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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:03:16 PM »

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:01:18 PM »
Hyper sync - long duration flash over the entire curtain movement
True high sync speeds - standard sync method but @ above 1/250th. (Which is still the best and most efficient but expensive.)
HSS - pulsed flash over the duration of the curtain movement.
Agree on all counts, I'd just point out the often overlooked problem with flash duration and power output for "True high sync speeds", at this point in time full power flash pulses are not that fast, the Einstein for instance, which is often used as a perfect example of short flash duration, has a full power discharge duration of 1/588 of a second, and when we are opening up our lenses for narrow dof and balancing ambient and flash that full power can easily be used.
Thanks RLPhoto & privatebydesign for posting the definitions and commentary.

I had previously thought that HyperSync was a PocketWizard proprietory process & name. Good article here:
http://www.pocketwizard.com/inspirations/technology/hypersync_fpsync/

Still, language is a wild living creature, and I'd bet that the acronym HSS has gained unstoppable traction describing (correctly or incorrectly) the means of achieving flash sync at shutter speeds above standard maximum x-sync speeds.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 29, 2014, 12:17:17 AM »
We really need to stop calling lights with long durations and tuned to cover the time the shutter blades are exposing the sensor HSS, the two work in a fundamentally different way, long duration is not HSS, and both cost a massive amount of power.
Hah! Interesting point. HSS...strictly technically no but practically yes. What is it that defines "true HSS"?

We may have strayed from the strict HSS definition, but it's a useful terminology that people understand.
Think of it as living language. The acronym HSS communicates a function....High Speed Sync. Simple enough.

So what do we call it? We're achieving flash sync at a high shutter speed. We understand the limitations such as significant power loss, but it's still a very useful, relevant creative tool. Sounds a bit HSS-ish to me!

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:33:49 PM »
I read Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook recently and he says, I believe, that he has 12 speedlites, and his mentor Joe Mcnally, has 17. You get when you need, I don't think there is such a thing as too many...
Can you imagine the attention to detail required setting up 12 let alone 17 Speedlights? And the lack of flexibility? For certain projects you'd certainly get a unique look.

For OP Quasimodo, of course it depends on the sort of projects you'll be taking on. A bunch of Speedlights might be perfect for your work. If you're not missing the Elinchroms, then maybe you don't need monos. If future projects require you do need monos again, Einsteins are worth a very close look. I have six of them plus a raft of accessories, modifiers, VML batteries etc. The PCB stuff is extraordinary value. http://paulcbuff.com/

For HSS work, at a pinch I can get the Einsteins to play ball triggering them with the almost mythical abilities of the Phottix Odin system and their ODS fine-tuning function. Only expect HSS/Einstein to work on full power (longest flash duration). More flexible for HSS, and maybe very useful for you, is the Godox Witstro 360, also triggered with Phottix Odin. There is a $25 eBay accessory that means you can use Bowens mount modifiers. 
http://flashhavoc.com/godox-witstro-ad180-ad360-review/

With the Phottix Odins you can maximise HSS output with ODS fine tuning. Rather than going right into ODS here, check out:
http://flashhavoc.com/phottix-odin-ods-over-drive-sync/comment-page-1/#comment-19555

Phottix is doing great things right now. Their Mitros speedlight is getting a lot of attention as is their most recent announcement, the TTL & HSS capable Indra 500 http://flashhavoc.com/phottix-indra500-ttl-announced/

But how many speedlights are enough? For Joe Mcnally and his required team of lighting assistants, seventeen is good. For me it's two 600 EX-RT's plus the Godox Witstro 360. I'd say build up as projects demand and budget allows.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 28, 2014, 07:38:49 PM »
...This camera is a sports/bif dream if you ask me....
And the anti-flickering mode for fluorecent light? Are you kidding me? That is a game changer...
A "game changer" for bif and wildlife? - I've taken tens of thousands of shots with my 7D and NONE of them were under fluorescent lights.
The Anti-Flicker mode will be a game changer for lots of photographers, not least corporate shooters who spend a lot of time in fluoro lit office locations.
Correcting the color shift from one frame to the next can be a huge time waster in post production.

I wasn't 100% sure exactly what the Anti Flicker mode was but found this article from Canon:
http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2014/eos7dmkii_antiflicker.htmlp

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: September 27, 2014, 06:35:53 PM »
Check out the Squarespace custom website templates and plans. Great configurable designs and modest pricing/plans.

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 10:13:10 AM »
What an odd thread. Anyway...

