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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:54:43 PM »
Reconsider what you're trying to accomplish.  Are you looking to add more light sources to a frame, or are you looking to add more power?  If the latter, you may want to look at the Einstein in the post above, or the Profoto B1.  Yes, they are more than what you're looking to spend right now, but both of them offer up a lot more power and light shaping options than ganging together more speedlites.

see last reply...  For what I am doing, without assistants bigger units that need external power are just over the top for me.  I have had good luck with just 3 units, so adding that forth will help even more.   I'm just trying to feel out whether the investment in the 600's is worth it....so far i am very much leaning towards that option!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:48:46 PM »
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"AWESOME...can't go wrong. No studio lights needed."


Whilst I really like the flexibility of the RT system and it works very well for me 90% of the time there is no doubt it doesn't come close to even modest "studio" lights for power. Personally I think, as always, Neuro has a very good collection with a decent Canon RT setup and an Einstein or two.

Personally if Canon don't come out with a true 1Ds MkIII upgrade soonish my camera budget is going on the Prophoto B1 Airs, more than six times the power of a 600 for less money, you have to work hard to make a Prophoto seem good value!  :)

Something to also consider, an Einstein with cyber commander. You can use the Einstein to take pictures in full sun instead of using your quad holder that wouldn't have enough power. You can also use the Einstein for fill in a medium sized venue and your 600 on top of your camera. This is what I want next.

I have two 600s and ste3, I found that group mode is awesome and I don't have to keep manually changing my flashes on my umbrella or soft box. I can change within seconds on the ste3 which is a time saver. You can pick ettl, manual or both in group mode if you like.

I don't use the RT setup everyday, but when I do, it never lets me down. No problems on flash exposure or wireless connection.

Oh I know that studio lights are way more bang for the buck.  I had owned a set of Alien bee 800's.  But, I don't have a studio and for indoor photography it's mostly at wedding receptions.  I would lug the bees in with me and not use them.  It finally got to the point where they either sat in the car or in my office not getting used and collecting dust.  For what I am doing studio lights just made no sense. 

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 02:09:49 PM »
Chuck,

Looking at your gear signature I'd say bite the bullet and get the all RT setup. With the 5D MkIII you get full RT capability and as you already have one 600 and you are not using its true potential the B&H kit will really take it up a notch.

I pontificated for a while over the 550EX and Odin setup but went for four 600's and the ST-E3-RT, I am glad I did.

gotta update the gear sig actually!  lol.   the more I ponder, the more i like the idea of being able to change the settings right on the transmitter.  I know most who have the system love it.  and it's not even the cost of the current package that is holding me up...it's that I know it means I'll want an extra st-e3 and and other 600 if i go that route...so spending $1200 now means spending another $800 later....lol

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 02:05:59 PM »
If you are agonizing over the decision, you don't need the gear.

How much use have you gotten out of the setup you have now and like?

Hard, though, to go wrong for any other reason.

naw...those that know me here know that I almost always do this before plonking down the $$$...lol...I am a capricorn, so I tend to over-analyze buying decisions!

I do use the current setup quite a bit though --- here's a recent wedding shot using the variable nd filter and three off cam flashes on the quard bar.  :D  so in practice - I really can't at all knock the cactus system - starting my 3rd season with them now, bought 5, only one has died on me (and one other took a fall on the lightstand and ripped off the top hotshoe mount, still works to transmit though!)....

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:41:19 PM »
The 600s + ST-E3 is a sweet setup.  That would give you 3 600s with the one you already own, which will be good for many setups.  Depending on how much time you can wait, you might want to check out the refurb store when the units are on sale and see how they compare to the price you're considering now.

It's nice being able to change the different power levels (or ratios) from the camera rather than fiddling with power settings on each flash (in a modifier) esp. when used outside and the light is changing due to clouds, etc.

both are why i am seriously considering the 600 deal - then, down the line i can either sell off the 430's and keep an eye on the refurb/used market for slightly cheaper 600's.  LOL....that's the hard part, I have been real good at keeping my GAS under control this season - in fact this has been the year of seeking out inexpensive add-ons which make a hugh impact (quad flash bar for lightstand - variable nd filter, vid light...)  Going the 600 routs leads to me just wanting more 600's....lol...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:09:18 PM »
hmmmm.  I think I have posted a similar topic in the past, but, now i am looking back and forth at 2 shopping carts and am hesitant to pull the trigger....

