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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:26:59 PM »
Speedlites ... The more the merrier!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:24:37 PM »
Thanks guys and sorry for the late response. Have too much stuff on my plate these days.

Will share more images soon :)

Cheers ... J.R.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:35:31 PM »
I was traveling earlier today and ran into paddy plantation by chance. Took these with the 135L and 6D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:05:44 AM »
The best way is to keep using your gear, as PBD suggested. If that is not possible, use a dry box which can maintain humidity inside the box to a preset level.

A friend of mine stores his gear in a closed wooden box inside which he has installed a light bulb. The heat and  light keeps the fungus away.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: June 15, 2014, 01:09:09 AM »
Football lily

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Sports / Football?
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:38:04 AM »
With FIFA going on, it makes perfect sense to have this "football" lily blooming in my garden!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:37:09 AM »
Shot yesterday - 6D + 70-200II

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Canon General / Re: Tilt & Shift Fan?
« on: May 07, 2014, 09:18:06 AM »

I'm rather tempted to buy the rest of the T/S lenses, but will wait for Photokina in case the rumors of new ones being released are true.

Maybe the owners of the car in the photo feel the same and are trying the message across to Canon  ;)

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:57:23 AM »
Different lenses have different uses. Get what suits your requirements and also your wallet.

I use 16-35 II, 24-70 II, 70-200 II and the 100-400 zooms for a large part of my shooting.

The primes 50L, 85L II and 135L are used for extreme wide aperture shooting that is not possible with the zooms - extremely shallow DOF photography / low available light shooting.

The 40mm pancake is used for panoramas and for party shooting where I can hand over the camera to someone else.

The 17mm TS-E is a recent purchase and I'm still learning how to use the TS functions - I plan to use this for indoor architecture and landscape use where I want large DOF without getting hit by diffraction.

Most would say the amount of gear I have as a hobbyist is an overkill - probably so, but hey, it works for me.  :) 

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Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:12:16 PM »
OK, don't laugh ... The lens I've found most useful for Panoramas is the 40mm pancake - the negligible distortion is a breeze to work with. In fact, I was guided to it by Sporgon here on CR - BTW, I really like his work.

I recently got the 17mm TS-E lens which has a stellar reputation. I'm still getting my head around the various tilt and shift movements so I haven't tried creating panoramas with it. The learning curve is extremely steep and I'm struggling with time constraints these days :(
That makes total sense and as much (or as little) sense as my using the 50L.  I have a TS-E 17 on the way, too, and can't wait to use it.  Once you get the hang of it (have you watched the latest tutorial from Canon: Tilt-Shift Lens Basics with Vincent Laforet?) it's awesome.  He makes it look easy in the video, but remember that he's been using them for many, many years.  The videos are a great overview, though, the best I've seen.

Panos with the T/S are extremely easy if there's nothing the very near foreground. You just rotate shift to the side, shift to -11, shoot, shift to -6, shoot, 0, +6, and +11, and you're done.  You can even skip the -6 and +6 settings (at least with the 24mm) if you don't have time.  For panos with trees or other objects in the foreground that can cause parallax issues, here's a simple way to eliminate parallax with the TS-E lenses from Outback Photo: Workflow Technique #058: Avoiding Parallax while Stitching with Shift Lenses.  Solution #2 in the article is particularly easy if you have a RRS plate.

Thanks a lot for the links and the suggestions. These should be very useful.

I don't have the RRS plate. RRS is not available in India :( I plan to get the RRS tripod, ball head, focusing rails and other accessories when I visit the US later this year ... A long wait.

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