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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:14:40 PM »
What does the "R" stand for? 


They removed the AA filter.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:25:56 AM »
Hmpf....  no radio flash controller, no Wifi, no global shutter,
no multilayer RGB imager - and a downgrade in high ISO
performance as well.

Not quite what I was hoping for. Not at all.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:12:49 AM »
So.....  no multilayer RGB imager, no global shutter, less high
ISO performance, no GPS, no Wifi, no flash radio controller
built in......   

Not exactly what I had hoped for.

EOS Bodies / Re: Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:25:55 PM »
Breaking the x-sync barrier would be the most welcome effect
of this, and will make all HSS/Auto-FP/Hypersync/SuperSync
hacks obsolete.

The minute they announce this, I place my order.

Now with the date feb 1st mentioned:

Might this be the press release day for whatever new is coming?
New rebel with NFC, 11-24, EOS M, 5DMkIV/6D MkII... more?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:22:19 AM »
The big advantage of the lower frequency bands used by LPA's pocked wizards is better reach. I have a set of yongnuo RF-602 and can only dream of bridging 100m with them, a distance that pocket wizards can bridge easily.

Depends on the frequency and the amount of contamination in that band.
While I have good results with RF-602s, I can't say that for PW Plus II,
let alone Flex TT5. I'm in Europe, and every garage door opener, babyphone,
car door control and tons of other applications operate at 433 MHz - just
like the pocket wizards.

Like I said: Yongnuo won me over because the pocket wizards failed so
much on me. YMMV.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:47:45 AM »
But what about the whitebalance difference (if there's one at all?) between a mix of Canon and Yongnuo flashes?
In generally mixing flashes/strobes etc. do you have to keep this in mind?

Also Canon offers (also in AWB mode) some whitebalance correction at different power levels like this quote I found:
I asked Chuck Westfall of Canon last night (...)
So this makes me buy Canon after all.. guess the real deal will be, even unaware, the better option.

That works fine in cases where flash is the predominant
light and you don't care about what the ambient looks like.

In fill flash situtations, this will give you different ambient
color with every variation of flash power. There's drawbacks
to all of these things as well.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:42:06 AM »
I first bought RF-602 triggers, part of a looooong journey
trying to find usable triggers. All have their shortcomings,
and I have yet to find the perfect trigger/flash combination.
(Yes, I have them nearly all).

For decades, P/C terminaly had locking threads, but the
Yongnuo cable was the first to implement the locking collar
on their plugs. Also they were the first to introduce metal
shoes on their trigger (compare to the flimsy Profoto Air Remotes!)
and the adopted 2.4 GHz as a worldwide compatible standard,
while LPA drove another nail into their coffin when they stuck
at their frequencies different in EMEA and NA.

Also, RF-602 were among the first to reliably bridge up to
100m/300ft distance. So - they got me on their capabilities.

After that I bought a couple of YN-460 II for a project where
I expected a high risk of loss or damage. I considered them
expendables. They were heavily used and abused, have fired
ten thousand times - and still work like the day I bought them.

Unfortunately they have the birth defect of a sleep mode timer
that cannot be disabled, and offered no remote power settings.

So, after many years of perfect professional service, I bought
a few RF-622C/RF622C-TX on top, and YN-500EX flashes.

They work, and they deliver.

In 2005 (before David hobby started out in 2006) I wrote to
Metz and suggested what today is considered a strobist flash.
At that time I had almost 20 Metz flashes. Metz answered that
they see no market there. Today I have only one Metz 54MZ3
left over, which is in fact not used anymore, and Metz filed for
the equivalent of Chapter 11 last year.

And I have more Yongnuos than I ever had Metz flashes,
both in number and value.

They simply convinced me with what they deliver.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film Simulation for Canon Cameras
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:22:29 PM »
Also: Picture style editor is included in the software CD Canon puts into every box.

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:13:29 AM »
I have almost two dozen shoe mount flashes.
Used to have tons of Metz.

In 2006 I suggested they build a flash with manual
power settings exceeding their dated full/W/M range.

They answered that they don't see a market there.

Enter strobist.


Today about EVERY flash has manual settings at
least in full stops from 1/1 down to 1/64, some
down to 1/128 or even 1/256.

Every flash except most Metz devices.

Then I told them the world was ready for a ringflash
meant to fill in at very close range for wedding/event
shooters. made very clear that this ringflash must
work on the most frequently used lenses in these
genres, all with 77mm filter thread.

Took them two years, and then they produced the
MS-15 light. With 72mm filter thread.

You lose when you go to a gunfight with a toothpick.

German wages were not the problem, their product
portfolio failed big time.

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:40:54 PM »
beyond 60WS? does it run on 4xaa?

Not beyond 60 Ws, just longer zoom range.
Yes, runs on 4x AA.

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:39:24 PM »
I just personally consolidated to  using their new 64 AF-1 flash units exclusively - they are fabulous, and have unparalleled power.

You might want to check out the Pixel mago, then.
Does everything the Metz 64 AF-1 does - plus LED
video light / pilot light and at a fraction of the price.

Got one as a beta tester, and saw many people buy
it during Photokina for 70 Euro. Who ever I showed
it to, they went over and bought one.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:04:25 PM »
DXO......  a good example for the discrepancy of measurements
and the results in the real world.

After getting involved with we started to
wonder if the DXOmark has any real value at all.

Some of the worst lenses we tested rank high in their list.

So, would I care if they diss any new sensor? No.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:10:38 AM »
Global shutter to unleash flash photography.
Die, x-sync, die!

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:42:28 AM »
Have both. The 85L hasn't been used anymore since the ART joined my collection of lenses.

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