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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-01-2021, 12:31 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
I got this today: Universal 1/4" Sliding Screw Metal Flash Bracket for Digital Camera: Amazon.de: Electronics & Photo

The good: Handling feels really good.

The bad: No chance I'm going to attach a shoulder strap to that thing. I barely have to look at it before it gets lose.
Forum: General Photography 08-26-2021, 02:08 PM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
I can't find any dealer within my country or even within Europe. If I import from outside of Europe, about 33% will be added as import taxes.

I've found all sorts of double leather straps on Etsy. They looks nice but I have no idea about how they are usage and quality wise. Will do some more googling.

For now, I've been thinking I could assemble my Black Rapid double strap and try it again. I initially liked it, but the thing that made me stop using it was, that it was too cumbersome to remove one camera and as a result of carrying 2 bodies all day long, I'd get worn down a lot - also, noisy as hell. I don't expect most of the leather straps I've seen, to be much different.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-24-2021, 02:46 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
I stumbled upon those as well. A single CB Mini will end up costing 98USD with cheapest shipping option and import taxes. Ideally, I'd need two and would also need to buy cold shoes.

I ordered 2 of those I linked to. Total price including shipping landed at 41USD. I already have sync cables so no extra expenses. If anything, it's cheap enough as a first try and to see how I like such setup.




I've been thinking about that. I don't think it would become an issue at all when shooting horizontally, but maybe when shooting vertically.

I just checked some numbers from 2 most recent weddings (after culling):

153 total shots with flash
140 horizontal
13 vertical

161 total
150 horizontal
11 vertical

I use flash once people start dancing and shooting horizontally captures the moments better - but also because shooting vertically will bring my elbow way out and I might hit someone while zig zagging in between people. Yes, yes, I know about battery grips and I don't like using them :P I've tried for few weddings.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-24-2021, 12:09 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Yeah, that's where I always look first (EU sites).

I'm really liking something like this: Universal 1/4" Sliding Screw Metal Flash Bracket for Digital Camera: Amazon.de: Electronics & Photo
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-24-2021, 05:42 AM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
That is very true and I will need to have something in the long run. But as amazing as it may sound, I can't really find anything within Europe.
Forum: General Photography 08-23-2021, 02:23 PM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
I ordered Spider Holster online - a week later it turned out it was out of stock and wouldn't be available for some weeks, so I canceled. Can't find it anywhere else.

Then wanted to try Peak Design Slide at a local store, but they wouldn't let me... well, goodbye then!

I don't think any of those is best option - so I'll go with dual leather strap - at least I'll look good while I suffer xD
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-23-2021, 01:12 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Thanks!

Oh boy, 68 was a long while ago xD

I'm undecided between a flash handle or getting a bunch of light stands.

I think I'll go for light stands and have good talks with couples about safety.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-23-2021, 12:00 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Tried to see if I could fasten the hotshoe screws before using the glue. They are not accessible from the outside so I removed the top panel - but only one was accessible. Rest are hidden under underneath a board. The board was heavily glued, so I gave up.

I suppose it makes more sense now why getting the hotshoe fixed costs so much: because the entire top panel is probably replaced. How simple it would have been, if the screws were accessible.

Since I can't even remove the hotshoe entirely, I also can't apply the glue properly.

Oh, and btw, was uber surpriced by how weak the hotshoe area actually is. It just fitted on a thin layer of plastic.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-23-2021, 06:32 AM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Hmm, that's curious. I've never tried any I always thought handling would be worse/awkward. That's what's kept me from them. I think I'll give it a try.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-22-2021, 10:30 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Of all the flashes I've had, and I've had many and some really cheap ones, I've never had the foot break on any of them.


Assistants are pretty much out of the question because of economics. Wireless would have been best solution, if it wasn't for children who use the venue as their playing ground. In other words, safety concerns. There are flash clamps, but those can't be used in all venues. Second body is obviously for backup and different focal length.

I'd love to get the flash off camera and have been wanting to do so for years. I'm actually so tired of the bounced light look, that forward pointed flash is exciting again.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-22-2021, 09:20 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Or at least least till next camera upgrade. I wont be using the mostly recently purchased two bodies for as long, as I used the first two.



Thanks! I'll check it out.



