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Regional Boards / Re: Anyone from India?
« on: February 02, 2014, 11:53:32 PM »
Where do you live JR?

Hi sanj ... I live in the quiet town of Dehradun in the State of Uttarakhand.

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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.

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Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:36:22 PM »
Just wondering how does my 430EX-II fit into the system now. Will it work with the RT System or will I have to limit it as an optical slave?

The 430EX II will fit in nicely...if you need a paperweight or a doorstop.  :o


I just picked up my second 600EX-RT during the recent Adorama $420 sale.  Now I'm experimenting with different two and three flash set-ups including my 430EXII.  I can use the 430 as a third flash if I use the 600 as an optical master.  I have an OC Gear 32' ETTL cable, so can use my "on-camera" master, off-camera as Syl Arena describes in his book.  This works pretty well, essentially giving me the ability to actually use the master to provide more than fill light.  Of course, including the 430 means I can't use the superior radio triggering with all its advantages. 

Eventually, I'll get a third 600EX and either a ST-E3-RT or the Yongnuo equivalent, but I'll work with what I have for now.  I'll hang onto my 430EXII to use on-camera when I want to bounce flash and don't want to mess with multiple speedlites.

Thanks ... That was my impression also. I've sold the 430ex earlier today. I will get another 600 if the need arises.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:36:41 AM »
How is the autofocusing with this lens? This being a variable aperture lens, does it stop working on cameras (other than 5D3/1DX) when you go beyond 400mm as you are f/5.6 limited with the AF? 

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Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:30:33 AM »
Just wondering how does my 430EX-II fit into the system now. Will it work with the RT System or will I have to limit it as an optical slave?

The 430EX II will fit in nicely...if you need a paperweight or a doorstop.  :o


Haha ... Thanks Neuro, this was exactly what I was fearing. The 430EX-II will go down as another fine example of myself buying (cheaper) gear only to upgrade later with the old stuff getting redundant.


Ok, I exaggerate.  But, the ST-E3-RT cannot control it at all.  You could trigger it with a 600 as an on-camera master in optical mode, controlling both the 430 and the other 600. The only way to use all three flashes off camera would be to add hardware to the 430 to make it a dumb optical slave - a Sonia green optical slave trigger and a PC-to-hotshoe adapter (no other input port on the 430).  You couldn't use E-TTL with that setup, only manual (the preflash would trigger the 430).

I guess it will be too much trouble. The risk/reward ratio doesn't really add up for me. I'd rather put up the 430EX on sale to partly fund the 600s I just bought. 

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Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:24:19 AM »
Thanks a lot for the replies and a number of good points I've understood. I really like the 400W Elinchroms but for outdoor shooting I need a rather heavy battery which I am unwilling to lug around.

I've ordered the pack of 600EX II x 2 plus the ST-RT-3 transmitter from B&H. Just wondering how does my 430EX-II fit into the system now. Will it work with the RT System or will I have to limit it as an optical slave?

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Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:16:20 AM »

The only fault I have found with the Tamron is that numerous people are having problems with AF in AI Servo mode.  It sounds like their copies are defective.

Huh ... Numerous users having problems with AF would mean that the problems with the AF unit of the production lenses are to be expected.

To suggest that there are numerous defective lenses out in the market speaks so much for the confidence you have with Tamron.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM by DxO Mark
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:08:30 AM »
This is the same site that confidently claimed that the older 70-200/2.8 IS was sharper than the latest 70-200 Mark 2. I would treat their opinions and testresults with extreme caution...

Yep, DXO comes up with considerable amount of wtf in its scores.  But anyhow, reviewing this lens now is pretty strange as the pros / cons of this lens are pretty well known.

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Canon General / Re: Canon's Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results released
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:56:35 AM »
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Within the Imaging System Business Unit, interchangeable-lens digital cameras maintained their top market share...

So despite the trolls, DRones, and naysayers, Canon is still doing something right (namely, selling more dSLRs and lenses than their competitors).

And Anhauser-bush sells the most beer and Toyota sells the most cars.  That does not mean they make the best products in their respective spaces. What they are all doing well is marketing, like buying out Scott Kelby, or top NASCAR teams, and positioning products for mass consumption.

The products may not have the most features but they simply work for a very large majority of the market. Insofar as cars are concerned,  you can buy a Porshe just like you can buy a Hasselblad.

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Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:25:59 AM »
Quote from: J.R. link=topic this 93.msg362373#msg362373 date=1390998993
One can simply download a DoF app on their phones.

What good is that on its own? If I want to have to required f-stop between a tree 100m away and a hill 130m away, do you carry a long enough stick or an adequate optical tool :-p ... imho your best bet is Magic Lantern, it shows the focal distance in m and you can *then* input into a smartphone. If you have one. Working & with you. Which I haven't. Both not.

With digital, I guess Canon expects people to revert to simply trial & error, that's why they removed a-dep.


Yes of course one can think of several instances where something might not work but for general shooting thisworks pretty well.  As pointed out by Neuro, with the distance scale it can work even better.

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

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. 

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Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:36:33 AM »
In the old days, manual focus lenses had DOF markings for different apertures, nice and useful.

In the olden days, some Canon bodies even had a helper mode "adepth" for this - af at spot one, af at spot two & it calculates the required f-stop... alas, newer cameras have you-dont-wanna-know how many creative zone programs, but this has been lost along the way.

Yes ... troublesome but not insurmountable now-a-days. One can simply download a DoF app on their phones.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 29, 2014, 04:28:08 AM »
Indeed...  Do let me know if you come to this part of the world again.

Best... J. R.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 28, 2014, 11:35:08 PM »
sunset clicked recently

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