I love using off cam light.  I currently have 2 430's and 1 600rt - and am using the cactus v5 triggers (which gotta say they work great for really cheap triggers.   I would like to add at least one more flash to the mix.  If i did add another flash, I am down 1 trigger.

note: I have been pushing myself to understand manual flash operation, to the point that now even if i am using flash on camera i am using manual mode.

so my options are - the cheapest path:

Option 1:  buy another set of V5's and one of these - http://scottrobertla.com/2014/04/27/strobie-230/ (that would be about $250

Option 2:  I have been considering switching to the phottix stratto II's - that plus one of the cheap flashes above would run me around $500

Option 3:  But, b&h does have a pretty sweet deal right now on a set of 2 600's with the st-e3 transmitter for $1190...

So i have the ultra cheap just get the job done method, the close to cheap but not overboard method, then the ok that's double what i was gonna spend method.

I do kind of like the idea of the st-e3, even if i keep shooting in manual mode.  thinking all those little adjustments that need to be made, being able to do that on the transmitter would be great.  But is that convenience enough to  call fort he switch?  (ok, this isn't a total switch because the 430's could then be used with the v5's).

the last option is the most likely to induce GAS though (lol, if it's that good then i will probably be swapping out the 430's and adding more 600's....lol).  hmmmmm

first option is the simplest though....and yeah it's kind of hard to say no to it...and I could add the forth option of going with another set of cactus v5's and make the 4th flash be a 600 (leaving me with 2 600's)..  that would cost about as much as option 2....and give me a few more options (I do roll with 2 bodies, so 1 body could be totally off camera, then the other could be 600 on and 600 off, kind of the best of both worlds...)

So, I am just gonna post this, then see what imput I get and make a decision later on today...lol

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:58:30 PM »
oh my....  :D

i think i did pretty good with this...astro work isn't what i usually do though, just a fun challenge.  I know a few of you do this stuff much more than me, so critique wouldn't be a bad thing.

Looks good!  There are many ways to "mess" with the image, but I think the simpler(more natural) the better.  I have tried going to the edge of destruction a few times.  Sometimes I'll look back at some and it's like "what was I thinking?" :)
This is my first one. Click on the image far larger size.   Shot with the Rokinon 14 mm f2.8  24 sec.  ISO 3200

Milky Way © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

Are you thinking I should mellow it down?  LOL, it's one of my trademarks, push the clarity all the way, love it then look at after a few days and think...why...lets tone that down....looking at it now and i am thinking tone it down....

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hmmmmmm...while i won't put much stock in the time table here (still thinking any refresh in the 1 and 5 series line will be as most say, closer to 2016 or in 2016), knowing that the cost will be at least the same as the 5d3 launch price (probably more), I'd say its a safe bet to start setting some cash aside! 

We shall see though.  while i think the time table is off, I can for sure see the logic in hitting the refresh button sooner than expected if this new sensor in the 7d2 is as improved as the rumors hint at....

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:26:00 PM »
oh my....  :D

i think i did pretty good with this...astro work isn't what i usually do though, just a fun challenge.  I know a few of you do this stuff much more than me, so critique wouldn't be a bad thing.

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a recent one...playing around with ND filters and off cam light....

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Out of curiosity, what do you expect to get from an EF-S L prime that you can't get from an EF prime? Lighter? Probably. Maybe it will be cheaper to manufacture, but if they brand it as Luxury it's anyone's guess how much if any of that savings will be passed to the consumer.

I have found that L-lenses generally have better colour and more pleasing image rendition than non-L-lenses (made by Canon). But I suspect you don't view lenses in this light.

Um, okay, but that's not what I asked. At least, that's not what I intended to ask. Let me add the missing letter to my question:

What do you expect to get from an EF-S L prime that you can't get from an EF L prime?

I think he already answered that: smaller, lighter and cheaper.

