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Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:00:20 AM »
I accidentally packed the old 24-105 for a job recently instead of the 24-70 f/2.8II. Initially annoyed, I got to work and immediately appreciated the extra reach. When I got to the post-production I was amazed as I was reminded just how good this lens really is. I'm not about to rush out and sell the 24-70 f/2.8II, but I can see valid reasons for keeping the 24-105.

It's a great lens, a lot of peoples all-time favorite and in no need of a refresh. What's not to like?


Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:49:43 AM »
Just thinking about this a little more...

While durable, lighter & ergonomically perfect bodies are welcome, the fact remains that a good deal of the weight we cart around is hard, dense, weighty glass. Think in terms of a 70-200 f/2.8 hanging off the front of a de-gripped 7D or 5D3. A reasonably substantial body can balance this setup quite nicely.

Out at the extremes, you ought to see my tiny SL-1 hooked up to the 300 f/2.8. It's hilarious.

I hope Canon doesn't go down the retro-look path, often accompanied by ergonomic compromises. That old AL-1 looks too much like the Nikon what-ever-it's-called retro body or the Olympus OM-D for my liking.


Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 21, 2014, 07:24:47 PM »
I read the article on the CPN this morning.  Its interesting.  I thought that the most significant thing was the statement that new cameras will be getting smaller.

It  gives some insight into  the thinking that goes on, he thinks that designers with small hands trying to design for large hands works well.  As a person with large hands, I think that they fail more often than succeed in accommodating my large hands.

Lighter weight would be very welcome news. The past few 1-Series have crept stealthily up the weight & size scale, and my gripped 5D3 is the bulkiest of the lot.

Too much "shrink" along with weight loss may alarm some big-pawed photographers but I wouldn't be too worried about that. At the core of 1-Series design credentials, unrivaled ergonomics has always been a primary consideration.


...The fact that they're offering free shipping on the product seems reasonable to me, considering Gary Fong's Lightsphere Collapsible - the closest competitor to the BounceLite in terms of pricing and features is like US$149 before shipping...
Errm you're a little over the money on the Gary Fong Collapsible. I'm seeing $59.95 on the website.  Are you sure you're not the inventor?

I must have tried just about every flash diffuser that ever shipped, and yet I keep going back to the Stofen or nothing at all if the job venue has low white ceilings. The rather clever Joe Demb diffusers get a run from time to time, as do the Gary Fong collapsibles. Having tried them all, there's nothing about the BounceLite that particularly pushes my excitement button. Uncharacteristically, I'll be passing on this one.


Lighting / Re: Mitros+ Owners: are you satisfied?
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:19:21 AM »
I'm interested in real-world feedback on the Mitros+ too. On paper it's a stunning piece of work. If it were not for the hyperactive overheat function feedback that is trickling in, I'd probably have three of them by now, great partners for my Odin kit (one transmitter & three receivers).

The premature overheat kick-in can be a creativity-numbing crusher, as I have found with my Godox 360 which triggers its overheat function after just 10-12 HSS full power pops. Yet it will do 60-70 full power pops in regular mode, and then it's the battery  overheat function that kicks in. Grrrr....

FlashHavoc isn't a bad place to keep track of non-mainstream flash hardware developments.


Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 18, 2014, 07:06:41 AM »
What we can expect over the next year or so is a deluge of HSS enabled monolights flooding out of China. What's more they'll likely have TTL as well. The era of dependable "dumb" studio packs and monos is now pretty well consigned to history. This is fun.
What exactly do you think has changed.  These "Dumb" studio packs already shoot at 1/8000 of a second, and it is the trigger and remote that makes a difference. 

The old "dumb" packs and mono heads that come to mind are my long departed, chronically unreliable Balcar packs which kept electrocuting me, my now retired Profoto 2400 w/s floorpacks that weighed as much as a truck battery and the also retired Profoto Compact 600 mono heads that I carted around the country for years. I don't miss them a bit. Now it's six light and gutsy Einsteins with clever VML batteries, a lonesome Godox 360 and a bunch of 600ex-rt speedlights, all fired by nicely evolving battery technology and the almost dark-magic Odins. About time.

