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Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:45:33 PM »
since the yongnuo 565 dont have high speed sync but have ettl and the odins let you shoot right out to 1/8000 anyway it makes it such a cheap setup
Wombat... One of the features that intrigues me about the Odins is the ability to mix ETTL and non ETTL groups. So, say you want to expose a subject properly and use and adjust ratios for that, but say you want to use another group to blow out a background. You can use two or three Canons to set up the light on the subject but use a couple of cheapies set to full manual to blow out the wall. If you just need a little added extra simple lighting, you can use a $70 dumb flash in conjunction with the rest of your setup. Brilliant.
exactly! just grab a pile of cheap yongnuo flashes for dumb lighting still need odin recievers at $200 a pop though but you can get 3 flashes and recievers for what a 600 costs...

Lenses / Re: Patent: A new 16-35 f/2.8 or Faster Concept?
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:45:16 PM »
I think i would run around like a school girl at a justin beiber concert screaming if they released a constant aperture f2.0 16-35

I would like to see that!


If they make the lens i'll video the reaction and post it on youtube :P

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:36:47 PM »
Hand held a 600mm lens without IS?  Ridiculous, and that's not even taking into account that it must have weighed a ton holding that thing. Must have some pretty big guns lol (not talking about lenses)  ;)

its MF only too ;)

the technique I use was set the lens to minimum focus distance, held the lens and camera lookign through the viewfinder, advance slowly then when the image came into focus drop onto one knee kind of in a kneeling rifle shooting position and snapped of a short burst, (only 3 shots, 2 of which were sharp.

definately  not a lens that you can handhold often or for too long since the lens is 4.5kg and the 1D is 1.3kg its quite a beefy combo, much more comfy on a gimbal

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: canon 300f4L IS with keno 1.4x TC
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:32:28 PM »
this guy didn't want his picture taken

Since we're beyond karma and "my gear is better" I hope we can discuss this in cool blood :-) ... so: For this image size, I think the sharpness of the best zone (the hairs) is like than my 70-300L = 480mm without tc. But it's hard to say due to motion blur because 1/500s is the absolute minimum for 420mm, I try to have at least 1/1000 for shots of this kind - for this reason and if I'd have shot this one I'd have scrapped it for bad iq.

Which makes me want to point out again: A very good or even the best tc at lest at decent iso seems to be an aps-c sensor, and even if I ever upgrade to ff I'm likely to keep my crop camera for tele shots.

yeah i hear ya but to clarify a bit
its a crop, not resized.
I didnt scrap it because its still a funny shot
I was shooting mainly with the 600 on a gimbal and the 1D
i just had the 5D2 and the 300+tc on a strap at my side to grab periferal stuff like this
i should have had a higher shutter speed you are absolutely correct

I wish they would release a new version of this lens with the new hybrid 4 stop IS
you can notice the older IS is quite slow and clunky
it's compact size and weight make it awesome and I love the built in lens hood.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:23:54 PM »
great shots mate!

I really like the second one, was this set up or a candid street shot?
also the BMW shot looks like a sale brochure promo

nice work :D

but to answer your question
wait a while and keep th money in your pocket until the issues get sorted out
1Ds3 prices are only going to go down
and better off seeing how these 5Dmk3 issues shake out

you can clearly produce great work with what you have so just chill out
grab some pop corn and see how it all shakes out over the next few weeks

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & Possible 1D X Issue With PocketWizards
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:19:24 PM »
Just an update on the odins
I discovered a couple o quirks on the weekend

1) shooting with mixed flashes (ie elinchrom strobes and 580s) with the shutter speed near x-sync (ie 1/250)
all flashes fire but the shot is only lit by the 580s the timing goes a little out
at high shutter speeds its all good still. not really an issue just drop the shutter back down to 1/200 and everything is all happy again

2) sometimes it would not let me go over 1/200th sec which is strange. i need to play a bit more but maybe you have to have HSS enabled on the odin for it to

I did most of the shoots with 1/200th sec using mixed light setups everything worked perfectly even with 580s hidden well out of view. I just played around with shutter speeds to see how it was going. very impressive little wireless beasts these odins :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:10:07 PM »
I had ticked it's ok
but now i'm revising that to the "Its going back category"

How come? Curious as to your reasons as I'm still debating...

The AF is all out of whack I have extensively tested and claibrated to all my lense (I even posted all the raws up here) and the images were so close to the 5Dmk2 after calibration i was happy. however taking it out and shooting at wider apertures it probably give 95% OOF shots. it was soft out of the box so I began testing checking and calibrating. I have never in my life spent so much time trying to get a camera to work. my others were great from day 1 and only needed the most modest of AFMA tweeks to really make them bang on.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5DIII softer than 5DII?
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:06:17 PM »
From the week I have had with the 5Dmk3 I can safely say I feel the sensor is fantastic. At narrow apertures and shooting with strobes the images are razor sharp.

open up that aperture and shoot ambient light on my copy and it all goes to hell. My copy definately has a nutty AF, i am glad many others are reporting joy with theirs so I'll see if I can get another copy and give it a whirl.

I'd rather have the 5Dmk2 AF over the AF on my copy of the 5Dmk3 (at least I can rely on the center point of on that camer!)

I'm a bit disapointed, taking it back today I hope I can get a replacement within a week sinc ei'm going overseas and would like to use the mk3

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: April 01, 2012, 06:26:50 PM »
I had ticked it's ok
but now i'm revising that to the "Its going back category"

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5DIII softer than 5DII?
« on: April 01, 2012, 06:25:53 PM »
And further back , the 1d mkIII with it's incredibly usless AF-system.

I've got a late model 1Dmk3 and its AF is great never had a problem with it or are you refering to the debacle of the new release models?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 ISO100 around 50 test raws
« on: April 01, 2012, 06:23:52 PM »
well my camera definately has something screwy going on with the AF, after calibration and checking the results are good (close enough to the mk2 for my liking) then shooting at wide aperture the focus is all over the place
using center point or an out point. Taking it back today :(

Lighting / Re: 580ex II or 600EX-RT
« on: March 31, 2012, 12:53:51 AM »
after playing with the versitility of the odins i would go with odins and either 580ex flashes and save pile of money or look at yongnuo 565 with the odins

since the yongnuo 565 dont have high speed sync but have ettl and the odins let you shoot right out to 1/8000 anyway it makes it such a cheap setup

i dont have any yongnuo 565 flashes yet but i think i'll grab a few when i'm over in china in a few weeks and test them out with the odins.

i dont think the 600 rt can even get close to how versitle the odins are

EOS Bodies / Re: Is 5DIII softer than 5DII?
« on: March 31, 2012, 12:48:37 AM »
yes the 5D3 is softer at iso100 than the 5D2 however the margin is so small for real purposes its negligible and only noticeable when pixel peeping at 200% with side by side comparison shots.

I wouldn't be too concerned about it.

I'm definitely keeping my 5Dmk2s though as they still make kick ass images and I might grab a brightscreen for one and keep it for use with my MF only lenses

EOS Bodies / Re: Digital rev review of 5Dmk3
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:20:45 PM »
Yea, what's up with that?? Most of his Canon reviews are either no strap or Nikon strap.

More than the Nikon strap? :)
i believe its ironic humour

EOS Bodies / Re: This web site is making me question why I lurk here
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:18:48 PM »
i think this thread has gone on 5 pages longer than it needed to,
whats with all the name calling and abuse. I wish i could lock or delete it
I'm sick of reading the drivel that is getting pumped out lately

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