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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,


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!!!



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.

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.



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.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:43:59 PM »
I went to take a couple of shot of my kids with my 70-200 2.8 and then decided to switch to a 50mm, stuffing quickly the 70-200 into my bag.
Then my wife, annoyed with my habit of leaving my bag on the bed, grabbed it and... the 70-200 dropped from the open bag  directly on the tiled floor... the 70-200 is no so sharp as it used to be now. And blaming my wife wasn't really an option ;)


So...she survived the beating, eh?


What are the main models of cameras the devs are focusing on right now?

Alex (the "main" dev) has a 60d & 5d3, 5d2 is still popular, the Rebels are supported as long as you don't get the newest one because usually not all features are ported. The "maintainted" models as per source tree are (7d/5d3 are alpha):



I'm still patiently (trying) watching to see when the ML for the 5D3 gets out of alpha....and addresses the non-removable boot flag, or at the very least...the lag time the 5D3 has on boot or waken from sleep.

If that was fixed, I think I'd be loading ML on immediately and playing with RAW video...

I'm DYING to play with that...but I just gotta see the wake problems fixed first. I could live with the perm. boot flag as that my camera is out of warranty.....but I gotta have at least stock waken times.


Take a look for "hkyongnuo"- got mine from them.
My unit works well, and I am glad to have it to remote control my 600RTs sitting on other then Canon- bodies.
I will buy the Fuji X100s this year- lets see.

Would this be the link you used?


I don't see a way to order from them on this website yet...

From that site, however, I found this link:


I've never ordered stuff online from foreign sites....I'm a bit hesitant to give out CC info to a site outside the US, etc....

Anyone know how safe this is?



Dang...appears to be out of stock on both sites...

I just ordered it via ebay for €109, I hope the seller actually does have it in stock... in hindsight, I should have ordered it right away, the af assist is simply too useful even if a flash is mounted on a bracket.

Is this any particular ebay store..or just some random person selling it you bought from...?



I've been keeping a lazy eye on how things are coming along for the 6D (e.g. tragic lantern), wondering when it'll be stable enough for me to take the plunge...

Don't count on anything happening there, the 6d is unsupported in mainline ML and 6d-TL is only worked on by one person who managed to isolate himself from the rest of the devs. If you want a stable & supported ML anytime soon, definitely don't get a 6d.

What are the main models of cameras the devs are focusing on right now?

Www.eachshot.com instead of yn.eachshot.com, its the same place though dont you don't have a coupon let me know I can try and get one.

Dang...appears to be out of stock on both sites...

I have been wanting to drop the hammer on this for the past couple weeks, but no luck.



Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:19:27 PM »
Can't say I've ever taken a shot with lens cap on because I've always shot using the eyepiece and immediately have the "WTF?!" moment before rolling my eyes and taking it off (missed some shots doing that though...)

OTOH I took a good minute of video with my DSLR in a dark environment playing with the exposure settings and wondering why the screen was always dark no matter how many stops I added until I checked the lens cap... :D

(And the first trip using my new Rode Stereo Video Pro Mic, confirming the mic was connected and got a wonderful 10 minute video of a band playing and some fantastic ambiance only to discover that I had forgotten to turn the mic on... In fact I did that several times that trip so now I just leave it on all day while traveling as each battery is supposed to last about 100 hours)

Yep...same thing with my rode mics...

I found I had to learn the mystic art of FOLEY work after that session....had to watch the video, and recreate the sounds of cooking in a kitchen....worked out pretty well, necessity being the mother of invention as they say.

Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:21:00 PM »

I was looking at the Focal stuff awhile back, but it seems that I read on the site, that it didn't fully work with the 5D3.

Does anyone know if they've fixed it yet?


It works just fine, but one small piece isn't fully automated. When it's running the AFMA test, it can't automatically change the AFMA settings in camera for you. So it'll do it's thing, take a bunch of shots, then a prompt will come up on screen that says "Set AFMA to -20/-10/0 etc. and click OK" - you do that, and it continues to run the test automatically. Really not a big deal, takes a couple seconds each time it asks.

Ok, thanks for the info. I wonder why it can't do the full auto on the 5D3 like it can other cameras?

Hmm..trying to get to the Reikan site...seems they're having some webserver problems.

I'll try to look closer at it again soon.

I'm planning this year, to buy a copy of the Canon 50L f/1.2, and I want to make sure I get it properly tuned for my camera.


Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:12:15 PM »
From great to greater?
I checked out all my lenses (except a manual focus Contax-Ziess) on my 1D4 and focus accuracy was spot on - perhaps I am just lucky?
However (if it EVER stops raining here in South Wales) I am going to re-check them now I have moved to the 1DX. So far I have only had a chance (in over 2 months!) to use my 300 & 800 Canons on it and it appears to be even better than the Mk4 - I hope it's the same for the others!
If not I shall be checking out your recommendation..........

I was looking at the Focal stuff awhile back, but it seems that I read on the site, that it didn't fully work with the 5D3.

Does anyone know if they've fixed it yet?


WOW! ... that looks EXACTLY like my $299.99 CamRanger. Looks like the same manufacturer (TP-Link) makes the unit for CamRanger minus the software. I don't believe this ... it costs 1/10 of what I paid for the CamRanger ... thanks for making me feel like I've been ripped off, dude ;D  ... just kidding ... good that it costs so less and does a decent job, more power to the people.
Yep, from what I've read this is basically the same bit of hardware for the wireless routing portion that the CamRanger uses, just that camranger has a bit of custom firmware of their own I think to speed things up somewhat...

Wow, nifty. Thanks for sharing!

I've got so much on my plate right now, not sure when I'll get time to try this, although I already have all the hardware...
if you get to it before I do, please report back on your workflow, etc.
I'll try to do the same if I can.
I wanna do this this weekend, but I got about 10+ hours of footage I need to start plowing through on my first paid video gig ....so...

thanks,  cayenne

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