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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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Hardangervidda (a few km from my cabin). The largest high mountain plateau in Europe. Great for hiking, fishing and hunting.
5DIII, 1/80s, f10, ISO100

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D N
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:45:50 AM »
I have never missed GPS or wifi on any of my bodies, so that would not be a sacrifice for me. 30% price cut on that and another 20% to skip video ...  ::)

I find it a bit strange that they sell both versions here in Norway tough. I don´t believe many are willing to pay the price for GPS and wifi.

Good thing about the 6D is that you can use your 'S' screen in it. It's actually a very fine camera, although I think
you may find the controls a tad soft compared with the 5DIII/1Dx.

Of course if you get bored with it you can always give it to your wife as a new body  ;)

Now there's a conversation that could go bad from the outset - 'Hey honey, I have a new body for you...' ;D
He he, that´s the second time in a couple of days where that "body" thing deviates peoples minds ;)

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 05:16:18 PM »
Seriously, and this is rather difficult, I would go with the 1DX and 24-70 f2.8L II first. Next lens would be the 600 f4L IS II. Then 70-200 f2.8L IS II and then Zeiss 21mm f2.8. But the dilemma sounds more like a nightmare than anything else ...

Really? No Otus?
Tough one ... In the limb metaphor ... to choose between arms, legs, eyes, ears ... Not easy. Whatever you chose it would be wrong ... Unless you could keep them all ;)

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:17:21 PM »
Seriously, and this is rather difficult, I would go with the 1DX and 24-70 f2.8L II first. Next lens would be the 600 f4L IS II. Then 70-200 f2.8L IS II and then Zeiss 21mm f2.8. But the dilemma sounds more like a nightmare than anything else ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D N
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:43:51 PM »
I have never missed GPS or wifi on any of my bodies, so that would not be a sacrifice for me. 30% price cut on that and another 20% to skip video ...  ::)

I find it a bit strange that they sell both versions here in Norway tough. I don´t believe many are willing to pay the price for GPS and wifi.

Good thing about the 6D is that you can use your 'S' screen in it. It's actually a very fine camera, although I think
you may find the controls a tad soft compared with the 5DIII/1Dx.

Of course if you get bored with it you can always give it to your wife as a new body  ;)
That was actually what I was thinking of. The Eg-S used in the 5DIII turned out to be unstable and the image quality of the 6D is very close.

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