I probably really shouldn't have bought the 70-200 but I couldn't pass up on $1799.
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I recently disposed of half a dozen Profoto 600 Compact monos, two 2400w/s Profoto floorpacks and a boatload of Profoto accessories and modifiers and replaced them with half a dozen Einsteins, PCB modifiers/accessories/triggers etc and really couldn't be happier.
The one thing that could tempt me back to Profoto would be if the B1 played nicely with High Speed Sync. Does it?
a 1000ws output would have been nice for that price point. 2 g's for a 500ws head.....mmm no thanks.
it's nice that the TTL feature is now out of the proverbially bag...hopefully we will see other companies come out with their own versions at better price points. 600 RTs are nice but i would like the easy access to a full range of light modifiers like you get with the B1.
...Now hopefully a crazy deal hits this month on the 24-70 II
I want this upgrade for my 6D. how much?
Get a monitor or EVF, but even then it's a bit difficult since the HDMI drops to SD when you hit record.
dSLR = digital single lens reflex. Reflex refers to the reflex mirror that reflects light up to the viewfinder (via a pentaprism or pentamirror), which lets you see through the lens. The mirror flips up out of the way ('reflexively') to expose the film/sensor. So either the viewfinder or the sensor sees the light, not both at once.
I wouldn't call it a technical limitation, more of a design limitation.
...EVF Pro looks like what I need, but that cost is steep. If I start making real money from these videos i'll have to invest in one.
I also agonized a long time before getting it. It is the best money I've ever spent on DSLR video. It absolutely transforms my ability to nail focus and exposure, plus the additional contact points helps stabilization.
You have other options at lower price points. The Zacuto Z-Finder (several models available) are good. There are competing products from Hoodman: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/573167-REG/Hoodman_H_LPP3_HoodLoupe_Professional_LCD_Screen.html and Cinevate: http://www.cinevate.com/store2/cyclops-viewfinder.html#sthash.RQV9s3yl.dpbs
RedRock Micro announced an EVF back in 2011, but they have not shipped it yet: http://store.redrockmicro.com/EVF
Cineroid has an EVF that's a little cheaper than the Zacuto: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=982065&Q=&is=REG&A=details
Your best low-cost approach is an LCD loupe of some kind. This also avoids the HDMI sync delays (a few sec) when you switch between still and video mode.