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For use on weekends umbrellas cost a lot less, are easier to set up and take down, produce very similar results and travel easier because you don't have to keep track of so many delicate parts.  I find my entry level Elinchrom soft boxes control the light a touch better but, are not easy to set up or pack up on location.  For use with speed lights on stands I'd choose umbrellas.
After I upgraded to using profoto, umbrella was the first light mod I bought. It's easy to carry and fast set up, and turns into an octa with just a sock. Only problem I discovered its durability, way more fragile when compared to a softbox construction...say if your stand/light falls in strong wind, there's quite some chance the softbox will take the fall and without and damage whereas umbrella rod would most likely bend or break. Just my 2c..:)

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Customers: We feel we want and need state of the art cameras.
Canon management: In response to customer needs and desires, we are responding by supplying new printers.
i was excited at first because canon seems to be making printers before they announcing new cameras, but for those not being photo printers had me wondering...

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Lighting / Re: Profoto B1 vs. Phottix Indra
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:00:29 AM »

The Einstein, which I own, and the Profoto B1 are entirely different tools with vastly different functionality, the Einstein will never do ETTL or HSS. Compare the Einstein to the D1 500 for $1,219 and you are talking some sense.

The Einstein may never do ETTL, but it will do HSS... In fact almost any mono light or pack can.  Just use anything like the Odins, Flex TT5, etc.    I have shot both my Dynalite and Photogenic PL1250DR lights on Photogenic Ion battery pack and PocketWizard Flex TT1/TT5 set up at 1/2000

And the Einstein to Profoto is not a bad comparison either.  The Einstein's have one of the shortest flash duration out there.... I believe the Einsteins are even shorter than when I run a Dynalite M2000 pack with the 4080 Bi-Tube flashes, which has something like 1/3500 of a flash duration and the Einstein I think was closer to 1/4200

It takes some tweaking, but with the PocketWizard Flex, not only can you fire studio strobes at shorter than 1/250, but you can also set it up so not only do you fire off your strobes, but also a second camera and have it all synched.

Hypersync is not HSS, Paul C Buff has said he is not interested in making the firmware to enable Einsteins to do HSS, and with their IGBT circuitry they should be very capable of doing. Your Dynalite and Photogenic are not doing HSS, they are just flashing before the first curtain starts to travel and relying on the flash pulse taking long enough to cover the full travel of the second curtain, that is just timing and you are getting an uneven exposure, it is impossible not to, how noticable that is in any particular shot can be questioned and will vary with shutter speed, flash power, and aperture, but  HSS is very different from the PocketWizard fakie, Hypersync.

Sure the Einstein and Profoto can both do the same things, flash, until you want or need HSS and/or ETTL.

If you are going to compare monoblocs, as I said, the D1 is the Profoto to compare the Einstein to. You need to plug them both in and neither does HSS or ETTL.
I think HSS is way more demanding on strobe in terms of durability and consistency. Some said Einstein was not suitable for HyperSync as it has too a short flash duration. It would create banding. I guess same goes to it's HSS applications.

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Lighting / Re: Profoto B1 vs. Phottix Indra
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:50:26 AM »
Haven't used Phottix yet. But I recently bought a B1 and most recently added a second head because they are just darn cool! The ultimate fusion of power and portability (even better than speedlights IMO). Now you have some expensive heads so you need good (expensive) modifiers, stands and more batteries etc...So the only downside is you have to sandbag your light otherwise it's not very safe if there's wind, but that defeats the portability side right?

Do you shoot with assistants? I find myself worrying a bit when shooting with two lights by myself. I know they will fall if I put modifiers without tones of sandbags!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lexar CF cards FAIL - Sandisk?
« on: October 19, 2014, 07:29:41 AM »
My sandisk 32G had failed me twice but I was able to recover them using software. Transcend had failed before as well. Lexar 1000x however, works fine so far...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX battery drain ULTRA fast
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:42:10 PM »
I have 2 batteries and they invariably drain way below the shot number allotted, full charge put in the camera shoot about 100 frames let it sit for a day and some times when i come back to it I wake from a sleep.  Shoot 20 or 30 more frames  and that horrible last click sound of a dead battery when 15 minutes before,   the  battery said it was maybe one Bar off full.

both batteries do it. now i can shoot 1500 frame or more on a full battery just letting it sleep is a bit sketchy. My 7D just keeps on going and drains at what i would expect it to a long duration or multiple frames over days.


Please look at your 1DX batter life in a few situations tell em what happening for you this seems unacceptable every-time CPS has it they seem to gloss over the problem.

thank you every one.

