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Lighting / Problems with Elinchroms
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:01:51 AM »
Hello people, I've run into a problem with my Elinchrom lights and need your help. I have the Dlite 4 kit and s using them this morning with the 6D. I tried taking a self portrait with the help of the EOS  remote app but the lights won't fire. Then I tried using live view but still no luck. The lights are working fine otherwise.

Is there anything that I'm doing wrong? Is there a way for the lights to fire with the LV?

Regional Boards / Anyone from India?
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:58:44 PM »
Anyone from India on CR?

I know of only rpt and sanj who are from India ... Anyone else?

Cheers ... J.R.

Lighting / Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:42:10 AM »

I am pleased with the Elinchroms I recently bought but am not interested in buying a battery to use them outdoors. I'm looking to invest in a speedlight system where I don't need to upgrade anything other than probably add the odd speedlight in future.

People sing praises of the 600RT system. Can you please provide me with a link to a resource which explains the usage and the benefits of this system detail. Any other advise is most welcome.

Thanks in advance ... J.R.

Edit: I do have a 430EX II and have funds to get 600 EX x 2 at the moment. 

Lighting / Advice needed for Elinchroms
« on: January 18, 2014, 01:07:18 AM »

I'm looking for studio lighting and am currently considering the Elinchrom FX 400 system. The system comes with the skyport radio remote trigger.

I also have a 430EX II. Will I be able to trigger the 430EX with the Elinchrom system? If not, how do I go about it.

Help needed by a lighting newbie :)

Thanks in advance ... J.R.

Lenses / Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:05:43 AM »
The most obvious reason would be that Canon doesn't make it  :P

but could this just be a marketing thing? Or maybe such a lens would sit close to the 300 f/2.8 II in price which if combined with a 1.4x TC makes an excellent 420mm f/4?

Thoughts ...

Lenses / Which supertele? Any reason for 500 over a 600 except the price
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:31:33 AM »
Hi Guys,

While I am presently saving up for a 300mm f/2.8L II (almost done), my mind is dwelling on its bigger cousins and I am not sure which to get first. I plan to get a 300 and a 500/600 next year in any case so it is basically an issue of which one to get first.

I can probably get the 500mm by early February next year if I do decide on it and the 300 can follow up later. However, a 600mm will be a step too far right now and my wait will probably be longer.

Of course the biggest differences between the two are the 100mm of FL and $$$. Can you guys please advise whether there is any other reason to buy the 500 over the 600?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Cheers ... J.R.

Lenses / Next purchase 300mm f/2.8 L II - should I sell the 100-400?
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:02:10 AM »
I'm planning to get the 300mm f/2.8 L II next and have saved up for the most part. I'm confused whether I would need the 100-400 after I do get the 300. That said, should I sell the 100-400, I might just be able to give myself an early Christmas present or else I have to wait a few months.

All you guys who have used the 300, have you needed the 100-400 after getting the 300 f/2.8 L II? If so, why?

EOS Bodies / Is Canon about to pull the plug on the 60D?
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:06:03 PM »
Two members of my local photoclub (in India) have been trying to buy the 60D for the past month or so. They have tried buying online but the 60D is being reported to be out of stock / backordered from Canon. The local dealers are also citing that the 60D is short in supply. The dealers and online retailers are trying to push through the 70D citing the shortage of the 60D.

The last time I checked on B&H, the 60D is available so this might just be an India centric problem but is there any news that Canon is going to pull the plug on the 60D? Or is the 60D shortage being cited simply to push the sale of the more expensive 70D? Or maybe I've missed something ...

Third Party Manufacturers / The Nikon DFB – Burberry Edition
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:34:39 AM »
TOKYO – Following on the heels of the revolutionary Nikon DF, the Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the fashionable DFB – the Burberry Edition, a Nikon FX digital SLR camera. The stylish DFB literally screams “Do more with less, but look sharp while doing it!” The DFB features the beloved 12.1 MP sensor from the Nikon D3 and D700. The file sizes produced by the DFB will be a welcome relief to those who demand smaller file sizes and less photographic detail, and are genuinely concerned about conserving hard drive space.


 ;D ;D ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:33:59 AM »
I've got a colleague at work who is looking to upgrade from the 550D and the choice is pretty much between the 70D and the 7D. A 7D2 even if released tomorrow appears out of question because going by the current Canon pricing, it is likely to be out of budget.

Her question to me, and I put this question to you guys for help is, whether there is any reason to buy the 7D over the newer 70D?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Cheers ... J.R.

Third Party Manufacturers / Lee 4x4 Big Stopper filter in stock
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:48:52 PM »
B&H has the Big Stopper in stock - for how long, I cannot hazard a guess.


Cheers ... J.R.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6D - Getting started in Magic Lantern ...
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:33:40 AM »
I'm thinking of getting started with using Magic Lantern on the 6D. Troubling part is that ML mentions on its website that the software may brick the camera.

Now I know there are loads of people already using ML without any issues. Is there anything I should watch out for in particular?

Thanks in advance,


Canon General / How to detect BS!
« on: October 27, 2013, 12:27:37 PM »
An interesting article I landed on by accident this evening. Pretty useful for CR community given the factual erroneous posts that are made on CR on a daily basis -


The admins may please delete this thread of found to be BS.

Canon General / Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:55:14 AM »

I do photography for a hobby and am not too updated on the technical aspects of the latest lineup of cameras  these days.

I'm just wondering as to what exactly are the benefits of a mirrorless FF? The only benefit to my mind is a shaving off of approximately 600-800 grams from the bodyweight. And yes, maybe with a dedicated lens lineup, a bit more.


Cheers ... J.R.

Technical Support / FoCal Aperture Sharpness question
« on: October 12, 2013, 09:08:50 AM »
Hi Guys ... After getting FoCal in June, I've managed to try it out now (the weather in my part of the world has been a bit loony for the past four months with the city I live in recording the highest rainfall in India).

Anyhow, I tried the Aperture Sharpness tool in FoCal for my 24-70 II. I did one test followed by another test immediately. I got different results on the wide end - see below. Then I proceeded to test using the 6D which again gave different results.

The test was done in shade at an EV of 9. Camera was mounted on a sturdy tripod and the target was taped to a cardboard box. Target was 2m from the camera. Focal length was 70mm.

Any guesses as to why I should get different results? I'm can't help but feel that I am missing something.

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