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I'm sure this is a joke, but if you really don't know what to do with them, I'll buy one of them from you (sans the Sto-Fen).

Yep, I'm being a bit silly.  I'm honestly looking for ways to best optimize them.  There's the conventional wisdom and then there's little tidbits learned from experience.  You know, after you've purchased half the store you look at the whole pile and figure you only use 30% of it most of the time.  I'm looking for what folks have learned and that 30% they use more than everything else.   :D


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I would buy them all again tomorrow.

Wow, pbd!  I think maybe you and I are two of a kind!  I actually own all of that with the exception of the BFT which I am going to make in the next day or two.  And now I'm super curious to know what the last link might be, it appears that you forgot to insert it.  I'm a big fan of ILMs, Improvised Light Modifiers.  Cheap and easy to recreate in a pinch.  I really liked the video, it gives a lot of good info.  The girl is pretty easy on the eyes as well.

And I think (before anyone says it) that eneloop batteries are the absolute best thing for speedlites.

i really wanted to try out the chimera octa beauty dishes with speed lights, but went with einstein system instead.

with 3 of them, sounds like you have key, fill, and hair/kicker all set to go!

Yeah, I figured 3 should be sufficient for most stuff.  And I always get some great shots when I kick them just as I fire the shutter!   ;D

I'm sure this is a joke, but if you really don't know what to do with them, I'll buy one of them from you (sans the Sto-Fen).

Yep, I'm being a bit silly.  I'm honestly looking for ways to best optimize them.  There's the conventional wisdom and then there's little tidbits learned from experience.  You know, after you've purchased half the store you look at the whole pile and figure you only use 30% of it most of the time.  I'm looking for what folks have learned and that 30% they use more than everything else.   :D

I bought my 7D in mid 2011 and have taken about 25k photos with it.  I love it as much now as I did when I bought it.  I considered upgrading to a 5d3 about a year ago and couldn't pull the trigger.  The 7D is such a great sports and outdoor camera and I didn't want to compromise and lose some of those strengths.  So I bought a 6D to complement it and to have a second body.  I like some of the features of the new 7D2, but I refuse to play in the "I have to have the latest and greatest" game and always be upgrading something.

If anything, I'll do the same that I do with my iPhone - skip versions and buy every other.  The upgrade is more significant and I get more utility and use out of what I have.


I just ran across this thread since it popped up on the hits list.  I skimmed it and yet again, I agree with Mr. Wood.  I do the same thing.  I tend to skip versions and get a bigger bump in improvements when I upgrade.  If I must have something sooner, I often just buy a used older version to learn on and save money.

With that said, I didn't buy the original 7D and after about 6-8 months, I bought the 60D.  (Same sensor, etc.)  And I wasn't that impressed with the IQ.  Hence, I was glad I skipped the 7D.  However, after a few years, I did buy a refurb 70D and it did impress me.  So much that I figured I was set for another few years.  I love a bargain and a good value.

But when the 7D2 + 24-70 Combo deal from Canada Camera broke, I figured I would buy and sell it for a profit.  Then I tried the 7D2 and lo and behold, for the first time EVER I adopted a camera when it was released.  A first for me!  I was able to offset the price by selling the 24-70 lens it shipped with and the 70D.  I was impressed with the DeFlicker feature and that will save me enough time in post that I figure it's worth it.

I miss the smaller investment of the 70D and it's a great camera with all its extra features like WiFi, GPS and Touchscreen.  But the 7D2 is a beast and a great companion to the 5D3.  I'm not sorry I broke with my tradition and adopted it early.  (And I did skip the 7D so there's that...)   :D

How many times do you use more than 3 flashes? Do you use ganged flashes?

I was thinking of lining up all the flashes together or hiding them all around an area and remote triggering them off of each other as unsuspecting folks walk by.  I could probably make a whole book out of the surprised and freaked out face shots I would get.   Esp when there isn't any actual paparazzi in sight.  ;D

Oh, and I'm very pleased and satisfied with my older Canon flashes.  They've always worked great and have been very reliable.

"So I don't really know what to do with the 600EX-RT Speedlites"

Wow, that is some bad case of GAS you got there.

