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Buckle in for a long answer. There are three primary advantages that "studio" flash have over hotshoe flashes. The first, and most obvious is power; even the lower-powered "serious" units (we're not talking about AC-powered lightbulb-shaped slaves) tend to start at at least the equivalent of 2 "full-sized" speedlights (of the Nikon SB-910/Canon ...


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So, there a couple of basics to get out of the way first. Pentax DSLRs are just fine compared to Canon and Nikon; they're solidly built, have a decent but smaller following, and in fact often have better features at the same price level (because they need to, to compete). That's not to say blindly that "Pentax Is The Best!"; in fact, they're all great and ...


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I started out much the same way, choosing Pentax DSLR because I already had Pentax lenses. While I'm still with Pentax (now on my 3rd: ist-D; K-10D and now K-5), to be honest I barely ever used my original lenses. Absolutely no offense intended but your existing lenses don't look anything particularly special, just as mine weren't - they look perfectly ...


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Disclaimer: I can't answer for Nikon, or any system other than Canon. But I can attempt to answer some of your questions in general, as relates to Canon film cameras. This will also serve to answer the same question someone else may have, but from a Canon point of view. Canon hasn't released a new film SLR since the EOS 30V and EOS 300X in 2004. The ...


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I'm far from an expert on Pentax legacy lenses but the kit you have doesn't appear to be anything I would let drive future purchases. In other words, unless you have a strong personal tie to the equipment or are working with a very limited future budget, I would recommend not adding in those lenses to the equation. As for the statement "Pentax DSLRs aren't ...


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Based on my experience (in part based on what I learned from asking Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick? a few years ago), an 8x9" softbox is really going to be too small to be generally useful for portraits. You can use it for headshots, if you get in tight and have it just out of frame, but it's not very versatile otherwise — at least not as ...


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I'm sure there will be very comprehensive answers to this well-structured question, this one is just from the perspective of someone who doesn't own anything more powerful than a speedlight. Besides the ability to pop flashes brighter/farther/faster/longer (nothing I need for my modest purposes), what seems like a game-changer to me is the point where a ...


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Focusing solely on the question of focal length: a football field is about 160 feet wide. Simply assuming you're on the edge of the field and the graduate is straight across on the other side, assuming you're using a full frame camera you should be able to get a fairly tight shot of the individual with a 2700 mm lens (on a 1.5x crop camera you would only ...


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If you want to experiment with a film SLR, my suggestion would definitely be to buy a used body compatible with your current lenses. You do not need to buy a new body. If you have Nikon lenses, look for a Nikon body. I don't know the Nikon range in detail, but current lenses should work fine on 1990s/2000s-era Nikon autofocus SLRs. One caveat is that film ...


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I think the practical answer here is "nothing that you'll be allowed in the stadium". Any lens long enough to pick out the details you're looking for is going to be so big that it will annoy other members of the audience. This goes doubly for any suggestion of using a tripod.


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The advantages of studio strobes over speedlights for off-camera lighting is not as much like getting a dSLR over a P&S, as it is like getting full frame over crop. While the advantages are there and undeniable, speedlights may actually be sufficient to your usage, especially in these post-Strobist days as a lot of speedlight-specific gear is hitting ...


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No. It will not work as a master off-camera. None of the Canon flashes can be used simultaneously as a slave and a master. The 90EX is only a master unit if used on the hotshoe, or tethered off-camera with a TTL cable. If used on manual-only radio triggers, there's no way for it to sense it should perform master communication. And TTL radio triggers act ...


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Zoom lenses have more versatility since they can, well, zoom. If you want to get a picture of a specific portion of the landscape, or if you spot a wild animal, you may consider a zoom. The main disadvantage is that zoom lenses usually have a smaller maximum aperture when compared to prime lenses, and are more susceptible to geometric distortion when you ...


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With an ultrawide zoom vs. a prime, particularly with a lens designed for APS-C (crop), the main advantages are versatility and availability. When you get to the very short focal lengths, a single millimeter on the focal length can change the composition significantly. There is also the issue that depending on how you define "wide angle", you may not be ...


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Lots of factors at play here. Know what the lighting will be like will be very hard to know ahead of time. Professional sports photographers use large aperture zoom or fix long focal length lens that can cost several thousand dollars or more. Depending on the cameras abilities, you'll probably need to set your ISO up pretty high, your aperture very ...


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I own both the metal ("Focus") and plastic ("SLR Zoom") variants of the gorilla pod. I found that on the plastic one, one of the cups (for want of a better word) broke, and then again after replacement/repair. After this experience I decided that the sturdier metal would be the way to go. In terms of easy of use, the metal one is smoother, but also provide ...


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You can use a set of Yongnuo YN-622C triggers to maintain most E-TTL functionality when your 430EX is off camera. Each YN-622C unit is able to act as either a transmitter or a receiver. I prefer to use the YN-622C-TX on camera as it has an LCD that makes setup and changing settings much easier. The YN-622C-TX is a transmitter only. You would then need only ...


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Using a teleconverter on a a Rebel body with a slow zoom lens is not likely to work well, unfortunately. Autofocus will not work and image quality is going to be poor. You are much better off saving to buy a longer lens.


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The lenses you have all appear to use the original Pentax K-mount. Modern Pentax cameras lack the mechanical stop-down coupler the K-mount lenses were designed for, meaning the camera cannot detect the lens's aperture setting, limiting the camera's ability to perform auto-exposure. I believe all current-generation cameras have a "stop the lens down and ...


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If you're really on a tight budget you could do a lot worse than to pick up a cheap off-camera extension cable from a popular auction site, they're dirt-cheap and a good place to start in the world of strobism. Otherwise, if you want to go wireless you have a number of options. Definitely go for wireless rather than infrared, wireless has better range, ...


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I know its starting to be an old post, but ive had the 10mm 2.8 Samyang lens. I will recommend it. Its just an amazing lens. Ive used it with my canon 70d.


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Yes, using a 90EX as a master unit to trigger the 430EX II is exactly a use case that it was designed for. Keep in mind that this is an optical connection and it's not all that reliable or far reaching. For much more detail and additional non-optical options take a look at this previous question: How can I fire a single canon 430ex flash remotely from a ...



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