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Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:58:03 PM »
I think this is the more obvious question... full or crop? 

As for depth of field, play with a depth of field calculator and consider if you are going to be shooting at minimum focusing distance. 


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I volunteered to take our team photo for softball and some individual portraits. 

The problem is that we are going to get to the field around 7:30ish... warm up and play a game @ 8a.m.  We should be done around 9a.m., but it is a tournament so there is a chance that we will have a game from 9a.m. to 10a.m. give or take. 

So I'm preparing for a break sometime between 9a.m. and 11a.m., and for obvious reasons I'd rather not take either team or individual portraits @ Noon. 

The weather report is spotty... it will either be cloudy (score), partly cloudy (score), or sunny as all hell (dee-daw). 

So I'm preparing for the worse... which is sunny as hell... which means I need some fill light I was stupid the last time I was in this situation... I shot at f/2.8 and 1/200th of a second... and no surprise, the photo was incredibly over exposed. 

So this time... I presume I'll use hss and ettl, and maybe twin satellite flash bounced off of an umbrella. 

The problem I'm having... or at least think I have is that when I shoot in full daylight @ f2.8, I wound up shooting at around 1/6000 to 1/8000th of a second. 

Sure the problem can be resolved by going under some shade, but I want to take the individual shots on a field so the field is a pleasing background.  So maybe having a tent might work... but that's too much effort.

So am I over thinking it?  Or should I just pray for clouds and also winning enough times that I can take the images in the golden hour... though in that regard, I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 06, 2014, 07:48:53 AM »
Would you guys advice against getting the yongnuo st e3 to save a few bucks? Also, is there a reason why you cant get an st e3 receiver/transceiver?

There's a thread discussing the st-e3.  With flash... you want it to work everytime... otherwise you will miss a shot that maybe that means you lose money... or maybe you just simply lose the shot and you are cursing under your breath a little. 

Either way, the canon st-e3-rt works... beautifully... every time.  The yongnuo... according to others... doesn't. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:52:32 PM »
Could be a female camera that abides by sharia law.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:49:01 AM »
The only issue... and this is minor at best... with the 600's and the st-e3 is knowing which flash is a and which is b... I know I can just look... but I get lazy and I say screw it... I just want a 2:1 ratio and I'm good enough.  But I'd like to be able to say... set off A alone... and I probably can do it... but how doesn't come to mind.

Put labels on the flashes, and/or have a system.  A is key, B is fill, C is hair/rim, D is background, etc.  You can disable groups from the master (I use the camera menus) – that's great for setting up, so you can optimize the power for each flash (e.g., the amount of fill) in isolation for each light, all without stepping away from the camera.

I usually put my a's to my left and in the alphabetical order going from left to right... but I was lazy yesterday and didn't feel like getting up from my kneeling position. 

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 04, 2014, 07:14:26 AM »
The only issue... and this is minor at best... with the 600's and the st-e3 is knowing which flash is a and which is b... I know I can just look... but I get lazy and I say screw it... I just want a 2:1 ratio and I'm good enough.  But I'd like to be able to say... set off A alone... and I probably can do it... but how doesn't come to mind.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 11:15:07 PM »
I went with the Phottix Mitros+ , which has the Odin built into it.  It is probably as respected as it gets for non-OEM equipment. It really works well.   It actually does 2 things which (as i read) the 600 cannot.  It does 2nd curtain sync off-camera, and it adjusts the telephoto zoom remotely.

I just bought 3 flashes.  Here is a neat starter set with one flash and one original Odin transmitter.

https://www.google.com/shopping/product/6057726672876664758?sclient=tablet-gws&safe=off&client=safari&hl=en&q=mitros%2B+plus+odin+canon&oq=mitros%2B+plus+odin+canon&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.&bvm=bv.70138588,d.b2U,pv.xjs.s.en_US.cqlOfy5Invw.O&biw=768&bih=928&tch=1&ech=1&psi=Lw22U_37FrC-8AGvw4HIDw.1404439856978.9&ei=gg22U-HgDqfC8QGj7IFQ&ved=0CIwBEKYrMAM

I miss the ability to do 2nd shutter... but I've maybe used 2nd shutter 5 times in the past year... and each time with the speedlite on the body (obviously). 

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IMO, in general, rental fees are money wasted.  There are exceptions, like kids' skiing gear that they grow out of each year.   Yes, if you'll use a supertele once or twice a year, rental makes sense.  But with use that's more frequent, buying is more cost-effective.
My best purchase EVER in lieu of renting, despite having ZERO resale value, are my bowling shoes.  They were worth twice the price even at half the performance.

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C.D...Good points in general but in these times, with interest rates near zero,  there's very little investment opportunity cost, which lessens your point.    If I have $10k laying around earning .10%, why not buy a used mint 400 2.8ii for $10k, use it for two or three years, and then sell it for at least $9.5k.  (as long as I've taken care of it)

If you buy a gently used great white, take care of it, and sell it in 10 years, you will have lost only a little money.   renting a 400mm 2.8 a few times a year for 10 years would probably cost you at least $6-7k over the years, AND you don't get the enjoyment of owning the lens!

just trying to point out a different perspective. ;D

take care, north

I'm on board with buying over renting.  Generally I either find really good deals on new gear... or I buy like new used gear at a discount.  So when I eventually grow bored with the gear, I sell it and don't lose much money... but more often than not, I make money.

Though I do entirely agree with trying out a lens in store to see if it is awkward.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Yongnuo 622c and 430 ex ii
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:51:52 PM »
Can you show us your flash settings... I'm better at looking at things rather than trying to visualize...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:49:13 PM »
I had a 430ex ii... two 580ex ii's... and now 2 600ex-rt.  I used two yongnuo 622c's... then 3... and now the 600's with an st-e3-rt... and I have to say that my favorite by far is the 600's with the st-e3.  changing groups, finding the best channel... and setting ratios...  It is a thing of beauty.  If you do manual... and you like doing manual... then keep at it.

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Ok!  Mine is due to arrive from B&H on July 8th.
I can't wait for their to be a sale on this....

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It depends.  I control the light entirely on maybe 5% of my shots, the other 95% is a combination of low light and good light... but I've rather have low noise.  I rarely kick my iso above 3200... and I never kick it above 6400... So that is just me.

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check out the EF 1200mm thread. Ebay has it at ~$70,000.00 now.

Yikes!  I would have a hard time spending that much on a car!!!  :o 

$70K on a piece of glass.  No problem getting that approved by the Central Committee.  Not hard at all.   :'(

This is idiotic nonsense, like the prices you see for art, or - postage stamps. Gee... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27890106

In the end it's a question of demand vs availability. Do we really need a 1200 mm lens nowadays? I'd say no.

I guess it really depends on how hot your neighbor is and how far her window is from yours.

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Ok... let's say my pocketbook started suggesting some chapter options... like the 300mm f4 is... a little over a grand... 420mm at
F5.6...

And I save nearly nine grand....
Thoughts m

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