Lighting Help

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  1. wgp1987

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    Hello. Right now im shooting with a 5d mkii and as some know there is no flash on this camera. I have been looking into a flash for months now and i have decided to get the metz 48 af1 flash for $199. I am asking my girlfriend for this for xmas. Do you think this will be the next step in doing more portrait and low light photography, other than buying a lens with f2.8?
     
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    I think 580ex2 would be a way to go :)
     
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    It would depend on what lens or lenses you already have for the 5D-II. A lot of portraits can be shot with manual focusing lenses. With a $17-$25 lens adapter, you could buy any number of low-priced but superb normal to short telephoto manual focus lenses from e-Bay for as little as $25-$50, and have some fine lenses for the 5D-II.

    Pentax M42 thread mount lenses and Olympus OM-series lenses are the handiest lenses. The 5D-II is a fantastic camera body on which to use a 100,105,or 135mm telephoto lens. Some of the older Pentax Super-Takumar lenses are *really excellent* lenses for portraiture, like the Super-Takumar 135mm f/3.5 lens. This lens can be had for $40-$50,and it is a fine lens,even by modern standards.

    If you want to shoot low-light, wide-open shots, a Pentax or Olympus 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 lens can be bought for $15-$50...with a full frame camera's large viewfinder, it's much easier to focus than it is with a crop-bodied camera with a smaller,squinty viewfinder. The 5D is a very popular camera for the alt. glass crowd that likes to shoot low-light stuff wide-open with superb manual focus lenses that don't cost $1799 or $699 or even $349, but more like $15 to $99.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Are you planning on using the Metz on or off the camera's hot shoe?

    If on the hot shoe, that's like putting a Briggs & Stratton go-kart engine in your '72 Camaro RS. It will get you down the road.......eventually. :lol:

    Get two Vivitar 285HV ($90, ea) and an iShoot radio trigger set ($40, including shipping, with transmitter and 2 receivers) so you can do OCF.
     
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    those vivitars have poor build quality reviews.

    you own that ishoot thingy?
     
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    know a site with all those lenses listed?
     
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    I have 4 of the Vivitars (the re-introduced version, no problems with build quality), a couple amateurs I mentor have the iShoot triggers. They work well enough for the price. Last weekend they were working fine 200 feet from the camera.
     
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    not to be rude but where the hell did you read that? Those things are built like tanks, just ordered another one actually.
     
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    There was a batch made where a lot of them were showing up DOA. This was an acknowledged problem. I have two and one went dead on me after owning it for not that long, I just never got it replaced.
     
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    yep. thats what i read


    ANYWAYS

    how do you guys feel about continuos lights? i dont really need a flash right away if i could get some lamps to make due on a budget!
     
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    Don't, just don't.

    Pick up some YN-460s on ebay, slave them and call it a day.
     

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