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Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT Manual Question
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:55:01 AM »

You are making far more work out of this than it is.

First, you cannot use ETTL, it just is not what ETTL is designed for. Second, taking just the small highlighted section illuminated by the hand held 600 has masses of exposure latitude because of the way you can adjust the exposure and then blend it. That is why nobody I know brackets the in hand flash, just know that you get the rough exposure you want of anything at a certain distance; I know f8 and 10 feet @ half power gives me a second story burst, at 20 feet it is a ground floor burst.

Myself, and everybody who I know that does this, just uses manual flash mode and pops away, if you don't have the remote viewing capability just keep varying your flash to subject distance, zoom setting, and angles.

But, because this question has been bugging me and you clearly don't want to go the ND filter gel route I have come up with a work around using just the 600's.

First, put the on camera unit (ST-E3-RT or 600-EX-RT) in Group mode, second, set each group to M and a different setting such that you would want to bracket, third, set the in hand flash to Group A, take the shot with the REL option. Then change the in hand flash to the next Group B, take a shot, then change the in hand flash to the next Group C, take the shot etc etc. This will give you five different exposures from the in hand flash.

This a pure genius solution. It's so simple!

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:37:44 AM »
This used to happen with my 7D -

I would bring the viewfinder close to my eye and as I half press the shutter, the built in flash pops up and whacks me in the face. I hadn't realized the mode dial had sneakily shifted to the green box. Now I see the advantage of a locking mode dial!

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:04:02 AM »
I'm sure everyone has left the self timer on there camera and forgot about it until they next used the camera. Generally resulting in a frustrating few moments of waiting for it to fire while you scream in your head that the must capture moment is about to disappear.

Guilty of the lens cap one too. I took a fantastic 15 minute exposure of the inside of a lens cap once  :-[

This one!! Every time! That horrible feeling when you press the shutter only to hear "beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-b-b-b-b-b-b click". I usually wait it out and try and use that shot as a test shot. But inside I'm secretly screaming "you twat!" 


Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:28:35 AM »
Can't wait.  Have the Sigma 35 Art love it.  Refresh Canon Rumors everyday at least 5 times waiting to pre order.  1300 is more than I thought but will not stop me from pre ordering. Worst case its not worth it and send it back. Best case finally have and auto focus 50 prime better than my 24-70 II.

Haha that's a good point you've hit upon! Canon's best 50mm is the 24-70LII, as long as you don't need wider than f/2.8 it would make more sense to put that $1300 towards that. With a good rebate deal it was under $1800 wasn't it?

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:12:38 PM »
It's an estimated price. The actual price is still TBA. Let's not get our neckstraps in a twist over this rumor just yet!

This is great news, only I'm left wondering - it's already Feb and so far in this "year of the lens" we've got two Tamron superzooms and a Sigma 50 Art on the way. So, where's the Canon lenses we were told about??

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT Manual Question
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:30:11 AM »
The feature you want to use is apparently a mode called "individual slave" but it is only available when using Canon's older "optical" remote triggering system. Maybe you can use that instead?

Not really I think if he has a RC-6 you can trigger the camera to fire and it should fire the flashes along with it.

What I do is use a Yongnuo YN603 on camera hotshoe with remote shutter cable attached. Then I have another YN603 in my hand that triggers everything. With all Yongnuo speedlites it is simple as pie. No other triggers needed for the YN560III as the trigger is built in.

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT Manual Question
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:22:54 AM »
Let me just get my head around this one. So you have multiple flashes all in manual and you're triggering them via a third party remote trigger on your camera? What kind is it btw?

Then you want to be able to change the power setting for the off camera flash and fire the shutter remotely using the speedlite or remote control? But it wont let you change the power? That's strange.

Is it in slave mode? If using wireless triggers you need to keep the speedlite in normal mode i.e not slave mode. This can cause issues off camera. That could explain why you need to put in on the hotshoe to change the power.

