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Lighting / Re: Light stand recommendations/advice
« on: May 27, 2013, 11:32:18 PM »
Thanks RC for the micro ball head and cold shoe links!

Is the Lastolite Ezbox that much better than the Westcott Apollo or is it preferred for its setup/breakdown ease, and ability to turn the flash body toward the camera (as opposed to being completely in the softbox)?  I also see that the Lastolite has the Ezybox Hotshoe and now the Ezybox II, which seems like it can accommodate two speedlites using the Ezybox II speedlight bracket.  Line-of-sight isn't as big a concern for me because I intend to use Canon RT.

+ 1 for option 2, 70-200 II.

Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:53:02 AM »
Yes...indeed. I like the bulkiness of 85L II and how it looks & fits on 5D III :P

I hope this is not the begining of "L addiction" :o

It is.   :)  Some of us are just more along that path than others.

Lenses / Re: Canon 85L II AF speed on 5D III???
« on: May 26, 2013, 07:56:09 AM »
The lens is now returned. I'm looking at photos I took with 85L II, the IQ is so dam amazing. If the AF speed is like my 50L, I should have no problem buying one.

All suddenly, I'm so into prime lenses - WHY? ???

LOL, nice to see that L-disease is getting to the next stage.  Shallow DOF is its own drug.

Technical Support / Re: 60D built in flash non-responsive.
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:12:00 PM »
One of the reasons why I hate built-in flash.

There is a pin under the piece of metal in the hotshoe that pushes down when a flash is in the hotshoe.  You should be able to see it.  If it does not spring back up all the way when the flash is released, the camera will think that the flash is still attached. 

Take a look at the vid linked below.  It's not in English but you'll get the point.

How to fix 60D's pop up flash

I had a similar problem with my 20D, only the pin was nylon and was permanently deformed and stuck in the hole.  It was a royal pain.

Lighting / Re: Light stand recommendations/advice
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:54:18 PM »
Like Neuro I have and use various BAC stands amongst others, they are great and my pair of 1052's are my go to lightweight stands. But if I could only have one stand it would be a Manfrotto 420NSB
a bit more money but so worth it, it does double duty as a tall stand, which is often very useful, but it also works as a self contained boom and stand, booms are so much better than stands for so many lighting situations I can't recommend the 420 enough as a first stand.

Interesting.  If you had the choice of having 3 stands, would you opt for 3 420s or a mix of 1052s and 420s?

Lighting / Re: should I get a second 600 flash or get the St-e3?
« on: May 25, 2013, 08:34:39 PM »
As Neuro suggested, it'd be nice if you could get the ST-E3 and another 600 at the same time, but if you have to choose one to get first, get the 600 first.  You could use the 600 mounted on camera for fill or use it as a wireless commander only (either radio to your 600 or optical so you can use your 430 as well).

Lighting / Light stand recommendations/advice
« on: May 25, 2013, 11:18:55 AM »
I've picked up a couple flashes and am looking into multi-speedlite setups for both indoor/outdoor use.  Where I can use your advice/experience is what type of stand to get.  I'm looking at something like the Manfrotto 1051BAC or the 1005BAC.  I'd like it to be small enough to be somewhat portable, but I also intend to use softboxes with the speedlites in the future so stability against wind and weight might be a factors (with possibly more than 1 speedlight in the softbox).

Is one model better suited than the other, and if you know of something more appropriate, please let me know!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: what to do
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:58:15 AM »
people talk about it here like it is...  and I'm willing to believe them.  I have a $40  tripod that I like,  but people don't share my enthusiasm for cost effective tripod.

I had received a tripod years ago as a gift, and it worked ok with my 20D and 17-55.  It was not robust enough to handle the 70-200 II, so I used it with the lightest lenses I had, and that was iffy.  The legs were plenty strong/stable enough, it was the center column/head interface that was weak.  One of my favorite pictures was taken with it and the 100L on a beach.  The legs did not disassemble and I was unable to get all the sand out, so it started making grooves along the metal legs.  The head/column interface failed completely at the end of last year.  I'd like the tripod to keep the heaviest lens/body combo stable and to be able to be taken apart to be cleaned.  Can it be achieved with a $50 tripod... no.  Can it be achieved with a $300+ tripod... yes.  It's up to user to determine which type, material, features are applicable. 

