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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Body + lens for design office
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:46:18 AM »

I've been out of the camera gear game for a while so I need some suggestions. I work in a graphic design office and we need to get an office camera that'll work decently most things we'll need it for.  I plan on getting a Yongnuo speed light (the one comparable to Canon's 500-series).

I always recommend a crop body and nifty 50 to beginners for the best quality to price ratio, but I need a wider angle for 90% of what this will be used for.  Product shots and food shots, mostly.. some portraits.

The budget isn't necessarily tight, but I think I can rule out a full frame and $1000+ lenses.  My guess up front is maybe a Rebel with a 24 or 28 would work.  IS would help since it will all be handheld, and a lot of handheld aerial shots, but not 100% necessary.

I realize there is not one ideal answer so don't chew me out about this. Not expecting to get ideal results—I just want to weight some options.

Lenses / New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:52:00 PM »

I just got a new 35 f2 IS (the newer one from late 2012), and when I mounted it to my 5dIII it felt unusually tight... almost as if there were a rubber gasket between the body and lens or something.  I'm sort of afraid to take it off and on now... Is this common with some lenses?

Not sure if this might be relevant, but I've only mounted a few lenses on this body (70-200 2.8, 85L, 24-70 f4 IS, 50mm 1.8) and none of these have given any kind of resistance when trying to mount.

- Jay

Lenses / TS-E 90mm f2.8 photos???
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:16:50 PM »
Anything shot with the TS-E 90mm?  Would be cool to know the settings used if you can recall them...

Canon General / Photographer logo?
« on: August 05, 2013, 10:10:48 AM »
Would anyone like to share their logo, how you use it, and/or what you think makes a good logo for a photographer (and why)?

Opinions on watermarking photos with logos?

I've discussed this with friends and it's a topic that not many seem to agree on so it would be interesting to get an opinion from all different shooters, skills levels, brands etc...

Technical Support / 5DIII Magic Lantern help?
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:28:34 PM »
Hey guys,

I installed a more recent version of ML (folder titled "Magic Lantern August 2nd (707c75f)").  Once installed, I went to the "M" tab and loaded modules which brings up the raw shooting item in the video tab.  I enabled it and left resolution at 1920x1080.  I also tried it both with FPS override off, and with FPS override set to 24fps.

Anyway, when I press record it beeps and seems to lag a second before the recording info comes up, then abruptly beeps/stops again and nothing gets saved to the CF card.  Anyone have any idea what I've doing wrong.  I can't find much help for this—only tutorials on installing the ML software, and then workflow for after raw files are recorded.

I have a Lexar 1000x 16GB card.  Could that be the issue?  I ordered a Komputer Bay 150mb/s 1000x 64gb CF but don't have it yet.

Video of interrupted recording:
ML video interrupt

Canon General / What's so bad about HDR?
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:29:27 PM »
I don't get why HDR is laughed at like it's an Instagram filter... I mean, I guess a "purist" would say its like driving automatic in a sports car—or at least that's the same vibe I pick up when I see photographers discuss it—though it really doesn't seem like there is any good reason to scoff at it.  Personally, I'm not a fan of the photos that are blown out or as I like to call it, "Lisa Frankensteined," where it looks like the photographer went full retard with the effect sliders... but I think in general, and when used tastefully (like anything really), it's pretty useful.

Anyone who thinks HDR is ridiculous, I'd like to hear why..

PS - Or is it like I'm suspecting: The people complaining are the same people who bitch about less experienced photographers using expensive pro gear, manual-only snobs, and "its not the gear, its the photographer" preachers.

Software & Accessories / Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:00:19 PM »
I have the 5DIII and will probably get the 100mm 2.8L IS, and I'd like to have a hand-held macro setup but not sure the best approach.  I already have two yongnuo speed lights.  I have 4 triggers and a few sync cords so they can be used off-camera...

I've seen those contraptions that look like a ring that attaches to the body, and speedlights can attach and be moved around.  Is that the best route to go?  Is there something else to consider? Any specific brands/products recommended?  A better way of going about it?  Any tips in general?

Software & Accessories / $150 grip for 5DIII
« on: July 19, 2013, 10:56:55 AM »
I bought a BG-E11 grip off eBay (from China) for $150.  Seems like a low price even considering it won't have a US warranty...

I double checked with the seller that it is an authentic Canon brand grip, and they assured me that it was.  Does this price seem legit?  I'm worried there has to be something else I'm not considering...

Lenses / Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 18, 2013, 04:47:29 PM »
Does anyone have a lens (or a few) that they love, but rarely comes up in conversation, isn't reviewed well online, is overshadowed by an alternative, etc?

Mine is the 50 1.8.  Even though it's not totally overshadowed, but I think it tends to get pushed aside in favor of the 50 1.4 more than it deserves

Software & Accessories / Benefits of using a grip?
« on: July 12, 2013, 03:39:46 PM »
I have been considering a grip for a while, but am skeptical about it because I feel like the price to usefulness ratio might really not be worth it for me.  Main reason is for handheld portraits.  Especially with the 85 and 70-200, I think it would be way more comfortable to have my right hand on the side (extra joystick for choosing focus point too...).  The extra battery capacity isnt really necessary for me though.

