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Calling a 2"x2" piece of plastic a 'softbox that gives studio quality lighting' brings to mind a phrase my 4 year old recently picked up and sometimes shouts emphatically:  "YOU A LIAR!"

If anyone thinks paying $200 for said modifier is good value, I've got this nice bridge in New York and some prime Kansas swampland for sale, and say hello to Mr. Barnum as you seek the Great Egress.

How swampy is the swamp land in Kansas?  Are we talking gators... or just wearing rubber boots when you go out?  Please send me a prospectus.

Photography Technique / Re: How to get eyes tack sharp?
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:13:26 PM »
Use a single AF point and focus directly on the eyes. In single AF mode you can move the AF point around to place it exactly where you want it. I only use a single AF point to focus on a subject.

Bigger depth of field also helps. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:25:47 AM »

I really cannot imagine shooting in anything other than full RAW. Maybe I'm different than some because I do print large on occasion but I'd rather carry cards than switch modes during a shoot. I now wait to be schooled by those who tell me I'm missing the point. I can take it.

If I get a bump in fps speed... maybe... if not, no thanks.  Give me a bigger rock so I can make my sculpture rather than a smaller rock that I have to fit my vision into.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:14:41 AM »
Look forward to: 1D X II + 100-400

I'm looking forward to people selling off their 1dx for pennies on the dollar... so yeah, bring in the 1dx mkii

And it still doesn't get you light at the right angle. From everything I've seen the RT speedlight itself is the next big step, always have two with you and just stick them wherever needed, no worries.
I'm really, really, really hoping that every body released from here on has the transmitter for those built in.

Don't forget to bring the feet.  I was at a baseball game and I wanted to set them on a concrete barrier but putting them on their side didn't seem safe...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:14:58 PM »
So the mail in rebate is through them?  They aren't an authorized dealer... I can't imagine it is through Canon... and I also presume the three year warranty is through them after the first year... I'll look at it when I'm not at work... but all things about this deal worry me.

I had five 622c's... I returned the first pair because one, not sure which, only worked as a receiver... so when I used that one, the flash would fire on full... so not good.  This was with ettl. 

The next three I had worked fine... but I didn't like the yongnuos, except for the ir beam that was sent out. 

I've since upgraded to 600ex-rt's and a e3-rt... or what ever it is called.

They lost me when they said it can replicate studio lighting and there are three off camera speedlites surrounding the subject...  maybe they weren't teething mislead, but that was a pretty quick jump cut. 

As for the product, sure... looks fine but I really don't see paying a premium for a diffuser... but I'm cheap.

up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-menu-play.  :)



I'm not sure why... but that reminds me... I want to play Milon's Secret Castle.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:55:38 AM »
I like digrevtv... I find them to be entertaining... though I'm not entirely sure I would build my entire collection based on what he says.

In regard the 50 art... I don't have one yet... but it seems a little strange that he attacked build quality and bokeh more than auto focus consistency... which seems like it is the only poison pill for the lens...

I can accept the 50L has better bokeh... but from the images I've seen from a myriad of sources, the bokeh seems more than adequate and in fact, quite decent... but his images... were blah... so I guess I can agree that his images were blah and consequently the bokeh... and that's not an attack on him images... because he normally does a fine job making the mundane appear interesting. 

As for the 58... don't most people hate that lens @ that price?  Something about not being sharp and having a ton of CA... but I guess that doesn't matter in the comparison...

or even what the art does REALLY well, which is a near complete lack of distortion.

Abe's went out of business... their name was sold to a shady nyc company... they try and up sale you now.  Not cool.

Oddly, AOM seems to be located in NJ.

Any idea of when AOM went belly-up? I have bought from them in the past with ok results, but I did have to keep saying "NO" to the add-ons.

I feel like it was two years ago... but a Google search will be more accurate than me.

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:16:52 PM »
They stay in the box so when resale time comes.. people who want a bag to keep in the box can have them.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:21:40 PM »
And slow exposures can be timeless.  Who doesn't think of the one national geographic shot any time you hear about a whirling dirbish...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:19:07 PM »
Roo, I like the controlled motion blur of your slow shutter speed shot and would rank it much better than "ok".
Panning with slow shutter speeds was a necessity before high ISO digital cameras, but it's easy to forget about this technique when you don't need it for proper exposure.  Definitely keep working it.  You've reminded me to do the same when I shoot figure skating.

I was at a minor league baseball game yesterday and they had photos of stars from today and yesterday blown up to around 24x30... and I could hardly believe what passed for action shots back in the 70's and 80's.  They were grainy and looked out of focus... not to mention the slow shutter speeds really didn't help. 

I know it isn't a fair comparison, but I'm still blown away.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens from Adorama
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:28:34 PM »
Most reputable online dealers let you retrieve a invoice online.  Local ones keep records and usually can duplicate one.  I almost always buy from either Adorama, or from a small local camera shop in Couer D Alene Idaho.  They employee real photographers, and I like to do my share of keeping a few of the old fashioned shops around.  One small local photo store for Pros just closed shop recently.

I buy a ton of stuff from Amazon, but not Cameras.

Doing a quick inventory of my gear....

used... out of warranty
new... with receipt in email and account, but out of warranty
used... out of warranty
new... with receipt in email, still under warranty
used... out of warranty
used... out of warranty
used... reported stolen... there's a whole backstory here... but the story isn't done yet...
new... with receipt in email and in account, still under warranty
used... out of warranty.

Honestly, I've never had a lens or body go bad on me... so either I keep it well protected or I've been very lucky.

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