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Pricewatch Deals / 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: May 16, 2013, 04:38:54 AM »
Hey guys... sold my 430EX II setup and looking for a deal on a couple of 600EX-RTs... The current price of $499 is pretty great, but I'd take the refurbs from Canon direct for $380 if they would get them back in stock (not likely).

Are there any other deals on the 600EX-RT? I saw some of the ebay ones going for $480ish a while back but they've disappeared!

Lighting / 600EX RT vs AlienBees
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:53:33 PM »
So I'm trying to decide what kind of lighting gear to buy in the near future. Currently, I shoot with a 430EX on-camera and some cheap manual flashes triggered wirelessly by radio, but I want to move into wireless TTL OR monolight strobes. I realize that each of these systems has advantages and disadvantages -- I feel that I would benefit from the advantages of both, but purchasing both systems is out of the question due to the cost. I would be shooting on-location portraits and weddings with this gear.

600EX RT advantages:
1) Built-in wireless transceiver
2) Portability
3) High-speed sync

The main reason I would choose the Canon RT system over 3rd-party speedlites is point #1: no longer do I have to worry about charging dozens of batteries just to use two speedlites, or trying to figure out whether the problem is with my flash or the radio triggers when troubleshooting during a shoot -- everything is in one self-contained unit.

As for point #2: I can fit 2 or 3 of these speedlites in my bag with my camera... I don't have to worry about packing strobes in a separate bag.

Point #3: I'd like to do more shooting in bright sunlight. I'm using a 6D right now which has a terrible sync speed of 1/180 (I've shot at 1/200 with no problem without HSS but I would still prefer a higher sync) so HSS could prove to be a real advantage for me.

Point #4: I'd be able to hotshoe mount the speedlites and use them for bounce flash, which is something I already do pretty frequently with my 430EX. In addition, I might find that I like having wireless ETTL ratio control and use that instead of manual.

AlienBee advantages:
1) Power
2) Recycle time
3) Price
4) Modifiers

Point #1: You can never have enough flash power.

Point #2: Although I haven't had too much of an issue with speedlite recycle times, instant flash recycle times definitely won't hurt.

Point #3: For the price of just two 600EX RTs I could buy four ABs and a Vagabond. WTF is with that price, Canon?

Point #4: Really liking the Paul Buff modifiers. They're inexpensive and seem to work great with the ABs.

So what do you guys think? It looks like I spent a lot of time trying to justify going with the Canon system whereas the ABs are a no-brainer at the price point. Honestly, if I do go with the Canon system I am going to wait for them to release some RT slaves first so I would only have to buy one 600EX... 480EX RT anyone?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6D + 24-105 vs T4i + 24-70 II
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:22:08 PM »
Say I have about $2700 to spend. Two things that are of the utmost and equal importance to me:

  • Having a full frame sensor with great high-ISO performance in a modern body
  • Having the sharpest, widest aperture standard zoom on the market

It seems I cannot get both without spending more money. If I must compromise, should I sacrifice the sensor or the glass? Discuss.

Note: I don't care that the 24-70 is not wide on the T4i, as I would eventually sell the crop body and move up to full frame anyway. Just assume that image quality and light transmission are the most important features of the lenses to me.

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