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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 04, 2014, 07:14:26 AM »
The only issue... and this is minor at best... with the 600's and the st-e3 is knowing which flash is a and which is b... I know I can just look... but I get lazy and I say screw it... I just want a 2:1 ratio and I'm good enough.  But I'd like to be able to say... set off A alone... and I probably can do it... but how doesn't come to mind.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 11:15:07 PM »
I went with the Phottix Mitros+ , which has the Odin built into it.  It is probably as respected as it gets for non-OEM equipment. It really works well.   It actually does 2 things which (as i read) the 600 cannot.  It does 2nd curtain sync off-camera, and it adjusts the telephoto zoom remotely.

I just bought 3 flashes.  Here is a neat starter set with one flash and one original Odin transmitter.,or.&bvm=bv.70138588,d.b2U,pv.xjs.s.en_US.cqlOfy5Invw.O&biw=768&bih=928&tch=1&ech=1&psi=Lw22U_37FrC-8AGvw4HIDw.1404439856978.9&ei=gg22U-HgDqfC8QGj7IFQ&ved=0CIwBEKYrMAM

I miss the ability to do 2nd shutter... but I've maybe used 2nd shutter 5 times in the past year... and each time with the speedlite on the body (obviously). 

IMO, in general, rental fees are money wasted.  There are exceptions, like kids' skiing gear that they grow out of each year.   Yes, if you'll use a supertele once or twice a year, rental makes sense.  But with use that's more frequent, buying is more cost-effective.
My best purchase EVER in lieu of renting, despite having ZERO resale value, are my bowling shoes.  They were worth twice the price even at half the performance.


C.D...Good points in general but in these times, with interest rates near zero,  there's very little investment opportunity cost, which lessens your point.    If I have $10k laying around earning .10%, why not buy a used mint 400 2.8ii for $10k, use it for two or three years, and then sell it for at least $9.5k.  (as long as I've taken care of it)

If you buy a gently used great white, take care of it, and sell it in 10 years, you will have lost only a little money.   renting a 400mm 2.8 a few times a year for 10 years would probably cost you at least $6-7k over the years, AND you don't get the enjoyment of owning the lens!

just trying to point out a different perspective. ;D

take care, north

I'm on board with buying over renting.  Generally I either find really good deals on new gear... or I buy like new used gear at a discount.  So when I eventually grow bored with the gear, I sell it and don't lose much money... but more often than not, I make money.

Though I do entirely agree with trying out a lens in store to see if it is awkward.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Yongnuo 622c and 430 ex ii
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:51:52 PM »
Can you show us your flash settings... I'm better at looking at things rather than trying to visualize...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:49:13 PM »
I had a 430ex ii... two 580ex ii's... and now 2 600ex-rt.  I used two yongnuo 622c's... then 3... and now the 600's with an st-e3-rt... and I have to say that my favorite by far is the 600's with the st-e3.  changing groups, finding the best channel... and setting ratios...  It is a thing of beauty.  If you do manual... and you like doing manual... then keep at it.

Ok!  Mine is due to arrive from B&H on July 8th.
I can't wait for their to be a sale on this....

It depends.  I control the light entirely on maybe 5% of my shots, the other 95% is a combination of low light and good light... but I've rather have low noise.  I rarely kick my iso above 3200... and I never kick it above 6400... So that is just me.

check out the EF 1200mm thread. Ebay has it at ~$70,000.00 now.

Yikes!  I would have a hard time spending that much on a car!!!  :o 

$70K on a piece of glass.  No problem getting that approved by the Central Committee.  Not hard at all.   :'(

This is idiotic nonsense, like the prices you see for art, or - postage stamps. Gee...

In the end it's a question of demand vs availability. Do we really need a 1200 mm lens nowadays? I'd say no.

I guess it really depends on how hot your neighbor is and how far her window is from yours.

Ok... let's say my pocketbook started suggesting some chapter options... like the 300mm f4 is... a little over a grand... 420mm at

And I save nearly nine grand....
Thoughts m

EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:51:57 AM »
Back when I had a point and shoot, I put the eyepiece right next to the lens and I was surprised by the result.  It was a crappy photo of a cheerleader at the redskins game, but still.

EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:09:15 AM »
How do you get the TC function to come up.  I didn't know that was possible... and even now that I see it... I don't know how to replicate it.

I'd suggest a Canon TC. As you rightfully pointed out, this means your new purchase is also good to go with your other Canon kit.

There doesn't appear to be much in it between the two when it comes to resolving detail:

But of course the 70-200 and 1.4 combo has more reach, and it gives you options with your 5D2 - 70-200/TC and 135/TC, whereas for you, buying the EF-S lens is a one horse trick.

The 2x TC will potentially resolve more detail than the 1.4x and cropping, but the lack of AF on either of your bodies with the 70-200 and the images the 135 would produce make it largely worth ignoring for any purposes other than shooting distance objects using the M with manual focusing.

Thanks! I never knew you could use teleconvertors for TDPs lens image quality comparison tool! Yeah theres not much difference, though the EF-S seemed to be slightly better in the centre. A little PP sharpening should sort that out. Yeah I think I already answered my own question but still good to hear it from someone else!

So you don't recommend the Kenko adaptor? Any reason for that? I feel like the Canon is over priced a bit. And for my purposes v2 should suffice right?

Canon General / Re: DOF and Sensor Size
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:02:41 PM »
I had a lot of trouble wrapping my head around this too. I did read somewhere this explanation that made sense.
Cameras with smaller sensors have a larger DOF to a full frame because it is dictated by ACTUAL focal length, NOT EQUIVALENT. As an example on a compact @ F2.8 it's roughly equivalent to a full frame camera @ F11
Aye... that be true matey... but at equal distances from ye subject, thar full frame hast mo dof.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:03:06 PM »
Or is the sand bag adding more normal force and consequently greater inertia... which as we know... matter at rest tends to stay at rest unless...


Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:54:45 PM »
Raising the center column *up* adversely affects stability.  I think that is pretty self-evident.

But what about lowering the center column *down*?  Down as extending below and in-between the legs of the tripod?  Is that equally as unstable as raising it.  Is there any stability concerns with hanging the camera below the lowered center column?

I will often flip the center column when I am taking pictures of low flowers.  Is that a wise thing for me to do?

Wouldn't that lower the center of gravity of the entire apparatus... and much like hanging a sand bag on a hook on the column... it should have the same effect of adding stability.  I say go for it.

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