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Deal like this make me sad and make Canon Australia look like an absolute joke.

Sounds like you missed Canon Australia's 20% off sale back in May:


Sounds like you still got ripped off. I bought my 5d3 with 8k on the shutter for $2000. 20% off should not be required to make buying from Australia not look like a dumb decision.

Deal like this make me sad and make Canon Australia look like an absolute joke.

Actually just did it again and noticed a jump from 70% to 93% utilisation but only fro 49 threads to 55 threads which i assume is 1 more image(thread) per core since I have six cores.

In LR4 I get 100% CPU utilisation while an image is being processed with sharp troughs when a new image starts being processed. It has anvaerage of 70% utililisation over a long time period and has 49 threads. This was a single batch export, I did not notice any change by doing mutliple exports though. This was done on a 6-core AMD 1090t without RAM or HDD bottlenecks and going from .cr2(5d3) to JPEG MAX.

Pricewatch Deals / Canon 6D for $1424 delivered!
« on: May 13, 2013, 08:47:32 PM »

A groupbuy for Canon 6D. If i didn't just buy a 5d3 I would certainly be taking advantage of it. Very nice sensor on the 6d.

Canon General / Re: I lost $300 in an accounting error.
« on: May 10, 2013, 11:15:56 PM »
I do the same thing. I have bought(and sometimes then sold) 136 items of camera gear in the last year. I had $250 of difference at the end. I realised after a long time that I had written that I was owed money but not that I had lent it out. Maths is funny sometimes, unfortunately it is very subject to user error!

Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt vs PocketWizard Flex TT5 Setup
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:43:57 PM »
I just have to comment.  I swear I have NOT found the "perfect" system yet.  Each one comes so close ... and then misses it. 

I jumped on the RadioPopper bandwagon when they first came out. I used the PW TT5 system for several years. And about 6 months ago switched to the Canon 600s with with the ST-E3 remote.

My very most favorite thing about the PW was the AC3 Zone controller. With REAL/PHYSICAL switches and dials I could adjust settings without even looking at it. A bride could be walking down the aisle and I would have one set of lights flashing, then as she passed me I could switch to a different set of lights by quickly turning one switch off and another on. I barely had to take the camera away from my face long enough to flip the switches and then resume.

The downside to TT5 is the stupid RF interference with the Canon 580EXII flashes. I had 5 of those, all with socks on them and still had issues of flashes sometimes being too far to fire reliably (at just 20-30 feet!).

I love the reliability of the Canon 600s. I love that I have 5 groups to play with. I love that it works essentially the same way as the AC3 Zone Controller (being able to turn individual lights on or off, ettl or manual, etc).

What I _hate_ is that there are far too many button presses and dial turns to accomplish a single task.

Turn a light off:
AC3: flip a switch (often without even looking)
ST-E3: put remote down below me where I can see it (old eyes aren't helping), push a button, rotate dial to appropriate group, toggle off

Change the power setting is the same:
AC3: return a dial (often without even looking)
ST-E3: put remote down below me where I can see it, push a button, rotate dial to appropriate group, push a button, rotate dial to desired power level

Too many button presses and dial turns - all of which require that I watch the screen while I'm doing it because all of the buttons are "context sensitive" (meaning they change what they do based on what is on screen at the time). 

I would PAY EXTRA MONEY to get a remote that let me control my lights with physical buttons and dials like the AC3 Zone Controller.

Please pass the word along to Canon.

Try out the Yongnuo YN622C then. I have 5 transceivers and after putting complete faith in them for a number of jobs they've never let me down. I haven't tested beyond 30m but have mixed and matched the flashes between the 550Ex, 580EX, 580EXII and 600EX with no change. They have physical buttons, Hotshoe passthrough, AF assist beam, batteries last a lonng time, they are reliable, HSS is not problem, can be controlled entirely in camera if you want, etc etc. You could put the flashes down the aisle and press the group button by touch to change the channel as the bride moves. These things are absolutely fantastic. You can customise lots of functions too like remote flash zoom, mixing of ETTL and manual metering, PC Sync port built in and link lights blink on metering start. The RT system is amazing but very expensive and still limited more than the YN622C. I thoroughly recommended anyone doing remote ETTL to research and buys these....you won't look regret it!

