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Setting Up a Small In-Home Studio on a Large Budget

 
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Dec 12, 2011 17:33 as a reply to  @ post 13534250 |  #256

As a obsessive/compulsive equipment buyer (although I don't go to the meetings), I'm actually feel quite proud of myself for not keeping them.

Besides, more money for new backgrounds.


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Dec 12, 2011 17:33 |  #257

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I've had OK luck with using a Lite-Tite (Manfrotto 026) on the extension arm. You are still limited in the swivel directions but it can usually be swivelled to a position that works. I think the double ball joint that you posted a picture of would work pretty well too, I'll try that one of these days.

I have one on the way, I'll let you know what I think of it.


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Dec 12, 2011 17:40 |  #258

khanley wrote in post #13534359 (external link)
As a obsessive/compulsive equipment buyer (although I don't go to the meetings), I'm actually feel quite proud of myself for not keeping them.

Besides, more money for new backgrounds.

Touche! But I rationalize my equipment OCD by trolling flea-bay and picking up used manfrotto stuff for pennys on the dollar (or Euros for me). Yeah, the paint might be scraped but they last forever anyway. Also, helps to know that Multiblitz and other brands sell Manfrotto stuff rebranded with their own name. When the seller doesn't point that out, it seems there are less bidders!

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I have one on the way, I'll let you know what I think of it.

I'll look forward to hearing what you think Dave.


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Dec 17, 2011 17:25 |  #259

OK, I now have two Manfrotto short wall mounted boom arms on Autopoles near the backdrop area of my little studio. I got black 5mm x 16mm hex bolts (rather than those shiny ones I've seen about!) and discovered that the hex wrenches that come with the ball heads and plates from Really Right Stuff are the right size! Of course, the very last screw was trouble ... thought it was cross threaded, but it looked straight, so I forced it a bit and about half way in it smoothed right out!

I'm hosting a Gold Coast (of California) Professional Photographers Association party at my house this evening so won't have time for new pictures today.


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Dec 18, 2011 15:39 |  #260

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That is a long, long defunct band, sigh. I got involved with several bands along the way and have come to realize that hobby bands are just a pain in the ass and don't give payback! I never ever got one of those personal concerts that were promised. Anyway, the only bands I shoot now are 'Pay up front!'

I thought Los Lonely Boys when I first saw it and was actually joking about the "band" funny it would be.

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Dec 18, 2011 15:59 |  #261

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I thought Los Lonely Boys when I first saw it and was actually joking about the "band" funny it would be.

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LOL ... maybe two of those guys were OK and the others were whiners. "When are you going to take my picture ... I don't want to wear a jacket ... I want to be in front ... Are we done yet ... I don't like the way I look ... I don't like to smile" ... etc., etc., with never a please or thank you. I've done several others for various reasons and they have all been the same ... "Gimme, gimme, gimme ..." and then "Sorry, don't have time for your gig as payback." But, for the last seven plus years I have been paid a goodly amount for whatever I shoot. [Disclaimer: I still do some TF* projects, but only when it's something I'm interested in ... NOT HOBBY BANDS.]


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Dec 22, 2011 09:38 |  #262

For some reason I got fired up to do this project a couple of nights ago. This is 17 of my 18 lenses (I have my older 24-70mm f/2.8L in to Canon for a tuneup after 7 years of use.) I really like compositing. I setup my posing table with white paper with white seamless in the background (so much easier to change background paper without the light stands!) and put the camera on a tripod and used the same lighting for all the images. I pulled all the images into PS with a 20,000 x 6,000 canvas so they are all in correct size relationship. Added the yellow gradient as it looked a bit sterile. The sixteen lenses on the left were taken with the 135mm f/2.0 (just happened to grab it) and the 135mm was taken with the 100mm f/2.8L macro. I expect to do my five bodies over the holidays. I guess I need to get a BTS image so I can post this in 'Setup/Result' thread.


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Dec 22, 2011 10:10 |  #263

Dwight, what's that ugly duckling in the middle LOL


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Dec 22, 2011 10:13 |  #264

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Dwight, what's that ugly duckling in the middle LOL

That will be a 24-400 f2 when it grows up one day...


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Dec 22, 2011 11:29 |  #265

I can't believe you'd make fun of my one non-L lens, sigh. Her brother at the left end may just be coming to visit you!


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Dec 22, 2011 11:57 |  #266

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I can't believe you'd make fun of my one non-L lens, sigh. Her brother at the left end may just be coming to visit you!

Haha, her brother at the left end is welcome to visit anytime, I'll even pay her way :lol:


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I can't believe you'd make fun of my one non-L lens, sigh. Her brother at the left end may just be coming to visit you!

Is that a lens?

It could double up as a megaphone... :-)

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Dec 22, 2011 12:00 |  #268

Dwight, just curious why the 50/1.4 would be your only non-L lens, not happy with the focus shift on the 50/1.2L?


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Dwight, just curious why the 50/1.4 would be your only non-L lens, not happy with the focus shift on the 50/1.2L?

I originally had a 50mm f/1.4. I then gave it to my son but it had focusing issues so I bought another for him while I had this one repaired. When compared to the 1.2L it was just as good with better bokeh so I've never thought again about the 1.2L.


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Dec 22, 2011 13:10 |  #270

Since everyone is so happy with my lens collection, I just shot my body collection ... turns out I have six Canon bodies as I had forgotten about the 1V I bought used to shoot film. The two with split rings in the strap grommets (5D Mark II third from left and 1D Mark III second from right) are used for remote shooting ... the split ring is used with a safety strap ALWAYS!


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