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EOS Bodies / Re: From NL: NDAs expiring on the 2nd of March
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:16:43 AM »
LOL that will upset a few wedding photographers

Landscape / billboard printers will be in heaven

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Portrait / Re: A close up portrait testing a Ring Led Flash
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:40:17 AM »
Thanks for your kindly words...

I used a Viltrox JY-675 Led Ring Light


is it this one?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Viltrox-JY-675-44-LED-Macro-Ring-Flash-Close-UP-Cool-Photo-Continuous-Light-NEW-/260894539506?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cbe86bef2
continuous light? not flash?

I like the catchlights and the backlight rim light is cool love the back rimlight and ring flash look

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx Delayed in the USA
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:24:50 AM »
Always good to hear news about the mythical 1Dx.

wait till the video of the yeti using a 1Dx with 200-400f4L with builtin TC comes out... :o

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Lighting / Re: Do I need the 580?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:22:56 AM »
For external power, the options begin with aftermarket knockoffs of the Canon battery pack which takes 8 AA cells; readily available on eBay. The knock-offs are almost certain to disappoint. At the other end of the scale is the unbelievably durable, justifiably expensive  Quantum Turbo series of batteries. This is what I have used for years.
I disagree about the knock off external battery packs
I have 4 yongnuo external battery packs at $46 each they are great filled with eneloops the flashes are good to shoot all day with no battery change and fast recycle time. They are a great matchup with the 580exii

That's great. I'm glad someone has had success with the aftermarket battery packs. After a run of 3 DOA packs from different sources, I understandably gave up on them.

But keeping on topic with the OP, my point was that 580ex has the useful advantage over the 430ex of accepting external power.

Paul Wright

Ouchies! wow 3! were they all yongnuo? or another brand. hope they gave you refunds

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Next Christmas, when Santa's little helpers are taking pictures of Santa and children, I can almost guarantee that they'll be using a t3i.  Elves know when they're onto a good thing.  And it also seems to be the current camera of choice for smart professionals.  Best combination of features, image quality and price.

its definately got bang for buck covered not sure i would be brave enough to shoot a wedding with it though...

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Site Information / Re: Question about posting an image
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:02:11 PM »
Long time lurker and newbie so far as posting goes.

 Anyway, I'd like to post some of my photos here. I've got a DeviantArt account where I've got them all posted. Is it cool to post here a thumbnail with a link to the full size version over at DA? Just thought I'd make sure... don't want make it look like I'm just advertising my DA gallery.

I'm pretty sure there isnt any problem with doing that, people post links to their websites flickr etc all the time

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Lighting / Re: Do I need the 580?
« on: February 21, 2012, 09:24:49 PM »

For external power, the options begin with aftermarket knockoffs of the Canon battery pack which takes 8 AA cells; readily available on eBay. The knock-offs are almost certain to disappoint. At the other end of the scale is the unbelievably durable, justifiably expensive  Quantum Turbo series of batteries. This is what I have used for years.

Link to flash output comparo: http://speedlights.net/speedlights-power-index/

As a great mentor of mine once told me, why not travel first class? Go with the 580. Use L glass. Shine your shoes. Give flowers.

Paul Wright


I have a knock off battery pack that I got for $50 and I have to say that it has performed as well as I could possibly hope for with my 580 EX II.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049JO71G/ref=oh_o03_s00_i00_details


With any knockoff Canon gear, you need to do some research.  At a minimum read buyer reviews.  EBay doesn't really support product reviews and often there is no product return.  I'd recommend a site like Amazon where you can see objective user reviews.  You will also have a 30 money return window.  eBay is usually much more risk for slightly more savings in my opinion.


most of the big hong kong based sellers have excellent service and accept returns and will replace faulty gear never had a problem with any of them

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2012, 08:38:00 PM »
This is my kind of topic. It takes up too much bandwidth to upload a couple dozen images, so let's try this:

www.stephenkimphoto.com


nice shots!

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Lighting / Re: Do I need the 580?
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:24:16 PM »
For external power, the options begin with aftermarket knockoffs of the Canon battery pack which takes 8 AA cells; readily available on eBay. The knock-offs are almost certain to disappoint. At the other end of the scale is the unbelievably durable, justifiably expensive  Quantum Turbo series of batteries. This is what I have used for years.
I disagree about the knock off external battery packs
I have 4 yongnuo external battery packs at $46 each they are great filled with eneloops the flashes are good to shoot all day with no battery change and fast recycle time. they are a great matchup with the 580exii

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 21, 2012, 06:43:28 PM »
i would like to see the karma thing disappear.  it's hard to be honest about a Canon product without having someone who has a red stripe around their panties getting them into a wad.  let's get into imaging instead of getting into personalities.

Meh I've been smited plenty for being honest :) doesn't stop me, some people smite if they disagree i guess I only smite if someone is being abusive etc I prefer to applaud if i agree or even if its a well presented arguement. I think karma is good.

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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendations for fashion photography (catwalk)
« on: February 21, 2012, 04:52:09 AM »
damn someone really said that? what a tool anyway looks like you got some good shots,
backgrounds are a bit distracting, would have been good to blur them even more but as you said you were already at f2.8, Your shooting angle was also quite high, you must be reasonably tall, I would have sat on the floor and shot from a low angle to do two things
1) get less background distraction and
2) make the models look more imposing and dominant
glad the back button worked well with the ai servo it's nice and reliable on the 1D series

I would guess the guys using flash would have more killed shots due to all the other flash and flashes recycling, but i looked pretty well lit and the 1D can handle iso 800 easy.

so would you do it again?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii price?
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:20:24 AM »
If you want it to be a better overall camera than the 5D II in terms of built guilty, shutter life, quality of buttons, weather sealing, Dual cf, better AF, Etc.. then you will also ask for a higher price.

i hope it would be all those and wishing for a 3500-4000$ price range.

Exactly! I just really want a 1D/1Dx build functionality with no integrated battery grip and excessive bulk
keep build the 5Dmk2 and sell them as entry level FF which they are. It's not going to change the fact that 5D mk2 take great pictures just because a new model comes out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii price?
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:41:28 AM »
it WILL be $3000-3500 . . . count on it! (hope I am wrong)

If the 1Dx would've been a $5000 camera, then the new 5D would be around $2000-2500.


First ever post, likely my last for along time, but my local photog store manager said 3500 body only price and that's all he had been told from his supplier take as you want but I generally trust him.

+1 karma for a great username :D

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my advice is buy the sigma 85 f1.4 and dont worry about the 70-200 at all for weddings
yes the 70-200 is a fantastic lens.

to shoot a wedding I would be happy with only the following gear
1D APS-H sensor with 16-35f2.8
used 1Dmk3 say $1800 + 16-35 say $1400
5dmk2 with sigma 85 f1.4
5dmk2 $2000 ish, sigma $900
2 x 580ex2 flashes
2 x yongnuo external battery packs
the 2 flashes and battery packs about $1000 for all

since you have the 24-70 f2.8 probably keep that on FF
and pick up another FF body for the sigma 85 used 5Dmk2 maybe


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I got the phottix odins
and I have to say they are really awesome, the screen on the back of the transmitter makes it so eay to control your groups, ballance your flash ratios etc definately worth a look

check out the new video from joe mcnally with the new pocket wizards though
http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/

cant see when i would ever use that feature. personally i think the PW are way overpriced

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