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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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EOS Bodies / Re: "Honey, I'vs never seen it this hard before..."
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:09:21 PM »

My issue, and question is simply that I'm blown away that I need to buy the same gear to shoot a few sharp pics of my son!

That's all...

I don't understand why you need to get a FF if that is all that you are going to shoot.

If you do really want a FF, get a 6D, use focus with the center point and crop - with the high MP sensors these days, it works well enough for family photos (I don't suppose you are not going in for very large prints for what you say you are going to shoot).

Cameras are just tools, see what you are going to shoot and get the gear accordingly. For simple family photos, why not simply stick to the 70D ... the AF is good enough, isn't it?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:01:07 PM »
sorry if I sound like a noob but what do you mean by a rectilinear lens?

Non fisheye

Thanks ... Sometimes this optical terminology gets incomprehensible for me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens
« on: January 25, 2014, 11:52:30 AM »
sorry if I sound like a noob but what do you mean by a rectilinear lens?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm or Tamron 24-70mm
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:46:46 AM »

3) Look for versatility at first and add specialty when you can afford it.

THAT, is some of the most sensible piece of advice ... +1

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Photography Technique / Re: How to replicate a 'look'?
« on: January 21, 2014, 09:10:49 AM »
When you say exposing for the skin, what's the easiest way to do this?

Gee, that's basic Zone System stuff.

Not too sure that DSLR users these days learn the Zone system.

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Lighting / Re: Advice needed for Elinchroms
« on: January 18, 2014, 09:03:13 PM »
Thanks a lot for the replies which has made things quite clear in my mind.

I have ordered the strobes and will give it a go with the manual mode for now even though it feels a bit above my head :) it's another steep learning curve I guess.

The FRX 400 is basically the 400w strobes made by Elinchrom in India. Getting these locally in india is costing me less than $500 which I feel is a good price :)

The dealer who is selling the Elinchroms told me that he would be getting a cheap 3rd party trigger/transceiver in the next 15 days which will be able to trigger the strobes as well as the flash ... Youngnuo perhaps! I'll let you know

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

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.

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Software & Accessories / Re: ND Grad filters question
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:04:52 PM »
3 stop soft grad gets the most use. The 2 stop is used only if I need to stack the filters to get 5 stops.

If it is only 2 stops, you can probably work around in PP.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera focusing
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:04:34 AM »
Operator error most likely. Not everyone is comfortable with the hand positioning in portrait orientation.

If things don't work out, try using a grip and see if it makes a difference (it should).

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Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:47:49 PM »
I've had this with my 40mm as well as on the 7D (now sold). Not an issue on the other bodies though. It probably depends on the lens/camera combo used.

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