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Overly-enthusiastic amateur with an excessive budget and gear that is way too good for me.


Jul
8
awarded  Disciplined
Jul
8
comment I almost cannot switch to manual focus on my Canon 17-40 f/4 L lens
For out-of-warranty work, usually they will give you an estimate first, and you can decide whether to get the work done or not if it's too expensive. I've done this with several lenses and cameras. Usually the fees are surprisingly reasonable.
Jun
18
comment What printer can output photo-album pages on thick paper?
^^ it's not just the platen gap that is important. For very thick/stiff papers (such as photo-album pages), a straight feed path is essential.
Jun
12
comment How to fix inoperative autofocus in Canon 70-200 F4 L USM?
Doing a little checking: a used 70-200 F4 L in decent condition can be had for around $600. While it's certainly possible that a repair would be $300, it probably won't be that much. Not sure about your options, but my local shop has some kind of deal with Canon where they ship it to Canon, get an estimate, and I can then decide whether I want to go ahead with it. If I decide not to, all I pay is the shipping (usually around $35). If I do, it's just the cost of the repair. Might be worth looking into.
Jun
12
comment How to fix inoperative autofocus in Canon 70-200 F4 L USM?
Also try switching the AF/MF switch back and forth a few times, and make sure it's firmly on 'AF'
Jun
11
comment Maintaining and repairing Yongnuo vs Canon speedlites
Indeed, he should make that an answer, though it might be sensible to add the caution that if you don't know how to repair/replace the HV capacitor, you can be very seriously injured by the voltage. IMHO if you don't know what you're doing, this is a bad place to try to save money :-/
Jun
11
answered Different backup camera strategy
Jun
4
comment Is compositing a viable technique for high key portrait type shots?
You might want to define what "viable" means to you. I think what you describe is certainly possible, given enough time and sufficient editing skills to prevent unnatural looks. But there is a reason people use real backdrops and real lights: it's a lot faster and easier to get the look right at exposure time than it is to spend hours/days tinkering with edits (while getting them to look "natural"). Where "time is money", the investment in equipment makes a lot of sense.
Jun
4
comment Why does this shot appear to have the miniature “tilt-shift” effect?
I think the key here is not getting too hung up on the "tilt-shift" part of the question. The "miniature" part is what's going on and you nailed it: thin DOF (or something that looks like thin DOF) is the key. That can be achieved with tilt-shift, but it's not the only way. In this particular case, the appearance of shallow DOF is created by movement of the trees during the long exposure.
Jun
1
revised Can Canon Rebel XS effectively optically trigger a speedlite flash?
Changed a link to point to more specific part of Strobist site (Lighting 101).
Jun
1
comment Can Canon Rebel XS effectively optically trigger a speedlite flash?
I also thought that, but after spending a little time understanding manual, it's not too difficult, plus it will make you a better photographer even for cases where you don't use flash.
Jun
1
answered Can Canon Rebel XS effectively optically trigger a speedlite flash?
May
31
comment Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?
Just a little update for anyone who may care: got my camera back ($400), and not only was the shutter replaced but also the DC/DC circuit board which was shorting, and the mirror charge. It's now in better shape (inside, anyway) than when I originally bought it :-)
May
18
awarded  Self-Learner
May
16
comment Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?
Have to check the timing on that; I think we arrived at the same conclusion at the same time. At any rate, I think I'll just leave things as they are.
May
16
revised Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?
Per mattdm's request I moved the image of the shutter to an answer.
May
16
answered Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?
May
15
accepted Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?
May
15
revised Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?
Added image of camera opened up, showing shutter blade.
May
15
comment Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?
This particular sequence was in portrait orientation, but I have some in landscape orientation that demonstrate the same symptoms. The range of shutter speeds is between 1/800 - 1/2000. Possibly worth noting that the symptoms show with both single shots as well as with burst sequences. Lens was 70-200 2.8 non-IS with aperture f/5.6 (Aperture priority mode).