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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:37:31 PM »
You took a shot with a 135 at 1/10 of a sec and it turned out sharp!!!! Either you used a monstrous tripod, or you are my new hero. :-)

Thanks for the review, some of us like this type of review much better than charts of numbers.

I have handheld the 135/2 @ 1/80 and I don't even have the most steady of hands. I am sure a decent tripod can do 1/10 quite easily.
(if it is handheld, he is my new hero too ;) )

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:31:35 PM »
Viggo, you are utilizing the Art wide open beautifully. Love your B/Ws.
How strong was the sun? I am impressed that 2 Speedlites at 1/4 are able to overpower it so well.

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 20, 2014, 12:43:59 AM »
Why not?  Did the non-RT 430 not exist alongside the non-RT 580?  One had more power and sold for more.  It didn't hurt the 580.

It's about what you can sell. Till the 600, Canon historically had high and mid level flashes co-existing, as did Nikon. Since they brought out the 600, people have been expecting a smaller RT-enabled unit to come out any day (for more than two years now).
At this point, people have sort of accepted that they have to get the 600 if they want RT- and it is such a desirable feature people are ponying up the cash. So providing a mid level RT-enabled unit now makes less sense to me.
At the end of the day, I keep emphasizing on "to me" because I don't have all the market research data Canon does. So we will find out, I guess.

I get what your saying, but, isn't it at all conceivable that part of canons strategy is to put the RT out there, give one option for a time, sell as many as you can to get people into the system. 

But also, why would they put any effort into rebranding a mid-level flash if it didn't have RT?  Just leave it as is.  If a new one is coming though, i highly doubt it won't be RT.  It will differentiate in the same way 430's differentiated from 580's (less power, slave only - the usual gimping).  I don't think it will hurt sales for 600's, same way 430's didn't kill 580's.  IMO - It just makes no sense to put any energy into designing a new flash to sit below the 600 without RT - unless they have a RT hotshoe adaptor on the way too...

Sure, it is possible. Maybe the 600 sales have finally plateau-d off, and Canon is finding new ways to bring in revenue.
However, I don't think there'd be an RT adapter.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 19, 2014, 11:25:27 PM »
Use these and keep the lenses inside a sealed container when not in use.
http://www.amazon.com/Eva-dry-Renewable-E-333-Wireless-Dehumidifer/dp/B000H0XFCS/ref=pd_bxgy_hg_img_z
They can be renewed by plugging in for 10-12 hrs (for up to 10 years).
I have one 5 years old, and it works like new.

Alternatively, just use them regularly and you'll be fine ;)

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Lighting / Re: Bare bulb mod of YN-560 III (with pictures)
« on: July 19, 2014, 11:05:33 PM »
Wow, I was just asking someone else who I had thought mod-ed his Speedlites.
Thanks for the post!
Also, is the capacitor inside the cylindrical thingy?
How do I make absolutely certain that it doesn't nuke me?

You take out the batteries BEFORE you start your disassembly? :D

Anyway, what is the purpose of this, I find my YN to be plenty hard when shooting portraits, not to mention full body shots. Completely hard shadow.

So, is this to get some more power out of it when combined with light modifiers?

Edit: read your post, yes, it is for more power, cool.
They're so affordable, I'd just ducktape two of them together instead going through all of this.

The capacitors retain enough charge to give you a potentially lethal shock even after you take out the battery.
I think the main reason for "bare-bulb"-ing is to have the non-directional light that you can shape as you want, especially with modifiers (well, that is my reason at least). Ideally, all light sources should start out as bare bulbs for maximum flexibility, but you can see how that will make the Speedlites extremely fragile.

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 19, 2014, 10:02:26 PM »
Extenders equipped with a switch to flip them into / out of the optical path (like the built-in extender in the 200-400 f/4 L IS).

Taking the optics out of an extender turns it into an extension tube, and the later has an effect on how far the lens attached to it can focus.

Don't know how Canon solved the issue with the EF 200-400mm, but I can only conclude it was tailored into this specific lens.

It's probably replaced by non-magnifying optics when the 1.4x extender is swung out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:14:49 PM »
The question of gear VS technique only comes up if you cannot afford the gear. If you CAN afford the gear and buy it, what is stopping you from improving your technique?
As Jrista said, the two complement each other. Use the best gear you can afford and spend time on your technique.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:11:05 PM »
Right now I'm having flashbacks of a prior thread where people were debating the best technique to get an equivalent shot of exotic water foul using a 50mm lens instead of 600mm.

