I think most regulars here are commited gear heads It's kind of like therapy similar to AA
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Well, after all I think this is simple... just shown some gratitude!!!
You are suspicious, that's ok... but after all of that there was no gratitude at all.
Sergey did a great job for free !
FF is awesome. Drink the Koolaid. FF is awesome.
But...the 5DII doesn't seem to fit well with some of your subjects. The 5DIII specs are still a rumor. So, I'd wait a bit...
On the realistic side, you'd need to figure in the cost of an UWA lens for FF (16-35, 17-40, or TS-E 17mm, the last being excellent for indoor real estate).
- I think people smite if they disagree with what you say
This is a good example of why I have been grumpy at Canon lately. With the increased focus on framerate and video features, they are moving away from making stuff like this feasible. I would MUCH rather have a 16 bit camera then something designed for speed (AF,framerate,video,etc).
I agree. canon has been busying converting its customers into videographers...like it or not. I support a split. Put competitive video but focus on stills. go chase RED away from me.
3) the controls on the back of the transmitter are awesome it makes on the fly ettl controls super quick
What kind of controls are on the back?
I am rather tied in to PW at the moment (1 mini and 4 flex)- but doesn't mean I wont add some odins for small scale shooting with two or 3 flash
|Phottix Odin Wireless Flash Trigger with ETTL Support||Small | Large|
has the unified magic lantern come out for the 5d2 yet? i tried the previous versions and they were so bad i just gave up on the whole thing, I only wanted the still functions. it was just too much of a hassle and too unstable I found
I have a build from Feb 7th and well... absolutely stunning. It's like having a new camera although some fixes yet neccessery. Great support for HDR, timelapse, bulb exposures etc.
good to know! when they release it fully I'll donate but I was so disappointed with the last one I tried I couldn't see myself using it. Having seent he screenshots of the new one though it does look promising and much cleaner.
how is the stability and reliability? any issues?
It's much more stable now and much less crashes occur, though it sometimes happens. Reliability is also on good level - if something is implemented and you successed to configure it properly, then it will work properly.
There are some really funny features working now for photo mode like:
1. Triggering shot with:
a) sound (you can clap for instance) to shoot - configure sound level
b) motion detect - configure contrast change
c) waving with hand behind the camera (they use lcd ambient light sensor which is just below lcd) - configure change of light
2. Intervalometer (shoot every ... from 1 second to 488minutes) with bulb ramping (adjusting levels of exposures to prevent overexposure ie when it becomes to light in the morning after having started shooting in night)
3. Trap focus - shooting when object comes to focus
4. Constantly appearing box with close-up of an area in liveview mode making it easier to focus
5. Ability to focus using joystick instead of ring on a lens (it's not so accurate as focusing manually but there could occur circumstances it would be useful for shooting) This is nice feature for video anyway.
6. Comparing images in ghost mode - useful for landsapes panning
7. Information on screen showing actual focal, zoom range, DOF (ner, far, hyperfocal)
8. Of course HDR and focus bracketing (for macro)
Of course there are also features for video and audio but assume you're more interested in these for stills.
I'm really impressed with these features, although they can't of course fight against sensor and digic limitations. It shows rather what potential is there not fully utilized by Canon's firmware.
BTW: In my opinion battery lasts shorter when using Magic Lantern.
I'm not really a fan of HDR, mainly because there are so many poor examples and because I think it is used too much and has almost become cliched. There are some nice ones here though, that don't look too unnatural. This was the last shot I did with HDR, which was actually a combination of grads and HDR.
Fire and Water by Kernuak, on Flickr
And an earlier one that immediately made me imagine pteradactyls flying about. It was a sort of landmark image for me too, as it was one of the first images where I felt I'd mastered the lighting and used it for effect on the rocks and water.
Jurassic Evening by Kernuak, on Flickr
disclaimer: mine was front focusing so i sent it back had it recalibrated and its now all good, only requuires a small micro adjust on my cameras now
OP has a 40D, no AFMA (but no guarantee that a Canon 85/1.8 would be a perfect match, either).
Wow if this new flash were to be compatible with both the odin and pw systems. I kind of doubt it, but i guess its time to wait and see!
Why do anything with the Odin. While some people may like them, the install basis is tiny. PW to Odins out there are what 100 - 1? 200 - 1? (i.e. for every Odin out there, there are 100 to 200 PWs, as well as Strobe, Light Meters, and other equipment with PW BUILT IN.
And for the folks that further don't see the advantage of this... All of the sudden it allows CANON to sell SPEEDLIGHTS to NIKON users.
It also allows CANON to sell Speedlights to PENTAX or who ever else has an EXTERNAL SHOE and can fit the PW. Let PW do the ETTL work and branch out into SONY etc all... Long and short which does Canon make more money, selling a SPEEDLIGHT that can be used with almost any camera, and with many systems, is ETTL, or only sell to Canon Users and try to convince an imbeded base do sell out their own gear.
Will Canon do it? Doubt it. But they would double their sales of the 590 EX if they did. Guaranteed. And frankly I would rather sell twice as many speedlights than half as many triggers
Just out of curiousity, would you recommend PW over Odin. I only ask because I seriously haven't heard one bad thing about odin, but, have heard many complaints with PW's....
I suspected the canon 85mm 1.4 didn't exist, but it just keeps appearing in threads around... Must be typos
Is the Sigma 85mm worth the money compared to the slightly slower canon?? Here in Denmark, the Sigma is 2X the price of the Canon...