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Lighting / Re: 600EX RT + transmitter + 5d MK2 Sync speed
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:46:40 PM »
I have st-e3-rt + 2x600ex-rt on a 7D - hss works and initially i didn't think there were any limitations. However at 1:1 at 1/250th you do get banding if you use it as a studio strobe in a shoot through.

at 1/125 (as the manual suggests) it doesn't have any banding.

outdoors HSS you don't notice the banding if there is decent ambient - i personally have sync'd at 1/8000th without issues and never noticed any banding.

I'm fine with it the way it is - i'll have it on a 1DX shortly so not too fussed. However the ready beep issue is annoying (see my post) this is my only real annoyance with the system.

Undocumented testing – as the Manual failed to explain how this works fully (or I missed it in the manual):

I thought my ST-E3-RT was faulty: Well this is my testing method over an hour last-night:

Was wondering why my 600EX/STE3RT *beep* isn't functioning? Drove Me mental trying to work it out - initially thought I had faulty units, then thought it was proximity to the strobe.

But then I turned on the *beeps* on the strobes themselves and noticed they weren't beeping... Tried a different body, different lenses, used the 600EX as master, switch to optical, factory reset etc...

Then I stuck the strobes on 1:1 - and there we have it. They don't *beep* unless they are cycling. At low power output they will never *beep*.


In my mind *ready Beep* should signify the system is ready to fire.
In actuality it only triggers when the capacitors are depleted and recycled.

Nowhere near as useful…

You would expect especially when shooting the flash-head through a window that the beep would tell you it’s ready but if you are on 1/8 power you will never hear it beep as it’s always ready.

But the second I put it on manual 1:1 and it took a second to cycle (12 batts) then it beeped every time.

Have already sent this through to Canon - doubt they can fix it :/

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays
« on: April 10, 2012, 02:21:50 AM »
Interestingly enough - I just spoke with canon Australia and they advised that it is *still* looking at a late may release (was told would not be released earlier then May 15 half a month ago by my local pro dealer)

I have been on pre-order since the announcement - I'm tired of shooting crop (7D), I loved the 5DIII when I picked it up but I am just holding back for my 1DX (1 series lust is bad... esp after owning previous 1 Series before you know a 5 just wont do).

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:41:51 PM »
If it hasn't been said already - take the assist points off - the fastest af point (and the correct af mode in that situation) is the standard single af (not precision spot af) assist points is best used for AI Servo on a moving object. Especially if you are running the 1.2 lenses wide open assist point will only slow the entire af system down as it is trying to feed data to and from the center point.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delayed Again? [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2012, 07:33:50 PM »
Spoke with my Canon Pro dealer - so far just seems to be a April fools joke - the 24-70 II however is confirmed to be delayed till after July

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Not shipping BEFORE May 15
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:16:09 PM »
I'm very close to giving in and getting a 5D3 just for the next month and a bit to get me through my workload... Sick of hiring gear :/ but then reselling it would be a pain.

EOS Bodies / 1D X Not shipping BEFORE May 15
« on: March 25, 2012, 09:34:46 PM »
Just got word from my local right after the canon preview night (which didn't contain a 1D X) in Western Australia that the 1D X will NOT be shipping BEFORE May 15

I really hope this information is incorrect!

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