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Software & Accessories / Re: Photostitch ain't perfect, or is it me?
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:33:59 PM »
It isn't too bad, I'm sure there are people who are more adept at panos here than I am.  I got similar results from it, it is good for the price but PS really is better at it.  :-/

Jim

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Lenses / Re: Upgrading lenses for college student
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:17:29 PM »
The Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (non-VC) was good to me, even if the zoom ring goes the wrong way and it hums a little when it focuses.  Also I saw an article here about a Samyang (?) 50 f/1.8 which sounded competitive with the Canon one.  I tried a 28-135 briefly, I didn't see any reason to complain.

If you're near a camera store, try a few different lengths and see if there are any different focal lengths you like that you don't have.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: 17-40 ---> 16-35 f4
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:49:15 PM »
I've used all three and the 16-35 f/4 is the only one I'll keep.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: new TS-e lenses ?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:46:26 PM »
Would anyone like to see a tripod collar included in the new designs?

I wouldn't, front movements are infinitely more powerful than rear movements and most of the collar designs convert the lens to a rear movement camera. The oft talked about parallax 'issue' is, really, a non issue talked about by those that don't actually do shift stitching and on the very rare occasions it might impact the image is simple to negate. Even the most often linked article pointing out the 'issue' is a bit of a fake, the example they use is not actually from a 135 format camera!

I'm interested in a Schneider 50 PC-TS but that is a good point; it comes with a collar with an integral ARCA-Swiss dovetail but I'm suddenly not sure how it attaches.  Thanks!

Jim

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I have a Vello Freewave and little incentive to bother with anything else as result; if they're attractive there then I suggest they're worth a look.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: What monitor????
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:58:45 PM »
I have an LG 27EA33, it's probably out of production but it'd be a good deal if you can find one used.  In my experience with Win7 and NVidia display adapters, connecting via DVI rather than HDMI gives better results when calibrating a display.

Jim

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Wedding Photography / Re: Bride + Softbox + OCC + Hotel Lobby
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:53:14 PM »
The first one is good, but the second one is out of the park.

Jim

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Wedding Photography / Re: Bride + Softbox + OCC + Hotel Lobby
« on: January 16, 2015, 08:07:22 AM »
Off-camera cable perhaps?  Anyway she looks terrific in this; I'm not sure about the big reflections in her eyes but I'm also not sure what I'd do to change it.

Jim

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Lenses / Re: TS-E Depth of Field newbie question
« on: January 13, 2015, 01:02:46 AM »
I don't have a good answer, but I'd like to hear what's out there.

Jim

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The last one I don't mind, the first three give me the willies.

Jim

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Post Processing / Re: Choose a Monitor?
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:59:48 AM »
It's probably out of stock but I have an LG 27EA33, it was about $300.  Something like that and a calibrator will make good use of your budget; I have an x-rite i1 display pro, best money I ever spent on anything.

If you have an HDMI port on your laptop you might not get the best picture though; I've found that the same display adapter calibrates poorly when connected to the display via HDMI but properly when connected via DVI.  I can't speak for Displayport, never tried it.  VGA is right out.  That is strictly my experience though; if it calibrates well you're set.

Jim

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Black & White / Re: How do I improve this picture?
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:31:51 PM »
Tiny bit of foreground light maybe?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 28-300L 'super-zoom'
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:34:43 AM »
I tried one briefly at Image Square; compared to lenses which do a better job over narrower zoom ranges it was underwhelming at best.  There are enough choices in 24-70 and 70-200 (plus a 1.4x if you need) that the only real appeal is taking it into environments where you really don't want to change lenses.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:37:55 PM »
One thing to consider is that in my experience having multiple monitors on a single consumer-class video cards means you can calibrate for one but not both; I had two Asus VH242H monitors on separate low-zoot video cards and that worked alright.  I mean it worked alright until I got a half-decent IPS panel and realized how terrible the Asus ones looked in comparison, but that's life.

One display setup I'd like to try is one of those square Eizo panels coming out soon enough with a 16:9 portrait display on either side.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:32:41 PM »
Does it need to fit in a carry-on?

Jim

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