Lenses / Re: 70-300L / 100-400L / Keep 70-200
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:24:37 AM »
Another option is to get the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II.  It's a heavier option, but it will deliver almost as good IQ as the 70-300L at f/4 at 280mm and will be better than the 70-300L + 1.4x at 400mm and will only be at f/5.6.  The disadvantages are weight and length.

If you don't have any other lenses (after trading in your 70-200 f/4) along that focal length range, then the 70-200 II + TCs might be the way to go especially if you can use it for portraiture and sports at the shorter focal lengths.

The 70-300L and 70-400L are both good lenses but are not as well suited for portraiture/sports.  The 70-300L is lighter and more compact than the 70-200 II while the 100-400 is more compact and about the same weight as the bare 70-200 II.  If you only need to get to 300mm and want something compact, the 70-300L is a good choice.  If you need to get to 400mm, then the 70-200II + TC and the 100-400 are better options.

I remember seeing one of the Syl Arena videos earlier this year, and he stated that was not going to update the Speedliter's Handbook.  If anything, the 600 is more intuitive (menu-wise) than the 580.  However, the book is still an interesting/useful read.  I tried to borrow a copy from the library system but that failed, so I had to buy my own copy.

I got my st-e3 off Ebay for 250.  It does not seem to be "rebatable", so its price has remained near 300 for a while.  Going with the st-e3 or the ettl cord is a good idea.  I was using the 600 to command the 430 optically, but the on-axis preflash was too bright for what I was trying to do.  Depending on the cost of the cable, it might be better to bite the bullet and get the a second 600 or a st-e3.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:37:50 PM »
Except that Canon would have had to have different camera body models because radio spectra and requirements vary from country to country.

Nope. Just another urban legend.
Canon is selling its Speedlite 660EX-RT and trigger ST-E3 globally.
These devices are apparently using the very same frequency range/channels everywhere. 
Otherwise we would be seeing product variations - like "model A" or "B" ... or "Euro" vs. "US" vs. "Asia" type.

Actually there is a 600EX (no RT) for what I assume is because of this reason.  According to Wikipedia, the RT system is approved for use in 58 countries, so no, it is not global.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:44:32 AM »
Yes any "professional camera" from Canon introduced since 2012 should really have come with a RADIO flash trigger built in. It is totally absurd that  Canon did not equip 5D III and 1D-X with a built-in EX-RT radio commander. It would have caused a lot of Canon users to dump their not-so-old speedlites 580+430EX/IIs along with their not-so-old pocketwizards and buy boatloads of new Canon 600EX-RTs ... plus ideally also somewhat less expensive 450EX-RTs as slave flashes.   

And it would have given Canon a truly unique product feature - since neither Nikon nor Sony no any other competetitor have benn able to provide built-in radio ETTL-flash mastering in their cameras. 

Such a radio trigger would come without moving parts, pose no sealing issues and no constant battery drain. And would probably cost less than 5 $  to integrate into a fairly large, "professional" DSLR. :-)

Except that Canon would have had to have different camera body models because radio spectra and requirements vary from country to country.

Lenses / Re: Ever seen a great white as a canon refurb?
« on: May 23, 2013, 09:02:18 AM »
Me neither.  Perhaps Canon USA might have chosen to sell those through the retail channels (i.e. Adorama) because their volumes are so low?

Lenses / Re: Disappointed with 50 f/1.2 sharpness @ f/1.2
« on: May 22, 2013, 03:38:23 PM »
Unless you really need to use this lens that way, testing it at very close distances is a waste of efforts.
Hi Pi, I shot the images at approx. 0.5 m distance, which in my mind is not very close. Please note that the enclosed images are 100 % crops.

MFD for the lens is about 18 in, so you are close to the MFD.  Take a few steps back and take a pic, it will look better.

The other issue is that the resolution at f/1.2 is about 2/3 of what it is at f/2.8, so yes, it WILL be fuzzier at f/1.2 than at f/2.8.  Take a look at the test Lens Rentals did (link below).

What you did was to use the 50L how it was not designed to be used.  The real question is how does it look in real world usage as a portrait lens wide open.

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