Buying photographic equipment and then trying to figure out what to do with it.  ;D

You need help, my friend.   ;D ;D

Yeah, I'm sure I'm not the first one to jump on a good deal and then try to decide if I should have in the first place.   ;)

Seriously, as much as I jest, I've tinkered and messed with my speedlites off and on for years.  I found a good deal on some TT5 Pocket Wizard remote triggers a few years ago and bought them, only to discover that they sort of sucked off and on.  I would practice, plan and then take everything to a small informal portrait shoot and then they would only work intermittently.  I'd fall back to the good old Canon IR remote system that does indeed "just work".  So I sold them after they sat for quite a while.  My hope is, after all the stuff I've read over the past year about how the 600EX-RT flashes "just work", that I can be more productive this time.  I've borrowed stuff off and on and while I don't feel like a total noob with off camera flash, I'm not a polished veteran either.  There's only so much time in the day and I've been pretty busy over the last few years.

What I'm shooting for now is a decent, efficient set of items that can be easily packed and carried, then set up for a quick portrait shoot with good results.  If I wanted to carry around a whole studio, I'd just buy 3 Alien Bees strobes, stands and softboxes and I'd be set.  I'm wondering if there is something that would work almost as well but be used with the 600EX-RT Speedlites.

Extra points if there are Rainbow Unicorns running all around the photo shoot when I'm finished!   ;D

OK, a while back I was unfortunate enough to find a new 600EX-RT for about $330.  As everyone knows, if you find a killer deal on something like the 600EX-RT, all it is going to do is make you start looking for a few more.   :(  And lo and behold, I was again plagued with another good deal last week for $419 each.  So I bought two more.  Then I got the Yonghuo YN-E3-RT wireless transmitter on Amazon for $89 and some StoFen Diffusers.

Now this isn't the first Speedlite I've ever owned.  In fact, the various Speedlites I already have work great.  (430EX, 580EX and 580EX-II, along with a 270EX-II and some SunPak RD-2000 flashes which are what I use most.)

So I don't really know what to do with the 600EX-RT Speedlites.  I guess I can use them to prop up an uneven table or (once I get the Sto-Fen diffusers I ordered) I could use them as back scratchers.  Paper weights?  Door stops?  They're not quite big enough to make good wheel chocks.  I mean, what are they really good for anyway?  And what does the RT mean?  Real Tough?  Radioactive Terminator?  Real Time?  Romeo Tango?

Regardless, since I'm stuck with these cotton-pickin' things, I guess I should see what everyone else here would do if they were in the same situation and had to deal with this problem.  Assuming you owned a good body like the 5D3, etc what would you buy to utilize these babies fully?  Most of my shooting is for journalistic/event stuff.  Then I shoot ceremonies in a church sanctuary.  But I'd like to also work at improving skills on smaller portrait settings that could be portable.

So seriously, I don't want to spend a ton of money at this point, just get a few essentials that would give best bang for buck to add versatility and usefulness.  Like for instance, if I want to shoot a small family group portrait shot, etc in a portable way.  I've got a good friend out of town that will have an informal wedding soon and I could shoot a few shots with him and his bride.  Or shoot someone in daylight shade from a distance with the 70-200 and have some fill light out of frame.  Stuff like that.  I'm thinking perhaps a simple background setup, a couple stands/modifiers, portable little stands/clamps for outdoors or other goodies.

I thought subject this might make a good thread for everyone to share things that have paid off for them using speedlites in various situations.  Thanks in advance!  (OK, David Hobby and Joe McNally, time to stop just lurking out there and start actually posting something!  Come on, you know you want to!!)


Is this the husband/wife team that shoots Canon and Nikon?  (One half of the team each dedicated to a different camera system?)

Maybe that explains the vast difference in photography styles and why one shot has such poor color saturation.  (It almost looks sepia or monochrome!)  LOL!

Seriously, this is a fun thread.  Is it just me or does the jepabst shot in front of the bride/groom with the skyline and street behind them almost have a 3D, sort of toy perspective like the couple were "dropped into" the scene in photoshop?  Don't get me wrong, it's a great shot, I'm just wondering how you got the shot to have sort of a surreal quality to it.  Twilight Zone perhaps?

EOS Bodies / Re: All I Want For Christmas...
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:36:27 PM »
To the OP: Welcome to CR. Nothing personal, but I will not tolerate another person using the term "ecosystem" for an imaging system consisting of cameras and lenses. Your cameras, etc. are not living organisms.

I think he meant, EOSsystem!   :D

Technical Support / Re: How to remove a filter that is bent.
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:32:04 PM »
Hells bells, the guy in this video is AN ANIMAL. If you follow this you might as well send it straight to Canon as I would bet the strain on the workings would do damage. The idea is not to try to tear it off the front but to twist a V in to the circumference (across the front) to reduce the diameter, therefore reducing the tension on the thread. Whilst doing this if you hold by the filter, the stress, or force will not be transmitted to the lens.

