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Canon General / Re: new 70d, wrong manual, no plastic wrap
« on: October 22, 2014, 08:46:46 PM »
Never had plastic wrap around the outer box on any of my EOS cameras, but the body should have some kind of Styrofoam/bubble wrap. Check for fingerprints, particularly on the LCD screen. Body cap should be on with "CANON" right side up. Powering on for the very first time should bring you to the date/time setting screen.

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:38:04 AM »
FWIW, my carry-on international air travel gear has consisted of 2 5D3s, 3 lenses (16-35mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm, 70-200mm f/4L IS), and 2 430EX IIs inside a Crumpler 7 MDH on multiple occasions and was always considered a personal item. My normal carry-on is a regular backpack with my laptop, electronics, and other stuff I can't afford to risk checking in.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for EX430ll?
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:58:50 PM »
Tamrac MX5383 M.A.S. Flash Accessory Pocket

That one doesn't have a strap included but a velcro-release belt strap in the back. Fits the 430EX II with Sto-fen perfectly with no wasted space, batteries/business cards/other stuff in front.

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 04, 2013, 02:39:12 AM »
I use a Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home to carry around a 5D3 with 24-105mm attached, another 5D3 with 16-35mm II attached, and a 70-200 f/4L IS with the hood reversed.  Also carry two Speedlites but need to put them in two Tamrac flash pouches that can clip on to both outer sides of the Crumpler, since they don't fit inside.  But it looks like all of your listed gear might fit inside the bag.

To me, the issue with the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II is the size, not so much the weight.  If I never travel, I probably would have opted for the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for the extra stop and shallower dof.  But I went with the 70-200mm f/4L IS since I do travel (and on planes) and I'm able to fit two 5D3 bodies, 24-105mm, 16-35mm II, 70-200mm f/4L IS, and two 430EX II Speedlites into a bag small enough to be considered a personal carry-on item.  And so far, the 70-200 f/4L IS has been good enough for events.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: When will we see 430/440 RT flash?
« on: September 22, 2013, 05:52:53 PM »
Man, they should just throw in the master capability into these flashes.  Make the price close to the 600EX, I would still buy the 450EX, just for the portability.  If no master functionality, I'll probably end up getting a couple to replace each of my old 430s + the ST-E3 instead.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MIII - Where should it expose?
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:05:18 PM »
I've tested both of my 5D3s (along with three other 5D3s) to my former T2i and T3i.  All of the 5D3s consistently underexpose by the same amount in a given situation relative to the Rebels.  But I've adapted.  I try to shoot a little above 0 on the light meter.  If you were shooting predominantly white walls when shooting interiors, you need to add on at least another stop on top of that to get correct exposure.

Lenses / Re: Bad time to buy 16-35 2.8 ii?
« on: August 17, 2013, 09:54:01 PM »
Maybe my 10-22mm was a bad copy when I had my 550D/T2i and 600D/T3i, but my 16-35mm II renders slightly sharper images with my 5D3s.  Great lens for wide-field astrophotography too.

Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 17, 2013, 03:17:34 AM »
I run 2 4TB drives in a RAID1 config inside a Synology 2-bay NAS.  Since RAID isn't truly a backup, I run a separate external 4TB drive that's connected to the Synology and periodically sync them.

Lenses / Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:31:52 PM »
During my European trips, I take along 2 5D3s, 2 430EX II flashes, 16-35mm II (architecture/interiors), 24-105mm (general/portrait), and 70-200mm f/4 IS (portrait/detail/compression).  Redundancy might be overkill though.  With a 5D3, 3 zooms and a flash should be more than enough, prime not really needed with great ISO, unless you want shallow DOF.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« on: May 08, 2013, 02:27:48 PM »
I don't know if it's the best lens for the job, but I took some astrophotos with my 16-35mm II.  This lens also gives you the flexibility to use in non-astro situations.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Where is this new flash?
« on: May 06, 2013, 01:52:14 AM »
I wish Canon would just include the master functionality into the new 450EX (or 430EX III) and make the price close to the 600EX if they were afraid the lesser model would eat away at the larger flash sales.  Regardless of whether the price is close or much cheaper than the 600EX, I'm going to go with the smaller one due to size and portability factors alone, since I usually carry around two of them and don't really need the extra power.

If Canon doesn't include master functionality, I'll probably end up getting two of these + ST-E3 (which btw doesn't include the focus assist and legacy optical triggering, facepalm).

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 1DX now or wait for an upgrade?
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:15:17 PM »
Taking pics of static subjects in controlled settings - I'd say the body is the least significant factor in this case.  Lens, lighting, support, and most important, knowledge are far more important in getting the shot.  Without having those, the 1DX won't provide any magic.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 1DX now or wait for an upgrade?
« on: May 04, 2013, 03:43:58 PM »
Word... a good tripod + head will cost a few thousand easy, especially with a heavier body.  Then he needs to look at lighting options as well.  Body is starting to look like a small factor in the scheme of things.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 1DX now or wait for an upgrade?
« on: May 04, 2013, 03:07:45 PM »
Since you are after perfection or as close to it as possible, I would advise against the 1DX in your situation.  The body is just a small part of the camera budget and I take it from your reaction that cost eventually will become an object if you start purchasing the proper tools.  Comparing my old Rebel T2i/T3i to my 5D3 images at low ISOs, I can't tell any difference using top glass on them.

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