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Well…. I ended up canceling my order……………….. Because I called a local dealer (Pitman Photo in Miami), and they had received 1 on allocation.. Rushed down to pick up during lunch, and I now have what is probably one of the first Art 50s in So. Florida.  Love the build quality, and the focusing is reasonably quick…. Stopped on the way back to work and took some pot shots - will post a little later when I get a chance…. For now here she is mated to my 6D.

Congrats.  I'm anxious to know whether it is a special lens... I certainly hope so.

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Lighting / Re: is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:03:05 PM »
I have two 580s ad's I'm quite fond of them... And I have an opportunity to upgrade one of them for $50.  It seems like a no brainer... would y'all agree...

Im using yongnuos at the moment to control my off camera flash... So only one 600 won't change that, but I suppose I may upgrade the other 580 eventually as well... thoughts?

Buy two 600s and sell your yongnuos if you can to fund the purchase.  Then you won't wonder why you have one 600 whose rt function isn't of value until you buy another.  As previously mentioned though, should you only get the one, you will find other benefits other than the rt function that can justify it.  And as you say, you may buy another in the future and you'll be set.

I upgrade at a glacial pace.  And even that feels too fast for me.  I'm going to get the flash, but getting it past the wife will be a challenge.

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Lighting / Re: is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 01, 2014, 11:59:31 AM »
I'd say it's worth $50 to go from a 580EX II to a 600EX-RT.  The Canon RT system is easy to use, and most importantly, it's reliable.  If you shoot with the flash on-camera with a longer lens, the head zoom of 200mm vs. 105mm is a nice feature.  Also, if you change settings on the flash, the display on the 600 is much nicer than the 580.

I remember when I labored over buying a 50 mm f1.8 for $75.  Now I'm upgrading for functions I won't initially use.  So weird.

I hate to lose sleep over penny. Your decision of getting 85L II  been years. As I recalled correctly, we had this conversation way before my 85L II purchase.

I already have ton of photos from 85L II  :P   Get it JD ;)

I do remember that conversation.  $1500 ish from Craig's list.  It wasn't in my to buy list aft the time, but it found its way on. 

I'm getting one... It might be a bit more than I was hoping for, but still well less than retail.

As for pennies, if you mind them, they turn into dollars. 



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Lighting / Re: is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 01, 2014, 10:04:58 AM »
I'd say it's worth $50 to go from a 580EX II to a 600EX-RT.  The Canon RT system is easy to use, and most importantly, it's reliable.  If you shoot with the flash on-camera with a longer lens, the head zoom of 200mm vs. 105mm is a nice feature.  Also, if you change settings on the flash, the display on the 600 is much nicer than the 580.

I remember when I labored over buying a 50 mm f1.8 for $75.  Now I'm upgrading for functions I won't initially use.  So weird.

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Lighting / is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:55:49 AM »
I have two 580s ad's I'm quite fond of them... And I have an opportunity to upgrade one of them for $50.  It seems like a no brainer... would y'all agree...

Im using yongnuos at the moment to control my off camera flash... So only one 600 won't change that, but I suppose I may upgrade the other 580 eventually as well... thoughts?

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LOL, JD! I am actually looking into something portable, that sort of moves with me.

BTW, I was also thinking of getting a Gorillapod and wrapping it around my right forearm or setting it on my left shoulder (around my neck). Anyone done something like this?

portable... I'd probably go with a gary fong diffuser, a monopod with feet so you can stand it up like a tripod, and an optical trigger... not the 90ex... which is god awful, but I think the 320 ex does optical triggering... one of the smaller ones... Even then... I do still like the yong 622's because of their IR projection which helps with focus.  I like my off camera flashes to be @ 4 o'clock or 8 o'clock... but 5:45 or 6:15 still reminds me of being @ 6 o'clock

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There are a ton of ways to get a woman into bed... yes.. yes I'm going with that phrase. 

I use 2 tripods... 2 580 exii's, three yongnuo 622c's, 1 soft white umbrella, and one flash bender large diffuser...

Alternatively, you could get a hotshoe cord, maybe something that extends 10 feet or so, and then have it tethered to a tripod... or a umbrella/bracket combo...

Heck... when I just had a 430 ex ii, I would just send the flash into a corner of the room I was in and that worked reasonably well.

You have plenty of options... just find the one that works for you.

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Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:25:22 PM »
Shoot two images onewide open and the other at f8 in quick succession..

