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Third Party Manufacturers / New lamp, what to buy?
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:06:31 AM »
Hi all!

I sold my Elinchrom Quadra because it didn't do HSS, and I'm currently using two 600 RT speedlites.

I'm looking at GoDox and had a look at this link:

http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_Portabe_Flash_EX_Series.html

But seeing that the say 400Ws is the same as guide no. 52?? I'm not sure why I would buy if that is correct, the 600 RT is guide no. 60. I know that you can't really calculate and convert those two, but they have provided both values, but I can't find it to add up. Which one is it? My Quadra was 400Ws and I had at least 1 1/3 stop power advantage over the two speedlites.

What would you recommend for a 400-600Ws portable flash that does HSS and is cheap like the GoDox?

Thanks !




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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:47:15 AM »
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But it's annoying to buy a fairly expensive AF lens which you're expected to fiddle around with on a docking station and even then seems best used, in the case of many copies at any rate, in MF mode.
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Why do you think AFMA exists on Canon cameras? To address the same problem that the docking station is for.

The problem isn't QC it is engineering tolerances and the fact that neither camera nor lens are all made the same. There is copy variation between each camera and lens. This means that whilst AFMA might be +5 for a given lens on your camera, that same lens might be -5 on my camera and that same lens might be +0 on someone else's camera.

Like we've said soo many times before, it's NOT about afma ... Sigh, it's the  inconsistency ! Please print this message and tape it on your fridge.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 04:40:39 PM »
Catching bubbles with 85L II @ f1.2

Sweet shot! The bars in the background lead my eye to the bubble, great pop also .

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 20, 2014, 04:30:48 PM »
Thanks for your comment. I used a IR-type preset for that shot, crushed the blacks a bit and it turned out better in BW in color, which I find seldom.

They have an B&W movie look that looks beautiful. Keep doing what you are doing, don't change a thing. Looking forward to seeing more.

Too kind man! Thanks! :D

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:45:45 PM »
Viggo, you are utilizing the Art wide open beautifully. Love your B/Ws.
How strong was the sun? I am impressed that 2 Speedlites at 1/4 are able to overpower it so well.

It was around 5 pm, so not midday, but the one of my daughter on the swing was midday. They are packing some real punch for sure, at least without a softbox. The 50 Art wide open is perfect for what I shoot, the complete no distortion and the corner sharpness is tailor made for me.

Thanks for your comment. I used a IR-type preset for that shot, crushed the blacks a bit and it turned out better in BW in color, which I find seldom.

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Lighting / Re: Bare bulb mod
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:25:50 PM »
@Viggo: This might be quite coincidental, but this thread was posted just today (a thanks and a shout-out, Hannes!)

I was going to post it a week or two ago but forgot, this thread actually reminded me to do it :)

Thanks a bunch, I'm an old electronics repair nerdy head, so this sort of stuff is candy to me, lol.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:15:02 PM »
Why worry what anybody else is doing?

Besides, many pros use P mode, Joe Buissink is a $10,000+ wedding shooter and he only ever uses P mode.

Agreed. The whole debate over "P," "M" etc., is the stupidest thing ever. They all get you to the same point (or at least they should if you know what you are doing). It's just a question of where you want to start out. All a matter of personal preference and one's choice for a starting point doesn't make you a worse or better photographer.

IF you know what you're doing is key in any situation, he clearly did not.

Besides I know a few pro-shooters that has absolutely no idea about how to improve their technique and doesn't how to use a camera to their advantage. I have helped a few with their 5d3's and 1dx's with things that annoyed the hell out of them and they found some crazy workaround that is totally not necessary. Not that that must be the case always. But if it looks like a monkey and smells and acts like a monkey, it surprisingly often is a monkey...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 09:51:41 AM »
So, this nearly made my cry. My son and I was watching a show at an amusement park the other day and this guy in front of me had an 1dX, but CLEARLY didn't know how to use it, he was pushing buttons and obviously didn't get the results he wanted. He looked sooo cocky I didn't even want to ask if he needed help... Then he rested his camera on his knee and I took this shot to see what he was doing wrong perhaps, pretty obvious to me. I wish someone that knows what a 1dx can do, could have had this camera instead of him.




Hey Viggo....I wish you would've come over and said hello to me at the park that day!  ;) ;D


HAHA!  ;D

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 07:45:52 AM »
Thanks guys!

