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Lenses / Re: World Cup started - no sign of 100-400L Mk2
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:47:45 PM »
The front element and hood don't appear as large as similar angle shots of the 200-400, the hood particularly looks smaller when compared to the camera body.

Trouble with thinking of a 100-400 MkII being a 100-400 f4.5-f5.6 with TC makes it an f6-f8 lens half the time. Not too sure that would make many happy, plus the additional cost of the built in TC would be prohibitive for the current 100-400 price point, even with a "Canon MkII surcharge".

It would give the much acclaimed and expensive Nikon 80-400 an interesting competitor though, and the 400 f5.6 is still there for people who want a "cheap" tele.

Lenses / Re: World Cup started - no sign of 100-400L Mk2
« on: June 14, 2014, 03:46:53 PM »
Don't know, or care, about 100-400 MkII's, but there are not many Nikon's in there.

Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:18:15 PM »
Just a small plug for the Acratech GV2 head, which I use and love. The Ultimate is mentioned but I thought I'd point out the GV2 weighs the same (<1lb) and has the gimbaling feature. I think a full gimbal would be a little overkill, but this could fit the bill perfectly. It's a pleasure to use, I would put the build quality on par with RSS or at least, extremely close.

That's a good point--when I bought my Acratech, the GV2 didn't yet exist.  If I were looking at their products today that would be at the top of the list.

I have had the Acratech GP head since it came out. If I lost it I'd buy another tomorrow, it is, without doubt, the best general use head I have ever used. The functionality is unmatched in price and weight, for more specific uses there are better dedicated heads, for general use the GP is the best  know of. Buy once and forget, is my suggestion for support, you wouldn't go wrong with the Acratech GP.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:20:37 PM »
This thread is the best read! But somehow I find that I have to clean my monitor afterwards - one shouldn't laugh violently down into a hot cup of coffee just when sitting down in front of the screen. *waves fist and clears screen all at the same time*

Thanks!  We try to be funny around here sometimes, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Sorry to hear about your monitor, though ;)

Make sure to re calibrate your monitor after your accident.

See, now, if you'd just spent the extra $2,000 for an L-quality, weather-sealed monitor....

You are way off, way way off, try $40,000.

Lenses / Re: This thing's gotta go!
« on: June 13, 2014, 07:19:27 PM »
I have only sold one camera and I have regretted it ever since.  It was a Pentax Auto 110.  An interchangable lens SLR that used 110 cartridges 8).  Not very handy in the dark room :o.  I sold it and bought my AE-1.   :-[

I wished I had kept it, it would look good on the display shelf with my other old cameras.

You can relive that for around $20. <$100 gets you a nice boxed kit.

Been thinking about it, but it is just not the same.  There is a difference between having *the* camera you used 30+ years ago and having a copy of the same model.

I learned my lesson.  I ain't sellin nutten.

I was kinda lucky, my first serious camera, a black Canon AE-1, that I got in 1978 is back with me after years away. I sold it to my brother many years ago, then a few years ago he gave it back to me, it sat in storage for years but I recently moved everything to where I am and I have it back in my hands. It needs the foam strips sorting out etc but I won't sell it again :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 13, 2014, 07:50:11 AM »
Grips have always induced derision, however their practical benefits can't be ignored.

So we shall ignore them and concentrate on digital cameras with built in grips. There are two main reasons for built in grips, the first is battery power, ever compare a 1Dx battery to a 5D MkIII battery? There is nowhere to put the kind of battery a top end camera with framerate and data throughput that you all seem to want needs, well not if you want any kind of battery life. If it has the specs you want and doesn't have a built in grip look at a very mediocre battery life. The second reason, and it is a distant second, is weather sealing, now they could make a truthfully weathersealed grip, but they don't, ever read the article about the failed 5D MkIII's in Antarctica? They all failed because of the grip to body seal.

My guess is that the 7D MkII will not have a built in grip, the reason is money, grips are cash cows and almost everybody who buys a 7D MkII (apart from Tugela) will buy one, that makes a $2,200 camera actually earn over $2,500 for Canon. The other thing is grip options, whilst the MkII might have GPS built in I believe if it has WiFi it will be the crippled 6D type, that won't work for many so the fully capable WiFi grip, a dedicated WFT grip, becomes another, more modest seller.

Technical Support / Re: OMG Cookie Hell on Canon Rumors
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:31:10 PM »
I use Do Not Track Me as a Firefox Add On.

Lenses / Re: This thing's gotta go!
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:57:31 PM »
I have only sold one camera and I have regretted it ever since.  It was a Pentax Auto 110.  An interchangable lens SLR that used 110 cartridges 8).  Not very handy in the dark room :o.  I sold it and bought my AE-1.   :-[

I wished I had kept it, it would look good on the display shelf with my other old cameras.

You can relive that for around $20. <$100 gets you a nice boxed kit.

Lighting / Re: Cold Shoe for 600EX-RT?
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:09:18 PM »
  I;ve read you also have to be careful not to overtighten the Vello/Stroboframe-style cold shoes, as doing so can damage the foot of the flash.

