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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 02, 2014, 07:00:02 AM »
Least used but wouldn't sell them? My pleasingly good copy of the Sigma 12-24 is one, and another is my 24-105 which was replaced with the extraordinary 24-70 f/2.8II. Tonight I accidentally packed the 24-105 instead of the 24-70 for an event job, a function with about 80 guests. The 24-105 was actually really useful! The extra reach is great in events work. There are probably a few other white elephants lurking around the studio and storeroom. This thread is a good wake-up call to get the genuinely under-used items onto eBay or my truly ancient but very powerful Metz 60 CT4.


Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:55:14 AM »
grip.  I like being able to mount my cameras in unusual ways, i do a lot of video, so I've full size track and dolly, table dolly, fig rig, cowboy slinger, slider, gimbal stabiliser, timelpase motion tripod, mini-jib, video monopod, video tripods, superclamp and snake, magic arms, c clamps, 'the pod', suction cups..  not exciting, but practical.

I do rather find these threads a kind of shower-room exercise of who has the biggest... wallet.  Ok, it's a gear forum, but I'd rather talk about what folk do with their kit...
I was about to ask you what do you do with all that?
I do video too (not professional yet), but tripod, monopod, 2.5 feet slider, table dolly and a viewfinder are enough. It must be heavy your bag.
Pro level video production can involve equipment commitments that would make your teeth curl. Depending on your viewpoint, Pablo's kit could be regarded as relatively modest. While it's often preferable to turn up to a job with grip hardware that will fit in your car or van, you don't have to look too far to see that productions that could also be scaled as modest that will require 2-3 large truck-loads of grip, and very frequently more.

Between projects, splurge on quality coffee and Belgian chocolate.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:11:42 PM »
The single most interesting thing is going to be the sensor in the new camera.

The rest of the 7D2 feature set is fairly predictable, but new sensor tech is truly something that would make me sit up and take notice.


Lighting / Re: Godox Witstro 360 flash with HHS
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:17:07 PM »
Just out of curiosity, are other Godox/Cheetahstand 360 users finding the same thing where the overheat-protection cuts in after a dozen or so full power pops in HSS mode?

Mine will fire 60-70 full power pops in standard non-HSS mode before the battery overheat-protection cuts in. It simply stops delivering power to the flash until it cools. In HSS mode it's the flash overheat-protection that kicks in after just a dozen pops.

If it's just mine doing this, I have no doubt my dealer will exchange it for a new one.

Lighting / Re: Godox Witstro 360 flash with HHS
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:32:24 PM »
I have the Godox Witsto 360 and trigger with Phottix Odin for HSS with 1D4 & 5D3. But the unwelcome shock came with the overheat-protection circuit cutting in after just 12-15 full-power shots in quick succession which required a ten minute cool-down. You can continue to shoot but with a seemingly eternal eight seconds recycle time. The manual states that you get 75 full power shots in quick succession before the overheat-protection circuit cuts in, but that's in the non-HSS setting. For the way I shoot, this seemed like enough to give up and on-sell.

However, miracle of miracles. I did a firmware update on the Odins and accidentally forgot to put the 360 on HSS setting, and started shooting at 1000/sec. Guess what? Perfect HSS sync, and no overheat-protection circuit cut-in. Phottix Odins are legend for delivering the unexpected. They really are amazing.

This finding is sufficient for me to go ahead and order two more 360's to achieve really nice HSS light shaping rather than simple full-sun daylight killing fill.

I never received an instruction manual with my 360. They're so simple to operate, you really don't need one. But I didn't know about the overheat-protection switch until I got hold of a manual. Here's a link to the manual for the identical Cheetah 360:


Reviews / Re: Long-term Review | Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 16, 2014, 07:48:23 PM »
I've had the 100L f/2.8 macro for a few months now, mostly for corporate portrait work. It's just fantastic. Sure, most of the portrait work can be done perfectly well with the incomparable 70-200 f/2.8isII, but the little 100 just has a certain "something". First thing I got for it was an eBay tripod collar which I find equally useful on tripod or monopod.

