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Aug 06, 2010 23:20 as a reply to  @ post 10676010 |  #9091

Hi everyone...

I finally got my desktop up and running ... processed my first real attempts at panoramic shots over here. They are from my recent trip to Yellowstone + Grand Tetons.

Must admit - was kinda homesick when driving Grand Tetons -> Idaho Falls. The terrain reminded me so much of Craigieburn -> Arthurs Pass, or the Hundalee valley (later on the road no photos)

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Aug 06, 2010 23:22 as a reply to  @ post 10676010 |  #9092

tim wrote in post #10669070 (external link)
0.5MB/sec up is a bit slow, but I guess it's enough for most people. I get 2Mbps up with TelstraClear, and I often hit my limit of 10mbps down and 2mbps up with a few torrents running.

Cable is one of the good reasons to live in Welly...

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I think mine is broken :(

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If you're thinking of buying one, I got a cheapy TP Link TD-W8960N 300mbps Wireless N ADSL2+ router. Seems to be working well... Here's the local review: http://pcworld.co.nz …reviews/tp-link-td-w8960n (external link)

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A boring post. :rolleyes:


Had the very great pleasure today of setting someone up with a new 5D and a 24-70, coming up from a 300D, using it almost entirely for people and the odd landscapes. A real similar move to the one I made a few years ago, and it was a genuine pleasure to talk someone through that kinda jump and explaining all the things I'd gained from what it can do and allowed me to change about photography.

Selling cameras for a living, basically sucks balls 99% of the time, but every now and then you get into the groove with someone and that reward of setting someone on their way is awesome. Reminds me taking pictures is cool when you see the inspiration and fire in someone else. 8)

I look forward to the day I can afford a 5D MkWhatever and buying it from you!;)


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Aug 06, 2010 23:40 as a reply to  @ dgcorner's post |  #9093

Oh - and while we are comparing internet connections....

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And this is a stock standard cable connection in the US.

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Aug 06, 2010 23:48 |  #9094

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Aug 07, 2010 00:17 |  #9096

OK, quick straw poll.

Those of you here using studio lighting, what are you using brand wise? And what sorts of modifiers are you using with them?

I'm getting mixed feedback through the dealership network in NZ as to the best way to go, and various other stories from studio users I know here in Welly. Two people have sworn me off Bowens simply because although their gear is good, service of it in NZ is woeful. One guy actually buys any bits that pops up on Trademe so he can keep his lights running through spares that way instead of waiting for service times. Elinchrom obviously really good stuff too, and a good NZ importer, but they themselves told me the other day the Dlite kits are good unless you're using them heavily (like long shoots or regular firing) because their temperature cutoffs kick in. I'm also not sure whether you can adapt them to run off battery packs outside? Obviously there's then Profoto, brought in by Photo Whorehouse which is like the best of the best, but frankly, it's a bit full on with the costs for me. The Interfit and lower price systems WPS hire out here in Welly are also infamous amongst those that have hired them for changing colour temperature when you alter the powers, so a more complex three light setup might have differing white balances across the shot.

Unfortunately, I think in NZ who backs the products up is as important as the quality of the gear, which is why I won't buy the Alien Bees stuff all the US members use. All being well using their Cybersyncs for flash triggering, they're that cheap if they break you buy more, but lights is different.

Opinion people?


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Aug 07, 2010 00:35 |  #9097

AlienBees B800 strobes. I don't use them heavily, but I use them for receptions and the odd model, they work well. I'd also look at these ones on B&H (external link).


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Aug 07, 2010 01:36 |  #9098

manipula wrote in post #10676563 (external link)
OK, quick straw poll.

Those of you here using studio lighting, what are you using brand wise? And what sorts of modifiers are you using with them?

I'm getting mixed feedback through the dealership network in NZ as to the best way to go, and various other stories from studio users I know here in Welly. Two people have sworn me off Bowens simply because although their gear is good, service of it in NZ is woeful. ......Opinion people?


Strange that you mention this.

I have just purchased some Bowens lights (2 x Gemini 400w/s). They use the "S" type ring adapter which is one of the more common versions. (Sancho's stuff that he has just bought in uses this adapter). My set comes with two umbrella's and 2 softboxes, stands etc.

It also comes with a 24v inverter pure sine wave inverter for on location type stuff, good for about 250 pops of both lights at full power & considerably more at lower settings.

I will trigger them with my skyports.