What's changing the game are high priced products like the Profoto B1 500 Air. with TTL capabilities via the propriety trigger and a built in Lithium Ion battery. This made the clone creators of the Peoples Republic of China sit up and take notice and we're now seeing the start of a wave of gutsy, budget priced monolights that have TTL, built in battery packs plus HSS capability via the inevitable proprietary radio trigger. Some of the worse examples rushed to market apparently will electrocute you about as often as my old Balcar packs.

In the speedlight universe the release of the game changing Canon 600EX-RT sparked a new wave of products from China in the form of the remarkable Phottix Mitros+ which has a built in Odin transmitter and receiver, the upcoming Yongnuo 600 EX-RT (familiar name....) and so on. BTW, Phottix is a company to watch. While fundamentally dumb but never the less innovative and affordable, the Godox/Cheetah 180 and 360 twins are helping change the way we use flash.

Check out Flash Havoc In amongst the tacky consumer chaff some really interesting stuff hitting the market. It's a big future.


Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 18, 2014, 06:25:50 AM »
Do you find that the HSS solution for Einsteins works the same out in the field with the Buff Vagabond? I shoot with Einsteins and have a set of Phottix Odins. Now I have to find out my firmware state -- but I know I have seen no mention of an ODS adjustment framework.

Extremely cool that I can do this.

I do have 5DMark3's, what are the "difficulties"? More variation? Lower shutter limit?
Out in the field with VML's is when I tend to use HSS. Not much point with HSS indoors or in the studio unless you have a special needs project. The Einsteins have the high speed flash duration option to freeze action with flash exposure. My other HSS go-to flash is the compact and awesome Godox 360. Again, it's Odin triggered.

5D3 and HSS at the higher speeds was giving uneven exposure across the frame, not banding or partial don't see the shutter "shadow" provided you have the Odin ODS setting properly tuned. The tuning is extremely simple like most Odin processes. The 1D4 delivers cleaner frames. I lack the science to say why.

If you don't see ODS on your Odin it's not there. Just do the very simple firmware upgrade and you'll have it. I think there is a tutorial at Flash Havoc if you're feeling uncertain.


Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom vs. Capture One
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:07:00 AM »
It's probably a case of horses for courses. Some time ago I went through a breathtakingly time wasting process of deep testing every known RAW converter on the planet, including the dreaded Silkypix which I just got a new license for with my Panasonic GH4 (now my go-to camera for video...bye-bye Canon).

What an ultimately flawed process! Yes, they all have certain stand-out qualities, wildly varying workflow efficiencies and equally varying impact on the Visa card. At the end of it all I went with the King of Workflow, Adobe Lightroom and now use nothing else, except occasionally Adobe Camera Raw which uses exactly the same engine anyway. In later versions of Photoshop there is the very cool option of opening any image up in Camera Raw with a keyboard shortcut. Useful!

It probably doesn't matter which RAW converter you use provided you're comfortable with it and it suits your workflow and budget.

Bottom line is that It's All About the Image! A fabulous shot will look fabulous if it's shot on an iPhone and a boring shot will still look boring even if it's shot on a 5D3 or a Hasselblad. Don't forget what Einstein, Aristotle and Leonaro Da Vinci all said: Content is King.


Software & Accessories / Re: Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:17:42 PM »
Carbon Fiber vs Aluminium?
Here's my ledger...

The Carbon Fiber Good:
1. Lighter
2. Looks cool
3. Modest but generally over-rated vibration reduction.

The Carbon Fiber Bad:
1. More expensive.
2. Can shatter more easily than you might expect.
3. Looks cool.

The Aluminium Good:
1. Generally very strong.
2. Lower purchase price.
3. It's heavier. This is often an advantage.

The Aluminium Bad:
1. It's heavier. This is often a disadvantage.
2. Can get damaged/bent/pinged in transit (I'm talking airline travel)
3. It's cold in winter.

1. Get both.


Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:03:08 PM »
I'm clear on why HSS works with a speedlight with the pulsing, but getting 1/8000 sec with my Einsteins triggering with ODS calibrated Phottix Odins is clearly some class of dark magic that I'm inclined to thankfully accept rather than try to understand the actual physics of. All I can say is that it works...not as well on the 5D3 as the 1D4 but there you have it.

On a brutally revealing white-wall test, there is evidence of slightly uneven exposure, but nothing that would noticeably effect real-world, outdoor location shots. Of course there is some power loss as the shutter speeds head north, but that's to be expected.

