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Lighting / Re: Does this setup work? Trying to save on triggers.
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:03:47 PM »
Thanks for the tips privatebydesign. I will test it out.

And Jonathan, 5D3 focus in low light is dependent on lens. A 70-200 2.8 II will focus in low light much better than an 85 1.2. If you want reliable snap focus while shooting, a focus beam is a must. The pro of the 5D3 focus is focus accuracy, even on the side cross points.

Lighting / Re: Does this setup work? Trying to save on triggers.
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:17:04 AM »
Yes they should all fire, but my experience is that cludges like this don't work very well, and nowadays there are so many  third party options the ST-E2 really isn't the way to go, even for AF assist (if you are shooting in an enviroment that needs AF assist the cludge will bite you).

If you are in a room/studio type environment I have found the ST-E2 quite capable of firing lights behind me as the signal bounces around quite well.

Best advice, before you buy anything else work out what you need features nd head numbers, then look to all third party options working out what you can get for your current gear if it doesn't fit in with your new best idea.

This is a great place to start.

Thanks for the tips. What I am working is an on location setup, usually outdoors though. I will do further research.

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.

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.

Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 13, 2013, 10:57:46 AM »
if im looking for a cheap solution is this it?

i want to be able to trigger one speedlite placed on the ground behind me
what do i need to get?

Portrait / Re: And yet again...great talent trumps any amount of equipment
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:18:51 PM »
This crap isn't photography, it's I'm good with photoshop FFS. I wouldn't buy any of these. It's not talent, it's some kid who taught himself how to photoshop. Real talent is being able to pick up any camera, and getting "the shot" right on the spot. Like Chase Jarvis and Zack Arias.

What the **** Canon, busy making this instead of the Nikon DF/Sony A7R killer?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:20:18 PM »
If it doesn't offer video, and it's not <$1500 because it doesn't offer video, Canon still wins

Lenses / Re: Dust in refurbished lens from Canon
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:28:40 AM »
If the focus is SPOT ON, the sharpness is great, etc. don't return a lens just because of dust... dust doesn't do anything.

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?

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?

FF or crop? The 10-22 on crop has very low distortion.

You might be talking about something different - people "looking fat" near the borders. This is much more noticeable than the "actual" distortion, which is the deviation from the rectangular projection (I am no sure that this is the accepted term) expected from a supposedly distortion free lens.

It's on FF, so most crop options are not viable. 5D3. For example, I had some footage where the face was literally on the side and her face was stretched apart until the camera moved into the frame more.

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?

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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