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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:26:19 AM »
Anybody want to guess at the various prices of these models?

Personally, the 53mp for background shooting and some detailed studio work is what I would be looking at, the question is the AA filter version or the non-AA filter version.  Thinking the AA version to be safe and maintain my post-processing and compositing workflow without adding moire concerns.

I usually shoot my backgrounds with the 5D3 for the extra pixels and hybrid HDR processing and use my 1DX for everything else.  Had been considering going to a used medium format Phase One with a 40mp back, but the news that a big megapixel may finally be coming changed that.  Really did not want to have to setup a second shooting platform, so am hoping the detail captured by this new 53mp 5Ds will meet my requirements.

And here's to hoping the low ISO banding noise is gone.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:24:53 PM »
I have both the 5D3 and the 1DX.  I use the 1DX 90% of the time and not because I shoot lots of sports, etc.  It just produces a better image.  Its that simple.  The images are better out of the camera.

I'm selling my 5D3 (with battery grip and extra battery) and putting the funds aside to use for the big megapixel Canon, should it ever appear.


A photographer will use that 70-200 but...an artist will use the 135.

And then said "artist" will sell the 135mm because he can't pay the rent that month, while the photographer continues to book jobs with his 70-200mm.  And customers won't notice because they generally can't tell the difference between a shot taken a 1Dx and 135mm or a Rebel with a 70-200mm.


I have the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L II and the 1.4x Tele rev III.   I *had* the  135mm f/2 L and with the 1.4x tele used it when the 70-200mm malfunctioned and had to go to the shop (USM motor failed).

I can tell you the 135mm with the 1.4x tele III produced some great images, excellent color, excellent contrast, and focused fast on the 7D and the 1Dx.  It was a pretty good pinch hitter for the 70-200mm, abet a prime lens only, not a zoom.

However, I RARELY shot the 135mm and thus sold it recently (along with the 50mm f/1.2 L, the 70-300mm f/4-f/5.6 IS L, and the 7D), and put that cash plus what I had saved and got the 300mm f/2.8 IS L II. 

Having a 1Dx, 5D3, with 16-35mm f/2.8 L,  24-70mm f/2.8 L II, the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L II, the 100mm f/2.8 IS L Macro, the 300mm f/2.8 IS L II, and the 1.4x Tele III, the lenses and body sold just did not fit in my gear bag  any more.

Nothing wrong with any of those lenses sold, they are all great and the 135mm had some really nice sharpness to it besides the images it produced.  I just never really used it and it was not worth tying up the cash asset (same for the others).



1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 24, 2013, 09:21:48 AM »
Bought a 5D3 to replace my 5D2 back in May last year.  Got my 1Dx in October.

I have to say, that other than when I want the extra pixels, the 5D3 sits in the bag and the 1Dx gets used far more often.  The images just seem to have "something" that is better, in my personal opinion, than the 5D3.

Don't mistake this as knocking the 5D3....excellent camera and I love it....but if I have a choice (and I do), I'll pick up the 1Dx first.  Really wish I had waited for the big megapixel Canon and just got two 1Dx's in the meantime.

Lighting / Re: Urgent Help Please Elinchrom Flash lights
« on: May 10, 2013, 07:04:18 AM »
I'm curious if you are using RX units, why you did not get the ELS Transceiver RX's for those?  They are made for the RX 300, 600, 1200 (and others), they plug directly into the strobe and are powered by the strobe....no charging needed.

It's what I have on my two RX300's and two RX600's.  Never a problem.
thanks for your advice you mean to say i should replace my previous recievers to the attached image els transcievers??and if i do will the fit in the flash head straight?do i need a seprate wire with that.one last quest the attached transmitter (my exsisting transmitter will it work/.?)can i reuest you to guide me step by step as i am entirely new in the world of lighting equipment.many thanks

Your transmitter is the same as mine. I own 3 of those. It works with my RX, Quadras, and BxRi units.

The receiver that I referred to plugs directly into the RX unit port on the back of the strobe. No wires. As noted they are made for the RX units.

Lighting / Re: Urgent Help Please Elinchrom Flash lights
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:25:31 PM »
I'm curious if you are using RX units, why you did not get the ELS Transceiver RX's for those?  They are made for the RX 300, 600, 1200 (and others), they plug directly into the strobe and are powered by the strobe....no charging needed.

It's what I have on my two RX300's and two RX600's.  Never a problem.

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 09, 2012, 03:31:32 PM »

While doing some research I found these http://www.paulcbuff.com/plm-white.php
This seems to be a great choice given the price. One can also buy an accessories and make an octabox from them.

Would this work with Quadra Ranger? Will I be able to set this speedring to http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/632667-REG/Elinchrom_EL_26339_Ranger_Quadra_Reflector_Adaptor.html

I own the silver one from PB and yes it does work with the Quadra.  You need the adapter you cited plus the PB Elinchrom mount that PB sells.

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:55:19 AM »
i have one pack with two heads and plan to add another.  i love this thing... i have the 1100 ws ranger as well but the Quadra is my pick people photography.  i have been replacing electric monos with battery units for energy conservation as well.  commercial electricity isn't cheap and a number of power packs recycling at the same time makes the electric meter spin.  remember that Elinchrom umbrella shafts are 7mm and the generics are't going to fit.  i have a Lastolite 24 soft box and a Elinchrom 33" translucent umbrella that do a super job with the Quadra.

The 24" LastoLite is a great box, as noted get the adapter for the Elinchrom for that box. I have the 3 masks and love using the 6" slit one for dramatic lighting.

This shot is with 3 Ranger Quadra's, two to the rear left-right are grided reflectors, the one in front and above is the LastoLite 24" and the 6" mask.  The fill is a Lastolie Tri-reflector.

