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+1 on the Manfrotto umbrella swivels.

Lastolite stuff is great. I've got a pair of 24" Ezyboxes, a 12x48" stripbox, and a little Ezybox Hotshoe. 

I'm looking at the Lastolite Ezybox II (24x24)...it also comes with a tilt adaptor (for tilting the box or umbrella), which would take the place of the 026

The 12x48" Hot Rod Stripbox came with a tilt adapter - I suppose it would hold the flash and stripbox, but TBH it feels pretty flimsy.  It stays in the bag, and I use the Manfrotto 026 when hanging the stripbox from a boom.

Thanks for the heads up!

I'm in the same situation as you, and I'm looking at the Lastolite Ezybox II (24x24) with the Ezybox II Speedlight Bracket.  It totals for about 206 USD, but it also comes with a tilt adaptor (for tilting the box or umbrella), which would take the place of the 026, and the cold shoe bracket can acommodate 2 speedlites.

Lenses / Re: Zeiss 100 f/2 vs. Canon 85 f/1.2 II vs. Canon 135 f/2
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:05:57 AM »
+1 for the 100L.  Using the focus limiter does decrease hunting time quite a bit.

No single lens will be perfectly suited for portrait, street and macro, but the 100L does all three well.  If you want a shallower DOF for portraiture, then that will be a 4th lens that can be a bit more specialized (i.e. 85L II).  With the 100L in hand, the 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2 become less useful, because they require a lens change for about 1 stop.  At that point, I'd look for a f/1.2 or f/1.4 lens to supplement the 100L to get a better separation.

Lenses / Re: Anything shot with 70-200 f4 IS USM + 7D
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:39:51 AM »
Awesome advices right there :-)
In the very first moment I was thinking about 70-300 L and now I am considering it back.
I nave seen a bunch of shots come with it band sede rally nice.

70-300 L mantains f/4 from 70 to.....?


According to TDP, the 70-300L is at f/4 from 70-103, f/4.5 from 104-154, f/5 from 155-228 and f/5.6 from 229-300, so you lose up to 2/3 of a stop compared to the 70-200 f/4.  The 70-300L is fatter but shorter than the 70-200 f/4, which helps because it takes less space in larger camera bags (vertical versus on its side).  If you plan to be above 200mm a lot (i.e. using a TC), the 70-300L may be a better option.  A variable max aperture is not a big deal unless you plan on using manual settings a lot.  Either lens will do fine outdoors in adequate light, but both will push ISOs higher for dim/indoor situations, where f/2.8 lens and FF bodies really help.

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 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/513014-REG/Manfrotto_420NSB_420NSB_Convertible_Boom_Stand.html
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.

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