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Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Noob
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:07:17 PM »
I was in a similar position and went with the st-e3 and 600ex to start. Then added 3 more 600ex. I use the Foursquare setup and a parabolic outdoors and it does a great job in daylight. The High Speed Sync built into this setup works very well and is what allows for beautiful fill during bright daylight. This setup is also flexible in that you can take 1+ flashes off the Foursquare and have a multiple light setup with Manfrotto clamps or Gorillapods (both lightweight). With your setup (5d3 and 600ex) you won't need Pocket Wizards unless you start using portable strobes like Elinchrom Ranger RX and need the HSS.

I ran into a similar problem and went this route (Brands I used):

Arca-Swiss compatible L-Brackets (ProMediaGear). As mentioned above, it does allow landscape and portrait positions on tripod. If your tripod is Arca-Swiss compatible, then you're good. I had Manfrotto tripods and heads so I had to get adapters (Kirk).

Also highly recommend ProMediaGear's Boomerang flash bracket. Fits the L-Bracket and is the quickest landscape/portrait switch that I've seen.

Dual camera holsters belt with the Arca-Swiss Clamps (Spiderholster). The clamps are quick release so that you can mount the camera to the tripod and then back to the straps very quickly.

Double straps harness DR-1 (Blackrapid). This attaches to the Spider clamps. If not using the clamps, you have to unscrew the Blackrapid and will be slower.

I, also, am paranoid about having a single point of attachment. With this setup, I made a 1" loop with a long velcro strip, wrap it around about 3 or 4 times, around the corner of the L-Bracket, then bought a small, high-strength carabiner and attached it through both the Blackrapid carabiner and the velcro. Now, if the Blackrapid or Spider clamp fails, the L-bracket should save the camera. Wasn't meant to be if the L-bracket fails! 

This setup gives me a lot of confidence about not dropping the cameras. Single camera version of this setup is great, too. I'll attach a Lowepro Lens Exchange 200AW to the opposite side for easier lens changes.

Hope this was helpful and gives you some ideas. It's also very comfortable.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk iii Availablility What does it mean?
« on: April 03, 2012, 04:45:40 PM »
I saw that the kit was available last Monday night on B&H and ordered it with 2-day shipping. Received it on Thursday. I didn't pre-order, either. I wanted to see some reviews of the final release product before I committed myself to buying it. Very pleased so far. I think this is the first product that I'm actually reading the manual front to back. Good luck in getting your 5D Mk III. The wait will be worth it.

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