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I use a Tamrac Zipshot for my P&S camera. Should work well for what you're doing - but they aren't very tall. Light, easy to setup, cheap - at least worth a look:

http://www.tamrac.com/carrying-styles/zipshot-tripods/

+1 - they work well and have a basic head that can be tilted.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Memory cards
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:16:46 PM »
On a 7D I've done the 400x or 533x cards - and yes, you'll notice the speed difference compared to the 30MB cards if you're doing high speed continuous shooting. 

Lots of options on cards, make sure you get 'authentic' ones though if going for SanDisk or other top brands.  I've used ADATA and Transend without issues on Canon cameras.

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Lenses / Re: Wedding where you can't move
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:01:24 AM »
Can you hide a camera or two and use a remote trigger?

Any chance of just doing an re-enactment?  Bride should know what you're working within, so as long as expectations are set, you should be fine.

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: August 17, 2013, 06:31:11 PM »
you want raid.... i like WD....

RAID for backup is what you're referring to?

C
RAID isn't backup, it's redundancy.  RAID saves you if a drive fails and you have a spare one to put in.  RAID doesn't save you from corruption or accidental deletion.

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Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT: Fire master manually, slaves wirelessly?
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:19:56 PM »
Ah, well then this topic really just got more interesting to me.  I'm playing with a MF setup that I will not be able to purchase TTL bits for. 

My phrasing of your question would be : What if I used the ST-E3 as a wireless master but a dumb trigger (side port sync, no TTL), but used the group A/B/C to dial up and down 600 strobes from that central point.  It would be along the same lines as your question, with the master being a 600 instead of the ST-E3.

-Joe

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Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT: Fire master manually, slaves wirelessly?
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:49:41 PM »
I think you're looking for something like the OCF camera cable so you get the full TTL love right?  A PC sync fire should trigger the flash, but what are you expecting from the wireless slaves?  Are they tuned manually or are you looking for TTL?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheap sports camera
« on: August 15, 2013, 03:24:24 PM »
I have the 1Dsmk2 and the 1Dmk2, and have owned the 7D.  Upside to getting a 1Dmk2/1Dmk2n is you have battery compatibility and you know the controls.  The upside to the 7D is the newer technology all around.  If I were to purchase one or the other, I'd lean towards the 7D or a 1Dmk3 if I was planning to shoot in all conditions.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:10:55 PM »
IF Canon were to get into a MF type situation, the company they should buy isn't Phase One or Hasselblad, it's Dalsa - the company behind the IQ1 and IQ2 sensors.  If Canon can control the IP on the sensor technology it would give them a lot of firepower to go against Sony sensors.

http://www.digitaltransitions.com/blog/dt-blog/phase-one-iq260-a-sensor-story

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« on: August 12, 2013, 04:22:26 PM »

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Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 12, 2013, 03:01:26 AM »
There are no cast offs.  These are not machine assembled lenses, they are hand assembled, and if the lens does not meet specs, parts are replaced until it does.
Sorry, I mean the castoff elements, not whole lenses :D  Canon can make as many of the metal or electronic parts as we'd all want, but it's those lens elements that take forever, and there is no bondo to fix a 'minor' imperfection.  That's where I wonder what the keeper rate is like for the larger pieces of glass.

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Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 12, 2013, 01:27:03 AM »
Both work but I'm playing more with the large one.

Got mine as a factory second - works great but you have to get both pieces.

http://www.expoimaging.com/index2.php?cPath=21

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:20:38 PM »
The tools are different, but related.  Lightroom will do a lot of what you will need, but some times you need Photoshop, and Elements can be purchased where as the full size product is subscription only.

Both have free trials, download them and give them a go.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: MF question
« on: August 10, 2013, 10:20:04 PM »
You can currently use a number of current Canon lenses on a Alpa technical camera with a Phase One MF back.  They're fully manual, and a dealer I talked with was talking up the TS-E 17mm and 24mm lenses.  I think any fully manual lens can be done, just no focus by wire - 50/1.2 or 85 1.2, etc - since there is no power to the lens.

Macro already exists, but nothing like the MP-E, and there is a severe limit in lens length.  Hasselblad does a 300mm, but it's more like a 200mm in DSLR terms, and Schneider does a 240mm for the Phase One platform.  So no one has a really a long lens like a 400mm or 600mm.

The big hold up in Canon doing a MF style setup even if limited to EF lenses is the shutter speed.  MF shutters are huge, generally slow, and lots of MF lenses have shutters in them.

But on the other hand, Phase One has complete control of 645 at this point, so while it's an 'open standard' they are the only one making a back anymore.  They also will need to come up with a new form factor for the post IQ260/IQ280 world, as the 645DF+ platform seems to be holding back what they can do.

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Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:38:56 PM »
Seriously? This is Sal Cincotta?

No, he is not. Just stated that he got "inspired" by his logo or whatever.
Not inspired, that is the line between readable and not readable.  The script works based on the letters in his name, but for some names, script fonts can become illegible.

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