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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 02:06:33 PM »
Where are you keeping the Irish whiskey?  Good Lord... you can't traverse the countryside without some medicinal libations.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:36:49 PM »
Sl1 and the m are light weight .  If you feel the need for a backup with you, I'd suggest one of those.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:23:56 PM »
Video.  I have the fluid head but I haven't used it yet.  I'm fond of it... but I WANTED to love it... I think longer feet without the ball would make me happy, but I did use the ball to get the shaft perpendicular to the ground, so I'm complaining for very little reason.

I picked up a manfrotto with the feet... the 5d mkiii plus a lens unstable if the monopod is extended... but if I keep the neck strap around my neck... I minimize the risk of it falling due to being unbalanced. 

I tightened the ball and it isn't bad, but I feel as though I am lubing it up on the ball to keep it firm, but smooth.

It is heavy... but nothing a trip  or two to three gym can't solve.


Do you have the one i have, or the video version with the semi pivoting feet?  Mines pretty stable as long as it's in controlled environments...  and that's with my 5d3 and 24-105...  When using the 70-200, i have the collar so it's more balanced

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:19:17 PM »
Quick question... more of a subjective question... but the first two photos.... I look at them and think... could use a touch more contrast.  Is it a matter of personal preference, or did you have a specific vision... maybe because it was cloudy you wanted the scene to reflect that?

Back at the Track.

REX13720h by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

REX13705h by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:07:43 PM »
I picked up a manfrotto with the feet... the 5d mkiii plus a lens unstable if the monopod is extended... but if I keep the neck strap around my neck... I minimize the risk of it falling due to being unbalanced. 

I tightened the ball and it isn't bad, but I feel as though I am lubing it up on the ball to keep it firm, but smooth.

It is heavy... but nothing a trip  or two to three gym can't solve.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:23:20 PM »
Here's my stance on the whole dr issue.  I'm not a good enough photographer to where I notice and consequently would miss the mysterious dynamic range.  When I shoot with a Canon xs, I managed some good did.  Ditto with the 60d and now my 5d mkiii.  I've even managed some really nice shots with an old xti that I have to my daughter. 

So the shots are out there... it's my job to find them... and gear plays a part... but not so much that I blame my gear over my personal ineptitude... but that's just me.  I don't miss this emperor's clothes... not because I am part of the blind masses, but rather because I'm looking at the peasant girl with the big cans wondering if she will let me paint her with light. 

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Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.4 Canon vs. Sigma
« on: September 28, 2014, 02:39:11 PM »
We are talking about the original sigma, not the art, right. Dogs your body have auto focus micro adjust?

I never shot the Canon 50 below f2.8, so I'm a marginal resource l at best... but the old Sigma would be poor with afma because the lens needed more than 20 units of afma...

The art has problems with peripheral auto focus points... and the Canon is soft wide open.  So it's a give and take.

The 85mm might just be a good match with your body... manufacturing tolerances...

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:27:51 PM »
I have 2... I wouldn't mind 3... after all is said and done... maybe I'll wind up with 5.

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Some one locally is selling a 100-400 for $1000... I'm not sure if it is in anticipation of the new one coming out... but it is tempting... even just buying one, using it for a while and then selling it.  Tempting.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Why Photography
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:53:00 AM »
At what point do our wives ask... so you really need all that gear to take family photos?

I'm at 12k-ish... so I'm expecting that conversation to happen any day now.

Just ask your wife how important are the memories of your babies?

(guilt works both ways in a relationship)  LoL

I took a whole mess of photos back when I had a $100 point and shoot, and now we both have cameras on our phones... so it is really a quality v. Quantity issue.

Having said that... I do occasionally rock the S___... so I don't get too much crap...

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I guess while we are discussing it... are there many advantages to using a softbox over using a big ass umbrella?   

Yes, there are. Uniformity of the highlight, ability of putting the light source closer to the subject, shape of highlight in reflective surfaces, and slightly softer, less contrastsy results due to the above two first characteristics. Last, but not least, a slightly more professional and less "cheesey" impression made on overly impressionable clients is likely.

Thanks... though with an umbrella... you never have to worry about the rain and if you get the 72" variety, you can use it as a golf umbrella to keep your entire foursome dry.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:06:56 PM »

Not to be THAT GUY... but eventually there are diminishing returns.  There are 120 hz tv's out there... and there will eventually be 240hz (if there aren't already), but does it make a difference?  to some sure... but I can't imagine there are super human people who can detect the difference.

There are 2K 240hz screens out there..... actually, they are kinda common now :) $2800 will get you a 240hz 4K tv......

On other news, the latest GoPro will shoot 4K video at 30hz and 2K video at 120hz....

I video my kid swinging her bat at the softball... 60 fps is good enough when I slow it down to 24 fps... but... I definitely wouldn't mind the 120...

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I guess while we are discussing it... are there many advantages to using a softbox over using a big ass umbrella?   

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I know Sagit called dibs... but if he opts out... I'm game.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:37:36 PM »
i will buy a 30" UHD 4k monitor as soon as a reasonable product comes along.
Next product I will buy will be an 8k monitor .. as soon as a reasonable porduct comes along.
After that? A 16k monitor.
And if I happen to live lng enough, after that a 32k monitor.

Power of 2. Definitely stay away from uneven numbers in all things digital.
5k ... most stupid thing on earth. Dell should have tried to first get a relly good 4k monitor made.

Not to be THAT GUY... but eventually there are diminishing returns.  There are 120 hz tv's out there... and there will eventually be 240hz (if there aren't already), but does it make a difference?  to some sure... but I can't imagine there are super human people who can detect the difference.


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