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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 27, 2012, 01:06:41 AM »
Picked up my 40 McShorty an hour ago. It's about as deep as a lens backcap. My daughter thinks it looks unprofessional. That's GOOD! It focuses nice and close, the STM AF is OK, not quite USM standard but zippy enough. IQ? I'm impressed. If this lens did not deliver at f/2.8 it would not be a keeper. At best a functioning bodycap. But early handheld tests on 5D3 tell a very promising story. BTW these all used AI Servo AF with centre point selected.

At f/2.8 it's sharper than my 24-70 f/2.8 and stays remarkably good out to the edges. F/4 & f/5.6 are terrific.


Normally there are 2 groups of people complaining:
1. people who can't afford the camera but want it
2. people who couldn't afford it yet somehow bought the camera and now are looking for any excuse to return it


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 26, 2012, 07:51:11 PM »
How pointless is this question? Is it what you think it will be or what you want it to be?
If 7DII goes FF it won't be a 7 series any more. If there is a 7DII it's likely to remain the premium APS-C Canon.


So many of the great shots posted on this thread validate that old chestnut, "A good workman never blames his tools..."

Sometimes there can be an almost unhealthy obsession with gear, chronic Upgraditus and a perceived need to always have the latest.
Mind you, there is some real fun that comes along with obsession!

20D with a kit lens, tired old G7, early Rebel, iPhone...it doesn't matter. In the right hands powerful, beautiful creative images can be created with just about any old clunker.

Does this mean I'll trade my 5D3 for a 300D? Nope. But it makes you think dunnit?


My prime reason for looking at this hardware is for flash-on-camera HSS purposes. If the PW MiniTT works on 1D4 & 5D3 in this function with the hypersync type of power efficiencies then that is a big plus. Reading up indicates that Odins have a great rep for reliability but it's not clear to me if they enable similar power usage benefits as the PW MiniTT.


The 200th sync speed on the 5D3 is a bit limiting, 300th on the 1D4 is less limiting.
Canon HSS is a godsend but uses battery power like a hungry monster.
I'm running 580EX & 580EXII off Quantum TurboT3 batteries.

So, PocketWizard MiniTT vs Phottix Odin for HSS.
Which one works best for my current 5D3 & 1D4 with 580's?

Thanks in advance.


That's an interesting hack for the 430ex. One of the obvious advantages of the 580ex-600ex series is the ready ability to run with an external power source.


Lenses / Re: Faster cheapish prime for a wedding?
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:23:52 PM »
Your current lens setup looks pretty good to me. The 50 f/1.8 is not the sharpest wide open, but most copies mix it with the best of them from f/5.6-f/8. I'd think the predominant comment in this thread so far is the best one, get another body, preferably FF. Even a low-mileage 5D classic is worth considering. It's a very good camera. You'd get one for $500 easily. If the budget is there, stretch to a pre-owned 5D2. This is a far better proposition and will be an ideal "buddy" to your current body. The excellent high ISO performance of a 5D2 will make up for your slower lenses in many situations.

Good luck with your new business.


Godox looks good. Does it have a belt clip?


I run a couple of 580's off a Quantum Turbo T3 with the twin outputs. This is an awesome battery which has enough grunt to get through long demanding events still showing fuel left in the tank. There may be alternatives, but Quantum is the Gold Standard. I recently retired an original Quantum Turbo after 15 years and only two cell replacements and it still delivered respectable performance. Amazing. The plugs & switchgear worked like new, the leather casing had just about disintegrated from years of sweat, dirt and rough handling and was held together with gaffa tape.

I also use a compact Quantum Turbo SC when I use a 580 remote from the camera. It's a very handy little performer too. Does it sound like I'm sold on Quantum? They are a zero stress option, totally dependable, long lasting and (gulp!) reassuringly expensive.

Surely you can get on the www and order from somewhere. How about B&H? Or there will be plenty of suppliers closer to Norway. UK for example. Don't buy aftermarket cables. They'll end up costing you at the worst possible time. I bought a couple of eBay cables. The plugs were just slightly wrong-sized. In a big hurry, I forced it into the 580 and smashed the flash.  The battery end was sloppy and wouldn't hold a connection. Moral of the story? Stay with genuine.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:48:18 AM »
this lens might be good as it gets... problem is I have no need for a relativity slow 40mm lens.
i would drool a while over having a new lens and then it would lay around and be used 2-3 times a year.

Think of it as a functional $200 body cap! I might get two.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 21, 2012, 11:14:19 PM »
The Shorty McForty review thread had started at Fred Miranda Reviews.

The first reviewer loves it, but rates STM as inferior to USM.


Site Information / Re: When are you usually on CR?
« on: June 20, 2012, 07:18:00 PM »
During batch processing, coffee breaks, time-out on big, very focused PP & editing days, late evening when I don't have a good book...


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 19, 2012, 07:05:32 AM »
In Perth Australia $7759 AU (which is a hell of a lot more then 6800 US!)
Hmm weird in Brisbane at Teds store they are still at $7599 which is a bit more reasonable to me.

It's much closer in price than first meets the eye. That Ted's price includes GST @ 10%. So $6800 plus $680 = $7480. There's very little in it really.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.1.3
« on: June 19, 2012, 01:35:31 AM »
What about the Black color in the AF POINTS ? Still black ??

That's the fix that I was sweating on too..sigh


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