What he hasn't addressed is the question of why Canon would incur the costs of engineering a new set of L lenses for a market segment so small (that being people who will buy EF-S L but not EF L)

I'm sure he'll move the goalposts again, though.

don't forget that these ef-s primes will be priced like ef primes if they did exist.  So a market of folks that won't spend more than $800 on a body will obviously be more than willing to spend $1500 on one lens. 

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... but coincidentally a colleague who has a 20D told me yesterday that he looked at the 70D and 6D, and has decided to buy the 6D.  In his words, "The 6D's AF is basically the same as my 20D, but the full frame sensor is much better."

This is too good to pass up on ... Consumer opinion: the AF-system of the 6D is basically the same as ancient technology.  :D

Yeah it's old, but it is trusted and true.  If your not shooting action the 6d is a fine camera. 

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No, wow you need to take a moment and actually read.  What we're saying is the majority of crop users will buy the kit and no more.  Then there's few who like photography enough to take things to the next level, those are the people that buy L glass and aspire to FF - those are your hobbyists, enthusiasts and maybe future pros.

And I am also saying that you should take a moment and read (...). The "next level" and "buy L glass" does not per definition also include "aspire to FF". I know that that is how Canon has been marketing their DSLR system for years now, and that that is how nearly everyone on this forum understands it, but it is simply not written in stone.

Think about this: if all/most hobbyists, enthusiasts and maybe future pros are only shooting for "full-frame", then why are "crop-frame" systems like micro-4/3 and X even selling? Granted, sales are not anywhere near that of Canon's Rebel jobbies, but that is not their intended target market. Look at how good those systems sell and some of the lenses aren't exactly cheap, e.g. the D.ZUIKO 75mm and the FUJIFILM 56mm? It simply means that "full-frame" is not as important as Canon has led you to believe; but that quality is important, irrespective of the form-factor of the sensor/system.

I'm not the one declaring that EF primes can't be used on a crop camera mind you (ok, you said wasted, not can't be used in fairness...)  And I am not saying that everyone that buys a rebel will want to go to FF one day.  What I am saying is that enough do follow that path to make that upgrade route viable, lucrative, and profitable for canon. 

You seem to be a niche within a niche within a niche, within a niche, and no canon isn't going to tailor make a custom rebel with 7d AF, AFMA, and EF-S primes just for you.     

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... L lenses are desired not only due to their IQ but also because of their more rugged build quality - one of the reasons why you buy L you own and use it for quite a few years.

Exactly why I wanted Canon to make EF-S L-primes.

That's I think the key you are missing - you buy a body to get you through, but you buy lenses to last.  IMO, buying an L prime for a rebel is like making a downpayment on an upgraded body at some point in the future...

Not everybody aspires to "full-frame" ... in fact, I'd say that the majority of Canon users don't really care for "full-frame", as indicated by sales.

Your just going in circles now.  Basically you want a crop 1dx in a rebel body with a rebel price and EF-S primes to go along with that????

Yes, the majority of canon users may not want to move to full frame - those are your soccer moms, casual shooters, the ones who would stare at you blankly like your speaking a foreign language when you say crop vs FF.   For most who know more than the basics and take photography even a tiny bit seriously, they stay on crop for the reach factor with tele's - or, they stay on crop for budget reasons.  If your the Later, you probably don't really care if there's an ef-s prime cause your rocking long lens with a 1.4 TC to get the most range you can.  Of those who stay for budget reasons, then its a game of compromise - you get the best body and lens combo your budget can afford and rock it (and the combinations there are still pretty endless).

Either way, canon is selling a lot of rebels to that first group of soccer moms, enough that that drives the entry level market.  You want more than that, there are options.   


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You might want to look up the definition of the word "aspiration."  Many people aspire to own a better car, a bigger house, or even a newer tractor.  The fact that they do not buy them does not indicate a lack of aspiration, but rather insufficient means.

So the majority buy "crop-frame" xxx(x)D/Rebel cameras with the aspiration of later buying a "full-frame", yet they also never purchase a second lens. Mmmmmm ... huh?


No, wow you need to take a moment and actually read.  What we're saying is the majority of crop users will buy the kit and no more.  Then there's few who like photography enough to take things to the next level, those are the people that buy L glass and aspire to FF - those are your hobbyists, enthusiasts and maybe future pros. 

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