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Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: Today at 09:41:37 AM »
... try to track playing kids :)
That's wildlife  ;)
At least with my kids  ;D

LOL, mine too :)

Btw. I had a 5DII and was not able to track my kids in AI Servo. When I got the 1Dx the 70-200 II became a new lens for me with much more versatility. I am looking forward to the 7DII as my camera number two. While I will read reviews (my nerdy nature), I will buy it and enjoy it regardless. A friend of mine who is a professional photographer has used the original 7D for work with great success, and this can only be better in my book :)

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Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: Today at 09:31:50 AM »
Only for wildlife and sportsshooters...? While I am neither (other than on occasions), he should try to track playing kids :)


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I have a Lexar Professional 800x 64bg UDMA 7 card (in slot 1), and a SanDisc Extreme 32gb, 60MB/s UDMA (in slot 2) on my 1Dx, and the cards have never held me back so far (as far as I know). So I am thinking that I might buy a dedictated Lexar Professional 800x 64GB UDMA7 for my 7DII? If you look away from the possibilities to have the second cards slot at back up, or to be able to continue shooting when first card is full, is there a reason to start to invest in SD cards as I have none from before?

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I will only use the camera for stills.

Will you both have a CF and a SD card, and if so which are you planning to use. I have several CF cards for my 1Dx, but I would like dedicated cards for the new 7DII.

G.

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Lighting / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT at Photokina?
« on: Today at 02:48:53 AM »
Lookiing at ebay.com some Chinese vendors list October 24 as the date when they start selling the 600ex rt. I will be awaiting reviews (I have the Canon ST-E3). If they work great, they will be a nice addition to my canon ones for less than a third of the price :)

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: Today at 02:28:40 AM »
It's no problem leaving HSS as default.

... which makes it so annoying you have to explicitly turn hss on after each battery change, and if you forget it the flash clips at max x-sync and the camera engages safety shift :-\ ... if the flash doesn't remember the setting, I'd rather have a "no hss" setting next to 2nd curtain than the way it is now.

I would like the possibility to stop action with HSS, but also to overpower daylight.

You can use Magic Lantern, dual_iso ~triples+ the flash effectiveness... I use it all the time for high-power hss in bright daylight with a single flash as I find the 6d's max x-sync of 1/180s very limiting.
I don´t think ML has cracked the 1dx, nor would I dare to install it :) I did have it on my previous 5D II

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:28:57 PM »
It's no problem leaving HSS as default.
Your flash works much harder during HSS, and produces less light while doing so.

So there are at least two problems:  1) the increased power consumption will wear down your batteries faster, and 2) the increased power consumption will heat up your flashes faster.



It seemed the core of his question was what happens at 1/250 s (Xsync) and slower, and in that case the flash fires normally even with HSS set.  The flash only fires in HSS if a shutter speed higher than Xsync is selected.  I wouldn't consider increased power consumption a 'problem' although it's good to be aware of it (one should always carry extra batteries if relying on flash).  I don't know that overheating would be an issue, but the 600EX-RT has an overheat warning (the display backlight turns red). 

But it might be worth knowing why the OP wants to use HSS, there may be other solutions.  The flash is much faster than 1/250 s, and can be used to stop action.  Alternatively, if using fill flash with a very wide aperture in daylight, an ND filter can knock down ambient light to Xsync speeds.

I would like the possibility to stop action with HSS, but also to overpower daylight. I have never used ND's for this, but will certainly give it a go. None of my lenses are F1.2 (where I have read about this technique before), but three of them are at 1.4, so I guess the same goes for them.

I don't think you're going to stop motion or overpower daylight in HSS.

A normal flash duration is very fast, and can "stop motion".  But HSS rapidly blinks for the entire duration of of the exposure, so it's not really any different than ambient.  The flash won't stop motion any more than the normal exposure would (when above max sync).

HSS also cuts into your power, considerably.  Flashes have enough trouble overpowering sun at full power; in HSS you're not going to overpower very bright sunlight.  Maybe bare, close to the subject, but you will notice the power reduction.
This might be correct, but I have now five of these babies, so I will definitly try :)

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:42:20 AM »
It's no problem leaving HSS as default.
Your flash works much harder during HSS, and produces less light while doing so.

So there are at least two problems:  1) the increased power consumption will wear down your batteries faster, and 2) the increased power consumption will heat up your flashes faster.