Photography Technique / Re: Focusing
« on: February 03, 2014, 08:24:59 AM »
BBF - love it. Once focus is acquired you can sit relaxed and wait for that perfect shot and still be ready if something crosses your path. It's a street shooter's best buddy.

For AI Servo it's a must. You can be constantly tracking something without firing a shot. (Technically the half shutter press method can too but how long can you hold your finger there before it cramps up?).

Oh and you never have to touch the AF/MF switch ever again. It's always in MF until you press the AF-On button.

Photography Technique / Re: Question for Wedding Professionals
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:02:49 PM »
To get more dof in your shots you might be better off using a 35mm lens. The 35 IS is a really good option for low light. Otherwise you could also use a monopod to stabilize your camera.

Choose an ISO limit and work around it. For weddings you'll not want to go much higher than 3200. With the 6D you could prob push it a bit more but additional lighting is the way to go if you want to retain a high quality look. You might want to keep one flash on camera for bounce and fill shots. Get creative with another flash off camera as an accent light / backlight. This is where you start to realize that you need an assistant. You can't be composing a shot and setting up the lighting at the same time. Weddings are hectic and you need a flexible set up.

If you're not the main shooter you could get by with just 6D + 24-70 + flash.

Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 02, 2014, 10:07:19 PM »
Look around for a used RRS L plate. I got mines about half price. The thing is solid so lightly used makes no difference.

Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: February 02, 2014, 06:04:51 AM »
Just wondering how does my 430EX-II fit into the system now. Will it work with the RT System or will I have to limit it as an optical slave?

The 430EX II will fit in nicely...if you need a paperweight or a doorstop.  :o

I just picked up my second 600EX-RT during the recent Adorama $420 sale.  Now I'm experimenting with different two and three flash set-ups including my 430EXII.  I can use the 430 as a third flash if I use the 600 as an optical master.  I have an OC Gear 32' ETTL cable, so can use my "on-camera" master, off-camera as Syl Arena describes in his book.  This works pretty well, essentially giving me the ability to actually use the master to provide more than fill light.  Of course, including the 430 means I can't use the superior radio triggering with all its advantages. 

Eventually, I'll get a third 600EX and either a ST-E3-RT or the Yongnuo equivalent, but I'll work with what I have for now.  I'll hang onto my 430EXII to use on-camera when I want to bounce flash and don't want to mess with multiple speedlites.

Thanks ... That was my impression also. I've sold the 430ex earlier today. I will get another 600 if the need arises.

In this day and age of built in radio tx the 430 EX II is starting to look less useful. Unless you only use one flash in ETTL on camera only, it kinda blows. Been thinking about selling mine too. My Yongnuo flashes are just way more useable.

Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:21:36 AM »
I've been seeing a lot of neg. reviews on the 17-40 L? Is it really that bad?

I don't think it is. Some people have high expectations. For the price, on FF, there isn't really much else. Knowing the limitations of the lens and using it at the optimal focal lengths and apertures helps a lot. If you buy it for 40mm f/4 ability you will prob feel let down. If you shoot at 17mm f/8 you might be pleased with the results.

I upgraded from a 7D and EF-S 10-22 and in comparison to that I find the 17-40L sharper and with better contrast. The IQ is better than my 24-105L for sure. Maybe I have a good copy? Maybe my 24-105 is a poor copy? Who knows. In the end it gets the job done and that's all that matters.

Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: January 31, 2014, 11:26:23 AM »
And here we go again with another round of filter debate.

Use them. Don't use them. The difference is negligible. I think the general rule is to always use a high quality one if you can.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:18:17 AM »
This is another useless CR1 7D2 thread to add to the already existing ones...

I wasn't thinking quite that harshly but I was thinking along the same lines. Nothing new people, just another "look 7D2" moment lol

I came to this thread to post the exact same thing. Only to find others that are already thinking the same thing. Another 7D2 CR1. When is this charade going to end? One day I will wake up, read CR and be genuinely shocked that a 7D2 has been announced! That day will be legendary!

We hope and wait ....

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