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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:55:41 AM »
It's flash capabilities are not "not all that great", they are non existent.
It depends on how much you want a severely limited optical master. Personally, and I own both, I'd recommend spending a little more and getting a secondhand ST-E2 (around $110), it isn't much bigger, is much more "powerful", it has a focus assist, and you don't have to do everything from the camera menu.

I put in some new panasonic batteries and while I wouldn't say the batteries were great... they took their sweet time to recharge.  I play around with the 90 ex and my two 580 exii's in slave mode and I like the results... I played with the ratios and I do like having a dual flash set up... but I would happily sell my 90 exii for a $50 if anyone wants to give me that much (via Craigslist)... it is ok... but there were enough times where I was annoyed because I assumed the flash would be ready and it wasn't.

+1  I owned a 90EX for 7 months and recently sold it for $40 on eBay.  Since it can't swivel to use for bounce flash, I only used it as an optical master, and it didn't perform well in that role.

As an optical master it works, but I found the recycle time to be incredibly slow.  In the studio I was missing lots of shots with our toddler while waiting for it to recycle.  Also, since its fixed, you are forced to keep your slave flashes in front of you to trigger them.  I recently purchased two 600EX-RT's and now use one of those as my master, so the 90EX was just gathering dust.

I recommend spending a little more money on a more capable flash.

I don't play with optical triggering that much.. but I assumed that the red front part of the flash needed to be facing your subject... at least that is what I did when I use it.  and with the fully articulating head of the 580 or 600, it seems like the flash doesn't HAVE to be in front of the camera.  I could be wrong on all fronts though.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:28:48 PM »
Guys don't get too excited about the 90EX, I got one in an M kit, it is useless; utterly useless as a flash, or even for fill, its only practical use is as an optical master but even then it is somewhat limited having no power, bounce, or swivel capabilities.

Having used one I wouldn't value it at anything like $50.

Even if it's flash capabilities are not all that great, isn't $50 for an optical master a really good deal?

I put in some new panasonic batteries and while I wouldn't say the batteries were great... they took their sweet time to recharge.  I play around with the 90 ex and my two 580 exii's in slave mode and I like the results... I played with the ratios and I do like having a dual flash set up... but I would happily sell my 90 exii for a $50 if anyone wants to give me that much (via Craigslist)... it is ok... but there were enough times where I was annoyed because I assumed the flash would be ready and it wasn't.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Art listed in Belarus for $790
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:22:49 PM »
I know Sigma is a 2nd tier brand... but if the lens is really that good, they would be giving it away at $800.  Especially when their main competition is the Otus which is $4000.  Is Ford really going charge $10,000 for a mid-size sedan because Honda is selling their's at $20,000?

Not to mention, the 50 art would come in at a lower price than the 35 art? 

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And for the record... I'm willing to take any of these lexar cards of your hands because I'm still rocking an 8gb 800x with that 120mb readrate and that 45mb/s write rate.
I just have one Lexar and it's going into the 5DIII once the 1DX arrives, but I have an old Sandisk 128MB card that I paid way too much for in 2000 if you'd be interested in that one - not to mention a drawer full of SD and MMC cards along with a Sony MemoryStick.  I might still have the 4MB CF card that came with my first digital camera as well ;)

It is so funny about cards, they become worthless so quickly.  I have a few 16gb uhs 1/class 10 New sd cards and I can't sell them.  I wind up having to give them away when I sell a body.

I'm not sure where my really old cards are... but I'm glad mmc and the Fuji xd cards are done.  I hated the lack of there being a standard format.

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Thank you for all the great ideas.

Here's one of mine: Rubber lens adjustable hoods.

* Protect the lens and the camera softly - won't break.
(Think willow tree versus an oak tree)

* Can put lens with camera in bag without removing hood as it takes almost no additional volume - and they collapse to fit my bag.

* $8 versus Canon's $32.

The only time I don't use them is with a lens wider than about 50mm.
Then we need  the petal design.
However, if new rubber hoods come with petals - I'm all in.

Here's one for your 100-400 lens.

http://www.camera-filters.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=483&products_id=7602

I had one and I really liked it... but if you drop the camera/lens lens first... it offers very little protection.  As I don't use filters.. 8 will sacrifice a hood over the front element any day.

