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Lighting / Sell Older 580 EXII's for 600 EX-RT's?
« on: October 25, 2012, 11:23:24 AM »
I'm considering switching out my older 580 EX II's with a set of new 600 EX-RT's. I was also considering Radio Poppers to get my 580's wireless TTL. I've seen the 600EX's for as low as 550$ on Evilbay.

Is they're a better or cheaper way to get TTL off-camera flash? I like the idea of not having to mess around with triggers but If its cheaper, Why not?

Canon General / Re: Why you should take your camera to family Weddings
« on: October 25, 2012, 11:00:36 AM »
Nice. When I've been invited to weddings, I would usually just take my 5Dc (my FF camera before my 5D3) + 50L. It got some really solid photos the primary photog couldn't achieve. Yes, I was that Uncle Bob.  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's new 70-200mm f/4 VR rated 5-stops
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:53:10 AM »
I've been looking forward to this lens and hope it performs well and handles better than the very sticky manual focus on their f/2.8 v2.
Also hope it doesn't have the focus-breathing issue. I want my 200mm to be 200mm at close focus.

If this thing can perform at least as well as Canon's f/4 IS then I have one more mainstream zoom in my Nik-kit.

Price for the tripod ring is nuts!  but so is Canon's.

I take whatever VR/IS rating's are and Cut them In half. That usually is the actual performance unless your buying the Super Tele's which can give that kind of performance.

I am trying to do more portrait photography and so far my equipment consists of a 5d3, 2x 580exII and some lenses.

last weekend i had to do some portraits and what i did was borrow another 580exII to mount on the 5d3, then put my other 2 580 behind the subject shooting at the cream coloured wall behind them to make it white. All this was fired via the 580's master/slave function.

However, when i did some group shots after, the single output light from the camera mounted 580 wasnt even enough although i used a lightsphere (yea yea not the best, but it was a small room, worked well enough and was nowhere near as harsh as bounced/straight flash)

So what i want to do is potentially get some cheaper yongnuos as background lights so i can then relocated the flashes to have 2 behind, 2 infront and 1 on camera for a better distribution of light.

Which yongnuo is recommended if all i want to do is get them to fire via optical slave and they will be in manual mode?

Alternatively is there a better solution?

Im also researching to buy some light stands and umbrellas off amazon too as they ship to australia (cowboystudio umbrellas and manfrotto stands maybe) if anyone has any suggestions on that too.


I've used el cheapo cowboy triggers and you could then Mix your flashes w/o the need for optical triggering. I can't justify the $$$$ for TTL triggers, I'd just rather buy some newer 600 EX-RT flashes.

As for third-party flashes, I've never trusted them.

Thats some nice performance from the 1Dx. Too bad I'll never Own/use/need a 1D series camera. Maybe a New 1Ds might sway me.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need great Photo editing monitor
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:43:54 AM »
Dell Ultrasharp series. Good stuff. 8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting an event with 60d...need advice
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:42:48 AM »
Hello all,

I have been asked to shoot an event tonight, kind of a last minute thing.  It's a cocktail party at a museum.  My understanding is that they want pictures of the guests, atmosphere, etc.  The event is indoors and the room has *decent* lighting.  I'm told the photos will be used primarily for their Facebook page.

I'll be shooting with my 60d, and the lenses I have are the 50mm 1.4 and 28-135.  I do not have an external flash.

I realize this is all kind of vague...but any advice?  This is entirely on a volunteer basis, so I'm not all that nervous.  And of course I'll do some minor post processing before I hand the images over.


The 28-135 will probably not be fast enough and on my 7D, ISO 3200 is comfortable, ISO 6400 Im cringing, ISO 12800 is un-usable. That 50mm will quickly become your best friend but I'd recommend bounce flash if they don't mind. Then you could get away with your 28-135mm.

EOS Bodies / Re: One friend want to Buy my 24-70L... but...
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:35:02 AM »
Hi Everyone!

Background: I have 17-40L, 24-70L, 135L and 70-300L, yesterday pulled the trigger with the 35L... so its on the way...

BUT... yesterday a friend of mine wants to buy me my 24-70L... I am tempted, it will be another step into the "all prime lens" way.  I'm tempted to save for the 85L... honestly the 24-70 is a nice lens, but it don't have WOW factor that the 135L have.

Its something that I want to do... sell it... but first I really wanted to "Try" a wedding or an event with only primes, so Im kind of nervous to sell it and later miss it... for the moment will be 35L - 135L, and 17-40 for the wide shots...

Someone has done this exchange?  ???

You can do a All-prime weddings, you just need two bodies to do so. Example.

5D3 + 24L
5D3 + 50L

These two combos will get you thru 90% of the day. Rotate the 135L on as needed.

Doing an all prime wedding will score you a different look than Zooms, You have to be active in getting your shots.

The next-gen Canon sensors will be at a much smaller transistor level than now. Oh well. ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: What's a good camera?
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:04:01 AM »
Any box that allows me to make photos.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Our New Puppy (7 Weeks Old)
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:32:58 PM »
I just got a new pup as well.  ;D

ISO 3200 + 135L + 5D3 Color Image. Perfect from LR4.

Lenses / Re: Need comparisons between Canon 135L vs 100L
« on: October 23, 2012, 08:21:44 PM »
135L = Magic.  8)

Lenses / Re: 85 1.2 L2 not sharp at 1.2
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:16:17 PM »
Does anyone have problem getting sharp image at 1.2? i even tried manual focus and AFMA. i only get sharp image at 2.0 and up. should i return for different copy?. i bought it recently just to use at 1.2 since i heard so many review on how sharp it is at 1.2 to 2.0. Any thought?


The 85L II is tack sharp wide open in the center.


Lenses / Re: Need comparisons between Canon 135L vs 100L
« on: October 23, 2012, 01:49:30 PM »
The 135L is just one of those "magic" primes that if you get everything right, It rewards you with Stunning bokeh, color, and contrast right out of the camera. After editing, my 135L shots are some of my most favorite.

Its relatively Cheap, Sharp, Light, Discreet, Compact and gives A+ images. It really is a Magic Black Tube.

I've made the decision to scrap my 70-200L II IS for indoor volleyball, and use my 135L instead.  Yes I'll have to get off my butt, but it'll be worth it.  Side shots of people serving at f/2 is simply amazing.

The 70-200mm is sharp, practical, and very versatile lens. I wouldn't scrap it for sports but the 70-200mm, IMO has always lacked that little extra touch that the 135L has.

In the end, my other lenses will go before my bread and butter 135L.

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