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Software & Accessories / Re: TVC-24L similar
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:55:10 AM »
I totaly agree that you pay for the quality at RRS.
I spent 6 hours looking at different options (and this is not my first time doing it :))
At the end I gave up from 3 series I came to the follwing doubt TVC-23 or TVC-24L and BH-55 with LR.
I believe 23 is more stable, but 24L is more suitable for my height - 6.3.
Can plates freely slide out from the clamp if it is not fully released? Is there any safety mechanism on LR clamp?

Software & Accessories / Re: TVC-24L similar
« on: November 26, 2012, 11:09:13 PM »
I've been doing some research and 24L is actually to tall for me. TVC-33 seems great, basically I'm looking for something in 24 series range, but 33 dimesion wise. It should be around 150cm with legs extended cos everybody claims centre column is unstable (not sure whether this is valid for RSS as well).
The problem with RRS is not the price of legs, but every single accessorie is very expensive.

For example, leveling base is $180, but no hook included  >:( so extra $30 for the hook, than a separate plate for a camera, a serparate plate for the 70-200. These are all small things that put me off.

What is the handle on the plate used for?

Software & Accessories / TVC-24L similar
« on: November 26, 2012, 04:34:06 PM »

Are there any legs that are similar to those from RRS? $1000 seems to be too much for me at the moment.
I checked 3 Legged and similar, but they are all too short at the base.
The advantage of RRS is a tall person doesn't need a centre column.

Lenses / Re: 600mm F/4L IS AFMA settings
« on: November 24, 2012, 08:37:08 PM »

That makes sense, still not sure about all the AF points though.
Does anybody know where I could go and print with ink jet? I only have access to laser printers.

Lenses / Re: 600mm F/4L IS AFMA settings
« on: November 24, 2012, 06:43:47 PM »
I bought the pro version and I would like to test my lenses. I'd also like to test all AF points.
Based on my lenses 35mm to 400mm what sizes of printed targets would I need?

I don't have a printer and I'll have to go somewhere to print them out so I guess I need to know what to ask for

Would this work fine?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 lens correction profiles - only jpg?
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:46:33 PM »
LR4 has its own lens correction data which can be applied automatically, or just for images you want.  It is not saved to the cr2 file.

I guess I'm a bit slow cos I don't get how to set this preset in LR.
Let's say I wanted to download 100 images from the camera and they were taken with different lenses.
What would the workflow in LR be in order to download all 100 images and automatically apply lens correction to the images?

What I did do (that I think helped) was to print out the targets on high-quality matte paper (I used EPSON paper) and mounted them on foam-core, and then I can use Blue-tack (removable adhesive) to mount the targets and ensure a perpendicular mount to the lens.

Where would be the best to go to and print these out?
Can I come to Walmart and ask for matte paper? :-)

The other thing is I set 85mm at 425cm and the target covered some 12 AF points.
How should I test those on the left and right side, should I just print out two additional sheets and place them into that area?
As I'll be checking cross type only it seems to me that I should place the paper in vertical orientation no landsacape. Does this sound good?

Lighting / Re: Off-camera flash for 5D3
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:08:39 AM »
Yongnuo YN-622C transceivers: $90 per pair, complete functionality, perfect operation. Why pay more?


Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 08, 2012, 05:57:19 PM »

While doing some research I found these
This seems to be a great choice given the price. One can also buy an accessories and make an octabox from them.

Would this work with Quadra Ranger? Will I be able to set this speedring to

Yeah maybe it's not a simple fix.  In that case, while they're at it, can they add AF point-linked spot metering?  :)

So when I set my AF point to let's say one in the right upper corner I have to meassure the exposure first by using a centre of my camera, lock the exposure and than recompose and use AF spot I mentioned?


All right, got it now. I just have to set my lens 50cm from the subject and than play with the zoom on the lens. Makes sense and doesn't seem too limiting at the moment.



I don't get one thing right. Minimum focus distance for 70-200 is 1.2m, but when you use 500D on it working distance is 50cm. Does this mean no AF?

Can somebody describe me workflow with 500D on 70-200? I mean, do I have to put my subject 50cm from the lens and that's all I can get?

Lighting / Re: Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 06, 2012, 04:50:16 PM »
Thanks a lot. This is a good point to start from. Still many things to diggest from it.
Could you send me some links for softbox and adapter you would use on it. I plan on buying some bigger octa and maybe 24" square. What kind of softboxes would you combine with it?
I thought of an umbrella, but umbrella could be used only in studio as any wind would really messed with it.

I plan on buying YN-622c so I can use them with YN flashes and Quadra. I hope this will work.
I belive I won't be able to set the power remotely on Quadra with YN-622c, but I'll be able to trigger them via PC sync, right?

Can somebody explain me benefits of using S over A head? Given the price S should be better...

Lighting / Elinchrom Ranger Quadra
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:01:56 PM »

I plan on buying the set. Is anybody using these strobes?
Is the difference between A and S only in shutter speed or there is something else hidden behind A and S?

What softboxes would you recommend for it? I plan on buying one octa, one square.
Would you go with Elichrom softboxes or there are some 3rd party that are good enough and cheaper?

The camera's WB doesn't affect RAW images, so that's possible only if the camera outputs JEPG whose WB processing algorithm is "better" than that of computer processing software.

But I read somwhere that cameras collect data for different channels RGB and than applies WB. Too technical for me so maybe I explained it wrong. However, some say that even though one can play with WB in post it is not as precise as one would hit it the very first time.

My idea of using expodisc was a bit different than suggested. I'd like to use it in a room with multiple sources so I woud just point at the scene not each source and help camere make a good balance. Does this make sense? 

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