Nikonparrothead

Nikonparrothead

Lives in United States Longboat Key, FL, United States
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Joined on Mar 21, 2004

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On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)
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Nikonparrothead: Yes it's an incremental upgrade. (And who wants to bet the next shoe to drop will be an ELB 1100 renaming for the Ranger A/S pack). Not sure if the extra 24 watts would make me want to trade in my current Quadra RX packs either. Most intriguing thing is that there's a USB port for possible future firmware upgrades.

Chrispicasso, the new RQ Adapter MK II (I bought a pair from the eBay dealer in Israel) are a vast improvement over the original one.

The most comprehensive review I've seen has been from Elinchrom-sponsored action photographer Michael Clark. He's got an overall review but the link below is a cursory comparision to the B1 (with the B2 thrown in).

http://blog.michaelclarkphoto.com/?p=3886

I've seen that on the GetDPI Forum. I've thought about buying a spare battery and box and asking a friend to set one up but I do wish Elinchrom would do an official one -- clearly it can be done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 18:59 UTC
On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)
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Nikonparrothead: Yes it's an incremental upgrade. (And who wants to bet the next shoe to drop will be an ELB 1100 renaming for the Ranger A/S pack). Not sure if the extra 24 watts would make me want to trade in my current Quadra RX packs either. Most intriguing thing is that there's a USB port for possible future firmware upgrades.

Chrispicasso, the new RQ Adapter MK II (I bought a pair from the eBay dealer in Israel) are a vast improvement over the original one.

The most comprehensive review I've seen has been from Elinchrom-sponsored action photographer Michael Clark. He's got an overall review but the link below is a cursory comparision to the B1 (with the B2 thrown in).

http://blog.michaelclarkphoto.com/?p=3886

The Ranger "update" could be as simple as a reskinning (they've done that a couple times already) a Lithium battery option, the new display and the new style outlet covers.

I bet they do sell more Quadras -- I'm in the same boat you are.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 17:54 UTC
On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)

Photomonkey, I remember that Godox post that's almost a year old and I wanted to buy one from Edward over at Cheetahstand but got tired of waiting and bought a RoveLight (hey at the time it was less than an additional Quadra S head). Maybe Matthew at Blink photographic will finally bring one to the U.S. with warranty. And maybe Godox will incorporate TTL into its next trigger system, which would be wonderful.

And maybe Elinchrom will make its next Skyport system TTL since that's where the magic appears to lie for TTL in big strobe. I could actually live without TTL but would love HSS if it could provide a cleaner frame than Hypersync.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 15:34 UTC as 2nd comment
On Elinchrom announces new ELB 400 portable flash system article (23 comments in total)

Yes it's an incremental upgrade. (And who wants to bet the next shoe to drop will be an ELB 1100 renaming for the Ranger A/S pack). Not sure if the extra 24 watts would make me want to trade in my current Quadra RX packs either. Most intriguing thing is that there's a USB port for possible future firmware upgrades.

Chrispicasso, the new RQ Adapter MK II (I bought a pair from the eBay dealer in Israel) are a vast improvement over the original one.

The most comprehensive review I've seen has been from Elinchrom-sponsored action photographer Michael Clark. He's got an overall review but the link below is a cursory comparision to the B1 (with the B2 thrown in).

http://blog.michaelclarkphoto.com/?p=3886

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 12:06 UTC as 5th comment | 6 replies
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OBI656: Expensive, Studio need at least 3 lights means $3,600.00. For this amount of money you approach territory of ProFoto.

Won't dispute the value of Profoto it's industry standard gear for a reason but there's a definite niche for the Indra. It'll take a bite out of Quadra sales and likely push other manufacturers (Elinchrom, Broncolor, Metz and the China-based manufacturers) to work on their own TTL compatible units.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:59 UTC
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Top Dog Imaging: Elinchrom quadras are better

Have to agree with Plum, the Quadras ( and I own two) are different and in truth older technology since they're not TTL. More importantly the Quadra heads are just the bulb while all the crucial electronics are in the pack. The Indra is essentially a DC head with all the guts self contained. The battery pack is just that, a battery. And of course there's the AC inverter unit. Thiugh with the lead acid Quadra at least, it's possible to just plug in the battery while shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
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Nikonparrothead: They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.

