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Thanks for the nice comments/observations  8)
I guess I shouldn't post the other airshow babe shot.  It's much worse.

Oh you are new here. Post away!

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When I removed the spent batteries, a small piece of plastic followed the batteries out the door.

Where exactly did that come from - anything you suggest to prevent this from happening?

As for the reliability: Just from a couple of posts in a forum - no matter positive or negative - we'll never get a good survey, esp. there's a bias against 3rd party manufacturers: If Sigma/Yongnuo/... breaks it'll be on the Internet as a systematic failure, when Canon breaks it's an isolated case covered by the warranty. Still, I do regret ordering the Trigger as cheap as it comes from an obscure eBay seller as I doubt he'll make good on the warranty (if there's any).

The piece came out of the guts of the camera. Nothing extraordinary caused this to happen. I can see nothing broken/missing when I look inside the door. There is another piece rattling around inside the transmitter that just wont fall out. The unit still works fine, but it will drain the batteries in about a week even when powered off. I have been in contact with hkyongnuophotoequipment and have sent them pictures/descriptions of the problem. They have asked me to send the unit back to them for a refund or replacement, so they appear, so far, to be handling this in a professional manner. I have since picked up a Canon ST-E3-RT as I already have 2 600EX's and so am committed to the system. I'm not sure whether I want a refund or replacement. I still use a 5Dll and a 7D, and I also find the focus assist light occasionally useful. I will probably go ahead and get a refund for now. The price of them has gone down to $138 on ebay and I suspect they will drop further, so I may pick up another one in the future.

Are you stuck with return shipping fee back to Hong Kong?

When I replied that I would be happy to return the transmitter to them, I asked them what would be the best method. When they reply, I will find out. If they do not offer to cover return postage, I will bring the matter up.

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When I removed the spent batteries, a small piece of plastic followed the batteries out the door.

Where exactly did that come from - anything you suggest to prevent this from happening?

As for the reliability: Just from a couple of posts in a forum - no matter positive or negative - we'll never get a good survey, esp. there's a bias against 3rd party manufacturers: If Sigma/Yongnuo/... breaks it'll be on the Internet as a systematic failure, when Canon breaks it's an isolated case covered by the warranty. Still, I do regret ordering the Trigger as cheap as it comes from an obscure eBay seller as I doubt he'll make good on the warranty (if there's any).

The piece came out of the guts of the transmitter. Nothing extraordinary caused this to happen. I can see nothing broken/missing when I look inside the door. There is another piece rattling around inside the transmitter that just wont fall out. The unit still works fine, but it will drain the batteries in about a week even when powered off. I have been in contact with hkyongnuophotoequipment and have sent them pictures/descriptions of the problem. They have asked me to send the unit back to them for a refund or replacement, so they appear, so far, to be handling this in a professional manner. I have since picked up a Canon ST-E3-RT as I already have 2 600EX's and so am committed to the system. I'm not sure whether I want a refund or replacement. I still use a 5Dll and a 7D, and I also find the focus assist light occasionally useful. I will probably go ahead and get a refund for now. The price of them has gone down to $138 on ebay and I suspect they will drop further, so I may pick up another one in the future.

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 17, 2014, 08:24:50 PM »
You might also want to consider Canon's 70-300 L. Mine worked beautifully on my crop body camera on my trip to Tanzania last year. Although you cannot use Canon extenders (at least not throughout the entire focal length range), I understand that you can use Kenko extenders on this lens. I should note that I have not used extenders on this lens.

+1 on the 70-300L. While the 70-200 & the (current) 100-400L are great lenses, they are considerably larger and heavier than your previous tele. The 70-300L will greatly improve your IQ and marginally improve your reach, all in a compact and easy to carry package with the latest image stabilization. If you can wait for a 20% off refurb sale from Canon, they can be had for around $1100.

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I suppose I'd better chime in on the reliability factor. I bought my YN-E3-RT in December from Yongnuo's ebay store and have used it very little. I took it out a few weeks ago to use and the batteries (freshly charged eneloops) were dead. When I removed the spent batteries, a small piece of plastic followed the batteries out the door. The unit still works fine, but it drains the batteries when not in use and has a piece of plastic that intermittently rattles around inside. Today I emailed their ebay store about the problem and will report back on their response, or lack thereof.
 I am one of those people who don't like to use flash if at all possible, but when I want/need it, then I want it. Fortunately, I lucked out and snagged a new Canon ST-E3-RT off ebay for $239. Since I still occasionally use a 5Dll and a 7D, I hope Yongnuo honors their warranty and sends a replacement. This scenario is why I decided to buy from their store and pay a little more ($146) in the first place...

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I was also thinking about the Yongnuo st-e2, but I'm not sure if it's compatible with the 6D.


I was going to suggest this and their lights rather than screwing around with optical triggering.  There is another thread here somewhere (here) discussing what it can do.  The idea of firing Canon-type wireless lights with a different-brand body is intriguing.

Jim


i have the yongnuo st-e2 it does not work with the 5Dmk3 not sure why itsw fine for the other cameras but i've never used it since getting the phottix odins i should probably give it to someone who needs it more and might actually use it :P


It should. Do you have the latest firmware (v1.08) installed? The EX90 is going for $50 at 6th Ave via ebay, if anyone is interested.

