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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:52:06 AM »
Chicago TARDIS 2013

430exII with Flashbender XL Pro fired with Phottix Odin hand held.  I puts out great light, but it is huge.  It's cumbersome and attracts a lot of attention.

50 1.4, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/100

50 1.4, ISO 3200, f/4, 1/125

50 1.4, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/100

70-200 f/4 USM, ISO 16000, f/4, 1/200 (no flash, cropped a bit in lightroom 4.4, NR at about 25)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D- An amateur's review
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:23:38 AM »
I upgraded from the 7D.  I think not having a flash is what I missed most.  There's no way to trigger off camera units, so I ended up buying a Phottix Odin.  Image quality, especially at high ISO, is the most noticeable improvement.  Full frame quality was what I wanted, but price was the obstacle.  I could afford a 6D (barely).  I've had it for almost a year now and am very happy I made the move up.  GPS is nice, and I use it, but I could live without it.  Wifi is awesome.  Quickly transferring photos to my iPad Air makes posting to social media a snap.  I've come to really like it.  The gimped AF system is the main drawback.  While the center point is great, the outer ones are not, which makes composition more difficult in lower light situations.  Now I know why people use the 'focus recompose' method.  If Canon continues the 6D line, they need to make at least one point on the outer parts a cross type like the center.  That would make composition easier in landscape and portrait.  A second memory card slot would be nice.  I had a San Disk SD card die on me Thanksgiving weekend.  It wouldn't let me format it in any device.  Fortunately, I didn't lose any photos.  First time this has happened to me.  Looking forward to another year.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best tablet for on-location preview
« on: November 26, 2013, 01:38:37 AM »
I'm now using the iPad air with the EOS app. It just reviews the jpegs, but that is good enough for me until I get home. I'm mainly use it to get some quick shots on Facebook or to check focus and exposure. I'm loving the wifi combined with retina display.

Lighting / Re: Phottix Odin Canon 6D/430exII setup for Noob
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:43:18 PM »
I believe I've solved the problem. There were some issues after the firmware update.  I had to remove the batteries from the TCU, reinstall and then power up. Then I had to press the 'Clear' button for 2.5 seconds to reset the TCU. It appears to have solved the issue. I now have a fully functional battle station  :P

Lighting / Phottix Odin Canon 6D/430exII setup for Noob
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:43:40 PM »
I'm wondering how to get the TTL function to work with my Canon 6D and 438EXII using the Phottix Odin.  If I put the flash in TTL, I can control it in 'M' mode on the control unit, but when I put the control unit in 'TTL' mode, it just fires full blast and over exposes everything.  Is there a setting in the camera flash menu I need to select?  I made sure that both the transmitter and receiver are firmware 1.24.  Apart from TTL, it functions perfectly.

I guess this will help me develop manual flash skills.

Took my 6D on an early morning walk a couple of weeks after I got it.  No worse for wear.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D af tracking: experiences & usage cases
« on: November 08, 2013, 12:23:58 AM »
Any time I've tried to get fast action (not often), the outer points are pretty much useless.  The center point worked great and always focused on what I aimed it at (which was not always what I wanted in focus :P).  I'm not seeing any method which can improve AI Servo with outer points.  I'm starting to get the impression that the 6D wasn't designed for sports  ;D

Lenses / Re: EF-s prime lenses?
« on: November 06, 2013, 07:43:08 PM »
I went full frame and will never go back.  Curse you Canon! (shakes fist)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dynamic range Nikon/Sony vs Canon
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:57:14 PM »
That Sony DR won't do me any good since I like to take photos in the dark. Superior selection of lenses (that I can afford)  and great  ergonomics  are more reasons I recommend Canon.   I think they have a superior system.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:00:19 PM »
Fort De Chartres Fall Rendezvous 2013

1/4000, f/2.8, ISO 100

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:37:22 PM »
Fort De Chartres Fall Rendezvous 2013
Canon 6D, EF 70-200 f/4L USM
1/4000, f/4, 200mm, ISO 400

1/4000, f/4, 200mm, ISO 400

1/800, f/8, 109mm, ISO 400

EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
1/250, f/4, 50mm, ISO 200

Thanks for that link.  It looks like pretty much any of the current Canon will work.  The Mitros isn't listed though.  The article was probably done before the Mitros was introduced.  Phottix's official web site says that all of the Mitros flashes are compatible.  The Mitros will also require a receiver.  Took some digging as their website isn't very user friendly.  Interestingly, most of the Yongnuo's don't work.  I'm looking forward to getting some off camera practice next Spring/Summer.

Yeah.  Looks like an Odin with 2 receivers and one Mitros will run me about $700.  I already have the 430exII.  It's a good starting point for me and is a bit pricey, but I really want the control options.  The Canon system is great, I'm sure, but $1000 is definitely above what I'm willing to pay for now.  It's still a while off, as I want to try and get a new 15 Macbook Retina.  Gotta work more of that overtime  ;)

Cool.  Thanks for the input.  I'm still planning on the Odin system.  The 600RTs are too expensive, so I'll probably get the Mitros or some 580ex used and they seem to be 'medium' priced.  I don't have any experience with Yongnuo.  Maybe if I get more than 2 speedlites and am low on cash I'll get some.  I'm trying to get into Manual more anyway.  Thanks again everyone. ;D

I'm planning to expand my speedlite system next year. I like where the Phottix system is headed. I'm thinking about getting the Odin and a couple of Mitros flashes. Does anyone know if the Mitros has the receivers built in or will I have  to get the new Mitros +?  Any comments/reviews are appreciated. From what I've seen so far, it's a great system.

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