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Lenses / Re: Canon Tilt Shift Lens Question
« on: January 26, 2015, 06:20:26 PM »
Hi,
I already use the TS-E 24mm L II for a couple of years for landscape shots. Some degree of shift are needed in almost all shots but the tilt stays locked. I used the tilt function a few times with just 1 degree of tilt, which was enough. More degrees were tested but found useless for this application. But IMHO it is not worth the effort because I shoot landscapes normally at f8 till f13 and the shots are sharp enough. The sharp focus you add at the bottom of the frame leads to a slightly unsharp top of the frame. I prefer the sky to be sharp too...

BTW, my biggest problem with sharpness is the small optical view finder of the 5D II and my short eye sight. It's hard to see what's exactly in focus and the focus confirmation doesn't work all the time in my 5D II. So proper manual focus is my biggest concern. In some situations live view is not that practical, although I use it with the TS-E lenses when ever I can. My cam had some water inside interfering with the electronics in the past.... another reason to get a new one.

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Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 25, 2015, 10:42:58 AM »
For landscape use the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS is pretty hard to beat.  It has some of the best IQ Canon offers (including their primes) if not the best for landscape...

Did you ever use the TS-E 17mm and TS-E 24 II before making such a claim? I ask because I never had the chance to test the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS. But I know these two TS-E lenses pretty well...

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Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 25, 2015, 09:07:20 AM »
Hi, I don't travel light and so I bring primes and zoom lenses for a landscape shot. But normally I use only the primes. As primes I have 17, 24, 35, 45, 50, 55, 85, 90 & 135mm focal length available (I do have more lenses than listed in my signature below the post). For some focal lenghths I even have 2 different primes available. I prefer the superior quality of the TS-E primes over the quality of my "cheap" Tamron 24-70mm & EF 70-300mm L zoom lenses.

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:38:13 PM »
Within the rainforests and mountain forests of Dominica, Lesser Antilles:






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Lenses / Re: new TS-e lenses ?
« on: January 19, 2015, 07:19:48 PM »
I would really love to buy an updated TS-E 45mm lens. The TS-E 90mm is still fine for me and I couldn't justify the price for a newer version. But the TS-E 45mm is my 2nd most used lens for landscapes. The current one is not that sharp, lacks some contrast and has too much CA in comparison to the newer TS-E 24mm L II and TS-E 17mm. Of course independent movements would be very welcome. I guess I would pre-order a new TS-E lens with 45 - 55mm immediately.

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Last year I was looking of a new backpack for airline travel for months but couldn't find one with the right size and padding to fit more than 4 lenses. So I decided to make my own. I modified a Lowepro "Transit Backpack 350 AW" (size 42 x 27 x 15 cm) to fit the following equipment:
5DII, TS-E 17 mm L, TS-E 24 mm II, EF 35mm f1.4, TS-E 45mm, Tamron SP 24-70 f2.8, TS-E 90mm f2.8, EF 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 L & 580 EX II

The original padding was removed as far as possible. This is quite easy because of the velcro strips. The central flex divider between the top and bottom department was flipped to the back of the backpack. A much more sturdy insert is needed because the Lowepro padding is very thin and offers little protection. My new insert with rather thick padding comes from a "B&W outdoor.case Type 40". With a size of 38 x 26 x 11 cm it fits perfectly. The insert is available as a replacement part for 26.95 EUR here in Germany.

The whole backpack costs like this slightly more than 100 EUR.  See the attachment for pictures.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 04, 2015, 08:06:57 AM »
View over Grand Bay, Commonwealth of Dominica

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Those who have used both 17mm and 24mm TS-E, which one you'd choose? Sounds like 24 is more popular, yes? Is it better? You'd think for landscape the wider is better, but not this time?

Define 'better'.  If you want wider than 24mm and scene motion precludes stitching, the 17mm is better.  The 24mm is a bit sharper, but the 17mm does fine.  The 24mm takes filters directly, the 17mm needs the Wonderpana setup (additional cost and much larger filters needed). 

I like not having to pick, as I have both...   :)
I´m in the same situation. I end up using the 17 TS-E without filters. It´s too much hassle. ...

Hi! What kind of hassle do you mean? The LEE Filters adaptor ring of the TS-E 17mm lens works pretty well and is faster attached to the lens then a standard adaptor ring. The standard LEE filter holder and 100mm wide filters can still be used. But I have to admit that vignetting does occur with more than 5mm of shift.

I would choose the TS-E 24mm L II as my sole landscape lens, if I had no choice to take another lens. It is very sharp, has great resolution and contrast across the whole frame and has much less distortion than the TS-E 17mm. Stitching is easier with the 24mm lens than with the 17mm one. With the TS-E 24mm I can still use a pol filter and full shift with my standard LEE filters.

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Nice site tonyz. Simple and clean. Out of interest which Wordpress theme did you select?

He uses the theme "Devision". You can find it here: http://billykids-lab.net/division/ and here http://themeforest.net/item/division-fullscreen-portfolio-photography-theme/5030589.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: December 22, 2014, 07:53:14 PM »
Just a completely new, higher dynamic range sensor with 24 - 46 MP in a 5D-like body and a new 45mm or 50mm TS-E lens. I would love to replace my old 5D II and TS-E 45mm.

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Hi, in my limited experience scenes with a high dynamic range are chosen more often than rather flat ones. High contrasts as well as clear basic colors like blue, green, red & yellow grab faster and more easily the attention of the viewer. Well done HDR shots can not easily be reproduced by an amateur, so the appreciation of the technical quality might play a role too.

This year my most successful client pictures were these two:





These are not tone mapped HDR but they show a pretty high dynamic range nontheless. For the first one just a single frame was shot, for the 2nd one two shots blended together (the mountain range in the background was blended in because of too much lens flare in the original scene). Both were shot with grad ND filters and required a lot of post processing, including heavy use of digital grad ND filters.

Best regards, Robert

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I don't have a smart phone... but my old mobile phone takes pictures too. The last one I took must have been in 2012, if I remember correctly. But during my last holiday I brought my DSLR and a P&S with me. I took more than 3500 shots with the DSLR but not even a single frame with the P&S....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Red squirrels
« on: December 17, 2014, 07:11:48 PM »
Thanks for sharing these great pictures with us! I like especially the last two but all of them were really well done.

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Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:08:47 PM »
Summer evening in Mecklenbug, Germany

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i am not happy what canon is doing the last 2 years.
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but for my landscape/architectural work i would love to see canon going the sony way.

a lightweight mirrorless.
30-50 MP.
great low ISO performance.
for indoor shoots the ability to push the shadows 4 stops and still have good quality.
all the nice features a mirroless offers.
i don´t need 1DX autofocus for landscape and architecture.

That's so very true! Same for me. I still shoot with the 5D II because there is no improvement in the sensor technology in the following cameras. The lack of IS in the new EF 24-70 II had also been a disapointment and so the Tamron 24-70 SP became my most used lens. Maybe soon it will be a Sony camera with a Sony lens...
I keep shooting with Canon because of the TS-E lenses. The mediocre performance of Metabones adapter with shifted TS-E lenses is the only thing that stops me from using a Sony camera body.

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