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Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:36:15 PM »
Two things. One is off topic. The time in the upper right hand corner is ofd by 7 -8 minutes every week. When I open it corrects itself.   

Issues with DPP. My 24-70II for DLO would not not update. It was like this for a while and I just thought Canon had not released it yet. I decided to reinstall DPP.

Did a full uninstall and used the disk that came with my 5D3. Install was great but every time I tried to update to 3.13.51 DPP crashed when I tried to open an image. Canon USA detects your OSX and auto selected Mavericks.

I tried several more times with no success. I then tried the Canon Canada website and it does not detect your OXS version, it just has a drop down box and you have to select it. It offered 10.9 (and lower) which is Mavericks, they just don't include the name. I tried that about 3 times and it failed as well. I went back to the Canon USA site and again it detected Mavericks however since that just continued to fail I clicked on the drop down box and on a whim tried 10.8 and I was able to update to 3.13.51 without crashing. Not sure why that worked, but it did, so I don't really care.

I was also to successfully update all my lenses as well. What a nightmare. I would be have been easier if I didn't have to restart the commuter each time. What an archaic system. Probably programmed by the dinosaurs  :P   

I had far better success with my FF over my crop bodies for IQ. I'm talking extreme macros. MP-E lens   

Software & Accessories / Re: Why won't my DPP use Lens Data?
« on: February 21, 2014, 11:56:24 AM »
I had nothing but problems re-installng. The install went OK but every time I tried to update to 3.13.51 DPP crashed. I pulled out the disk that came with my 5D3 and the same thing.

DPP updater at Canon USA recognized my OXS as Mavericks. I must have repeated this about a dozen times. I then tried 10.9 option and the same thing. I finally tried 10.8 and it worked. I updated all my lenses and my 24-70II was accepted.       

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:51:08 PM »

Software & Accessories / Re: Why won't my DPP use Lens Data?
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:56:45 PM »
I've been having the exact same issue. My 70-200 f2.8 VII is OK but my 24-70 VII will not work. I'll try the fix. Thanks   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:51:56 AM »
Forgot to say. If you are using ACR or LD using the masking slider in the sharpening tab makes a huge difference. You don't sharpen existing noise in the smooth areas as this feature just sharpens edges. I'm usually at about 80. You then apply less luminance NR so you can maintain better sharpness.

As to your skateboarding shot I really don't see anything disturbing. Maybe at 100%.

Also for output sharpening for my hobby shots I use this method. Edge sharpening as well. You can only use it in PS. Find any edge sharpening for output method.


Actually I believe there is some edge sharpening going on behind the scenes when you select sharpening level and media type in LR's export page. The Pixel Genius group developed the output sharpening page for LR.             

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:40:02 AM »
My 5D3 at 12,800. NR using ACR

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just got my hands on a 5D III for the weekend
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:36:00 AM »
7D at 12,800. It was night time and I was maxed out with my 300 F4 IS. @ f4 the fastest shutter I could get was 1/500 and I had a bit of motion blur in the hands and feet. Don't be afraid to try some high ISO shots of you are working with a slower lens.

NR using ACR (photoshop)

I have the 5D3 and these are with my 5D2 at 6,400 with a flash. 5D3 you get about a ½ stop better low light.

ISO 12,800 with 5D3 and no flash. NR using ACR. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just got my hands on a 5D III for the weekend
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:24:14 AM »
I own both the 70-200 F4 IS and the 70-200 F2.8 II. I owned the 70-300 and just because it is not an L does not mean it is not a good lens. The IQ was very good. If you have the 70-200 2.8 V1 then the 70-300 should be comparable if not better however you lose some speed. Plan to shoot with the 70-200 and bring your 85 and 70-300. You may wish you had a little extra reach. Your bag can't be that small ;)  If you expose properly you can get decent shots at ISO 12,800 with that camera. 6,400 = no sweat. I have shot sporting events with my 7D at 12,800 and got very good results.               

Hi all,

This is my first post even though I have been coming to this forum religiously everyday for a few years now.

I have a question please.

How do you set up to do light metering with an external light meter(e.g. Sekonic 758) when you use multiple flashes?

In studio, I use a sync cord connected to the meter and one of the strobes, which then fires other strobes optically and I get my reading.

Can the same be done with flashes?

How can you use the ST-E3 RT to do this ? Can I connect a cable to it and the light meter and fire multiple 600 Rts to get a reading.

The ST E3 manual does not mention anything. Search with Google did not turn up anything either!

Please help.

Thanks a lot


I have a Sekonic L-358, 3 600's and an STE3. I contacted Sekonic to see of they were ever planning on creating Canon friendly RT module. It appears not as they are in bed with Pocket Wizard.     

If I am working with my 3 flashes in a studio set up they are usually on manual. I use group mode which is just awesome. I carry the STE3 and L-358 around with me. I turn off the other flashes and work on one at a time starting with the key. I fire the flash using the test button, get a reading on the L-358 and adjust power output using the ST-E3. When all done I place the STE3 back on the camera.         

This was the only wireless solution I could find. I purchased a generic spare foot to carry the STE3 around but I found it was very tight while clamping so I cut up the foot that came with the flash to prevent damage. I ordered a replacement foot from Canon.


Actually I realized that some one just repeated the announcement of the product. I thought that post was an update - basically stating the release date. Sorry about that.         

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT + ST-E3-RT remote zoom setting?
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:02:37 AM »
Then there are the other two main complaints. No AF assist on the STE3. Don't need it in the studio and when shooting event photography I have a flash on my camera all the time anyway to bounce when I can even with remote flashes in the corners.   

Lack of off camera 2nd curtain sync. Have not missed it but I am surprised Canon left it out for RT. Looks like Yongnuo will have it with their RT release, in manual only I think. Also their version STE3 will have AF assist. There will be a little pressure on Canon RT sales. 

Overall I'm very happy with Canon RT. The group mode rocks.   

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT + ST-E3-RT remote zoom setting?
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:20:00 AM »
Just wondering how important that is to everyone. When I set my 600's up in soft boxes or umbrellas I already know the zoom length I will need for maximum light dispersion. I just use the STE3 to select the type of mode I want and flash duration. I suppose that when you are trying for effects like narrowing the beam for rim lighting effects or other stuff it makes a difference. I don't do much of that so it does not bother me. I really like the system.       

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