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^^ I'm probably the only one, but I've really enjoyed several of the Pentax DSLRs.  I had a series of the "legendary" M42 mounted lenses from the 70s (85mm/1.8, etc...) and each new DSLR model allowed me to use them a little easier.  Shoot, I even modified a Minolta Rokkor 58mm/1.2 to a Pentax mount.  Not good for ebay, but a wonderful lens.  

 

The DSLRs are pretty cheap compared to the big boys and certainly take nice enough photos for ebay.

post #3692 of 16838
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

Please enlighten us on your lighting system!

Wife and I just purchased a new house, escrow closes end of July.


So on that note, I have a dedicated eBay room and am hoping to have enough room to set up a fantastic lighting / picture area!

Here's a couple pics, still working on it.  First time I took my camera out of point and shoot mode and actually changed some settings.  My goal for lights is twofold.  One, I do a lot of shirts and I want to minimize the ironing I do.  My previous lighting showed EVERY wrinkle, this new one is going a long way to evening things out so I'm not having to make the product perfect just for photos before folding it into a tiny square and putting it into a bag.  Second, is no post processing, no white balance, no crop, nothing.  Just shoot and upload.  This hobby of mine is getting too out of hand as it is, trying to make it take as little time as possible.  As a bonus, I am using continuous lighting, so I don't have to wait between shots for the flash to charge.  Having trouble with the wifi SD card. Great in theory but there seems to be some bugs that have to be worked out.

sample pics and my setup (Click to show)

 

 

using one big 4 fixture octagonal light box and one $2 clamp fixture with a nice reflector.

 

 

 

post #3693 of 16838

Awesome!

I too want to use continuos lighting.  No need for flash IMO since we are not shooting live models mwink[1].gif

 

 

I have seen kits floating around online that include almost everything needed, but have yet to run into anyone with real hand experience.

 

Mind sharing how you went about deciding on the lighting you chose?

 

 

 

Just browsing online, it gives me a headache from all the options available options.

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need a point and shoot camera recommendation, ideally $350-$450... thinking Canon G15....?

 

Just something solid for taking ebay pics

 

Some additional thoughts on the DSLR vs. P&S. I've been a happy DSLR user for 10+ yrs. Obviously one can get great ebay images with a DSLR but it's not essential to shoot with one to get excellent results.

 

Generally speaking, the significant benefits of DSLR include no shutter lag, fast AF, interchangeable/fast lenses, improved low light & natural light performance and more control over your image (i.e., RAW). Many of the DSLR benefits don't apply as much when you are shooting product photos (ebay). Typically your subject is static and you can control your light. Therefore, fast AF and low light performance aren't as important when you can control your subject and environment.

 

I think if you are interested in photography as a hobby or are shooting kids, sports, etc., you will appreciate the advantages of the DSLR. If you only need a camera to shoot product-type images for ebay, today's generation of P&S cameras will probably suffice. And the canon G-Series are always very highly regarded and well reviewed. I had a G3 as one of my early digicams.

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the zoom lens on the G15 is f1.8-2.8 (if i remember right) so its ability to get some great depth of field even while zoomed in shouldn't be an issue.

But you're comparing apples to oranges here, the sensor sizes aren't even close to the same size so you're not going to get anywhere near the depth of field. Canon Rebels (and 60D, 7D) use APS-C sized sensors, 5D is full frame, and the G15 uses a 1/1.7 sensor.



Going from full frame to APS-C is a full stop of difference in terms of depth of field so a f/4 on a full frame will have the same depth of field as a f/2.8 on APS-C. I don't know what the conversion is for the G-series sensor but I would think it's at least another full stop difference so that f/1.8-2.8 is really equivalent to something like a F/4-8 and possibly not even that. Don't fool yourself thinking that since it has f/1.8 in the specs that you can get the shallow depth of field that you would from a 1.8 on a crop sensor or full frame. The G series is a great little camera though. I had a G7 years ago and used the Canon Loyalty Program to get a G11 when it died. It's a nice camera to have when I don't feel like bringing my 60D.
post #3696 of 16838
BTW, the Canon Loyalty Program I mentioned above is a great way to upgrade your camera. It depends what they have available, but generally the deal is you give them the serial # of your existing Canon, they will sell you a refurbished Canon at 20% off the refurbished price, and when you receive it you send your old camera back. It doesn't have to be a comparable camera, you can get 20% off a DSLR by sending in an old $10 Canon you found at a flea market. Just give them a call at 866.443.8002. Here's a link to the refurbished store: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductListingViewAll_10051_10051_-1_29252
post #3697 of 16838

How many miles have you guys accumulated so far this year?

