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EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS M This Week? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2013, 03:52:25 PM »
Does anyone else want to be able to connect a remote shutter trigger?  Wired would be fine.  Or did I just miss the slot on my current model M?

+1 I'd love to be able to attach some M's to my dual telescope rig on my EQ mount. Losing the weight of the DSLR would be a huge benefit and still allow me to have a usable camera for day to day operations.

While my macbook pro is loaded up, and doing fine...for fun, I'm thinking about building myself a "hackintosh" desktop....something with some REAL power behind it....

Has anyone else here played with one of these? I figure with multiple, multi-threaded processors, tons of ram....render times would be almost nil.....


The hackintosh's I've seen are always loaded with bugs and few run well. You better off buying a Mac if you like OSX.

Otherwise Win7 Pro Runs all the Adobe software nicely.

I disagree. I've built two and they have barely any issues. The only one that's slightly annoying is not having the ability to sleep. Otherwise I have full optical audio, 3d, cuda support, etc. And my quad core (8 threads) w/24GB ram crushes in Lightroom/Photoshop.

If you attempt to build one just make sure you do your homework on hardware. Most problems can be avoided by choosing configurations that have been tried and working. visit tonymac's web site for help.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How much $$$ will the high-mp eos cost?
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:23:48 PM »
IMHO If the new megapixel monster is a 1 series style with 1 series pricing then Canon will have completely failed.

Why would I purchase said body for $8k when I could add a D800 + pro glass to my gear? I would rather be vested in both Canon + Nikon glass. This would at least allow me to care less about bodies in the future and support whatever company had the best price per feature camera body.

Point is if price is the same and performance is similar I'll take both Canon and Nikon instead of being forced into one.

Awesome! It would be nice to have an a programmable shutter release built in. That would be one less thing dangling off the camera on my equatorial mount :P

Would love the ability to have a polar alignment grid, but alas I'm likely dreaming unless I spend the time to do it myself :P

Anyways, great work and long live the 7D!

EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:36:23 AM »
My one word... "Fail". Basically a 5DMK2 w/ built in GPS/WIFI. Why even waste the time designing a new sensor? Why charge the pro body users for GPS/WIFI?? This is irritating. Why not recycle an existing AF that's popular (like the 7D).

Not sure what Canon was thinking on this one. I guess time will tell. I'll be interested to see how well this sells.

Lighting / Re: Soft Boxes for Flashpoint 1000w Hot Light?
« on: September 01, 2012, 10:12:08 AM »
The thought of putting a kilowatt of heat into a softbox would scare the...shot out of me.

Paul C Buff ships the Einstein lights with both 250 and 150 watt modeling lamps, and strongly cautions against using the 250 watt lamps with any sort of modifier that restricts airflow -- and explicitly includes softboxes in that caution. In the case of the Einstein, the concern is over the unit overheating and shutting itself down before it can damage itself, not over fire.

But a kilowatt? I've seen hairdryers with less heating power -- and you want to put that into a softbox? Hell, I've seen toaster ovens that don't draw that much....

And, safety aside, there's another factor at play. Even a kilowatt bulb isn't anywhere near as bright as a flash, and a softbox can suck up a good amount of light. Even if you did figure out a way to put that torch into a softbox without burning down the house, I don't think you're going to be very happy with the results.

My advice? Splurge for the $280 for a B800. (Actually, I'd advise saving up a bit longer to get the $500 Einstein, but the B800 is still a superlative light.) If nothing else, think of it as a dirt-cheap fire rider on your homeowner's policy.



This was exactly my concern. I don't know why they have those softboxes listed as accessories. My honest opinion was that the thing wouldn't last more than 15 min before catching fire. I wanted to check cause I really haven't used much lighting equipment other than the flashpoints for some product photography.

Looks like I'll be doing some research into the Alien Bee gear mentioned. Thanks!

Lighting / Soft Boxes for Flashpoint 1000w Hot Light?
« on: August 31, 2012, 06:08:31 PM »

I'm a lighting newbie and have been searching around for some softboxes/diffusion for two flashpoint 1000 watt tungsten hot lights I have. The hot lights have worked well (for the price) for a product photography shoot I did with a custom light box I built.

I would like to be able to use these lights for some portrait shots of my fiance. Adorama has these softboxes listed as flashpoint accessories but I'm wondering how well these would work since the lights get rather hot. I'd very much like to prevent the chance of a fire happening in my studio room ;)

Is it possible to use softboxes with constant output lights like these? Any other good options for me? I'd really like to get into some Alien Bee lighting down the road when I have more $$ but right now the budget is very limited.

Thanks in advance for all the insight!

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70/2.8L II is official delayed - again
« on: August 31, 2012, 11:17:07 AM »
If it's a chip modification and we have a 6-9 month wait what does Canon expect people to do for this focal range? The MK1 has been discontinued and the only other choice are 3rd party.

If we have to wait 6-9 months then Canon really dropped the ball big time. Personally I've been waiting to use my tax return on this since March. I might just start looking at other options (and for me the MK1 QC issues makes it not an option).

Lenses / Re: Canon Celebrates the Production of 80 Million EF Lenses
« on: August 22, 2012, 01:46:40 PM »
80 Million lenses and yet I still wait for the 24-70 f2.8 II... sigh :-\

Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:14:18 PM »
At $850 it better come with a bottle of lube to help relieve the pain. Not sure what Canon has been smoking but if that price is correct it better have build like an L lens in all respects except the weather sealing to be marketable.

There are times I wish I wasn't so vested in a single system...

Lenses / Re: Patent - Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:12:04 AM »
I would also gladly take IS and Internal Zoom even if the weight increased. As long as the weight didn't exceed the 70-200 2.8 IS II I wouldn't care. I was really hoping for both of these features would have been in the new 24-70 at a price tag of $2500.

For those that argue against IS being useful, then why does the EF-S 17-55 have it? Or even the new primes?

Lenses / Re: POLL: When will the 24-70 mk2 really be delivered?
« on: July 08, 2012, 12:46:13 PM »
You offer choices A through E. I choose F, as in who the F___ knows.  It's time to give up guessing when announced 'products' will actually be available.  Put your head in the sand and that way you can be surprised when someone taps you on the shoulder and says, "Here's the new lens from Canon I just bought at the store."



Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed Again
« on: July 05, 2012, 10:38:40 PM »
Ugh... more wait time. I'd love to see the internal gantt charts for canon products as of late. At least then I'd have a good laugh and it would put a smile on my face.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: remote tigger 600EX-RT
« on: June 01, 2012, 10:06:20 AM »
Does the Yongnuo RF-603 has TTL?  If not, should I get one of those Sekonic L-358 Flash Master?

or If I get two 600EX-RT, can it trigger remotely to each other ?

The Yongnuo only works in manual mode.

Recommend Adobe give us 5Dm3 and D800 support on LR 3 to cover us; then release a LR 5 when its good and ready.

This.  Also, am I the only one that doesn't like the changes they made to the tools? If 5dmk3 support was added to LR3 I'd go back in a heartbeat. Still edit my 7D files in LR3 just to no deal with the sluggishness.

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