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Messages - Chuck Alaimo

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:28:11 PM »
the sky last night was freaking uber ridiculous!

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:18:01 AM »
I hope they give the new flash head the same range of rotation as the 600EX-RT.  The head of the 430EX has a limited range of rotation.

There are only so many things how you can cripple a flash so people who don't need the "pro" features like ext. power supply and fast recycle time still can be upsold to the most expensive model. Imho Canon won't change a running system, and the extended flexibility of the head is one of the things that appeals to everyone.

The other thing the "small" flash probably won't have is the great 600rt usabilty simply because the flash is smaller, so if using one on-hotshoe or on-bracket flash the 600rt will still be better unless you perfer the in-camera menu (if you manage to find it).

odd thing about that is recycle time wasn't really gimped on the 430's - smaller flash, less power = faster recycle.  I found my 430's faster at recycle than either my 580's or my 600's.

Unfortunately, brand new upon release these will not be my beater flashes!  But, I may snag a few more 430's because the price of those will surely drop. 

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:14:51 AM »
Wow, no one stating the blindingly obvious feature that canon should put in all their flashes ----come on now, how hard is it to put a freaking battery meter in there?  It would be so awesome to be setting up my lighting and turn the units on and know....ohhh it's got 3/4 power left, no need to change batteries, or wow, 1/4 left, better put some new ones in.  The 600 really really should have that!!!  so I won't hold my breath on a 400 series flash having such a simple feature --------- it really boggles my mind why it's not there.  Maybe I'm the only one that's bugged my this????

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What can Canon put into a T6i to make it interesting?

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At the moment I can't think of anything to answer either of those questions.  Anyone?

Plenty. They can put the 1Dx AF unit in. They can bring back CF. They can make an APS-C version of their 120MP APC-H sensor. Etc.

There is quite a lot they CAN put in it. The better question is what WILL they put in it, and history suggests that if there are any improvements beyond a higher model number, they'll be marginal. DPAF seems likely.

1dx AF?....that will never be in a rebel

CF, doubtful as  the market trend is SD for the low end

120MB sensor???? are you smoking something????

The rebel is never going to have anything crazy like that.  and a dev announcement????  I really doubt we'll see that as there is little to no dev going into it ---it's a rehash of the old which is what happens on a product that gets refreshed yearly.  With new FF bodies on the horizon and the 7d's replacement, they have plenty to talk about.  Rebel releases will only get hype in a year that offers no other significant model updates.

Think you missed the point man, he said they COULD put anything in from the awesome tech they already have, including the 120mp (not mb like you wrote) aps-h sensor, which is real btw. But they don't put that in becasue obvious reasons.

I was just injecting that this is a really really really far off COULD to the point that it's just not feasible!  They could put english muffins and a colony of ants in there too.  1dx AF system in a rebel just ain't happening.  120MP's is just as unlikely.  More reasonable  GPS, Wi-fi, more x-points, touchscreen, better phone to camera interface, these are things that are more likely to happen.

and I know there is that prototype 120Mp sensor, but unless your a millionaire that won't be anywhere near consumer tech. 

Now reasonable is 1 MP per upgrade is proabably a bit more reasonable.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 15, 2014, 11:14:30 AM »
Said it before and will say it again, DSLR's won't be leaving anytime soon, and it won't be mirrorless that kills them.  Low end DSLR's may be gutted because the market for them is much less than it used to be because of the advances in cell phone cameras - where you used to need to get the better camera to get decent shots, cell phones keep getting better and in the eyes of the consumer - quality matters less and less as most want instant social network gratification.  In the eyes of many, a superior picture matters less than instant sharing. 

that's the bottleneck right now, the IQ on low end SLR's is kind of wasted on the majority of the low end, and no matter how small you make it, unless the camera is your phone there is a large segment of folks that want one device.  You go out for the night with your friends, your phone fits in your pocket, your camera does not!

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What can Canon put into a T6i to make it interesting?

...

At the moment I can't think of anything to answer either of those questions.  Anyone?

Plenty. They can put the 1Dx AF unit in. They can bring back CF. They can make an APS-C version of their 120MP APC-H sensor. Etc.

There is quite a lot they CAN put in it. The better question is what WILL they put in it, and history suggests that if there are any improvements beyond a higher model number, they'll be marginal. DPAF seems likely.

1dx AF?....that will never be in a rebel

CF, doubtful as  the market trend is SD for the low end

120MB sensor???? are you smoking something????

The rebel is never going to have anything crazy like that.  and a dev announcement????  I really doubt we'll see that as there is little to no dev going into it ---it's a rehash of the old which is what happens on a product that gets refreshed yearly.  With new FF bodies on the horizon and the 7d's replacement, they have plenty to talk about.  Rebel releases will only get hype in a year that offers no other significant model updates.   

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:56:07 PM »
hmmmmm...I rather like the sound of a 24-70mm f/2 DG ART....  :D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:41:45 PM »
I'll add a few to the mix ---  happy 4th!!!  even though its the 5th...

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:38:28 PM »
ok, path selected...  Going with the 600's and the st-e3...fun fun fun!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:20:31 AM »
I do feel like we're ganging up on poor Chuck a bit here, obviously the opinion of people who already own/use a bagful of 600's + ST-E3-RT is going to be a bit biased!  ;D But FWIW I must concur that I can't really speak highly enough of this combo for speedlite work.

Comparing studio strobes is a problematic comparison, although necessary when considering cost to power ratio. But for what the OP is shooting it would seem that the limitations inherent in big lights take them out of the running. (Now if those new Profoto lights didn't cost more than my first couple of cars, THAT would be something!!)

I went from 580EXII's + TTL Pocketwizards, to the 600RT system and it was the best money I ever spent. Funny how for so long everyone moaned about how far Canon was behind Nikon with small flashes but the engineering on the Canon RT system absolutely kills other solutions in the category now. (In my humble opinion! heheh). Of course things aren't perfect, a couple of features missing, no focus assist light on the ST-E3 and so on. Still miles better than anything else.

This isn't to denigrate other solutions, I admit I've been impressed with some of the 3rd-party gear especially Phottix. But for the price of that B&H package you mentioned, perhaps modestly offset a bit by the sale of the gear it replaces, I think it would be an investment that would be recouped by your time/efficiency gains alone. That has been my experience with the system.

I'm a big boy, no worries about the ganging up, and without context of what I'm doing/directions I have already gone down and abandoned (studio lights). 

I kind of thought I'd hear lots of praise for the 600's, no surprise, but thought i'd hear more giving the nod to the cheaper method.  I think I am now sold!

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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 »
Quote
"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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