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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:21:23 AM »

I think I am convinced to get the EF 24-70 F/2.8L Version II. I know there were some issues with a clicking noise with one of the rings. Focus/zoom, I don't remember which one. The Forum owner had posted some insider info about this informing about the serial numbers or dates of manufacture that were affected. Do you know where I can find that post? I tried searching but couldn't locate it. And do you know if that issue is now resolved or still ongoing? Thanks,
Ray

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Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:30:14 AM »
Try this - go into the Live View menu settings and then into the Silent Live View shooting mode settings. Change the setting to “Disable” and it should work.  The first two silent Live View settings also disable the use of flash and screw up the older TS-E lens and extension tube exposures and I think it screw up the the cable release function as well.

Done. Haven't tested it though. Any downside of leaving in the disable mode? I just want to keep it simple and not have to switch back and forth unless I really need to. Thanks
Ray, the only downside is that you can't see the effects of changing the exposure when you use exposure compensation.  It will display a nice bright image regardless of your exposure settings.  If you cycle the Info button to show the histogram, or check the capture/histogram after taking a photo it's not a big deal.  The upside is that it's a lot easier to focus in dark conditions.

Also, quick mode uses phase detect AF which isn't always reliable in low light.  The slower contrast AF is generally the most accurate way to AF and actually works in lower light than phase AF.  Just make sure to give it an area with some contrast.
But if I am in the Tv mode I should be able to see the exposure difference in Live View?

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:17:14 AM »
Wow! I never thought the MK2 version is known to be that much better. That means getting new filters as well. Ouch!

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:35:41 PM »
From a legitimate and reputable dealer? And if any issues crop up do you deal with CPW or the dealer?
Have there been times that the deal is better than advertised ? Thanks

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:06:12 PM »
just checked out their website. Sounds pretty straightforward and legit. Anyone who has direct experience with them?

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:23:13 PM »
I looked around and the price is currently $2099. Any upcoming or anticipated deals? Thanks

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Lenses / EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 03:15:03 PM »
Hi,
I have the F2.8L version 1 for the last several years and it has served well. I think it's time to move on.  Wanted to see opinions about going for the Version 2, F4 version and why? I want to stick to Canon. The F2.8 II is quite pricey at $2099 currently. I am not sure I can get more than $800-900 for my current one. Also, there was an issue with some noise coming from the newer version( I remember that there were specific serial numbers that were affected), is that issue resolved? I like to do low light photography and landscape. Please suggest. Thanks,
Ray

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:53:07 PM »
Sorry for the delay in answering, but I just got back from my travels.

I thought a screen capture video would better illustrate the technique so here it is.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/12hc32ci12qscvx/content%20aware%20scale.mp4?dl=0

Obviously I am not very good at videos and was using a laptop through my desktop screen and kept using the wrong keyboard, and the audio sucks! But hopefully this is a good illustration of the technique and will continue the discussion.

Of course you can fine tune the technique and do the conversion in stages to better control what gets pulled etc, as I said, every image and output will probably require a different combination of techniques.

Fantastic! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. This exemplifies a couple of things.
- My total ignorance about PS
- Logan had correctly pointed out that I was thinking too hard but what PS can do is even beyond my imagination!
Thanks again!

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Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:56:11 PM »
for night shots, if you have trouble with manual focus (use 10x live view zoom to help), focus once, then switch to manual focus at the lens. then if you dont change subjects or bump the focus ring, you can easily keep the same focus.

you should be able to take note of when the camera is struggling to find focus, it will cycle back and forth through the whole range looking for something. if you have the focus points in blackness it will not work, you need something there for it to "see". if its not even trying to focus, then its a problem with the settings and your release, like others suggested.

Good suggestion. Will do. Thanks

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Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:55:33 PM »
Try this - go into the Live View menu settings and then into the Silent Live View shooting mode settings. Change the setting to “Disable” and it should work.  The first two silent Live View settings also disable the use of flash and screw up the older TS-E lens and extension tube exposures and I think it screw up the the cable release function as well.

