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Lenses / Re: 70-200 F4 IS + 135L or 70-200 F2.8 IS
« on: January 20, 2013, 05:02:12 PM »
The 135L is one of those primes that really is just a magic black tube with AF. If this lens doesn't satisfy your needs, consider the 70-200LII. Once I got the 135L, I just can't justify the 70-200 unless your doing action all the time.

85L @ 7.1 is stupendous sharp. It's pretty discreet but why when you have two strobes to light him?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 50
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:51:10 PM »
I used ISO 50 a lot in my 5Dc because of how super smooth the files looked. The 5d3, not so much.

If Nikon makes a 50mm 1.2 with AF w/ better optics than the current 50L, a 135mm f/1.8 and radio flash units, I'd jump ship at that point.

If Nikon makes a 50mm 1.2 with AF, a 135mm f/1.8 and radio flash units, I'd jump ship at that point.

Lighting / Re: Selling off my old strobes, What to get next?
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:46:29 PM »
i have 2 Einsteins and i find them to be very reliable and built much more solidly than the older AB units. i have not yet tested the high speed flash duration of the units but it was a feature that i liked having if the need ever arises.

some other nice things about the Einsteins:

1/10 stop variation in power over a 9 stop range
ability to control power of multiple strobes via camera with the Cyber Commander unit
value vs quality (its just a good product for the cost compared to other brands)

i have also not had any issues using any type of modifier with them. i got the units when they were first released and i was aware that they were going to correct how modifiers were attached to the unit. as i understood it, occasionally a large/heavy modifier could "jump" off the unit so PCB planned to extend the length of the clasps that engaged the speedring that the modifier was attached to.

i have never had an issue with this and i have used up to a 36x48 softbox on these units. i do hope to get a 54x72 softbox in the future so at that point i might send the units back in to get them updated to handle the extra load.

bottom line is that i find the Einsteins to be well made, reliable, and very very versatile. but i would try to research how they perform at faster flash durations and if they are capable of what you need. the only other units i saw (online) photographers using to do such work were ProFotos...and they are beastly expensive.   

Thats some piece of mind. One thing about my ancient novatron gear is its tough as nails. Fallen several feet, dropped kicked, battered but continues chugging.

 I saw some broncolor/profoto stuff and its amazing but wayy out of my budget! Then I read stuff on Einstein and knew it was perfect.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera or lightmeter?
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:03:04 PM »
I understand how a light meter works, I had an old minolta meter that was ok when I shot my TLR. I understand meters go for 18% grey and compensate.

It's a waste of time for me shooting digital, and so-so when I'd use polariod backs on my 501CM.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera or lightmeter?
« on: January 18, 2013, 11:02:34 AM »
Histogram + Chimping > Lightmeter

It allows you to not only view the amount of light but how light shapes around a subject. I only used lightmeters with film and even then, I used Polaroids more. In the end, the light has to enter the lens to make a photo, why bother?

That's just me, I can't speak for others.

Lighting / Re: Selling off my old strobes, What to get next?
« on: January 18, 2013, 09:56:28 AM »
I took a look at the quadras and I love the modifiers elichrome has. The overall package won't deliver what I need it to do for me.

Durations are too slow even with the port a+b method.

It would be out of my budget for 4 heads, two packs and the modifiers I wanted.

400 w/s is not enough.

It would be super heavy compared to Einsteins + VML

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 18, 2013, 09:43:40 AM »
The 70-200II is not better than the 135L for IQ at any aperture.

True...but nor is it worse (Klaus at PZ gives slightly higher numbers to the 70-200 II across the frame at most apertures, although probably not real-world relevant).  That being the case, from an optical standpoint the only benefit to the prime is that it's one stop faster.  That can be very important in some situations, but the zoom certainly wins on versatility with no sacrifice of IQ.

It has slightly less vignette @ 2.8 but that's about it. Neither are terrible lenses but to claim either is vastly superior in IQ is nonsense.

The prime certainly wins on speed, weight, bulk, price, and stealth. If only it was a bit faster and had IS.  ;)

Lenses / Re: 2013 - The Year for 400mm Lenses? [CR1]
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:05:18 PM »
I would appreciate a 100-400 2.8 :-)

You must be a back surgeon.


Or a back Surgeon Married to a Chiropractor.

Or a back Surgeon Married to a Chiropractor who then buys said 100-400mm F2.8

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8 vs Other L and non-L Canon Primes
« on: January 17, 2013, 03:02:45 PM »
85mm 1.8 < 100mm F/2

Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:46:47 PM »
Sigma 35mm 1.4 or Canon 24L II

Either would be great.

Lenses / Re: 2013 - The Year for 400mm Lenses? [CR1]
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:04:05 PM »
I hope this is canons year for overdue primes as well.

35L II

50mm 1.4 II or 50L II would be nice.

135mm F/1.8L IS USM would be extremely nice.

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