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:47:57 AM »
Thanks, I am to thinking of better light than speedlites.

I'm back and forth between the quadra and Profoto Acute B2 600 air s, I only want one light and I want reliability power and light weight.

If you shoot full power on one channel with the quadra, is that 400ws? If that is f8 what would two 580 speelites be?

The max output is 400ws on the A port, full power.  f-stop at 1 meter, ISO 100, with a reflector is f/64.  The units have a 6.6 f-stop range from 8ws to 400ws.  This is all from the spec sheet.

So at 1 meter (approx 3 feet) at ISO 100 with a reflector:

400ws = f/64
200ws = f/45
100ws = f/32
50ws = f/22
25ws = f/16
12.5ws = f/11
8.2ws = f/8 (approx)

In reality, I find these to be about a half a stop or so lower.  But be aware that these are measured with a 48 deg reflector.  You will lose power in softboxes, beauty dish, etc., due to the larger area of the modifier.  I typically can shoot f/2.8 to f/4 with a 24-inch LastoLite softbox.

I intend to buy one more set, an S-head set of two with the pack and battery.  Withe the 4 A-heads, that gives me all I need in options, as I have two RX600's and two BxRi500's (that I plan to sell).  I use the RX600's on the big modifiers like the octa bank or the large Rotalux.

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:41:55 PM »

I plan on buying the set. Is anybody using these strobes?
Is the difference between A and S only in shutter speed or there is something else hidden behind A and S?

What softboxes would you recommend for it? I plan on buying one octa, one square.
Would you go with Elichrom softboxes or there are some 3rd party that are good enough and cheaper?

Have 3 packs and 4 heads.  Love them.

It's not shutter speed, its flash duration that is the difference.  But under conditions where you are eliminating the ambient light, the flash duration becomes your effective shutter speed.

Note that people have been doing high-speed sync using the PocketWizard TTLFlex units but you have success with the slower duration S-heads (due to the longer duration flash).  Do a google for Ranger Quadra's high speed sync.

Couple of things to note on this units:

1) the ports on the pack are asymmetrical, at a 2:1 ratio.  Port A alone is 100% of the pack, Port B alone is 33% of the pack, A+B used together is 67%:33%, or the above mentioned 2:1. 

2) you can alter the ratio of the pack when using both ports by using different cable lengths.  The output is standardized and measured against the 8ft cables.  Longer cables reduce the power delivered to the head.  So using a longer cable on port B can make your ratio 3:1 for example.

3) Pack range is good on the Skyports, no issue with them

4) They have new lithium batteries for purchase now, they weigh 2lbs less and hold double the charge, but you need a different charger that comes with the Lithium battery.

5) heads are very light, about 8oz, you hardly need to counter-weight them and a modifer when using a c-stand.

6) Get the adapters for the heads to attach all the standard modifiers.  The head only attaches to certain modifiers, you need the adapter to attach the heads to the Rotalux softboxes.  DO NOT try to put the biggest modifier on these heads/adapters, they will not handle the weight.  Instead get some brackets from Kacey Industries to mount these on the big modifiers.  The weight of the modifiers (like the big octa's) will bend and break the adapter. 


7) being so light, you can easily put them on an extendable paint-pole with a 27" softbox or deep-octa, sling the pack over an assistants shoulder and you have a full blown walking light stand, indoors or out.


HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Problems with Noise in Dark Areas
« on: October 17, 2012, 03:34:54 PM »
In a web course on Kelby, Matt discusses the noise issue.  It stems from not shooting the upper exposures (overexposed) images high enough to get all the detail in the shadows.  That becomes noise in the HDR resulting image.  He illustrates this in a few examples.

By exposing on the high end (overexposed) enough to move the histogram off the left edge completely, you insure that you got all the shadow detail and thus reduce any noise in the HDR by a great margin.

You might want to give this try.  There was also a recent webinar on the Topaz site on reducing and controlling noise in HDR photos.

Unethical...  Immoral...

You keep using those words.  I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

Totally agree.  People here have never seen an episode of Shark Tank it seems.

When you go to a movie and pay $10 for a ticket per showing when you could buy the Blu-Ray for $20, is that unethical?  Is paying $20 for two drinks and a large popcorn when it costs the theater < $2 for that immoral?? 

Those complaining here are the same lot that complain that the 5D3 should sell for $1200, or that they didn't get all the features of the 1Dx in a body 1/3 the cost, or gee whizz the 6D does not have the same AF as the 7D.  Unrealistic whiners who would fail as corporate leaders.

They also would probably cry that BMW puts in restrictions on the US versions of the M5 that limit it's maximum horsepower and still charge you over $100k for the car.

Interesting though is that it now appears on the Best Buy web site:


$2299 USD, not available yet but listed.  Let's hope this means it going to be released in Sept as stated (again).

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Big Lexar Memory Card Deals at B&H
« on: August 05, 2012, 02:47:55 PM »
Any 7D users out there that can comment on if a 7D can gain any benefit from the 1000x vs 400x.  I've got a couple 400x and occasionally will max the buffer.  Always figured it was the camera, but with cards on sale, might as well ask if it might be the cards!  If a card would also benefit me, could have quite the boost once the new firmware is released!

The 7D will not see any speedup or gain from these cards.  Performance with SanDisk Extreme (60MB/s), SandDisk Extreme Pro (90MB/s) and the Lexar 1000x (150MB/sec) all turn in the same level of performance.  The 7D cannot take advantage of UDMA-7, so the Lexar 1000x is of no benefit for shooting.

I have an 5D3, 5D2, and a 7D, only the 5D3 sees the difference due to it being able to use the UDMA-7 interface.  And it's a significant difference as I noted earlier.

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