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Godox looks good. Does it have a belt clip?


I run a couple of 580's off a Quantum Turbo T3 with the twin outputs. This is an awesome battery which has enough grunt to get through long demanding events still showing fuel left in the tank. There may be alternatives, but Quantum is the Gold Standard. I recently retired an original Quantum Turbo after 15 years and only two cell replacements and it still delivered respectable performance. Amazing. The plugs & switchgear worked like new, the leather casing had just about disintegrated from years of sweat, dirt and rough handling and was held together with gaffa tape.

I also use a compact Quantum Turbo SC when I use a 580 remote from the camera. It's a very handy little performer too. Does it sound like I'm sold on Quantum? They are a zero stress option, totally dependable, long lasting and (gulp!) reassuringly expensive.

Surely you can get on the www and order from somewhere. How about B&H? Or there will be plenty of suppliers closer to Norway. UK for example. Don't buy aftermarket cables. They'll end up costing you at the worst possible time. I bought a couple of eBay cables. The plugs were just slightly wrong-sized. In a big hurry, I forced it into the 580 and smashed the flash.  The battery end was sloppy and wouldn't hold a connection. Moral of the story? Stay with genuine.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:48:18 AM »
this lens might be good as it gets... problem is I have no need for a relativity slow 40mm lens.
i would drool a while over having a new lens and then it would lay around and be used 2-3 times a year.

Think of it as a functional $200 body cap! I might get two.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 21, 2012, 11:14:19 PM »
The Shorty McForty review thread had started at Fred Miranda Reviews.

The first reviewer loves it, but rates STM as inferior to USM.


Site Information / Re: When are you usually on CR?
« on: June 20, 2012, 07:18:00 PM »
During batch processing, coffee breaks, time-out on big, very focused PP & editing days, late evening when I don't have a good book...


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 19, 2012, 07:05:32 AM »
In Perth Australia $7759 AU (which is a hell of a lot more then 6800 US!)
Hmm weird in Brisbane at Teds store they are still at $7599 which is a bit more reasonable to me.

It's much closer in price than first meets the eye. That Ted's price includes GST @ 10%. So $6800 plus $680 = $7480. There's very little in it really.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.1.3
« on: June 19, 2012, 01:35:31 AM »
What about the Black color in the AF POINTS ? Still black ??

That's the fix that I was sweating on too..sigh


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.1.3
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:48:21 AM »
& "is that it?"


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600ex-RT AF assist power
« on: June 18, 2012, 06:35:59 AM »
tried a yongnuo ST-E2 copy? the AF assist is pretty stong
i dont have a 1Dmk4 but i can do some testing on my 1Dmk3
it definatley boosts the 5Dmk3 AF speed

Yes the ST-E2 makes a big difference with AF on my 1D4 & 5D3 . But they're kind of impossible to use with a flash on the hotshoe. All I was wondering was if the 600EX-RT had gutsier AF Assist than 580's. It would seem it's much the same, but does have compatibility benefits with the 5D3 & presumably the 1DX too.


Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:00:43 PM »
I bought a 5D mkIII last week and I still can't connect it to the computer with the EOS utility.

My 5D3 wasn't seen by EOS Utility at first as I was running a previous version that shipped with my 1D4. Ran the latest software that shipped with the camera and everything connects & functions as expected. Same story with both my Macbook Pro and Windows 7 64 PC's.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for backup camera body
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:54:15 AM »
There is someone that has offered me his 1Ds Mark III that was his backup body for $4000. 

Rather than a 1Ds3 for $4000 I'd way prefer to see you with another 5D3 with BG-E11 for a couple of hundred dollars less. It's new and will have full warranty. The 1Ds3 does have the 1-Series handling advantages, but will lose out in a big way on IQ, AF and ISO. You know this already as you have a 5D3.

I've always liked working with two identical bodies. There is no mental shift required when you move from one to the other.


EOS Bodies / Re: PDF of 1DX-AF guide-Black AF Point fixed?
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:19:09 PM »
Here's the link to Canon's paper. It's there under Additional Resources.
I did not see the earlier 1DX AF Guide, but this is different to what I see in the regular 1DX User Guide.

Just about every one of the colour illustrations pointedly shows a red AF point. If the focus points are in fact black, this would be highly misleading. The way this is presented, I see it as reasonable to assume that the shipping 1DX will have the hoped for red AF points.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Manual Posted
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:31:21 AM »
It looks for sure like the red/black AF point issue has been completely addressed. Yay!
Now the firmware release for the 5D3 needs to ship and we'll all be up to date.

Maybe I'm just unobservant, but where in the manual does it say a change occurred?

Did you look through the 1DX AF Guide? I have had a couple of supervised test drives of pre-production 1DX, and I have a 5D3. What I'm seeing colorfully illustrated in the AF Guide is not what I saw on the test drives or what I use daily with the 5D3. The 5D3 & the 1DX presented as identical in the AF display points GUI.

Besides, Canon are not going to overtly say "this is a change" are they? They'll present the present time reality.


EOS Bodies / PDF of 1DX-AF guide-Black AF Point fixed?
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:15:00 AM »
What do you make of this? Rob Galbraith has a link to an intriguing PDF paper, Canon's 1DX-AF guide.

Can we interpret from this that the black AF Point in AI Servo was a brief pre-release bad dream?


It's a little like discussing the pros & cons of a 5D3 vs 1 Series. They're going to suit some shooters but not others. The T4i really does look like a significant upgrade, and shows all the signs of being an extremely competent camera. On face value it does make the 5D3 look expensive, just as the 5D3 makes a 1-Series look expensive.

I know I could do a great deal of my work with a T4i, but there are daily moments where the 5D3 pushes a good result across the line for a winning result. Also, there are frequent situations where the 1D4 achieves results where the 5D3 would have fallen short. They have different strong points and abilities.

You could push the argument back the other way too. A great deal of published work could be adequately shot on a G12 or S100, or even an iPhone in some cases, provided that tool is in the right hands. It's a blurry scenario isn't it?

Whether it's in business or seeking a creative or technical edge, there are enough times when the advantages of a 5D3 or 1-Series are so completely unambiguous. You quickly get to know your own required level, whether that be an S100 or a 1DX.


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