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Software & Accessories / Re: Phottix Aion vs Hahnel Giga pro T II
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:57:15 PM »
Don't know about the Phottix but the Hahnel Giga T pro works fantastic. Only concern on my part is that the Hahnel falls "asleep" fairly quickly.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Adobe CC going to plan?
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:54:52 PM »
Hi J.R,

As you know that in a country like ours (India) piracy is a major issue ... outside any railway station in Mumbai you will see pirated software, movies, songs etc are sold for dirt cheap rates ... Adobe loses millions of dollars each year because of this piracy (not to mention the revenue the govt loses out on its taxes). I think it is a wise move by Adobe to reduce the prices in India.
INR 499 a year is really cheap (even a one way taxi ride from Mumbai airport to my former home, in Mumbai, costs more than that), so I'm sure that many of the people, who are used to buying pirated software, would want to convert to this new subscription service ... I am pretty sure the prices will eventually rise, but in my opinion, I do not think the price rise will be significant, because if Adobe subscription rise is significant then people in India, China etc will once again go back to piracy and Adobe will only end up losing money in that market.
Having said that, if I'm not wrong didn't you recently buy the 600mm f/4 IS II or the 300 f/2.8 lens? ... man that is one heck of an expensive lens, so for a classy/posh hobbyist like you, I doubt it'd be a big deal if they raised the subscription price by ten fold ;) ;D

Yes, but the 499 price is for each month with a commitment for a year. But it really is OK once you get your head around it.

I agree that piracy is a big issue out here ... I've had people tell that I'm crazy that I actually "buy" software because everyone is so used to pirated software which can be "purchased" from hawkers (I'll post a picture of them soon) at crossroads in even the smallest of towns here. TBH, I've gone down that road previously but ... its been more than 10 years ... NEVER AGAIN!

On the lenses ... I've been saving up for a 600mm but I've changed my plan recently. Now I'm getting the 200-400 f/4 + 1.4x TC in April. I'm a firm believer that versatility comes first and the specialty lens follows later - and also because I read Andy Rouse's blogs.

The 200-400 will be followed with a 600mm prime later this year (unless Canon releases a new 800mm, phew) and that should very well be the end of my lens buying project - I did get a 17mm TSE recently and that needs to be added to my signature  ;)

Posh hobbyist ... yeah, I've had that from a a lot of people but then its all been managed with simply changing my spending habits and most of all by not getting a number of things that I wanted to buy, not to mention a new Volkswagen Passat (which I initially wanted and which would have probably cost much more than my cameras and lenses put together).

As always in life, it's all about priorities and the choices you make.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:34:13 PM »
Gee, I wouldn't mind a market of just 6000 sales per year for my own products.

Yeah, but I'm guessing you're not a Fortune 500 company with a $35B market cap, right?   ;)

I'd guess the proper words here should be -

"you're not a Fortune 500 company with a $35B market cap with a forum where one can bitch about almost everything you do"  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Is Adobe CC going to plan?
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:33:19 AM »
I've been looking at Adobe CC for some time now - for the past many days I've been using the trial versions and boom, the prices of Adobe CC for the combo of PS and LR have been reduced further in my country (India). The combo is now available for one year for INR 499 - equivalent to US$ 8 per month - much lower than the INR 1,000 per software which was the launch price. 

I'm happy with CC as the total cost of upgrading on CC works out substantially lower than going the whole hog on updating the standalone version.

That said, given the huge price cuts, I wonder if the entire CC is going to plan?

My personal take is that Adobe is just lowering prices to get people to buy into the system. I feel the prices will be raised (maybe substantially) once they have sufficient CC subscribers - it will be a bad move for hobbyists like me but then, who knows ...

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Dear Surapon,

You Sir are truly amazing and an inspiration for me to start exercising.

Wish you the best of health and happy shooting.

Cheers ... J.R.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS lens
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:58:15 AM »
840 g? The Canon 70-200 f/4 IS only weighs 760 and is lighter on the wallet as well, by $ 200.

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Are you trying to get the shutters synchronized so they both work with the same flash pulse?

that got me thinking. I can trigger two cameras using the 600RTs but Canon mentions that there is no way to guarantee it and thus disables multiple flash shooting in this mode.

Is there a way to do it? 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX AF guidebook updated by Canon
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:23:30 AM »
Guide updated in February 2014

http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/1dx_guidebook.shtml

Will anything similar trickle down to the 5D3? Somehow, I don't think so ... I could use Auto-ISO with EC in manual mode  :'( :'(

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DO NOT FORMAT!!!!
Before taking this step, I concur in getting a card reader and then seeing if any of a number of recovery software programs will find the images. 
Once you format the card, the chances of recovery go down, so only do this if the above mentioned steps do not work.
I have been successful in recovering images of a corrupted CF card with Rescue Pro in the past, but there are many equivalent programs available out there.
And (would of, could of, should of), in the future, I'd copy and paste the images from the card to the computer using a card reader.  Once I verified the images were on the computer, then, and only then, would I delete the images from the card.  This is a belt and suspenders approach but it is easy to copy the files again if they are still easily available on the card.

In my experience, formatting doesn't make any difference in the ability to recover files as long as it is not a low level format (which writes zeros to the memory rendering data unrecoverable). What formatting will do however is show all the files recoverable and you will have to sift through the gigantic number of files (including your temporary internet files) to trace the ones that you need to recover. 

