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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: mini review: Yongnuo 568EX
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:04:40 AM »
You, Sir, are the most gracious member of this board!  It is my pleasure to attempt answering your question, but I'm afraid I have just confirmed that the Phottix and Yongnuo are not compatible...

T approximately $40 each, the YN-622C trigger/transceiver is a most wonderful addition to the 568EX II.  And now I see that the 568 EX II is down to approximately $120, making possible a complete radio triggered  "580 EX" flash for $165, approximately.  extraordinary. 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: mini review: Yongnuo 568EX
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:54:24 PM »
I know this is an old thread, but I thought I would summarize my experiences to date.  As mentioned previously, the optical slave mode works well.  the Syl Arena OCF cord works good too  -- when I use three 568s in an umbrella, I hook up my Canon 580 EX II to  the OCF cord and use the other two as optical slaves.  all happy.

Since that time I have grown very weary of the tethered approach, so I don't use the OCF cord anymore.  And my Canon 580 EX II bit the dust as well -- so  for $160 I invested in four 622C triggers/transceivers.  One goes on the camera and the other  three mount to the flashes on a three-way bracket.  I'm very pleased to use the on-camera menu to control all three flashes, and with the demise of my 580 EX II my flash system is now 100% Yongnuo.  the system transitioned from my 40D to the 5D3 just fine as well. 

yes I realize Yongnuo has released their 600rt compatible system. cool.   Fascinating to me is that Yongnuo is now offering USB firmware  updates!  Anyway,   For  now I'm content with the std 568/622 setup, and I can't complain about the price either.    my flashes and triggers are still going

and, again, I purchased all of my Yongnuo stuff  from http://thephotogadget.com/, which for me as been a top drawer retailer.


Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: December 14, 2014, 01:40:15 PM »
nice work sporgon!    Given the choice, I would have used my 16-35mm f/4, for the sunset but in this case I was driving and had just a few seconds window of opportunity to stop, grab the camera and run. This shot was taken at about 35mm.  The 24-105 was attached to the 5D3 and I didn't have time to change lenses,  much less set up the tripod  So I settled for a 5-frame HDR.  One of the problems inherent to the 24-105 is flare, and for that reason this is the only sunset I have attempted with it.  Thank goodness for IS and great ghosting and alignment software!  This one used only Lightroom and the Nik plugin. 

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: December 14, 2014, 12:49:16 PM »
here is a 5-frame handheld HDR, taken with the 24-105

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:45:21 PM »
Would you guys advice against getting the yongnuo st e3 to save a few bucks? Also, is there a reason why you cant get an st e3 receiver/transceiver?

For me, a key benefit of the Canon -RT system is reliability.  Personally, I wouldn't compromise that with a YN transmitter.

There's no receiver because it's really not in Canon's best interest to make something that allows cheap, 3rd party flashes to be added (but I wish they would, to add in monolights).

If my livelihood depended on it I would  go Canon all the way.  For me at this stage in my photography  (I do automotive product photography as a secondary business) I find the YN stuff to be quite good.  the three YN flashes and four 622 triggers haven't missed a beat. solid performers on my 5D3.   no experience with their YN-E3-RT  though -- I'd be careful there as I'm hearing it may have pushed to market too soon.  gotta be careful with the reverse engineered stuff. 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: YN-622C and 580EX II MAJOR issues
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:34:47 PM »
I have four YN-622Cs and three YN-568EX II flashes for my 5D3.  zero issues -- the system doesn't miss a beat and has worked flawlessly.

The value proposition for third party flash equipment includes taking the risk of compatibility -- especially if you purchase from a no-name ebay snakester who has accumulated old inventory, does not have a return policy, and you don't establish compatibility commitments up front. 