I probably should read the manual, but I don't think any bodies are set up for that type of on the fly automatic adjustment.

With the camera in Tv mode, exposure bracketing will change the aperture.  Of course , in this case you don't want to change the exposure, so something else must be automatically changed to maintain a metered exposure. 

@Marsu42, does ML have the capability to shoot bracketed apertures while compensating with ISO or shutter speed to maintain a neutral exposure?  If not, maybe you'll add it?  :)  A burst of bracket aperture shots from f/5.6 to f/14, for example, would allow you to select in post the shot with the widest aperture that still had sufficient DoF for your subjects. Using flash would complicate things, though...

That would be lovely.  I tend to use the factory firmware, but I would seriously jump ship for that option.

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Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:01:28 PM »
I've also mulled over taking the shot with a small aperture... waiting till the subject is away... turning the focus to manual so it doesn't shift, and the opening the aperture wide... And then placing them in the bokeh filed image with Photoshop.

You would need a tripod of course.

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Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:56:28 AM »
I've thought about this... but I don't think it is an option I can use with my body's firmware.

Shoot two images onewide open and the other at f8 in quick succession... then over lap then in layers in Photoshop and just make the dog in focus...

I think it would look strange at really large print sizes, but at calendar size, it would go unnoticed.

I probably should read the manual, but I don't think any bodies are set up for that type of on the fly automatic adjustment.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New User looking for advice..
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:23:41 PM »
why buy a macro lens just buy some tubes everyone seems to be focusing on macro and really it more close up than macro so tubes will be plenty, to photograph actual racing he is going to need a long lens that performs...
and really a 60D or 6D af for tracking race cars? F1 cars? ummmm No.

For the OP stated uses the best would be to
A) accept $2000 isnt enough and it will over run
B) get a 70D the AF will be better than going for anything with a crappy 9 pt AF
C) look for a used 15-85 IS to save some bucks (I got one for my parents for $400) new they are about $800 i think
D) get a tamron 150-600
and E) get some AF tubes for close up work with the 15-85

probably grab a $100 50 f1.8 mk2 for now for some wide apperture fun

get a tripod later the 150-600 can be handheld easily enough.

Formula 1 cars go up to 200 miles per hour... or at least I think they do in my video games.  But the question is how far will the photographer be from the subject?  My guess is that he would be in the stands... so lets say 20 meters is as close as he'll ever get to the vehicles in motion.

Per a dof calculator (@ f/5.6):

Subject distance    65 ft
 
Depth of field
Near limit    61 ft
Far limit    69.5 ft
Total    8.5 ft

So we aren't talking about shallow depth of fields with a speedy adjustment by the lens to keep focus.  I think the 60D, 7D, or even a 50D could keep pace with a car going 200 mph when you are that far away.  Heck... my old Canon XS can probably do an adequate job... though I don't recall if the XS has an AI servo mode...

Also... when you are that type of distance... the perceived added reach of a crop sensor along with a 1.4x teleconvertor will get you close to the action...

I know we as a group will praise full frame... and it is nice... very nice... super nice... I don't want to undersell it... but crop isn't that bad.  In good light, I contend it is difficult to tell the difference.  @ higher isos... ok... crop is noticeably worse... but the races will take place outdoors... sunny... cloudy... depends on the desired shutter speed.  1/6000 will limit the blur only to the tires, but at 1/200, presuming he is panning, will blur the background as a result of the camera movement... So f/2.8 isn't that necessary.

I think the 100 non L is a good option for the macro work... but the fact of the matter is that there is more than one way to skin a cat... which is a stupid saying... I think a more apropos phrase is there is more than one way to get a woman into bed. 

And most of the options discussed will be adequate for the tasks listed.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New User looking for advice..
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:36:19 PM »
I'd also throw the 60 d into the mix.  You can get one for 600 ish.  At a distance, the auto focus should be equally as good as the 70 d.  If you were closer to the subject and depth of field could switch away from your subject quickly, then the ,70d would be preferable. 

I'd also suggest some good peripheral lighting and maybe a 180mm macro combined with a teleconvertor.

It is just other options.  Just make sure there is sufficient light.

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Actually... I don't care about 50L v 50 art as much as I care about 50 art v 85L mkii.

So if anyone wants to compare those...

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Please share... It is all very exciting.

check the lens gallary :D
After work.  I'll stress my bandwidth to its limits.

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Please share... It is all very exciting.

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