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Raoul Isidro Images

Posts: 6285

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1. Using Nikon lens caps on Canon lenses. It gets a few fan boys off balance... (both sides). I love the Nikon design. Canon has finally succumbed and is producing similar designs by Christmas.
http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/536704_499018970130503_379298547_n.jpg

2. Putting black electrical tape over the white letters of the brand name on the pentaprism when in Street Photography. People tend to notice your camera more, and ask what brand... aah human psychology.

3. Naming my batteries: R2D1, R2D2, R2D3... etc. and written on the battery with permanent markers... helps with FIFO recycling.

4. Removing or blacking out every brand name on my camera bag or back pack. I am not a walking advertisement for these manufacturers.

5. Not attaching the camera neck strap to the DSLR. (see photo on 1.)
Man, I am so guilty... but I love the freedom.

Nov 13 12 09:42 pm Link

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Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raoul Isidro Images wrote:
5. Not attaching the camera neck strap to the DSLR. (see photo on 1.)
Man, I am so guilty... but I love the freedom.

now that, is adventurous!

Nov 13 12 11:28 pm Link

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Matty272

Posts: 218

Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom

Raoul Isidro Images wrote:
5. Not attaching the camera neck strap to the DSLR. (see photo on 1.)

I have an old praktica strap on my everyday camera. The canon one was getting ratty and I reckoned that if I was going to have a ratty strap, it might as well be something softer and more comfortable than the canon one

Nov 14 12 12:23 am Link

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R_Marquez

Posts: 4622

San Francisco, California, US

I grip all of my bodies and almost never actually use the portrait shutter release button when shooting in portrait orientation.

Nov 14 12 01:27 am Link

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Lee Nutter

Posts: 160

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I knew a guy that covered the labels on his gear with black tape.

He shot Nikon at the time (earlier this year) but... You didn't study at the ACP did you?

Nov 14 12 02:30 am Link

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Raoul Isidro Images

Posts: 6285

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lee Nutter wrote:
You didn't study at the ACP did you?

No I didn't, but I hang out there when there's a seminar or something. smile

Nov 14 12 02:38 am Link

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Kyiah K

Posts: 580

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Not too sure if this is a quirk but I've never owned a light meter and have never used one.
I have an extensive physics/science background and the correct exposure tends to just appear in my brain. I was dating another photographer and this drove him beyond crazy . He was like "how the f$*k do you do that ?!! Truth is I don't even know :-)

Dec 16 12 03:46 pm Link

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Marcio Faustino

Posts: 2057

Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Kyiah K wrote:
Not too sure if this is a quirk but I've never owned a light meter and have never used one.
I have an extensive physics/science background and the correct exposure tends to just appear in my brain. I was dating another photographer and this drove him beyond crazy . He was like "how the f$*k do you do that ?!! Truth is I don't even know :-)

I believe you because when I grab my digital camera (which I seldom use) I tend to try guess the exposure and then see on the screen if I got it right. And in most of the cases I get it ok.

When shooting with film I don't like to take the chances.

Dec 16 12 03:54 pm Link

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D and G Photography

Posts: 135

Odenton, Maryland, US

rarely shoot with a strap. my wife hates when i do that. and always cover name brands when on location, no sense i asking for more attention than required.

Dec 16 12 03:55 pm Link

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Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

I don't think I have any quirks but I know a guy who insists on putting a piece of red tape on everything. I guess it coincides with the red bit on the Nikon grip or something.

Dec 16 12 03:58 pm Link

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DraganSutic

Posts: 304

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Aaron Lewis Photography wrote:
I don't think I have any quirks but I know a guy who insists on putting a piece of red tape on everything. I guess it coincides with the red bit on the Nikon grip or something.

I would go absolutely nuts working with this guy, every theatre and staging company I have ever worked for marked bad equipment with red tape, after 15 years of associating red tape with broken gear, I would constantly think everything was buggered.

Dec 16 12 04:06 pm Link

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rp_photo

Posts: 42494

Houston, Texas, US

Kyiah K wrote:
Not too sure if this is a quirk but I've never owned a light meter and have never used one.

My light meter is like my CPAP machine.

I use both in fits and spurts.

