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Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Photo Nows Carries Yongnuo Products
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:04:57 PM »
I have a Canon 600EX-RT and a Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter. Recently I purchased two Yongnuo YN600EX-TRs to go with my Canon gear. So far the Yongnuos have worked flawlessly. They seem quite well made and virtually indistinguishable from the Canon flash. They sync with the Canon transmitter with no difficulties.

Although I feel "uneasy" about supporting a clone product, the cost savings made it unresistible.

   - Pete

Great tp hear! I have five Canon 600ex rt and a st-e3, and I have to say that Youngno clones are very tempting to add to my other flashes. I can get three of them for the price of one of Canon :)

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:59:47 PM »
Hello Speedlite Junkie´s  ;D

Now my amateur Setup ist complete with 3 600EX-RTs.

2 Worked fine most of the Time, 3. is better for some additional Light´s .

Will mark my Group like Ramon .

Greetings

Bernd
ST-E3 is great to have, giving you a lot of opportunities. Unfortunately (as has been my experience trying to use my speedlites on my analoge cameras) it will not work with other systems. Hence I needed to buy Pocket Wisards to trigger them on my analogue medium format camera, and then you of course loose ettl.
Are you sure you don't need an ST-E3-RT to command these three, or maybe a higher power bare bulb flash in those instances where you need to overpower the sun (not trying to mean- this is the exact state I am in... :(  )

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:49:11 AM »
Hello Speedlite Junkie´s  ;D

Now my amateur Setup ist complete with 3 600EX-RTs.

2 Worked fine most of the Time, 3. is better for some additional Light´s .

Will mark my Group like Ramon .

Greetings

Bernd

Happy to hear :)

I did a photo-shoot this Christmas of a family of eleven. I did ok, but I am now wondering if I should add one or two :) Waiting for reliable reviews on the Youngno clone 600ex rt, as they are way cheaper :)

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Try to book a table at the River Cafe on the Brooklyn side. They have a little place you can set up a tripod outside, so you can get the long exposure of the water and the NYC skyline. I took mine in April this year.

Great shot!  Did you enhance Freedom Tower or is it a different color by itself?

Thank you :) No enhancements, only a little sharpening

To JRamirez. They might serve cheese burgers, but not sure, as it is a high end restaurant. Otherwise, if you are in this vicinity, you will find other spots that will give you approx the same angle :) Good luck

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Try to book a table at the River Cafe on the Brooklyn side. They have a little place you can set up a tripod outside, so you can get the long exposure of the water and the NYC skyline. I took mine in April this year.

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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 26, 2014, 05:39:11 PM »
Got myself a canon 60mm ef-s macro for $280.   ;D  It's a different world of photography now.  haha!

Thats a great lens. I have have used it many times on my wifes 600D :)

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: get a 135mm f2, or use existing 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: December 26, 2014, 05:16:27 PM »
Two different beasts :) I love them both. For me it was the 135L or the 100L HIS. I love my 135, and it is my most used lens.

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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 26, 2014, 05:14:27 PM »
As it was, my camera christmas presents to myself was entirely non-canon :) I do love my Canon gear, and feel I pretty much have what I need. It was time to get the small but helping Mamiya gear, such as a new diopter for the waist level finder, a grip, and a cable release :) That is where my heart is in these days, but as far as making money from shooting, the canon gear will be used in two days :)

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Lighting / Re: Pocket Wizard PlusX and 600ex-rt
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:08:00 AM »
Custom function C.fn-01 "Auto power off" set it to 1: Off (Disabled)

It's all in the manual. Try at page 92 to start.


Again, thanks. It worked like a charm :)

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Lighting / Re: Pocket Wizard PlusX and 600ex-rt
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:56:36 AM »
Custom function C.fn-01 "Auto power off" set it to 1: Off (Disabled)

It's all in the manual. Try at page 92 to start.

Thanks a bunch :)

Will do when I get home from the office :)

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Lighting / Pocket Wizard PlusX and 600ex-rt
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:35:10 AM »
If anyone could please advice me on this.

I set up a shoot in my home studio with a Mamiya RZ67 Pro ii, PW PlusX and 600's. (I hoped for a long time that I would be able to use my st-e3, but alas...). I was adviced to buy the PW PlusX and they worked well.