What we can expect over the next year or so is a deluge of HSS enabled monolights flooding out of China. What's more they'll likely have TTL as well. The era of dependable "dumb" studio packs and monos is now pretty well consigned to history. This is fun.


Software & Accessories / Re: Asus or BenQ
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:04:49 PM »
Thanks for the responses guys.
It might be good to note that I live in Australia and everything here is severely overpriced.
Hi dlee13,

I'm in Australia too, I can't really agree with "severely overpriced". On a global scale I think we do rather well on pricing of most goods.

You've had some good advice there pointing you toward Dell. Don't look at their cheapo range, tick the box for a U-Series panel and you can't go wrong. I've had Dell panels in my studio for over ten years and couldn't be happier. Currently we have two Ultrasharp U3011 panels and two U2711 panels. They calibrate beautifully and scarcely shift over years.

Dell Australia frequently have specials that run for a week. Just keep checking the website. Right now the U3014 is over $500 off  and the price of the UZ2715H looks pretty sharp too.

For office work or gaming, the Asus or BenQ are unlikely to disappoint, but if you want bang for your buck for photo post-production work, keep an eye on Dell.


Thanks for the information. BTW, the Clutch looks awesome. I am getting it when it's out.
There still may be time to get the discounted price as it's in the last couple of days of the Kickstarter process.
If you miss that, 1KindPhoto has a discount code for Peak Design.
coupon code: 1kindphoto


Another vote for Peak Design's Capture Clip.
Errm, I don't think it's another vote for the PD Capture Clip...other posts have cast doubt on their usability.
Yours is the only vote.  The positive comments have largely been for the PD straps.

But still, if you've worked out a viable custom setup that works perfectly for you, then that's the main thing.
The Peak Design products are great this way, they lend themselves to adaption and unique custom setups.


edit:   FTb-n I actually just had a proper look at your Capture Clip setup that you linked to:
That's very clever and would overcome my primary criticism of the Capture Plate as I used it with the Pro Pad, and that is the excessive rigidity. Your system would allow for just a little bit of swing and movement. Nice!

Both the Cinch 2 and the Peak design straps are great, i.e., they prevent the swing problem of the tripod-mounted straps, but they don't provide a solution to mounting directly to the lens satisfactorily when I use my 70-200.
I wonder, how safe is it to carry the 70-200 2.8 mounted to your camera with the camera connected to the strap as the ads show? I mean, the lens is at least twice the weight of the camera!
My solution for that is to attach a Peak Design Anchor to the QR plate on the lens shoe. This not only distributes the weight of the heavy 70-200, but creates a nice balance when it's at your side. I put anchors everywhere, on the two original neckstrap points, the point on the bottom plate and with heavy lenses like the 70-200, on the QR plate. The Anchor does not get in the way when mounting onto a monopod or tripod.

Anyone buying Peak Design straps, I'd suggest ticking the box for a couple of extra packs of Anchors... they're less than $10 per pack.


That's great a few people have gone with the Peak Design straps. Hope they work for you. You can blame me if they don't! (doubtful...)

Can I add something to the Peak Design Capture Pro Clip conversation.

I bought into the Capture Pro Clip system with two Capture Pro Clips and two ProPads attached to a Utility Belt

This system would probably work a treat with very small, light pocket cameras but are an epic-fail with pro bodies and heavy L glass. Having used the Spider Holster system for a number of years I was in a good position to offer a real-world comparison.

For a clip based, belt mount system the Spider Pro Holster system is the very clear winner. Like drmikeinpdx says, it's fiddly and annoying getting the camera onto the clip with the Peak Design Capture Pro system . The Spider Holster system just "snicks" in. Once camera is in the belt mounted clip, the Peak Design Capture Pro is completely rigid. You might think this is good, but the rigidity is a darn nuisance if you want to sit, or squat down to take a shot with your other body, particularly if the lens/body on the belt includes a 70-200 f/2.8. By comparison, the Spider Pro Holster pin attachment allows for a little bit of "swing" which transforms the usability. They don't swing too much though. I can RUN with two bodies/lenses on the Spider Pro belt while carrying a 1D4 with 300 f/2.8is on a monopod eg at a track & field meet.

So my clear vote for straps is very much with Peak Design, but for a belt/clip system it's still Spider Pro Holster all the way.


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