Dec 16 12 04:11 pm Link

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SPierce Photography

Posts: 19790

Amherst, Massachusetts, US

Kyiah K wrote:
Not too sure if this is a quirk but I've never owned a light meter and have never used one.
I have an extensive physics/science background and the correct exposure tends to just appear in my brain. I was dating another photographer and this drove him beyond crazy . He was like "how the f$*k do you do that ?!! Truth is I don't even know :-)

This, minus the physics and science background. I run off of instinct without paying attention to the settings (though I do check my screen). I am correct on it more often than not !

Dec 16 12 04:13 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

I have never, that I can recall, ever used anything but the Center AF point...press/recompose. That seems to be very "quirky" these days.

Dec 16 12 04:19 pm Link

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Phase Shift Photography

Posts: 86

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Raoul Isidro Images wrote:
4. Removing or blacking out every brand name on my camera bag or back pack. I am not a walking advertisement for these manufacturers.

I do this, too. I also remove the camera bag shoulder strap and cut off all of the extraneous straps, then put a flame to frayed ends. I consider my camera bag to be custom made.

Dec 16 12 05:41 pm Link

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Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

DraganSutic wrote:

I would go absolutely nuts working with this guy, every theatre and staging company I have ever worked for marked bad equipment with red tape, after 15 years of associating red tape with broken gear, I would constantly think everything was buggered.

ROFL and he told me he thought it made it look more professional. That's a friggin riot

Dec 16 12 06:24 pm Link

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deletedxxx

Posts: 149

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

D and G Photography wrote:
rarely shoot with a strap. my wife hates when i do that. and always cover name brands when on location, no sense i asking for more attention than required.

I have a Pentax, possible theft is not a problem big_smile
Having said that everything I own has my name and phone number on it. I figure if anything gets lost or stolen I might still have a chance of getting it back provided the cops can work out who owns it.

I hate the neck-strap mostly because of the excess strap hanging around where you attach it to the camera, so I've sewn the dees onto my camera. My neckstrap has the clips sewn at the ends so I can easily clip it on and off and not have bits flapping about.

Dec 16 12 07:36 pm Link

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YZF Jeff

Posts: 252

Statesboro, Georgia, US

i used to go strapless but i realized that i shoot in places with a lot of standing water, lakes ponds rivers etc. just the idea of my camera floating down to the bottom of a pond and diving in after it doesn't make me a happy camper. the strap really gets in the way and i enjoy keeping a deathgrip on my gripped 7D (especially with the shorty 40 featherweight lens). maybe i'll do like the digital rev kid and put a nikon strap on it, hell put a pentax lens cover on or something.

Dec 16 12 11:43 pm Link

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Glenn Hall - Fine Art

Posts: 450

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Michael Pandolfo wrote:
I have never, that I can recall, ever used anything but the Center AF point...press/recompose. That seems to be very "quirky" these days.

..yup...it's the little red square that rules my life tongue

Dec 17 12 04:16 am Link

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Michael DBA Expressions

Posts: 3196

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Raoul Isidro Images wrote:
1. Using Nikon lens caps on Canon lenses. It gets a few fan boys off balance... (both sides). I love the Nikon design. Canon has finally succumbed and is producing similar designs by Christmas.
http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/536704_499018970130503_379298547_n.jpg

Slacker!

I put an entire Nikon lens on my Canon 5D Mk II -- actually, two of them. I prefer the 85 mm f1.8 but also have a 50 mm f1.4 I sometimes use.

Dec 17 12 04:34 am Link

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Kaouthia

Posts: 3152

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

Shooting the odd roll of film seems to be a bit quirky these days, does that count?

Dec 17 12 04:48 am Link

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Raoul Isidro Images

Posts: 6285

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Kaouthia wrote:
Shooting the odd roll of film seems to be a bit quirky these days, does that count?

It counts if you get 72 frames out of a standard 36 frame roll... from cameras such as these:

http://www.taunusreiter.de/Cameras/PenFT_02_m.jpg
(even back then, that was quirky...)

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Dec 17 12 05:22 am Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 27971

Dearborn, Michigan, US

I have that lenscap style on my Canon G1 X.

Dec 17 12 06:00 am Link