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My next two lenses I'm going to get are:

50L f/1.2  and the 24mm TS-E II lenses....

I'm just about to pay off the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II L lens....

Not sure where you buy your lenses, but I buy mine either at Crutchfield (using their rewards points for $$ off purchases), or Amazon.com.  At  both of these places, they offer 0% financing for 6-12 mos. I never buy anything these days I couldn't plunk cash down for, but I have NO problem taking advantage of their money and financing it out over time with 0% interest.

You might look into that and you can get your lens now...?

I currently have the 70-200 mentioned above, the 24-105 kit lens, the 17-40mm L f/4 lens, and a Rokinon 14mm lens, and the Canon non-L 85mm f/1.8...which is a pretty highly rated non-L lens.

After the 50mm and 24 Tilt shift, I'm thinking I'll get the 100mm L macro, and that should round out about everything I'd need for awhile I think...

cayenne

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Gopro.  Inside the case looking out, where the balls drop.  Will get reflections of lights and great shot of user.

They aint great in low light so you might need to have your softbox slightly above and behind the machine to add some fill.

WOW!!!

What a fantastic suggestion!!!!!

I'd not have thought of that, I'll definitely put that in the plan....we are actually looking to do some videos too, and that would be a superb angle!!


C

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Has anyone used the latest ML release (alpha 3 or nightly build) with the 1.2.1 firmware? Also how do I get the nightly build? Do I need to build it?

Thanks in advance.

I don't have it up in front of me, but I've been following in the forums....

1. THey are currently only working on the older firmware, I think it was 1.1.3?  The threads are like 50 deep, but in those they have links to get the older firmware so you can 'downgrade' to the version that works with current builds.

2. There are no 'guides' with everything you need to know about running the nightlies so you can play with the RAW video. YOu basically have to read through the long forum threads and take notes. ON some of those threads I saw links to outside sites where people have tried to put it all together into one guide, but if you're not familiar with a bit of coding, or more intricate computing methods, you might just want to wait till they have a more stable candidate.

That being said, the info is on a couple of ML forum threads.....I"m currently just watching the threads from the sidelines for now, but I may jump in at some point and try nightlies....

HTH,

cayenne

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: May 22, 2013, 10:44:31 PM »
Hey, does anyone know what kind of warranty you get from Canon on these refurbs?

C

90 days - doubled to 180 days if you used an Amex. Some other credit card companies won't double the warranty on refurbs - you'll have to check with them. I've verified that Amex does.

Hmm...yeah, I likely should have used Amex...I pretty much only buy what I can pay for in cash, unless it is some type of 6-12mos 0% financing type deal.

Oh well, maybe if they come up again I'll do Amex, as that I think I do want a 2nd one at these prices.

I signed up for the Canon Pricewatch email to send me a note if they come up refurb again.

C

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Thank you so much for the input....

I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on the long ETTL cord, was recommended by Syl Arena.
Although I had been wanting to wait on his book The Speedliter's Handbook to be updated for the newer flashes, I might just get it too.

If the 600ex-rt's come up refurb again for this price, I think I'll pull the trigger on them, these seem the lowest prices even with tax that I've seen on them.

If I can get a 2nd one cheap, I figure I'll hook the long cable on one of them, and use that as off camera master, and then have it control the 2nd one placed elsewhere as the slave, doing them radio.

I would think that should start me off quite well in the beginning. and ONce all that is paid off, I can get the newer radio control unit for the camera and break off the wire....

Anyway, thank you so much...keep the suggestions coming in if you think of more please.

I most certainly appreciate the input....I've learned quite a lot from this forum.

cayenne

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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/372016-REG/Impact_CT40MKIT_Master_Century_C_Stand.html

thats a c stand

polariser maybe needed if you get reflections on the glass you can eliminate by controlling the light
but i'd try set up without it first and use it if needed but you will lose a stop or so of light too not really an issue using my method though just your shutter speed will be longer

Thank you!

Hey, do you have any recommendations for a decent polarizer, hopefully that won't break the bank?

I just picked up one of those refurb 600ex-rt's today...hoping it might make it here by the weekend for shooting.
I'm buying a fairly long (11ft) cable for it to shoot off camera as suggested....

Thank you,

cayenne

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: May 22, 2013, 04:36:07 PM »
Damn. I didn't get one.