Very interesting. Thanks! As for clamps, I own some that will do the job. Just checked and they "fit" nicely.



I shoot at weddings and by the time the flash is added, I move more (dancefloor stuff). Plus, bodies hang from shoulder straps.



Yeah, I know. I looked into them before but such a setup will become too cumbersome when carrying 2 bodies.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-22-2021, 05:12 PM  
K-3 hotshoe - can I glue it?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
I had 2 K-3 II which I replaced with a K-3 II and K-3, when the actuation numbers got close to 250k.

First two went through repairs for loose/broken hotshoes and now, the hotshoe on the K-3 has become very loose too. It works, but will probably brake completely off next time I use the camera with an attached flash.

I can't remember how much I paid previously for repairs. Probably somewhere between 235-315USD.

Question is, could and should I glue it? I don't care about re-sell value, and if some sort of super glue can make it last for the remainder of the cameras lifetime, then that's more than enough for me.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-11-2021, 01:36 PM  
Odd Memory Card Error
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 11
Views: 489
I' tested it with mentioned programs and used some others as well, scanned for bad sectors with CHKDSK and done full formats.

I also manually filled the card with RAW photos as well as used it for 800+ shots (24GB used of 32Gb total). In both cases, I copied the files to the computer, imported to RAW editor and exported again, in case the preview portion survived but not the RAW data (I've had that happen before because of bad card readers).

There has been absolutely no indication of errors or something not being right.

During Saturdays wedding, I came home with 6045 shots. I didn't use the card in question and have pretty much gone through all photos. None has glitches (in case it could be a camera issue) and if I subtract smaller image number from the highest, the amount corresponds with total number of photos. Same thing with the 800+ photos I shot on the card in question.

A fluke? I haven't become one bit wiser.
Forum: General Photography 08-08-2021, 05:04 AM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
One of the things I remember about it was, that the camera is locked in one position, and because of that, the belt gets bent/twisted.

It's been a long while and wanted to try again. But can't find my Capture Clip :lol:
Forum: General Photography 08-07-2021, 07:01 PM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
Just got home - thought I'd write about how it was to use two slings, while I'm transferring all photos to computer.

It worked fairly well. Way better than expected tbh, and I'm not as beaten as I usually get. I used Black Rapid strap as my second sling and I don't like it. Shoulder pad slides to front or back all the time - but the worst part was all the movement from 2 slings.

I'm liking the idea of getting the cameras down to the hip but I think the Sun Sniper Holster is overpriced and doesn't even have something for additional security. I could use a double strap for additional security only. Something Like Money Maker would look great, but would also quickly become really expensive.

I also tried to pay attention to how I hold my cameras. That knob thingy on Sun Sniper Holster plate always looked suspicious and I'm now certain it will be getting in my way. I'd need to compromise a stable hold. That's bummer because just today (and last time... and before), I had to shoot all evening at 1/50 or slower shutter thanks to low light + extremely flickering light

I think the holster is the best option, but it's not an easy choice to make.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-07-2021, 06:09 PM  
Odd Memory Card Error
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Tried it and no issues reported. I need to do a full format and see how that will go.



I was thinking along same lines - however, no error using any other card. I've never cleaned contacts on memory cards and they all (contacts on all cards) look the same to me.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-06-2021, 05:07 PM  
Odd Memory Card Error
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 11
Views: 489
I've tucked it away for now and will not be using it tomorrow. Better to be safe than sorry.

I'll do more tests and full blown formatting later and if still no issue show, I'll use it for super non essential stuff for a while. It would be weird (and worrying) if it's dying and no program can detect issues.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-06-2021, 12:46 PM  
Odd Memory Card Error
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 11
Views: 489
I did not check but I do not think so. I've only seen that happen while I'm out shooting but now I was prepping for tomorrows wedding. Batteries have been out all day.

Edit: If the card is dying, it will be first time ever in 11 years, since I first bought a camera. Ironically, I just got 6 new cards today :P
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-06-2021, 12:37 PM  
Odd Memory Card Error
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 11
Views: 489
K-3
Card 1 in slot 1: Memory Card Error
Card 2 in slot 2: No error

Card 1 in slot 2: No error
Card 2 in slot 1: No error

K-3 II
Card 1 in slot 1: Memory Card Error
Card 2 in slot 2: No error

Card 1 in slot 2: No error
Card 2 in slot 1: No error

This makes no sense. Is there a difference between slot 1 and 2?

