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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII
« on: Today at 08:58:57 AM »
If you can get a good body for a reasonable price, why not? Personally, I liked the files out of the 1Ds III (shot briefly with it when I borrowed it sometime back). The skin tones were the most awesome thing with the 1Ds III and to me is still unmatched. Also, the files seemed sharper and smoother at the same time - not sure I'm making sense here but that was my feeling about the 1Ds III.

I wish I had one of these but $$$  :-[

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Yes it is great to be able to have the two functions, AF and shutter release work with separate buttons when you need time between locking focus and releasing the shutter.

However, personally I use both methods depending on what I am shooting. I also believe that benefits of the BBF are overhyped. For most shooting, it makes very little difference which method you use - there are situations where using BBF does little except exercising the thumb ;)

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I have both the 6D as well as the 5D3. I've tried and did not like using the 50L or the 85L II on the 6D except when I was shooting with a tripod and LV. The positioning of the AF points on the 6D is such that lots of focus-recompose is needed and with the 50L and 85L II, it's just asking for trouble.

Strange as it may sound, the 135L doesn't give me nearly half as much trouble - and yes, I AFMA all my lenses using FoCal.

OTOH, I hardly ever face trouble with the outer focus points on the 5D3 - it is pointless comparing the AF systems on both cameras. The 6D isn't built for fast action shooting - you may be able to get some shots in focus, but the chances of an OOF shot are higher.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:34:01 AM »
I believe next Slr will be a eos rebel/kiss/xxx series camera to replace the eos 700d.  7d replacement might come at photokina. also any word on when will canon replace ef 50mm macro? that is the oldest lens in canon line-up and needs to be replaced soon.

one of the oldest. :)
the 135mm f2.8 soft focus is from 1987 (october) if im not wrong.
and it´s still listed.

not that i need a refresh of that lens....

the 50mm f2.5 macro is from december 1987.

completely forgot about the 135mm soft-focus. although last time I talked with a canon dealer in India, I was told 135 soft focus is not available anymore in stock. probably that lens has been discontinued. even adorama doesnt have that lens listed on their site.

if you want it give me a call. it´s available here in germany. ;)

I dont want it, but a friend of mine was looking for one couple of months back. he bought a used one as new 135 soft focus were not available. In India people are dumping used cameras and lenses at crazy prices just two days back saw an advert for a used 5D mk3, seller was asking for just 95000INR(Divide by 60 for usd). even there is a used 7d with 400 f5.6l for 1,10,000 INR.

Don't trust these deals. Most of the are scams through and through with sellers located offshore. Personally. I buy used stuff only if I can personally meet the seller, inspect the gear & documents, pay cash and walk out with the gear.

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Lighting / Re: Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:29:56 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

I got a used transmitter for about 40% of the price of a new one. The previous owner had managed to get a couple of scratches on the LCD which helped me bargain and bring down the price substantially.

For the price I paid, I feel this is a great accessory which has freed up one of my flashes which was consigned to be used as a non-firing master. Not sure if buy one new.

Cheers ... J.R.

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Lighting / Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:28:19 PM »
Hi,

I have 4 600EX RT speedlights + Elinchrom strobes (which I am triggering optically). Is there any reason I should get a ST-E3-RT transmitter? Does it offer any functionality which my non-firing 600 will not provide?

I'm getting a great deal on the ST-E3-RT which seems too good to miss. I'm only concerned whether it will actually be useful of will simply end up as unused gear.


Best regards ... J.R.

PS: I did own the ST-E3-RT at one point of time (part of 2 600s kit) but there was a local guy at the photography club who bought it from me for pretty much the full price the day it arrived. I'm getting one now used, at roughly half the price.

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Thanks for sharing this.

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 6D won't boot
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:10:17 AM »

After doing this I messed something up with ML so I had to pop out the batteries and reinstall ML.

I don't quite get this. Are you unable to start the camera without ML?

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I own both and can say that both have their own usage depending on what you shoot. From my experience, the only reason for me to use the 135L is -

(i) Lightweight;
(ii) Discreet;
(iii) One stop faster shutter speed for moving subjects
(iv) Super-smooth bokeh
(v) One of THE lens for shallow DOF junkies  ;)

Unless either of the above is of utmost importance to me for a particular shoot, I prefer the zoom over the prime, everytime.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:01:32 PM »
Thanks a lot Marsu42. This is very good news that the bootflag issue has been solved. Gives me a lot of confidence, this piece of news :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:33:33 AM »
TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Beautiful

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Lighting / Re: Anyone using Honl flash gel filter
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:27:16 AM »
Thanks a lot guys. I've ordered the gels, the speed strap and the roll-up gel folder - should get them on Saturday. 

On a side note, what about the LEE Gel filter sheets, would I be able to use these with the Honl system? The LEE sheets are quite large and I could cut them to size if needed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7 / A7R Reviewed by Thom Hogan
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:59:59 PM »
It's a nice review to balance against the initial head-over-heels reviews, but to me, he is writing as a Nikon D800E devotee, trying his best to pick at the A7r (and by doing so, everything else including Canon).  His conclusion is:

"The D800E, after two years on the market, still clearly produces the highest quality images I’ve seen out of camera other than Medium Format ones, and it does so clearly. It’s the best all-around camera I know of at the moment."

I might give D800E kudos as the best landscape-on-tripod camera but best "all-around camera"?   ???

Yup ... Thom Hogan is a Nikon devotee and I couldn't get my head around the "best all-around camera" either.

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Just a question that popped into my mind. Why do people post photos on social websites?

Today I removed most of my photos off FB because I'm no longer sure why I share them.

Thoughts ...

PS: I am a hobby photographer

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:34:11 AM »
Oooh ... Nessie's been sighted again? Great!

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