Looks like I keep waiting. :(

Yeah, I was just contemplating going back to the trough for a 2nd one, and found they were out.

Hey, does anyone know what kind of warranty you get from Canon on these refurbs?


C

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I learned one thing about purchase's, buy what you want from the start and save for that. I've made the mistake of buying twice by cheaping out on certain pieces of equipment.

I'd say just wait to get more 600's, I have 4 from CPS loan and I'm hooked.  :o

Yeah....I usually lean that way, but with so many things on the "to buy" list....trying to stretch as I can in all directions at once.
:)

I've been reading a bit, and at this point, I'm considering getting maybe a 2nd 600EX-RT, and maybe a LONG ETTL wire...and that way have one of them wired to the camera, by the long cord, and using radio to fire the 2nd one...that would save get me a lot of functionality I want now....
Later I could get the  ST-E3-RT  and be totally wireless with those two flashes and subsequent purchases.

I read this cable would work:

http://www.amazon.com/OCF-Gear-Extra-long-Straight-Speedlite/dp/B0097IPB8W/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3V9PVCC4ABLEP&coliid=I209265VDWUXCC

I'm thinking I might venture down this road....hmm..should I pull the trigger on a 2nd 600 while they're still at this price?

Hmm....decisions decisions...

C

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Hi all,

Thanks to the forum here, I snagged a refurb 600EX-RT from Canon. (I'm still trying to figure out why they charged me freakin' sales tax on an online store, I've not heard of a Louisiana Canon B&M store here, but I digress).

So, first thing, I'm reading through the strobist site and doing research. First think I'm painfully aware of, that except for some instances of bouncing light off the ceiling, and having the little card catch some light off that for face fills on that type shooting, you're never really wanting to use the flash on camera.

So, question one:
Does this flash come with some type cable to hook to the hotshoe to the flash, to allow you to shoot with camera in one hand, flash in the other?

Question two:
Looking a the Canon ST-E3-RT. I found it on amazon.com for $299 shipped, that's not a bad price is it? If so, that starts me off well for this and future growth with flash off camers.

Questions three and more:
For quick multi-flash setups...starting out before I can buy the ST-E3-RT or another Canon RT speedlight...would I be able to get some cheaper flashes right now to use with this flash?  For instance, I'm thinking of trying to learn manual shooting (based on a great CreativeLive class the other week), could I get something like the Yongnuo YN-560 Speedlights, and have them fire off (optically?) when they sense the main 600EX-RT go off?

I've seen refurbs for those in the $55 shipped range..and thought this might be a neat way to get3-4 more flashes to play with cheaply to use with my new purchase right off to bat, which again, would be cool for learning to shoot flash manual...and would hold me till I can save to get more RT controlled canon ones in the future.

Thoughts?

Suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

cayenne

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: May 22, 2013, 02:55:15 PM »
600 refurb is back in stock - hurry if you want one.

Thanks man, I got one!!

I'm wondering though...Why the heck are they charging me sales tax for?!?!?!?

Does Canon have facilities in Lousiana or something?!?!

That kinda blows...had to do like $60+ in freaking taxes.....not used to that buying online. Still, total was like $406, better than anything else I've found so far but still....WTF?

cayenne

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording
« on: May 22, 2013, 10:43:19 AM »
I think the stills software tends to have more powerful sliders when it comes to saving highlights, changing brightness, shadow, curves, contrast, etc. The CS6 version of ACR has some very powerful tools that are not just simple dials, pre-sharpening, NR, etc. And then do a few more tweaks in Photoshop itself if needed. Photoshop also hs some very powerful plug ins for creating B&W and such (although I'm having trouble getting the NIK stuff to batch so that is not working out yet). I'd try to get it right as much as you can with those controls. Then you can use AE to save it out to Cineform 12bit or something and do the rest in Premiere. Once it's save into video you can't use ACR or Photoshop on it anymore I don't think (without doing crazy stuff at least).

I was wondering about that too. I've done a lot of heavy stills post in ACR/PS/LR. I've seen what ACR can do. Now I'm also wondering about Lightroom, as I tend to prefer that workflow over ACR/PS for global adjustments.

By the way, I hadn't even thought about Nik. I'd be curious to see footage run through SilverEfex. Cheers for all the great info.

