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Profoto B2 Review

Profoto B2 Review

 

Why Profoto? — The Deciding Factors

I’ve been shooting with Paul C Buff Einsteins for the last 5 years since their release and have been extremely happy with their price and performance. They’ve served me well through the years and have been more durable than most give them credit for. Of all my PCB gear, only one PCB unit has gone in for service in the last 5 years — and that’s because a stand tipped over and broke the mount — the flash still worked, but I could no longer put it on a stand, so it had to go in. They took care of it very quickly and had it back in my hands within a week.

I’ve been trying to pack lighter for shoots lately. I keep my gear well-protected, and packing a giant Pelican Storm iM2950 to transport 4 Einstein heads and 2 VML Battery packs has become a real pain. It’s HUGE, it’s heavy, and often, I don’t even need all the gear. I could easily pack appropriately, but I like having backups, so I usually take EVERYTHING with me.

Last week, I ordered the Profoto B2 Location Kit. The decision came mostly from some recent shoots I’ve had where mobility was paramount — I’ve almost never shot my Einsteins at full power unless I’m shooting Hypersync (I trigger my Einsteins with PowerMC2s and a MiniTT1), so I felt that 250w/s would be more than adequate, especially since I’ve been shooting more HSS/HyperSync with speedlights and a FlexTT5 on location shoots where I’ve had to be more mobile. Read the rest of this entry »

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Profoto B2 is Here…

DROOL. Review coming soon.

Profoto B2 Flash Heads

Profoto B2 Flash Heads

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Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM Lens Review

Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM Lens Review

Today, I received a lens i’ve been waiting for for what seems like FOREVER. I’ve been waiting (and saving) for Canon’s answer to Nikon’s 14-24 f/2.8G for at least 2 years. I was lucky enough to pre-order the Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM as soon as it was available, and it arrived to my office this morning. In this post I’ll be giving an unboxing, a quick review, my initial first impressions with this lens, and a couple sample shots.

Prior to this, I owned a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and a 16-35 f/2.8L II to take care of my wide-angle duties. I still own the 16-35L II, but I have a feeling owning both the 14-24L and 16-35L may be redundant. By most accounts, the 16-35L II isn’t that great wide-open, anyway. The Rokinon, however, was a great lens for its price (unfortunately, I no longer own it, and didn’t get a chance to review it, but there are plenty of resources out there if that lens interests you).

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Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM is on its way!

Canon 11-24L

To say that I’ve been waiting a long time for Canon’s ultrawide offering to compete with Nikon’s 14-24 f/2.8G would be an understatement. I’ve been waiting (and saving) for years for this lens. I don’t normally shoot ultrawide, but I do like the distortion, and perspective it offers for establishing shots when shooting events or video.

I was expecting a 14-24 2.8 similar to Nikon’s 14-24, but was surprised when rumors started flying around that it would be WIDER (first, it was rumored to be a 12-24, and the canon pushed the envelope even further with 11mm) — the f/4 is a bit of a disappointment, but all of canon’s f/4 offerings have been stellar performers, and at these focal lengths, it isn’t much of a problem.

I placed my order shortly after it was announced, and it’s finally shipped. I’ll have an unboxing, photos and first impressions as soon as it comes in.

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Zoom H6 Overview and Comparison

Recently I picked up a [amazon_link id=”B00DFU9BRK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Zoom H6[/amazon_link] to replace my [amazon_link id=”B001QWBM62″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Zoom H4n[/amazon_link]. The choice to upgrade (for me) was based on the overall improvement of the device in speed and versatility with the included and optional mic capsules. Now, let me preface this review and say that I’m not a sound guy at all, so this review will be more of an overview of the device and a comparison between the [amazon_link id=”B00DFU9BRK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]H6[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B001QWBM62″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]H4n[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”B003QKBVYK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]H1[/amazon_link] field recorders from a practical and usability perspective.

I also picked up the optional [amazon_link id=”B00E3XRMSI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]SGH-6 shotgun mic capsule[/amazon_link] and the [amazon_link id=”B003MW6JW6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]APH-6 Acessory Pack[/amazon_link] (which includes a furry windscreen, remote, and AC Adapter), so I’ll be covering those in this overview as well.

I do apologize for the rather unstructured article, as I’ve been writing this (lazily) over the course of a few weeks in spare time. I hope to have a more structured and thorough comparison and review in the future.

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