My set up was the following: Three 600ex-rt's in a 70x70cm softbox, and a separate 600 (fill light) in a small octashaped softbox. The speedlights were in manual slave, hooked to the PW PlusX. All worked well as far as shooting, and manually decreasing the power. I triggered and read the lights with the Sekonic 758Cine with the PW chip. The one thing that did not work, and I am seeking advice about here is the sleep modus kicking in on the speedlights. Posing the models, finding the correct focus is a bit cumberstone on the Mamiya, so it took time, so the speedlights stopped working/responding, and I had to walk over and push the fire button to wake them up, then step up, check focus and shoot. Is it a way I can prevent them from going in this sleep function? I do not care if that eats away on the batteries, but it would be really nice to be able to focus on the shooting of pictures, rather than running back and forth to be sure that the flashes are ready to shoot..

Gerhard.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: November 20, 2014, 01:07:29 PM »
To answer my own question. I went to a professional photostore (mainly for professionals) and we tried to find a solution, but alas, seems Canon will not allow it in the software. I ended up buying six PW plus X, and a Sekonic chip for my 758 Cine, and it works like a charm :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:36:21 AM »
A second question in the analoge realm if you have time :)

First a disclaimer... I guess you can call it an existential crisis that I am undergoing as far as photography is concerned. I sold some gear to raise money for the 7D II to accompany my 1Dx, but at the twelfth hour I had a change of heart. My aquintance with the Canon A-1 has had a profund effect on me, and a realization of how little of the technical aspects of shooting pictures i know.

Instead of buying the 7DII, I have now invested in a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II and stuff like scanner, lightmeter, lenses.. Hoping as I always do to be able to use gear from one world to another. While I did not dare to try the st-e3 on my Canon A-1 (after advice here), I am hoping that I will be able to use it to trigger my 600*s on the Mamiya. The camera was launched in 1995, and I know several who use PW to trigger it. Is there a reason why the st-e3 would not be able to do the same (I have not received the camera which is on the way)?

Gerhard

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Technical Support / Re: Question about " FORMAT" of the memory cards.
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:20:27 AM »
If I can add a question.

I just bought two new Lexar 64GB 800x UDMA 7 cards from B&H. My plan was to add the one to my 1Dx (I have the same card there, and also a 32GB SanDisk in slot 2), so that is has two of these, then use the other new card for my upcoming 7DII, and use the spare Sandisk for backup. I read in another thread about a guy having trouble with his camera (7DII), and it seemed that it was due to the CF card, and someone suggested a deep-level?/low-format of the cards. Is this necessary? And if so, do I need to buy a program to do so, or is it something I can do on my Windows 7 64 bit system?

Thanks in advance.

Gerhard

Generally, you do not need to low level format a CF card.  You should occasionaly do a low level format of a SD Card.
 
 
However, if you suspect that your CF card has issues, then put it in a card reader and do a complete format (Uncheck quick format on a windows computer).  This writes zero's to every memory cell, and if there is a bad cell, it should list a error and map it out.
 
You CANOT do a low level format of a CF card in your camera, that option is only for SD cards.
Thank you very much :)

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Technical Support / Re: Question about " FORMAT" of the memory cards.
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:40:31 PM »
I just bought two new Lexar 64GB 800x UDMA 7 cards from B&H. My plan was to add the one to my 1Dx (I have the same card there, and also a 32GB SanDisk in slot 2), so that is has two of these, then use the other new card for my upcoming 7DII, and use the spare Sandisk for backup. I read in another thread about a guy having trouble with his camera (7DII), and it seemed that it was due to the CF card, and someone suggested a deep-level?/low-format of the cards. Is this necessary? And if so, do I need to buy a program to do so, or is it something I can do on my Windows 7 64 bit system?
CF cards do not need a low level format ever. But to test a new card, the low level format would serve to point defects in workmanship.

After a long time of use, it is good to do a low level format to "erase" truly each sector of the card. You can do this formatting in a card reader on the computer with Windows, or the camera itself, marking the "low level formatting" option.

Thank you very much. So if I understand correctly, I will not need to do this if my cards work great, and after a long while, it I suspect that the cards are slowing things down I then can make a low level format? :)

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