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EOS Bodies / Re: Play Arkanoid on your Canon dslr :-)
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:43:12 AM »
 what,  no doom?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D logical upgrade from 7D?
« on: August 14, 2013, 11:27:47 PM »

Yes, good third-party batteries should work fine, but they do have to be batteries specifically built for the 6D.

I don't trust 3rd party batteries.  I wouldn't even trust it if it said Energizer on the side.  That's just me... I'll pay the extra 20 bucks and know that oem will be the right ohms, wattage, volts, etc.  I hated all of that in physics... and I'm still not fond of electricity.

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Reviews / Re: Which camera should I buy for a first timer
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:46:38 AM »
http://www.amazon.com/Tiffen-77VND-VARIABLE-FILTER-Camera/dp/B004Z55VP0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Is this the Tiffen filter that you recommended me to buy ? Will it fit on my camera ?


That's a good VND.  If it were me, I'll just buy the 82mm if it's available and then just get step rings.  Your filter size will depend on the size of your lens filter threads.


I prefer hard plastic hoods over filters and some step up rings aren't well made so they can get stuck in the grooves, so you want to be careful with those.  I have heard stories of people having to cut off the step up ring and it sounds awful.

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Thanks so much all. Never ceases to amaze me how helpful people on the internet can be. Just checked this and find so many helpful and informative replies - fantastic. For some reason I though they were available for a lower price - not sure why but I had about £15 in my head ($20 or so). I must have just been mistaken!

 if you don't mind shooting only in manual  and being limited to a 1/200  shutter speed,  you can get some cheaper ones.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What is 20,000 shutter clicks worth?
« on: August 13, 2013, 09:31:30 AM »
I had a 7d for 3 years which I think had over 300k of shutter clicks before I sold it (for a 5d3). I had no problems @ 300k

 out of curiosity,  how much did you sell it for?

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:24:25 AM »
Milky way over Stonehenge WWII memorial in South-Central Washington:
Nice. What was the source of illumination on the memorial?

Beaut pics on your link :)

 based on the color and the religious considerations,  I'm  going to guess it was the devil.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What is 20,000 shutter clicks worth?
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:21:17 AM »
I don't think  accurate shutter count would have devalued the camera,  but it would  annoy me.   if it is in  otherwise pristine condition,  I'd ask for a 6%  refund.  I  hate eBay,  but all the  power is  given to the  customer.

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I have a Q-flash and it's.. worth about $30.  It's not bad really, but it has a few problems. One really odd thing is the "refelector" in the unit is just cardboard.  That thing that says Q-flash on it is reflecting the light down the tube.  When I pulled it out, I found it was grey/brown cardboard.  I replaced it with aluminum foil and gained about a stop of light.

The thing still costs about 1 1/2 stops, but that is way better than 2 1/2 stops.  Ettl works fine, but it did before.  It's just that your max flash is less, so at times it will under expose.

Also it does not put a "ring" in the eye as a catchlight.  More like a round U that is darker on the bottom.  Does work great for macro!  Have you though of a real ring light?  The Alien Bees model is a hell of a flash for $400

Here you can see mine in use by a friend (note foil in place of cardboard)

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

And the result:

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr


I can still see shadows and somewhat harsh reflected light off of the t zone... I decided to pass on it unless I Can get a really good deal on the ray flash, but I don't see that happening.

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:06:29 PM »
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.


This is one of the best places on the east coast, probably not too far of a drive for you. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/ Haven't been there myself but I do plan to go someday. Five hour drive for me and planning around the weather can be tough.


3.3 hours for me... I hate driving... Maybe if it was within an hour...  Maybe I can get the local camera club to carpool.

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I say try it with the cash and see if you get a green cast - it might match fluorescent.

Jim

The pre-paid gift card isn't catching... time for some lighter fluid.

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Nevermind... I just read enough reviews that have convinced me that the o-flash ring knockoff is just that... a knock off.

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I was involved in a discussion about the Rogue flashbender which I had already purchased in my Amazon account for $35... and that conversation convinced me to go from the small one to the large on for only $40.  Then later in the conversation, I learned you can get factory 2nds directly from ExpoImaging at 1/2 off.  GREAT!  Now I have save $20 I will be able to blow $20 on hookers and blow (at a prorated allotment)

Then the Ray flash caught my eye.  http://www.expoimaging.com/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=22
$150 bucks seems like quite a bit  considering I can buy a yongnuo flash and an umbrella, and a stand while still having a little left over for hookers and blow. 

So I did a youtube search and I saw the original in action and I will say that I was impressed... but then I saw the Chinese knockoff for only $30 on Ebay. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/F170-Macro-O-Flash-Ring-For-NIKON-SB900-D80-D50-D90-D60-D7-CANON-580EX-II-50D-5D-/251303752068?pt=Digital_Camera_Flashes&hash=item3a82def184

The youtube "show" said that using ETTL it was a touch underexposed, so you have to do it manually, but I think I can do that to save $120, a $170 if I bought it new. 

So that raises the question... I'm I just throwing the $20 I saved on a $30 piece of junk because I'm nuts, or do yall think it might actually be a decent investment... at least something to play with. 

I think that is about it, but I have three rebate gift cards that I believe I am going to use, at least on the factory seconds, and maybe on the O flash ring. 

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Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:49:55 PM »
Both work but I'm playing more with the large one.

Got mine as a factory second - works great but you have to get both pieces.

http://www.expoimaging.com/index2.php?cPath=21


And it was perfect timing because I got 3 rebate gift cards today... so I am going to buy that and some other stuff.

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I have the YN622c. It's cheap and it does the job well but something you need to keep in mind is that it can only change flash settings from within the camera's menu. If you have older or third party flashes, chances are that they won't be fully compatible. See here for a list of flashes and their compatibility.

Thanks... I didn't realize it wouldn't be compatible with some flashes.  I have a 580 ex ii, so I'm golden, but it is good to know in advance.

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 so you want off camera flash triggering.   the  question is,  do you want ettl  as  well?

 I'm buying a pair of yongnuo 622nc  or something like that  for 80  bucks.   it  does ettl  as  well.  I  don't have them,  but the  people and reviews say they are solid  for the price.

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