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Video & Movie / Do firmware-updates delete custom settings?
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:49:04 PM »
My rapidly emerging favorite video camera is the Panasonic GH4. Mine runs firmware V 1.1.
Firmware V 2.1 is available.

My GH4 is fully set up with complex, evolved custom settings in the C1-C3 options. I'd hate to lose these.
Do firmware updates over-ride or delete custom settings?


EOS Bodies / 7D MkII vs 1D MkIV "real-world"
« on: December 08, 2014, 05:24:53 PM »
There was a premature, fairly information-thin thread on this subject recently, but now that the 7D MkII has actually been in the hands of working photographers for some weeks now, I'd be very interested to hear real world viewpoints from 1D MkIV shooters who now also have worked with a 7d MkII. 

My very high mileage MkIV has over 500,000 actuations  now, and replacement time can't be too far away. Another lightly used MkIV isn't out of the question! But a gripped 7D MkII could be viable.

I like having one good quality crop body along with the FF bodies. The MkIV has functioned superbly in that role. The 7D MkII will clearly do some things better, notably AF and particularly low-light AF. I frequently work in the 1600-3200 iso range, but rarely above 6400 iso.


EOS Bodies / 7D MkII RAW sample images
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:45:31 PM »
DP Review has updated the 7D MkII samples gallery after they got hold of an early build of ACR 8.7.
Check it out here:


Lighting / New model Phottix Odin announced
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:09:16 AM »
This looks good! It's the new model Odin and it has a very welcome focus assist lamp.
I'm increasingly admiring Phottix products, I wish I hadn't left it so long to get Odins which I've has for around 6 months now...they're awesome. (even without focus assist  ;D)

The other very interesting Phottix announcement is for the TTL & HSS capable Indra 500 mono:

I've got to say an area of photographic gear that is evolving like crazy is lighting, all the way from speed-lights to studio gear, and most of the innovation is being spearheaded by China. I'm loving it.


Software & Accessories / iPad app Model Release
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:31:18 PM »
There seem to be dozens of iPad apps for model release. Has anyone used these, and if so which one works best? Something I couldn't quite grasp is how people sign them. How is this handled? I would be needing an app where you can create custom content, preferably to include branding.


Lighting / HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 10, 2014, 01:51:24 AM »
Everything I'd read about Einsteins and HSS suggested that it was a dead-end, you'll never achieve it. I've tested with a few different triggers and got nothing but black frames above the max sync speed.

But while I was fine tuning the Phottix Odin trigger with the ODS adjustments to optimize it for the Godox 360, just out of curiosity I thought I'd see one more time how I went with the Einsteins. You guessed it, with a bit of fine tuning through the Odin's ODS settings, I'm getting viable HSS with the Einsteins provided they're on full power (longest flash duration). Results with the 5D3 with it's native 1/200 sec max were kind of OK, but with the 1D MkIV and it's 1/300 sec max and smaller sensor, it's GOOD right up to 1/8000 sec.  I expect it would be even smoother on an APS-C body. It'll be nice if the 7DII ships with a 1/300 sec sync speed.

OMG the Phottix Odins are an extraordinary bit of hardware. I expect if I dug into the menus a little deeper I'll discover it will make nice espresso coffee too.


Lighting / Quantum CZ-2 cable question
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:52:57 AM »
The expensive CZ-2 cables that connect Canon EX 580/600 speedlights to Quantum Turbo batteries seem to last me about 18 months before breaking. Once I foolishly tried cheap $14.00 eBay clone CZ-2 cables which were so sloppy at the battery end they just fell out of the Turbo and were so tight at the flash connection end that I wrecked a 580EX-II trying to pull it out. That was a $225 repair. So much for cheap cables.

But I have read (possibly here at CR) that the Canon cables that ship with the awesome value Godox PB-960 battery is identical to the Quantum CZ-2 cables.

Can anyone verify this?



Lighting / Incredible Godox Witstro 360 flash (does HSS too!)
« on: April 25, 2014, 01:52:07 AM »
I've just had a test drive of the incredibly gutsy Godox Witstro AD360. Impressed? Oh yes.
Its name suggests a 360w/s output but I'd rate it at a true 300w/s output. And it's hot-shoe mountable. A Canon 580EXII is rated at around 60-80 w/s, price with battery & inverter around the same as a 600 ex-rt.

The clincher is that with the right trigger it delivers clean HSS right up to 1/8000 sec on a 5D3 when triggered with a Phottix Odin. I'd like to know if HSS was achievable with Yongnuo 622C triggers.

Has anyone else checked out the Witstro?


Lenses / Canon 24-70 f/2.8II lens hood
« on: March 15, 2014, 06:50:55 PM »
I'm lucky to still have the lens hood for my Canon 24-70 f/2.8II. At a large function last night the head waiter came up to me with the hood and asked, "is this yours?" This has happened at least half a dozen times now, often returned by function staff. Even when properly attached and checked, it comes off pretty easily.

It's a relatively minor issue, but I'm curious to know whether this is an isolated case or if it's a design flaw. I'm tempted to get a few eBay clone hoods to use and keep the original in the cupboard!


Third Party Manufacturers / Arca Swiss PU Plates
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:42:06 AM »
Today I ditched three different Manfrotto plate systems and simplified into the Arca Swiss system, initially with a very cool Induro BHL2 ballhead and a couple of QRT70 to go on the monopods. to go on the monopods.

Needing to quickly expand, I'm stunned how cheap the Arca Swiss PU plates are on eBay...under $10.00 and free delivery from China.

