro work. The 7D is a great camera but lets face it, it's getting old now.

Sell the 7D for parts on ebay. Also see if Canon will take it off your hands.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:20:19 PM »
From a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.

That top shot is really killer.  Fabulous work!

Thanks Dustin, your advice regarding manual focusing on this thread was extremely useful!

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:40:06 AM »
From a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Great shots. Nicely done Zv.

Thanks! I am lovin this lens. Glad I took it to Malaysia, if only for the towers!

Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:30:47 AM »
The most surprising thing for me is the presence of 7 pieces of the 8-15mm fisheye. Is it really that useful in that scenario?

Yes, prob for the "from below" shots of ski jumping. Also the tight spaces and maybe bob sleigh. Actually I can think of loads of uses.

EOS-M / Re: FD lenses
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:15:13 AM »
I was wondering if there are any affordable but 'outstanding', 'good' or simply 'fun' FD(n) or FL lenses that you would recommend to use on a mirrorless camera like the EOS-M or Sony NEX that I own.

I have an FD adapter and tried the FDn 70-210mm f/4 on my NEX but the lens's performance was poor with lots of purple fringing. I sold it and now bought a Canon FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C.  that I have better hopes for.

Other old stuff I own:

Vivitar C/FD 28mm f/2.8 Auto Wide Angle
FDn 28mm f/2.8
FL50mm f/1.8 II
FDn 50mm f/1.8
FL 135mm f/2.5 (haven't tried this yet but should be fun)

What's your experience with adapted FD lenses?

I haven't used them much but I've got a FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C and a FD 100mm f/2.8 S.S.C that I bought off ebay to use specifically with the EOS M. I'm using a Fotasy adapter and it's doing a pretty decent job. I mucked up at the beginning as I didn't mount the lens properly and the lens was stuck at f/1.4 (I also failed to notice this until later so all my shots were a bit soft). However, even when I shot wide open the images came out quite good, better than I expected. I think it would be cool to try some portraits with it. It has a kind of dreamy quality that is unique.

The 100mm seems sharper wide open but I only played with it a little around my living room. Still need to test that out properly. I like the reach ( ~ 160mm) you get for the extremely small size this combo gives. Good for snapping candids!

I use Magic Lantern to help with focusing but even without it I'm getting better at manual focus that its not that much of an issue.

I don't know if Canon will ever decide to release a AF tele lens for the M mount so until then I'll make do with these two lenses.

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
« on: February 08, 2014, 06:55:27 AM »
From a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT Manual Question
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:55:01 AM »

You are making far more work out of this than it is.

First, you cannot use ETTL, it just is not what ETTL is designed for. Second, taking just the small highlighted section illuminated by the hand held 600 has masses of exposure latitude because of the way you can adjust the exposure and then blend it. That is why nobody I know brackets the in hand flash, just know that you get the rough exposure you want of anything at a certain distance; I know f8 and 10 feet @ half power gives me a second story burst, at 20 feet it is a ground floor burst.

Myself, and everybody who I know that does this, just uses manual flash mode and pops away, if you don't have the remote viewing capability just keep varying your flash to subject distance, zoom setting, and angles.

But, because this question has been bugging me and you clearly don't want to go the ND filter gel route I have come up with a work around using just the 600's.

First, put the on camera unit (ST-E3-RT or 600-EX-RT) in Group mode, second, set each group to M and a different setting such that you would want to bracket, third, set the in hand flash to Group A, take the shot with the REL option. Then change the in hand flash to the next Group B, take a shot, then change the in hand flash to the next Group C, take the shot etc etc. This will give you five different exposures from the in hand flash.

This a pure genius solution. It's so simple!

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:37:44 AM »
This used to happen with my 7D -

I would bring the viewfinder close to my eye and as I half press the shutter, the built in flash pops up and whacks me in the face. I hadn't realized the mode dial had sneakily shifted to the green box. Now I see the advantage of a locking mode dial!

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