I think it involved snorkeling while holding a camera just above the water for a couple of years.

Damn it, now I have coffee on my keyboard!  ;D

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Lighting / Re: Bare bulb mod of YN-560 III (with pictures)
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:30:45 PM »
Wow, I was just asking someone else who I had thought mod-ed his Speedlites.
Thanks for the post!
Also, is the capacitor inside the cylindrical thingy?
How do I make absolutely certain that it doesn't nuke me?

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Lighting / Bare bulb mod
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:19:14 PM »
@Viggo: This might be quite coincidental, but this thread was posted just today (a thanks and a shout-out, Hannes!)

Bare bulb mod of YN-560 III (with pictures)
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=21859.msg416144#msg416144


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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:16:22 PM »
Well, I have read and learned that "bare bulb" is as is, no modifier when it comes to speedlites. Which means they are used as out of the box. Only zoomed to 50mm.


Ok, I now know what you meant, and it makes sense, of course.
However, AFAIK 'bare bulb' is when the light is non-directional as in monolights or the Sunpak 120J. They allow the light to spread in all directions instead of being directional as a speedlite is. There are some permanent mods online for speedlites (unlike the quick DIY below), all quite complicated- so I asked.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101-bare-tube-style-lighting.html

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61 responses, everyone, nice work!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s_thankyou.aspx?sm=Ws7JK%252bcabzvEcxXxJcXkq45j8D7iDKRGz0nakT9q9A0%253d

Thanks for the perspective.  We have a pretty healthy split between the four camps.  I know we 61 voices are not Canon's market (not remotely), but do you think there's merit in a 'skinny digital back' just for the LCD?

For those stuck with a style of LCD they do not prefer, would you pay a typical Canon markup price for an add-on like a grip or wireless speedlite transmitter (let's say $300) to have the option to dismount your current LCD 'module' for one with the functionality you prefer?  Let's presume is was quick-connect-like and could be changed out in a matter of seconds (like a lens).

Would you own more than one and change them out based on what you are shooting?

I'm not trying to start a Kickstarter here -- I'm just curious how much value people would see in fundamentally changing their camera body in this way.

- A


I would say there is much more merit to a wired or wireless LCD that can tilt/swivel and offers touch controls, is inexpensive, and can be connected either by hotshoe or has a 1/4-20 female hole.
When I have tried to use live view without a tripod, the awkward positioning of the camera makes it difficult to maintain stability. Additionally, using touch interface means holding it with one hand. It's okay to navigate through menus, but can you imagine holding a semipro dSLR with a reasonably heavy lens away from your face with one hand, and touching the screen to focus?
On the other hand, if it could be connected via a flash bracket sort of thing, so you could comfortably grip the camera and yet it stays in front of you, can be taken off if necessary- that would allow a lot of flexibility. And hey, we wouldn't even need to depend on Canon for that.

P.S. Before someone jumps in with "it's already been done"- note WIRED (to reduce lag), TOUCHSCREEN (mimics camera controls), and INEXPENSIVE (so mere mortals can afford it, not just moviemakers).

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Which ones were shifted (for my edification)?
(I think I spotted the 24 TS-E)
Thanks!

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Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:41:02 PM »
Here's a shot from earlier today, I have rediscovered hard light, and I love it!

Two Canon 600 RT bare bulb to the back left at 1/1 power, zoomed to 50mm. Triggered by the Canon ST-E3. Sigma 50 Art at f1.4, iso 100, 1/8000s.




How did you bare-bulb your 600s? Just Sto-fen or some mod?
Also, is there any advantage to bare-bulbing your Speedlites in the open instead of using them as-is?

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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:47:48 PM »
Why not?  Did the non-RT 430 not exist alongside the non-RT 580?  One had more power and sold for more.  It didn't hurt the 580.

It's about what you can sell. Till the 600, Canon historically had high and mid level flashes co-existing, as did Nikon. Since they brought out the 600, people have been expecting a smaller RT-enabled unit to come out any day (for more than two years now).
At this point, people have sort of accepted that they have to get the 600 if they want RT- and it is such a desirable feature people are ponying up the cash. So providing a mid level RT-enabled unit now makes less sense to me.
At the end of the day, I keep emphasizing on "to me" because I don't have all the market research data Canon does. So we will find out, I guess.

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