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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: PocketWizard, Yongnuo, or Phottix?
« on: November 03, 2013, 09:03:07 AM »
If things were reversed (Canon had 2nd curtain, and the competition did not) would those Canon owners proclaiming its irrelevance so vigorously be doing so?  I do not know, but my guess is "no".  ???

I don't have them yet (back ordered) but at $319 (Adorama eBay sale) my new Phottix Mitros Plus units would have to have something dreadfully wrong with them, and not a collection of tiny quibbles, to make me think I should have gotten the 600 rt's instead, given the added features, and the lower price, and the really very good Phottix name.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: A Pellicle Mirror by Canon
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:50:47 AM »
Is this going to make the body smaller to compete with the mirroless systems?
Listen, Canon... if you're reading...unless its going to make OVF better and not just smaller... don't waste your time. Unless you're going to cram more tech into the current bodies...

Think of it this way... not everyone wants small mirrorless cameras... its small and its cute, but thats about it.
Its like a Mini Cooper, not everyone wants one... similarly not everyone wants a Hummer either, but there is no point in making your entire product line into a mini cooper. If anything be like Toyota, have the yaris, corrolla, camry, RAV4, 4Runner, etc.

Wrong. Image quality is everything. If cameras can be made tiny without losing IQ, then go for it.

Who wants to drag around on big heavy bulky S___ if it isn't really necessary?

The only reason to why I'm still shooting DSLRs is because of the IQ. Sony's new A7R (tiny FF body) might replace my canon bodies permanently.

I have not mentioned anything about IQ, and I did say "not everyone," if you want small, dainty and fragile... then by all means... but I didn't consider you to be a "single person" that represents "everyone".
Who wants an expensive flimsy thing that can be broken with a drop?

And what if you don't have small hands?  I don't even like the feel of Nikon cameras, which are the same size as Canon, because their hand grips are so shallow and small I don't feel I have a grip on the camera like I do with the Canons.   Look at mobile phones. They got smaller and smaller for a while but then got larger again to let you use them more effectively.

I disagree I find the images sharper using second curtain as the sharp image is exposed over the top of any movement blur not the other way around

Well you might disagree, but that doesn't make you right. You have two exposures, ambient and flash, the two exposures are exactly the same, the burn in is identical with first or second curtain sync for the same ambient exposure, one is not "on top" of the other as the pixel information relays a two dimensional image, each pixels brightness is the result of the combined two exposures. Further, any movement blur is outside the sharper flash image, the pixels that record the blur are pixels that didn't get any flash exposure, so how can it matter when the flash fired?

There are a couple of good reasons for second curtain sync, but imo your examples are not one.

I think if a person is moving in one direction in the shot, the 2nd curtain makes a clearer image because there is a hard sharp leading edge.  If the subject is not really moving in one direction, or if they are moving randomly, it would not make a difference.

But I still can't understand why Canon couldn't make that work. Clearly it is not impossible if any 3rd party can take Canon's own equipment and not seem to struggle with it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Sports Line Updates Next? [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2013, 06:09:13 AM »
I hope they throw in $20.00 worth of weather sealing gaskets this time, so that if they come in optically as good as or better than the Canon versions and 1/2 the price we don't have to hear people saying how you have to figure the weather sealing is the deal killer.  :)

Actually, for lenses this long (300 to 800mm), the weather sealing is more important than on a 35mm prime, since you will be shooting it outside almost all the time.

Good for Sigma, cutting again into the semi-monopoly with some healthy competition to stir innovation and price restraint.

I just picked up 3 Phottix Mitros+ units for $319.95. Adorama had a super quick sale and dropped the price from $399.95.  It must have been a very fast sale and it sold out almost immediately.  They are back ordered so it will be 2 weeks before I get them.

Pretty excited about the built in transmitter/receiver.

personally i use phottix odins

they are not the cheapest but they are the best
the transmitter unit has a really nice large intuitive display screen on the back which lets you control all your flash functionallity and groups etc

they also allow high speed sync with studio strobes this is an undocumented feature but still pretty cool
one cool thing with this is you dont need the expensive odin recievers on the studio light you can just use a much cheaper stratto 2!

then you can mix speedlights and studio lights and do pretty much whatever you like and control the speedlights from the back of the transmitter, the studio lights you cant control as they are hooked up with the 3.5mm audio jack

Phottix also allows 2nd curtain sync off camera, which the Canon 600's cannot. Can someone explain how a 3rd party company can make a flash that can do that on a Canon camera, but Canon can't???????  ??? ??? ??  ??? ???

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Gets its Price
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:38:38 AM »
I am not trashing the lens. In fact if the IQ is greatly better than the Canon version then I believe that I will buy the lens. 

I am pointing out, however, the big elephant in Sigma's room.  They have begun producing some very impressive lenses, and producing them quite rapidly. But their cameras are just so weird that they do not seem likely to gain nearly the market share on the bodies that it seems plausible they may gain gain on the great lenses.  Maybe they need to make a sensor deal with Sony like Nikon did, and produce a line of "straight" cameras if the Foveon thing never fully catches on.  Or make their own.  Maybe a non-bayer approach like Fuji is using.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Gets its Price
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:18:23 AM »
This would make a good kit bundle lens if it proves to. E sharp and accurate.  It would probably be quite cheap that way. Too bad the Sigma cameras are so weird though.  Massive image files and correspondingly weak fps and buffer depth but not enough IQ benefit to justify the triple file size.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Gets its Price
« on: October 25, 2013, 09:12:32 AM »
I think it's safe to say that a lot of people will be eagerly awaiting a hands-on review of this lens.

Lenses / Re: Image of the New 100-400?
« on: October 24, 2013, 12:54:58 PM »
I don't know about the lens but that is definitely a Bigfoot holding the camera.

Software & Accessories / Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: October 20, 2013, 12:07:11 AM »
The Luma cinch doesn't twirl around at all like the straps that attach to one point can tend to do. The cinch attaches to two points on the camera and/or tripod mount.  That makes it lay flat on your side or back.   And the "cinching" part is good; you tug on the slider and it shortens for walking or lengthens for shooting.

Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:08:18 PM »
The "greengrocer's apostrophe is the one that gets me. It gets its name from days when vegetable carts were run by immigrants, but nowadays I see mostly native born speakers screwing it up.  It goes like this:  if you have more than one apple or pear, you have apples or pears. Not "apple's" or "pear's".  I get that in business emails from college educated people all the time though.

What do you say to those who claim this eliminates the need for primes?  (Other than for shooting narrower DOF than f/2.8?). Exaggeration?

Correct.  Looking for the Mitros+, which is the new one with the built-in wireless transmitter & receiver trigger.  Not the regular Mitros flash. 
 Cannot find it, though others seem to say they know where it is, and how much it is.  I am unable to find it using either Google or the Phottix website.  Am I just missing it?  Is it available in Asia, but not available in the US?

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