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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600EX-RT now $499
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:44:07 PM »
Just saw the $50 price drop this afternoon on Amazon... thought I'd share the savings...


Maybe Amazon is starting their Xmas pricing early. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6D Auto-Exposures are ALL OVER the Place?!?
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:16:19 PM »
I took advantage of the 6D package deal on B&H a few months ago, and have since moved the 6D into regular rotation as my primary backup/second body.  This was a position that was held by my 7D (now since sold) for three years, and it did a very good job at auto-exposing in the shutter/aperture priority modes.  However, I'm finding that the 6D is INCREDIBLY inconsistent in these modes, giving me images that vary +/- 2 stops or so, even in the vary same scene/composition!!  I can also see the metering indicator bouncing ALL OVER the meter between exposure checks, even without moving the camera or recomposing!!  WTF??

As a result, this requires a ton of extra tweaking time in post to get images to look right, and limits my ability to bulk-sync settings, since each image is always different from the next.  I've since resorted to using my 6D in manual mode only, but it kind of defeats the purpose of having a second body to grab and shoot with in certain instances when I just need a quick shot.  Basically, the aperture/shutter priority modes are completely unreliable.  This approach has me rethinking the versatility of the 6D in the field, especially since my 5D3 and 7D never experienced such irregularities between shots in these modes.

Has anyone else experienced this issue?  Will a trip to Canon Irvine solve it, or is this common across the body?  Is Canon aware of it, and is a firmware update planned?

I love the quality of the 6D images - when it works.  But spending needless hours to compensate for wonky exposures is quickly becoming infuriating.

Software & Accessories / Name This Photo Editing Software
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:42:31 PM »
While watching the behind-the-scenes of Jenny McCarthy's Playboy shoot, I was a little stumped by the software suite they were using on location.  It's certainly not Lightroom, and I'm not familiar with Aperture... does anyone know what this software is? 

censored to be work safe - click for fullsize

I'm sure curious as to what they are using.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Amazon.com PULLED the 600EX-RT?
« on: July 01, 2013, 12:30:35 PM »
I just sold my old 580s and PocketWizard gear on eBay, and went over to Amazon to upgrade to the ST-E3 and 600EX-RT, and found this...

Item Under Review

While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here. (Thanks for the tip!)

We're working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

SOURCE:  http://www.amazon.com/Canon-600EX-RT-Speedlite-Flash-Black/dp/B007FH1KX2

Does anyone know what this is about?  After further digging, I've found there are a lot of people unhappy with the overheat protection kicking in way too soon on the 600's, ruining gigs in the field.  Is this related?  It also sounds like Canon has been unresponsive to this problem.

Now I'm really nervous about moving to the 600's with all of this weirdness surrounding the product.  Can anyone shine some light on what's going on?


PocketWizard fans REJOICE!!!


They've dropped the beta firmware for their Mini/Flex units with 5D3 support!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Battery Drain on Pixel Vertax Grip for 5D3?
« on: July 21, 2012, 01:29:13 PM »
Can anyone comment/report on battery drain issues on their Pixel Vertax BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D3?  I charged up 4 LP-E6's last week (all official, no knockoffs) and put them in my 7D and 5D3 grips (attached to their respective bodies).  They sat stored in the cameras inside a bag for 7-8 days.  Then last night I had a gig; I pull out the 5D3 and the battery level had only 2-bars, and quickly dropped to 1-bar. 

Both the 5D3 body and the grip were switched OFF while in storage.  The grip was also OFF during my shoot, as I was doing landscape orientation shots.  Within 45 minutes of shooting I had to swap batteries as they were fully drained.  I pulled out the 7D, turned it on, and it was fully charged.  I swapped the batteries into my 5D3, and it too showed a full charge. 

I completed the gig with no issues, but this really got me worried that the Vertax grip has a battery drain.  I'm doing a controlled test this week with fresh batteries to see what happens after a few days of storage.

Has anyone else noticed this battery drain issue or done any tests? 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / BG-E11 ... available anywhere reputable?
« on: June 11, 2012, 12:31:46 AM »
I'm looking to snag a BG-E11, but the big guys all seem to be sold out (Adorama, BH, Amazon, etc.).  There are a bunch of random shops that claim to have it in stock - but I've never dealt with any of them, and the majority seem to have hit-or-miss experiences in their Google reviews.