Has anyone used these? Are they complete junk or are they OK? What could possibly go wrong?


Third Party Manufacturers / Is Manfrotto Q5 Arca Swiss compatible?
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:31:49 AM »
I'm in the process of updating/upgrading/simplifying from an unwieldy mix of 3 different Manfrotto plate systems. Clearly ArcaSwiss is the way to go. I like most of the higher grade Manfrotto ball heads, but finding it hard to get information as to what the Manfrotto Q5 system actually is. Usually 10 minutes on Google will answer anything. appears to suit my needs.

It looks right, but is the Q5 100% Arca Swiss compatible?


Lighting / Elinchrom D-Lite & Yongnuo YN-622C
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:30:05 PM »
Who has had experience triggering Elinchrom D-Lite RX4 with Yongnuo YN-622C to achieve HSS?
I know the Elinchroms play nicely in the HSS universe with the with Phottix Odin and I think also Phottix StratoII.


Lighting / Another HSS option
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:02:23 PM »
On Friday I received a promotion from a local reseller for the Jinbie Discovery 600 flash, reviewed here at Lighting Rumors.
Out of curiosity I emailed them and asked if they had tested any of the Jinbei flash units for HSS capability.
To my amazement I actually got a reply, and he had done actual tests himself in response to my query.
Here's his reply:

I have taken four shots with a Jinbie Discovery 600 with a Yongnuo YN-622C HSS type wireless trigger that we stock and here are the results below straight out of Lightroom with the Meta data shown.

Shot with a 5D Mkiii  quick and crusty (sorry)  anyway, the first shot is 1/4 second no flash,  2nd shot 1/200 of a second (technically the actual flash sync of the camera), 3rd shot is 1/500 and the last is 1/8000.  All synced fine as you can see :-)

I did these four shots on 600 ws,  and 400 ws settings and turned the 400 ws setting down 5 stops which is technically 12.5 watt seconds   and it still synced at 1/8000.   If i put the flash in the second socket which is 200ws it did not work as the flash duration is obviously becoming too slow,  I think it would only handle 1/500 before sync issues.

So it's clear that we can add the Jinbeis to the HSS-capable  studio-flash list, along with the Elinchrom D-Lite RX4. Good! Personally I'll probably pick up the Elinchroms for the HSS function. I know that they'll deliver HSS with Photix Odins, but has anyone successfully achieved HSS with the D-Lites with the Yongnuo YN-622C which I already have.

FWIW I have had a previously excellent experience with Jinbie flash gear. About ten years ago I bought a couple of high output Jinbie porty monos that ran off heavy lead-acid batteries (which were cheaply user-replaceable) They came with a 3 year warranty and were cheap. Zero street-cred, but they performed perfectly for years until I replaced them with Einsteins and PCB Mini-Lithium batteries. I gave them away and to my knowledge they are still going strong.


Canon General / Photography Ruins your Memory...
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:06:34 PM »
Here's an interesting piece to be taken with a grain of salt that suggests photographing an event may interfere with your memory of that event:

I thought about it for a minute and I have to say I agree, though from a different context to the research results. In my work I've often photographed absolutely extraordinary people, many with international reputations across all sorts of professions and pursuits. This has often been a necessarily short session, frequently with a journalist/reporter and the interview and photos may have to be completed in 30 minutes. Afterwards people may ask me, "lucky you meeting that person, what are they like, what did they say...?" And because I have been so locked onto getting the shots, I realise my memory of the experience is flawed. Of course it's not always this way, but some great encounters certainly have left me with scant recollections because of the upfront pressure to come back with great shots.

You can extrapolate this out into all sorts of areas. For example on the home front, I see other parents at kids Christmas concerts so intent on getting video coverage of their child that they miss the magic of the moment completely. And so on. Food for thought as we head into Christmas and vacations.


Once you've moved away from the traditional neck-strap, it's very hard to go back. But the whole sling-strap and holster industry is still very young and evolving fast. PeakDesign has been one of the bigger Kickstarter successes. Is anyone using the Peak Design Capture system?

The Peak Design CapturePro looks to me to be a sophisticated, evolved, compact design. The DualPlate is an intriguing design compatible with both Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss. Any reviews I've read are gushing, but appear to have been written by acolytes or affiliates. Any real-world feedback?

The Leash strap system can convert in seconds from a sling strap to a conventional neck strap. The Leash looks a little thin, so I emailed Peak Design who replied almost immediately saying a wider, more comfortable strap suited to the weight of a pro body with 70-200 zoom will be shipping very soon.

I often work long days on my feet carrying a load of gear. The search for a perfect carrying system is a bit like the search for the holy grail. I have a Spider Pro system with the dual holster belt which has been very good but is now worn out and needs replacing.

Recently I had a case of buyers-regret on a full set of CarrySpeed straps; the Extreme, the Pro and the Dual plus extra F1 foldable plates. Initially the system looked full of promise, and I figured I'd get used to the clumsy attachment system and bulky components. What I will say about CarrySpeed is that it is just great if you're only carrying one body/lens so long as that does not include a 70-200 f/2.8. The ability to instantly hitch the camera up tight solves the BR bouncy-bouncy issue. Two straps doesn't work together and the design implementation of the Dual is a mess.

So what to choose? The new kid from Peak Design? More Spiders? BR? And CarrySpeed appear to have been wiped off the face of the map, litigated out of existence by a cashed-up BR for having the audacity to make a sling strap.


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