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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:08:16 PM »
Hello again . I just found the section on raw for this camera . Sounds like we have to wait awhile for adobe to come out with raw format . I have a separate folder for all my raw files . I hope adobe comes out soon !!-Stevens-

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2014/11/camera-raw-8-7-and-dng-converter-8-7-now-available.html

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:07:01 PM »
I was wondering if theirs a raw format for this camera yet . I would REALLY LIKE to shoot raw . Please let me know . -Stevens-

There always was a raw format for the camera, it was the third party editing software that wasn't out yet.  But the latest Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and DNG converter all support the 7D2 now.

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Lighting / Re: YN 568ex ii Receivers?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:52:56 PM »
Well, 622 supports Canon's ETTL automatic flash exposure and 603 does not, so the question would entirely depend on whether you plan to use ETTL or use purely manual flash exposure, especially given the big price difference. 
If you get the YN 603 then make sure to get the Mark II version - they improved a couple of issues.

As mentioned above, if you're going to use eTTL then you need the 622, if you decide to stick with manual only then either the YN 603 II or the YN 560-TX.  The 560-TX is a bigger unit, but allows remote control of power and zoom with the Yongnuo 560 III flashes (in case you plan to expand later).  It can also trigger any YN 602 or 603 flashes (but you'd have to get an extra 603 II transceiver to work with your 568).

Okay sounds good I'm going with the 603 ii but if I buy yn 560 iii will its RF work if I have a 603 on camera and on my 568 ex iI?

Yes.  You put one 603 on the camera as the transmitter, and one on the 568 as a receiver.  The 560 III doesn't need a receiver, it's built in.

FYI: They just released the 560 IV.  It has a built in commander like the YN 560-TX.  So you can put this flash in your hotshoe and trigger any flash with a 603/602 attached as well as any 560 III or 560 IV (without receiver needed).  On top of that, it can control the power level and zoom of any 560 III and 560 IV flashes, from the master unit.

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Lighting / Re: YN 568ex ii Receivers?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:21:31 PM »
If you get the YN 603 then make sure to get the Mark II version - they improved a couple of issues.

As mentioned above, if you're going to use eTTL then you need the 622, if you decide to stick with manual only then either the YN 603 II or the YN 560-TX.  The 560-TX is a bigger unit, but allows remote control of power and zoom with the Yongnuo 560 III flashes (in case you plan to expand later).  It can also trigger any YN 602 or 603 flashes (but you'd have to get an extra 603 II transceiver to work with your 568).

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Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:11:00 PM »
Probably not a big deal for a sidecar, but that'd mean that the catalogs will increase dramatically as well.

Not dramatically: You can look at the sidecar files (or extract the XMP:xmp-MM dng tags with exiftool) and see that LR just stores the parameters where you brushed with what brush settings and so on. Much less data than pixels and nearly independent of the image res. What adds bulk to the LR catalog is the editing history and keywords.

Interesting.  So if you drag an adjustment brush does it just log a vector based on coordinates?

Keywords?  Why would that make a significant impact?

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Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:07:17 PM »
Bumping this one back up, now that the Unicorn II(TM) is on Amazon.   Did Canon overstate it, or are people happy with the lens additions?

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Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 13, 2014, 12:51:28 PM »
I always meant to have a look at my sidecars after heavy localized editing in LR.  I'd assume as LR adds more and more pixel level editing that the data to retain this in parametric format must be increasing exponentially?  Probably not a big deal for a sidecar, but that'd mean that the catalogs will increase dramatically as well.

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Lighting / Re: Shooting Full Body White Backgrounds
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:30:58 PM »
Well done, those are really good results for 3 speedlights and no Photoshop.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 30, 2014, 10:52:49 AM »
Considering it is free the ROI is pretty high.   ;)

The coupon code they offer up on the link gets DXO 9 Elite for $149 US. I bit...

Heh.

DXO 8 is free. I think alongside that promotion, they have every right to try to sell their newer version to you. I bought DXO 9 because I wanted PRIME noise reduction. DXO 10 came out today, 1 day after my purchase, and the upgrade was free. I think their policy is anyone who purchased DXO 9 within the past month gets a free upgrade. I'm a happy camper.

And I'm glad you're a happy camper, no offense was intended.  But I thought it funny when I read AP's comment on it being free and the ROI, because the first thought that went through my head was 'well, they're hoping you like it, upgrade to the latest version, and stick with it for the foreseeable future".  I simply found it amusing when you posted something along those lines a few posts later.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 29, 2014, 08:22:57 PM »
Considering it is free the ROI is pretty high.   ;)

The coupon code they offer up on the link gets DXO 9 Elite for $149 US. I bit...