Look at it this way -

a) you deleted some files ---> run recovery software ---> images show up in the recovery program ---> recover images
b) you deleted some files ---> disk formatted ---> run recovery software ---> all files on the drive show up in the recovery program ---> identify the files you need (maybe with trial & error method) ---> recover images

I know which method I'd choose  :)

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:02:24 AM »
Reading this just confirms my habit to instantly throw away any lens cap I get with a lens into the trashcan.

Never ever took a picture with a cap on since i never ever used one in the first place.
I think taking a picture with a really dirty filter is just as bad as taking a picture with the cap on. All the extra PPing isn't worth it! If you're in the habit of cleaning your filter every time you take a picture then you'll notice it's not a filter but a cap. Problem solved! :)

Well, that can be avoided by not using filters either. Which i hate too. One more thing that gets me flares into my pictures. Im shooting lenses from large format to half format, from canon, hasselblad, leica, rollei, sinar, zeiss, whatever for a decade now .. Never ever used a cap or filter, heck i dont even own a photo bag. I just trow everything into backpack and go ..

that's fine but sometime try CPL and a ND400 filter and see what you can do with them. they can allow you to do otherwise impossible things. but if you don't shoot people, windows, bottoms of rivers or waterfalls, you might find them less useful. Still, a good excuse to try something different :) (Then you can also use LF for longer shutter speeds... But no CPL! CPL can help with skies and reflections :) )

Yes ... difficult to image life without a CPL. Only trouble is to ensure that I carry it along. I left mine going for the auto-expo and the glare has done its black magic on a fair few shots  >:(

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Lenses / Re: DxO Review of the Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD Canon
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:39:41 PM »
Am I right that their scores only refer to image quality?


Nope ... No one knows how DXO arrives at its scores. Check out the recent DXO bashing thread that was pretty active for the past few days

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I get not wanting to attach a Canon zoom, but it's perhaps worth pointing out that you retain a small form factor if you attach one of the smaller Canon primes (I've used the 40mm pancake and 85mm 1.8).  Of course, focusing may not be fast enough....
I agree! ... I have been using it with 40mm, 50mm & 85mm ... I find focusing with 'foucs peaking' to be a lot more accurate and faster. Sometime in the near future, I do plan on adding the EF 24 IS, 28 f/1.8 and 35mm IS lenses.

Thanks for the tip. The only lens available as a kit lens in India is the 28-70  :(. The zeiss 55mm f/1.8 is almost 2/3rd of the Canon 50L price :o while the other lenses are coming soon >:(

Scrambled brain  ???

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I'm a bit confused ... The title of the thread refers to SX700HS and D30 while the post refers to G1X II

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Read this:
http://jonrista.com/2013/03/24/the-diffraction-myth/
So, technically speaking, stopping down to f/11 is stopping down to f/11...the ultimate result on IQ in reach-limmited scenarios (same lens, different cameras, same subject distance) is roughly the same regardless of FF vs. APS-C (technically, APS-C would actually have the edge, barring blurring from other factors...i.e. the 7D has a stronger low pass filter than the 5D III, which mitigates some of the benefit of having smaller pixels, but not entirely.) Smaller pixels will always give you a cropping advantage, and the more you stop down, the returns offered by those smaller pixels simply diminish until they offer no benefit over larger pixels (but at no point would smaller pixel EVER be "worse" than larger pixels from the standpoint of diffraction...noise is another matter.)

Jon
Beautiful webpage - thanks for the link. The so-called diffraction limit isn't a hard barrier but lowers resolution slowly as the aperture is narrowed through it. To reinforce and paraphrase what you have elegantly argued, at wide apertures, the crop sensor of the same number of megapixels as FF gives better resolution than full-frame because the pixels are 1.6x1.6 times smaller. But, when the disk of light caused by diffraction is larger than the pixels, the size of the disk limits resolution and the crop loses its resolution advantage.

That is a good succinct summary ... Thanks Alan

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This is the diffraction myth. Diffraction is diffraction, it is the same regardless of the sensor. The difference in pixel size simply means your imaging the lesser effects of diffraction sooner, but that does not make the effect worse. Diffraction is purely optical, so whether you are using a FF sensor, an APS-C sensor, or a small 4/3rds sensor with even tinier pixels, you should really NEVER worry about diffraction.

Read this:
http://jonrista.com/2013/03/24/the-diffraction-myth/

So, technically speaking, stopping down to f/11 is stopping down to f/11...the ultimate result on IQ in reach-limmited scenarios (same lens, different cameras, same subject distance) is roughly the same regardless of FF vs. APS-C (technically, APS-C would actually have the edge, barring blurring from other factors...i.e. the 7D has a stronger low pass filter than the 5D III, which mitigates some of the benefit of having smaller pixels, but not entirely.) Smaller pixels will always give you a cropping advantage, and the more you stop down, the returns offered by those smaller pixels simply diminish until they offer no benefit over larger pixels (but at no point would smaller pixel EVER be "worse" than larger pixels from the standpoint of diffraction...noise is another matter.)

Thanks for the link. Pretty good points.

I ran across this post by Roger Cicala at lensrentals blog. He comes up with roughly similar findings using narrow apertures on a D800 -

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/03/overcoming-my-fentekaphobia


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