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Sep 29, 2014 12:13 |  #31

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #17183769 (external link)
but when your subjects range from 4' to nearly 6' my position from them does not remain constant.

Yea that is a good reason not to use a tripod alright, have you tried turning off your Exp Sim, if it's on that is. Not sure if it would help.


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Sep 29, 2014 15:30 |  #32

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Just one question, in studio I presume you have a mark for your subjects to stand on so you lighting is consistent & you camera is on a tripod. At F8 is your depth of field so little that you have to consistently recheck focus?

I would never put a mark on the floor, but I do watch where they stand , as I meter them, and they realise if they move a lot it will ruin the lighting.( I generally get their involvement by them holding the light meter ).

I never use a tripod - no need and far too restrictive,
You will be using a sync speed of say 1/160 sec. which is fine for 85 mm as it is, but more importantly the flash durartion will be the factor that freezes motion, and eradicates handshake; that will be circa 1/1100 of a second!

As for depth of Field at 3.5 meters and F8 your total DOF will be 0.8 meters. NB more behind than in front. So being out of focus once locked in is no real issue. That said each shot, I would always refocus, as the DOF Calculators are a lot less picky than I am , when I am looking for razor sharp images.

Even shooting from 2 meters DOF is 1.88 to 2.14 meters in focus. So then its more critical.
But refocusing is what you always do anyway.
You have a 5D3 - one great advantage is the accuracy of the outer focus points so you can even minimise focus and recompose errors. As an AF point is never too far away from the eyes. :)

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For calculating roughly what will be in focus.

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Sep 29, 2014 17:08 |  #33

I rarely use a tripod myself, I guess it depends on what shoot I'm doing as tonight I did use one, was more wondering at the DOF he uses, if it was enough to allow no refocusing in his setup, I guessing not so.

Yep, the AF on that 5D3 is truly great as long as you have a motor in your lens... :)


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Sep 29, 2014 17:09 |  #34

Time is also money - buy a good lens, the 24-105 can be had for 600 and under on ebay. the 28-135 in the 300 range. No reason not to have one with your 6D. Whip thru those kids in half the time. the 28-135 is a very good lens for the money, if you get a sharp copy.. the 24-105 is an outstanding value right now, being sold as part of kits, and so very easy to find a good one.


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Sep 29, 2014 18:43 |  #35

I use my Canon 50mm 1.4 for studio work. When I need to go wider I do have a 24-105, but I rarely use it.


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Sep 29, 2014 20:10 |  #36

ksbal wrote in post #17184563 (external link)
Time is also money - buy a good lens, the 24-105 can be had for 600 and under on ebay. the 28-135 in the 300 range. No reason not to have one with your 6D. Whip thru those kids in half the time. the 28-135 is a very good lens for the money, if you get a sharp copy.. the 24-105 is an outstanding value right now, being sold as part of kits, and so very easy to find a good one.

That's exactly why I want a lens with AE. I can manually focus really fast and accurately at this point, but the manually stopping down and framing with a dark frame (the main reason I only stop to f/8) is a pain in the tail.

I'll likely end up with the Tamron 70-300. Thanks everyone! If I need wider I can always use my Fuji with it's 18-55 ;)


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