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Lighting / Confused about 600EX-RT and 5D mark II
« on: October 01, 2012, 03:39:51 PM »
I am thinking about upgrading my 430EX flash for my 5D Mark II.  I am looking for something with more power and the ability to control my 430EX off camera.  I am an enthusiast who shoots portraits and a few weddings.

I was pretty sure I was going to get the 580EX II until Canon announced the 600EX-RT.

option 1: Buy a couple of used 580 EX IIs
I know the 580 EX II can drive my 430EX.  I read one user say that they keep one on the camera and one cooling in a bag and just switch them out when one overheats.  Seems like a good idea.  However, I wonder if the money is better spent investing in the radio technology of the 600.

option 2: Buy a 600EX-RT
I have read several posts on this forum talking about the 5D Mark II's limitations with the 600EX-RT and I am confused.  I think the 600 will work with the 5DII for basic on camera flash and basic off-camera flash, is that right?  I understand that I can't use "in camera" controls, but I don't think that is very important to me.  Can I still control a group of flashes with it on the 5DII using the flash's menu?  Can I trigger some flashes optically (like my 430EX) and some through radio like the 600 (or 440EX)?

Thank you very much for any help you can give me.

Ed

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Software & Accessories / Battery grip for 5D Mark II
« on: October 01, 2012, 03:18:21 PM »
With the Mark II being close to being discontinued, I am wondering if I should purchase a BG-E6 before they disappear. 

I am an enthusiast that makes some money photographing portraits and weddings.  I would eventually like to do more weddings and think the grip would be helpful to not have to change out the battery as often.

Do you like the BG-E6?  Do you think it will disappear and/or increase in price when the 5D II is discontinued?

Does anyone like it more for the added height more than the dual batteries?

I don't think I am interested in a 3rd party grip.  It seems like it is too hit or miss.

Thanks,
Ed

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