You are experiencing this fast drain is because by default the 1dx's autofocus search was set to always on - i.e. the camera wasn't sleeping at all. Hence the drain. Once you've done a good setting customisation you will be fine. This is what happened to me when I first got mine 18months ago then I also saw other member posting the same issue before. Worth a check as it might well be the same cause. : )
I get that with the EOS M and it's continuous AF setting, but what setting are you talking about on the 1D X?
Camera does not auto switch off by default

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX battery drain ULTRA fast
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:17:56 PM »
I have 2 batteries and they invariably drain way below the shot number allotted, full charge put in the camera shoot about 100 frames let it sit for a day and some times when i come back to it I wake from a sleep.  Shoot 20 or 30 more frames  and that horrible last click sound of a dead battery when 15 minutes before,   the  battery said it was maybe one Bar off full.

both batteries do it. now i can shoot 1500 frame or more on a full battery just letting it sleep is a bit sketchy. My 7D just keeps on going and drains at what i would expect it to a long duration or multiple frames over days.


Please look at your 1DX batter life in a few situations tell em what happening for you this seems unacceptable every-time CPS has it they seem to gloss over the problem.

thank you every one.

You are experiencing this fast drain is because by default the 1dx's autofocus search was set to always on - i.e. the camera wasn't sleeping at all. Hence the drain. Once you've done a good setting customisation you will be fine. This is what happened to me when I first got mine 18months ago then I also saw other member posting the same issue before. Worth a check as it might well be the same cause. : )

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1 DX firmware 1.2.4 causing lock up?
« on: December 13, 2013, 09:28:27 PM »
It's definitely not firmware. CreationHeart did you notice any symptoms similar to this before it died? https://vimeo.com/76656998
i have not noticed any errors prior it's just a one off silent death. After heart surgery with a donated heart from japan my 1Dx is surviving fine now.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1 DX firmware 1.2.4 causing lock up?
« on: December 11, 2013, 02:11:57 AM »
Hi

I have 1DX serial number 073012000688.

Recently updated firmware to 1.2.4.

On Saturday 15 June 2013 at 12:49:42 I was using camera 073012000688 with a 180mm Canon Macro Lens and a 32 GB Lexar 1000X card to take photos that are required for evidence in a financial dispute. The Canon 1DX went dead on me and has been dead ever since. I was forced to fall back on my Samsung cell phone, not the same resolution, or image quality, but at least it works when required to do so.

There is absolutely no response from the body, no indicator lights, black screen dead as a door nail.

Removed battery, swapped batteries, left powered down for several hours, nothing, nada, zilch!

Camera has 15k exposures since new, December 2012.

Possibly linked to firmware upgrade?

I doubt it's the firmware. Mine died after 11 months then Canon replaced the main board for me. I guess there are issues with certain 1dx bodies...

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Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma for night sky
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:00:33 PM »
I recommend a used canon 15mm f2.8 fisheye

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Lenses / Re: magnification: Lens reversal vs canon 100mm L IS maco
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:35:16 AM »
good news is you dont need a DSLR to achieve insane macro photography. I recently came across a post whereby someone DIY a rig to mount a reversed lens to a compact camera with its zoom maxed out. And the subjects he photographed were snowflakes!

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Lenses / Re: Dear Lord in case I die
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:31:01 AM »
I just found this list amusing. When you think of it. Unless you have a collection of big whites all the pro lenses we have today don't cost much compared to things like a new car purchase. :P

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Occasional beeping AF during AI SERVO?
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:26:14 AM »
Recently picked up some new 600 ex rt's and a ste3rt. Fabulous system. But for some reason I've noticed on occasion that when shooting in AI SERVO (and back button focus), I'm getting an occasional red lit AF confirmation. Seems to be more common with the flash set up but I recall very infrequently it happening prior. Body is a 5d3.

Doesn't seem to be a big issue but wondering if anyone else has noticed same?
It pays to check if you were indeed using AI Focus mode? A second possibility would be you've assigned a button to switch from Single point focus to AI Servo in the Custom Fuctions? That's what I did anyway so I can switch quickly when pressing the button. Hope it helps.

Regards
Felix

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: June 17, 2013, 08:46:59 PM »
this was taken from his microblog. He then deleted it and seems someone from his company filed a complaint about what he posted. This looks promising!

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Lenses / Re: Next Lens - Help
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:16:35 AM »
no brainer. 85L good for shooting movie too!

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It will probably be my last (expensive) lens for a while.

really? time will tell. ;)

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