I don't have adobe tools yet, but I do have the NIK plugins for Aperture. I'm just curious about the workflow with this...are you doing this frame by frame for every image for a video? That sounds VERY time consuming and impractical for any shoot of any reasonable length...?

cayenne

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i've never done this, but with your gear i would set the camera up with the 14mm on a C stand over the top looking directly down and a remote flash on the player off camera with a softbox so the light doesnt flare the glass, remote trigger, longer exposure second curtain sync so the flash freezes the player and the machine gets proper exposure and maybe capture some dynamic motion in the machine too with the slower speed

this is all just what i would try having never shot this before it'd be interesting to see the pics!

Hmm...interesting, and thank you!

I'll have to look up what a "C" stand is first...
:)

I don't have a flash yet...but I do have a softbox with CFL's in it for video I do, I could try to set that up maybe for something similar to what you mentioned.

The previous poster also mentioned polarizers...I've not used them yet, anyone have a suggestion for a good one to get?

Please keep the suggestions coming!!  I figured this would be a challenging question for us all....


cayenne

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 21, 2013, 04:09:23 PM »
Because of their introductory pricing, I suspect many will access the service for the first year, while holding on to those copies of CS6.

I'm also thinking about going to CS6 from my current CS5 and watch how things go with subscription model, but what about this Adobe Application Manager that I apparently am forced to download for CS6 and all the complaints about it on the web? 

What truly useful feature does CS6 have over CS5?

I'd not heard of this yet...do you have any links pertaining to Adobe App Manager, and problems with it?
Just from the sound of it, it sounds like the Windows Manager type thing that MS came out with a few years ago when trying to update things, etc....

TIA,

cayenne

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:36:43 PM »
Magic Lantern RAW video for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III comes to the Mac & OSX
http://blog.planet5d.com/2013/05/magic-lantern-raw-video-for-the-canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-comes-to-the-mac-osx/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Planet5dBlog+%28Planet5D+Blog%29

This was very helpful. It looks like the RAW workflow is starting to take shape!

I want to preface my next question by saying that I'm a video n00b. Should I do most of my tonal/color adjustments in ACR, or should I wait until I have the footage in AE/Premiere and do most of it in Davinci Resolve, MB Looks, etc.? Does it matter where I do it? My instincts tell me that there are two competing issues:

1. Which program is better at a specific task (e.g., recovering blown out clouds).

2. Flexibility of not having to go upstream to make changes to footage and then re-import downstream. For example, if I do my tonal/color work in ACR, won't that mean I have to go back-and-forth, rather than being able to quickly make adjustments via plugin without the extra step of re-importing?

Again... I'm just a n00b here. :-)

I think the stills software tends to have more powerful sliders when it comes to saving highlights, changing brightness, shadow, curves, contrast, etc. The CS6 version of ACR has some very powerful tools that are not just simple dials, pre-sharpening, NR, etc. And then do a few more tweaks in Photoshop itself if needed. Photoshop also hs some very powerful plug ins for creating B&W and such (although I'm having trouble getting the NIK stuff to batch so that is not working out yet). I'd try to get it right as much as you can with those controls. Then you can use AE to save it out to Cineform 12bit or something and do the rest in Premiere. Once it's save into video you can't use ACR or Photoshop on it anymore I don't think (without doing crazy stuff at least).

How do you go about color grading/correcting THAT many images?

Do you select a bunch of them at a time, that appear to be 'similar' for some things?  I was just thinking that it would be nigh impossible to do a lot of layer masks on a bunch of images, etc...since things would be moving and you'd have to do it frame by frame...?

I could see in bulk doing a mass change in global things, like total contrast, white balance, etc...but if you had say, a blown out window, that would take a lot of work to restore that frame by frame wouldn't it?

If you could get that footage, still raw where Davinci could do it, then you could use their tools to have tracking done for you on that window, etc....

So, just curious can you give some more in depth on what all changes you manage with PS and the like? I like the idea, but can't imagine the workflow...

Thanks in advance!!

cayenne


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:27:55 PM »
The canon Refurb store has them for 375$, I'm currently selling off my old speedlites to pickup a set of refurb 600's.

I'm on notice.

Dang.....says out of stock now.
:(

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