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Lighting / Re: Incredible Godox Witstro 360 flash (does HSS too!)
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:37:31 PM »
  They are not auto strobes, so you have to know what you are doing..(a good flash meter can be very valuable) but I am definitely a fan.
By auto strobe do you mean ETTL? Are they pure manual like most studio strobes?

That's right, these are fully manual flash heads, just like an Einstein, or most monobloc heads. It's not a big deal. The output controller is robust, large, illuminated and quick to use.

In event situations I often switch my 580EXII's to Manual just to be sure of constant output. ETTL is frequently easily confused by background density or black or white subjects, backgrounds or shiney elements in the shot such as a mirror, glass, polished steel etc. Just set to Manual, shoot a quick test, and then your quickest adjustments will be via aperture or iso. Altering the output on any speedlight is obviously fine too, but usually a second or so slower than an aperture or iso shift for those moments when the pressure is on.

ETTL would be nice on the Witstro, but the price would be much higher. With the speed Godox is developing their products, we may well see an ETTL Witstro some time in the future. If you absolutely have to have ETTL, then these lights are not for you.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Cheap decent softbox for a traveller
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:21:37 PM »
thanks I picked one up today it just fits the roundflash! works pretty well cant wait to test it out with the new sigma 50mm ;)
Hey that's great. You'll love the Godox Witstro AD360.
Phew! Glad it fits your roundflash.
Where did you source the Witstro from?

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Incredible Godox Witstro 360 flash (does HSS too!)
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:59:37 PM »

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Lighting / Re: Cheap decent softbox for a traveller
« on: April 25, 2014, 11:13:07 PM »
I have the roundflash
http://roundflash.com/

I take the roundflash everywhere I take a speedlight as it can be used off camera as well as on. It does suck power though so it struggles in full sun but even full sun with a 35 to 50mm lens and shooting quite close it works well. But is not powerful enough for full body shots with these lenses in full sun.

WW, compared to an approx 70w/s speedlight, the Godox Witstro AD360 (300w/s) has the guts to really bring the Roundflash to life.
http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_Camera_Flash_Witstro_AD180&AD360_Powerfou&Portable_Flash.html
Also, as you have already got Phottix Odin, you'll get perfect, clean HSS all the way to 1/8000 sec with the Witstro/Odin combination. This is a golden era for flash, there's interesting new stuff coming out every few months (mostly out of China...)


holey crap I saw one of those the other day I'm gonna go back and check it out in more detail
thanks man!

There's a fair bit of price variation  on the AD360 in Australia:
http://www.photo-shop-studio.com.au/speedlites/bare-bulb-flash-system/bare-bulb-flash/godox-wistro-bare-bulb-flash-kit-ad360/ I had my test-drive here...
http://totalphoto.com.au/?wpsc-product=godox-witstro-ad360-flash-light-speedlight
http://t-one.co/asia-pacific/shop/wistro/strobe-speed-light-w-series-ad360-high-powered-t-one/
The variation may come from some offers not including a battery. Some offers are with an all-in-one battery/inverter. Get the one where the battery detaches from the inverter (PB960), extra batteries are cheap; $85
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Godox-Propac-PB960-Backup-Power-Pack-Battery-Chamber-for-Replacement-4500mAH-/160961323485?pt=AU_Flashes&hash=item257a0ae1dd

Also necessary:
http://www.photo-shop-studio.com.au/speedlites/bare-bulb-flash-system/cap/godox-wistro-protection-cap/
Also interesting, and at $25 why not:
http://www.photo-shop-studio.com.au/speedlites/bare-bulb-flash-system/dome-diffuser/godox-wistro-wide-angle-dome-diffuser/
And if your shooting style requires a $20 snoot:
http://www.photo-shop-studio.com.au/speedlites/bare-bulb-flash-system/snoot/godox-witstro-snoot-with-grid-for-ad180-ad360-only/
And this attachment lets you use your Bowens modifiers. Awesome!
http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_S_type_Speedlite_Bracket.html
To halve the recycle time, use this splitter to hook into both battery terminals at once:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Godox-DB-02-Cable-Y-adapter-2-to-1-For-PROPAC-Power-Pack-PB960-AD360-AD180-/281142985960?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item41756d84e8

Reviews:
http://www.lightingrumours.com/godox-witstro-ad360-flash-review-4526#.U1sdzcew5Gw
http://www.englishphotographer.com/godox-ad360-pb960-battery-flash-review/
http://www.twiching.com/learningcenter/articles/149/

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Cheap decent softbox for a traveller
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:09:10 AM »
I have the roundflash
http://roundflash.com/

I take the roundflash everywhere I take a speedlight as it can be used off camera as well as on. It does suck power though so it struggles in full sun but even full sun with a 35 to 50mm lens and shooting quite close it works well. But is not powerful enough for full body shots with these lenses in full sun.