Remove battery and re-inster after some minutes: Didn't help

Format in slot 1: Can't
Format in slot 2: Formats, but still error on slot 1

Quick format using SD Formatter: Didn't help

Read/Write/Compare test using Flash Drive/Card Tester: Camera asks for the card to be formattet and then work.

The big question is: what happened?

The card is a Lexar Pro 633x - been using it, along with several others, for a while. Checked all SD cards. Didn't get read error with any of those.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2021, 04:10 PM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
Good question. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Just tried it and it felt alright. I might give it a go at a 13h wedding coverage this Saturday.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2021, 10:05 AM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
Ah yes. I'm aware of those but have been ignoring them for so long that I didn't even consider them now. I pre-ordered the very first Peak Design Cature Clip, back when PD wasn't even a proper business yet. I only used it few times. I used to cover very large weddings over many years, where people could bump into you - and more importantly, there used to always be many children, running and playing all over the place, so it felt very unsafe and dangerous.

But actually, I recently stopped covering such large weddings so I no longer have the same worries :D I think they actually might be perfect for me - thanks for reminding me of them, lol :D

---------- Post added 05-08-21 at 19:08 ----------



I can see myself buying something like this, just for the looks alone, lol.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2021, 05:56 AM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
Yeah, I agree. They can look really good.
Forum: General Photography 08-05-2021, 05:13 AM  
Camera straps for a wedding photographer
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 16
Views: 731
I've found it incredibly difficult to find proper info or recommendations, so I thought of asking.

My preferred method for carrying gear:

A shoulder strap for camera 1
A neck strap for camera 2

I currently use Sun Sniper shoulder strap. I wore one strap down and then got another. They have been really good with the only surprising downside on my current one being the screwing mechanism. It does not fasten completely. I added secondary security and it saved my ass few times.

For neck strap, I've been using the ones which comes with the camera. They are really bad and my neck starts to give painful burning sensation after a while. I now use one which came with a second hand body I bought. It looks a very very much like this one: Practical Neoprene Camera Neck Strap for Nikon for Canon for Sony All SLR DSLR YKS Special Gift-buy at a low prices on Joom e-commerce platform

It is much much more comfortable but the quality is bad. The rubberish part is wearing off and ruining my brighter shirts.

I also own Black Rapid dual straps but don't like this setup at all. It's too constraining, noisy because of more metal parts and gear moves around more - and wearing a Blazer on top doesn't work well though that's a minor detail. It also also wears me down faster because I'm kind of forced to have both bodies on me at all times - and looks incredibly ugly. Money Maker strap looks way better and although I could combine Peak Design anchors with it for fast cam removal, I still don't think I'd like using dual straps (but I could be wrong?).

I've looked at Peak Design Slide, Slide Lite and Leash. Leash seems too thin and I bet would not be comfortable throughout a day. Slide Lite looks like it has the desired width, but no padding. Slide gets lots of praise but I found very few snippets here and there about it being too wide as a neck strap and can hurt after a while.

But, there's also the metal parts thing and I'm wondering how it would be when using 2 straps. Would the camera hanigng from the neck be hitting metal from the other strap? Can't find anything about anyone having tried 2 straps at once.

Also, I'm not convinced any of them would be comfortable when using for many hours in a day.

I could easily go with a new Sun Sniper Strap (screw mechanism seems to change all the time so current "issue" might not be there anymore). The very thick padding part doesn't really bother me, and actually helps keeping the strap from sliding. But I wouldn't mind something thinner. Black Rapid is way thinner and wider, but doesn't do what it should and comes off shoulder all the time (when I use just one strap). I do not like those smaller aiding straps for the purpose of elimination sliding.

The biggest question is: which neck strap should I go with? But in general, what to look at for 2 cameras.
Forum: General Talk 08-04-2021, 01:51 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-02-2021, 09:14 PM  
Problem focussing Samyang 85mm F1.4
Posted By Zafar Iqbal
Replies: 43
Views: 1,295
Had this lens and found it to be really hard to use (portraits). I had changed to a better focusing screen and also used Live View a lot.

The focusing ring being hard and very sensitive didn't help.

Honestly, I don't miss it.
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