If buying it mainly for shooting vertical framed portraits, is it worth the tradeoff of extra weight?  Is there any other benefit of having a grip that I don't know of?  Or any other disadvantages besides price and weight... and probably needing a new tripod plate...?

Third Party Manufacturers / 38mp camera phone
« on: July 11, 2013, 03:21:43 PM »
41mp  actually..

It's kind of like a D800 (with a zeiss lens) except smaller... just kidding

Canon General / Debranding a 5DIII
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:43:59 PM »
I've seen some DSLR's where all the branding looks cleanly shaved off.  Usually they seem to be older models.  I'm wondering if there are any tutorials on doing this, but in a professional-looking way (like filling the cutout logo, finishing/painting to match, etc).

I'm aware that most of you will probably think that the idea of even attempting this is ridiculous, but if anyone has any experience doing this or has any advice that would be constructive, Id appreciate it.

I attached a pic where I roughly photoshopped what I'm talking about.

Third Party Manufacturers / Bag suggestions?
« on: July 07, 2013, 12:07:35 PM »
I've been looking for a bag to commute/shoot with most of my stuff on hand.  I've been researching a while and narrowed it down to two that I really like, but I'm sure there are others that I might like equally that I haven't even heard of...

1. Kata minibee 111-UL
- it's super light
- fits most everything I'd want to carry, plus more storage room
- doesn't look like a stereotypical photo bag
- I have a source who I can get the all black limited edition one from for just over $200
- sorta not my style
- straps seem to just hang everywhere
- retail price ($330 USD)

2. Chrome Niko Pack
- appearance/style (my fav)
- good amount of storage space
- awesome build quality
- waterproof without needing an extra sleeve
- heavier
- convenient "double access" gear section is also potentially awkward because there is less wall space to secure the velcro dividers (or so I've heard)

Gear I'd like to hold:
- 5DIII (with 70-200 2.8 potentially attached, preferably)
- 24-70 f4
- 85 1.2
- another prime lens or 2
- 2 yongnuo speedlights
- Random stuff (charger, SDs, few filters, extra lens/body caps, 4 yongnuo transceivers, 2 sync cables)
- at least one 2.5" external HDD
- small personal belongings
- 15" macbook pro, potentially but not necessary

If I were considering these two bags head to head and would be paying retail for whichever I chose, I would easily choose the Chrome bag.  However, I am tempted by the price/rarity of the deal I can get on the Kata—which may end up being much more comfortable and practical...  Considering that I'm comparing these two bags, does anyone have any suggestions of bags I may have overlooked that are similar/better value/more practical, etc?

Third Party Manufacturers / Gitzo tripod or no?
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:49:09 AM »
It seems like Gitzo is kind of universally accepted as "the best" when it comes to tripods.  But if I try my hardest to ignore the fanboy-esque reviews and comments I see about them online, and don't let myself be tempted by their slick branding materials, it seems like there has to be a better and cheaper alternative.

Currently I have a manfrotto (it was around $100).  I'm pretty sure it's made out of aluminum. It is sturdy even with my 5d3 w/ 70-200 on it, and that's probably the largest rig I'd ever have on a tripod unless I can afford the 200mm f2 IS someday lol.  But the head isnt changable, there is no level, and the head sinks too low when I tilt the body on its side (even when it's as tight as possible).

I like the Gitzo traveler tripod (gt1542t).  The weight, max/min height is cool, weight limit is good, but the price is pretty steep even for that one at $670.  I went to a local camera shop and looked at them in person, ready to buy one if it proved to be on par with the hype online.  The rubber foot stops seemed loose on most of them.  One model's legs slid completely out and detached.  Small problems, and possibly only because they were abused as floor models.  But still, considering the price and their "...forever" tag line, I lost confidence in them.  I searched about those issues online and found reviews about the same thing happening to other people.

Does anyone have a tripod in mind that they swear by... built to last, useful features.... lightweight is a plus, but not necessary?  Was my experience coincidence and is the Gitzo really as great as it's cracked up to be??  Or is my gut right, and they are over hyped?

Lenses / 24-70mm f4 vs 24-105mm f4 (video + still)
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:08:32 PM »
A topic with this same name already exists and I skimmed through it's 5 pages without really gaining any piece of mind about my concerns so I figured I'd start a fresh one.  I'll summarize what I've learned so far (let me know if anything is incorrect):

24-70mm f4 IS
Best price as of 6/24/13: $1,299 (24-105: ~$750)
- improved barrel distortion over 24-105
- lighter and smaller than 24-105
- improved corner sharpness
- overall better sharpness at 24mm

- S___ty/lose-fitting lens hood (According to review. Anyone else experience this?)
- less sharp in general (also according to learning  I've read mixed reviews on this...)
- high price compared to 24-105
- loses range compared to 24-105

For me, whichever lens I choose would be primarily used for video.  When it IS used for stills, it would mainly be used for product/stock shots.  A lot of times I try to fill the frame with the intention of removing the background—so this is where the 24-70's corner sharpness becomes a somewhat significant benefit to me.

I understand that the 24-105 is "good enough" and some even argue that it is overall better, especially for it's price.  However, for my use, the weight-savings, corner sharpness and IS may prove to be worth the money if they are actually really improvements.  I'm really interested if someone has real experience with both of these lenses (especially for video use), and can comment objectively comparing those things


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