WW, compared to an approx 70w/s speedlight, the Godox Witstro AD360 (300w/s) has the guts to really bring the Roundflash to life.
http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_Camera_Flash_Witstro_AD180&AD360_Powerfou&Portable_Flash.html
Also, as you have already got Phottix Odin, you'll get perfect, clean HSS all the way to 1/8000 sec with the Witstro/Odin combination. This is a golden era for flash, there's interesting new stuff coming out every few months (mostly out of China...)

-pw

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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.
http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_Camera_Flash_Witstro_AD180&AD360_Powerfou&Portable_Flash.html
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.
http://www.phottix.com/en/phottix-odin-ttl.html I'd like to know if HSS was achievable with Yongnuo 622C triggers.

Has anyone else checked out the Witstro?

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Lighting and triggering setup
« on: April 25, 2014, 01:37:04 AM »
After wading through all sorts of lighting systems, then spending a dozen years with Profoto, a couple of years ago I sold of the lot and committed to PCB Einsteins. I have six heads, CyberSync triggers, a Cyber Commander and a raft of refreshingly inexpensive modifiers plus two Vagabond Mini Lithium batteries. Most of my work is on location and I cart these things around in cars, planes and trucks. So far they're 100% reliable, and I love the fact they're so light, compact and you can turn them right down to three or four w/s when you just want a wink of light. I'm not aware of any 600 w/s lights that can be powered down so low.

The Cyber Commander is very handy if you're doing precision multi light setups, but really not necessary if you're just shooting with a couple of lights. The GUI of the Cyber Commander has been designed by geeks. It's awful and needs a visit from Johnny Ive (Apple) to design a less confusing interface. I will say that although the Cyber Commander is hot-shoe mountable, it's a PITA and best kept separate, and the Einsteins triggered with the compact CyberSync hot-shoe trigger. Also, I tend to take the batteries out of the Cyber Commander when I'm not using it, it can easily bump on and stay on...flattening the batteries.

Einsteins? Go for it! You won't be disappointed and you'll appreciate the performance, the price and the deep expandability.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: dual pixel tech going forward
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:35:36 AM »
That's why the 7D2 is held up.... Quad Pixel technology so they can use vertical and horizontal phase for the AF system...  :)
Interesting...speculation or information?

-pw

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I've used both flip and twist locks, and I far prefer the twist.
Well, I've used both twist and flip locks, and I far prefer the flip!

OP, you'll have to have a play in-store and work out what's best for you.
If you're tall, make sure it's long enough for you to stand at your full height.
And get a head with a QR ArcaSwiss plate.

A monopod is also  a reassuring piece of kit to carry by hand back to your car after a late night gig.

-pw

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I'm not sure why people here are still calling for an AF improvement from Sigma....
If there were no issues, then conversations like this wouldn't exist.

Most people really want to see Sigma totally bury their past reputation of extreme copy-inconsistency and stabilize to the point where their now optically brilliant lenses can be trusted to deliver. And they're doing this darn quickly.

The way Sigma is currently progressing it probably won't take too long, but right now they're still not quite ready for high-demand commercial prime-time.

Shooting an expensive job/project for a client, you simply cannot risk using even mildly doubtful equipment whether that's a lens, a body, CF card, lighting equipment and even the car you drive to get there. A professional's reputation is only as good as their last job, you have to deliver 110% of the time or risk losing your business. It's cut-throat. So hurry up Sigma. I like where you're headed.

-pw

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I say Sigmas AF in the new lenses is pretty good for the money....
If I can't trust it, it's worthless.
That was how I felt with the erratic and occasionally brilliant old model Sigma 50mm f/1.4.
My two copies got used for some personal work, endless testing but simply couldn't be trusted for client work. Therefore ultimately worthless.

