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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 02, 2014, 10:31:29 AM »
My 7D.  Like so many others, my 5D3 put my 7D on the shelf collecting dust.  I guess its time to take the hit and sell it.

- Desert Sonoran Museum (natural zoo)
- Saguaro National Park (I think west is nicer than east)
- Tombstone and Bisbee
- Pima air museum

Landscape / Re: Grand Canyon, North or South Rim?
« on: February 22, 2014, 12:49:17 AM »
North is more spectacular IMO.  Higher elevation, cooler temps, less people, and far more vegetation.  If I could on only do one side, the north would always be my choice.  Jacob Lake which is about 40 miles from the rim, has a small hotel, cabins, and a restaurant.  Of course there is a lodge in the park at the rim.  Don't forget what JPAZ said, the north rim is not open in the winter months.  Enjoy.

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT Manual Question
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:19:54 AM »
...Do you know, can I have the off camera flash in my hand as the master, and then have all the controls on the remote flash. I know that I can set it up to Master Linked Shot, but I can't see a way of achieving it this way.
Yes.  In fact a viable work around for you might be to get a 33' OCF ETTL cord.  This will allow you to have the master flash in your hand while connected to the camera's hot shoe up to 33' away.  I use to have one of these prior to switching to the 600EX radio system.  They're well made and work great.

Get the 33' model, it's a non-coiled cord and moves nicely.

Lighting / Re: 600EX-RT Manual Question
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:26:37 AM »
What I would like to be able to do, is walk about with my 600EX-RT in hand, and point it at where I would like to pin point a little extra light. Then set the 600EX-RT that is off camera (in my hand) to manual, and choose my power setting. But it seems that when the flashes are linked, I can only set the power level by adjusting it on flash in the hotshot. However, I would like to be across the room, with flash in hand.

Nope this can't be done on a slave unit while it is linked to the master.   With radio controlled flash, the master and it's slaves essentially become one system and are controlled by the master.  Keep in mind there is two way communication between master and slave when configured as radio. 

When configured as optical, there is only one way communication--a signal being sent from the master.  The master has no idea of how many (if any) slaves are out there.  Essential the slaves are completely independent and will fire only if it can see a signal from the master.  That is why you can adjust the optical slaves right at the slave.

You will need to switch to optical to accomplish what you are trying to do.

Software & Accessories / Re: New Really Right Stuff Website - Locked Out
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:58:26 AM »
Any news anyone? I'm still locked out, old password, new password. It is a week now but still no reply from stuff for 2 email...   :-\
No change on my end either, haven't had time to contact them yet.

Lenses / Re: New lenses ($6800 budget)
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:57:18 PM »
I strongly recommend that you do not purchase 5 lenses when getting started in photography.  Even if you are already knowledgeable (say moving from Nikon) I still highly recommend that you stick with two lenses and hold the rest of your budget for later....
I think that is excellent advice.

I know you are asking only for lens advice but I would really consider something like this:

$6800 lens budget plus $1200 cost of 70D (B&H) =  $8000

5D mk III - $3300
24-70 II -   $2000
70-200 II - $2200

Total  cost after rebates $7,500

The 5D3 might be more than you need but this really is a dream setup if you've got the budget and it serves your needs.

Later use the $500 towards the 100L Macro and if you buy from B&H, you will have a bunch of points which might make up the difference.

Consider renting a larger camera (5D) for a weekend and see if it really is too large for your small hands.  If it is, then maybe the 6D is an option.  Either way, I'd take a hard look a FF bodies before finalizing on the 70D.

Good luck

Software & Accessories / New Really Right Stuff Website - Locked Out
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:43:01 PM »
I received an email on 1/2/14 from RRS announcing their newly designed website.  The email provided me with a link and temporary password to establish my existing account.  Today (Saturday) is the first chance I've had to reestablish my account.  The problem is all of the links in the email (total of 5) are dead.  When I access their site directly and attempt to log in using my old credentials, I"m not recognized.  Being Saturday, I don't expect to get a hold of anybody over there so I thought I'd throw this out to the CR community and see if you've been successful or have ran into the same issue I have.

Software & Accessories / Re: how do you transfer your images?
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:30:25 PM »
Ok, this has me rethinking my work flow once again:

But, the main reason I use an external reader is because the card needs to come out of the camera - it serves as a backup until the images on it are copied to multiple external drives in two separate physical locations.
Yesterday I commented on  a two year old post stating I've given up on the card reader method and just sticking to USB cable transfer primarily to minimize CF card inserts/removals.

I consider the USB connector risky: an errant tug on the cable (e.g. dog or toddler) could damage the connector, or even yank the camera off a table and onto the floor.  I try to avoid connecting any cables to the camera unless it's firmly attached to a tripod..
Yip, I've done this a few times.

So I'm rethinking  this :-\ :-\ :-\

Software & Accessories / Re: Need a Good Card Reader
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:58:22 PM »
Yes this is two years old.... But here's a comment.   The USB cable  has pins too and the on-camera assembly is not as mechanically robust IMHO compared to the CF card socket  which has a very nice guided insertion.      I suspect the latter will sustain a greater number of insertions before failure.   That said I pulled 70k ish frames out of my 40d using only the cable without any issues.

I started this thread and was surprised to see a reply 2 years later.  :o   I have come to the same conclusion for the same reason.  I decided to stick with USB cable transfer and minimize CF card removal/inserts.

Lenses / Re: Two New 24-70's Coming in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 20, 2013, 04:15:54 PM »
If Canon has room for four 24-70s in the lineup, then why not four 50s (I'm not counting the 2.5 macro)?  Can we get a quality 50L 1.4 that is sharp wide open and stopped down, WS, with a ring USM please?

It still amazes me that a major camera manufacture does not offer a 50mm lens worth buying.  I'm not talking about the (front/back focus) 50L which is more of a specialty lens.   I'm not interested in the plastic 1.8 or weak USM 1.4 with choppy bokeh.

Ok, I'm done ranting.   :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Amazon Rocks
« on: December 20, 2013, 07:19:24 AM »
</begin rant> For you others: Complaining about a 7% sales tax (7.75% according to some)? Really? No wonder the US government is broke when everyone's going out of their way to avoid them. That's why the Greek national economy crashed, no one paid taxes.
.... </end rant>
You forgot the sarcasm tag.  Surely no one believes its because of a lack of sales taxes collected. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Amazon Rocks
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:20:56 AM »
I would love amazon even more if it didn't collect sales tax.

Yip, Amazon has fantastic customer service and they've taken thousands of my dollars over the years but that pretty much came to a halt when the started applying sales tax.

I have just, over the last three days, purchased fifteen odd items from Amazon in about four different orders, none of them have a singe cent of sales tax added and I do not live in a sales tax free state.
I believe it is because they have a presence in my state.  What I do miss is same day delivery.  When I ordered my 7D, it cost about $10.00 for same day delivery.  I ordered it in the morning and had it by 6:00 PM. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Amazon Rocks
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:51:18 PM »
I would love amazon even more if it didn't collect sales tax.

Yip, Amazon has fantastic customer service and they've taken thousands of my dollars over the years but that pretty much came to a halt when the started applying sales tax.

Lighting / Re: Trigger Speedlite 600EX with 270 EXII?
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:28:39 PM »
Moving from optical triggering to radio triggering is like day and night.  I could never go back. Spend a little extra up front over the 90EX (e.g. ST-E3-RT) and be done.  Eventually you will anyway.

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