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Lighting / Re: Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:37:25 AM »
Just in case you missed the thread on batteries for 600EX-RT:

For full-on extended projects I don't leave home without an external battery pack, a Quantum Turbo T3 with the twin outputs. The extra oomph is indispensable for prolonged bounce flash situations or when calling on speedy recycling with HSS. The 430EX and one can safely assume the 430EXII are terrific value and great performers. But they lack the option of plugging into external power.

For the same money you'd get a mint pre-owned 580EXII which delivers a bit more output plus has that valuable option of plugging into an external powerpack. With the 600EX-RT selling so strongly there are good numbers of 580's popping up on Gumtree, Craigslist or eBay. Speedlights are pretty robust creatures so I'd have no hesitation getting a good condition pre-owned 580.


Lighting / Re: Batteries for Canon EX 600 RT...
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:27:37 AM »
I ordered to test some Powerex that are 2700mAh. I hope they are as good as they say they are. Ordered some Eneloop too.

My business is highly reliant on strong AA cell performance. Eneloops are getting plenty of positive responses, but all my real world testing sent me to PowerEx. Their cells and the top-end smart charger won the contest here.

Both are good which ever you choose, but straight from acronym land there's that wise proviso: YMMV.


Wouldn't it be nice if "Moore's Law" applied to iso performance? It sort of does up to a point already...

The marketing departments at Canon & Nikon and the rest would be putting pressure on their respective R&D departments to give them a "bigger number" iso setting to trump the opposition. I think the high end will keep pushing out a few more stops. Wouldn't the marketing dudes love to pitch a million iso Rebel? Just a few years ago 102,400iso seemed just as ludicrous as a million looks today.

On my 1D Mk2n 3200iso was reaching into degraded and professionally compromising territory, for emergency use only. Compare that to a 1DX where 6400iso is the "new" 400iso. Up at the stratospheric level, I'd expect to see the six figure iso settings become entirely usable for day to day work with acceptable noise levels and useful DR.

At some point it's going to plateau out, but we're in the middle of a high iso revolution, so expect developments that would have been science fiction just a few short years ago.


Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II not fitting securely to 5DMKIII body???
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:55:15 PM »
Like most other posters have indicated, a slight amount of movement is to be expected, even with a brand new lens/body combination. It can be a bit alarming when you first notice it but don't lose any more sleep over it.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Official Retailer VS Parallel import
« on: September 01, 2012, 05:16:37 AM »
I bought my 5D3 from an authorised seller not long after they started shipping, thus qualifying me for CPS entitlements. A good thing too! Mine needed a new shutter in the fourth or fifth week. No problems at CPS, a loan camera for the duration of the repair period (less than a week) and a seamless experience.

The story would not have been told like this if I'd bought gray from a parallel importer. Major repairs like mine during the warranty period are rare and unlikely, but I'm glad my decision to  buy from the authorised dealer was 100% vindicated.


Lenses / Re: Canon 24 f/1.4L and 24mmL TS-E ii
« on: August 31, 2012, 08:29:37 PM »
Both completely brilliant lenses. But if you are getting just one choose the most versatile.
That's the stellar L24mmf/1.4II.


Lenses / Re: How to complete my lens lineup? Help!
« on: August 31, 2012, 08:25:36 PM »
Buy a lens for a purpose.  If you are not missing anything, hang onto your cash or upgrade to a 1D MK IV, its is much better and you can sell your MK III and add a little cash to do it.
+1 from me. You only buy glass with one purpose in mind before going for it.

+1 again. My lens collection has grown based on specific need. If I pick up a strong architecture client I'll go straight out and get a 17mm TS-E for example. A healthy percentage of working photographers on the planet will have a core kit of the three L f/2.8 zooms and two bodies. There is very little you can't do with a 16-35, 24-70  and a 70-200. As Mt Spokane suggests additional lenses are added for a purpose.

