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Photography Technique / Why Geotagging is Cool for Landscape Photographers
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:20:11 PM »
In this month's issue of Outdoor Photographer, I read an article (online version) about Art Wolfe's upcoming book.  In the article, he talks about spending the last two years traveling the globe to recreate many of his old shots.

This is one of the secrets of landscape photographers - going back to the same place over and over to get new and hopefully better versions of your existing shots.  I've done this for years but over the past 3 weeks, I've done it twice and in both cases, having the GPS coordinates made life so much easier.  I was able to find both locations without any trouble at all, even though they are both somewhat hidden.  I now have the GP-E1 module for the 1D X which makes it even easier to geotag, but a handheld GPS or your phone with a .GPX tracking app and LR or other software work equally well.

Here are the two recreations.  They still aren't what I have in my head, but they're getting closer and I'll keep shooting them until I get the shot I really want:

OLD - 8/5/2012

NEW - 9/13/2014


OLD - 9/4/2011

NEW - 8/30/2014


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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:19:33 PM »
Dear Surapon, is that lens FF compatible?  I realize you have it on a FF body, but from what I've read, it sounds like there are dark borders on FF sensors?  If not, that might be the lens I'm looking for - but if so, I'll wait for the 12mm.

Dylan, yes, it's for the 1D X.  It's compatible in terms of fit, but the manual warns of metering and AF markings being off from the stock screen.  There's no exposure compensation setting for it in the custom functions, so it's only semi-supported.  Eldar & Edward don't report that being an issue, so I'm hoping that's the case as I really miss my Ef-S & Eg-S screens.  Neuro pointed out some time ago that you can use the custom function to tweak the metering as well if it's an issue.  There are custom screens available for the 5DIII as well.

Okay, Eldar beat me to the reply...and maybe the exposure difference will work out as I tend to overexpose nearly all of my photos by 2/3 - 1 EV for ETTR anyways :)

Dear Friend, Mr. mackguyver.
Yes, This 8 mm Fish eyes is for Small Sensor, But When I use with my FF. Camera, I can Crop and still get the Best  of Fisheye Effect too.
But , So cheap.
Have a great Sunday, Sir.
Surapon
Surapon, thanks for posting more samples and information about this lens.  I think I'll wait for the 12mm and hopefully it will be pretty reasonable.  The samples look really nice, even though it looks like they were all shot at ISO 3200+ on the 5DII!  If it turns out to cost $500+ or something, I'll take another look at your recommendation for sure :)

Thanks again for the details!

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:16:15 PM »
It is a dramatic improvement, and they seem to have solved the contrast problem. However, it is now only 250g (1/2 lb) lighter than the 300mm f/2.8 II and so you pay your money and takes your choice between two outstanding lenses. I'd love to try the 400 DO. 800mm is very attractive with a 2xTC but we'll have to wait to find out what the AF is like at f/8.

For some (me included) this might be a Big dilemma between excellent  300mm f/2.8 II and 400 DO II ( looking promising). Can't wait to see first reviews and pictures from production models
I actually had somewhat of a dilemma between the 300 II & the original 400 DO.  I'm glad this lens came out now, otherwise I'd still be trying to choose.  I have zero regrets with the 300 as it's more flexible and I love the f/2.8, but after using a 400mm (the f/5.6) it seems a bit short sometimes.  This new lens is likely to make decisions very hard.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And people say Canon is behind??
« on: September 12, 2014, 03:53:12 PM »
I know you love to hate Canon, but backing up your post with some evidence would be nice.

No problem: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/36140355 - judge for yourself...

Your claim that I somehow "hate" Canon only reflects on yourself. Please point to what merits that claim?

I own a ton of Canon gear - including several large whites. I shot Canon all the time. I have posted many positive Canon reviews through the years. Finally, I have had the privilege of working directly with Canon, including being invited to their HQ in Tokyo to meet their top management. I'd be very happy to work with them again one day - and I'm very sure vice-versa is also true.

I am well aware that not paying respect to the perceived infallibility and supremacy of Canon in everything is considered "bashing" by some people here. But spare me the cheap labelling.
I'm not a Canon worshiper by any means, but I think that a forum post about two photos of similar subjects (the link is broken, but I know the photo) is pretty thin evidence if you can call it that. Is there any chance that Canon liked the ballerina photo and chose to do that again with the new 300mm?  It's not like it's the same girl in both photos.

As for the other comments, I haven't read all of your posts, but you sure seem to have a negative slant towards Canon for someone who now says he has such a close relationship with them.  If I have read you the wrong way, I apologize for that.  It's not my intention to get into it with anyone, but I like to see people who can back up their claims.

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The bulbous front element is definitely the buzzkill here.

I am the type of tog that likes to keep a protective filter on.  Kinda wish this lens enabled that.