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http://www.canonpricewatch.com/ has a "group buy deal" going on for some pretty sweet lenses. The one that caught my eye is the aforementioned lens, though there are others. That's over $1300 off. Nice!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod: Suggestions
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:17:29 PM »
You've gotten some good advice here. My contribution would be to advise that you get a tripod that is tall enough (with ballhead attached) to bring your camera's eyepiece to eye level without raising the center column. Even on the finest tripods, using the center column should be avoided as it introduces unwanted movement. A well made and reasonably priced set of legs that will do this is the Sirui M3204X. I would also suggest you have a look at a Markins Q3 ballhead. They are simple to use, buttery smooth, small, lightweight and are solid as a rock.




http://www.amazon.com/M-3204X-Carbon-Section-Tripod-Height/dp/B004QC4TG4/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1393458421&sr=1-1&keywords=Sirui+M3204X

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Markins-Q-3-Emille-Ball-Head-Black-Q3-Ballhead-NEW-/180648692673?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a0f804bc1


I almost got a heart attack there, just like how I almost got one when I tried looking up for 300mm F2.8's price.  ::)

So that means that I want a tall tripod, even though this usually translates to heavier tripods, right? You are also saying that a direct support from the three legs rather than having an extra section is better, right?


It's OK to have an adjustable center column, there are certain situations where they are very convenient. It is simply preferable to not use it. Here's a quick run down of the arca system being discussed. First, you have the tripod legs. The ballhead attaches to the legs. Then you need a method of connecting the ballhead to your camera. The best way to do this is to buy a ballhead that is arca-compatible. That means that the clamp on top of the ballhead is made to accept arca style plates. There are two types of arca plates. There are plates that mount to the bottom of your camera using the 1/4" screw receptacle found on all cameras. These plates should be custom fitted to whatever model of camera you are using. The best I have found are made by Kirk, Really Right Stuff or Promediagear. They will be used when you are shooting with smaller lenses such as standard zooms (24-70mm) or primes. If you are going to be shooting with larger and heavier lenses such as telephoto zooms, you will need an arca compatible plate that attaches to the lens foot on the tripod collar that came with the lens. This is necessary for proper balance. There is no need to buy expensive name-brand plates for this. Generic lens plates can be purchased on ebay for considerable savings. Just make sure the plates have some sort of anti-twist device on them. This is usually a lip at the rear of the plate that seats up against the lens foot. So stop wasting money on food and the like, and go buy some photography gear.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Arca Swiss PU Plates
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:37:49 PM »
i paid $25 for a pu120 for the tamron 150-600

another annoying note on the tamron is that the foot only have 1 hole for a lens this size i would have prefered a double hole for mounting the arca plate

Easy. Drill another hole in the foot with an 11/64" drill bit, tap it with a 1/4-20 tap (use wax or other lubricant) and you will have a two screw connection. I don't think it's necessary though. I've carried my EF 70-200L IS II around on a sling extensively using the one screw plate attachment and have never had any issues. But if two screws or LockTite will put you more at ease, then it is certainly worth doing.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod: Suggestions
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:08:57 PM »
You've gotten some good advice here. My contribution would be to advise that you get a tripod that is tall enough (with ballhead attached) to bring your camera's eyepiece to eye level without raising the center column. Even on the finest tripods, using the center column should be avoided as it introduces unwanted movement. A well made and reasonably priced set of legs that will do this is the Sirui M3204X. I would also suggest you have a look at a Markins Q3 ballhead. They are simple to use, buttery smooth, small, lightweight and are solid as a rock.




http://www.amazon.com/M-3204X-Carbon-Section-Tripod-Height/dp/B004QC4TG4/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1393458421&sr=1-1&keywords=Sirui+M3204X

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Markins-Q-3-Emille-Ball-Head-Black-Q3-Ballhead-NEW-/180648692673?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a0f804bc1

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Canon General / Re: I Need Help Finding A Camera Bag
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:00:05 PM »
I have the Retrospective 5 and the 7. The 5 will hold a 5D mounted to a Tamron SP24-70VC along with an EF70-300L in the other slot with room for a 270EX. It's snug, but not unreasonable. The Retro 7 will hold a 5D with a 2.8 standard zoom attached and pretty much any two other lenses up to and including a 70-200 2.8L. They are terribly well built and about as inconspicuous as you can get with a shoulder bag.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D body deals
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:35:04 PM »
This is a good resource for lens/camera pricing:

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:27:29 PM »
Old School

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Let's Get it On
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:37:37 PM »
Happy Lions  8)
Food and sex - an interesting mixture for sure...

Oh, come on. You've never taken a lady out for dinner and...

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 16, 2014, 04:30:16 PM »
Personally, I wouldn't consider a 70-200 without image stabilization unless the majority of your shooting is fast moving objects. You'll want it for portraits. If you can live with the deeper depth of field, the 70-200 f/4L IS is the 2.8's equal in most other aspects (though much easier to carry) and can be had refurbished from Canon for less than $1100. Otherwise, I would agree with sagittariansrock and vote for the Tamron. I have their 24-70 f/2.8 VC and love it.

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