But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.

And how big a "staff" did that editor deal with? He was dealing directly with the audience/readers, as opposed to the people producing those articles/illustrations/photos dealing with the audience/readers. Was he the founding editor? The only one that publication ever had?

While publications employ a variety of people to gather content (at least they did prior to the internet) the personality of a publication is frequently a reflection of the top editor. That's true be it newspapers or magazines (or web sites).

Except in rare occasions readers interact with magazine, picking based on interest in the sport, not author.

Quick sample of SI (based on my iPad since I don't subscribe), based on the cover photo and the images on the content page. the main cover shot was a (former) staffer, the inset photo a contract photographer. Of the eight photo credits on the content page, one was an archive photo from the Red Army, two were staff photos, five were from from contract photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
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Nikonparrothead: They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.

But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.

The freelancer I know who does quite a bit for ESPN Magazine, NY Times and a few othes is fairly well paid for his work. Yes it's sad that six people lost their jobs. But these are not newbies who will fighting it out for $500 weddings.

Case in point from Bill Frakes' Wikipedia page (which notes he's had a sidebusiness in addition to being on the masthead for S-I for a few years too.). "Bill Frakes is an American photographer who has been on the masthead of Sports Illustrated since 1993. On January 22, 2015, he and five other Sports Illustrated photographers were laid off. [1][2] In 2008, he cofounded Straw Hat Visuals, a Southern Media Company."

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 22:00 UTC

They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.

But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 13:16 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies

Apparently Cactus is finally working on a Macintosh-based firmware updater as well. That too is welcome news.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 03:32 UTC as 10th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (933 comments in total)

But with reportedly better in-camera JPEG processing, does that mean the Leica version is actually worth the extra $ for people who primarily shoot JPEGS?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 254th comment | 2 replies

Historically hasn't the Leica offered a two-year warranty while Panasonic offers one? (Apologies if that's changed -- I haven't been keeping up on that).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 18:28 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)

Another lens priced to rent.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 02:20 UTC as 102nd comment | 4 replies
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (39 comments in total)

Kind of. an interedtng product and half the price of the Godox bare bulb options ( that Adorama is marketing under its Flashpoint brand now too). It's clearly just a fill light outdoors but definitely a bargain.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 11:50 UTC as 14th comment

Nice little addition. Pricing is on par with the Leica grip addition for its M series.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:41 UTC as 9th comment

I believe they reserve the articulated screen for the D5xxx model line.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 12:35 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df Review preview (1624 comments in total)
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mholdef: I like Dpreview but this review confirms that it is more oriented towards high tech gear and spec sheets than the photographic experience.

Which digital camera does have a factory installed split prism again? Thought so. Like it, fine. Don't like it? Fine too. But what you consider a flaw may be a blessing to another.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 12:33 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1624 comments in total)

A solid balanced review. As an aside, what exactly do you people do to your cameras that have the doors falling off!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 00:18 UTC as 370th comment | 1 reply
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)

I think all those apps work for every iPad with a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 12:32 UTC as 55th comment
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (588 comments in total)

I kind of like where this is going. having owned two point and shoots with underwater housings (Panasonic TS-1 and Canon S-95) I can say that adjusting controls of a camera inside a housing isn't exactly easy. Yes, this is at best a snorkeling camera but it could also be the best snorkeling camera. And valuable for those who shoot, say, underwater portraits in swimming pools, etc.

I know there's a 1 system underwater housing for previous Nikon 1 cameras (a local camera shop has it) so there should be some idea of how useful the body is underwater. And until Nikon comes out with flashes, can't a third-party flash be used as well, since there are several that sync via the built-in flash of smaller cameras anyway?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 16:25 UTC as 94th comment
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