Haven't picked it up yet, not sure what I'm going to use it for but who knows? :rolleyes:




  
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Aug 07, 2010 01:40 |  #9099

tim wrote in post #10676078 (external link)
Little problem with the shipping estimate...

LOL - how did you manage that? I am using DPS very soon (this week hopefully)so that will make things a LOT cleaner in the cart and checkout process, its a bit more expensive but is a lot better for the customer :)


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Aug 07, 2010 01:42 |  #9100

manipula wrote in post #10676563 (external link)
OK, quick straw poll.

Those of you here using studio lighting, what are you using brand wise? And what sorts of modifiers are you using with them?

I'm getting mixed feedback through the dealership network in NZ as to the best way to go, and various other stories from studio users I know here in Welly. Two people have sworn me off Bowens simply because although their gear is good, service of it in NZ is woeful. One guy actually buys any bits that pops up on Trademe so he can keep his lights running through spares that way instead of waiting for service times. Elinchrom obviously really good stuff too, and a good NZ importer, but they themselves told me the other day the Dlite kits are good unless you're using them heavily (like long shoots or regular firing) because their temperature cutoffs kick in. I'm also not sure whether you can adapt them to run off battery packs outside? Obviously there's then Profoto, brought in by Photo Whorehouse which is like the best of the best, but frankly, it's a bit full on with the costs for me. The Interfit and lower price systems WPS hire out here in Welly are also infamous amongst those that have hired them for changing colour temperature when you alter the powers, so a more complex three light setup might have differing white balances across the shot.

Unfortunately, I think in NZ who backs the products up is as important as the quality of the gear, which is why I won't buy the Alien Bees stuff all the US members use. All being well using their Cybersyncs for flash triggering, they're that cheap if they break you buy more, but lights is different.

Opinion people?

I have just landed what I think are some pretty nice lights, can flick you some more info if you like, not up there with Bowens etc I'd guess but bang for buck I am sure I could see you right. Flick me a PM if you like, I have most modifiers etc in stock. Just depends what you are after really. If you have Chch contacts you are welcome to send them round for a play.


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Aug 07, 2010 01:53 |  #9101

Sancho wrote in post #10676791 (external link)
LOL - how did you manage that? I am using DPS very soon (this week hopefully)so that will make things a LOT cleaner in the cart and checkout process, its a bit more expensive but is a lot better for the customer :)

I just clicked on the shipping estimate, chose New Zealand, and it gave it to me.


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Aug 07, 2010 02:10 |  #9102

Mark Vuleta wrote in post #10676777 (external link)
Strange that you mention this.

I have just purchased some Bowens lights (2 x Gemini 400w/s). They use the "S" type ring adapter which is one of the more common versions. (Sancho's stuff that he has just bought in uses this adapter). My set comes with two umbrella's and 2 softboxes, stands etc.

It also comes with a 24v inverter pure sine wave inverter for on location type stuff, good for about 250 pops of both lights at full power & considerably more at lower settings.

I will trigger them with my skyports.

Haven't picked it up yet, not sure what I'm going to use it for but who knows? :rolleyes:

Am I allowed to ask if they're new and what they set you back?

I should imagine if they go boom! you're more than capable of taking them to bits and solving the electrical problem? It's people such as myself who are no electrician (the guy who buys any he sees on TM) who worry about that. He waited four months for a switch last year for a Bowens light... :(

Sancho wrote in post #10676796 (external link)
I have just landed what I think are some pretty nice lights, can flick you some more info if you like, not up there with Bowens etc I'd guess but bang for buck I am sure I could see you right. Flick me a PM if you like, I have most modifiers etc in stock. Just depends what you are after really. If you have Chch contacts you are welcome to send them round for a play.

This might sound stupid, but are we forbidden for asking on here as opposed to PMs because of some forum rule about not advertising your wares?

I'm interested... ;)


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Aug 07, 2010 02:27 |  #9103

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I just clicked on the shipping estimate, chose New Zealand, and it gave it to me.

Hehe, shipping is flat rate anyway.

Hey PM me your details, I can do you a much better price than on the website for you :)


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Aug 07, 2010 02:31 |  #9104

Thanks Mark, PM sent, I appreciate it :)


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Aug 07, 2010 03:24 |  #9105

I'm also interested in what to get here lighting wise.

I need to buy a portable set up to use next year, 2 heads with brollies.
I've got a quote for a Bowens Gemini 500R kit from Pro Gear. Comes with stands and a wheeled carry case.


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