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Lenses / Re: removing the tripod collar on the 70-200 f 2.8 II IS lens
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:45:24 AM »
Why remove it? It's a great grip.

Agree 100%.

I owned this lens for years before I even knew the collar was removable. It's so useful that I seriously can't understand why so many people can't seem to wait to take it off.

It fits in bags much easier without it. It adds weight and bulk. If you are not going to use it then  why take it. Just a few of the reasons I took it off and left it off.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« on: March 03, 2014, 11:11:08 PM »
The flash connection is relatively new, but it has happened on three shoots now, I shoot some real estate and have 600-EX-RT's inside the property and control them from outside, with the ST-E3-RT this is effortless and 100% reliable, however with the YN-E3-RT it is not so and when they do stop talking I have to take the YN off the camera and walk it back into the property, often the same room, to get it to reconnect.

The good thing Yn actually does respond to requests, and this sounds something they cannot ignore. How long do you have to stop shooting for the controller to work again, is it a thermal issue? Do these problems only happen on your legacy pre-2012 1d3, or also on new bodies that are supposed to support rt flashes?

I believe many will never have an issue with the YN, I probably work them harder and longer than most would and the reliability seems to drop off as shoot time goes up. For pre 2012 cameras and non critical/short term use they are still a way better buy than the ST-E3-RT, for longer shoots or with post 2012 cameras just get the Canon.

... unless you need the af assist, doh. I do hope Yn gets this fixed with a fw update (bless them for the option!), I guess they are interested in getting this right since it looks like this is to jumpstart their whole rt flash line.

I have had no luck getting decent responses from Yongnuo. I was told I was wrong on the occasion I did engage with them. They are working so hard and fast they don't even know how their own product works..........

I only use it on pre 2012 bodies, there is zero point to it on post 2012 bodies apart from AF assist and I use manual focus for the real estate. Once they quit I move on, I am not a Yongnuo sponsored tester, I just revert to the three groups I get native with the ST-E3-RT, next time I try them, hours or days later, they are fine, same batteries, same flashes etc.

If I needed the AF assist and it was a critical work environment, wedding receptions etc, I'd suck it up and get a 600 for on camera, besides, it is rare that an on camera fill or bounce is useless in those situations.

At this point, though I was very bullish about the YN RT system from the start, I am going to skip it, I was thinking of getting some YN-600-EX's when they came out but I just don't have the confidence in them now, just like Sigma, they might be fantastic lenses that wipe the floor with the Canon 35 and 50 L's, but if they stop working then I am even more screwed, and it wouldn't be the first time Sigma dropped everybody in the sh!t.

For me personally, and I well understand others will see it differently, reliability is worth way more to me than a $100, or a few lppmm.

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All that glistens.....

Not to question pbd's review, but he's using 1d3 cameras (afaik) and seems to be the first one to report these problems. Imho it's a bit to early to doom Yn's controller, if one select Canon product would show issues this would be attributed to rtfm, broken hardware, impossibly unlikely circumstances and whatnot. I hope Yn will contribute some insight once pdb sends them a description.

Yep, 1Ds MkIII's predominantly.

My overview of the YN-E3-RT is this, if you have pre 2012 bodies get it if you are not going to be a heavy or long session user. If you have post 2012 bodies don't get it, the ST-E3-RT is a much better buy and it is certainly worth $100 more then the YN. If you have paid >$2,000 for a body, $450 per flash then the $100 difference is not worth saving, and at this point in time the only flash the YN works with is a $450ish flash, saving $100 shouldn't be paramount in that market.

As for contacting YN, I have done that before, there is no point. They steamroller you and don't listen.

If any body wants a used YN-E3-RT drop me a PM, I am going to stick to my reduced functionality, but 100% reliable, ST-E3-RT.

I am not down on YN in general, I still have and use their RF-602's, and for manual flash via radio the YN-560II is crazy good value at $75, but they shouldn't be playing in the $150 trigger market.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:46:09 PM »
I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect

Argh, and I finally ordered it last week after so many positive reviews, esp. since I need the af assist over the Canon :-( ... did it work at first and then break, or didn't you realize the problems after purchase?

What's exactly the problem when changing settings on camera? Last not least, did you contact Yn with the flash connection loss problem to get a fixed fw?

No it has behaved pretty consistently since I had it, it is just longer days in a pro environment that it really starts to fail. Normally after over two hours of constant use. My initial testing didn't show this up, after all, who takes test pictures for hours........

As for changing the settings on camera, in my first comments I noted that the buttons and wheel were easier to move than the Canon ones, I assumed when the screen changed it was because my thumb or finger had touched a wrong button and exited me from the menu, turns out that isn't what is happening, it seems something in the connection with the camera is exiting me from the menu, sometimes one second after entering it, but as time goes on much less than one second elapses before the screen stops responding; yet if you take the YN-E3-RT off the hot shoe you have complete use of all buttons for as long as you want and you are never locked out of the menu. It is 100% to do with being on camera.

I did not contact Yongnuo this time, I did previously about the Remote Release bug whereby the remote flashes are not fired with pre 2012 cameras yet they are with post 2012 cameras, and with the ST-E3-RT with both. They said this was designed in and they categorically refuted that the YN works differently on post and pre 2012 cameras in Remote Shooting mode, but it does.

