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So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.

I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, also once the thing drops a flash you have to take it very close to reconnect, even with fresh batteries.

The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.

Here is a review of the YN-E3-RT and the reviewer has issues with his unit too.

Perhaps there are some early reliability kinks to be worked out. Is the unit USB flash-able?

That is unfortunate to hear - I have had amazing results with the 622C system under various conditions. At the suggestion of the dlink below, I have been using Alkaline batteries rather than NiHM rechargeables as the voltage drop-off is sudden on NiMH and with Alkalines it is gradual. The 622C's require 2.2v to operate correctly.
Is it possible you are up against a similar design constraint with the  YN-E3-RT? Perhaps try a good set of Alkalines in them instead.


A couple of quotes from the link above...
"If the voltage becomes low (total 2.2 volts), the 622 will turn off automatically."
"Alkaline batteries start at 1.5 volts and hold their voltage until the very end. Rechargeables at 1.2 volts are already 20% down, and approaching the threshold for the 622. Alkaline characteristics are well suited to this type of device, with a 60-hour standby time. (NiMH batteries are great as flash batteries, being capable of a rapid discharge into the capacitor.)"

Lenses / Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:52:19 PM »
I have both and I own a 5D3. I would say 85 first, 50 second but that is just my personal shooting style.

Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:06:44 AM »
i usually have both record raw

but i sometimes will set the SD to record JPG if i am not going to be doing processing and hand it off straight away

This is my approach too. I have the fastest Extreme Sandisk cards in both slots even though the SD is appreciably slower. I have tested the CF buffer and if I recall I can get 21-22 frames before the camera starts to choke but that is when only the CF slot is active. I rarely shoot and fill the buffer so I keep two 32GB cards in the card at all times set to mirror to both cards and that provides a level of data redundancy while operating in the field.

Hi Surapon,
I was wondering what the quality of the connection was like in the areas I've circled?
If cheap=poor quality metal then that looks like a potential bad failure point?


I had a genuine BR RS-4 strap break in this exact spot at the joint. Fortunately I did not drop my camera. I also have an eBay knockoff and that one has been fine build quality.

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 12:20:59 PM »
Scott is a great teacher - I have taken a couple of his seminars when he has come through town. My buddy Hien snapped this of Scott and I on my old 40D, 17-55/2.8 combo. I joked with him at the time about being shot with Canon as he was a staunch Nikonian at the time...

Keep Calm and CanOn...

Lighting / Re: Canon 270 EX II or...?
« on: January 20, 2014, 07:36:13 AM »
You could always look at a second hand 270ex mk1 because the slave feature won't work on the 5D anyway will it? or am I wrong?

I paid around $90 CDN for a used 270EXII, depending on your market you might find one for that.

You bring up a good point about angling the flash head - it is either straight on the subject or any angle leading up to 90 degrees vertical for bounce.

I think the slave mode on most Canon flashes will work with the 5D but you need a master flash to control them.

Lighting / Re: Canon 270 EX II or...?
« on: January 20, 2014, 07:29:30 AM »
My sentiment exactly with respect to the 320EX, although it can act as a video light but I don't need type of light. I think the 90EX came out after I picked mine up as I might have considered it. The 270EXII is a nice 'travel' flash and works great with the 5D3 if you do not want the bulk of a 580 or 600 in the bag.

Lighting / Re: Canon 270 EX II or...?
« on: January 20, 2014, 06:34:03 AM »
I picked up a used 270EXII for the exact reasons you cited and am pretty happy with it for those occasions I need some fill flash or a kiss of light. I like the YN568II's and have used them along with the YN565's in my studio.

I am considering selling my two 580EXII's and picking up two YN568EXII's as they have optical slaves built in which is a nice touch if you are short a trigger or two.

I have been using the 270EXII in a softbox with two 580EXII's as background lights to shoot some products recently and it works great in that scenario too. I remote control the settings in the sb via the YN622C TTL triggers.

The two other Canon small flashes to consider for your application would be the 90EX and the 320EX.

It's going to be hard to find a very good laptop screen with good color accuracy and gamut at $1K. I don't do hardcore editing on the laptop but more use it to weed out all the losers prior to finishing on a desktop with better screen monitor.

Agreed. Mine was around $1800 back in Oct 2012 and although I got the better gamut screen SAger offered, it does not compare to my Dell 23" IPS external monitor. Whenever I do any colour work I am alwasy extended to the external.

SSD for LR catalogs
Fast graphics card for things like Liquify in Photoshop
8-16GB of RAM should be fine for both LR and PS

Most i7 laptops these days have decent discreet GPU's so you should be fine there.

1920x1080 full gamat screen is a plus.

I bought a Windows laptop 15 months ago for Lightroom and Photoshop and it is awesome.

Sager (Gamers laptop)
Nvidia 660M
256 SSD (Lightroom catalog and current images)
750GB 7200rpm for extra storage

The W series Lenovo's are really nice but pricey.

Happy shopping!

Software & Accessories / Re: Need very large camera backpack
« on: January 15, 2014, 06:40:38 AM »
What about a gura gear kiboko? I have a 26 but it also comes in a 32 which fits a load of gear into it.

One of the best bags I've ever owned. Not as comfy as my f stop tilopa, but each has it's place. It's still comfy enough loaded up, just not fstop comfy. Much better than my old lowepro nature trekker. I can't imagine many bags being too comfy with that much weight. Fstop satori with an xl-icu maybe?

Here is a review Craig recently did on the Gura Gear 32L with a 200-400 inside:

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 12, 2014, 06:43:44 PM »
And to be clear, this wouldn't make it into any existing camera bodies in the line-up, right?

I much prefer the crop on the second one - it seems much better balanced.

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