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Lighting / Broncolor Derivative
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:38:24 PM »
I recently encountered an old pack/heads system at a camera show that used Broncolor sockets for attaching the heads to the pack. The owner told me that it was made in France a while ago. I can't remember the name of the manufacturer. In my head it starts with "Godo...", but all I can think of is Godox which clearly isn't French and hasn't made Broncolor mount stuff. The pack was black and had red trims where you would normally find light blue on original Broncolor equipment.

Anyone knows what manufacturer I'm talking about?


Lighting / 50$ monolights
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:08:57 PM »
Hey folks, I just received wind from Adorama that they launched some new monolights. Price is ridiculously low, starting at 50$ for a 120Ws model. There's gotta be a catch somewhere I figure. I almost feel like trying a couple out just to see what they really are. I mean, for 50$ each...

Anyway, just putting it out there. What do you guys think? Sugar-coated bomb or not?


P.S. Not affiliated with them or anything. Just stumbled upon it.

Lenses / EF mount vs F mount and adapter
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:05:27 AM »
Hello, guys. I'm really looking into the Samyang/Bower/Rokinon manual lenses and I was wondering if there was any disadvantages in using a 35$ F to EF mount adapter from B&H and getting the Nikon F mount version of the lens. The reason behind this is that I have old Nikon film cameras and it would be cool if I can use inexpensive fast primes with them. If the EF version is significantly better on a 5D Mark II, I would go for the EF version.


Software & Accessories / Manfrotto 055 vs 190, 498 vs 496
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:47:50 AM »
Hey folks, I'm in the market for a decent tripod without breaking the bank. Since I made the switch to full frame, everything is heavier and my old Manfrotto compact just doesn't cut it anymore. Now I have a few options in front of me: the 055XPROB vs the 190XPROB and the 498RC2 vs the 496RC2.

I am 5'10 and using a 5D Mark II with the 24-105mm being my heaviest lens. My biggest concern is how the heads will perform at 90 degrees sideways in portrait orientation. Are the extra 2kg of support of the 498 going to be beneficial for me and my 5D2 + 24-105 combo?

B&H has the 190 with the 496 in a bundle for 186$ and the 055 with the 498 for 250$. I'm just wondering if the difference is significant enough to justify the price difference if I only use a 5D2 with a 24-105.

Thanks a lot!

Lighting / Yongnuo flash sync
« on: December 26, 2012, 09:10:58 PM »
Hi, I currently have a 600EX-RT that I use with my yongnuo YN-622C triggers and they work great. I am wondering if the YN 560 II flashes will be controllable from my 5D2 through more YN-622C units (I still work on full manual), or is it only the twice as expensive YN-565EX that work that way. Also, is it just worth it to pay half the money and go full manual with YN-560 II and YN-RF603 and go up to the flashes to change their output?

If anyone has experience with the YN-560-IIs and the YN-622Cs help would be appreciated :)


Lighting / 5D Mark II triggering 2 flashes
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:42:41 PM »
Hi, I have a 5D Mark II and a 580EX II that i've always used on TTL with a cord. Now I am wondering if it's possible to mount a 430EX II on the hotshoe and have my 580 triggered through the PC all at the same time, while conserving TTL on my 430?


Lenses / 85 1.8 vs Zeiss 85 1.4
« on: October 22, 2012, 10:34:17 AM »
I recently tried the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens, and I must say, it is stunningly unique. Unfortunately, I would have liked to compare that lens to the EF 85mm 1.8, but none of the rental places in my area seem to have it (they only have the 85L apparently...  :o ). So I was just wondering is more than double the price and the lack of autofocus really justify the nice bokeh and IQ of the Zeiss? What are your experiences with the Canon? And if I'm into mid-tele portraiture, is there any other lens (preferably under 1k) that I should consider? I shoot a 5D2.


Lighting / 580EX II end of life?
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:37:47 AM »
Hey folks, I'm in the market to get my first Canon hotshoe flashgun and I'm wondering if the 580EX II will be gone soon. I have a 5D Mark II and I'm looking into the 430 and the 580 right now. At the moment, I won't be needing the wireless master of the 580, but probably will in the future. So I was wondering if I get a 430 now and wait for when I'll need the wireless master, is the 580 going to be gone. Right now, only B&H has stock i think, and the 600 is just overkill for me. And in terms of performance, is the 580 THAT much better than the 430 to justify a 200$ higher price tag?

Thanks, much appreciated!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D Mark II price
« on: September 03, 2012, 09:11:43 AM »
Hi, I was about to buy a 5D Mark II kit with the 24-105 from B&H yesterday and noticed that the price went up quite a bit from 2600 to 2800 and it seems to hit everywhere. Any idea if it's ever gonna come down (black friday, christmas, ...) or if it's gonna run out of stock any time soon? I guess the production lines have stopped by now. I don't have a big budget and every hundred counts.

Oh and I'm Canadian and the prices here are just through the roof with 15% sales tax so no way I can get it locally. And as far as I know, B&H and Adorama are the only ones that ship to Canada regardless of the limited USA warranty.


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