Should I trust these small guys, or wait for the big names to get more stock in?

Lighting / Portable Continuous Light for Front Fill - Suggestions?
« on: June 03, 2012, 02:20:21 PM »
I saw a photographer gigging a location last night with some clients.  It was dusk, sun was on the horizon and losing intensity quickly... he was using it as a backlight/kicker, but instead of a front-fill flash, he had an assistant using a small hand-held/portable continuous light that he had gelled over.  It looked like it even had mini barn doors on it.  the entire apparatus didn't appear to be bigger than a large apple.

Any ideas as to what he was using?  I'd love to try out the technique!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 - ERR 80 ?
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:17:37 AM »
Got an error 80 during a shoot last night.  Camera totally froze... fixed it by popping the battery.  Anyone seen this one yet, or know what the cause of it is?


Lighting / Gelling for Tungsten at Indoor Events?
« on: April 20, 2012, 02:27:46 PM »
How many of you gel your speedlites to match ambient lighting at indoor event shoots?

I normally do not gel at events, but then again my past event work has typically been in low-light environments where ambient lighting isn't an issue.  However, I shot an event in a ballroom the other day, and the results look hideously "point-and-shoot"-ish.  Meaning, the people are all balanced to flash, but the background is that hideous orange tungsten glow.  To make matters worse, the walls were all wallpapered a deep yellow-ish orange hue, so the contrast in color balance is extremely obvious, and makes the photos look atrociously amateur. 

I started painting in a white balance correction in Lightroom on the background, but then realized I didn't have the time to do it on 200 photos.  I'm chalking this up as a lesson learned, and if I had to do it again I'd definitely gel with a CTO correction.  Do many of you do this in environments with heavy tungsten lighting?

Street & City / The Rossonian Hotel, Denver
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:18:56 PM »
Decided to take out my 5D3 this morning to try my first "little world" photo.  I used the Rossonian Hotel here in Five Points as my primary subject.  It's hardly perfect, but going through the process will help me improve my future "little world" shots..

EOS Bodies / Canon Prepping a High MP Killer?
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:35:35 PM »
I've been getting into some friendly D800 vs. 5D3 battles with other shooters lately, and at first I really thought Canon dropped the ball with the 5D3.  But with a look at Canon's recent product launches, and rumors of what's to come, I'm now of the mindset that Canon has some insanely high MP body on the very near hoizon.  Hear me out...

  • Canon launches the 7D three years ago at 18MP ... an equivalent pixel density of 47MP on a full frame sensor.
  • Canon debuts their 120MP APS-H sensor in 2010
  • Canon starts releasing Mark II lens updates that clearly outresolve the capabilities of its current sensors (e.g., 70-200 II and 24-70 II)
  • Canon launches a 5D3 at 22MP - intentionally lower than the 36MP Nikon competition

With the pixel density of the 7D, Canon clearly has been working hard on high MP tech.  And with the list above I read between the lines to see Canon saying --- "We're working on something with huge MP... we now have the glass and sensor tech to do it, we just wanted to see what Nikon did first."  As market leader, Canon can afford the luxury of letting Nikon go high MP first.  I mean, why not?  They may lose a little market share, but they know they'll still be on top.  The 5D3 allows them to remain competitive while taking the time to tear down the D800, and develop a quick response ... that's even better.

Maybe I'm crazy, but I see something huge on the horizon.  Maybe 40MP+ and possibly by the end of the year.  Anyone else think this is a viable approach?  Or have I lost my mind?

EOS Bodies / BG-E11 Street Date / Availability?
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:50:39 AM »
Has anyone seen/heard anything regarding the release/shipping date for the BG-E11 battery grip?  It seems all the major e-tailers have them available for "pre-order", but not in stock.  I'm pretty hardcore about shooting with grips - my big paws just aren't comfortable with the stand-alone body.  I'm dying here!


Technical Support / Building a Studio Cyc...
« on: March 25, 2012, 08:38:30 PM »
Looking to put a cyclorama in my studio space... I've got the walls and corners figured out, but am having an issue with the floor.  It seems that most studios use leveler and sealant to get the smooth finish.  Unfortunately, I'm dealing with a wood floor - and I am worried about grain and lines appearing even with numerous coats of paint.

I have space to do some type of framing and custom build up.  Any thoughts/recommendations for surface material to get a smooth floor?

Thanks in advance!

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