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My question is whether my light modifiers for the 580EX2 (e.g. stofen diffuser, Rayflash ring light, etc) will also fit the flash head of the 600EX? Thanks!

Doesn't look like it. At appears that if anyone wants to go this route it pretty much means starting from scratch. Plus I'm wondering if all new features will be compatible with the 5DII or the previous 1-series cameras.

Also I'd be curious if there will be any receivers to work with new radio system on the 580EXII etc. And will the smaller flashes get updated as well with the radio system? Is there one version or different versions for different markets? What will TP manufacturers do next?

This should be all pretty interesting. And the other thing I want to know: does it finally beep?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: [POLL] I'm a 5D Mark II owner and...
« on: March 01, 2012, 02:35:11 PM »
If these specs turn out to be as straight forward as it appears then I'll keep using my 5DII and see no immediate need to add a spare. If time comes the 5DIII would make a good replacement at that point. Unless I win the lottery of course - but then I'd switch to Leica anyway I guess.

I am going to guess that they are doing 1080 60/50p.

I'd love if it was clean hdmi out though.
I shoot mostly 720 50p anyway as most of my stuff ends up on the web.

Nothing groundbreaking. Rather a very solid follower to the highly successful 5D and 5DII. I bet people will keep buying it like hot cakes and it'll remain one of the most sold SLRs ever.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:46:15 AM »
I'm a strong advocate of the stealth method.

You'd be surprised at how many strobes, lenses, umbrellas, etc. etc., you can sneak into the man cave if you are careful.

You do need to 'fess up to at least one white lens, so that she knows you have at least one big white lens, since they are pretty much a dead giveaway.

Once she knows you've got three or four lenses, you are golden. Who notices the differences after that.

When you are caught (and you will be caught) just act like you've had it for a long time. "Oh that, I got that ages ago."

This only works if you keep separate accounts. That, BTW, I have found after three marriages is a real secret to a happy marriage.

Never, ever, ever complain, criticize or question your partner's purchases. It takes a lot of shoes and purses to equal a lens.

Get home first, so you can intercept the package or delivery notice.  Adorama plasters their names all over their packages making them way too distinctive for a stealth operation.

Don't ever believe you are really fooling her. She probably knows all about your addiction anyway.

:-) Not that far off. Best thing: there is a good store within walking distance of work! And they don't blink when people pay cash...the guy actually recently laughed when they had something on backorder and he offered to mail it home for free. Nah, thanks I'd rather pick it up.

The only issue are the growing size and number of bags and cases under my desk. The  Pelican case really looks different from my bag from a few years ago...  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:35:55 PM »
Aww man... what a party pooper...  :(

You have my deepest sympathies. But you know... One strategy is to stash some money in a top secret fund for use when the wife says "no", muahaha  ::). Then you tell her that you've been saving up for a loooooooong time and the funds will not be coming out of your account  ;)

This way she'll be so proud of you for saving and feel sorry for you at the same time that she might just let the purchase slide  8)

That doesn't work because then you risk the slush fund going straight towards a new dishwasher/kitchen floor/college fund...

You just need to make sure to stick to one brand and buy things that look the same. So all bicycles are red, all lenses have the red rubberband, all cameras are canon and black... you get the idea.  :o

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 IS L II -VS- 135 f/2 L + 70-200 f/4 IS L
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:01:35 PM »
Hey everybody!

So hear is the the choice I have to make before the rebates end on 3/2. I have all but decided on the widely loved 70-200 f2.8 IS II. I appreciate the cost and weight as an issue, but after shooting with it for a couple of weeks on loan from a very generous friend ;D, I have learned to love it despite these issues.

I will be using this on a 5d II as a candid portrait lens (both indoors and outdoor) and as a general outdoor zoom lens.  I like it for its wide aperture and great bokeh when zoomed to 200mm. 

My only concern is that sometimes the f/2.8 is not quite fast enough for indoor available light shots. (I use the 35 L f/1.4 right now but it is to wide for certain portraits)

My last argument against /alternative to the 2.8 II would be that for the same cost $$, I could buy the 135 f2 L + the 70-200 f/4 IS L. This would give me a smaller more portable general outdoor zoom, (albeit with less background blur and less capable when combined with TCs), and I would gain a faster f/2 135 mm lens for indoor / available light portraits. 

I realize all three lens are great and I have read the numerous posts on them. I am more curious to know your thought on the one option vs the other and any pros and cons.

As always, I love this community and thank everyone for your responses in advance!


Sounds like you have made up your mind pretty much. The extra speed of the 135L I don't think is the best argument against your first choice. I personally came to a different conclusion for myself and opted for the 135L and the 200 2.8L II. But that's not necessarily because of the 1-stop difference. It's really for different applications and you could make a reasonable argument to own them all really :-)

If you don't mind the size, weight, color, price-tag and IS you're good to go and buy the 70-200 2.8L IS II.

With the upcoming [CR3] announcements... am I the only one who's equally excited by the idea of a new speedlite with radio signalling built in?? The creative possibilities without spending literally thousands of dollars on expensive ETTL third party triggers - I'm nearly salivating.

Perhaps I'm getting a bit ahead of myself... it is still a rumour!

The only problem I face now is I currently have 3 580 EX IIs - Canon releasing a radio add-on for legacy speedlites really would be wishful thinking, wouldn't it?

