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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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

Site Information / Re: ad choices embedded in the forums
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:25:20 PM »
The ad choices are based on your recent surfing information gathered by the browsers. If you are seeing ads which you would not rather see, you will need to look into what websites were accessed from your computer recently.

Lenses / Re: canon 70-200f2.8L is USM ii vs tamron 70-200 2.8 VR
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:00:17 AM »
My question is, is it worth an extra $1000?


The Tamron seems impressive for the price, but it the Canon that much better?

As far as i am concerned, It is substantially better

If it is, I will wait and save for for it. Thoughts?

Try both and see whether you can live with the difference in IQ.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:43:16 AM »
Blue tit, photographed in my garden in The Netherlands.


Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:39:31 AM »
One of the plain ole Western Bluebird males that decided to perch in front of me this last Sunday.

Beautiful shot. Nicely done ERHP

+1 ... Lovely

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:38:06 AM »
I had convinced myself that I didn't need an Ultra-wide angle lens. I found myself rejecting three copies of the 16-35 II by seeking out softness in the corners. Well, the 16-35 II lens has been delivered to me earlier today.

Ughhh ... this seems to go on forever.

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:44:29 AM »
Zeiss is releasing two more Otus lenses, 85/1.4 in 2014, followed by a "wide angel"/1.4. Having seen the exceptional performance from the 55/1.4, these may be very difficult to resist ...  ::)

LOL ... we are really waiting for that ... made by Zeiss!  ;D ;D

I've known a few wide angels, but I prefer the thin ones. More likely to be made in Budapest than by Zeiss  ;)

Eehhh ... That´s the thing about language, especially when it´s not your native tounge. There are always double meanings and room for interpretation ::)

Norway (and maybe also Sweden) had a Honda called Jazz. In all other countries they were called Honda Fitta. Which for most people is OK. But for us it translates to Honda The Cunt, so they renamed it Jazz ;)

Yes ... I understood that it was a typo - angel instead of angle. I'm a non-native English speaking person and face such issues plenty of times.

But just couldn't resist commenting on the wide-angel  ;)

Lenses / Re: 85L mkii soft at longer distances?
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:53:01 AM »
AFMA values are known to change for the subject distance - though the values should start to normalize at the latter end. Have you tried doing AFMA at more than 50x?

I would also agree with mackguyver that it is difficult to get critical focus at f/1.2 at longer subject distance. You would not know what part of the contrast is the AF point locking on to. The AF points are larger than what they appear on the viewfinder so don't be surprised if the AF locks on to the eyebrow instead of the eye resulting in soft photos.

Hope this helps ... J.R.

Lenses / Re: Should I go for the 85mm F1.2L II USM ?
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:46:38 AM »

At last I managed somehow to save up some $$$ to purchase and upgrade my equipment especially my lenses. So one of THE lenses I was aiming for is the king of Bokeh .. THE 85mm F1.2L II USM, well it's Expensive alright but from what I see it's really worth the cash, but what confused me is that I've heard some complaints about it's performance in low light and how it keeps hunting for focus though it's a USM name holder, I'm about the fact that I might not be comfortable with it since focusing speed is an issue for me personally and might be for others as well, so should I go for it or wait if there's an upcoming upgrade ..

And thanks in advance ^^

No, this lens doesn't hunt in low light. Avoid focus from infinity to close up - AF is slow when you in this situation.

Agreed that there is no hunting at all. For focusing from infinity to close up or vice versa, simply use the manual override and let the AF take it from there to speed up matters.

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