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Photography Technique / Re: ST-E3-RT + 2 600Ex-RT + 430EXII
« on: April 06, 2014, 12:11:48 PM »
Personally, having used third party triggers and the 600's, I'd save the $90 on the triggers and sell the 430, then put the money towards a third 600.


That was my approach after trying a few work-arounds. The radio control of the ST-E3-RT and 600EX-RT works so well it's annoying to dumb things down to handle legacy equipment. All we need is for Canon to sub-license the spec or third parties to "adopt" it, so high end lighting (Einsteins, etc) can be used with the system.

In addition to removing the battery and memory cards, covering the camera with dry, uncooked rice as a low-tech desiccant is often recommended (e.g. http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/how-tos/troubleshooting-repair/how-to-save-a-digital-camera-from-water-damage.html). Haven't tried this myself yet, but it makes sense.

Frustrating. Good luck. I just picked up some inexpensive Opteka waterproof sleeves in case of unexpected wet conditions. Hopefully those will work better than your plastic bag.

Software & Accessories / Re: Alternatives to RRS MH-02 Monopod Head?
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:45:42 PM »
I'll deviate from the answers before, also from the original post. I use a Markins Q3 Emille small ballhead on a Gitzo Monopod GM3551. It allows me extra freedom in positioning the monopod at angles see http://www.nikonians.org/monopods/what_monopod_3.html.

I'm currently using a similar approach, but with a lighter-duty ballhead and 1" Kirk clamp for my Induro CM24.

Giottos MH-1303 (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/527939-REG/Giottos_MH1303_210C_MH_1303_Pro_Series_II.html)

Kirk 1" clamp (http://www.kirkphoto.com/1_in_Quick_Release_Clamp.html)

I had to buy a dual-threaded 1/4-20 screw to attach the clamp after removing the platform, but it's not a bad homebrew set-up for ~$60 with a 11lb plus rating.

Software & Accessories / Re: Alternatives to RRS MH-02 Monopod Head?
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:18:31 PM »
It looks like they've renamed it yet again to the 234RC

No.  The 234RC has an integrated Manfrotto-proprietary RC2 clamp.  I had the 234RC, had to sell it and get the 234 when I switched to Arca plates.  The 234 has a reversible 3/8"-16 + 1/4"-20 stud for the clamp of your choice, or direct camera mounting.

The 234 does appear to have been discontinued, that's unfortunate.

The 234 was a great advice, and I use it with the C-10 clamp.
I don't know why Manfrotto stopped selling the plain clamp given they have so many products (234RC, window mounts, wall mounts, etc.) based on it. I was actually lucky to get one new from Adorama!
It can be found used under the alternative name 3232, and there are many sellers on eBay who sell it combined with an Arca Swiss plate (of indeterminate origin and quality).

Kirk used to sell a 234 with their clamp as the MPA-1 (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/555294-REG/Kirk_MPA_1_MPA_1_Swivel_Tilt_Monopod.html). Those come up on Ebay or Fred Miranda from time to time as well, so you may get lucky. You can switch the tilt orientation from front-back to side-side, but it requires an allen wrench to reorient the dovetail. Used to have one myself but stupidly sold it, and their new model (MPA-2) and RRS are overkill for my medium-sized Induro monopod.

This thread inspired me to look again, though.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Uinta Bag System Giveaway
« on: March 24, 2014, 12:27:12 PM »
Just bought an F-stop Loka, but you can never have too many great bags!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.4 Available
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:12:19 PM »
Yawn. Looking forward to another more exciting update


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.4 Available
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:11:07 PM »
I'm interested to know how this firmware will affect my generic batteries.

Someone on Fred Miranda just reported it sniffed out their STK clone batteries after the update and threw up a warning/error. Not sure if it was deal breaker or just a nag, but doesn't look good. I'll wait to see if it affects Watson batteries before upgrading, because I got one of those free from B&H and it works well now.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 17, 2014, 10:30:49 AM »
Fun at the Alligator Farm near St. Augustine, Florida. Wish I had more time there, but the family was in tow. All with Canon 6D + 100-400L

Cool!  Getting the nest ready.