I would - I've I believed it.  I may be eating my words next week but I really can't see how Canon would have a build in radio trigger solution without getting themselves into a marketing nightmare given the various requirements in different countries, even the potential illegality, the changing of rules at will etc.

Unless it's really based on something that works everywhere like some Wifi standard and I'm not even sure if that is something that is the same and open everywhere for such a purpose.

Notwithstanding, if the things is otherwise improved a bit and comes with a "ready" and or "fired" beep I could see trading up. If not, well, then it may be a great opportunity to add a 580EXII or two for cheap...

I have a Calumet version of that. One side white the other gold/silver mix. Works pretty well. The white can easily replace a fill flash if positioned correctly. The gold/silver mix warms things up a bit without looking unnatural - but I like things a bit on the warmer side anyway so YMMV.

I only have a medium sized at the moment but I'm thinking about adding a small and a big one. The small one for transportation the big one for more "studio" like settings when bringing more gear

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:36:40 PM »
Bah. I was kinda hoping for a 35 1.4L IS.

And dont tell me that IS is not necessary on a 1.4 lens. IS is always good.

Seriously, good for what? Seeing Canon come up with stuff like the above 35mm lens makes me go look at the Zeiss page all that more often...while hoping for a winning lottery ticket to go Leica...

If this is really what will materialize in a few days then I wouldn't feel an immediate urge to buy a second 5DII right now. Looks like this may be a logical and useful successor that one day, when my 5DII stops working or when I have a need for second DSLR body I'd be comfortable to buy/add. Other than that I don't see anything in the specs where I feel like I have to run out and spend additional money. I'm really more curious about the 40mm lens and the 590 flash to be honest.

Lenses / Re: What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: February 22, 2012, 07:34:29 PM »
For me that would be the FD 50 1.4 and the EF 135L.

With that being said: I am very curious about a converted FL 55 1.2 which may just be the closest EF compatible replacement for the FD 50 1.4. For the time being I'm using the EF version of the 50 1.4 (for digital).

I was also always very happy with my 28mm FD lens.

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:00:56 PM »
Hi guys,

I'm looking in purchasing a canon 135mm f2, what i need to know, if there is a possibility of a version 2 about to be releases this year



Whatever they'd do with a version II won't take a away from the fact this is one of the best lenses. Period. I don't think I'd ever trade it for anything.

Lighting / Re: Do I need the 580?
« on: February 22, 2012, 03:35:42 PM »
First of all I'd like to say that I'm a hobbyist, not a professional photographer, and only recently did I get into flash photography. My current setup is 550D + 24-105L, but I'm getting one of the 5Ds (ii or iii) when the latter is available. I'm mostly shooting general "walkaround" photography with some lean towards press photography (e.g. political meetings and etc.). I also shoot at weddings, family reunions, that kind of thing. So now I need a flash since many of these events tend to happen indoors, and I'm currently deciding between 430 and 580.

From the looks of it I'll have only one flash for the time being (I'm not a studio photographer, more of an action one), and 580 seems to be easier to operate. On the other hand it's much heavier than the 430 and costs more. Do you experience this additional weight problem, and do you feel that the price difference is justified in this case?

I can relate to that. I've been shooting quite a few political events lately ('tis the season...). I have a 580EXII, 430EXII and an old Metz 45. Camera is a gripped 5DII.

The nicest outcomes I get with the old Metz (obviously all manual). And it's actually quite comfortable with the old-style handle - at least for horizontal shots. The fastest and easiest, however, is the 580EXII. So that's been the weapon of choice lately.

The 430EXII is nice in that it is a bit smaller and lighter and under certain circumstances a bit more consistent (there have been plenty of controversial discussions around that so I'm not going into the details). BUT: the 580EXII has the extra power reserve should you need it and the buttons and the little wheel are just way better.

So, if this is truly a weight question I wouldn't bother and go for the 580. If this is a budget concern: the 430 is a very good flash. You could also consider the Metz 58 AF-2 which is usually cheaper as the 580 and offers pretty much the same features (has nothing to do with my Metz 45 mentioned above).

Those are pretty much the alternatives I guess. Or wait and see what a new 590EX (or so) may have to offer it's really released within the next few days. May also be a good time then to snag up a used 580EXII. Also: there's nothing wrong with the old 580EX predecessor I guess. Some folks actually prefer those.

Realistically, how many shoot with multiple flashes using ETTL?

Many who have mastered the world of multiple lights have done so using them all in manual mode.

With that in mind, do you really need full ETTL? Or just the ability to select a light and adjust its power up or down?

I've only ever used ETTL with my 30D and 40D using the on board flash...

I'm not saying these are a bargain, but the OP mentioned ETTL and i wondered if that was really necessary?
High Speed Sync is always a want, i agree - and the ability to select and control a light or group of lights, definitely, but ETTL?

That's exactly it. I would be ok to not have ETTL per se - but you kind of need it for HSS and manual control from the camera/controller. Meaning not the ETTL functionality but the two way communication that comes with it.

Come to think of it: I've been saying all along that I don't think Canon (or Nikon) will incorporate true non-optical wireless into their flash system due to the legal limitations in parts of their worldwide markets. Maybe I'm wrong about this. Could the "new feature laded" PW be an indicator that such companies really have to look for new features and markets because the camera manufacturers are looking to offer alternatives now themselves?

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