I wrote a review of the 568EX II flash and included in that review I made mention of how important it is to purchase from a reputable supplier such as thephotogadget.com.  Before I ventured into the Chinese flash territory I confirmed that there was a return policy and that my compatibility needs were met, including optical slave functionality.  Right now I wouldn't trust anyone except for thephotogadget.com

 I have endured issues with Canon repair as well -- took them four times to get my 17-55 right and they displayed outright arrogance and unresponsiveness to their failures. I think they must have have employed a couple of monkeys just following instructions by rote, without any real knowledge and certainly no ownership to test for full functionality.   my experience was almost enough to make me switch to nikon it was that horrible. In the end I got it fixed right and I'm still with Canon :D ..

 Since it appears you are already financially committed repairing your 580EX I can only suggest to hold Canon's feet to the fire and  test full optical master/slave capability, even if it means going to a camera shop to see if another used 580 will work with yours.  Prove that it works with Canon before you test with third party stuff.  Unfortunately Canon can't accept third party hardware as part of the measure of success. 

When my 580EX died I decided to go with all Yongnuo hardware.  What would have cost me nearly $2K in Canon cost me under $700. 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: iDC Triplethreat
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:11:56 PM »
I realize this is an old thread but I thought I would offer an important observations

1.  The IDC tripple threat works wonderfully on Canon.  I like the billet design which is very solid, and the non-adjustable foot is a nice bonus. 

2. After I purchased these, I found that they didn't marry as well to my Yongnuo flash feet.  Now that I have converted to all-Yongnuo flash I find that I don't need these anymore

if anyone is interested in my IDC triple threats I have a pair for sale. 


Personally, I would stay with Lee unless you must must must have the ability to stack three things at 14-16mm on FF.  In my limited experience, that doesn't come up that often.  Staying with Lee keeps you in the landscapers-standard 4x4 / 4x6 ecosystem, where there will be many more filter options -- both in design/style and price levels.

- A

this nails it.  BTW Lee has a larger system as well -- their SW150, originally developed for the Nikon 14-24, which can be used on other lenses as well with the SW150 system adapter.  I went down a similar analysis road myself, and came to the same conclusion - one needs to decide if you need the capability to use the more expensive and limited options for  filters that are 6-inches WIDE. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:38:51 PM »
I ordered my little stopper from the 2filters website and all went well.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F4 is shipping today
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:16:59 PM »
I ordered mine form The Imaging World in NY yesterday, and got my lens today. (Canceled my amazon pre-order)
:D :D :D

Funny.  Amazon must be low on the totem pole, as I had to cancel my pre-order with them as well.  I got an "error" from UPS that delayed my shipment until next week but that was not B&Hs fault.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Hitting Retailers
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:09:04 PM »
As you probably see in other posts B&H is shipping now.   Mine is due next week

Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:07:56 PM »
Mine is coming from B&H with Shipment confirmation for 27th.  I see others are getting theirs on the 24th I guess I didn't play the shipping method game right.   Lol

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F4 is shipping today
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:05:44 PM »
Mine is arriving 27th. Canceled my amazon order without issue.   

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:50:45 PM »
Just got one after initially rejecting it (as a kit) in favor of the 17-40 F4L.  While I find the 17-40 very good for landscape photography, I was surprised at the very good IQ from this versatile lens.  Now, I'm torn apart if I'll bring both lens or just stick to the 24-105 for our family's Krabi trip this May.  My wife warned me of bringing more than 2 lens.  I'm thinking of just bringing a 50mm and the 24-105mm.  If it were you, what would you bring?

late to the party... but if it were me, given the choices you describe, I would bring both f/4 zooms.    The 24-105 will stay on most of the time, but the 17-40 will give you FL overlap and you will have better performance than the widest portions of the 24-105.  If you have the time to change lenses, for example, to avoid flare and minimize distortion at 24mm, you will appreciate having the 17-40.  You will also  have the UWA range which might come in handy.  Wives who warn of more than two lenses are more likely to influence the time you have to get certain photos, which means you may have to take the shot, sometimes, with the lens you have on the camera.   

Sad, but my GAS has made me purchase so much equipment (cameras, headphones, computer stuff, etc.) I just broke down and purchased this:  ;D


I have a pair of these in my garage.  IgotGASbadDude is right -- they provide good storage, but no security whatsoever :D

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