I truly hope Sigma finds an AF fix for the new lenses deliverable via firmware. The optics are clearly awesome, but without dependable AF they're a commercial no-go.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:07:33 AM »
"occasional AF inconsistency"
Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!  This is why I returned all of the copies of their old 50mm...
Arrrgh! Me too. The old Sigma 50mm f/1.4 was a beauty...when it focused. I went through two copies, trips to Sigma and finally gave up; thanks eBay.

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: shoulder sling
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:12:19 PM »
I did research on CR and if you recall I was asking about Pacsafe versus Black rapid
Peak design strap is too narrow (from what I see) and I have a feeling that it will pinch  my shoulder when I will put heavier lens.
The narrowness of the Peak Design strap did concern me at the start, but at event work I may carry two-three bodies, a fairly weighty 1D MkIV with 70-200 f/2.8isII & 580EXII on one side and a gripped 5D3 with 24-70 f/2.8II & 580EXII on the other and maybe a nice light, tiny 100D/SL1 with a very bright prime around my neck.

Over a 3-6 hour event, of course I am aware of the weight of the 1D MkIV and 70-200, but no more so than I was with standard straps or the doomed CarrySpeed straps. This was a surprise to me. It may have something to do with how well balanced the camera & lens are when it's at my side. I have one Anchor on the regular strap mount and the other hooked into the Peak Design Arca Swiss compatible plate on the lens foot. If I need to switch to monopod or tripod, it's a 1-second changover to move the strap to another Anchor, usually one on the camera base plate. On each body I have Anchors on each of the three strap attachment points. Longer lenses with a foot have a plate which is able to have an Anchor hooked into it.

Yes I know your original question was CarrySafe vs Other Straps. There are a LOT of Other Straps, each with their strengths and weaknesses. I spent far too much time last year researching the plethora of options, ruled out a lot of them, blew my money on CarrySpeed and finally landed safely with the totally unexpectedly excellent Peak Design stuff. I didn't see the CarrySafe products last year. From the photos they sure look OK.

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: the canon 100d/sl1
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:50:11 AM »
Unwilling to lug a 1-Series or 5D3 yet again on a trekking trip to Laos I picked up the then just released SL1 and got my first ever EF-S lens, the 15-85is. I was under no illusions that the handling and performance across all sorts of parameters would fall well short of my FF bodies. Yes, it's slower to use than the pro bodies but the well established DSLR benefits set it apart from any compact or mirrorless cameras I've owned, used or tested. In short, for me it's an ideal travel camera, tiny, light and delivers very competent APS-C level files.

It's even found its way into my professional work when a lightweight third body has been called for. Provided you're going in with your eyes open, this is a very rewarding little camera. In my view it's one of the more interesting releases from Canon in a long time.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-100d-rebel-sl1

-pw

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Software & Accessories / Re: shoulder sling
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:07:25 AM »
FWIW there have been a bazillion sling-strap threads on CR over the past couple of years. Here are a few for starters. Do your own search and read-up.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13967.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16732.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=17047.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=17041.15

Last year CarrySpeed were litigated out of existence by an irate, cashed up Black Rapid. I have a number of CarrySpeed products which I initially found quite comfortable compared to the original body-busting, neck cracking neck-straps. My conclusion was that the Dual two-camera setup is an over-compilcated, bulky, under-developed white elephant. The single camera straps are very comfortable unless you want to use two cameras. I found the method of attachment fiddly and slow, and very difficult with cold hands. I really wanted CarrySpeed to work for me, not least because I totally committed to a full system and dropped a few hundred dollars on it. Too bulky, too fiddly...ultimately money down the drain. They didn't get a single bid when I put them on eBay.

My next port of call for a sling strap has been a comprehensive winner. Check out Peak Design https://peakdesignltd.com/
I have three Leash sling straps https://peakdesignltd.com/store/leash
Two Capture Pro Clips, https://peakdesignltd.com/store/capturepro
Two ProPads https://peakdesignltd.com/store/propad which I have attached to a strong Utility Belt
A dozen or so spare Anchors https://peakdesignltd.com/store/anchors plus a few extra plates (Arca Swiss compatible)

It's everything CarrySpeed wasn't. Fast to use, very light and what comes through as committed, mature design. They certainly work for me, used to the max on a daily basis.

Plenty of photographers swear by their excellent Black Rapid sling straps, but I needed the astounding flexibility that the Peak Design products offer.

-pw

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