 

I'm curious to see where I stand with others.

post #3698 of 16838
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

Here's a couple pics, still working on it.  First time I took my camera out of point and shoot mode and actually changed some settings.  My goal for lights is twofold.  One, I do a lot of shirts and I want to minimize the ironing I do.  My previous lighting showed EVERY wrinkle, this new one is going a long way to evening things out so I'm not having to make the product perfect just for photos before folding it into a tiny square and putting it into a bag.  Second, is no post processing, no white balance, no crop, nothing.  Just shoot and upload.  This hobby of mine is getting too out of hand as it is, trying to make it take as little time as possible.  As a bonus, I am using continuous lighting, so I don't have to wait between shots for the flash to charge.  Having trouble with the wifi SD card. Great in theory but there seems to be some bugs that have to be worked out.

sample pics and my setup (Click to show)

 

 

using one big 4 fixture octagonal light box and one $2 clamp fixture with a nice reflector.

 

 

 

That was bizarre, somehow my response to your post about lighting Snoogz wound up ABOVE yours.  Hope you saw it.

post #3699 of 16838
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That was bizarre, somehow my response to your post about lighting Snoogz wound up ABOVE yours.  Hope you saw it.

Yes I did read it (atleast the one u just quoted). Where did u get ur equipment from?
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Just listened to the salesman at a hugemongous camera place.  From what I can tell, the light bulbs are key, I have 4 85W fluorescents (not 85W equivalent) that are at 5000K color temp.  there's 3 of them in the octagonal light box, and the one bare bulb which isn't as harsh as I thought it might be, right next to the reflector, but that light box is providing the best diffuse light.  He said if you try to buy non-photographic bulbs they don't maintain, or even start out at a consistent color.

 

eBay talk - this RLPL is blowing up!  I'm having a good week...

RLPL

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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

Here's a couple pics, still working on it.  First time I took my camera out of point and shoot mode and actually changed some settings.  My goal for lights is twofold.  One, I do a lot of shirts and I want to minimize the ironing I do.  My previous lighting showed EVERY wrinkle, this new one is going a long way to evening things out so I'm not having to make the product perfect just for photos before folding it into a tiny square and putting it into a bag.  Second, is no post processing, no white balance, no crop, nothing.  Just shoot and upload.  This hobby of mine is getting too out of hand as it is, trying to make it take as little time as possible.  As a bonus, I am using continuous lighting, so I don't have to wait between shots for the flash to charge.  Having trouble with the wifi SD card. Great in theory but there seems to be some bugs that have to be worked out.

 

Nice - thank you for the tips and info.  I definitely need a lighting upgrade (using the 4-spot light already in the ceiling over my dining room table, plus a 5000 watt halogen worklight bounced off the ceiling which can give everything a yellow-ish tinge).  Not ideal.  I like your white backdrop and always-on lighting set-up - not too crazy, would work well with my cameras.  I also need a lightbox for smaller items - shoes, ties etc.  

I used to shoot film and had my own studio with darkroom where I developed my film & printed my own photos, so you'd think I knew what I was doing,  but that was at the dawn of digital and nothing beat film back then...these days, it's all new!  Back then, I was 100% Nikon; with digital I have found nothing beats the variety offered by Canon (though I still have my eye on the Pentax 4/3 Leica Lumix and will likely pick one up eventually).  

post #3702 of 16838
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

How many miles have you guys accumulated so far this year?

 

I'm curious to see where I stand with others.

I'm over 6500 already.

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Woah, 6500mi for just about half the year?  This is your day job, right?

 

I just posted a test auction with my new setup.  Think it's maybe a little washed out, but wanted to do an actual auction so I could see it on PC, phone and ipad.  What do you guys think of the photos (hold your excitement about the shirtfing02[1].gif -in all honesty I'm a huge fan of Ben Sherman, but no one brags about it here, so I just keep it to myself.)

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321154735510?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

post #3704 of 16838
I like the results of the pictures. I don't notice any shadows which is good!

Where did u get ur umbrella & lights from?
post #3705 of 16838
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I'm over 6500 already.

WOW! with that many miles already, do they ever request proof when doing taxes?

 

I am roughly under 700 miles for the year so far.

 

What kind of car do you drive, hopefully a commuter that allows for good gas mileage.

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