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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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Technical Support / Re: Question about " FORMAT" of the memory cards.
« on: November 07, 2014, 04:11:12 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

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Lenses / Re: A Couple of Real World EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Samples
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:08:21 AM »
I think it looks great, and I am now thinking that I will start to shoot in JPG and RAW simultniously :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 04:17:27 AM »
About weather sealing and build detalis


http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/11/cracking-open-the-7d-ii

Thanks for sharing :) looks impressive, and I love his writing style.

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same im interested in your results ,   can get quite dark with a  red and a circPol set to the right  angle

I found a website yesterday with a matrix with filter factors, fstop increases, and what they do, that I found informative. fineart-photography.com/bwfilter.html

According to this, the 25a increases by three stops, so I guess that I will try it with the AE first, to be certain that I get the right exposure :)

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I have no insights to provide here, but would like to hear what people have to say. I just ordered a Hoya 25a red filter yesterday for my Canon A-1 camera. That was not to blacken the sky, but rather to create more contrast/punch in the skies :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:33:06 PM »
I actually ended up with two new pieces of gear arriving the same day on Thursday (by coincidence) - the 7D Mark II and the 300 2.8 II... (a good day)

Anyway, I was off to Vegas to shoot the Erasure concert from the soundboard, so it was good timing.  I literally fired off a few shots before I left (to make sure it worked) and set up a basic manual profile and I was off.  So I never really shot either until I was at the concert. 

Luckily, I was able to shoot the full set of the opener to dial things in a bit, then had just three songs to shoot Erasure.  I tried a few things within that time to analyze later - shot the 300 on the 7DII bare and with the 1.4X extender, and also shot the 300 on one of my 5DIIIs with the extender.  I didn't have time to get to the 2X extender.

I shot both RAW and JPEG (JPEG to quickly use for my article and RAW in case I wanted to mess with after LR updates).  I thought I had set up the 7DII to shoot RAW to CF and JPEG to SD, but it ends up I had both going to the CF (which filled, then moved to SD).

Anyway, my main take away was that it shot like a much faster (in terms of number of photos/FPS) 5DIII.  I felt like I could keep taking as many pics as I wanted without choking the camera.

I'll play around with comparisons this week, but for me I am definitely convinced that this new 7DII is a winner.

Jason
Thanks for sharing your experience

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Would you buy a 7d mk ii if you own a 1DX
« on: October 31, 2014, 08:20:08 AM »
So you have a new toy.
So you can post images in all the 7D MkII threads.

LOL

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