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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.

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT Manual Question
« on: February 05, 2014, 11:27:05 AM »
This guy has apparently perfected the technique you are aiming for:


He is selling an 8-our DVD on this technique:


I have the RRS TVC-24L Versa Series 2 tripod for my Canon 200-400mm 1.4x lens, and it seems more than enough.

I use it with the PG-02 FG: PG-02 full gimbal head, and it works great.

Lighting / Re: Apollo Orb - Speedlite batteries
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:11:37 PM »
Those little battery packs don't provide much power, and won't shorten your recycle times by much.

For serious use, you should look at these:


I have several of these, and they provide a ton of power quickly.  Recycle times are extremely quick, even at 1/1 power. 

The only problem with these is that they recycle so quickly, they allow you to overheat your flash.

Premiere Pro handles both all-I and IPB footage natively, with no transcoding necessary.

Lighting / Re: Triggering E640 via PC terminal + 600EX-RT via ST-E3-RT
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:09:55 PM »
It looks like the FlexTT5 just isn't designed to do that.  Sorry!

Lighting / Re: Triggering E640 via PC terminal + 600EX-RT via ST-E3-RT
« on: November 19, 2013, 05:04:18 PM »
1) I am talking about having the ST-E3-RT in the camera's hot shoe, controlling the off-camera 600EX-RT flashes, and at the same time the FlexTT5 via the PC port on the same camera controlling the Einstein/MC2.  So, exactly like your CyberCommander + Canon scenario, except replace CyberCommander triggering for the Einstein(s) with PocketWizard triggering for the Einstein(s).  Any idea if that would work?
I just tried it, and I couldn't get it to work.

I put the ST-E3-RT in the hot shoe, and connected the FlexTT5/AC3 combo via the cable I got with my Einsteins.  The "Test" button on the FlexTT5 fires the Einstein, but the Einstein doesn't fire when I take a photo.  I tried connecting the cable to the P1 and then the P2 ports on the FlexTT5, but it doesn't work.

The FlexTT5 quick user's guide doesn't even mention the P2 port, the online Wiki manual is useless for searching for such things, and I've been waiting quite a while for the "generate a PDF" link to produce something.

I'll investigate more later this evening.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 19, 2013, 04:28:12 PM »
Don't forget about focus speed.

I owned a f/4 version, and used it for youth sports.  I sold it and bought the f/2.8 version, and its improved focus speed has made all the difference.

Its extra weight has also made a different; it's hard to use for an hour straight.  But I think it's definitely worth it.

Lighting / Re: Triggering E640 via PC terminal + 600EX-RT via ST-E3-RT
« on: November 19, 2013, 04:25:22 PM »
[1) You list several options, but missing is 'PocketWizard and Canon' - triggering the Einstein(s) with MC2's from a FlexTT5 connected to the camera's PC port.  That's one I could do with only the purchase of a cable, do you not list it because it isn't possible (i.e., a PC/miniphone input to the FlexTT5 won't cause it to fire as a 'dumb' transmitter?

2) What is this 'Canon lights are set ot optical slave mode' to which you refer?  I don't believe Canon Speedlites can be set as optical slaves (without additional hardware for optical triggering, such as the Sonia trigger).  Can you explain?


1) I think you are describing an all-PocketWizard system, identical to my first option but for one difference:  in mine, the FLexTT5 is connected to the camera via the hot show, and in yours, it is connected via a PC cord.  I think this will work fine.

2) I think I misspoke, as you suggest.  Canon speedlites do have an "optical slave" mode, but it is not as I described.  It is more accurately called "wireless optical slave" mode, as described by Syl Arena at http://pixsylated.com/blog/canon-speedlite-slave-set-up-600ex-rt-radio-slave/. 

Lighting / Re: Triggering E640 via PC terminal + 600EX-RT via ST-E3-RT
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:08:28 PM »
I have 4 600EX-RTs and 3 Einstein E640s.  I love the Canon wireless system, and wish that Buff sold a compatible receiver for the E640s.

Methods for mixing Einsteins and 600EX-RTs:

All PocketWizard:  A FlexTT5 and AC3 zone controller on the camera, a FlexTT5 for each 600EX-RT, and an MC2 for each Einstein.  Expensive, but gives you complete control over output of all lights, in 3 zones, from the camera.  As much as I love the Canon radio system, there is nothing easier than the physical dials on the AC3 zone controller.

CyberCommander + Canon:  A CyberCommander for the camera, connected by a short (included) PC cord.  CyberSync transcevers ($30 each!) for the Einsteins.  Then put either a 600EX-RT or the ST-E3-RT on the hot shoe, and use that to control the Canon lights.  This complicates things, as you now have two radio controllers, and you have to dial in the Einsteins on one and the Canons on the other.

CyberCommander + PocketWizard::  A nonsensical option; use the CyberCommander (via PC cord) to control the Einsteins, and PocketWizards (via FlexTT5/AC3 in hot shoe) to control the 600EX-RTs.  You wouldn't do that, though, sine the Canon lights have their own radios built in.

Canon + optical slave:  A 600EX-RT or ST-E3-RT on the camera controlling the Canon lights.  The Einsteins are set to optical slave mode.  You don't have control over the output of the Einsteins from the camera, and you are at the mercy of optical triggering, which can be a tad frustrating.

CyberCommander + optical slave:  A CyberCommander in the hot shoe, controlling the Einstein lights.  The Canon lights are set ot optical slave mode.  You don't have control over the output of the Canon lights form the camera, and you are at the mercy of optical triggering, which can be a tad frustrating.

I usually go All PocketWizard.  It hurts to bypass the Canon wireless system that I so love, but the mechanical dials on the PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller are so simple and quick that you don't really have to think much.  It's much quicker than the Canon menu system.

Canon General / Re: ISO Poll
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:52:30 PM »
Outdoors, I like to be at 100, and 200 is OK.

Indoors, I like to be at 1600 or lower, but 3200 is acceptable.

Last week, I had occasion to push the ISO on my 5D Mark III and my 24-70mm II at a concert.  This shot was taken at ISO 25,600, f/2.8, 1/250 of a second (70mm).  The only difference among these three copies is the noise reduction I applied in Lightroom; 0, 25, and 50.  Hopefully they are presented in that order, as the preview doesn't show me the images...

I bought the Nik Collection when Google released it, but now I can't find my email.

I am searching Google's support site trying to download the updated software, but it just says to refer to the link in my email.

Where is this download available?


Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 15, 2013, 11:12:31 AM »
I have four 600EX-RTs and an ST-E3.

They make for a very versatile lighting set, and I love the flexibility that the wireless system gives me.

But there are some things that they simply cannot do.  For example, they simply aren't bright enough to overpower the ambient light on a sunny day. 

But for events and weddings, you will be able to do just about everything you need to with two 600EX-RTs.

I recommend buying refurbished from the Canon web site.  I got my last two for $373 each; just set up an alert on CanonPriceWatch.com and be patient.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mark iii Clean HDMI Output Problem
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:34:18 AM »
I had a similar problem with my 5D Mark III and the SmallHD AC7 monitor.  It started after I updated the AC7 to to latest firmware.  I went back to the previous AC7 firmware, and the problem went away.

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