Here's one from yesterday of a Snowy grabbing a crawfish for supper just as the sun was setting.

Beautiful capture!

Yeah, the great egrets and woodstorks were both nesting, and the egrets were on eggs already. Roseate spoonbills and little blue herons were also in. First time there, but won't be my last!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:40:36 AM »
Fun at the Alligator Farm near St. Augustine, Florida. Wish I had more time there, but the family was in tow. All with Canon 6D + 100-400L

Complete gallery here: http://www.sheldonphoto.net/Personal/Zoos-Gardens/Alligator-Farm/

Technical Support / Re: Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:12:14 PM »
Very good advice all around, particularly about starting slow/cheap and reading Syl Arena's books and Strobist online guides.

I'm on this journey myself with virtually identical gear - 3 600ex plus ST-E3 (recently upgraded from a mix of older flashes). I picked up a cheap set of convertible umbrellas and stands, but quickly went to the heavier-duty Manfrottos neuro recommends for outdoor use. I also picked up a Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Softbox, which I really like a lot. Folds up like an umbrella, and has a sturdy flash mount/speedring that's easy to adjust. I really like octagonal softboxes for the round catchlight, but square works too (reminiscent of window panes).

Good luck. Fun stuff to learn.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:30:26 PM »

A lot of people seem to have difficulty grasping this concept. Including some who think they know better in this thread.  ;D   Its shown quite well in this article.


Note that no where in the luminous landscape article did the guy refer to subject isolation.

Exactly my thought. But interesting illustration that the DOF and therefore amount of OOF blur of objects in the background is determined by aperture and magnification regardless of how large or small they are rendered by the lens perspective.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Lens Rebates From Canon USA
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:58:38 PM »
Just bought a 600EX-RT for 469 from B&H last week, now they say it's 499 - 50 rebate for 449. Just like the pre-rabate price jacking last Christmas. Getting tired of these pricing head games.

==> The advantage of crop camera would be only in pixel count, which is a questionable advantage.

Questionable how?  Not from the standpoint of putting pixels on the subject.  50MP vs. 22 is quite a difference.

I agree, it is not that much questionable. I changed my mind about this specific point, and changed my previous post accordingly.

There is only one consideration about pixel count that I believe should be taken in account:
at higher ISO, considering current sensor technology, lower pixel count sensors produce better images than higher pixel count sensors.

True, but we're talking about macro here where tripods and low ISO are the order of the day. At ISO 100 I'm very happy with the IQ of the 15MPx covering the subject from my 50D at 100mm, and the extra working distance compared to my 6D is extremely helpful when shooting critters and flowers.

Canon General / Re: I Need Help Finding A Camera Bag
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:12:32 PM »

I have a Lowepro Pro Messenger 180aw.
It fits my 5d3 with 24-105 lens attached and 70-200 f2.8 is II one one side flash in the other compartment.


I have the 160aw, which is a little more compact vertically, and it fits a gripped 6D with 24-105mm, 70-200f4 and another small lens/flash. The 6d also fits with 70-200 f4 mounted, but just barely. Great bag for events, and doesn't stand out. Nicely padded and tough. You'd definitely need the 180 to put a camera with 70-200 f2.8 or similar long lens mounted, though.

Software & Accessories / Re: Loktite ffor tripod/ball head
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:38:04 PM »
There are varying strengths available; the permanent stuff will only come off with heat and leverage.  The stuff for set-screws might be appropriate, it is deliberately not as strong as the other kinds.


Right. Threadlocker Blue (242) is for medium grip (removal with hand tools/leverage) and Red (271) is for permanent grip (removed only with heat). I've used 242 for tripod feet, but haven't had the need to use any on a head since I don't carry over the shoulder with a camera attached. Definitely does the job, though.


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