Done. Haven't tested it though. Any downside of leaving in the disable mode? I just want to keep it simple and not have to switch back and forth unless I really need to. Thanks

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Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:53:51 PM »
I have noticed the live view focus is a lot slower in low light, so my guess is it couldn't get focus. You could try "quick focus" in live view, manual pg 207, and see if that helps. But I would use manual focus at night.

I think this was the problem. Is there a downside to leaving it in the "quick mode"?

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Photography Technique / Re: Square or not?
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:10:51 PM »
Square. The subject gets more isolated and hence gets more emphasis that way.

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:17:22 AM »
its stretched out, but that might work for you. check the stairs in the bottom left and the tree.

ray, you are over thinking this buddy. you have a rectangle A, and you want it to be a rectangle B. forget the numbers. how do you make one rectangle into a different shaped rectangle?

ADD some material (white space to cut off, cloned sky, black silhouette if possible)
SUBTRACT some material (crop to the correct aspect)
STRETCH it (only works with some subjects)

if you wanted a tall narrow print and you took a wide thin panorama, what would you need to fix it? think about it. the differences between your picture and the available print sizes are smaller, but no different.

PS: metal prints are available in any shape or size you want. even custom shapes. try a different source maybe. regardless, it will look great, black and white night shots look amazing on aluminum.

http://www.adoramapix.com/app/products/metalprints

8x12 is 29.99 i think...

Logan,
I agree that I am thinking too much into this. I need to be patient and learn. I think I got a bit frustrated that I'd rather spend more time shooting than behind the laptop but I understand that the latter is important as well. Though I would love to know what PVD did to stretch the image without it appearing distorted. What I did eventually is had a 12 by 18 metal done offered by the same lab. This will be my first so lets see how it turns out. They are expensive. Adoramapix is cheaper than the lab I am trying but I was not happy with the trial paper prints that they sent. They are sending a second set without the color corrections, so lets see. Thanks for you kind words.

it IS distorted, look at the bottom left. the tree is fat and the lines in the sidewalk are jaggy.
you are looking for a magic bullet. there isn't one. in limited circumstances you can edit more content into the picture, depending on your skill in PS, but that is the exception, not the rule. leaving the subject filling less of the frame gives you more room to crop. you filled the frame with the tower, and you have no room to crop.
Sure it is stretched but to me it is within acceptable range. What I meant is with the stretch it was still within acceptable distortion. I think what I am finding out is I have to keep these factors in mind when composing the shot. So far all I did was get the best shot disregarding everything else connected to post processing.  I understand that the magic bullet doesn't exist. Thanks

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:21:18 PM »
Yup, have been reading some interesting posts. Feel slightly better now.  ;)

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:46:40 AM »
its stretched out, but that might work for you. check the stairs in the bottom left and the tree.

ray, you are over thinking this buddy. you have a rectangle A, and you want it to be a rectangle B. forget the numbers. how do you make one rectangle into a different shaped rectangle?

ADD some material (white space to cut off, cloned sky, black silhouette if possible)
SUBTRACT some material (crop to the correct aspect)
STRETCH it (only works with some subjects)

if you wanted a tall narrow print and you took a wide thin panorama, what would you need to fix it? think about it. the differences between your picture and the available print sizes are smaller, but no different.

PS: metal prints are available in any shape or size you want. even custom shapes. try a different source maybe. regardless, it will look great, black and white night shots look amazing on aluminum.

http://www.adoramapix.com/app/products/metalprints

8x12 is 29.99 i think...

Logan,
I agree that I am thinking too much into this. I need to be patient and learn. I think I got a bit frustrated that I'd rather spend more time shooting than behind the laptop but I understand that the latter is important as well. Though I would love to know what PVD did to stretch the image without it appearing distorted. What I did eventually is had a 12 by 18 metal done offered by the same lab. This will be my first so lets see how it turns out. They are expensive. Adoramapix is cheaper than the lab I am trying but I was not happy with the trial paper prints that they sent. They are sending a second set without the color corrections, so lets see. Thanks for you kind words.

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