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Lighting / Re: Tired and Frustrated of the Pocket Wizards
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:35:32 PM »
Someone just posted about layoffs at pocket wizards:
http://www.lightingrumours.com/pocketwizard-layoffs-5468#.UwQcOcu9KSM

I had problems with the flex system on my 580exii.  Moving to canons 600 changed all that.

I'm not surprised if Pocket Wizard is under pressure. I wouldn't be buying shares in the company.

Remember the nightmare $1000+ Quantum Radio Slaves? What a waste of money they were. Then came Pocket Wizard, full of promise and a high price. Then came the flood of radio poppers all the way from eBay cheapies that mostly work perfectly well to the utterly stable and sophisticated Phottix Odin.

From where I stand, Pocket Wizard is starting to look like the Blackberry of the radio popper universe.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Help: Yongnuo 622C and multi camera configuration
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:27:26 PM »
Yes that link https://docs.google.com/a/paulwright.com.au/file/d/0B77OmmGIg0gMVFpqNkpBYXBHajA/edit?pli=1 to what is amusingly known as "The Other Yongnuo YN-622 User Guide" will set you straight. If English is your first language, then this is an easy, clear read. Helped me enormously with my YN-622C's.

-pw


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Lighting / Re: Whitebalance with grey card seems red?
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:20:25 PM »
I also use WhiBal and Passport Color Checker as part of my daily kit. Must be the way to go. After messing around with different products, I've settled on this combo as a perfectly stable, repeatable step in my overall color management.

BTW, that gray card of yours will have a color-shift over that amount of time. Throw it away. Kodak recommended that the small color strips that I used to use be replaced every 2-3 years, and they're right. My older ones delivered a subtly different result to a brand new one. Maybe my Passport Color Checker card should be replaced every few years too because of color-shift. I'll take this thread as a heads-up on this.

Last year with my plastic WhiBal card, I was getting an inexplicable magenta shift. Turns out all this heavily used card needed was a good wash. Hah!

Good luck. Color management is an important area, full of sneaky little traps.

-pw

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As if I need another gadget in my bag! I keep it visually unattractive and simple...and ultra compact. Regular sheet CC gel cut roughly to size (a bit over-sized) and lashed to the 580EXII with a strong rubber band. I've never worried in the slightest about scratched gels. You ought to see the CC gels I use on the Einsteins! They're battered but still Color Correct like new.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: UPDATE: EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:48:04 PM »
I gave the M a shot.......in the end I bought the SL1 when Amazon had it on sale for $350.  Absolutely love that thing. 
After a long string of disappointing compacts I bought the SL1 when it first shipped. What a little gem of a camera, tiny size (especially with the 40mm pancake attached), light weight and with all the benefits of being a DSLR. The package would be complete with a 22mm pancake. This is now my travel camera, usually with the brilliant EF-S 15-85is.

-pw

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How many images do you need to capture in a session/day/whatever? 
Ditto.  For most cameras, (not including video) 16GB is sufficient for a typical day....
True for you Rusty! But ask a dozen different photographers what a typical (busy) day is and you'll likely get a dozen completely different responses, all the way from a 4Gb card lasting all day with room to spare, to days that I sometimes have where a 16Gb card will be filled in the first hour or so. It depends on the project.

Whatever your particular usage patterns are, just leave plenty of headroom. It's insurance. If I anticipate the potential for a 50Gb+ day, then I'll be packing 100Gb+ of CF cards. It's not a nice feeling running low and having to reluctantly trim your shooting, switch to mRAW or even switch to (errrrgh  :-\...) JPEG.

Cards are cheap.

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: Eye-Fi Card Reliability
« on: March 01, 2014, 06:58:46 AM »
I think you should check out the RAVPower filehub. It allows you to transfer your pics, files wirelessly. Even more, it has buit-in battery for emergencies.

I checked the website: http://www.ravpower.com/ravpower-rp-wd01-filehub-3000mah-power-bank.html
Sounds interesting. Can you expand on how you implement this into your EyeFi and iPad scenario?

