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  1. #31
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    Sean, I'm gonna have to side with Rooz. I'm getting more into the strobist camp, and good light outweights good glass. And nowadays, good light is cheap, easy, and portable with the right strobes. I wish I woulda known what I know now when I bought my 36. What a waste of money.

    The Minolta flash system is awesome. Spend some time reading Gary Friedman's stuff. He writes specific (very good) books on Sony/Minolta cameras. He will go on and on about how great the Minolta wireless system is.

    A poor man's portable studio: http://www.friedmanarchives.com/Writ...oflash4pp1.pdf

    (BTW, his site was recently hacked, and my browser gave me a warning. That pdf is ok, but I'd be careful about going to his site for a couple of days. I think everything is back up and the malware systems are just not updated.)

    I just picked up a Cactus v4 trigger and a stand and umbrella. I spent $40 on the trigger and one receiver, and around $70 for the stand, bracket, and umbrella. Another trigger will cost me less than $30, and a Vivitar 285 flash just showed up on local Craigslist for $75. A snoot is just a box of Count Chocula and some duct tape. I think I might recommend using the Minolta system instead of these triggers, and just pick up a couple of 42s. That way you keep TTL, I have to do everything on manual.

    I've been reading Joe McNally's "Hot Shoe Diaries" the past couple of days. It is a lot of fun, and it will change the way you see light, and pictures. Monoblocs certainly have their place, but to get started it might be better to have the speedlights and a few clamps to throw up around the gym. Let TTL do the work for you, and it will make a big difference.

    As for the beercan, I think it is worth having something with good quality and light weight to carry. It won't beat the Tamron 70-200, but it won't require a tripod or kill your back either.
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    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  2. #32
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    I'll put it this way. I recently realized that I used to think the purpose of flash was to get the shutter speed up when there wasn't enough ambient light in the picture, like ISO. I now realize that is only the use in rare cases. It is another tool to shape exposure and composition the way that depth of field or dragging the shutter are.
    Jason Hamilton
    Selective Frame

    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  3. #33
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    jason thanks much for the input, I think I will have to start with just a flash unit and get the use of it down first! I do like that I can do wireless with the 700, maybe by next winter when back inside the gyms I will have a second flash unit and the we will see what we will see eh LOL I have the resources flagged and tagged also for reading thanls much.
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  4. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    jason thanks much for the input, I think I will have to start with just a flash unit and get the use of it down first! I do like that I can do wireless with the 700, maybe by next winter when back inside the gyms I will have a second flash unit and the we will see what we will see eh LOL I have the resources flagged and tagged also for reading thanls much.
    yeah you should attach em somewhere close to the field/court lol. when I shot a highschool football game last year I used flash set to maximum power, 105mm zoom and it had just enough reach to add some nice lighting touches (made the jerseys stand out a bit more because they're so reflective) with the Tamron 70-200.

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  5. #35
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    Interesting review..... Sigma vs. Zeiss 24-70mm compared

    http://review.fengniao.com/113/1134071.html

    translated: http://translate.google.ca/translate...hl=en&ie=UTF-8

    Zeiss is on the right I believe.
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    too bad the Sigma HSM has terrible bokeh. there is a thread in Dyxum with a sample pic of how bad the bokeh is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisha82 View Post
    too bad the Sigma HSM has terrible bokeh. there is a thread in Dyxum with a sample pic of how bad the bokeh is.
    oh, I hadn't heard that, haven't heard much about the lens until today actually. Got a link to it?

    Some people complain about the Zeiss's corner bokeh too, if you stop it down though, the problem goes away.
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    http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/forum_po...-f28-hsm-bokeh

    the non HSM F2.8 has better bokeh and cost about $600.
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  9. #39
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    Ah I see, that is quite awful.

    http://www.newcamerareview.com/sony_...eissid256.html

    Zeiss has some pretty smooth bokeh as shown in Kurt's review.
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  10. #40
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    Question Recommendations on Macro lens

    If cost were not an option, what macro lens would you recommend for the a900.:confused.
    Darin Wessel
    α 900
    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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