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This sort of rings hollow for me.  If I were to travel to India/Nepal/etc. I would want to photograph more (landscape, street, portraiture, etc.) than the activities of the non-profit.

If I were to travel to there and want to help, I would want to do more than simply photograph the activities of the non-profit (actually help with the administration of food/drugs/etc.)

Then there is the part of me that is married and I have kids... and I wouldn't want to travel to a dangerous part of the world.

And as a middle class person, I can't see giving my money to people to go across the world to photograph non-profits.  I would want to donate either locally or to organizations that I hold a deeper interest in.

I might be missing the bigger "picture" if you will.  And I know that giving a volunteer a camera won't result in pro-level images simply because they have access to pro-gear... but it seems to be a better return on investment... mailing a camera rather than a person...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 02:47:44 PM »
My wife has never bought me anything photo related.  I bought things for minefield that we turned into gifts for me... but it would be nice if she simply didn't hide my stuff when she cleans.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:43:01 AM »
I know people who buy vehicle designed to go off road and they never do.  Just seems like overkill.

Lenses / Re: What prime should I get?
« on: December 07, 2014, 01:33:17 PM »
I think 35 mm on crop is a bit more functional.  50mm (80mm with 1.6 crop factor) can be a touch long... ditto with the 85mm.  But the 85 does a really nice job... though there is some purple fringing... the f/1.8 50 does feel cheap, and it is loud, but it is really sharp and nice around f/2.8.  Which is probably why I would suggest going with the 40mm.  F/2.8 is sharp, it isn't as long as the 50 or the 80, and cheaper than most of the canon 35mm options.

As for the f/1.4 50mm... the auto focus is faster and quieter, but it is fragile.  If you don't drop it... it will be fine... but if you do drop the lens, the AF groove can be misaligned and never be right again.  I hated the 50mm f/1.4 because I was afraid of breaking it. 

Does the shutter really open and close 30 times a second when you choose a 30 fps rate or the sensor is electronically programed to make one reading of the frame every 1/30 of a second?

I assumed the latter... I know the mirror isn't slapping, but I can't image the curtain is flipping and a flopping that often.

I always thought that shooting in manual and seeing shutter just have you a representation of how exposure will be if you take a shot while the video is being recorded. 

Are the curtains jumping up and down during video... huh... I wouldn't have guessed. 

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:06:40 PM »

I decided on these two.  I got two different brands of the same type partly to see if there is a qualitative difference, but also because I HAD to buy one directly from Amazon in order to receive a $25 discount... so.. that works for me.

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:51:49 PM »
JD, if you get one, please share you impressions of it.  I'm very interested in learning what you find out and how you like it.

I was doing some math and I can get 2 60" for a little more than 1 70/71"... so i think that is a better value... especially since the 60" has a removable black cover... so it gives me a touch more flexibility. 

But I'll give a full report and maybe some product photography, which is primarily what I use the studio setup for (my 1 year old refuses to sit still and the 11 year old refuses to smile...)

Lighting / Re: 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:05:55 PM »
Thanks everybody, and sorry for hijacking your thread jdramirez.

It's fine... i got some good information out of the digression... I wouldn't mind getting a softbox... but they are so expensive for really good light... where I can spend the 30 bucks and get good light with the umbrella.

Lighting / 72" umbrella... what to look for and what to avoid?
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:40:20 PM »
I know softies can give better catch lites, and umbrellas may not look as professional as studio lighting... but I'm cheap andi havea chance to get a 72 inch all white for $25 or a black back silver front for $35... (newer brand which can be a draw back) but once had newer stuff before and it doesn't prevent me from going back to that well.

So... any caveats,  72 is just unwieldy,  don't buy the all white,  don't buy the black/silver, set the 600ex rt to manual focal length and set it at...

I prefer not to throw away good money on something that seems like a good idea but isn't...

Street & City / Re: Why is poverty so photogenic?
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:40:24 PM »
I contend it isn't,  but we have an emotional response to looking at poverty.

And I'm sure they use Photoshop too.   So I don't trust anything from the ad world. .. but it really annoys me when cheap camera use shots from pro gear... but I've complained about that before.

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:22:24 PM »
Maybe it is like a crumple zone in a car. .. the cap absorbs the energy of the fall thereby saving the lens from damage.   You are misinterpreting a design feature for a design flaw. ..

And yes that was all tongue in cheek.

Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:58:33 AM »
I have been waiting for around 2 years to buy the Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS II and have seen it in the past drop to $1799. B&H and others have been selling it for $2149... What's going on!!!??!?!?!?!?!?
There is the 6th ave ebay deal. 

But if you go to canon price watch, you can get the lens for 1899 as well... so you are paying $100 more than your target price either way.  I'd say get it.

Lenses / Re: What distance to be at for AFMA
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:52:23 PM »
Near minimum focusing distance is where the dof is the thinnest... so I afma near mfd.  I assume if I am shooting a target 10x mfd then my dof will be much more significant, so a focus shift (assume I'm using that term correctly) may occur, but it should still be within my dof.

Not a good idea, for the reasons stated above.

I'm shooting my little rugrat... so I don't have much predictive capabilities when it comes to consistent distance from the camera she will be.

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