For a few months I had a 135 f/2 and have to say the results were frequently stunning. But my keeper rate was way down. Maybe I don't have the world's steadiest hands and the lack of IS on the 135 was the culprit. The IS on the 100L f/2.8 macro is nothing short of incredible. I shot some video for the first time with it the other day on the 5D3 and in the pre-job testing I deliberately pushed the limits of the IS. It was almost as though the rig had SteadyCam function. Amazing.

Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM? I'm a fan....


EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:21:47 AM »
I'm hoping for souped up video functionality...starting with the blindingly obvious 4k (internally recorded unlike A7s) and focus peaking. If it goes this way it's to have to be good. I've just dropped around $3.5k on the completely awesome 4k Panasonic GH4 with assorted MFT glass. For video (under 3200 iso) this just blows the 5D3 out of the water. I'm not the only one looking at leaving Canon for video work.

Either the 7D2 will be pitched as a great action stills performer with modest video functions (so as not to cannibalize Canon Cinema sales) or a game changing video front runner. Either way, it's something to look forward to.


If Gumtree operates in your country, it's a very smooth process. They're owned by eBay now, but the free listings make it a compelling destination. Like Craigslist, meet in a public place. It's all cash from local buyers in your city. I couldn't tell you how much stuff I've bought and sold on Gumtree.


Lighting / Re: Quantum CZ-2 cable question
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:17:21 AM »
Got it!

Due to a tiny engineering anomaly, the Godox ProPac Cx cable (for Canon EX flash) will not plug into the Quantum battery, but the Quantum CZ-2 cable will plug into the Godox PB-960 battery.


It would have to be something very revolutionary to make me want to upgrade my 5DIII.
Only thing that comes to mind that would tempt me would be using DPAF to eliminate the need for AFMA auto AFMA function alone would create a bazillion sales for Canon.
I'm no propeller-head or double degree science graduate, but do basic physics make this feasibly possible/achievable?


Lighting / Re: Godox Ving V860
« on: June 21, 2014, 07:58:20 AM »
I don't have practical experience with this flash, but lithium-ion batteries are not usually recommended for device with high wattage peaking loads such as in flashguns. This leads the batteries to deteriorate due to high heat generation. There are even risks of fire and battery explosion.

Are you sure about lithium? Funny that the renowned VML (Vagabond Mini Lithium) from Paul C Buff doesn't get anything but praise.

Godox is making some seriously innovative products. I have just got the Godox Witstro 360 which kicks like it's powered by a V8. It's powered by the similarly awesome Godox PB-960 battery, also a lithium unit.

OP, if you want to find out more about the Godox Ving V860, have a search around Flash Havoc.


EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 05:59:40 AM »
You could say we already have a full frame 7DII in the shape of the 5DIII. A FF 7DII is just not going to happen. Nor is an's a guaranteed APS-C.

As the owner of a now very heavily used 1D MkIV, I voted APS-H, but the reality is that we're unlikely to see this format again from Canon.


Canon General / Re: Is Australia Canon's favorite?
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:26:37 AM »
Because we're nice! It's not called The Lucky Country for nothing...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Damn you 1DX!!!!!
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:09:14 AM »
Now, these days I'm looking to pair it with a cropped body so I'm killing myself over here waiting for the 7D2. 
Don't keep holding your breath for the 7DII...besides it may not have voice annotation.
Just find yourself the perfect partner for your 1DX, the APS-H 1D MkIV. Plenty of good ones around. It'll kick the 7DII's pants.


I am trying to get my photography business running but I am encountering a problem I am sure we all have:
"Everyone's a photographer!"
Seems these days if you buy yourself a cheap DSLR and know how to press the shutter you can call your self a professional photographer.
Apparently the same scenario played out in the early 1980's when reasonably high quality film SLR cameras flooded onto the market. To paraphrase, it seemed like anyone with an SLR who knew how to press the shutter could call themselves a professional photographer...Yeah right.

If you know you're a good shooter, that's a great start. Now go and enroll in a small business management course. Think about little else for several years. Promote, promote & promote. Absolutely 100% believe in yourself. Keep every time agreement you make. If your client need the shots delivered by Thursday, deliver on Wednesday. The talented amateurs around you will continue to be amateurs. It's a different field.

I like the story told by a very well known Hollywood actor who when asked how hard it is to crack it in Hollywood, he said, "making it in Hollywood is really easy...all you need is about fifty really lucky breaks."

And importantly, be reassuringly expensive.


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