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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-26-2020, 06:11 AM  
Suggestions for good manual battery powered strobes?
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 16
Views: 761
A different approach may be to use the existing speedlights with a softbox system capable of accommodating several flashes. The Pro series by Lastolite is just fine (but costly...) - with its standard bracket for 2 flashes, and some of the ocataboxes taking up to 4 flashes.
And supplementing your Cactus flashes with external battery packs (from Cactus, Canon, whatever) would constitute a lighting setup powerful enough to compare with a 300-Ws battery strobe (if using 4 Cactus speedlights). Should be ample unless shooting in midday sun.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-23-2020, 01:41 PM  
A message from Cactus.
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 43
Views: 2,088
Someone has done.) Godox is perfectly fine as far as consistency, very much like Cactus. This said, excuse the repetitiveness, Godox is dramatically less convenient to use, and it is far less reliable, probably due to cheaper parts and/or inferior circuitry and (internal) assembly quality. Cactus falls from a stand onto the pavement, albeit in a softbox, and it's ready to work when you put the batteries back in.) A Godox flash may die peacefully by itself, after one shooting session, for no apparent reason. Yes, they repair them under warranty, but it takes time...
But at the end of the day pictures are pretty much the same using both.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-12-2020, 11:45 AM  
Capture One 21
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 38
Views: 1,762
Probably the greatest feature in C1 21, as compared to the previous versions, seems to have gone unnoticed. Now you can copy/apply layers and their adjustments between files of different sizes, moreover - between files from different camera systems. For my money, the upgrade pays off due to this feature alone, aside from the other improvements. Normalising files of different types is a piece of cake at long last.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-01-2020, 03:47 PM  
Is Cactus still in business ?
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 15
Views: 1,024
1) You might be able to do that installing your Cactus flash (as a manual flash, which it is, via the central pin) onto a receiver from the same manufacturer as the trigger - with the loss of remote control of the flashes. This said, I haven't tried such a setup myself.

2) If using Godox trigger + Godox receivers, then probably yes - see. p.1 above.

3) Yes, Godox' wireless system can be used very much in the the same way as Cactus. But Godox is a pain to use after Cactus... Cactus offers unmatched ergonomics and intuitivity, a more professional user experience overall.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-27-2020, 08:34 AM  
Moving focus point in live view
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 5
Views: 793
While in LiveView, press and hold the AF button and select out of five options: Face Detection, Tracking, Multiple Points, Movable Single Point, Fixed Single Point.
The Movable Single Point obviously allows moving the point with the 4 way button.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-06-2020, 10:34 AM  
K-1 vs. A7III | CameraVille
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 15
Views: 2,042
I guess the better part of those complaints about the complexity of Sony Alfa's menus are fairly over-exaggerated. Nikon's menus, for instance, perplex me to a much greater extent than Sony's.)))
I got used to AIII's menu pretty fast - the layout somewhat reminds that on Pentax cameras. Looks like an average of Pentax and Canon menus. This said, K-1's menu and ergonomics in general are by far the best, period.)

AIII is a good camera, making you smile on closer acquaintance by its sheer technical superiority, especially in relation to its price. The execution, the build is cheaper than it could have been, but the camera is extremely capable nonetheless. K-1 is the touchstone for ergonomics, IQ, UI, DR, PS, Astro, etc, etc., but it cannot be superior in just everything.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-05-2020, 11:34 AM  
K-1 vs. A7III | CameraVille
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 15
Views: 2,042
The funny thing is I've been shooting with both K-1 and AIII since the AIII appeared... And while I can fully confirm the conclusion that the K-1 and AIII are far more similar as far as colour science than they are different, in real life DR-demanding shooting situations I've never noticed the AIII being THAT noisy in the shadows.

I find the quality of the camera's pictures so similar (apart from resolution of course), and the AIII so customizable in a Pentax-like way, I'd say the AIII is the camera I'd wish a Pentax mirrorless could be... Perhaps the K-1 gives a tad better, richer greens and AIII - blues (for cooking in post), but that's all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-01-2020, 09:57 AM  
Cameraville's comparison between DFA* 70-200 and Tamron 70-180
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 30
Views: 2,200
I've happened to shoot portrait sessions with the DFA* 70-200 where I had to actually reduce the sharpness in final post processing ...
Don't know, maybe there are sharper lenses for details at infinity... or maybe someone should have used contrast AF on both cameras for comparison?.. :hmm: Phase AF on Pentax cameras has little to do with the quality of the lens.

For my money, DFA* 70-200 is by far the best 70-200 lens for portraiture, and one of my two favorite Pentax glass of all time.

Tamron SP 70-200 2.8 G2, for one, has very much the same focus breathing issues yet it has been extremely well received by pros and consumers alike. What is alarming in the current technical extasy over sharpness and micro contrast is that it kills the 'air', the 3D aspect in the picture. Sharpness is not as important as resolution...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-16-2020, 12:38 AM  
Stacking CactusV6 and a Godox Trigger
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 8
Views: 848
Not having Xpro-p, I have tried stacking X2T-p onto V6ll: K-1 + V6ll + X2T-p.

Godox flashes do not work in TTL, but are fully controllable in the Manual mode.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-02-2020, 03:32 AM  
eneloops - use first or charge first
Posted By Alvage
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Using the mfr charge inevitable when you have to use batteries from shelf directly in a camera or flash.

Otherwise,it would seem more practical to discharge them fully first (or use 'Refresh' mode on some chargers), then fully charge.

Off-shelf R2U rechargeables usually retain around 70% of their capacity.
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