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Twin pro-B4s; neither "speedlights don't have enough power" nor "logistics" remain valid excuses...

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:13:01 AM »

And lastly, could you have learned the same from the internet and experienced friends?

Most of what i've learned about photography was/is from socializing with painters, designers, editors, videographers&playwrights,  musicians&poets, historians.
Internet? Discussions are not nearly as immersive and with forums/interest groups you risk running into the old photo club problem: everybody copies one idea and you find yourself railroaded, chasing pointless trends. Same problem with workshops&tutorials, people end up parroting what they've learned.

If you want to attend a photography school make sure they offer open challenges instead of answers.

they are trying to sell us cheap technology with an absurd "premium". well, i donĀ“t buy that anymore.

try some Yongnuo YN-622C or Phottix Odin stuff instead. both systems are very reliable.

Well, here the price difference between a 580EX2 last year and a 600EX-RT today is less then the price of an Odin rec. (The 430EX2 didn't change in price, just to rule out economical fluctuations). Also Canons solution offers Autoflash and five independent groups - w/o taking additional space or having more parts to take care of. The "ready"-confirmation on the transmitter is nice too.
Sure, 2nd curtain would be nice, as well as retaining the groupless slave mode or triggering studio strobes w/o having to rely on the sync port - but I tend to miss the RT-system when using the Nikons...

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 09:52:47 PM »
But high frame-rate Canons tend to do whole-number frames per second, not 10.2, hence my scepticism.
The (iirc) 50D was in the same bracket and rated 6.3fps.
Not that it makes any sense - with the variable delays introduced by the aperture control, the shutter cycle or flash metering w. 5 individuel TTL-groups if one goes for the worst case.
Looking at the 1Dx and its shutter delay-CF: w/o additional limiting that alone could change the framerate by about 1/3 fps.

Part of the story is the delay from camera release to actual compatibility. Still troubles with the 1Dx...
The other is features/unique POS vs. price: Odin/Strato/AtlasII do almost the same for less money; ST-E3 offers some additional functionality.

Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: October 02, 2012, 02:28:56 AM »
Those two cover the everyday situations nicely.
As the last one - the 200-400/4 seems to be to be a good choice, but depending on my mood a macro, TS-E, or Lensbaby might get the spot. Esp. if TCs don't count as lenses...and do closeup filters count?

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm not jumping to Nikon
« on: September 21, 2012, 03:47:54 PM »
upgrading to a Nikon FF instead of a Canon FF might give you better value.

Even sidegrading can lead to black numbers - A D800+24-70/70-200 is much cheaper then buying enough Ws to get a similar picture with a 5D3. The 1Dx approximatly (re)equalizes that, what remains is the free choice depending on the assignment.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is a 46mp Canon EOS-1 on the Way? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:07:41 AM »
i did a quick telly up of all the professional advertising photographers i know (im friends with quite a few), and i would say half have changed to or about change to nikon.

Why to Nikon instead of just going MF...
My clients don't care about C or N -  either 35mm does the job or a serious step forward is called for.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is a 46mp Canon EOS-1 on the Way? [CR1]
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:10:17 PM »
Need high ISO performance way more than high MP... ::)

Thats what the 1Dx is for - at the time a new Canon will appear on the shelfs I'll have a few Pro-B4 making high ISO a consideration far behind DR/low iso noise. 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Is a 46mp Canon EOS-1 on the Way? [CR1]
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:12:07 AM »
they will loose a lot of photographers.

A few gearheads maybe - those MPs have little effect for most jobs; good lenses, technique or a phase one IQ180+leaf shutter  have more impact.

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:05:27 AM »
(yes, I know about the high voltage risk, but once the batteries have been removed and the capacitor has been confirmed drained it should be no problem)
That can lead to an high voltage surprise - caps regenerate some residual charge from their dielectric separator.
I was wondering: are these two items regular off-the-shelf electronic components available from just about any electronics supplier at low cost or are they made to custom specs by Canon only making them hard and expensive to replace yourself?
The IGBT is most likely off the shelf, perhaps w/o or with a custom label, the tubes aren't that common.
But without knowing wether its just about part specs or their alignment that doesn't say much.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is a 46mp Canon EOS-1 on the Way? [CR1]
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:54:00 AM »
Oh, just remove the grip? Very inconvenient, for me.

They could make it at least easily removable, w/o involving the battery compartment and perhaps using dedicated clamps.
But a 1series body has its strong poins...
And don't skimp on the metering, sync speed and all that analog stuff that seperates 1Dx and 5D3!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should I stay with Canon or moving to Nikon
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:26:50 AM »

1. Better noise performance !!!!!
2. Better Image quaily !!!!!
Marginally at best - you need ideal circumstances to actually get benefits of the sensor in lets say the D800/E.

3. All focus point light metering !!!!!
That would be my second main grief w. most Canon cams. The other point is the sync time, most Nikons run circles around the 5D3 in case you want to use flash while the sun is out. That and the battery grip design, no quick (un-)mounting based on the situation...
4. Faster control
A matter of taste and the actual task to be done.
- why would you guys stay with Canon?
Lenses. No earth shattering differences, but some little things here and there that add up and

Although "stay" is not the best term - using both systems makes that somewhat a moot point. :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: rumor: D600 gets 16 Bit processing
« on: September 01, 2012, 11:32:01 AM »
(these folks shoot in RAW, so the files sizes are plain massive for their aging laptops that are taking ages to load and post process ....
Ironically Canons raw files grow to similar size once you apply the lens corrections of newer DPP versions - and some lenses really benefit from it, the 16-35's borders come to mind.

Lighting / Re: Soft Boxes for Flashpoint 1000w Hot Light?
« on: September 01, 2012, 12:06:25 AM »

Is it possible to use softboxes with constant output lights like these?

Sure, movie people do it all the time. Chimera and Photoflex make softboxes that are rated in the multi-kilowatt range. They...aren't exactly cheap though.
Perhaps using V-flats as bouncers to create semidirectional area light would be an option?

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