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Lighting / Re: Shaping the Lite
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:34:33 AM »
Nice. I used to use 24mm when using a mid sized shoot through umbrella but I find 35 or 50 a bit more efficient. Any thoughts on that?
Great question.  I'm interested in what zooms settings others are using when using shoot-thru umbrellas and softboxes. Typically I've been using about 24mm for a 45" umbrella and 24x24 (Lastolite) softbox.  I'm probably wasting light, especially on the umbrellas, but since I'm using manual flash, I can always adjust it. 

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Lighting / Re: Shaping the Lite
« on: December 11, 2013, 07:43:53 PM »
Excellent tests and nice presentation, thanks for sharing!  I have a few Honl mods and have been debating over the regular or shorty snoot.  Your examples will be helpful.  Did you by chance do any bouncing tests with flash pointed straight up and snoots opened up?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bought at 6D on Black Friday; AFMA or not?
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:34:23 AM »
If you choose to buy a tool down the road I would certainly go with Reikan FoCal.  I started out with LensAlign, the MkII version, and found it fairly difficult and frustrating at first.  The tool is also very flimsy and fragile.  I understand the more expensive "pro" version has a metal ruler so it's probably more robust.  Focal is easier, quicker, and requires less human interpretation.

FWIW, all of my lens did require some AFMAing.  Four required a minor adjustment of +/- 1-2 and one required a +10.  All but one are 2.8 lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: BigValue 6D - no warranty card???
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:35:41 AM »
Sigh Amazon has it for $1415 today. I bet it is not a split kit either. Oh well.

I'd order it from Amazon ASAP (assuming sale tax doesn't offset the difference) before they're gone then return your BV one.  Peace of mind and you will know for sure, otherwise it will always bug you. 

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Lenses / Re: looking for feedback on choosing a 70-200 for weddings.
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:57:14 PM »
Any of you have any feedback on the turnaround for the mail-in rebates from canon?

Took about 3 weeks for mine for the 24-70 II rebate.  Read on another post it took someone else about the same amount of time.

You should be able to track it online here:  https://www.acbpromotions.com/canonrebates/

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 06:12:55 PM »
I learned the hard way by buying a mediocre tripod/head combo and became very frustrated with it.  Luckily I was able to sell it on Craig's List and recoup some of my loss.  Definitely buy the very best tripod / head you can afford--even if it takes a while to save up.

After seeking advice here on CR, I went with the following:

- Gitzo GT-2531, Series 2 Tripod
- Really Right Stuff BH-40 w/LR (Lever release) plate
- Arca Swiss plates for my bodies and 70-200 II ring

My tripod-head combo is a mid-size making it sturdy enough for a xD body with a 70-200 II, and light enough for backpacking and travel.

Without a doubt, make sure your head is Arca Swiss compatible.  I leave AS plates on my bodies permanently and use the RRS AS mini clamp (link below) on my Black Rapid strap to quickly connect/disconnect my bodies.

http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B2-FAB-F&type=0&eq=&desc=B2-FAB-F-38mm-clamp-with-flat-back&key=it





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Canon General / Re: Upgraded - Sell old equipment?
« on: November 29, 2013, 06:47:01 AM »
I would sell it all now while you there's still a decent resale value.  If down the road you find the need for a second body, pick up a used 7D which seems to be dirt cheap.  A 7D would compliment a 6D nicely (AF, FPS, reach).

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United States / Re: Christmas trip to Arizona and Reno - where to go?
« on: November 29, 2013, 12:36:47 AM »
Sedona is always a favorite for hiking, biking, and photography in AZ.  For Indian ruins, I highly recommend Walnut Canyon National Monument about 5 miles east of Flagstaff. Here you get to walk down into a canyon and see cave dwellings up close.  I have not been there this time of year so I'm not sure how the angle of the sun will light up the canyon.  I would check with park rangers for ideal times.  About 10 miles north of Flagstaff is Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments.  Wupatki is loaded with more Indian dwelling and ruins.  If you had to pick just one, I'd go with Walnut Canyon.  Walnut Canyon will be best with an ultra wide angle lens such as 16-35.

If you make a trip to Tucson to the Desert Sonoran Museum (which is really a very cool zoo), you might also visit Saguaro National Park.  The park is split into two sections, east and west.  IMO, the west section (fairly close to Desert Sonoran Museum) is the better of the two. 


Edit:
Now that I'm on my PC, I thought I'd post some links:

Walnut Canyon
http://www.nps.gov/waca/index.htm
Wupatki (note:  Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano parks border each other)
http://www.nps.gov/wupa/index.htm
Desert Sonoran
http://www.desertmuseum.org/
Saguaro NP
http://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm
Desert Botanical
http://www.dbg.org/

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I would choose a 5D3 or 7D only.  Both have similar ergonomics, button layout, build, and both have advanced AF systems.  I would not choose the 60D for the lack of AFMA alone or the 6D for its AF.

You will need to decide which you would benefit from most:

5D3 - true backup body, able to have two different lens mounted simultaneous
7D - extra reach and few more FPS

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Wow! Thank you all soooo much! Looks like I'll be an owner of a lastolite softbox very soon!  A bit pricey but sounds like it is the way to go! Bang for the buck~ thanks again!!
As a transitional step towards a soft box, why not get an inexpensive shoot-thru umbrella? (about $20)  This will allow you to collect your other gear and practice shooting portraits justs the same and you will still be able to use the same stand, swivel, weights, etc. when you get a softbox.  The big difference is an umbrella will splash light all around where a softbox controls the light much better.  BTW, I have and use both. Good luck, enjoy, flash photography is whole another world.

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Also use a 24x24 Lastolite softbox along with 600EX-RTs and a ST-E3-RT.  One thing I've found helpful is to use a Manfrotto umbrella swivel to mount the softbox to the stand.  This allows you to angle the softbox where otherwise it would be at a fixed 90o. 

The Lastolite SB folds flat, stores in a nice canvas bag, and is reasonably portable. And as already mentioned, you will need some weights or saddle bags for outdoor use. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Storage at home
« on: November 18, 2013, 05:35:43 PM »
Bodies, lens, and small accessories are stored in small safes bolted to the floor.  I have several bags without any gear stored in them.  I grab the appropriate bag and whatever gear necessary for the specific job. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Everyone Needs a Pancake
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:01:57 AM »
Remember the good old times when $100 used to buy a decent lens?

Zuiko 50 f/1.4 $99.00 (mail order via NY).  Back then I was young and it was a stretch for me to save the extra $50.00 so I could get the 1.4 instead of the 1.8. 

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Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:21:13 PM »
I hope canon releases the rumored 50mm 1.8 IS USM before 2014. That's all.
Make it a 1.4, built like the 35 f/2

No, Make it a 1.4, built like the 35 f/2" L build with WS.

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