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    What's in your kit?
    Take a pic, post, and describe.



    From left:
    Alien Bee B800 mono light
    two 43" white shoot through umbrellas (have two others)
    60" white shoot through umbrella with reflective backing
    three light stands (one other holding the light used for this photo)
    Sekonic light meter and pouch
    additional light bag
    two Vivitar 285HV's
    4 Pocket Wizard PII's
    Kata 3n1-20 backpack
    Softbox for B800
    Tripod
    Crumpler 7mdh with assorted clamps, cables, and junk in it.

    Not shown:
    Canon 580EX II
    Canon 5d mkII
    Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS
    Canon 15mm f/2.8 Fish Eye
    Canon 30D with grip
    The additional light stand and umbrella used for this photo.

    No, the alarm clock and lamp are not part of my kit.

    Anyways, post up pics and if any one has questions on what something is, what it does, etc... you can introduce them to new gear.
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    how much the fish eye set you back?
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    Here's my current gear-list:

    Camera/Lens:
    -5D mkII
    -EF 24-105mm f/4L

    Lighting:
    -Britek Monolights (200w/s) x3
    -Norman Allure DP320
    -Photogenic PowerLight 600w/s
    -Photoflex Litedome Softbox XL
    -480 EX II
    -5 Umbrellas
    -Bogen stands and boom.
    -Minolta Auto Meter IV (light-meter)

    Tripod:
    -Manfrotto 055XPROB leg
    -Manfrotto 322RC2 head

    That's about it, I think. Hopefully soon I'll add a 35L and a portable power system to use the lights on location. Anyone have any recommendations for power systems?


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    Quote Originally Posted by macwannabe View Post
    how much the fish eye set you back?
    About $600.

    Quote Originally Posted by AConfire View Post
    Here's my current gear-list:

    Camera/Lens:
    -5D mkII
    -EF 24-105mm f/4L

    Lighting:
    -Britek Monolights (200w/s) x3
    -Norman Allure DP320
    -Photogenic PowerLight 600w/s
    -Photoflex Litedome Softbox XL
    -480 EX II
    -5 Umbrellas
    -Bogen stands and boom.
    -Minolta Auto Meter IV (light-meter)

    Tripod:
    -Manfrotto 055XPROB leg
    -Manfrotto 322RC2 head

    That's about it, I think. Hopefully soon I'll add a 35L and a portable power system to use the lights on location. Anyone have any recommendations for power systems?
    Are those lights analog? If they're not digital, check out the Alien Bee Vagabond II at AlienBees: Illuminating the Galaxy with Professional Photographic Lighting Equipment . It's $299. It won't work with more than one, maybe two, digital strobes at one time though. That's the cheapest portable solution I can think of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Village Idiot View Post
    About $600.



    Are those lights analog? If they're not digital, check out the Alien Bee Vagabond II at AlienBees: Illuminating the Galaxy with Professional Photographic Lighting Equipment . It's $299. It won't work with more than one, maybe two, digital strobes at one time though. That's the cheapest portable solution I can think of.
    I'll definitely do some more research on the Vagabond, thanks.

    By the way, how do you like the Kata 3n1-20? I've been trying to find the "ideal" bag for quite a while, and I am considering the Kata.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AConfire View Post
    I'll definitely do some more research on the Vagabond, thanks.

    By the way, how do you like the Kata 3n1-20? I've been trying to find the "ideal" bag for quite a while, and I am considering the Kata.
    The 3n1-20 is small, but that's what I wanted for when I go do things like hike. Even now I have it stuffed full of heavy crap. The Crumpler 7mdh is my carry everything bag.