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I made my own flash diffuser out off a water bottle, some tape and some aluminum foil.  I liked it... the wife didn't.

Flash diffuser - a 1pt plastic milk carton cut down so that the base of the carton covers the flash head.

I think all of our milk pints are in cardboard containers... but I don't drink milk often.

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I don't read mtf charts very well, but those don't seem impressive.

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I made my own flash diffuser out off a water bottle, some tape and some aluminum foil.  I liked it... the wife didn't.

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I find the whole process of buying a card these days to be annoying.  The model numbers keep changing but the names stay the same, and high read speeds are great for photojournalists, but pretty inconsequential for most other people where the difference between 3 minutes and 5 minutes won't kill you.  Write speeds are important and Lexar's new policy of just adding an asterisk and saying "write speeds lower" is terrible.  And then we have their 800x cards that sound great (just look at those prices!) until you realize the write speed is terrible and nowhere near the read speed.  Sandisk seems to do a better job of being less deceptive in their marketing, but they're starting to follow Lexar's model on some of their models, too.  I've got a 1DX on the way and will post results from that test once I receive it, but I expect it will be pretty similar.

Not too long ago I was looking at cards and the places I was looking didn't bother to differentiate between write and read speeds.  Fast forward two or three years and I do see write v read speeds.  I don't mind looking at the description as long as the information is accurate. 

And for the record... I'm willing to take any of these lexar cards of your hands because I'm still rocking an 8gb 800x with that 120mb readrate and that 45mb/s write rate.

Ahms for the poor... is it ahms... I can't make out what they say in the movies. 

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:53:53 PM »
I have the 70-200 mkii... and I'm quite fond of it... but you REALLY don't need the f/2.8 unless you are working in low light.  F/4 is plenty good if you can control the lighting or are in decent lighting. 

So if I had $2000 to spend, I'd probably lean you towards either the 70-200 f/4L IS which is every bit as sharp as the f/2.8L Is mkii... when at f/4 which is obviously the max aperture... or again... the 70-300L which is significantly better than the 55-250, the 70-300 USM, and the 55-250 stm. 

Having said that... if you plan on doing video... can control the light... maybe the 55-250 for $250ish isn't a bad option. I buy them here and there and I sell them new on Amazon for around $270-280ish... The stm is sharper than the other Non L options, and it might do the trick until you figure out exactly what you want. 

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Canon General / Re: Lens advice please, EF 70-200 IS I or II?
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:08:59 PM »
I broached the idea of getting the 200-400 f/4L 1.x to the wife today... and I explained it would be a few years before I could save up enough to get it... and she FREAKED!  Evidently she tolerates the 70-200 mkii, the 5d mkiii, and the rest... but breaking 5 digits is where she flips!. 

So... this 'she' of which you speak... does she know how much the lens is?  I'd guess yes... and it is possible her tolerance is much like the wife's... but I'd double check before it becomes a whole thing.

And now that I'm forbidden from getting the 200-400... I think I'll get it. 

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-Sandisk 60MB/s write: 19 frames
-Lexar 95BM/s write: 23 frames
-Sandisk 90MB/s write: 25 frames
-Sandisk 150MB/s write: 35 frames
Just to rub salt in my own wounds...I just came across the box my Lexar 1000x card came in and it says "Rev C." and 145MB/s write speed.  Now I'm just utterly confused - how could the Sandisk 150MB/s card be that much faster???
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Moral of the story... sandisk under promises and over delivers... Lexar over promises and under delivers. 

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I picked up the 1.4 mkii.  I dropped the kenko from consideration because it doesn't work with afma very well.  I'm cheap and I didn't think the advances in image quality warranted the additional cost.

I think my out the door price was $150... which wasn't bad for the three times a year I use it.
There is very little difference in the 1.4x II and III so that was a wise buy, and just 3x a year?  I use both of my TCs almost every time I shoot!

Last year I used it when I shot some football games and recently when I shot my daughter skiing... but usually for what I do.. I'm close enough that the 70-200 is plenty long enough....

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I picked up the 1.4 mkii.  I dropped the kenko from consideration because it doesn't work with afma very well.  I'm cheap and I didn't think the advances in image quality warranted the additional cost.

I think my out the door price was $150... which wasn't bad for the three times a year I use it.

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