Heh.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:11:10 PM »
I am really despising the 6d AF right now. A shoot yesterday yielded soooo many oof/missed focus shots, that im getting very very annoyed with it.  My t2i AF is waayyyy more reliable, and im not sure how long i can keep using this.

And this is with mostly non moving subjects.  Arjghg.

I feel like you've been complaining about the 6D since you got it.  Maybe it's just not for you.

For the rest of the thread, it's interesting to see the amount of positive responses now. I did a lot of research before buying my 6D a year ago and the majority of the threads were bashing it - based on specs, not actual use, but still.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:13:24 PM »
Focus issues with central focus point.

Canon deny about this problem, but serviced mine and now it's better. My old 60D focus was more reliable...

I'm sorry, I don't understand your point.  If Canon serviced your camera, which apparently had an AF problem, how could they be denying that it had an AF problem?

There's been a lot of discussion on the interwebs about potential focusing issues with the 70D.  Not confirming or denying, just stating that there was a fair amount of discussion about it that seemed (to me, anyway) more than just the typical amount of user error.  Nothing was convincing on either side and I eventually stopped following it as I don't intend on ever buying a 70D.  But if I did, I'm sure I'd research it further before pulling the trigger.

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Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:29:37 PM »

FWIW, I leave batteries in RF-602, RF-622 and 560-TX transceivers all the time and never had a problem in any of the 15 or so units I have.  I only take the batteries out of my flashes because I have a bunch and only consistently use 2 or 3 of them.

If you leave batteries in the RF-602 trigger you are bound to have a flat batery when you come to use it if left in a camera bag, it doesn't have an On/Off button!

I cut a toilet paper roll tube in half, put duct tape on one side, and stuffed the other side with some tissue.  The trigger fits in nice and comfy and doesn't touch the test button.  I keep an extra CR2 battery in my bag just in case, but I've been using the tube case for about 3 years now and never had an issue.

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Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 24, 2014, 11:47:23 AM »
Yeah, as a previous poster mention, rechargeable batteries sometimes won't re-charge if they have been fully drained. Also, I have some inexpensive radio triggers and a few 3rd party flashes. In general, for non-name brand electronics, I do not trust the "Off" switch.

Harrrrgnn, well, it's only two batteries and you never stop learning - thanks for the information. I'll adapt my behavior accordingly if I keep buying Chinese junk products, obviously the cheaper electronics do make a difference - I've never experienced with my Canon flashes.

I was going to suggest doing a deep cycle, but it looks like you got it fixed with the paper clip method.

As far as Chinese junk products; I guess everyone has their own opinions.  I've read countless threads of people who can't get their Canon 600ex-RT $600 flash to even work with Eneloops.  So I guess it's a matter of perspective.  Third party electronics are never going to have the kind of QC that name brand electronics charging 4 - 10X as much will, it's simple electronics.  But personally, I'm glad third party options exist to try to help keep the big guys in line.

FWIW, I leave batteries in RF-602, RF-622 and 560-TX transceivers all the time and never had a problem in any of the 15 or so units I have.  I only take the batteries out of my flashes because I have a bunch and only consistently use 2 or 3 of them.

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 20, 2014, 12:45:32 PM »
It's no problem leaving HSS as default.
Your flash works much harder during HSS, and produces less light while doing so.

So there are at least two problems:  1) the increased power consumption will wear down your batteries faster, and 2) the increased power consumption will heat up your flashes faster.



It seemed the core of his question was what happens at 1/250 s (Xsync) and slower, and in that case the flash fires normally even with HSS set.  The flash only fires in HSS if a shutter speed higher than Xsync is selected.  I wouldn't consider increased power consumption a 'problem' although it's good to be aware of it (one should always carry extra batteries if relying on flash).  I don't know that overheating would be an issue, but the 600EX-RT has an overheat warning (the display backlight turns red). 

But it might be worth knowing why the OP wants to use HSS, there may be other solutions.  The flash is much faster than 1/250 s, and can be used to stop action.  Alternatively, if using fill flash with a very wide aperture in daylight, an ND filter can knock down ambient light to Xsync speeds.

I would like the possibility to stop action with HSS, but also to overpower daylight. I have never used ND's for this, but will certainly give it a go. None of my lenses are F1.2 (where I have read about this technique before), but three of them are at 1.4, so I guess the same goes for them.

I don't think you're going to stop motion or overpower daylight in HSS.

A normal flash duration is very fast, and can "stop motion".  But HSS rapidly blinks for the entire duration of of the exposure, so it's not really any different than ambient.  The flash won't stop motion any more than the normal exposure would (when above max sync).

HSS also cuts into your power, considerably.  Flashes have enough trouble overpowering sun at full power; in HSS you're not going to overpower very bright sunlight.  Maybe bare, close to the subject, but you will notice the power reduction.

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