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Messages - Gary W.

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Lighting / Re: First Flash
« on: September 30, 2014, 08:03:02 PM »
Hey all,

    You should look at the Pixel Mago speedlight. It is a great flash AND it's only $88!! Every option of any Canon flash EXCEPT the built in radio feature of the 600EX-RT.

Gary W.

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Lighting / Re: What 3rd party flash?
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:27:21 PM »
Hey all,

    I recently picked up 3 Pixel Mago ETTL speed lights that do what you are asking, even the video light! (It's a 2 watt LED light on the front.) I just did a firmware upgrade which opened up S1 and S2 capabilities, as well as having the ETTL, Manual and Multi (strobe) modes. All for $88!! Yes, they do work with Canon's optical system, I have tried it on my 7D and it worked as advertised.

Gary W.

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Lighting / Re: Help with PocketWizard and multiple flashes
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:14:35 AM »
Hey all,

    Make sure the 430EX II is in ETTL mode and NOT in slave mode. Fresh Batteries. That's all I can think of off the top of my head...   ???

Gary W.

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Lighting / RPS vs Pixel King Pro
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:46:10 AM »
Hey all,

     I recently purchased some Pixel Mago flashes and realized that they don't play well with my PW Flex/Mini system.

    I tried these http://www.samys.com/p/Remote-Transmitters--Slaves/RSRT10C/Wireless-eTTL-Remote-Control-For-Canon-DSLR/142166.html and they work, but then I have to fumble through the camera menu to make adjustments to levels and such.... OR,

    Do I spend, basically, double and get the Pixel King Pro triggers http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pixel-King-Pro-E-TTL-Wireless-Flash-TRIGGER-ONLY-with-LCD-Display-for-Canon-/281202092212?pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item4178f368b4 and make the adjustments on the triggers instead?

    I guess I am looking if anyone knows or has experience with the reliability of each or either. Thanks for any input you guys have!

Gary W.

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Lighting / Re: Yongnuo vs. Pixel?
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:07:46 PM »
Hey all,

   For what it's worth, I purchased the Pixel Magos flash(es) for @ $89 each and love them so much that I will keep them even though, at the moment, they do not play together with my PW Flex/Mini setup! The LED light being used as a modeling light is SWEET, the menu is straight forward, and, best of all, a GREAT deal!! I will just wait for full compatibility and use the sync cables that I ordered. I do plan on getting a charging pack of some sort in the near future, though!

Gary W.

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Lighting / Re: Godox Witstro 360 flash with HHS
« on: August 24, 2014, 07:58:18 PM »
Hey all,

    Anyone know about HHS compatibility with the PW Flex/Mini setup? I would think it would be close to, or the same as, the Odins...

Gary W.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Need a bit of advice on flash triggers
« on: August 12, 2014, 07:16:02 PM »
Hey all,

    How about a mix? ST-E3 for use with your current, and possible future 600's, and 622's to use if you decide to purchase flashes that don't operate on the Canon radio system. Put the 622 trigger in the camera's hot shoes with the ST-E3 on top of that. Start with the 622's to start less expensively, the add as the funds allow.

Gary W.

I would not advice to stack, as the more contacts and the less reliability you can expect. I would use the yn622, or a second 600 on top of the camera.

Hey all,

    A lot of quality triggers (transmitters) have a hot shoe on top of the transmitter specifically to add a flash on top of the camera so it can be used as an optical trigger, or direct or fill flash. It seems to me that reducing the weight by adding only an ST-E3 vs a top mounted flash seems reasonable... granted, not optimal, but perfectly feasible.

Gary W.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Need a bit of advice on flash triggers
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:41:15 AM »
Hey all,

    How about a mix? ST-E3 for use with your current, and possible future 600's, and 622's to use if you decide to purchase flashes that don't operate on the Canon radio system. Put the 622 trigger in the camera's hot shoes with the ST-E3 on top of that. Start with the 622's to start less expensively, the add as the funds allow.

Gary W.

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Hey all,

    This is good news because the PW can be controlled by my wife's 70D. That being said, I am sticking with the PW vs going to the 600EX-RT and ST-E3 combo since I couldn't get full functionality out of my pre-2012 7D. I am very happy with the performance of my TT1/AC3/TT5 combo and it will take an incredible system, or something drastic for me to change gear!

Gary W.

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Hey all,

    I wasn't saying flash zoom had something to do with exposure, just the adjustment to fill the modifier used to it's edges. One softbox may require a flash zoom of 24mm, another one 28mm or 35mm, maybe, depending on the size and shape of the modifier.

Gary W.

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Hey all,

    Ok, I might be over simplifying this in my head, so please correct me if my line of thinking is off here....

    Since the flash head zoom correlates to the focal length of the lens, at least in TTL, to find the appropriate flash zoom to fill a modifier, place your lens where the flash head would be in the modifier, if possible i.e. umbrella or mounted on the back of a softbox, and use the FL needed to just see the outer edges of the modifier. Then, the ISO and flash power settings would be adjusted for achieving the desired exposure. That way, the flash zoom for a particular modifier would be a consistent value. Again, let me know if this line of thinking is off the mark.

Gary W.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:38:33 PM »
A fat Li-on battery like the Ving 850 would make sense.

Hey all,

    That is one thing I like about the Godox flashes. (V850/V860)  For the price, the battery life, and full amount of features (except the old style lock wheel :-(  ), I think this should be the next build model for flashes. Options? Manual vs TTL and built in radio or not. I think Canon could sell a decent amount of manual only flashes with HSS and rear curtain sync.

Gary W.

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EOS Bodies / Re: which model is this?
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:11:50 PM »
Hey all,

    Looks like the 70D, too.

Gary W.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:12:16 PM »
Hey all,

    Spend about an extra $200-300 and get the Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC AND the 70-200 2.8 VC. I have the 70-200 and it is an awesome lens!

Gary W.

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Lighting / Godox Ving V860
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:32:49 AM »
Hey all,

    I came across this flash and was wondering if anyone knew anything about it. The price seems fairly attractive. Thanks in advance!!

Gary W.

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