If the money is burning a hole in your pocket take a holiday.


This has been discussed in the past few days here:


Canon General / Re: gear advice for second body
« on: August 31, 2012, 05:41:20 AM »
Either pickup another 5D3 or take a good close look at a low mileage 1D Mk4 which you can pick up pre-owned for around the same $$ as a gripped 5D3. The incredibly robust Mk4 is built to hack the daily grind. Even a high mileage one would be fine. It's a bit smaller and lighter than a gripped 5D3 and has that useful x1.3 crop. 1-Series ergonomics will quickly win your heart. The x1.6 crop is one of the tangible benefits of your 7D so you'd still have some useful crop.

For a lot of jobs I have no hesitation cranking the 1D4 up to 6400iso and beyond. No, the files are not going to be as clean as your 5D3 but will leave your 7D high iso work gasping for respectability.

By the same token, don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. The 7D is a fine camera so long as you stay aware of its limitations. This applies to any camera from an entry level Rebel to a new 1DX.


Software & Accessories / Re: Tethering to IPads
« on: August 31, 2012, 02:16:37 AM »
You can do it with an eyefi card already well sort of....

You're not kidding about the "sort of"...

In spite of reading endless negative experiences on the Eye-Fi forums and also here to a lesser extent, I figured I'd be one of the Invincibles and figure it out in 30 seconds less than no time. Hah! The Eye-Fi card is building up a nice layer of dust on my window sill. Eye-Fi has a ton of promise but very murky delivery.

Tethering to the iPad would be very cool, and make for a much lighter bag. In the meantime, I'll keep tethering to the MBP with EOS Utility.


Lenses / Yikes! Shorty McForty for $129
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:00:51 AM »
It didn't take long for the McForty to drop. AUD$129...with free shipping. That's getting close to 50 f/1.8 pricing.

I know some people feel a bit ambiguous about eGlobal but I have had no problems at all with smaller items like this. For big dollar items, particularly those with CPS qualification relevance, I do stick with my regular local dealer.


Lenses / Re: Walk-Around Lens For Canon 1DX Camera
« on: August 30, 2012, 02:04:45 AM »
Between the Canon 50 F1.2L and 35 F1.4L lenses,which do you feel would be a better walk-around lens for a Canon 1DX camera?And why?

It depends a lot on what you shoot when and where you walk around. Some wouldn't settle for less than a 70-200 zoom and others will need to be as unobtrusive as possible with a Shorty McForty on a Rebel. Or an S100. Your 1DX is not going to be unobtrusive! What other glass do you own?

Of the two lenses you've put there, the 35 f/1.4 will probably pick up the most votes if this was a poll. But they're both great lenses.

What can we say? Only you can answer this question because only you know the way you like to shoot.


Lenses / Re: 200mm 2.8L II
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:00:31 PM »
This lens has a lot of highly satisfied users. It's great value for money. Rather than drill into the technical stuff here, read up:


You'll get the picture that this is a very highly rated lens across most of the relevant parameters.


Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:47:37 PM »
I did this dusk shot in June of a passing coal train with the coal dust blowing across the field.  This was with the 1.4 on a 5D Mark III.

Damn! I sure wouldn't want to be living downwind from the rail line! Most places on the planet legislate that coal must be drenched before being freighted in open rail-cars. But like smoke, smog, fog and dust storms, coal dust can be the photographers friend. Nice shot.


Lenses / Re: *UPDATE* Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Pushed Back to October?
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:41:08 PM »
I traded my 24-70 for a 35 L way back, I don't really understand what's fun about 2.8 zooms, but I fully understand not all people think like me. 

You're right, there are millions of photographers who don't think like you. Along with the 70-200 f/2.8isII, the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 16-35 f/2.8 will represent the core kit for a startlingly high percentage of working photographers across the planet. Peek into a pro photographers bag and you'll be likely to see two bodies and the three f/2.8 zooms.


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