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Lighting / Re: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 19, 2011, 12:45:37 PM »
Thanks for the input, everyone.  After doing some thorough reading/research, I opted for (3) FlexTT5s to complement my (2) 580exIIs.  Based on information available, and some DIY testing done by photogs about the internet, the FlexTT5 had much better range as the primary transmitter than did the MiniTT.

I got the units last week, and had some great results doing indoor testing.  See sample of my dad below...

The units were no more than 20' from my camera body during my in-home tests, and everything fired fine.  I decided to implement them on a wedding gig yesterday (church allows flash), and for the first 15 minutes, all worked well.  Even shooting 100' plus away from the back of the balcony with the FlexTT5s on stands behind concrete columns at the floor level (full soft shield + shoe were implemented), I got consistent triggering/ETTL.

Then - catastrophe hit.  I was struck with the total failure documented here on both of my 580's.  They started doing the full power dumps, with no regulated output whatsoever.  I was able to finish the ceremony with natural light without issue, and my assistant had two 580's that worked flawlessly for the portrait shoot and reception.  We worked them just as strenuously as my two 580's for the rest of the night, yet no failures occurred.  I found that to be a little odd.

I immediately called PocketWizard this morning to find out more about this failure of my 580's.  Based on the research done in the link previously provided, PocketWizard claims the 580's design is the fault of this failure.  The CS rep I spoke with did say that Canon typically covers the IGBT repair under warranty, and that the repair should basically eliminate the problem from ever occurring again.  It's still frustrating being without some of my primary portable lighting gear for a few weeks as I move into boudoir/Valentine's shoot season.


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkii at $2,219 on Amazon today (12-7)
« on: December 16, 2011, 01:42:19 AM »
Thanks to the holiday season, UPS delivered from B&H 1 day early...


EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: December 15, 2011, 12:10:31 PM »
Will it be "outdated" in a year.  Yup... but then again, the 5DMKIII will be outdated by the middle of 2013 as well.


Maui5150 nailed it.  There will always be something newer, better, faster, lighter, more MPs, less noise, more dollars, faster write, bigger memory card, etc.  If you always wanted to wait for the "next best thing", you'd never ever buy anything.

The 5D is a superb camera and will serve you well for a long to come - if it raises the quality of your product NOW, improves the level of the service you can provide NOW... why wait?  $1,999 is a steal.

EOS Bodies / Re: how to price 5D2 once 5D3 is out???
« on: December 14, 2011, 10:57:12 AM »
Funny, I just had this exact conversation with a friend last night.  Considering the 5D2 is going for $1,999 right now on B&H and Adorama with some bundled toys (CF card, camera bag, etc.), we're guessing it will settle into the low $2ks after Christmas (and once an official MKIII announcement is made).  Probably $2,100-ish retail.

Once 5D3 hits and MKII is officially discontinued, we came up with $1,500 for a 5D2 on the used market (in good condition).  However, this will also depend on the retail price of the 5D3.  If the 5D3 pushes into the mid-$3ks, a higher price for used mkII's can be sustained.  As time goes on and the 5D3 becomes more common place, the used 5D2 value will obviously be diminished.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Body Pricing
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:20:07 AM »
Considering th 5DmkII has held at $2,500 for three years, and factoring inflation and snappy new features, I'd guess an MKIII would drop in the $3,199 - $3,499 range.  Maybe drop to $2,999 after a bit?

Just my $0.02 and out of left field guess.

EOS Bodies / Re: A little humor - Canon vs Nikon video
« on: December 13, 2011, 05:44:25 PM »
This "Video" has nothing to do with humor. It´s filmed violence, nothing more. I would not allow such a piece of S___, if I were responsible for Canon rumors. What about creativity, what about ideas?


Uhh... is this sarcasm?

EOS Bodies / Re: A little humor - Canon vs Nikon video
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:08:36 AM »
Very well made movie and funny too in case some of you have not seen it...funny how it was shot with Canon but the link was shown on NR as well! 



HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!  Awesome - thanks for posting!!!


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkii at $2,219 on Amazon today (12-7)
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:39:48 AM »
The $2,039 5DmkII with free shipping from BHPhoto was finally the deal the suckered me into the full frame world.  Took me long enough!

Thanks for sharing the deal, CR!   ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Another Canon Store 15% off refurb sale...
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:37:32 AM »

Lighting / PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 10, 2011, 10:29:27 AM »
Does anyone here have experience with PWs FlexTT5 and the 580exII?  I'm looking at moving into remote ETTL, but have seen some reviews where range was severely limited due to high RF interference from the 580. 

Granted, I'd probably eventually get the AC7 RF hard-shields, just because that horizontal mount configuration is awesome for umbrellas, but I'd still like to hear some real world experiences.  Thanks!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkii at $2,219 on Amazon today (12-7)
« on: December 10, 2011, 12:42:20 AM »

EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New Canon 7D $1099 Canon USA Warranty
« on: December 09, 2011, 04:03:25 PM »
Saw this on Fatwallet.  Brand New Canon 7D for $1099.


It claims to be a Canon USA Warranty.  I don't know how they have them this cheap, but passing it on. 

FYI the ebayer has 340k feedback.

Could be grey market.

EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 09, 2011, 02:57:16 PM »

If you are truly as disappointed with your 7D as you claim you are, and you fall outside your warranty window, drop me a line via private message.  I have a direct phone number and extension for a customer service rep at Canon who will replace your body - if you hold your ground and don't take no for an answer.  I also have a direct email and cell phone number for one of Canon's regional reps - who can step in if the CS person doesn't give you the answer you need.

I'm not going to get into the flame war of "user error" vs "faulty camera" that creep into the discussion when it comes to AF and IQ issues with the 7D.  Clearly, some people have repeatable issues regardless of settings, experience level, or history with the 7D. 

If, in the end, you really are unhappy with the body - let me know and hopefully I can put you in touch with some one who will get the ball rolling with the replacement process.  Just be warned - the replacement will be a factory refurbished unit - not new.  And there's no guarantee the the replacement body will give you any better results.  Some people have glowing reports after receiving a replacement, while others have been just as unhappy with the body they were given.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkii at $2,219 on Amazon today (12-7)
« on: December 08, 2011, 04:09:41 PM »
Oh, no offense at all... I was thinking that maybe I'd offended you. I don't have a dog in that fight- no affiliation to Henrys other than I occasionally buy stuff there.

Glad we're all good!  :)   

I'm still having a hard time not clicking "buy" on that damn BH page.  Don't know if it's inventory, or impending 5Dmkiii launch.  grrrr.   :(

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkii at $2,219 on Amazon today (12-7)
« on: December 08, 2011, 01:50:13 PM »
I never implied that anyone was lying. Your bank has its own reasons but it's not because of Henrys' business practices, people in this country worship that place.  Besides which, two other American posters in this thread successfully made the transaction you attempted and had rave reviews. The consipiracy theorist in me wonders if it has anything to do with Chase being the financier for Best Buy/Future Shop, but it couldn't be that, could it?  ;D

Sorry for offending you, Wellfed.  I certainly wasn't trying to bad mouth Henry's or Canada.  That's God's honest truth.  I was just letting it be known that I got a "not so fuzzy feeling" after speaking with Chase.

If other folks on our side of the border had good experiences with Henry's, than I'm sure some other business arrangements, as you suggested, may be playing a role.

Again, I apologize for offending you.  That was not my intent at all.

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