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Lighting / Does this setup work? Trying to save on triggers.
« on: November 16, 2013, 08:43:22 AM »
I have an STE2 and a 430EXII. I plan to invest in more flashes...

I have STE2 on 5D3 hotshoe for low light focus.
A YongHuo R603C transmitter is taped/elastic banded above my STE2 but hooked to the 5D3 by a sync cable.
Another transmitter is hooked up to a 430EXII that is behind me.

I have 2 other 430EXII in front of me on flash stands, no transmitters.

I hit the shutter button. Would all fire at the same time? This is all manual mode, of course. I am thinking the STE2 would fire the 2 430EXII in front of me, while the transmitter would fire behind me.

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Lighting / What to get? Planning to strobe...
« on: November 15, 2013, 08:53:43 AM »
Okay guys, what should I get next?
I have:
17-40 F4L
35 F1.4
70-200 F2.8 IS II

430 EX II Flash
ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter

I am planning to get a strobing kit soon since I prefer shooting photoshoots and portraiture, and I am in Japan atm (I am from Canada). I can get some materials like the bracket and Yongnuo transmitters cheaper here than in Canada. The question is... DO I GET TWO SETS or ONE?

I have a budget around $800.... I was maybe thinking of investing in a Sigma 85 1.4 but maybe a strobing kit is higher priority... and tripod too.

What I plan to get?
1 Double sided umbrella (100cm).
1 Light stands (Manfrotto nano). 
2 Yonghuo 623C transmitters.
1 Flash bracket.

Are two strobing kits necessary for creativity and other uses? I feel like one is too basic though I know nothing about strobing >_> so should I invest in two sets or one? And I see everyone moving to the 600exRT, which makes my STE2 transmitter useless? Is there any use for STE2 transmitter? :( I bought it along with the 430 EXII as a package deal.

Thanks for any help.

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Lenses / When to use a 35mm and 50mm on full frame...
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:31:34 AM »
Both of these seem to be used interchangebly... anyone have guidelines or protocols they follow as to when to use which?

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Lenses / Widest lens for video (Canon) that has barely any distortion?
« on: October 27, 2013, 09:42:37 AM »
I have the 17-40 F4L and since I move the camera while doing video there is sometimes bad distortion on faces... what is the widest I can go <$1000 that has barely any distortion?

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Portrait / Best time to take environmental portraits without flash?
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:59:29 PM »
I am in Japan and for a photoshoot me and a model are planning to go to a garden close by. In Japan sunrise is around 5AM and sunset is around 4PM. When would be the best time to go in terms of lighting and no flash photography? Thanks.

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