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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 30, 2014, 01:43:50 PM »
I ordered mine from B&H at 9:03a Eastern time on September 15th.  I got a shipping notification from them today.

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Lighting / Re: Canon 600EX-RT and Sekonic L-478DR LiteMaster Pro
« on: October 29, 2014, 08:26:44 AM »
The Sekonic light meter cannot trigger the Canon flashes via the Canon wireless technology.

The Sekonic can trigger the Canon flashes if the flashes are connected to a PocketWizard trigger, but that sort of defeats the purpose of the Canon wireless system. 

There is a workaround:  the Sekonic has a measuring mode called "Cordless flash mode"; this is the icon with only a blue lightning bolt.  In this mode, you press the button on the light meter, and it waits up to 30 seconds for a flash.  Then you press the button on the master flash unit to trigger the flash.  The light meter sees the flash, measures it, and reports the results.

I don't know of a light meter that can trigger the Canon flashes directly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 24, 2014, 08:38:06 AM »
I get a feeling our money will be going to Sony this time around!
I think the A7s was made for wedding videography.  In addition to being a low-light monster, it's very small and light.  If you can pair it with a light lens, it will be very easy to move around with.

I use mine mostly for school plays and musical performances, so I mostly use the Metabones EF adapter and my Canon 24-105mm and 70-200mm lenses, always on a tripod.  The adapter means I have to focus manually, but I was doing that with my 5D Mark III anyway.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 4K Products Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:23:20 PM »
Hold off on the A7S just a bit more.
I gave up and bought an A7s ($2,500) and a GH4 ($1,700).  They are both ridiculously fantastic. 

Canon might eventually add 4K to the 5D Mark IV, but I can't shoot with that now.

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:34:51 PM »
It's no problem leaving HSS as default.
Your flash works much harder during HSS, and produces less light while doing so.

So there are at least two problems:  1) the increased power consumption will wear down your batteries faster, and 2) the increased power consumption will heat up your flashes faster.

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Lighting / Re: What 3rd party flash?
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:17:44 AM »
This is where you should start reading:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2014/09/choosing-lights.html

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Videography Technique / Re: Real Time Playback While Recording
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:11:23 PM »
I'm not sure this is as simple as an HDMI cable.

The HDMI connector on most computers is for output only.  It allows you to display the computer's screen on an external TV or monitor.  It sounds like you are trying to use it as an input, to display the video from the camera on the computer.

When I do video, I use a 7-inch field monitor:

http://store.smallhd.com/Store/AC7-HDMI-LCD-Field-Monitor

This takes the video output from my 5D Mark III's HDMI port and displays it.  The size is about perfect; easy on my old eyes, but not nearly as big and bulky as a laptop.

I have also used the CamRanger to monitor video on my phone, and on my Nexus 7 tablet.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Tilt screen - Articulating screen
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:55:09 AM »
My Panasonic GH4 has a tiltable, rotatable touch-screen LCD.  It's fabulous.

Here's the thing about a tilt screen:  if you don't want to tilt it, you don't have to.  It will remain snug against the camera, just like a non-tilt screen, if you want it to.


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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Can Canon Cinema EOS Keep Up?
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:25:29 PM »
and cheap 4k ability available next month.
What do you mean by this?  When you say "cheap 4k ability", I think "recording 4K to flash cards", like the Panasonic GH4.

But I haven't heard of such an announcement; is it something else?

Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead?
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:18:38 PM »
Why the BH-55?  I have the BH-40, and it's more than enough for my 5D Mark III, 70-200mm II IS, and a 2x teleconverter.

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I think putting 4k in a sub 4,000 camera would cause canon to become its own competition with their cinema line of cameras.
They don't want to cannibalize the sales of their expensive cinema cameras.

That's a common strategy, and the companies that have used that strategy all have one thing in common:  their sales were cannibalized by their competition, instead of by themselves.

Panasonic and Sony are going after Canon video shooters.  If Canon won't give us 4K, or even sharp 1080p, then we will get it elsewhere.  I am about to buy a GH4 for my video work, even though I won't be able to use my L lenses with it. 


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I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect.
I had this problem with my X100S.  It goes away if you put the YN-E3-RT into Legacy Mode; this might help with pre-2012 cameras.

To put it in Legacy Mode, press and hold the C/P.Fn button.  The first menu option should be Legacy Trigger; if you are instead looking at an icon of a dozing flash, you missed the and hold part.

Once you turn it on, it will display LEGACY on the top line of the LCD display.  You should now be able to make changes while the transmitter is on the hot shoe.  Just remember to test fire it after any changes, to update the power levels on the remote flashes before you take the next photo.

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Surely they mean mbit? 100mb/s would be 800mbit/s, which is pretty damn fast......  My own connection is only 60mbit/12mbit hehe.
I have a 1Gb/s network in my house; GB switches are quite cheap these days.

My guess is that the 100Mbps quote is a typo; it's more likely that their fiber-optic network is running at 10Gb/s.

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