Cheers, Graham.

If you are brave enough, try this one

Well, in the videos, the original video with "Sneakers", the lens was merely cross threaded so it was much easier to remove than a fully seated, bent and tightened filter.  Also, the video referenced did OK.  This kind of thing is rarely easy to watch or perform when dealing with a precision and delicate item like a $1000+ lens.  If someone doesn't feel confident, just leave it to Canon repair.

There doesn't appear to be any banging, dropping or other shocks to the lens so I doubt that it was damaged at all unless the original drop that caused the dent damaged the lens internals.

Hope everything turns out ok for the OP.

Software & Accessories / Re: advice asked on EOS for a microscope
« on: December 15, 2014, 09:33:10 AM »
I can contribute nothing except that this is interesting to read about and it seems that this is an ideal situation for the articulating screen of the 60D or 70D.  Of course, that's moot if tethering is involved but then again, tethering would require a LOT more work, equipment and desk space.  Thanks for sharing!!

I sold my D3200 (why did I buy Nikon?) after 13 months of listing. $800

I sold my 7D after 5 months of listing. $950

My most nerve wracking purchase was a Canon 1V HS that I bought from a pawn shop in LA. (the purchase turned out fine) $400.

I'm in the process of purchasing a 1DX. $5000 ish.

I've sold a Harley. $6,3000.

Craigslist works, just ignore those negative nellies.

Thanks for the support.  I'm fine with tolerating negative nellies.  It's when CL shoots me down with no explanation or recourse that I am pretty much stuck.  And that is hard to predict or mitigate.  In general I am learning that CL isn't reliable, can't be counted on and won't do anything (doesn't give a dam) about it.  That's my primary disappointment.  And I'm learning that it's a common problem for many other CL users.


It sounds like you have put a lot of thought into this.  IMHO, I think sometimes that it would be nice for a photographer to try to see things through another photographers' eyes like you are wanting.  It would be interesting and could produce some very unique results.  After all, as you say, it's your day, your images and your vision.  The photographer is just the mechanism in this case because you can't take your own picture.  Some photographers are a bit too self involved when it comes to their 'craft'.

I think humble flexibility is key when you are working for others.  Someone on this forum once explained what being a professional is and it was mostly the ability to give the client what they wanted, the way they wanted it in a timely manner.  (Regardless of the photographers' taste or impression.)  Practicing ART & CREATIVITY that the photographer is invested in should be reserved for personal time, not professional time.

Good luck getting it all worked out.  And have a fantastic, fun and memorable day!!


Another thing I came to realize pretty quickly...

The expensive stuff sells with a lot less hassle.  For example:  The used 60D I have had listed for almost two months still hasn't sold even after lowering the price.  I've had more scam offers, low-ball offers and waste of time wafflers on that camera than anything else I have listed.  In contrast, while I still get a few low-ballers, the 6D, 5D3 and 7D2 in general sold fairly quickly to actual photographers who simply wanted to meet, inspect and buy with cash.  I usually enjoyed a nice conversation over coffee about photography or whatever topic came up.

I am possibly being naive about how folks use CL.  I assume when folks want something they do a search, find some deals and contact the seller about purchase.  I didn't realize (and I'm not sure I believe) that there is a whole "CL community" that spends their time browsing CL and "policing" or "flagging" numerous listings for mistakes or other minor things.  Major spam/scam listings, sure.  But again, maybe I'm just not tuned in to the true CL reality.

Technical Support / Re: How to remove a filter that is bent.
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:41:09 AM »
I'd try a simple solution that has worked for me, a rubber jar lid opener.  I would try that before trying using any tools:)

That's what I use!

Ditto!  And I keep a few wide rubber bands loosely wrapped around my filters case.  Also, it might help to put a thin strip of gaffer tape on the filter rim before using the rubber jar opener to give it even more grip.

My absolute last course of action if the filter is so bent that it won't budge would be to use my dremel tool to carefully cut the filter ring so I could lift it out.  This would require covering and protecting the lens element, etc first and then going very slowly and carefully.  You might not need to cut the last thin little bit that touches the lens if this allows the ring to flex enough to be removed.  You also might need to make several cuts.  Just make sure the cutting wheel is spinning in the direction so that the cutting debris shoots away from the lens.

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