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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:20:30 AM »
Cool shots, especially this last one.  I really like the lighting.  Using a 17mm for portraiture is quite challenging to say the least, but you kept the camera nice & level, so they turned out really well.  You must have been quite close to the actress!
He he, I got a few strange looks, when I came crawling across the floor. But the fun was to use the T&S on something as active as this and not just tripod mounted, live view architecture and interior shots. Phenomenal lens!

Interesting lighting. In this impromptu session how were you getting fill light back into the model ? It doesn't look as if there was window light from the other side of the room. Good tones and colour, would have never guessed it was 17mm.
The first was shot in a room with 2 dominating windows and nothing more (which is easy to see). The other two had windows at both sides (you can see the reflection on the painting behind her on No.2). But the almost spotlight like effect on her face was pure luck. And I agree, it does not look like typical 17mm images.

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:47:20 PM »
Cool shots, especially this last one.  I really like the lighting.  Using a 17mm for portraiture is quite challenging to say the least, but you kept the camera nice & level, so they turned out really well.  You must have been quite close to the actress!
He he, I got a few strange looks, when I came crawling across the floor. But the fun was to use the T&S on something as active as this and not just tripod mounted, live view architecture and interior shots. Phenomenal lens!

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:59:55 PM »
No.3

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:58:44 PM »
No.2

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:57:07 PM »
I was in a historic building the other day, called Alstadhaug (a famous priest and poet came from here). I was going to shoot some interiors, when an actress appeared out of nowhere, portraying a house maid. I only had the 17 TS-E lens available and only available light through the windows. Considering what I was there for, I am fairly happy with the result.

The first is when she is singing one of the priests hymns. The second is when she is going through her chest of possessions. And the last is when she is reading the love letter from Copenhagen, from he who might come ...

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Sunset at Torghatten

5DIII, 0,5s, f11, ISO100

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:30:25 PM »
Thanks a lot, much appreciated. I also appreciate your suggestion Macguyver and maybe I should be a bit more ambitious. But I also appreciate having this as a no stress, no obligation, just for fun hobby. And, all things considered, compared to some of the others here on CR, I´m not very good. I´ve been blessed with lots of good opportunity lately and it is close to impossible not to get a good shot now and then.

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I have posted some images from this mountain on other threads (17 TS-E and Initial impressions Zeiss Otus)

This is shot from within the hole in the mountain. This is a rare HDR shot of mine, with +/-3EV, in addition to a -3 underexposed, to be able to also see the islands in the sea through the hole.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:57:16 PM »
And here is the mountain, shot from the west.

5DIII, 1/50s, f11, ISO100, CPL filter

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:53:50 PM »
The view from Torghatten, a spectacular mountain on the northern coast of Norway, with a natural hole through it. This is taken from the hole.

5DIII, 1/160s, f5.6, ISO100, CPL filter

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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:49:23 PM »
This is one of the coolest mountains there is. A natural hole goes through the center of the mountain. Mankind seems insignificant when you walk through the 160 m (525 ft) long, 25–75 m (80–245 ft) high and 12–27 m (40–90 ft) wide hole that feels like a grand hall. There are of course a couple of legends on how this hole was made. Only thing we know is that it was not made by man.


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More waterfalls, This is Skogafoss further south.

5DIII, 1/640s, f7.1, ISO800 and polarizing filter
More great work and I especially like this one of the Skogafoss waterfall.  Also, on that last shot, I think you may have discovered a good reason for IS in wide angle lenses - shivering!  Obviously it didn't affect this shot, but that might be good justification to try the 16-35 /f4 IS ;)
I am on a three week trip up the north coast of Norway (most spectacular coast line you´ll find anywhere). I have one Lowpro pro trekker AW400 filled up and one pro trekker AW600 filled up, so Buying more stuff is a bit off my plans at the moment ;).
My favorite lens so far (prior to the eagles and puffins) is the Zeiss 15mm. I also expect to use the 17 and 24 TS-E lenses more. As of tomorrow, the mountains get more spectacular and then a tilt and S___ lens adds value. The new 16-35 may be good, but at the moment I am not tempted.

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From the lake Tovatna (Two waters) in Trollheimen (Home of the Trolls). If anything is gin clear, this is it.
(By the way, I have waded in to my waste. The water is about 10C/50F ... But I don´t believe you can see the shake ;))

5DIII, 1/60s, f8.0, ISO100, CPL filter

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:40:04 AM »
These tripods don't do salt water very well and if you use spikes, the end pieces have a habit of falling out. They are only push fitted in and even if one glues them in...they weirdly fall out. Every year, i've had around £110 UKP's worth of spare parts needed. I'm seriously thinking of going over to Really right Stuff in the hope their pods are more resiliant.

I've found my RRS legs to be quite robust.  I have spikes for my TVC-33, you have to swap out the 'teardrop' rubber feet but the spikes don't come off during use.
Neuro & others - have you used your RRS tripods in salt water very much?  I'm considering the TVC-33, but my tripods go in muddy/sandy salt water about 2/3 of the time I use them.
I have had my TVC-34 (and the equivalent Gitzo before that) in salt water and sand lots of times. No issues so far. I clean it in fresh water after every trip and let it air dry.

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Eldar ... Nice shots with your 15/2.8. I am jealous. Just wondering, will the Canon 16-35 IS be as good as the Zeiss in the 15-16mm range? Would like to see a comparison in a real-world situation.
Thanks!

I was never very happy with the 16-35 2.8L II. I appreciate the flexibility it provides for many photographers, but it was collecting dust with me.

The Zeiss is, within its limits (fixed focal length and manual focus), in a different league. Sharpness, distortion and CA are three areas where it really shines, compared to the 16-35. But it is not exactly cheap, so we should expect higher performance also. The closest (non-Zeiss) contender I have is the 17mm TS-E. But due to the front lens element, I end up using it without filters. The Zeiss uses a 95mm filter (terribly expensive stuff), which I have used on pretty much every picture I have taken with it.

I have no experience with the new 16-35 f4L IS.

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