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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:27:34 AM »
Being a hobbyist, I've used WiFi considerably on the 6D instead of the GPS. Too many of my family and friends want their photos ASAP and the 6D with the EOS-Remote has been upto scratch for this purpose.

The GPS has come in handy a few times I was shooting out in the wild, but WiFi has been more useful to me.

Lenses / Re: Lens price drops around the world
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:55:21 PM »
From what i am hearing, it is US only...  but other countries have dropped a bit.  I just hope that it drops a bit here in India...  I've been saving a long time for my 500 f/4 and would be miffed to buy and then it loose value right away!

Canon India did drop prices a couple of months back. The lenses included in the recent drop were 180 macro, 70-200 II, both L TSEs, 85L and the 300 2.8 II L. The price drop was quite steep, approximately 14% or so.

The superteles. Including the 500 II are already reasonably priced in India. The 500 II can be got for INR 550K. This is slightly less than, or roughly equal to the US price which I believe, underwent a drop recently.

Photography Technique / Re: Focus problem with 100mm
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:47:15 PM »

I purchased Focal. I have Magic Lantern on my 5D3 but have not tried dot tune.

Hope this helps... Let me know if you have any questions.

Hi rpt,

I've tried dot-tune but the results were too variable and unreliable for me. Ever since purchasing Focal, I haven't looked back.

In the absence of Focal, manual empirical testing with different AFMA values is the best solution in my opinion. But it isn't easy to identify the sharp/sharper/sharpest photos using this method.

Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:40:01 PM »
I doubt that the replacement is coming anytime soon.

The tammy 150-600 has upped the ante with better than reasonable IQ at a good price point. Sigma is hot on the heels with its own super zoom.

A Canon mark II with less than stellar IQ will be beaten by the super zooms on focal length and price. A Canon mark II with stellar IQ risks cannibalising Canon's own super telephotos. It is my opinion that Canon is caught in a bind and doing nothing makes most sense.

India / Indian subcontinent not mentioned.

Face it, India is a *sub*continent so you belong to Asia even if your very own tectonic plate crashed into it some time ago :-). But Asia is really missing, probably that's why our well-known Japanese contributor didn't participate?

Ouch! I meant to write Asia and Indian sub-continent (which has more countries than just India). Visiting these forums in a sleep deprived state last night wasn't such a good idea. I'm happy that good sense prevailed :)

That said, clubbing Everything to "Asia" is unwieldy because of the sheer amount of area involved and the demographics. China and India contribute to over 38% of world population.

India / Indian subcontinent not mentioned.

Boo! Hiss!

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:22:55 PM »

I imagine that anyone who makes a living out of photography is going to have a few more than one camera body. So service time should not be a factor.

Good point. So when my 70-200 II took a jarring knock last month resulting in the elements going out of alignment, what should I have done? simply reach out for my back up 70-200 II :o

BTW, CPS returned my lens in perfect working condition within 24 hours.

Photography Technique / Re: Step Wedge?
« on: September 08, 2014, 11:46:40 AM »

The only use for a step wedge in digital is empirically testing the DR of your camera.

Ugh ... Us Canon shooters don't need one, we are well aware that the DR of our cameras suck!  :-X

Photography Technique / Re: Step Wedge?
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:39:33 AM »
Thanks for the replies. Having read about them, I'm not entirely sure where they figure in digital photography. In case anyone has found any use for them in digital photography, please share your experience.


Photography Technique / Step Wedge?
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:38:29 PM »
I'm back on CR after a reasonably long gap. I was going through some posts and came across "step wedge", an animal new to me.

Ok, now leaving mirth aside, can anyone explain what is a step wedge and what is it used for?

Thanks in advance ... J.R.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:12:15 PM »
I moved over to Adobe CC earlier this year in March when the photography package (LR + PS) became available in India for INR 499 (in equivalent terms, $ 8.20) per month. It relatively cheap for the price and I'm willing to pay it on a monthly basis instead of shelling out money for the software upfront.

I am sure Adobe will increase the prices going forward but I guess I'm OK with that.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:10:42 PM »
I would be really surprised if Canon updates this lens prior to the 35 f/1.4.

Which one would you want? While I can 'dream' an immediate update to both lenses, I'd rather have an updated 35L first.
For some reason the 35mm focal length never did it for me (I'm definitely in the minority) while the 24L II really spoke to me in terms of focal length.  If I could have any prime updated, I'd love to see a 135 f/2 a bit sharper wide open, with IS, better coatings, and 9-blade aperture, or perhaps a 180 macro with 2.8 aperture and 9-blade aperture.

I'd rather have a 180mm macro with hybrid IS that focuses faster.

The 35L is purely out of selfish reasons, I don't have it yet!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:59:05 PM »
I would be really surprised if Canon updates this lens prior to the 35 f/1.4.

Which one would you want? While I can 'dream' an immediate update to both lenses, I'd rather have an updated 35L first.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:42:43 PM »
Only the 50L??? Pfffff ... You won't believe the number of lenses missing on the Canon India website, including the 600II, 200-400 among other lenses.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:32:32 PM »
Only a few items-

1) 18-55 lens
2) star filter from LEE
3) a 2nd big stopper filter that is waiting for the first one to break
4) an ancient old EOS 66 still in perfect working condition
5) a few spare eneloops

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