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Lenses / 2x cpl as nd fader?
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:57:01 PM »
I recently bought a 10 stop nd filter and a cpl filter. Since the 10 stop is very nice for the usual people removal, water/sky blur as predicted by some it has to be accompanied by a brighter nd filter to complete the setup.

Question: I read that the nd faders are nothing more than two polarizers together, so if I add another b+w xs-pro mrc2 cpl to my existing b+w slim mrc that should do the trick?

This is my current research concerning the "stacked" solution, it even seems to have advantages...

(-) vignetting on ultrawide if stacking the same size
(-) more hassle to adjust, no scale
(-) iq loss due to more space between filters(?)
(-) uv leakage in addition to ir (like in non hot-mirror nd filters)

(+) another cpl is cheaper than a vari-nd
(+) cleanable since the two glass layers can be removed
(+) both filters usable independently
(+) it's possible to adjust the rear polarizer angle, important for the usual cpl shots with added nd effect

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:44:49 AM »
Fyi: Celebrating the first anniversary of the 600ex-rt I put up a poll about the rt successor of the 430ex2:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:27:44 AM »
Fyi: I recently ordered 3 different type/sizes of cheap rip-offs of the new Canon caps (complete with Canon print :-)) from China/HK, and ...

* In one type, the clip system isn't very smooth so it doesn't really snap but I have to push the clips outwards (though I might find some way to grease them :-p)
* In another type the Canon print only consists of type stickers that instantly fell off :->
* Another type is really good, though it's nearly impossible to tell one type from the other:

Still, if you have time enough to wait for the delivery it's worth trying a few since they are so cheap, and it's much easier using these with the lens hood on than the older Canon system with the clips on the outside.

Lighting / POLL: When will Canon release the 430ex2 successor with rt?
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:17:25 AM »
It has been nearly a year after the 600ex-rt release, and not even a rumor has surfaced about the 430ex2 succesor - just the theory that Canon is bound to update the "little brother" sooner or later. Will they indeed? Vote here and let's see

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d w/ eos remote and tablet connection?
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:18:21 AM »
I have the 6d and Nexus 7.  I have used the eos remote app to view and take shots with the 6d.  Compatibility is great. It just works! hope that helps.

It does :-), though I'm wondering why Canon writes that it isn't guaranteed to work - maybe they only test it on phones and/or the non-adapting resolution is the reason.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:15:44 AM »
decreased battery performance of the camera (as it also needs to provide additional power for that function)

The rt control needs only short bursts of radio activity, I doubt it'll be such a wifi drain as constant wifi operation with high data rates (eos remote).

The real drawback would be that like the 6d, there has to be some part of the camera w/o metal casing to reach enough distance/power and/or low battery consumption - but unlike gps this part hasn't to be where the built-in flash is (Rebels) or would be (6d).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d w/ eos remote and tablet connection?
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:16:36 PM »
I am currently waiting for my 6D to come and I'm gonna test it with my friend's Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and 2 other Android devices so I could tell in a couple of days.

I'd appreciate that!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6d w/ eos remote and tablet connection?
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:37:39 PM »
Since I'll buy a 6d sooner or later, I'll need/want a compatible Android device for eos remote. Trouble is: Canon states that *tablets* are not guaranteed to work - has anyone got something like the Nexus 7 and tried it or are there any other links with experiences on this?

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:19:20 PM »
The Nikon SB-910, the top of the range Nikon flash that does not have radio, costs $549.95, the Canon EX600-RT costs $559

Looking at current prices the Nikon is €389 and the Canon is €519 - so the competition is 25% cheaper. The 600rt is still a good product (that's why I bought one), but Canon will exploit their tech leadership as long as it's possible. I'm hoping 3rd party manufacturers will reverse engineer the rt protocol asap...