But I look forward to reading the tests and reviews of this lens.
Me, to and a ND or C-PL when needed.   

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:59:32 PM »
Dear Surapon, is that lens FF compatible?  I realize you have it on a FF body, but from what I've read, it sounds like there are dark borders on FF sensors?  If not, that might be the lens I'm looking for - but if so, I'll wait for the 12mm.

Dylan, yes, it's for the 1D X.  It's compatible in terms of fit, but the manual warns of metering and AF markings being off from the stock screen.  There's no exposure compensation setting for it in the custom functions, so it's only semi-supported.  Eldar & Edward don't report that being an issue, so I'm hoping that's the case as I really miss my Ef-S & Eg-S screens.  Neuro pointed out some time ago that you can use the custom function to tweak the metering as well if it's an issue.  There are custom screens available for the 5DIII as well.

Okay, Eldar beat me to the reply...and maybe the exposure difference will work out as I tend to overexpose nearly all of my photos by 2/3 - 1 EV for ETTR anyways :)

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:37:44 PM »
So far..........NONE

Zeiss 85mm seems interesting, but then, no AF. I'm really BAD with MF.
I'm expecting the Ec-S screen from B&H today or tomorrow and will let you know how it works out.  The 5DII and 60D versions really made manual focus a pleasure.

Personally the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II intrigues me. Why? How good will it be?  How much will it cost?

Let's hope it will be stellar and not too expensive so the price of the heavy non-do primes drop and the rest of us can get them used :-). If they really get do working with high iq, this would be a revolution in lens design.
I understand and I still can't believe I spent so much on the 300 f/2.8 IS II.  It's an amazing lens, but damn is it expensive, and they only go up from there.

My foolish hope is that the new 400 DO is actually less expensive (RE: the 16-35 f/4 IS) than we're all expecting and has improved IQ.  I would much rather have seen a 400 f/5.6 IS for slightly more than the current model.  Some of my best photos are from the current model and I miss a lot about that lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:16:43 PM »
I will be excited when it is over.
LOL, but then it's another 2 years of painful anticipation...

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I can't help but think some megapretentious industrial design fan of an executive at Sigma has protected X% of Sigma's money on "Project: The Future", and he/she just knows that this project, by the 35th or 36th version, will change photography forever.

I design things for a living, so I LOVE out of the box ideas.  So please understand that I am -- at the same time -- mocking the madness and tipping my cap for Sigma's bravery with fielding these cameras.

- A
That sounds like a pretty cool job - do you mind if I what kind of things you design?  Also, Sigma's courage sometimes produces pretty cool things like their f/1.8 zoom!

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:13:22 PM »
I really need to get a 150-600mm lens and a full frame wide angle but do not need f2.8 so the Canon 16-35f4L and a 150-600mm are top of the list.  I have found the max focal length of every Tamron lens I own is there weak point so I want to see a 600mm comparison between the Sigmas and the Tamron.  But a new Canon 100-400L could change my decisions if it is good enough.
There are lots of good choices in these segments now, and even more soon - something that couldn't be said just a few year ago.  The 16-35 f/4 IS is an excellent lens and if you don't need f/2.8 you can't go wrong.  I'm really loving mine and don't regret the sale of my 16-35 f/2.8 II whatsoever. 

Canon could still come out with a "Development Announcement" for a new 100-400.  I don't think any rumors site has ever scooped a "Development Announcement" though there might have been some spy photos of the 200-400 1.4x out there before Canon announced the lens.  I can't remember.

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Cool - now I can complete my set of lenses, err, freaking odd cameras+lenses.  Want a new focal length?  Just buy a new camera.  Genius concept and even more brilliant ergonomics. Not.

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EOS Bodies / Re: FF Canons are falling behind.
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:39:34 PM »
Sort of the same as Nikon not competing with the EOS M ;D.  It's a massively underrated camera IMHO, but a poor seller nonetheless.

Not popular here, but the EOS M was the #2 best-selling MILC in Japan last year, beating out Panasonic and Olympus and only <2% behind the Sony cam in the top spot.
Really?  I knew EVILs/MILCs were big over there but didn't realize that it had sold so well in Japan.  That's interesting and thanks for the info.

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:36:57 PM »
How could you omit the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 from the list. Apart from that I think the 400 DO is interesting. I will not buy it myself, because I am well covered at 400mm, but I hope it is a high quality DO lens and that we will see more in the future.
OUCH!!!  I don't know how I missed that!  The poll has been fixed...

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EOS Bodies / Re: FF Canons are falling behind.
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:38:53 PM »
The Df with no Canon competitor?  Why should Canon bother competing with a camera that isn't selling?   ::)
Sort of the same as Nikon not competing with the EOS M ;D.  It's a massively underrated camera IMHO, but a poor seller nonetheless.

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