Lenses / Re: Canon 24 - 105 for event photography?
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:35:22 PM »
The 24-105L is a great walk around lens for general coverage of any event. Specifically for what you're talking about a telephoto with a wide aperture would be best suited. Something like the 135L f2, an 85 f1.2/1.4/1.8 would also go a long way too without being quite as long as the 135. The best option is probably the canon 70-200L f2.8 IS II as the IS goes a long way to correcting shake, but it overall gives you a better range for the speaker on the stage. Cheap kit options would be the 24-105L and a tripod, medium option is canon 24-105L and a canon 85 1.8, expensive option is 24-70 2.8 and a 135 f2 or 70-200 2.8 IS II.

Lighting / Re: Speedlite Remote Trigger Question
« on: May 02, 2013, 10:12:53 AM »
To be fair, you weren't really discussing the differences between manual and eTTL; it was more like highlighting the shortcomings of eTTL.  In the first paragraph you completely dismissed eTTL as being worthless.

yeah and only a troll or someone unable to use ETTL would do that. :)

have a look at joe mcnallys work.
he uses TTL on nikon.. and it´s not that much (if any) better then canons.

Did i say it was worthless? I said unreliable for consistency in power output for multiple shots when the flash is off camera, especially as you change composition. I didn't say it doesn't work.

I will rephrase it though - ETTL for dynamic situations and where subject to light distance is constanly changing and manual for a fixed position.

You guys really need to chill and not pounce on the first thing you happen to disagree upon.

Not everyone is a Joe Mcnally. We all make mistakes.

You didnt rephrase it, you tried  to change your point, and its still wrong. If you practice with ETTL then you will have to work less in dynamic situations than using manual in controlled situations.

Lighting / Re: Speedlite Remote Trigger Question
« on: April 29, 2013, 03:31:28 AM »
I find off camera ETTL to be unrelaible. How does the camera know where you've put the flash? It just thinks its parked on top of the camera so the power output will be wrong. Sure, you can use FEC but then that depends where you meter from and can lead to inconsistent light from shot to shot (not to mention you learn nothing from it). I mean how often in flash photography do you only take one or two shots??

You obviously must not of used remote flash photography outside of a tiny studio with controlled lighting. Try a dark reception venue with a dance floor and walking around the entire room taking photos at different angles, locations and subjects. I often only take one shot at a time and the wireless ETTL triggers nail it every time. Just because you don't get more creative and adaptable with your off camera lighting doesn't mean that others don't.

You will be much better off buying/renting a 50 1.4 or 35 1.4 as f2.8 is not fast enough for most places in the evening. Add in a flash and the kit is fine. I have done weddings with a lot less and a lot more and pulled out with great shots. Get to know your gear properly though, no need to rock up on the day and be like "so my camera is doing this funny thing where.....and so all the photos are useless". The AF/MF switch on the lenses are notorious for being the root cause of OOF images.

Lighting / Re: Speedlite Remote Trigger Question
« on: April 26, 2013, 12:35:58 PM »
The YN622C is the canon version and on ebay they are available in a 3 pack. I got 3 and then got another two because of how great they are. I dont get any misfires, ratios/groups/sync/anything only takes a second to change and the batteries seem to last a long time too. I have two off camera lights for reception venues and have a trigger on my camera with a third flash on top of the trigger. It works every time with perfect metering. I tried manual for a while but why bother with these being so cheap!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III or 1D IV for sports!
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:17:38 AM »
I just bought a 1d4 to use alongside my 5d3 but its still in the mail. Any new or interesting info about the 1d4 vs 5d3? I would be shooting weddings and events. how is the 1d4 af in low light?

Canon General / Re: anyone had someone over their shoulder on a job?
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:04:19 AM »
A big tip if this is happening is that whenever you are not taking a photo point your camera at the ground and then point it at the subject when you are taking a photo. Since doing this I have had no problems with wandering eyes due to other cameras.

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