Dave Seeley

Lives in United States Boston, MA, United States
Works as a Photo Illustrator
Has a website at www.daveseeley.com
Joined on Jan 1, 2002

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I don't get it... I'm a Canon shooter w 5dsr, 5diii, and eos M5... and a little obsessed w size in the dslr vs mirrorless debate. This new Sony 16-35mm is the same width, and .2" shorter than the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III full frame Lens, and 85% of the weight. So NOT compact.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 01:39 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

Seems like the AI portion, is a likely future development in Canon's fully automatic and even program modes... and the smartphone app is already available for the latest Canon cams.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 22:46 UTC as 23rd comment

I like it... and would be interested, but for that I was burned for $1200 for an IndieGogo campaign for a comparatively simple led soft-box lighting system. It was plagued by manufacturing snafu's and lack of biz skills on the part of the owners, and finally defaulted and stopped responding to irate funders two years after the date promised. Won't mistake a crowd funded item for a shipping product ever again. If this goes to market, it's price will be competitive based on competing products, and I'll have another look. Might even be more affordable and come with a warranty.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 22:43 UTC as 24th comment

YESSSSS I'm a photo illustrator, and would LOVE a robust desktop version of Prisma, which I believe is the same engine as Ostagram.ru. Both severly limit capability and output resolution.

www.daveseeley.com

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 02:57 UTC as 4th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1648 comments in total)

Back and forth and back and forth.... Just ordered the M5 w 14-45mm lens kit.

Can anyone tell me how the 15-45 compares to the 18-55 that came with the M?

Roger at Lens Rentals said good things about the 18-55 sharpness, but said tons of barrel distortion... WISH they made some solid fast lenses for M. I have the 22mm and like it.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 03:04 UTC as 197th comment | 2 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1648 comments in total)
In reply to:

tallenvt: Help me out here, please. I have good Canon lenses and was hoping to cut down on size and weight by buying a mirrorless Canon, when the company released a decent one. I assumed [stupidly, i now see] that I would be able to use my Canon L lenses on a mirrorless Canon. From what i now read, I will need an adapter. So, do i actually get much of a size/weight advantage over say the 80D? And do i loose autofocus or other performance qualities when I use adapted L lenses with the M5. I REALLY dont want to have to buy 2 sets of lenses.

I bought the M with the same intent as the OP on this question, and after playing with the novelty of bolting my Canon L glass to the beautifully made little camera, I realized I might as well ad a bit more weight, and in many cases, not a lot more volume, and shoot w my 5dmkiii. So THEN you're up against comparing the MKiii with the M... Even the kit 18-55mm M lens makes it non-pocketable. I'd love some fast pancake M primes. The adapter and the 40mm pancake is the smallest adapted combo, and not small. I like the 22mm M but not a great focal length as a pocketable walk around.

But here's the thing... if the adapter route with your L glass isn't really a good option in the end.... it means you need all new lenses anyway... so the only advantage of the M series over the very good Sony line, is the learning curve for Canon usability. Is that enough to stick w Canon for a new mirrorless kit?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 23:04 UTC
On article Quick Review: Zenfolio's Photographer Central (16 comments in total)
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disraeli demon: "Photograher?"

I've been happily hosting my website on Zenfolio.com for the last couple of years... and they offered a sweet deal to jump on to their new endeavor. Been up for two months, and not a call. My work has a different national/international target for clientele, but I thought I'd give it a shot, aiming at Boston and NYC. I put up a site for my photo illos, and another with photo portraits Ive been doing while shooting for TF or illo gigs.

http://www.photographercentral.com/photographer/26551562248868/image-junkie-boston-massachusetts

http://www.photographercentral.com/photographer/26551767636661/dave-seeley-boston-massachusetts

Thinking that this is squarely aimed at wedding, event, and portraiture, given the local focus... but this venture by Zenfolio may be fundamentally flawed in thinking when it comes to how clients find photographers. Time will tell if they can get search engines to the individual sites, and garner paying gigs. In the meantime, it's a fun experiment.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 22:47 UTC
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Sports Shooter: Zenfolio increased their annual subscription by 40%!! From $100 it's now $140 at the next renewal. Good things don't last forever.
I like Zenfolio and I've been with them for 4 years, but 40% hike? Unacceptable

I've been happily hosting my website on Zenfolio.com for the last couple of years... and they offered a sweet deal to jump on to their new endeavor, PhotographerCentral.com. Been up for about a month, and not a call. My work, which is really photo illustration, has a different national/international target for clientele, but I thought I'd give it a shot, aiming at Boston (my home) and NYC. I put up a site for my photo illos, and another with photo edits Ive been doing with models in trade for their time.

http://www.photographercentral.com/photographer/26551562248868/image-junkie-boston-massachusetts

http://www.photographercentral.com/photographer/26551767636661/dave-seeley-boston-massachusetts

I was thinking that this is squarely aimed at wedding, event, and portraiture, given the local focus... but is this venture by Zenfolio fundamentally flawed in thinking when it comes to how clients find photographers? Curious to know your thoughts.

