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Saw this tidbit at PhotoRumors, Phottix is integrating their radio flash trigger system into their Mitros TTL flash:

Thinking this may be a better way to do off-camera flash. Nothing on pricing yet, and the Mitros flash goes for $350 for a full TTL flash that Dave Hobby really likes.  Don't know yet what the cost will be with transceiver baked in.

Anyone use the Phottix Odin flash trigger system and can compare it to the PocketWizard tools?  How about the Phottix flashes, anyone use those?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Strange Image Artifact on my new 5D III
« on: August 06, 2013, 09:57:55 AM »
I was walking at night, taking flash pics of the kids the night we arrived at Black Butte Ranch, OR, it was the very first outing with my new 5D Mark III body. I was also using a 430 EX II with a simple slide-on diffuser and a 24-105mm L lens.

Never mind the obvious focus issues of the photo, what the heck is going on in the lower right corner?  Is this an artifact from a focused LED headlamp hitting the sensor in a weird way, or did I get a lemon body?

I shot about 800 frames, including 50 with night flash like this, over the course of a week, and this is the only frame that had any such issues.  Any brilliant insight out there, should I be concerned?

Lighting / Any new wireless Speedlites on the horizon?
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:04:42 PM »
I have been playing a lot with off-camera flash using a 580EX and a pair of 430EX Speedlites. I have been triggering them with four Cactus V5s, which are nice, simple radios, but no E-TTL, but maybe the most annoying feature is that you have to climb ladders to adjust settings manually or wake them up when they go to sleep. [

I would love to perhaps upgrade my wireless flashes, was considering taking the plunge into Pocket Wizard land, but could also go the way of a 600EX-RT and the ST-E3-RT trigger. I love my 430EX flashes and I am wondering whether Canon can be expected to come out with a 430EX II replacement with RT any time soon.

I have scanned the Lighting section of the forum, have not seen any good rumors or gossip, so I thought I would throw out the question for those who may know or have an informed guess.

Software & Accessories / Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 06, 2013, 04:14:26 PM »
The Wall Street Journal is stating that Adobe is abandoning the packaged software model in favor of Creative Cloud, and plans no further release of Creative Suit after the current 6.0. I think this goes beyond just getting rid of the shrink wrap, the article says that subscription will be the only model.

Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's chief executive, said creative professionals prefer features of the online service, he said, including the fact that it is constantly updated with new features. The company's subscription pricing also "scales the offering" from individual freelancers to the biggest enterprises.

"We wanted to align the company with the future of the creative process," Mr. Narayen said.

The article goes on to say the following:

Adobe is offering existing Creative Suite customers discounts of about 40% on the first year of service. After that an annual contract costs $50 a month for individuals. Corporate subscriptions include cloud storage and administrative tools and cost $70 a month per user.

This seems like terrible news, I certainly don't need another cable bill just for my regular use of Lightroom and only occasional use of Photoshop.  There is no mention of what Lightroom or Photoshop alone will cost, but I don't like the idea of subscription.  Maybe competition in the workflow space will solve the problem. 

Lenses / Portrait/Medium Tele Lens
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:04:18 PM »
Hello all, I am mulling the purchase of a reasonably-priced prime for portraits and general shooting.  I would be using on a 5D (possibly upgrading to 5D mk II in not too distant future).  I am considering the 85mm f/1.8 and the 100mm f/2.  I do not have the budget for or interest in the 85mm f/1.2 L.  I also have a 50mm f/1.4 and a 70-300mm f/4-5.6, so I already have the focal length range covered, what I am really looking for is a faster lens for low light and the possiblity of a shallower depth-of-field.  Any preferences or alternatives I should consider?

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