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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:14:12 PM »
Finally... A long tele that has decent resolution and reach and is hand holdable

Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:24:29 AM »

What we can expect over the next year or so is a deluge of HSS enabled monolights flooding out of China. What's more they'll likely have TTL as well. The era of dependable "dumb" studio packs and monos is now pretty well consigned to history. This is fun.


What exactly do you think has changed.  These "Dumb" studio packs already shoot at 1/8000 of a second, and it is the trigger and remote that makes a difference. 

While my photogenic monolights were not the best, I actually went from monolights to studio packs because I find the quality of the Dynalite is better as well as it is easier to transport.  The cables can sometimes be a pain, but in general it is easier to put a flash head 15 feet in the air on a stand and not worry than a most monolights.   My case with 2000 watt pack, and 4 heads takes a lot less space than the huge Pelican 1650 I carried 3 Photogenic modeling lights in.  In fact my Dynalite case I can carry a 1000 watt pack, 500 watt pack, photogenic Ion battery and 3 heads and it is close to half the size of what I carried the photogenics.  The Alien Bees and Einsteins are smaller, but there are always trade offs.

Recycle time is also much faster

The Einsteins are an anomaly and probably the best bang for the buck out there.  They have decent power, but also one of the shorter flash durations.

When it comes to High Speed Sync and Hyper Sync, the Quality of light, power of light and duration of light matter.  In short you need to throw a ton of power out over a very short period of time.  In many cases it is probably cheaper to throw high powered constant lights and freeze everything with shutter.

Some of the Dynalite packs I use are 10+ years old... I still shoot them plus side of 1/2000, I can go to 1/8000 but I find the flash duration makes a difference, and the more you really start shooting HSS you notice variations.  Whether you do Odin, PocketWizard or a few others, the trigger is the magic in HSS not the strobe.  And as mentioned try synching a second remote camera into the mix and you see how much Odins or PocketWizards come into play.

Regarding Monolights / packs / speedlites - Speedlites are still the most convenient in the field, though power and recycle become an inssue.  I found a healty balance with my Dynalite and found 2 or 3 heads off a Dynalite pack on a Photogenic Ion worked much better than multiple monolights on the same Ion, mainly the more monolights you throw into the mix, the more capacitors that have to be reloaded each flash. 

Your point on TTL is coming from what?? 

TTL is camera based, so a Canon TTL is different than a Nikon TTL etc.  Speedlites are already manufacturer dependent, and I cannot see MONOLIGHTS being the same.

This is why you have packs, packs use their own or third party triggers, and that way, you want to shoot canon, Nikon, Hassleblad, Sony, what ever, it is more letting the manufacturer or third party system worry about it. 

Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:34:05 PM »
I do this all the time, previously with my Photogenics and now with Dynalite using Pocketwizard Flex TT5s

Using a Dynalite M2000ER and 4080-BiTube heads, I can shoot at 1/2500 sec.  I can shoot faster, but that is the flash duration of the 4080 Bi-Tube. 

The one that made my head hurt was then synching a second remote camera.  On the pocket wizards they have a relay feature so I have the remote on one channel and the flash on one channel higher, and I can't remember if I had to use a slower shutter on the triggering camera. 

Key on that set up is to have manual focus so there is no AF hunting

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:33:54 AM »

The 'unfairness' is the biased comparison in the linked video.  Comparing only at ISO 100, that smells like DxO's BS (but then, lots of people – including some pros – seem to like that smell). 

I think next time you should watch the video more closely - Most of the time Phony was shooting at ISO 64. 

Portrait shots etc Canon and ISO 100 and Nikon at ISO 64.

If he wanted a real honest comparison, having ISO the same might have helped.  Never saw any clips of the "Sportrait" shots from the canon side, but notices settings were 1/1000 F/2.8 and Auto ISO.  Would have been interesting to see comparison with a PROPER AF set up as well as Shutter Priority mode and ISO 100

But from what I was seeing, a lot of times Nikon was set at ISO 64

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 09, 2014, 06:17:15 AM »
YAWN.  Gee lets compare a camera that just came out to one that is two years old....


