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Software & Accessories / Let's talk about photographer-friendly monitors
« on: February 15, 2015, 02:33:53 PM »
I can't stand my monitor anymore, i need something better. The one i have now is a Samsung P2470HD: 24", 1920x1080, TN panel, fixed pedestal with no height/tilt setting. It's clearly not suited for photo retouching. I keep reading everywhere that IPS panels have better color accuracy, so i guess that would be my choice. I don't want to go below 24", and i'm considering 27" panels as well. My working distance is about half meter (1.5 ft) so i don't really know if it's a good idea to use a monitor larger than 24". Regarding the resolution, i think i could use some more screen space, so i think that monitors with a resolution of 2560x1440 would be the right choice. There is also a brand new 24" 4k monitor from Dell, but i don't really know if it's worth it. Maybe some retina display users can give some feedback regarding very high resolution monitors. There are also some cheap 29" 2560x1080 (21:9), has anyone got any experience with them?
Then there's the color space issue: someday i would like to be skilled enough to make pictures worth printing, will sRGB be enough in that case?
As you can see, i'm really confused. The only thing i know for sure is that i don't want to spend more than 500€. :D
Is there some brand/model you would recommend?

I know those lens are much more different than they are alike, but i think they both excel at landscape photography. Is there any IQ difference at comparable focal lenghts and apertures? I would use either one of the lens for landscapes and long exposures, so IS isn't very appealing to me, and i already have the Sigma 35/1.4, which i love, so i don't need the zoom coverage at the longer focal lengths. Going ultra-wide at 16mm would be nice, though, but the faster Zeiss could get me started in night landscapes/starfields photography. Is there any of you that used/tried both?

Software & Accessories / How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:52:22 AM »
Last month i bought the new Manfrotto 190 with a ball head and, while not being the heaviest around, is still heavier than the 10 euros crap i used to lug around before, and now i'm needing a convenient solution to bring my new tripod along. I'm planning to start hiking, nothing hardcore, it's just to find new spots to take photographs. Right now i have the above said Manfrotto, a Canon 6D, a Sigma 35/1.4, a Canon 85/1.8. I might add a wide angle in the near future(Canon 16-35/4 IS, most likely), and a 70-200/4 IS. I don't plan having more than 4 lenses, and given the costs of gear and the little time i spend enjoying my favorite hobby, it's not going to change in the next 3 years at least. I just got a speedlight (YN560III), and if i get into it, i might add another 2 flash units and a remote transmitter, along with light modifiers, and tripods, but those are going in a separate bag, i guess, and i don't think i'm going to carry all that lighting gear on hikes anyway. Right now i have everything fitted inside an Amazon Basics camera backpack, which is very cheap and has plenty of room, but it's even too big for the gear i have (most of it is empty), and it only has two flimsy straps on one side to carry a tripod. Moreover, it's not waterproof; not that i'm planning to hike in hailstorms, but i would like to be sure nothing gets damaged if it starts raining while i'm out. So, to sum it up, i'm looking for a backpack with the following:
  • Room for 6D, 2 small/medium lenses, 1 telephoto, 1 speedlight optional.
  • Straps strong enough for a 2.5kg tripod, possibly centered, so i don't hunch on one side
  • Some form of weather resistance
It would be great if this backpack costs less than 150 euros, and is easily found for sale in Europe.

Thanks! :)

Software & Accessories / Post processing workflow
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:46:24 PM »
Searching the web about the subject, i found what it seems to be a quite detailed description of a photography workflow here. What bugs me about this, and all the other articles i found on the web, is that no one cares to explain why a certain operation is done, why that way, why at that certain moment in the sequence. And all the workflows i found differed from each other, irregardless of the gear used, the type of photographs, or the subjects. Every workflow looks like a "magic recipe". There are many things i don't know about how to deal with the processing of a picture for artistic purposes, and i'm eager to learn more about it.
I want to learn the basics, for example: raw converters give us the option to tune almost everything in a picture, from white balaance, to sharpening, to noise reduction, to curves, everything. And so do the raster pic editors, like Photoshop. What are the advantages and disadvantages in doing any of this operations during raw conversion? Which ones should i do during raw conversion, which after? Why are there so many different functions and algorithms for sharpening? And why should i use one over the others in any given situation?

I would like to learn these, and many other things about image processing, from a scientific point of view. I want to learn facts, not magic recipes. Is there a book (or several) that can help me quench this thirst for knowledge?

Third Party Manufacturers / Will vintage lenses help me find the way?
« on: December 24, 2013, 09:39:57 AM »
I switched to a 6D some weeks ago, and i'm really loving my new toy :D . However, i only have a nifty fifty to go with it, and now i'm starting to crave for another toy (some of you here call this condition G. A. S. :D ). I'm a gearhead, but i'm also budget-conscious, so, before spending big bucks on L glass, i was considering the plan of getting some cheap vintage primes and adapters to see which focal lenghts would fit my needs. I know nothing about vintage lenses, and the variety and quantity of lenses is a bit overwhelming. I can borrow a Zeiss Planar 1.4/85 with adapter from a friend, so i got that focal length covered. Can you suggest me some cheap 24mm, 35mm and 135mm primes?

I'm about to spend a significant (for my finances) amount of money on a new Canon full frame body, it is going to be either a 6D or a 5D3. The plan is to get the camera body and 2 very fast primes: Sigma 35/1.4 and Canon 85/1.2. The 6D has got what i want and costs about 1000€ less than the 5D3, but given the fact that the DoF with fast primes is going to be tiny to say the least, how is the supposedly "simplistic" 6D AF system going to perform? The main fields of application will be travel and street photography, family portraits, some landscapes, the occasional event, and everything will happen just for the sake of it, i'm not trying to make a living out of my hobby (or else i wouldn't have such quantity of money to squander on gear :D ). I just don't want to spend a significant amount of money and be disappointed by a quirky AF behavior. I would like to hear from owners of these cameras and lenses, lots of online researches and reading still aren't enough to make up my mind.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Used 5DII in mint condition...
« on: September 28, 2013, 05:30:57 PM »
I've been without a camera for too much time (1 month :P) and now the itch is too strong to be ignored. I was checking a local ad site for a 5DII and spotted this one: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=it&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.subito.it%2Ffotografia%2Fcanon-eos-5d-mark-ii-avellino-74330351.htm

780€ for a 5D2 is really interesting, since most of the 5DIIs sold in my area are usually priced around 1000/1200€. The alternative is to get a brand new 6D for 1500€ from a retail shop. I know the 6D is a better camera, but getting a camera of similar quality for roughly half the price is really tempting. I think i'll go check it, and i'll bring a 50/1.8 lens to test it. What should i pay the most attention to? Checking the shutter count, the buttons, any dust on sensor/VF, and... What else? Many thanks in advance for the inputs. :)

Software & Accessories / The age old question: Manfrotto 190 vs 055 XPROB
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:41:58 AM »
I need a tripod for landscape and still life photography. I have used both the 055 and the 190 xprob, and i like them a lot. There aren't really many differences between the two. The wieght of the gear is irrelevant: t2i/550d body with sigma 10-20, and a 50 f/1.8 prime. I like the 055 slightly more because it has got a higher maximum height, but my concern is the extra weight. The 055+496rc2+cullman bag weights about 3.3kg, while the 190+494rc2+manfrotto bag weights 2.43kg. The difference is quite substantial, but will i feel it? The 190 fits in a 70cm tripod bag, while the 055 requires a 80cm bag. Would it be hard to squeeze the 055 inside a checked baggage while traveling by plane?

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