Dave

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 01:51 UTC

Curious to know if you think the new site could market to advertising and fashion clients, or if those markets use other avenues to find their talent.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53911835

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 04:12 UTC as 8th comment
On article Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon Review (41 comments in total)

Thanks Mike,
Great to see that this is available. As an owner of 9x phottix odin receivers mounted to 550ex flashes (who needs IR anymore?), it's the Mitros + that has me most interested, for times I'd want an on camera flash as well as remotes... which is not currently workable with the hot shoe odin transmitter.... It's not very often that I'd want an on cam flash, but weddings, where another remote requires another assistant, is a notable exception. I could, and likely should, put a flash with odin receiver on a bracket for weddings.

I WILL say that i'd love more than three groups, though I can make do. ;-)

BTW... the Mitros at $300, is about the same as a used 550ex with an odin receiver. If the Mitros+ is not too much more, it would be a viable alternative.

Cheers
Dave Seeley
www.daveseeley.com

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 03:16 UTC as 9th comment
On article Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon Review (41 comments in total)
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Felix11: @DPReview "at well over half the price" did you mean "at considerably less than half the price"?

I use the Phottix Odin radio trigger system, with a bunch of Canon 550ex flash units... Ebay price for those extremely well regarded work horses (no overheating issue that later models had) is less than $200 for excellent condition The Odin Trigger is currently $137 on amazon... much less in sets of multiples. Given that the IR becomes redundant when using the much more reliable and versatile radio triggers, I'd rather spend a few extra dollars for full radio... You need it for soft boxes and flash units behind you.

Dave Seeley
www.daveseeley.com

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 03:09 UTC
On article 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad (151 comments in total)
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paulbysea: As per usual the media only think about Apple. What about an article about apps for Android Tablets, The Nexus 7 2 has a better screen than any apple product, which suggest it would be better suited to photographers than over priced apple products.

Shuttersnitch on my iPad receives EyeFi jpegs from my 5Diii during shoots, and brings in pinch zoomable high quality pics to check exposure and focus. It also warns you when shooting outside user definable parameters. An important part of my workflow.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 00:57 UTC
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (356 comments in total)
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PicOne: so why EF to Sony APS as first model... vs. EF to EFS ?

So how bout EF to Eos M... currently you can mount EF lenses with the Canon adapter, but there is a 1.6 crop. The adapter is merely a spacer with no optics. It seems like this could add optics to eliminate the crop, and speed up the lens too.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 05:07 UTC
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plevyadophy: PHOTTIX Odins are incompatible (at present) with SIX Canon cameras.
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Here's a copy of the email I received from PHOTTIX:

Hello:

Thanks for your email.

Yes, the 1D Mark II will work. The only cameras we have issue with are: 1D, 1Ds, G6, G12, G1x, 1Dx

Canon changes their camera/flash protocols from time to time. This happened when the EXII flashes were released - and again recently as well. The 650D, 5D Mark III and 1Dx all have new protocols. This is easy for Canon to accommodate - much less easy for us when trying to add all the protocols into one product.

If you need anything further please let me know.

Regards,
Steve

Anyone know if the Odin's will be compatible with the new EOS M?

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 13:03 UTC

I have 8x 550ex flash units on the Phottix Odin system, and couldn't be happier. I bought it when my primary cam was the 5D2, and now use em on my 5D3. Takes a bit for me to shoot a couple of test shots and determine flash group levels above and below ttl, then any minor adjustments during shooting can be made via the flash adjustment compensation on camera. Love em. Never had any prior radio trigger system, so can't compare to those.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 02:53 UTC as 10th comment
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miklmar: I can't find the Canon version on the website, only the Nikon. Trying to find out if the 550EX is compatible.

Yes... I use 8x 550ex flash units on the Phottix Odin system. Works like a charm.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 02:45 UTC
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fotogloria: Here is my story.. I am a professional photographer with more than 18 years of experience and I tried everything else and finally bought Odin for my Canon 5D and 4 550EX combo. And ever since I bought Odin, I never missed any single shots because the flash was not firing. So far it is giving me 100% results with no issues. ETTL works like a charm... Accurate measurements. Distance is not a problem for me as I am always within their advertised range.

I have started with Radio Popper and they sent me 2 different sets of units for replacement and finally I sold that and got Pocket Wizard Flex TT series and even with them I had to get a replacement once but still was no use and finally I found these babies and I am married to them.. Permanently. If she decides to ditch me some how, I would get a clone of her from Phottix.. :) YES the review is right and it looks like an ad because that is the truth!!! ODIN ROCKS!!!

I'll second fotogloria,
I've got the Odin and 8 receivers mounted on 8 Canon 550ex flash units. The 550ex has the same flash capability as the later units, and does not have issue with recycle that those had. It's a true work horse, and sells used for about $160. The Odin has been fantastic, and never an issue with recycle... In a studio setting, I will shoot pix about 1 second apart, for 20 or more shots. You can also use flash exposure compensation from the camera, and it adjusts the settings on the Odin globally. I love it!

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 02:41 UTC
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kff: What a pity! They don't have version for Pentax ...

I believe a Nikon version recently came out.... though I know a guy who switch from Canon to the D800, and says the Nikon Phottix system is not as care-free as the Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 02:35 UTC
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gl2k: The article says nothing about any high speed flash capabilities.
Pocket Wizard can do.

Yes on high speed sync.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 02:33 UTC
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