I think overall Canon has been sidetracked the in Cine market and this has hurt there last generation of cameras from not having quite as big jumps as they could.  Also feel they have been taking there time with this next set of upgrades which leads me to believe these next releases will be both solid and have substantially more improvement (i.e. from 5DMK II to 5DMK III the 5DMK IV will have much stronger gap of improvements)

In someways I believe the 7D MKII has been delayed because it might outperform the 5DMKIII and Canon wants to release the 7D MKII and the 3D 5DMK IV what ever it will be which will be a higher pixel with big changes

But comparing a just released camera with larger sensor to an older one?  He might as well just compared the 5DMKIII to the 5D MK II

If you are putting an SD card into the 1Dx, that may be the crux of your problem.

Regarding the Nash thing... I sort of believe Canon on this.  There was a foreign object rattling around the camera and scratched the sensor.  1 of 2 things happened... An internal piece of the camera came loose and caused the damage, or a foreign object got into the camera and was rattling around.

Or, could well be a piece from the internal mechanisms, but canon thought it was broken/ dislodged from improper cleaning

I agree with most other posters... If you bought from a store and it has issues ask for a replacement.

I know some stores have policies counter to this and for defective merchandise they make you go through manufacturer

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:40:53 AM »
SHOCKED... Surely the T6i must be looking on the Horizon...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:51:10 PM »
Both 85 f/1.4 and 300-600 F/? would be sweet and have a nice following. 

85 f/1.4 would get me to toss my Canon f1.8, just don't shoot it enough to justify the f/1.2 but want a little more...

As much as the Tamron 150-600 looks like a solid compromise lens and biggest bang for buck around, a 300-600, especially if comes in with a fixed of f/5.6 or there abouts even F/4.5-5.6 and anywhere close to $3.5K or less would be hard to beat... Now that price is asking for a lot, but given the 120-300 f/2.8 is $3.5K still might be doable.  The 500 is $5K so probably asking too much...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Same card shared by two cameras
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:47:06 AM »
You are fine to share cards, IF you reformat the card each time.  Besides the naming/numbering format, you are just better off having a dedicated card in each camera.  That does not mean that card X is only used in the 70d and card y in the EOS M, but rather, you should build up a supply of cards and everytime you will go to shoot with the camera, have a freshly formatted card FOR that camera.

When I shoot races, or things like that where I am using multiple camera and expect to have to change cards, I decide before hand what my swap cards are for each camera, and before everything, I will format the cards in each of the respective cameras

This will also save you from having the agony of starting to shoot, realizing the card you just swapped is loaded with pics from a previous shoot and now you have to do sorting.

So in short... If you mean to have a batch of cards and use them between both cameras, formatting each time, no problem.

If you mean just having one card and shooting some in one, pulling start shooting in the other, pulling and back to shooting in the first?  I think that should work, though the risk of an issue probably discourages it.

On topic ... Ed Mika makes the best FD to EOS adapters. I have one for my FD 500/4.5L that is ingenious. They are a tad pricey, though and (I believe) customized for certain lenses. Don't bother with junk from Bower - it has an optical element that acts like a mini-teleconverter to maintain infinity focus.

If you have any FD long glass 300mm or longer than a Mika adapter is a good and cheap solution, otherwise, why bother

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:37:43 AM »
I will try to kick off a new thread and see if it goes anywhere. This was taken last weekend during the summer Saturday night opening at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. There is a wall where lots of wild bark scorpions live and visitors and docents are usually there with black lights to find them (since scorpions fluoresce under black light).

Canon 5D3, Sigma 85 1.4 lens, 1/80 second at f3.2, iso 3200, tripod.

Did you get to pet the scorpion?   I hear they are very friendly and like to have their back's scratched








EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:08:25 PM »
Buckwheat is dead.


Any news on Elvis, Janis Joplin, JFK, Lincoln, or Jesus?

Rumoring EOL for the 7D is akin to any of these... It has been in the ground for a while

EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:05:28 PM »
In other news... Buckwheat has been shot. 

Repeat... Buckwheat has been shot

As for a chip swap.. Good luck with that.  Even though a card may be the same, often their are tweaks in a generation, so two identical 32GB 1000x may have different internals.

Learned this the hard way.  Not with flash cards, but with flash drives... speaking of which, I back my USB drives regularly to my PC and even if functioning, after about 18 months, I toss and replace.

They run like a tank, even with daily use... until they fail.

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