Trolls gonna troll, to use an apposite Americanism...

The reason that Canon users use Canon needs no explanation: we use it because it does the job, and does it fantastically well.
Not quite with you there Keith...where's the troll?

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:42:57 AM »
What an odd thread. Anyway...

I left Canon for my video work...the awesome Panasonic GH4 system has transformed video production for me.
But the majority of my work is stills. And it's Canon 100%.

I left Nikon over 15 years ago just near the end of the film days, mainly because of the sheer quality of CPS. Where I live Nikon professionals were just not being looked after. That may have changed. It was good timing as Canon's early leadership in digital made them an obvious first choice.

It's a great time for someone starting out now, you're absolutely spoiled for choice.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:23:23 AM »
Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
Interesting that the leading vote at this point is NO to a high MP 5D4.

But yikes, now that the 7D2 has been announced, is 5D4 speculation going to be a dominant topic here for the next year or so?  :P

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:14:36 AM »
The 5D III was targeted to wedding and event photographers
Seriously?  I'm neither and it's worked out well for me so far.
Is that from official marketing materials/press releases, or your opinion?
I'm genuinely asking.
The 5D3 specs make it a highly useful and relevant tool for wedding and event photographers, no question. Obviously the feature set makes it useful and relevant for all sorts of other photographers as well. I saw Unfocused's post, in the context of this thread being a comment that wedding and event photographers probably don't need more megapixels, indeed, more megapixels may be more of a hindrance than a help especially when you're potentially shooting thousands of frames per event/function. That's a lot of data to manage.

It would be reasonably certain that Canon market researchers would consider potential target markets for any of their products, be they DSLR bodies, lenses, pocket cameras or office photocopiers, and tailor the product accordingly. All successful manufacturers do this as a matter of course. For the most part, Canon tend to get this part of the process right. Their market-leading sales are evidence enough.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:05:40 PM »
I'd hope a 5D4 wouldn't go past 24 mp, especially if it was at the cost of reduced high ISO performance. I shoot double page spreads, billboards and so on with a 1D 4 and 5D3. Please, no more mp's! Canon had it right settling on the 20-22 mp range with the 1Dx & 5D3. Issues like archive storage, card size, buffer depth, the need for seriously upgraded computers to run post pro on large jobs, ISO performance and so on firm up the argument for keeping the mp size in check. Hell, it's not a competition for the biggest, errm...

I wouldn't argue against some photographers real or perceived needs for megapixel monsters, but that would be best served by a separate model, maybe a successor to the 1ds3. Either that or simply make a commitment to a MF system

-pw


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:41:38 PM »
I know at times I sound like a Peak Design shareholder which I'm not, but I am an unashamed advocate.
https://peakdesign.com/

Having tried just about everything in all sorts of work, travel, hiking scenarios, Peak Design has pushed aside not just the body-busting original neck-straps, but Spider-Pro system, Carry-Speed (murdered by the enthusiastically litigious Black Rapid) and Black Rapid themselves. Their products lend themselves to the precision and demands of extreme sports all the way to the corporate boardroom.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT at Photokina?
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:29:53 PM »
Keep an eye on Flash Havoc http://flashhavoc.com/
They generally seem to be first with flash hardware news.

If the Yongnuo YN-600 EX-RT cuts it, I'll be grabbing a couple to expand on my pair of Canon 600-EX-RT. I'm loving the hardware coming out of China right now from companies like Godox, Yongnuo and other lesser known brands.

Japan had better watch out when China starts innovating in camera hardware. This looks like being some time in the future, but how fast did the last ten years go? You think it won't happen? Historically it wasn't that long ago we were scoffing at anything Japanese...cars, cameras, electronics etc as invalid and most likely low status rubbish. More recently you could have said the same about products coming out of South Korea. No longer.

The Dragon is fully awake and is open for business.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: New model Phottix Odin announced
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:53:08 PM »
no ODS?
Where did you read that?

Dropping ODS would be worse than dumb. If you're right, it could be the new Odin has such broad inbuilt range and tolerance, or clever automaticity that manually adjusted ODS is no longer necessary.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:44:50 PM »
The 24-70mm MKI is also a good design with its reverse zoom, more protection better hood...

+1   Lucky you having one of the good copies. Hang onto that one!
       I also preferred the basic design of the MkI. That great big hood was fantastic.
       The high price of the MkII was worth every penny to me, not just because it was able to displace my               
       three primes; I can trust it on important projects where delivering optimum results to the client is essential.
-pw

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