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:44:23 AM »
Another point for cons:
  • Still no remote 2nd curtain sync though the change to the rt protocol would have been the perfect opportunity

I wonder if they (through firmware) will allow for flash control with the 600EX-RT using the 6D's wireless system.  I would hope that, at minumum, future bodies would have that master control built in.

I doubt Canon will take the trouble to feature-update the 6d firmware, at least if the 6d is selling ok. and the competition hasn't followed up, but as others has written why stop selling 600rt or st-e3 units as controllers until then? But maybe that's just me being overcritical of Canon's money grabbing marketing :-p

For rt control not being included in the first place my guess is that Canon didn't want to add a really good feature except for the low light af center point that the 5d3 hasn't... plus the dev cycle for the 6d seems to have been very short, so they just added out of the box gps (w/o compass) and wifi chips.

Adding rt might even be not possible at all because the radio chip is hardwired to wifi standard and cannot be modified for custom protocols.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:36:14 AM »
The first sentence may sound witty to you, but to others it smacks of arrogance. So, both sentences combined sound unpleasant to a native speaker.

Ok, thanks for explaining - I didn't want to annoy you, why would I? I'm just trying to spread news about Magic Lantern to keep the project alive and kicking. That often means convincing people that ml is not a hack or dangerous, but in this case the the reverse: people asking for a direct download link plus a installation instruction obviously aren't familiar with ml and aren't meant to use bleeding edge releases.

Reviews / Re: 6D Review (German)
« on: February 26, 2013, 01:58:46 AM »
i wouldnt worry about sharpness too much

I don't do that either anymore since I recently calculated what mp count is for what print size, and 100% pixel sharpness @20mp is seldom necessary - though very nice for some headroom in postprocessing and to play with, esp. with macro shots. Another reason is that my lenses aren't the sharpest possible - so for example with the Tamron 24-70vc it's good to have a 6d, while with a super-sharp prime or the €2000 Canon 24-70ii some might find it a little frustrating that the lens outperforms the sensor.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 25, 2013, 06:57:11 PM »
Don't be patronising. Many of my colleagues are Nobel Laureates and they don't talk condescendingly like that.

I'm impressed :-> ... but I wasn't patronizing, actually I did some work for you and found the links you requested but am missing a "thank you" so far.

The fact that the ml website doesn't advertise dev versions is really not a bug but a feature: a simple Google search for "magic lantern nightly" turns up the link I posted as the first result, and if that's not enough then the general user crowd with a "service, please!" approach are meant to use the official releases as it needs some willingness to invest work to use bleeding edge builds.

It's like the novice at the do-it-yourself machine shop asking where the on / off switch is on the four-ton hydraulic press. If you have to ask, it's not for you.

Thanks for verifying, English is not my first language and I never quite know how it comes across. Btw unfortunately ml really has teeth as the devs have bricked several (sponsored) cameras, but they usually manage to recover them. somehow.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:07:10 PM »
I don't know whether the "nightly build" is in the version on the front page. So, tell us precisely what version to download of the 5D III, with the link to that version, please.

It's simple - if you don't find it you're not supposed to use it, unlike the stable release builds the nightlies aren't even beta quality but alpha that might brick your camera. So for most people (that includes you as far as I can see) it's best to wait for the official next package with a pretty documentation and updated help files...

But if you want to try it anyway (installation is the same as the release ml, just replace autoexec.bin with a newer version):

And here the changelog to see what's included in the trunk build:

The 5d3 might not be included in the nightlies yet, so look in the forum thread for afma support and a recently compiled version:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How Do You Clean your sensor? And how often?
« on: February 24, 2013, 06:05:18 PM »
The butterfly brush seems awfully pricey for my needs, however. (Maybe I can modify a ten dollar electric toothbrush).

It is, and I guess it's the one thing you don't really need from the lensrentals method - the blower, silicon stamp and brush are less expensive. Concerning the swabs the lensrentals guy says that wet cleaning is a pita because it leaves smears, and he should know and I believe him - that's why I went the dry cleaning way.

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