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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600-RT compatibility information
« on: April 03, 2012, 07:42:41 PM »
Got my three flashes and the manual. Seems to be working fine (very basic testing) with a 5DmkII

In the manual it states that E-TTL is not possible with the older cameras, such as the 1D, 1Ds, 1V, Elan, 50, Rebel 2000, etc.

It also says that with a pre 2012 camera you have to use a flash sync speed 1 increment slower and high speed sync is not available. Again minimal testing, but I'm using HSS successfully, and am not compensating by a stop. Even though I'm getting the !Tv warning (occasionally) they said I would get.


I've got a "New Order Processing" and a check with customer service said that they've got them in, and they will be shipping out today or tomorrow at the latest The ST-E3-RT is on backorder, and I've got three 600's coming for my 5DMKII.

Lenses / What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:47:05 AM »
Me - a new 100-400L II.

I have the 16-35, 24-105 and 70-300/2.8 - a nice lineup, and most used in that order. I shoot wide mostly, but some reach would be very useful for exploring wildlife photography obviously, but it's no rush. Whenever Canon decides to come out with a new one I'll buy it, maybe this year?

Lenses / New lens vs 3x600ex-RT
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:01:33 PM »
I have three 600ex-rt on preorder and the st-e3-rt. I've been thinking, for the money I could instead get the 24mm TSE, the fishy zoom, or the Zeiss 18mm.

I have the 16-35II, 24-105 and 70-200/2.8, and two older flashes, plus the 5dmkii. I like shooting wide most of the time, and tight family portraits. I hate using the optical wireless, and need more flashes anyhow (have been holding out for RT). The three lenses are also on my list, but no immediate need with the 16-35.

I could use some advice, since I'm not buying a 2012 body (so have budget), which purchase do you think will give the most chance to develop and explore? It seems like the flashes are the logical step, but a new lens might be a good direction, (especially a prime) and yes I don't want third party wireless.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Thoughts on Lowepro Inverse 100 AW
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:39:28 AM »
I've tried backpacks, big and small, and they don't work for me. I like the Lowepro holster mini packs such as the Toploader 65, which is my go-to bag. The Toploader is just a tad too small, I'd really like to have room for a flash and an extra lens (which I could get with a side attached slip lock case), but I'm looking at the Inverse as maybe a good candidate.

Any thoughts on this bag?

EOS Bodies / Post your C1, C2, C3 settings
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:22:49 PM »
Hi Folks,
    I'm looking for some good ideas for C1-C3. Presently I have C1 as the "Oh the kid is doing something - I have to get a shot quick!" setting. On another thread I read some good posts about using the C3 for that.

Could you please post your C1-C3, with the exact settings that are saved there? That would be at least

  • f/stop
  • shutter speed
  • ISO
  • Focus mode
  • AF Points


EOS Bodies / Disappointed in 2012 cameras, looking for suggestions
« on: March 17, 2012, 09:31:46 AM »
Hi folks,
    I have a 5DmkII I bought in 2010 and have very much enjoyed. I planned on getting a second body and using the 5DmkII as a backup, but the lineup doesn't do much for me. I plan on getting a 1D one day - maybe 2012 would be the year - but they went for low pixels and high shutter. Exact opposite of what would entice me. Arguments on whether more pixels are actually needed aside, I know that I don't need more then a few frames per second, so while this is a great camera I'm just not enticed.

Likewise for the 5DmkIII, or the 3D as I like to think of it. Here I'm getting socked with a much higher price, and while there are a lot of great features nothing stands out, especially given the price.

Pro body upgrades are few and far between, how many years will I likely have to wait until the next product cycle? Seems like 3-4 years? If so having a five year old body might start to get pretty old, especially if they don't upgrade the 5DmkII firmware for the latest 600EX-RT features.

PS. I'm happy to fill out my lenses, flashes and other stuff in the meantime, but I'm concerned about being hobbled by my body in a few years and being stuck.

I don't know, the new 5D is nice but there's nothing really remarkable it seems to me. An evolutionary rather than revolutionary change. While the new flash is also an evolutionary change it's a much more welcome one to my mind. I've put off getting third party wireless - expensive, and I dislike the big, ungainly thing that you have to stick onto your hot shoe. Yuck ... build in to the flash with full ETTL support - beautiful. This is a huge change.

I preordered three and the controller when it becomes available for preorder. I already have a 580 and the previous generation (480 I think), pity that the flash doesn't mix optical and RF control, but that's what EBay is for. I this this will give me much more creative control then upgrading to the MKIII or a new lens at this point. Anybody else?

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