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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 14, 2014, 04:33:41 PM »
I have:
7D
24-105 f/4
70/200 2.8 II

Is the Speedlite 600 overkill?

Or is there no such thing as overkill in this hobby?

Thanks!!

I have 2x of the 600RT's....and love them. I set up email notification from cannonpricewatch.com  and I snared a couple of refurb 600's from the canon site for $373....

I just ordered the Yongnuo (sp?) knockoff of the ST-RT-E3 (sp?) controller...so, when it gets in, I'll now have both those 600's off camera and no need of a sync cable to one of them...all radio goodness all the time!!
:)

I'm looking for my 3rd 600 when a deal pops up.

I got this modifer for one speedlight and love it.am using a rogue flash bender set up on the 2nd one.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007QXZ7OS/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

(although I could swear I got it MUCH cheaper when I got mine).

Radio flash is fun....pricey but fun. The Yongnuo controller is said to be just as good or better than the Canon  unit.
They are also putting out a 600RT clone, but I've not heard anything about it yet.  What's cool is, if they've cracked the Canon radio protocols....other companies can too..and perhaps it might become somewhat of a "standard" and all remotes can work off it?

Ok..just daydreaming here at the end..haha

Cayenne

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:40:44 PM »
What I do is I keep a fast CF card in my body (only 8gb, 800x) and I shoot shoot shoot.  Then when there is a break in the action, I'll put in a 32gb sd card and copy everything over.  Remove the sd card, delete the shots on the CF card.  Rinse and repeat.

I'm sure others would be concerned about the deleting what is on the CF card just in case a file is corrupted... but that hasn't happened yet...

Wouldn't it just be easier to have a couple extra CF cards to swap out when they get full?
Yep... but I'm too cheap to pay for cards that lose value very quickly over time. 

Heck... even brand new, a $30 card will lose half of its value when selling on the secondary market...

Hmm...ok.

I guess I never buy anything with the thought of selling it again.
;)

Remember, he who dies with the most stuff.....wins!!
Not the one with newer stuff?  ;D

That's the TIE breaker!!

:P

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:18:37 AM »
What I do is I keep a fast CF card in my body (only 8gb, 800x) and I shoot shoot shoot.  Then when there is a break in the action, I'll put in a 32gb sd card and copy everything over.  Remove the sd card, delete the shots on the CF card.  Rinse and repeat.

I'm sure others would be concerned about the deleting what is on the CF card just in case a file is corrupted... but that hasn't happened yet...

Wouldn't it just be easier to have a couple extra CF cards to swap out when they get full?
Yep... but I'm too cheap to pay for cards that lose value very quickly over time. 

Heck... even brand new, a $30 card will lose half of its value when selling on the secondary market...

Hmm...ok.

I guess I never buy anything with the thought of selling it again.
;)

Remember, he who dies with the most stuff.....wins!!

49
Software & Accessories / Re: PS Photography Program
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:09:59 AM »
forever is not a time scale that software works on. without serious effort you cant run most programs from 15 years ago that you own outright, even if you have a floppy drive still. do you?

Actually these days, it is childs play to do this...you can easily and readily set up a VM (Virtual Machine) to run any particular OS and application for it, using things like :

Virtual Box:  (FREE)
https://www.virtualbox.org/

VMware:
http://www.vmware.com/

Parallels  (mac only)
http://www.parallels.com/

And many of us are trying to vote with our wallets. Other companies, MS for example, have tried the rental software model, and so far (thankfully) have not succeeded.

It may work for some, but many out here prefer to have a choice to rent or buy perpetual licenses.  I think we may be seeing Adobe keep extending these "deals" because the uptake and acceptance of this model may not be up to what they're expecting.

I say good....maybe they'll change like other companies that have tried this and go back to at least also offering purchase rather than rental only.

cayenne

ps. Actually yes, I do have  USB floppy drive at home, just in case I or someone I know comes across some old files on a floppy they need to retrieve.