The flash connection is relatively new, but it has happened on three shoots now, I shoot some real estate and have 600-EX-RT's inside the property and control them from outside, with the ST-E3-RT this is effortless and 100% reliable, however with the YN-E3-RT it is not so and when they do stop talking I have to take the YN off the camera and walk it back into the property, often the same room, to get it to reconnect.

I believe many will never have an issue with the YN, I probably work them harder and longer than most would and the reliability seems to drop off as shoot time goes up. For pre 2012 cameras and non critical/short term use they are still a way better buy than the ST-E3-RT, for longer shoots or with post 2012 cameras just get the Canon.

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So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.

I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, also once the thing drops a flash you have to take it very close to reconnect, even with fresh batteries.

The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.


Here is a review of the YN-E3-RT and the reviewer has issues with his unit too.
http://www.lightingrumours.com/yongnuo-yn-e3-rt-review-5576#.UxPpnJ2EjaQ

Perhaps there are some early reliability kinks to be worked out. Is the unit USB flash-able?


Yes it is, and I am running the latest firmware.

My issues are not like his, his sound like a hardware quality control problem. Mine are quite different, mine works great for an hour or so (if taking it off camera to make adjustments is OK) but after that it becomes more and more unreliable, even if I switch it off, put new batteries in it etc.

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: March 02, 2014, 12:59:10 PM »
I'm sure the a7R is a lot faster with the wide variety of native lenses currently available.  ::)

yes it is. And given your level of technical understanding, I am sure you appreciate this, as you are undoubtedly aware of the technical challenges involved to achieve similar AF-speed with FF-lenses/FF-sensors compared to much smaller sensors. 

And ... looking at APS-mirrorless cameras, Sony A6000 and Fujifilm XT-1 show "very decent" AF-performance, including tracking-capability. Canon EOS-M? not at all. EOS-M2? neither.

And ... only 3 months after launch, 4 native lenses are currently available for Sony A7/7R

And ... 18 months after launch of the EOS-M? 3 native EF-M lenses ... only 2 for the US

And ... Sony has a roadmap showing which 15 native lenses will be available until 2015 and up to now they been delivering. Wouldn't it be nice to see such a roadmap for Canon EF-M lenses too?

And ... until then, the Canon EOS-M/EF-M is a rather "dead end".

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:23:24 AM »
So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.
I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect.
The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.

ouch ... too bad ... !
Thanks for sharing your first-hand experience!

Just puts comments like this in perspective.

Extracting money from customers will become more difficult for canon as soon as there will be yongnuo, phottix and other 3rd party RT-transceivers available. At a fair and cheap price. Definitely less than the yn-st-e3, since there is not much to such a transceiver. I'd reckon usd 49 a piece, maybe 79,-

I will wait until then, its bound to happen soon. Then i will skip 600ex and just use my existing 580 II and 430 IIs ... They have not yet seen enough use for the money canon got for them. :-)

You wouldn't get me anywhere near a $79 "smart" transceiver.

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EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:31:30 AM »
When I lived in Thailand (2004-2006) high end electronics were way more expensive there than in the USA. Has it really changed that much?

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The on triggering camera 603 should be set to TX, the receiving cameras 603 should be set to TRX with the remote cable plugged in. The receiving cameras 603 can either be in the hotshoe, or loose, it is the cable that odes the triggering.

Interestingly both the 5D MkIII and 1DX can be remote fired through the hotshoe, but only via the Canon RT flash system.

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Lenses / Re: removing the tripod collar on the 70-200 f 2.8 II IS lens
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:30:58 PM »
I also don't remove it and it actually protected my lens when it fell. The collar knob cracked and I had to super glue it to be able loosen or tighten the ring properly.  Does anyone know if canon sells that as a spare part?

They do not, you have to buy the whole thing. The only mount part that is available is the plastic friction ring.

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Portrait / Re: Brenizer Method First Try
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:25:01 PM »
Here is a link to the calculator. http://brettmaxwellphoto.com/Brenizer-Method-Calculation/

In my experience the longer lenses work better, but you should be using your 200 @ f2.8 not f4, that would have gotten you down to an f0.9!

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:15:19 PM »
So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.

I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect.

The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Officially Released
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:14:26 PM »
So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.

I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, once the thing drops a flash you have to go very close to reconnect.

The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.

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So after using my YN-E3-RT in a pro environment for a few weeks I have to say, it sucks. Mine has been unreliable, with regular loss of communication, remote misfires, and very touchy menu interface that only happens when the thing is mounted on a camera.

I now have to take it off camera to make any adjustments to remote or menu settings, also once the thing drops a flash you have to take it very close to reconnect, even with fresh batteries.

The thing is a frustration, when it works it is fantastic, especially on pre 2012 bodies, when it doesn't, I just want to throw it away. It is not in the same league of reliability as the Canon ST-E3-RT that I also own.

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ThinkTank Retrospective 10 http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/retrospective-10-pinestone-shoulder-bag.aspx

Not a sling bag but a shoulder bag, most comfortable strap I ever used, superbly made and very functional.

If you really really want a sling style then I'd look at the ThinkTank TurnStyle 20. http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/turnstyle-20-charcoal-sling.aspx But I haven't used one.

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