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I've shot Elinchrom's at 1/8000s with the Phottix Odin. ND is the way to go though...
Which Elinchrom line (models) are able to HSS with Odin?
(I'm looking for some mobile / outdoor solution and 1/8000 looks great...)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Full Frame Sharper Than Crop?
« on: October 19, 2012, 03:23:12 PM »
I think that the main difference is in in/correct focus, DoF and overal chip technology used and of course the mpx density in 100% magnification, which reveal all details of used glass.
If I've changed, in the first link comparison of 50/1.4, the camera from 60d to 1dsII, center still looks much softer than real life photo...

Lenses / Re: Which Prime: 50L or 35L?
« on: October 12, 2012, 11:51:58 AM »
50L.  It's dreamy bokeh is legendary.

Same for the 135 f/2L. :)
The same on 200/2 + sharpest wide open ;-)

Lenses / Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« on: October 11, 2012, 12:20:21 PM »
I think the picture was taken from the second floor - where the technical people will be at, so I won't be there.
Yeah- all those white seats are for the vips, but where would you pick a good location.
I would try to get to that technical zone - sometimes it is possible and use 200/2 or 300/2.8 depending on distance.
In general the best place is several meters in the front of the end of the runway and enough high to minimize impact of the first line of vip heads. Sometimes it is possible to get chair or table to stand on it.
But I think that in the front of the runway will be some reserved space for photographers and videographers. It is hard to tell if there is another good place...

Sometimes it is interesting to shoot the return path with strong back light, but not the whole show for sure and there is no chance to get posing photo, which I like the most, thus I always try to get to the front of the runway...

Lenses / Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« on: October 11, 2012, 08:56:49 AM »
Good news: No shadows in the eyes, floor of light & single / unobtrusive color, single color lights
Bad news: At least 1EV difference on the runway end between top and bottom of the models.
I'm not able to figure out the absolute amount of the light, but looks like ISO 1250-1600, F 3.2, 1/320-1/500s [in my eyes] not good for prints, unless you use 1dx :-)

Lenses / Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« on: October 11, 2012, 06:22:30 AM »
It is pretty bad layout - audience close to the runway end, thus the best place to shoot is the same as the picture is taken from, but it looks like it is needed longer FL from this place (200-300mm) and it is too far to use flash...

Lenses / Re: What lens should I use at my first Fashion Show?
« on: October 11, 2012, 02:17:17 AM »
I recommend renting 70-200/2.8 IS II - usable for prints from F3.5-4.5 and exposure with flash - min sync time (1/160 - 1/200) [w/o flash 1/320 - 1/500]. I also recommend rent flash battery pack - recycle time from 4 AA are too slow.
Manual Camera settings is the best for changing background. (Spot metering does not usually help me...) I use only flash exposure compensation - direct flash: -1/3 (-2/3), bounced flash: +1/3 (0)
(Flash is not usually forbidden even on TV broadcasted shows.)
(I use monopod only with 200/2 to help handle the weight ;-) )
Examples (w flash):
First part 70-200, second 200/2

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Considering switching to Nikon
« on: October 09, 2012, 04:57:23 AM »
I did upgrade from D2x to 1DIV and found:
* 50/1.4, 85/1.8 - Nikkors are much better
* crop 17-55/2.8 - Canon have IS, sharper, cheaper
* flash exposure calculation is better on Nikon side in changing lightning on the stage
* flash recycle time is better on Nikon with 5 batteries (I need flash battery pack on Canon)
* full size body + 70-200/2.8 + flash - noticeably lighter on the Nikon side
* 70-200/4 IS nice option of the only Canon side
* Canon 300/4 with IS
* Canon 400/5.6
* Canon does not display several things in viewfinder and top display - selected AF point (on both places), selected mode, exposure compensation is not indicated by number, switched off camera do not show on the top display free space on the card - very handy - it is anytime known that battery and card are in the camera, card free space on Canon is always < 2000, ...
* custom button function "do not use flash" on Nikon

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can someone help me with low light settings
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:07:53 AM »
Not trivial.
We all struggle in such situations...
I might go full manual. Set all parameters to your satisfaction for the background. Then fill in with flash. Control flash intensity with flash compensation.
Am I over simplifying it?

Lenses / Re: Finally got my dream lens- 200mm F2 L
« on: October 06, 2012, 03:01:29 AM »
A sample of the bokeh would be appreciated...

Lenses / Re: Portrait Lens
« on: October 02, 2012, 05:49:45 PM »
The 100mm f/2.8L is the SHARPEST Canon lens I own.  Amazingly sharp...BUT ..
if I am going to take portraits:
1st Choice: Canon 85mm f/1.2L  II (any portrait!)
2nd Choice: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (3/4 portrait)
End of conversation.
100L @ 2.8 is sharper than 135L @ 2.8 or than 85LII @ 2.8?

Lenses / Re: Wide or ultra-wide angle with excellent corner performance
« on: September 30, 2012, 11:35:44 AM »
The only sharp wide lenses are: 35L, 24TS II
(14L vs 24TS II:
And the Canon f/1.4 24mm II.
I do not think so:
But if AF is needed, there is no other way...
It's not as sharp as the 24L TS-E II, but it's very similar to the 35L f/1.4.
24/1.4II is visibly worse than 35/1.4 thus for example video is much better with 35/1.4.
Actually 35/1.4 is my widest rectilinear lens because I am not able to manually focus with 85/1.4, 135/2, thus I do not have 24TSII...

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