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Software & Accessories / Re: PS Photography Program
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:03:26 AM »
The recent Adobe offer for $9.99/month looks like a good deal. You get PS CC and LR5. I mainly use LR4 to touchup my photos (raw) and upload to SmugMug. I am an amateur. My question is what can I do in CC that I cannot do in LR4 for my BASIC touchups (exposure,noise,cropping,shadows,highlights etc.).

Upgrade to LR5...and save your money.

From what it sounds like, you have no need to rent software from Adobe.

If you're interested in playing with actual Photoshop, I'd advise maybe buying the PS Essentials program, you can get a taste of real PS that way and see if you like it.

The Adobe CS6 tools are still available for sale, if you want to take the plunge on other Adobe apps, I'd recommend for now, buying those and holding off on paying Adobe rent every month.

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:59:16 AM »
What I do is I keep a fast CF card in my body (only 8gb, 800x) and I shoot shoot shoot.  Then when there is a break in the action, I'll put in a 32gb sd card and copy everything over.  Remove the sd card, delete the shots on the CF card.  Rinse and repeat.

I'm sure others would be concerned about the deleting what is on the CF card just in case a file is corrupted... but that hasn't happened yet...

Wouldn't it just be easier to have a couple extra CF cards to swap out when they get full?

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Technical Support / Re: How to use cf and sd cards Mark5d3
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:57:42 AM »
Hi all,
I like to know how you use your cards. I've got the mark5d3 and there is the possibility to use both cards. Do you use both cards at the same time or only the cf card?

I shoot only RAW for stills, and I do a lot of video too.

I shoot mainly to the CF card, and use the SD card as overflow to keep shooting till I have a break to change the CF card.

HTH,

cayenne

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Well, looking so far, from what I can tell, this filter won't work with many of my best lenses. <P>
It appears it will work with my 40mm 2.8 pancake and my 85mm 1.8, but my L lenses are all too large for it to mount to.

Still, VERY interesting, but right now I have a 50L and the 100L macro on my lens list to buy next, so barring a lottery win, I may have to put this on the back burner behind those lenses.

Then again, who knows what will happen one weekend after a few beers and impulse online shopping hits...

:)

I'm keeping my eye on this however, it does look very interesting.

Cayenne

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I know it is almost released, but seems to be a lot of demos on this and it looks interesting.

The adapter is coming out for $899 and a set of 3x diopter lenses for it optional for $299 for close ups.

Website:
http://www.slrmagic.co.uk/slr-magic-anamorphot-133x-50-anamorphic-adapter.html

Links about it and demo videos:

NoFilm School:
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/02/slr-magic-officially-announces-their-anamorphic-adapter-899-anamorphot-133x-50/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nofilmschool+%28nofilmschool%29

PVC:
http://provideocoalition.com/awilt/story/entering-production-slr-magic-anamorphot-133-x50

This video demo from Eyepatch Entertainment, goes through showing how to set it up and use with a Blackmatic camera and is quite intriguing...a lot of trouble to set up, but the images, to me look VERY interesting.

Video Demo setting up SLR Magic lens:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFDKIatbjdM&feature=player_embedded

I'd really like to think about getting this lens, to play around with, but need to make sure it will work with the lenses I have, etc.

The site says this about the adapter:
Quote
The adapter has a 77mm front filter thread and a native 62mm rear thread with a 58mm, 52mm, 49mm adapter rings provided. As such it is only suitable for lenses which have a front element size of 50mm or less.

Does anyone know off hand what EF lenses this would work out with? I'll start researching but wondering if anyone knew off hand..

I currently have:

24-105L f/4 lens (kit)
17-40L f/4
70-200 f/2.8 II IS
85mm f/1.8
40mm f/2.8 pancake

I need to start looking up to see what size they are for filters, etc....

Has anyone else heard of this one? Is anyone else out there with a Canon, shooting anamorphic? There was another apparently nice recent release, the Letus lens...that comes in about $1700.  This one appears to be a way to get into shooting anamorphic for a bit more reasonable cost.

