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Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:09:36 AM »
Before I changed this menu setting, I had many moments where I was taking pics thinking I was getting great stuff, only to realize I didn't have a card in my camera.  Luckily I chimp way more than I should so I didn't get too far into the shoot before realizing.  Glad you can turn this feature off.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:57:03 PM »
Do any of y'all shoot the 85 L in a studio setting with a solid color background.  Other than the blurring of the nose and face, it seems like it would be a waste.

I never shoot in studio so I love this lens because with the subject isolation it can turn any environment into a "studio."  Obviously shooting in a real studio with a solid backdrop you don't have cool/interesting bokeh to look at so you probably don't need that much subject isolation.  It is an expensive lens but I still wouldn't say it is a waste to use it for studio.  The thing is pretty ridiculously sharp (although I've hear really good things about the 1.8 versions as well, especially at smaller aperatures).  I really like the way this lens renders colors and tones as well.  Definitely expensive, but worth it in my opinion.  I've also heard the 85 1.8 has some pretty bad purple fringing.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:50:05 PM »
I meant to share these a while ago, but only got the change to try and process the rest recently. Even with HDR, I couldn't really work out the kinks in most of the images...not in a reasonable amount of time anyway. These are the three that came out decently well:

Hope you enjoy.

These are great.  What lens were these shot with?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:24:18 PM »
My little guy

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji X100T
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:26:43 AM »
It's missing the leaf shutter, which is one of my favorite features of the X100S.

I think I read that it does in fact still have the leaf shutter, it just utilizes the electronic shutter for the ridiculously fast shutter speeds (1/32,000)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:41:03 AM »
Yeah, but how is the bokeh on this thing?  And can you reverse mount it for macro?  :P

Animal Kingdom / Re: Cuteness Overload
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:03:45 PM »
These are great, brought a smile to my face.  Thanks for sharing.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:18:51 AM »
Last one I promise… sorry, I'm a proud papa

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:13:19 AM »
A couple of pics of our family's newest addition

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: May 01, 2014, 03:02:13 PM »
Puppy love

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 05:29:02 PM »
Leica M  ;)

Are you shooting with the camera in RAW or jpeg?  Part of the reason I want to get this camera is because i've read that the jpeg files straight out are pretty good.  I do all of my "serious shooting" with my 5dIII in raw and then post process  but I kind of like the idea of having a camera that I can use casually and get good pics straight out without worrying about when I'll have a chance to edit them later.  Everybody I talk to says they love it and it seems like the ideal "walk around" camera.  I find myself not bringing my 5dIII certain places just because it can be a bit cumbersome.

… they came out with the x100s in all black.  I guess I'm going to have to save up $1299. ha ha.

This is only interesting if you like high dynamic range   :P

Photography Technique / Re: shooting reverse mounted lenses for macro
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:30:03 PM »
Hi Pinchers of Peril.
I have the reverse mount adaptor that fits a lens straight to the body, cost a couple of quid from HK for a trial, there are adaptors with power to the lens via a cord and body simulator ring, thes are very expensive! My basic reverser did highlight the shallow DOF with a 17-85 wide open, I tried a picture of the carpet fibres, DOF so thin that the cats whisker on the carpet was in focus, the tips of the carpet fibres weren't. I can see the merit of getting a manual lens of fixed focal length to be able to do this better.
I also have some fairly cheap extension tubes, came as a set, wih metal mounts and plastic barrels with electrical contacts. I have had better success with these as there is a bit more DOF available, but as they were a Christmas present I was forbidden from getting out all my gear for the test run Christmas day. So I ended up hand holding the test shots and haven't had the time to find a subject and set up properly for a decent test yet.
Conclusion, if I had a manual lens I probably would not have bought the extension tubes, I think the tubes make for easier macro work so far. My limited experience would suggest that the two methods have very different results regarding magnification, seemed much greater on the reversed lens, though this may be a function of the lens I tried?

Cheers Graham.

Yeah I think I might go the extender route and see how that goes.  It seems a little more practical.

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