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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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Canon General / Re: recover JPEG photos
« on: January 28, 2014, 04:22:23 AM »
Hi,
The one I recommend definitely works on a card that is formatted in camera, formatted hard drive on pc etc..
http://pc-inspector-smart-recovery.en.softonic.com/download

Cheers Graham.

do these softwares work if the cf card has been re formatted in the camera or only if they have been deleted?

It depends on the type of format you do in camera. The 6D provides an option of a "low level format" of a SD Card which writes zero values to the memory. The images are no longer recoverable in such a case.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:24:44 PM »
If this lens is ever brought to the market, will it have a bulbous front element? and could that change with whether it is a f/2.8 or f/4?

It will be bulbous either way...that has to do with angle of view. The size of the element will change depending on f/2.8 or f/4. The front element is ultimately what's responsible for gathering the required quantity of light. The gargantuan Nikon 6mm fisheye could have been smaller if it wasn't f/2.8, even though the front element would have still been bulbous like that. The bulb is what allows ultra wide angle FOV, the diameter (or really, total surface area) is what affects total light gathering capacity.

Thanks for the information, I understand this now.

Users of the 17mm TSE have mentioned success with using some new filter holders. I hope using the filters on such a lens will be pretty much similar.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:16:51 PM »
If this lens is ever brought to the market, will it have a bulbous front element? and could that change with whether it is a f/2.8 or f/4?

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Lenses / Re: Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:51:36 PM »
Another thought....can't you speak to your local CPS guy???usually they will help.

I have my doubts with the abilities of CPS in India but nevertheless, I'll try that and see what gives ... Maybe they can loan me one!

Thanks ... J.R.

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Lenses / Re: Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:48:51 PM »

That's a real shame you can't try one, I don't know why Canon don't push it more!!
Well I'm sure you'll love the 200-560 f4-5.6 (which is what it really is...!!) but I hope you aren't planning to carry it a long way!!

Don't know where you are geographically, I've lent mine to a few guys in Scotland and they've al bought them!!

I plan to carry it in my car for the long hauls and thereafter with a tripod (with gimbal) / monopod. That said, I think I need to hit the gym and work on my upper body, I might be able to use it handheld for more than a couple of minutes ;D

I'm based in India and the DO lenses are seldom seen here (at least I haven't seen any).

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Lenses / Re: Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:20:56 PM »
Thanks everyone for commenting. I've "convinced" myself that I "need" to get a 400mm f/4L IS for myself and so will be buying the 200-400mm f/4L IS later this March. I've given up my earlier plans (for now) for the 300 f/2.8L II and the 600 f/4L II in favour of the zoom. Versatility first and the speciality lens can follow later. 

I'd consider the DO lens but am just not convinced with it given that I cannot even try one in my country (nobody I know has this lens and it hopelessly out of stock with the Canon stores here).

Cheers ... J.R.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:12:04 PM »
I wish it was f/2.8...

The price might go near $3000 for that...
I understand that.  ;)

I don't really understand that, but I expect that ... even if it is f/4 ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: "Honey, I'vs never seen it this hard before..."
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:11:17 PM »
Just get the D700. If it your mind it has better IQ than the 6D and you can get it for half the price then it sounds like the way to go.

+1 ... additionally, sell the Canon gear you are using for video and get a camcorder.

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