Thoughts? Links? 

cayenne

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What's the difference between these?

http://www.amazon.com/Kaesemann-Circular-Polarizer-Multi-Resistant-Coating/dp/B004861IX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392321228&sr=8-1&keywords=B%26W+cpl+ksm

and

http://www.amazon.com/Kaesemann-Circular-Polarizer-Multi-Resistant-Coating/dp/B0000BZLAC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1392321228&sr=8-3&keywords=B%26W+cpl+ksm

Are these the ones ya'll are talking about?

Also, I'm getting from these posts, that this filter is pretty much only for outdoor use, is that correct? Are there any other applications for indoor shooting with strobes or flashes that these would be useful for?


Thanks for all the advice and info!!

Now, I have something *else* to put on the list of things to buy, the ever growing list.

cayenne

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Beaver Shots
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:01:22 PM »
Well that was disapointing! I was expecting to see something completely different!  ;)

Thanks!!

I'm glad to know I wasn't the ONLY one that had a smirk on his face and secretly hoped for images of another fuzzy creature.

:P

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Hello all,

I was reading through another thread and saw mention of CPL. I googled it and found it is about circular polarizer filters (Should it be CPF?)  :)

Anyway, I read a bit and it seems you can use these to cut out the glare and shoot into water and see fish, and also that it could help with shooting skies to get a richer color, etc?

Can someone give me more insight as to what these are good for? Used for? Techniques for using it?

What lenses does it work best for? Wide? Tele? What situations are best for this?

After that...what are the good quality ones to get brand wise? Can you get one size and use stepper rings to use on different lenses, or is it best to get a couple of different ones to fit directly on your lenses?

Please feel free to post anecdotes, personal thoughts and uses, sample pics....and links to sites that really have good info on using these.

Thank you in advance,

cayenne


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They are still readily available for less than $145, though some people are charging more.

I just pulled the trigger on one from ebay'er in Hong Kong. I got it for about $145.80 with free shipping.

It indicated I'd not get it till March 3 through March 20th....

Now....I'm already getting impatient on waiting for it to arrive!!!

:D

cayenne

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I see it other way round: no reason why such a trivial electronic device like a radio flash trigger should cost more than 100 Euros retail (including 20% VAT!). No matter whether it has Yongnuo, Canon or Louis Vuitton written all over it.

I see the relative value of the Canon and Yongnuo units at par: while the latter has moe functionality (AF-assist for any camera) and group-function (also for pre-2012 Canon camera models), the Canon thing might not be as easily shut-down by some electronic curveballs coming from Canon in their 2014 camera models. Yes I know, the Yongnuo hat a USB port and can be firmware-upgraded. But still ...

But again ... both of them should not cost any more than 100 Euro or USD ... landed cost.

Personally I am not going to purchase any Canon-RT stuff, before there is an even less expensive RT-Transceiver available from either Canon or Yongnuo or anybody else out there. Then I will get one ST-E3 trigger and 3 transceivers to radio-trigger my existing 580 II and 430 IIs ... and will quickly snatch another 3 used-but-like-new 580 IIs ... before any of you do. :-)

I think you're going to have a LONG wait on those 580's and 430's....they are only optical and no radio capabilities at all. I don't think canon will have any programs coming soon to retro fit them to be radio capable.

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They must be selling very well. Most sellers, including Yonguo's own ebay store where I bought mine, are now selling them for $299. There are still 2 selling them for around $146.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/YongNuo-Speedlite-Wireless-Transmitter-YN-E3-RT-for-Canon-Cameras-AS-ST-E3-RTYon-/171195252553?pt=Digital_Camera_Flashes&hash=item27dc083f49

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-YONGNUO-2-4G-Wirless-Speedlite-Transmitter-YN-E3-RT-for-Canon-600EX-RT-/221336632098?pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item3388b0fb22

Yeah..I was kinda shocked about that...that yongnuo had them $299...but I did see the others.
Gonna pay bills tonight and then buy one.

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