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Lighting / Re: Which kit or head to go with
« on: March 25, 2013, 03:16:06 PM »

I wonder how this kit would stack vs. the Einstein 640?  Build quality, output, light quality, durability...etc

Lighting / Which kit or head to go with
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:12:12 PM »
OK, I have 2 600 EX Canon flash units with the ST-E3 controller, but found them too slow for model work.  I added a battery pack to help with recycle times, so I may be ok.  If I were going to grab a kit or even a single head with a beauty dish, what would you recommend?  So far I was dead set on the Einstein 640 with the commander system to remote control it.  I planned to add a beauty dish and maybe a vagabond batt pack.  The price for all of that was right around 1150.00.  I hear good things about that light, but I knkow there are loads of options.  I doubt I'd use it anywhere near a wedding or for events, but maybe for modeling and Senior Picture type shoots.  Thoughts? 

I have never used off camera lights and have only used speed lights.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600 rt set up question
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:54:26 AM »
Nice MOD, I may try that as well.  I have the ST-E3 now and 2 600's.  I just did a shoot where the recycle time seemed really damn slow on my 600.  I don't know why, but it was unusually slower.  I missed several shots.  Still think I may opt for a strobe unit like an excalibur, but so far, I really enjoy my 600's.

Lighting / Choices
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:42:15 PM »
Would you buy http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A3BQWXK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile for 479.00 or spend 900.00 to buy 4 used Einstein 3200's?  The used kit of 4 comes with 3 stands, a few soft boxes and umbrellas.  They are used, but all work.

Lighting / Re: Getting by with speedlights
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:39:43 PM »
Ok, so http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A3BQWXK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile or 4 used working Einstein 3200's for 900.00.  Includes soft boxes, stands and umbrellas. 

Lighting / Re: Getting by with speedlights
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:24:41 PM »
I am shooting events (one 600 on my 5D 3 with Gary Fong Lightsphere) I am shooting weddings with natural lighting and the same event setup I already mentioned.  I shoot models using the 2 600's and my E3 controller with umbrellas.  I am just wondering if I'd get a better look by going to stronger off camera flash sets.  It's not at easy to carry and set up the other setups and I'd need battery packs to shoot in parks and on lakes/beaches.  I may opt for LED continous lights in a soft box, coupled with my current speedlights.  If you go to my link below, you can see my various works.

Lighting / Getting by with speedlights
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:19:52 PM »
Can you get by using speedlight canon 600's on umbrellas with an St-E3 or should I stop kidding myself and get a nice flash setup?  I have 2 600's and the umbrellas/tripods.  Was thinking of alien bees or white lightening.

I have 2 600EX's and the ST-E3-RT

plus this cheap umbrella kit:


All you need for this is about 800 bucks, especially if you get the 600 and the ST remote used.  The umbrella kit is only 98 dollars.

Lenses / Re: Recommendations
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:07:59 AM »
I forgot about the dang 135L I wanted too UGH

Lenses / Re: Input on Lens Decision
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:07:14 AM »
Did you sell that TC?  How old is it?  :)

Lenses / Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:50:53 AM »
I bought a 17-85mm for 120.00 and sold it for 550.00.  Not a bad deal.  It was over 800 when it first came out.  It was dusty as hell but Canon refurbed it for me before I sold it.  It was damn close if not brand new looking when I sold it.

Lenses / Re: Recommendations
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:48:24 AM »
I was looking at a 400 or a 100-400, but is it not damn near as good to use a TC on the 70-200 2.8 MkII?  Less lenses to carry.  I already have too many to lug around now :)

I was thinking of selling my EF-S lenses and my T41 to get a 6D and a 16-35, or maybe getting a new 7D when it drops.  The T4i is a pretty capable second body though.  Not a pro body, but far from a bad camera to use for a second body.  I may just need to stay with what I have and stop going nuts for gear.  LOL 

I even thought of grabbing a 50 because I only have 50mm covered in zooms.  My only primes are the 85 1.8, 100 M L macro and the 35L.  I can get by with the 24-70 when I need to for portraits, but I find my 100L and my 35L are sharper.  Not that the 24-70 II is not amazing, just that I like primes for portraits.  I almost considered the 85 1.2, but can't justify the jump from the 85 1.8. 

Damn you Canon...LOL

Lenses / Re: Recommendations
« on: February 19, 2013, 09:34:24 PM »
I have 2 600's and the st-e3 controller.  I guess I can use the 10-22 on my second body and not need the 16-35

Lenses / Recommendations
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:23:15 PM »
I'm mostly doing events, models and soon I will be shooting more weddings.  I like wildlife and was thinking of the 100-400, but some people are saying the 70-200 2.8 II with 2X is just as good or at least close enough.  I want to sell my EF-S glass and maybe get the 16-35 and the 2x TC.  Would you look at getting anything else?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600 rt set up question
« on: January 19, 2013, 09:09:43 PM »
Sounds good, I guess I will get one on order soon.   Thanks.  Any ideas on lighting kits for models, or do you only use speedlights?

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