It seemed the core of his question was what happens at 1/250 s (Xsync) and slower, and in that case the flash fires normally even with HSS set.  The flash only fires in HSS if a shutter speed higher than Xsync is selected.  I wouldn't consider increased power consumption a 'problem' although it's good to be aware of it (one should always carry extra batteries if relying on flash).  I don't know that overheating would be an issue, but the 600EX-RT has an overheat warning (the display backlight turns red). 

But it might be worth knowing why the OP wants to use HSS, there may be other solutions.  The flash is much faster than 1/250 s, and can be used to stop action.  Alternatively, if using fill flash with a very wide aperture in daylight, an ND filter can knock down ambient light to Xsync speeds.

I would like the possibility to stop action with HSS, but also to overpower daylight. I have never used ND's for this, but will certainly give it a go. None of my lenses are F1.2 (where I have read about this technique before), but three of them are at 1.4, so I guess the same goes for them.

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:38:41 AM »
In any case the lights will tell you if they're getting hot.

Jim

So from this I might infer that the worst thing that can happen is that it stops working for a while until it has cooled down?

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Lighting / Re: Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:57:52 PM »
The manual indicates that if you fire the modeling flash (which is what that 'continuous strobe' is called) more that 10 times in a row you should let the flash rest for 10 min.

It's no problem leaving HSS as default.

Thanks Neuro :)

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Lighting / Is this dangerous when using the 600ex rt´s?
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:42:27 PM »
I have a couple of questions:

1) When using three 600 and a st-e3 for a shoot a week ago, I happened to bump into on of the two buttons down to the right (left when viewed from front) on the 1Dx, and it gave me a strobistic preview light. Brilliant to have this feature I thought, until a friend of mine mentioned that this can kill the strobe if used ´too much´. As I do not want to kill my speedlites; is this dangerous?

2) Is there any drawback to have them always on HSS? I seem to have read (or seen a video) that if shooting speed is below 1/250 it works just like normal, and that the HSS (and its subsequent limiting on power) only kicks in when speed goes beyond this. Are there any drawbacks or dangers to have this as a default setting?

Thanks,

Gerhard.

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Hey everyone

Can you guts please offer some advice on how one should or should pack one's camera bag please?

I've recently found that if I place my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L ii with the front element down, the lens cap pops off.

A veteran tog has also advised me not to pack my camera with a lens attached to it.

You guts have anymore? Should I vacuum my bag periodically?

Thanks guys

Never had that problem, but I think I put the lenses in the compartments with the rear down?!? I did break the UV filter on my Sigma 35 A attached to my 5D II, but that was on a trip abroad and it was just lying in a computer bag.

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Lenses / Re: Canon ef 300 mm f/2.8 IS II + TC 2X III test shots
« on: October 19, 2014, 04:04:33 PM »
Okay, so I just got this lens, and I'm jazzed, okay, I realize that. But, I put it on my 6D and took some pics of a building not quite 1/2 mile away at 300 mm and 600 mm with the 2X TC III. There are lenses that don't seem to match up too well with the 2X III (such as the 70-200 II zoom). But, that would NOT seem to be the case with the 300 mm 2.8 + the TC. WOW. You can see the screws in the security lights from nearly a half mile away. Okay, I'm impressed. (And these were just shot out of the box on a tripod, no remote exposure, totally auto mode shot...). (Click on the big thumbnail on the right to see the full resolution).
http://optimagroup.smugmug.com/Canon-ef-300-mm-f28-USM-IS-plu/

A great combo! I tried the same on a 1Dx last summer, and it was great. However, I think my 2xIII works just fine on my 70-200 II :)

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Is a hammer better than a saw? Should I get a hammer or a saw, or both? That is the question of the OP as I read it. Not the relative merits of a hammer and a saw. As the first reply in this thread indicated, only you can figure out whether you need to put in nails or make a piece into two in a good looking way..

As to you predicament. I had a similar predicament a couple of years ago. I was short on cash (for this sort of things) and I badly wanted the 135L, but also the 100L. While the one was the king of portrait, the other one could do portrait and macro... Well, I ended the dissonace by buying both :)

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:59:31 PM »
I'm just an amateur photographer who mostly takes photos of my kids so I usually just have one 600EX on my camera.  That said, I now have six 600EX and one ST-E3.  I take a lot of photos at children parties and I like using low ISO speeds so I put stands everywhere.  The place we usually have parties is very large so six lights is often not enough for those rare occasions.
I would be scared that the kids would run into the lightstands... :) I have settled on 5 for now, but who knows. I am also so lucky that I have a close friend who has two more if I need to borrow, as he can borrow five of me.


























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