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PowerShot / Would anyone like to share their exprience with the G1X MKII
« on: September 26, 2014, 04:31:27 AM »
I am looking at this camera as my all around travel camera -- which could be used in hiking conditions as well. Competition is from EOS-M system. My DSLRs with even two lenses are seeming to be too heavy. So if anyone could share their experience of using G1X MKII it would be great.

Photography Technique / Need suggestion or recommendation about glue
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:59:46 AM »
Do you guys have any experience with trying to securely stick a photo to another photo paper? Any suggestion which glue or adhesive works best?

I have ordered a photobook (lustre type paper) for a friend. The friend wanted to add couple of photos to the set but could not send me those in time. So they could not be included. I am planning to arrange the photos in a page (of the size of the phtoobook) and print them from somewhere. Then glue it inside the photobook once that comes  from the printing shop. Thanks for any helps.

Photography Technique / White Optical Satin
« on: May 22, 2014, 04:49:07 PM »
Hello Fellow CRians, I have a (may be) odd questions for you.

Does any of you know whether sheets of white optical satin (the type that shoot through umbrella manufacturers use) can be bought and from where?

Let me explain my question a bit further. I have seen/used only two macro lenses till date Canon 100mm L and sigma 150mm OS. That also at a distance of more than 1 year. So I had no opportunity to test this question of mine.

What I am asking is, let's say I am photographing a small flower (pretty small) which is not going to occupy the entire image at 1:1 (let's say on a full frame camera). Now if I use different macro lenses - 50mm (Canon), [60mm (Tamron or Canon)-APS-C only], 70mm (Sigma), 90mm (Tamron), 100mm (Canon), 105mm (Sigma), 150mm (Sigma) or 180mm (Canon/Sigma/Tamron) -  at 1:1 magnification focusing distance (varying the distance between the flower and my camera, of course) would I get the same image (not talking about sharpness here)? Probably this may be framed slightly differently, what is the importance and significance of the angle of view of different macro lenses at their minimum (or comparable magnification) focusing distances?

In case any of you have used more than one lenses at the same time you may have some idea about this. Any comment will be highly appreciated. Even better is if any of you have images like this to demonstrate the difference/similarities.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 40D Main Dial (Front Dial) slipping
« on: April 21, 2014, 10:11:21 PM »
Have any of you faced this issue? My 40D's front/main dial started slipping a little. This is happening when I am trying to turn the dial anticlockwise, and not clockwise.

Searched google and found out some DIY cures for this. But just wondering if any of you have faced a similar problem ever or not.

Third Party Manufacturers / zeiss filters
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:42:03 AM »
I was reading about the new zeiss lens and this question came to my mind - what about zeiss filters? Do they make filters? So I searched their website and yes they do. So I have a questions for you guys have any of you used zeiss filters ever - specially the CPL? I always read good things about B+W filters from all of you, what about zeiss filters? anyone?

Are "High ISO" noise and "long exposure" (at low ISO) noise the same qualitatively? Or is one slightly more managegable than the other? (Practical Reference: When photographing a night scene of a city is it preferable to choose high ISO and faster shutter speed, or is it preferable to choose low ISO slower shutter speed, assuming I do not want to consider the motion blur of moving subjects resulting from slower shutter speed as a factor)

Lenses / Internal Zooming Standard Zoom
« on: August 30, 2013, 06:19:14 PM »
Just wondering if any of you know whether an internal zooming standard zoom is possible (either EF or EF-S, but I guess if one is possible, the other would be too)? It might be nice to have 17-55 EF-S (or 15-85 EF-S, or 24-70 or 24-105) which does not extend. Opinions?

Lenses / What is the deal with Canon 135mm f/2.8 soft focus?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:57:55 AM »
I was wondering what is the the deal with this lens? There has been no update of this lens (as far as I know) from its version 1. No one here on CR talks about it or asks of it or mentions it!! There is not even a lens gallery for this lens on here! So no one uses/has this lens here? Just idly wondering.

Site Information / Modifying my signature
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:55:53 PM »
Some of you have a link to your Flickr (sometimes other websites) photo pages in your signature. I too have that. But some of you have just "Flickr" written instead of an URL like mine and clicking on takes us to your Flickr page. If it is not too much trouble could any of you please share how to create such a link.

Technical Support / Canon AF videos
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:10:13 AM »
Found a series of videos on youtube regarding Canon AF system. Many of you might already have seen these (and these are bit dated) but others may not have. I found these very useful.


After looking at the part 1 (above) you can easily find part 2 and 3 on youtube.

Some of my recent photos.... C&C welcome.

Just wondering if any of you have used either of these older lenses from Sigma .... internet reviews say they were good, but just wondering if any of my CRian friends have firsthand experience with either of these two (by off chance)....

Lighting / Tested true freedom yesterday
« on: July 21, 2013, 05:06:30 PM »
Yesterday I was going to a friend's place to visit. This friend has two one year old twins. So I took my camera with me along with the recently bought four YN 622Cs. I do not have any ETTL flash, so I put three Nikon SB 28DXs at 1/2 and 1/4th power on top of three bookshelves directed towards the ceiling. The walls were coloured, so the white ceiling was my best bet for reflecting the light. Now, earlier I used to use cables to fire my flashes remotely, and that was cumbersome and clumsy. Boy, yesterday with the four YN622Cs (one on top of my camera, and the other three with the three SB 28DXs) it was so much easy and fun photographing the twins. I was not going for any dramatic lighting, I just wanted enough soft light to use a shutter speed fast enough to capture the twins's activities indoors (and the sudden moments like the photo below where one of the babies falling down after throwing a tantrum). It felt so great just to be able to reposition the lights without breaking a sweat. Some photos from yesterday attached. (Now I need to learn a bit of more post processing) Your comments are most welcome.

PS: YN 622Cs are my first remote flash transceivers. And they seem to work just great in manual mode.

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