-pw

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Arca Swiss PU Plates
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:13:39 PM »
Just to round out this thread, today I replaced the awesomely robust old Manfrotto 229 head http://www.manfrotto.com/3d-super-pro-head with its almost bizarre hex plate system, with the refreshingly competent and innovative Induro PHQ3 http://www.indurogear.com/products/phq-series-5-way-panheads/ Watch the video in the Induro link that explains in two minutes the finer points of 5 way pan. This is a VERY cool head if you shoot stitched panos.

The object of the exercise was to simplify from 3 Manfrotto plate systems; the ancient Hex plates on the big Manfrotto 229, RC4 plates on a good little 488RC4 ball head and the little RC2 plates from the monopods.

It's all Arca Swiss now. It's funny how you can put up with some things that are a moderate irritation for years before doing something about it.

-pw

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Arca Swiss PU Plates
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:08:30 PM »
For that price what are the sizes? The PU50? I would think they would only sell the smallest, which would only be workable on a T Series body at best.

Just now I bought a PU50, PU60 & PU70 all for under $25.00 including delivery.
Check for yourself; put PU Plates in the eBay search field.
In the unlikely event they are no good, it's an insignificant loss.

-pw

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Arca Swiss PU Plates
« on: February 25, 2014, 05:55:21 PM »
Thanks WW, I'll get onto eBay today and stock up.

-pw

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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.
http://www.indurogear.com/products/bhl-series-ballheads/
http://www.indurogear.com/products/induro-qrt-series-qr-clamps-qrt70.aspx 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?

-pw

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...Shooting RAW, my 5D3 loaded with a SanDisk 32 GB 60MB/s slows after a burst of only 13 images, with Lexar Pro 1000x (32 GB) it gets more the 30 images before slowing down...
I'll back this observation almost to the letter...The Lexar 1000x cards are hot little performers.

-pw

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Never put all your eggs in one basket...it's a bad idea. Go with 2 smaller cards.
I also purposefully use smaller cards so that I have to change cards more often. I hate to have too many images on a single card....makes me nervous.
This line of thinking belongs to another era. Some cards and particularly the dreaded Microdrives used to deliver dubious reliability. But that's way in the past. Back when CF cards hit a massive 1Gb, the Nervous Nellies freaked saying they'd much prefer the safety of four 256Mb cards. When 8Gb cards started shipping the Nervous Nellies were out again saying they'd much prefer eight 1Gb cards...it's safer. And so on. Shooting daily onto CF since 2001 I've never lost a card to corruption or damage. I routinely retire them every couple of years and get the latest...
I no longer buy anything smaller than 64GB.  I have a CF and a SD that I use in my 5D MK III.  I do use a 16GB card in my old 40D.  That way, I can shoot a entire evenings worth of images plus a few short video clips without worrying about card space.  I typically use about 40Gb...
...and like Mt Spokane, I no longer buy anything smaller than 64Gb. Next year that might read smaller than 128Gb. So gshocked, I'd just get the biggest high quality card you can afford. Personally I'd be nervous about missing an important shot because my tiny card was full, not to mention the avoidable logistics of managing of a pocketful of filled-up cards AND the increased potential of over-writing a card you haven't yet downloaded.

Come to think of it, gimme the 128Gb.

-pw

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Canon General / Re: I Need Help Finding A Camera Bag
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:53:46 PM »
Find the ThinkTank distributor in your city, take your gear with you and try them out.
ThinkTank bags are fabulous. http://www.thinktankphoto.com/

-pw

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Manfrotto Q5 Arca Swiss compatible?
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:35:15 AM »
Well that settles that. Thanks very much Neuro. Manfrotto paints themselves into a corner yet again.

So that means "no-sale" on Manfrotto and I'm in the market for a good quality, high compatibility ArcaSwiss ball head.

Suggestions?

-pw

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