Yeah, it's a zoo, if I had been this close to one with no fence to protect me and he/she was eating I'd probably be eaten as well, lol. And I've heard they are super shy, so it would require some effort to see it in the wild, not many of them here either.

They have a big area to live in in the zoo, no cages or crap like that. They're treated as nice as they can be without being free.




I am planning to visit a Zoo next weekend with family. But honestly, I do not like Zoo much....since I like to see animals in freedom in their natural habitat. But, sometimes a Zoo is the only way to protect some animals from extinction...unfortunately. And, it is the only way to show children those wildlife animals in real-life instead of Discovery or National Geographic TV. I took my son a few times. Next weekend my daughter will come for the first time...at least in the age that she is aware of those animals.
This is the Zoo...famous in Europe...   
http://www.burgerszoo.com/


I absolutely agree about zoo's, but at least in Scandinavia I think they do well in caring for the animals and treat them nicely. Would LOVE to go on a wildlife safari some though.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:47:38 AM »
Thanks guys!

Yeah, it's a zoo, if I had been this close to one with no fence to protect me and he/she was eating I'd probably be eaten as well, lol. And I've heard they are super shy, so it would require some effort to see it in the wild, not many of them here either.

They have a big area to live in in the zoo, no cages or crap like that. They're treated as nice as they can be without being free.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:35:55 AM »
But we saw the awesome Lynx at least, lol.

Wide open with the 200 f2



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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:09:11 AM »
So, this nearly made my cry. My son and I was watching a show at an amusement park the other day and this guy in front of me had an 1dX, but CLEARLY didn't know how to use it, he was pushing buttons and obviously didn't get the results he wanted. He looked sooo cocky I didn't even want to ask if he needed help... Then he rested his camera on his knee and I took this shot to see what he was doing wrong perhaps, pretty obvious to me. I wish someone that knows what a 1dx can do, could have had this camera instead of him.


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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: July 20, 2014, 04:24:57 AM »
Prior to purchasing the mark II 70-200mm canon lens, I own and have experience with the canon 200mm 2.0L, 300mm 2.8L and the Mark I version of the 70-200mm canon lens and yes - they are amazing. After reading the rave reviews on this new lens, I was sold on upgrading my Mark I lens with this new version. Unfortunately I am not as pleased as some of the other reviewers. It's a nice lens and has benefits, but it is not the ultimate lens as some reviews suggest.
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Bad copy/bad body-lens combo perhaps? Mine is as sharp as 100L macro (and that is one sharp lens), never complained about sharpness with this white marvel...


There is quite the epic difference between the 100 L and 200 f2 and the other super tele.

I think you're disappointed because you are comparing the 70-200 to a lens that costs 2.5x the money and that the 70-200, at least of the 4 copies I have had, was weakest at 200mm where the 200 f2 is by far the worlds best.

I had the 70-200 and the 200 f2 at the same time, and while it's a fantastic zoom lens, it got sold because of the 200mm. And I have always said , buy the focal you need not the IQ you want, but for me I can live with running a bit more back and forth with the 200 than buy yet another 70-200.

I just have to add I was never disappointed with the 70-200, the IQ and the AF and small size and weight was REALLY good. But it's just not in the same league as the 200 f2. It lacks that wide open magic. People keep telling me you can get the 135 f2, the 200 f2.8 or a 70-200 for a fraction. As often as I can I lend them my 200 for 5 shots, they always say the same, mind blown, I get it now, you've made the right choice.

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Lighting / Re: Bare bulb mod
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:33:44 PM »
@Viggo: This might be quite coincidental, but this thread was posted just today (a thanks and a shout-out, Hannes!)

Bare bulb mod of YN-560 III (with pictures)
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=21859.msg416144#msg416144


Thanks! I didn't even know people "bare bulbed" their speedlites, see I learned something from this thread today as well, good stuff.

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:08:24 PM »
Here's a shot from earlier today, I have rediscovered hard light, and I love it!

Two Canon 600 RT bare bulb to the back left at 1/1 power, zoomed to 50mm. Triggered by the Canon ST-E3. Sigma 50 Art at f1.4, iso 100, 1/8000s.




How did you bare-bulb your 600s? Just Sto-fen or some mod?
Also, is there any advantage to bare-bulbing your Speedlites in the open instead of using them as-is?


Well, I have read and learned that "bare bulb" is as is, no modifier when it comes to speedlites. Which means they are used as out of the box. Only zoomed to 50mm.

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