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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:25:51 PM »
If they release it in time for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, they could take the opportunity to rename the camera model entirely - they're running out of new numbers and can't slap an infinite number of "Mark *" on them. It would be suitable to release a DD camera. Perfect for those who shoot that event to lay their hands on a couple of double D's... ;)


EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:21:31 PM »
Oh yes! Let there be some serious meat on them bones...

Canon General / Re: Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:13:33 PM »
I can quite easily empathise with her, even though it's not a problem I have myself. Years ago I had to help out in making adjustments to some computer related gear for someone who had lost a few crucial parts and functionalities of a hand. That was an eye-opener: Had to think in new ways and construct something that could be readjusted over time as the healing/recovery altered the capabilities for the injured.
First version was anything but fancy, but it worked and made it more obvious how the rest had to be dealt with.

In the short term I don't think there'll be much profit (most likely none at all) for Canon in doing something like this, but they would gain goodwill. Long term - I could see benefits in rethinking how the layout and interfaces are constructed into a model that would be more modular and allow for certain parts to be "mirror images" of the normal parts.

Wild ideas, without too much knowledge of the inner structures of a dSLR, would be to move connectors to a more central placing, use of fibre optics to carry signals from dials and buttons (one fibre could replace a number of control/data carrying cables).

If I were Canon, I would at least invite her to an interview and hear her explain the problem. It wouldn't have to cost Canon more than a set of good ears from a handful of engineers and designers, with a minuscule amount of empathy and imagination.

Well done, Oliver!
And thanks for making a part of Scandinavia look really good.

I think the tonality "issue" when trying to lower exposure of a overexposed sky is due to the fact that the closer we are to clipping all the channels, the harder it is for an individual channel to stick out and be visibly dominant. When we, in post, drag our sliders down, we are stuck with values that's perceived as closer to a "tinted light grey" (240 240 255), than a "subtle blue" (170 170 185).

How about that as a thought?

Don't know how well it applies to your students situation, but if possible check out the recording location beforehand. Try to listen for noise (fans, AC, fluorescent lights that are near failure [they tend to click], wind and traffic if outdoors). That's what I remember from my classes back in the 80's. Always good to try to remove as many distractions as possible from the scene since it can have an impact on both the interviewed and later on the intended audience.

Lenses / Re: EF 100-400mm ii vs. EF 200-400 with 1.4 TC
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:48:18 PM »
Thanks, AndrewCCM, for posting the examples.
OK it is clearly visible. I'm also inclined to feel that the cluster of silvery helmets at the center makes it appear as though the corners were even darker.
I'm no big fan of added vignette (in post) to most photos, but at the same time I find that the natural vignetting and distortions from a lens is part of its charm and characteristics. Here, for your purpose, I understand the removed vignette, and I would most likely do the same. (or have the body set up to apply those corrections in camera)

Lenses / Re: EF 100-400mm ii vs. EF 200-400 with 1.4 TC
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:42:31 PM »
I've used the 200-400 several times and most recently to cover the college football championship.  Is it me or does that lens vignette like crazy?  I was using a 1DX body that did not have the lens correction profiles loaded.  The JPGs had very much a spotlight look to them with vignetting across a majority of the frame.  The raw files looked fine once lens correction was applied in LR, but for this assignment I was given both the body and the lens and had to shoot JPG for the client.  I was pretty disappointed.  Having shot the Cotton Bowl with the same combo and in raw, it was much better.  I'm just not a fan of a $11k lens requiring so much digital manipulation to be consistent across the frame.

Can you give an example or quantify your findings? It could be interesting to see.
As far as I know the vignetting is slightly over 1 full stop in the extreme corners @400mm f/4, and @560mm f/5.6.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 20, 2015, 05:14:16 PM »
Leaves in snow in my backyard. It's unseasonably warn and thus the snow is partially melting and becoming very 'granular'.   :)

Lovely shots, dpc!
I especially appreciate the 6203. I have yet to see any serious snow here, and I'm happy to enjoy yours.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art
« on: January 20, 2015, 05:03:45 PM »
Thanks for the review and sample shots, Justin!

I can't see myself buying one. All recent Sigmas contain good, sharp, glass, but as long as they behave like the AF motor is driven by a random number generator that won't listen to feedback signals from the attached body, I think I'll stay away from them. When it nails the focus, the shots come out pleasant. Hopefully that will happen often for all future users of it.
(Among friends we joke about the S A C variants, and we believe the letters really stand for So-so focusing, Almost focusing, and Casual focusing.)

Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:29:14 PM »
Congrats, Craig!
We accept just about any shots taken with that 50/1.0L. A cat under a brick wall, or inside one would also work. :)
Enjoy it, either on a body or on the shelf.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 19, 2015, 03:06:11 PM »
Thanks Candyman, to think I was beginning to grumble that just about all I had to shoot was chickadees.  I hope they forgive me.  I have to put in a little extra time to accomplish this with the 6D but it's doable.

When I saw this one it gave me a chuckle.


This is nothing short of brilliant, Jack!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Language problems with the manuals.
« on: January 19, 2015, 03:03:45 PM »
Oh so true...
Have seen plenty of crazy translations in my days, and mostly prefer to read manuals in English (most of the time that removes one extra layer of confusion).

One teacher I had used to work on a project at the university regarding how to find smart ways to make computers translate written Japanese into spoken Japanese - even that was a huge obstacle to handle. And she referred also to how much manual labour that had to be done with "ordinary" translating programs. At best they delivered some 20% of the text in a fairly ok translated form; the localizations, the proper phrasing, and the rest had to be done all by hand.

Bad translations, or linguistic misunderstandings can be fun though. I once had to leave a library laughing so hard and loud after reading the following:
General Douglas MacArthur wasn't exactly highly regarded by the Japanese people during WW II, but years later that turned around, and during a time when MacArthur was trying to get elected (I don't know to what) he made an official trip to Japan. There he came to a street full of people waving and cheering as his car drove by. A banner over the street proudly stated that "We play for MacArthurs erection!"

When I read this I had no option but to leave the library, still crying with laughter...
It is crucial to have a firm grip on the diffelence between "l" and "r" in the engrish language.

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:37:41 PM »
Really like your Gozo Azure Window, Leichenmuehle. Iconic place.

Currently we┬┤re in the middle of winter here, with lots of snow and ice. So a quick trip to the dessert in Sharjah is quite a contrast for a Norwegian.

I liked this line, with wave patterns on one side and totally smooth on the other.

1DX, 24-70 f2.8L II
1/100s, f11, ISO100

Magnificent, Eldar! (And you can keep your snow and ice up there, I'm coping without any at all.)
The photo gets even better when zoomed to full size, and I can see all the texture from the sand as well as the play between light and shadow. I'm guessing the colour version has some interesting tones to it also.

Lenses / Re: canon 7D2 with 100-400 ii lens with 1.4 Extender for birds
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:18:38 PM »
I identified the island and the visitors centre on Google Earth, got their co-ordinates and calculate the distance to be 243 m. From that and the size of the image, I calculate the target was 1m x 1.3m. The lines in the lettering are only a couple of pixels wide with the 800mm lens.

Oops, that's some difference. I trust you and Google more in this case; those numbers comes out a little bit more real and trustworthy compared to the EXIF.

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