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For full featured with room to add on, the 600-EX-RT is amazing and worth every nickle.  Yongnuo's work but can be hit and miss, and take a more dedicated to speedlights attitude.  For the casual flash user, go the Canon route.

Lighting / Re: Softbox Size question
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:29:15 PM »
Something to keep in mind, the shape of your softbox dictates what you're trying to mimic in nature.  Square/Rectangle boxes mirror a window with the sun coming in (I've even seen someone gaffers tape a grid onto the front of one).  Octa's and beauty dishes are round and more sun like.

Strip boxes I don't have a relative light source off hand.  Big softboxes are fun because with some foam core, you can turn a 4x6 into 2 1x4's with 4' between them.

CarrySpeed F1 plate + SpiderHolster kit for ThinkTank belts. (the post on the the F1 works fine with the Spider setup)

Yes, it's a mix and match, but it gives you:
- a built in Arca plate (when you need to shoot from a tripod)
- pockets and bags as needed (lots of options from ThinkTank)
- when you bend forward, your cameras don't swing forward


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 1Ds Mk II wireless remote
« on: July 12, 2013, 07:29:45 PM »
I use my Hahnel with my 1Ds mkII fine.  It doubles for interval stuff as well.


Lenses / Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:12:22 PM »
Both lenses are great for different reasons.  Based on your sig, I take it you'd be upgrading your nonIS 70-400 f4 lens with this decision.  If you're old school, the non-IS 2.8 is really fun, and would allow for the 16-35 or 17-40.

Oh the options...

Camera Body Gallery / Anything shot with the EOS-M
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:50:08 PM »
Since a number of us got one.  I'm really impressed and will shoot something worth posting later today.

Lenses / Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:20:42 PM »
+1 to the folks talking flash, as even at f1.4, your tremor will impact the shots.  Honestly, in some situations I'd add a flash with a Rogue flashbender on it.  In other situations, bump the iso up even higher.  I would recommend you rent/hire the tamron, or consider the 6D for a little more money.

I know tripods can be a royal pain to setup and tear down, but I wonder how a mono-pod would work with your tremor.  Treat it like a walking stick, set the camera to 2 second self timer, and hold a strap while it takes the actual picture.  Either that or one of the basic glidecam setups, with a wireless trigger on your other hand, using live view to frame things.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard plus iii noob
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:41:02 PM »
Yes, the PocketWizard Plus II/III/X are 'dumb' triggers, in that you can turn them on or off (zone a/b/c/d), not adjust the power.

The ability to adjust power is specific to brands, like with Paul C Buff you have CyberSync,

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: NP-E3 - NiMh-accupack for 1Ds ...
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:26:23 PM »
There is also a Lenmar replacement battery on Ebay. Was satisfied with mine.
+1   I've got 5 of the Lenmar's and they're great.

Technical Support / Re: AFMA for lenses with a max aperture of f/8
« on: July 01, 2013, 06:48:30 PM »
f/8 with any real distance will end up with a big enough DoF that most alignment tools just won't be big enough.  LensAlign http://michaeltapesdesign.com/lensalign.html has a super long model ( 32" ) for this size dof.

Software & Accessories / Re: Current Monitor Color Checkers
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:35:13 PM »
What is the end result you're looking to use this for?  If you're looking to print inhouse - the ColorMunki is a must since you can profile your printer, monitor and camera.  If you're sending it out, other options are possible, like the newer Spyder or such.

If you're in the states, you can rent the Munki cheap enough.

I have a 1D mkII and it's my loan out camera - works great with the 100-400 when they need the reach.  Purchasing a a mkII/mkIIN at this point wouldn't be a grand idea - spend a few hundred more and get the mkIII .  Yes, the mkIV is much nicer, as is a 5d mk3, but remember, these 1D's double as blunt objects.

IQ wise, you're better with a more recent rebel, but when it comes to weather seals and build, there's a special place in my heart for the 1D.

Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:09:23 AM »
No wonder the 200-400 took so long - look at how they've been wasting their talents...

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 24, 2013, 02:46:19 PM »
Can I use Yongnuo YN-560 II Speedlights with a 600 ST-E3-RT system?

Nope, TTL accessories only work within a manufacturer, and a technology.  There isn't a 3rd party setup that works with the Canon RF technology.

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