    I have in my Kata right now, the 5DII with 24-70 attached, 70-200 f/2.8, the fish eye, and room for two more smaller lenses like the 17-40 and something similar in size. Up in the top compartment I have the sekonic, the 580EX II, and two PW PII's. I love my crumpler, but a shoulder bag is not ideal if you're doing a lot of moving around. If you need something big to carry everything to a shoot, then that or the brazillion dh is great.
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    here is my list of Camera Stuff


    Camera/ Lens
    Canon Rebel XSi (black)
    Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (kit lens)
    Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

    Extras
    Canon Rebel Bag with extra battery and UV filter
    Canon UV haze filter

    Realistic Wish List -
    Canon 50mm f/1.8 (saw it for 84.99)
    Tripod - (dont know what to get)
    580EX II

    i plan on doing a lot of hiking when i move up to Colorado from Florida and that 3n1-20 bag looks really nice i only have 2 lenses and a body that would be ideal for me right now and what is a PW PII.

    what do you all think of my list? mind you this is my first D-SLR and i have only had it for two weeks..lol

    i just researched the 3n1-20... that bag looks awesome.. wow is all i can say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macwannabe View Post
    here is my list of Camera Stuff


    Camera/ Lens
    Canon Rebel XSi (black)
    Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (kit lens)
    Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

    Extras
    Canon Rebel Bag with extra battery and UV filter
    Canon UV haze filter

    Realistic Wish List -
    Canon 50mm f/1.8 (saw it for 84.99)
    Tripod - (dont know what to get)
    580EX II

    i plan on doing a lot of hiking when i move up to Colorado from Florida and that 3n1-20 bag looks really nice i only have 2 lenses and a body that would be ideal for me right now and what is a PW PII.

    what do you all think of my list? mind you this is my first D-SLR and i have only had it for two weeks..lol

    i just researched the 3n1-20... that bag looks awesome.. wow is all i can say.
    PWPII is the Pocketwizard Plus II

    Your list looks great. Just make sure you have fun with photography, regardless of what you have/don't have.

    The 50mm 1.8 is a great little lens. About $90 dollars off B&H. But do note that 50mm on your XSi would really be 80mm, which might be a bit too tight for some situations. Nevertheless, try and test it out at a camera store if you can.


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    most of my list:
    canon 30D
    canon xt collecting dust
    sigma 30mm
    canon 70-200 f4IS
    canon 17-40 L (going up for sale soon)
    canon 60mm macro
    sigma 10-20mm
    generic flash
    a bunch of filters
    6 million $bag
    thinktank belt system (great gets used all the time)

    the 10-20 get used for work (it gets a good workout), the rest are mostly for fun and games.

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    I loved using my friend's Sigma 10-20 on my 30D for wide angle portraits. The 17-40 is my next buy though. I need wide for the full frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AConfire View Post
    PWPII is the Pocketwizard Plus II

    Your list looks great. Just make sure you have fun with photography, regardless of what you have/don't have.

    The 50mm 1.8 is a great little lens. About $90 dollars off B&H. But do note that 50mm on your XSi would really be 80mm, which might be a bit too tight for some situations. Nevertheless, try and test it out at a camera store if you can.

    well i wanted to use it to take pictures of flowers and insects and such, like a bee pollenating a flower or something. would a zoom be better for that?
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    Depends. How scared of bees are you?
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    I had the 50mm 1.8. It was a good lens but, not sharp enough for me when shooting flowers and such.I found the sigma 30mm for shooting close low light and the 60mm for macro.The canon 60mm is the sharpest lens I own. When shooting bees, if they are looking for pollen they wont bother you. This shot was taken with the 60mm from about 10". You can see the pollen stuck to its back.

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    Specs:
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    My current gear:

    Camera & lenses:
    Nikon D200 (two of them)
    Sigma EX 10-20mm 4-5.6
    Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5
    Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 MACRO
    Sigma EX 8mm Fisheye 4

    Lighting:
    3 Vivitar 285HV flashes
    Quantaray QTB-7500A flash
    Ebay triggers

    Misc:
    3 Calumet Umbrellas & light stands
    LowePro Slingshot 350AW
    2 Softbox umbrellas.
    Various reflector discs.
    MacBook 13" Unibody White
    Camera: Canon 40D / Sigma lenses 17-70mm 2.8-4.5 / EX 10-20mm 4-5.6 / 70-300mm 4-5.6 / Vivitar 285HV's
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve535 View Post
    This shot was taken with the 60mm from about 10". You can see the pollen stuck to its back.
    Canon 60mm f/??? and this is a fixed lens?
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