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Lenses / Re: 35mm f/2 IS USM available in Japan
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:36:49 AM »
Wonder how it compares wide open to the new Siggy f1.4 @ f2..

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon 35mm f/1.4
« on: December 08, 2012, 06:02:27 PM »
Thanks for posting ! Canon needs to release the mk2 right now,...

The way Canon has been going, even if they announced it tomorrow, it could be 9+ months before you find it in a store. And i'm sure it will be $1,600+ making the Sigma an even better option. Given that they just released the 35mm f/2 IS, I have a hard time believing they would do another 35 for at least a year.

I don't care all that much about the price, and neithermdoes a lot of people buying the L-primes, I get them for advantage s I don't have right now, like weathersealing and way better corners and even faster .AF.

Yeah, the .af test is pointless, tracking a subject shows it way better than timing on a still subject...

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon 35mm f/1.4
« on: December 08, 2012, 05:11:01 PM »
Thanks for posting ! Canon needs to release the mk2 right now,...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using 1DX in very low temperatures
« on: December 08, 2012, 10:16:08 AM »
It can take it, trust me, lately i've taken it out in -25 celcius and into +25 inside several times a day' no problem! But wait until is more normal temp before opening and changing lenses, but i've also done that with no issues.

In Norway -10 is what we have in April, snow in May happens... I myself went out in -43 once, that was cold though  ;D

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Lighting / Re: Help with lighting setups for portraits...
« on: December 07, 2012, 05:33:54 PM »
I just bought myself the Elinchrom Quadra Ranger RX with A-head (short flash duration to freeze action) As a modifier  went with the Deep Octa 70cm, which has two diffusers and a deflector, can be used with lots of options.

It has a built in Skyport radio receiver and with the optional (must have) Transmitter, you can control power from the camera, which to me is ESSENTIAL, turn it off, set the exposure for background, flick it on and adjust power of the flash with two hardware buttons, up/down. Absolutely awesome.

I've done the strobist-way for years, and it is very fiddely, lacking in power and quality of light and I HATE umbrella-boxes that break for nothing. I still use Photiix Odin triggered speedlites for some things, and also as an additonal light to the Quadra, as I currently have only the one head.

You can save yourself some money by getting the Quadra right away, instead of triggers, two 580's (which you need outside) battery packs, clamps and other mounts, a few soft boxes (as they usually break).

The Quadras are 2 2/3 stops more powerful in a softbox than the 580 ex. I have shot with the Octa at 1m from me at F22 and had enough power, the backrgound, which was a white winter sun , mid day, looked like the late evening!

Add fantastic built, incredibly consistent colortemp and light-output, ready-beep, model-light and you have a seriously great set up where the lamp is actually smaller and lighter than a normal speedlite and at 400Ws!


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Do not use the packs with AA's, trust me, you'll go nuts from all the charging, unless you have a 15 min charger that accepts 12 batterie. at a time... i've used those cpe3 packs for two flashes and that's 24batteries you need to charge every time you want to use them.

I bought the GoDox pb520 or something like that, build in battery you can just plug into to the mains and charge it, lighter and I get at least 400 shots at near full power. They are really great and not that expensive. Set the recycle function on your flash to only use external power to recycle, that way your in flash AA's lasts way longer...


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Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:06:58 PM »
A 50 L that looks exactly like the present, same weight, size, build etc. But sharpness and overall IQ the same as the 300 f2,8 and the same AF speed/accuracy. And the hybrid IS.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1d X focusing screen
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:48:16 PM »
Hi guys!

I know the EC-S focusing screen isn't firmware supported for the 1d X, however, I have tried changing the setting away from the standard screen, and the only lens that metered different was the 135 f2 L, and I've sold that.

Does this mean that I can use the EC-S with the 24 L, 35 L, 50 L and 85 L and NOT have a metering issue? Or does it all change when actually replacing the screen rather than just setting the camera to think it's there?

I would REALLY like to use the EC-S screen, but if the metering is off, no point in spending money on it.

Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: Is this the normal bokeh for an L series lens
« on: December 01, 2012, 06:11:31 AM »
Yes, it's normal! And yes the 35 has a CA issue. You're going to use it for portraits? Well... You really need to understand optics, the sooner you learn how crappy all lenses are, the better pictures you take ::) the 35 L is one of the absolutely greatest, I love it for the focal and that awesome AF, very sharp wide open. What makes me get the mk2 is primarily weather sealing, better corners and less ca.

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"sounds interesting"  ;D

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Lenses / Re: tilt-shift question
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:28:53 PM »
Had the 17 and I loved it for architecture and landscape, but turne out I became just as quickly bored with it as I did with my 14, persona preference really... I think the 17 is the most fun UW lens ever  made...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX err80
« on: November 28, 2012, 10:23:16 AM »
Just had my first "Err80" firmware 1.1.1, anyone else had that Err with with the 1.1.1 firmware?

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Software & Accessories / Re: What's your favorite Lightstand?
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:00:23 PM »
Thanks, awesome! I'll be sure to check them out. Mine couldneasily take the weight, but snapped in the joint when I grabbed it, needless to say, I hate wind! And even with the battery pack around the bottom.

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Software & Accessories / What's your favorite Lightstand?
« on: November 26, 2012, 09:30:35 AM »
Hi guys!

I want a lightstand that's light and small for a Quadra head in a 70 cm Octa.

Until today i used the stands that came in the Dlite4 kit, but the plastic tighten mechanism snapped when I grabbed it to prevent it from falling over. Metal is what I need!

Tips are most welcome!

Thanks!

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Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:08:10 PM »
Got my Quadra with 70 cm Deep Octa box the other day.

First thoughts:

Pro's:

 fantastic power from small lightweight stuff! They quality of light is gorgeous! Very easy to assemble and can be left half mounted. Very high sturdy quality on the Octa and batterypack. The head isn't bulletproof, but it's very light and just sits there so no real worries. The flexibility with the octa is enormous, you can use it bare, with only the deflector, with inner diffuser, outer, both or all three. All creating very different looks all equally high quality. VERY short flash duration is a GREAT feature! The LED model light is also awesome, I don't use it for video, but as focus assist and also, as a modelling light.

Cons:

You'll never learn how to use the "menu" without carrying the manual! Really tricky with just 7-seg's!
(Most of the things is a one-time change only, but indeed some aren't). The Asymetrical power can be frustrating when shooting two lamps. I tend to mostly use one and I work around it, but 50/50 would be awesome.
No small protective cap when the head is mounted in the standard Elinchrom adapter, so you have to carry the Quadra reflector for no other reason than to protect the flash tube. It can be a bit heavy, so for minimum weight, get the new lithium batteries.

The worst is that although it says "Skyport inside" it is only the receiver that's built into the batterypack. The TRANSMITTER is an expensive extra.. Remember this or you're stuck with the cable.

Conclusion:

Get the transmitter! Only way to remote control power. And also get the Octa, it's fantastic and perfect for a small portable kit. Would I recommend this? Oh, yesss, absolutely. Probably the best portable light there is when you don't need a mule as an assistant to carry the weight. And also one of the shortest flash duration for action. Love it!!

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