I have damaged many plastic "flash" mounts with the Stroboframes, mostly wireless remotes that have hotshoes but the occasional flash as well, one of the few things I hated on my old workhorse 550EX's was their plastic feet, I used to buy the replacement feet six at a time. Of course the 600's have the metal foot and I don't believe you could get enough leverage with your fingers on that little red screw to damage a metal foot, but slide in works so much better.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:24:46 PM »
Can somebody explain to me HOW lack of a mode dial is a good thing? I've never really understood the button system on the 1D line. To me it seems to be a lot slower to switch modes like this.

Dials are difficult to seal. You can't REALLY seal a rotating component...there is always going to be the open joint where the seal meets the shaft of the dial.

Buttons, on the other hand, can be completely sealed. You place the button on the outside of the seal, the electronics that activate on "press" inside the seal, and everything is good.

The 1D X uses buttons to meet it's weather sealing grade...which is quite a bit higher than the current 7D. If weather sealing is important (and if you shoot sports or any other kind of action, it's plenty common to shoot in the rain or other wet weather), then the 7D II moving to a button-only system is actually a rather welcome thing.
I agree with you provided they do not put a pop up flash as it was suggested in this thread.
Otherwise it will be the most joke camera ever!

The 1DX has two dials.

Making 100% waterproof seals for buttons or dials to "weatherproof specs", or "splash proof", is very simple, there is no pressure involved so it really is a case of very basic machining and tolerance control, something a company like Canon could do without breaking a sweat, just look at the tolerances they already work to in even their cheapest DSLR's with mirrors, AF modules, shutters and lens mounts, all of these are very fine tolerance items already.

All the true waterproof housings I worked with, and that is hundreds, never had a membrane across a button, they had a shaft and simple rubber seals on that shaft, most were good to 150', many are now rated to 400', again with simple "O" ring seals on a shaft. Some of the surf housing, which are only rated to 20' but are built to take severe punishment, do use fully sealed buttons, but even they have shafts with regular "O" rings for the lever controls like shutter button etc, and they have several dials/rotating knobs.

Sealing a dial on a camera to weather proof is easy, and cheap.

Lighting / Re: Cold Shoe for 600EX-RT?
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:50:43 PM »
What is it about the lever locks that make you not like them with clamp-style cold shoes?  I'm trying to visualize how a lever lock would get in the way.

Because if you tighten up the red clamp screw first, then try to lock the flash on with the lever it doesn't work very well, indeed if you have tightened the red screw enough the flash lever lock won't work. I find the red screws far to fiddly, especially with the 600 foot weather seal. The flash lever lock is far more sturdy, fast and efficient, but with a clamp cold shoe you can't use just the flashes lever.

Oneguy's link looks perfect. Metal rails, plastic surface, locking pin detent, brass thread, cheap. I am sold.

Lighting / Re: Cold Shoe for 600EX-RT?
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:03:34 PM »
Neither of those two plastic cold shoes you linked seem to have clearance space at the bottom for the pins to not touch anything?  I thought having clearance space was preferable.

Also, are the Stroboframes a good fit for the 600EX-RT, from what you've experienced?  Not too loose or too tight?

I use the Manfrotto one all the time, it doesn't matter that the pins touch it, it is plastic, I have never had an issue using them.

The Stroboframes work fine, I just don't like them for use on flashes with lever locks.

I would not recommend clamp style cold shoes for flashes with lever locks, I much prefer the sliding style coldshoe for those types of flashes.

Lighting / Re: Cold Shoe for 600EX-RT?
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:34:37 PM »
I really don't like clamping cold shoes with flashes with lever clamps, had too many miss mounts. Yes I have half a dozen of the Stroboframe ones, and 600-EX-RT's, and you are welcome to the coldshoes.

This is on the top of the Manfrotto Justin Clamp and works perfectly with the 600's, I don't have a Frio at hand but I am surprised people are saying they are problematic with the 600's.

This also looks good for lever clamp style flash mounts, and very reasonably priced.

Looking for opinions into the Honl vs Rogue gel kit systems.  Pros/Cons of one over the other.  Any feedback would be appreciated!  Haven't invested in either system yet.

Also, I am wondering if anybody here with a 600EX-RT actually uses the included gel holder?  I know that if you use the official Canon-cut CTO that the speedlite will supposedly auto-detect its existence and modify the flash exposure.  What happens if you cut your own gel and stick it into the holder?  Anyway, I'm just wondering if anybody actually uses the Canon gel holder for real shoots or if it's just a gimmick.

I don't use any of them, they are all to big, clumsy and expensive. I use these $2.50 for hundreds of gels, I put a bit of gaffer tape on them and can reuse them again and again. also doing that you can still fit any other mod on.

The factory 600 gel holder is a bit crap, it is way to big and the flash only recognises two gel colours. You can cut your own but the holder restricts the use of additional modifiers and if the gel isn't one of the two factory colours you can confuse the cameras WB calculations.

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender Diffusion Kit vs actual softbox
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:23:01 PM »
They are not a gimmic, they can be used to very good effect.

The large is as big as you'd use on camera, but on camera is not, truthfully what they are for. If you are going for off camera only get the XL.

But they are not a softbox, they work differently and at their best when used pretty close.

The best shooter I have seen using them is Lou Freeman, she uses up to half a dozen 600 EX RT's and Rouges. Many of the images here were shot with Rouge products,

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