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Dynamic Duo

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM Canon 5D Mark III ©Music Man5 Photos ©Music Man5 Photos

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Love this flash bracket

20131220_7D_93065, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

It gets the flash off the camera, it’s lightweight and most importantly – easily transported.

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YN-622C with 580EXII on

YN-622C with 580EXII on, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

Action shot.

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New YN-622C triggers

YN-622C, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

A wireless ETTL solution to my unreliable Pocket Wizards.

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The Passport Colorchecker is SAFE!

And extremely important to my game!!

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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens

I looked at the reviews of this lens when it was first introduced. But could not think of a reason why I would need it or how I would use it. So I forgot about it.

Time passes and during that time I sold my 24-70mm f/2.8L lens to finance something else because I seldom used it. I only used it when I had to shoot a group somewhere other than outdoors in the sun. I thought that my 24-105mm f/4L would be enough. I was wrong.

I recently had a group shoot, outdoor in the early morning. No problem, right? Just take the f/4. Then it clouds up. Long story short I got the shot but it got me to thinking about investing in another f/2.8 wide angle lens.

Doing my research I came across a lot of possiblities but I did not want to spend a $2K on a lens I would not use more than a couple times a year. Plus I did not want to add another heavy lens to the bag, because if they are heavy I tend to leave them at home! Which is bad.

This lens being on sale brought it to my attention, as I doubt I would have paid full price for it. But it is perfect for my needs. It is very sharp with great color reproduction and very light weight. It is small and does not take up much room in the bag.

So from my 2 sessions with it so far this is a very good lens. I highly recommend it.

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The Outrigger Shelf

Blog-Collage-1369658101247, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

Great for tethered shooting.

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flash experiment

Shutter speed 1/100, f/22 at ISO 400. Flash was camera left (hand held) fired by Cactus trigger. Got this idea from the great Bryan Peterson.

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comparison

Here you can see the difference in size between the Bolt Cyclone battery pack and the Vagabond Mini pack. The Vagabond is not heavy (compared to its predecessor) but the Bolt is very light.

Just started testing the Bolt but so far I am impressed. It’s easy to use and charges very quickly. I drained the charge that came on it and now I will see how long a full charge lasts.

More later.

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My adopted family

My adopted family, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

Back row: 70-200 f/2.8, 5D MKII, 28-300, 1D MkIII, 70-200 f/4, 7D

Front row: 24-105,100, 16-35, 135, 35, 85, 200

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testing the Yongnuo YN-560 II

20121207_EOS-1D Mark III_72153, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

I recently picked up a Yongnuo YN-560 II flash, at the suggestion of Scott Kelby. I am impressed, this flash has a very good build and creates great light. The controls are easy to use (wish my Canon’s were this easy) and I can use it as a slave flash (which is why I got it).

In this image the Yongnuo YN-560 II is in a Ziser Zumbrella camera right at 1/64 power. Camera was a 1D Mark III using the excellent 100mm f/2 lens. Aperture f/2.2 at 1/125 and ISO 200.

I am very impressed with this flash. They have increased in price $10 since I got mine but they are still under $80 at Amazon.

I have seen comments that they don’t hold up over time but even a Canon flash won’t if you treat it roughly. Only time will tell.

If you need a flash and shoot in manual (no ETTL with this unit) then check out the Yongnuo YN-560 II, at these prices you can get 2!

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AWB in Auto, amazing color!

AWB in Auto, amazing color!, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

Love my G1 X.

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underneath a Tiphany

underneath a Tiphany, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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Meet Megan

Meet Megan, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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Manfrotto Heavy Duty Flex Arm, FlexTT5 and flash

Put that light where you need it.

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Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate

Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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taking my picture with a Pocket Wizard!

 

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ColorChecker Passport

ColorChecker Passport, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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sorting equipment for next shoot

 

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button display

button display, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

Yes, we can do buttons too.

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The 40D has returned!

The 40D has returned!, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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can’t wait to try this out

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Pocket Wizard AC3

Pocket Wizard AC3, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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The outgoing 35mm lens!

The outgoing 35mm lens!, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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IMG_1651 (Topaz Adjust)

IMG_1651 (Topaz Adjust), originally uploaded by Music Man5.

To purchase this image just click HERE.

 

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2 light set up

20110108_7D_41702, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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X-Rite Colorchecker Passport at work

20110103_5D_41579, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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alive laptop & dead laptop

alive laptop & dead laptop, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

After a prolonged illness my Dell laptop recently died. It’s smaller, lighter and less expensive Lenovo is a welcome addition.

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new laptop tethered up and working hard

 

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first shot with the MiniTT1

first shot with the MiniTT1, originally uploaded by Music Man5.

 

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