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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.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Medium format
« on: June 23, 2013, 10:46:25 PM »
Thanks a lot, I have contacted a dealer and will have a look at this digital back. The difficult decision is now, do I go for the 500mm/f4. or 600 mm/f4 or do I go for the CFV-50 digital back? Can't afford both right now.

I just did a PhaseOne event with the IQ260 - if the CFV-50 is anything like it, go that route.  Unless you're making money with 400mm+ lenses, the CFV-50 will give you amazing results, in ways you have never seen in a dslr.

Software & Accessories / Re: Hdd/SDD storage for trip
« on: June 20, 2013, 06:14:56 PM »
I have heard plenty of horror stories of lost data with the portable hard drive storage devices. Here is a rock solid idea. An inexpensive laptop with a dual layer DVD burner, put your images on the laptop hard drive then backup daily to the DVD’s. Then store the DVD’s in another place.

Hate to shoot this down, but DVD-DL only holds 8.4gb / disk.  Take into account size, the time to spread a 64b card full of raw files across 8-9 disks, you're better off getting more SD/CF cards.

There are lots of similar threads here and other places - most come back to the answer that it's either the HyperDrive like devices or drag along your laptop and external drives.

Lots of options, but I'd say unless there's something special in one of the other models, the L-358 is the money spot.  Other models can control your lights from the meter (pocketwizards), but really, the L-358 is all 99% of us need.  I'm curious to see what other folks say, as I haven't played with other brands.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:06:18 PM »
This is more confusing than I thought it would be.

So if I get 2 600 flashes, I can use one to trigger the other? Even if they're both off camera???

You'd use 1 of the 600's on camera (or the ST-E3), with the second one off camera.  The one on camera talks via RF to control the one off camera.  Canon put the IR Master function into a few cameras (60d/7d/??) and there for you could trigger an off camera flash, but that feature wasn't part of the 5dmk3.

If you're looking for a stop gap to have a single flash off camera, get one of the really long eTTL cables like sells - yes, it's wired but you have complete control of the flash from your camera body - AND it's good to have a wired backup just in case.  Syl has a number of books that people like specifically on Canon flashes, and a good amount of info on his blog

The reason we're saying to not purchase the PocketWizards is that if you went the cheapest method possible - a MiniTT1 and a FlexTT5, to add a second 600ex-RT would require yet another FlexTT5.  Where as if you purchased a ST-E3-RT or an additional 600ex-RT, you would save the cost of the PocketWizards, plus the overhead of added, unnecessary gear.

Make sense?

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:14:17 AM »
Looking to get a Canon 600ex-rt flash for my 5D3 to use as an off camera light for starters. Plan on adding either more flashes or strobes to my kit in the future.

Save your money and buy a second 600ex or a st-e3 to wirelessly (RF) control your initial 600.  PocketWizards literally were created to do over radio what Canon was trying to do via infrared in the 580ex's (or not at all).  Canon finally got into the RF game with the 600ex and while we're waiting for a cheaper 430ex-style RF flash, folks are buying 600ex'es just to simplify their life.  The 600ex is all that and a big bowl of guacamole.

If you move to bigger strobes, many of them can be set as optical slaves, so you can trigger them from your 600ex.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 17, 2013, 08:11:41 PM »
Are you using on-camera flashes that do TTL or a strobe system that can be controlled remotely?  Yes, you need one PW device for each strobe you want to fire, unless you're plugging the PW into a pack.  Basically there are 2 types of PocketWizard systems:

PlusII/PlusIII/PlusX/MultiMax - these are basic 'fire' commands to a strobe.  You get to adjust each strobe independently of each other, but this can be a pain.  The MultiMax can be setup in zones, and you can turn on and off each zone from the master.  These are best as transceivers, as you can use 1 on camera, and 3 on strobes, or 2 different cameras each controlling their own strobes (if you set them to different channels).

FlexTT/MiniTT - these have transmitter only and transceiver models, and are designed for situations where you're controlling power manually or via eTTL.  The times I've played with them, the MiniTT1 was more of a pain than it's worth, and it was just better to work with all TT5's.  Now the key thing to remember is the AC3 accessory needs a TT1 or TT5 to sit in (this confused me until I played with it).

Depending on the strobes you have, there are additional modules for specific brands, so you may or may not need certain pieces.  Then again, depending on what you're using for flashes, you can also set them do optical slaves, so as when one fires, it triggers the others to blink  (not good when other flashes are going off).

Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 17, 2013, 02:30:40 PM »
If Macro is something you're looking at, pick up a used 100mmF2.8 non-L for ~$400.

You don't say if you have any strobes, so spend the rest on a 600EX or a macro lens light setup.

Otherwise the 17-40L is a great lens - especially since you can purchase used and sell it later at the same price point.

Software & Accessories / Re: New Macpro teased at Mac Conference
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:47:32 AM »
I think my only issue is that they're teasing these now, and expect folks to be ok with the wait.  Apple historically says here it is, you can buy it tomorrow/next week/next month...  I don't see it being able to hold enough RAM, like 64gb or higher, so you're doing 16gb RAM sticks?  That and AMD does single socket CPU's with 16 cores, so doing 2x 6 core is (fill in here)....

This also kills the ability to rack mount them, as Apple killed the xServe.  It should also help push down the price of thunderbolt options, as we're getting screwed with the huge markup to plug in anything currently.  I still want a 4k Apple Thunderbolt display with a built-in 1-2gb graphics card.

set small aperture: yes, but then u risk losing focus of the person surely?

Nope - person in focus too.  Depending on what size sensor - full frame f11 is fine, and on crop f8 is fine.  Auto-focus will be in the middle of the DoF.  So focus looks to be half way between the guy and the white Ford Transit van - so the person is in the front half of the DoF with the ET at the far end of the DoF.

F16 - f22 are all fine, but you'll get softening from diffraction, so be aware of it.

Your issue is depth of field - aka your subject is too close to the camera that what's in focus doesn't include infinity (aka the background way far away).

So to answer the original question, both are a solid maybe.  iPhone and Android based light meters can be used for constant lights - stuff you'd use to shoot video.  Light meters that understand what a strobe is are worth their weight in gold, as it allows you to construct a photo, building an image in layers, and lighting each layer independently.

So the next question is if you need a light meter.  Long story short it depends on what you're shooting.   Light meters are used in fine art and portraiture, mostly when using strobes.  If you do this style of photography AND you are doing off camera flash, then it would be a good idea to pick up a light meter.  Otherwise, save your money.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 1D X in stock for $5439.20
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:25:34 AM »
As of yesterday, the Canon Loyalty program did include the refurb 5d mk3, so $2,380 (I called).  I wonder what discount the 1Dx would get.

Technical Support / Re: Going medium format for studio work?
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:45:32 PM »
So for the OP, MF makers are much more demo oriented than we're used to, the folks who sell them are also a notch or two above normal camera store employees.  They have events, like the PhaseOne World Tour where they take these tools out and you can learn about them.  I saw one 2 weeks ago that was a Mamiya/Leaf and I was meaning to get over just to play with one.  Personally I'd love a Pentax 645D, but I would get shot before the charge cleared my credit card. :D

The biggest issue is that if there isn't a local retailer you can visit, it's really hard to get a bit of hands on with the systems.

Slideshow Pro looks really great...but like it or not we're heading into the post-flash era.
Plenty of clients and AD's are viewing on iPads or actually request non-flash delivery.


I fully agree, iPads and their high resolution screen are the defacto review platform for clients.  I don't seem to have an issue viewing the site from my iPad, as their Director product actually switches to HTML5 for iOS and Android devices.

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