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Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: April 02, 2012, 05:58:28 AM »
Not necessarily a landscape but it is a panorama of sorts.

9 shots, stitched using Microsoft ICE (beta)



Flickr

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Video & Movie / Re: My 2.5D Video
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:01:07 PM »
This video is brilliant! What a great way of displaying pictures. Does the editing/movement in the photos take long?
The gas mask picture is my favourite of the lot but I couldn't find it on your blog page, do you have a link?

Great choice of music too, I'd heard it before but didn't get the name so thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: does anyone here own lensbabies?
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:14:02 PM »
Blast, sorry about that. *HTML Fail*

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Software & Accessories / Re: does anyone here own lensbabies?
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:22:56 PM »

Hi
I am considering buying lensbaby composer pro with sweet35. I saw some sample images on lensbaby.com, but its their website so they might cheat by using some best photos... Is it worth spending $400? Are they sharp? or is it better to do these effects in PS?

thank you for your help in advance and I am looking forward to see some photos taken with lensbabies.

Yes I have a Lensbaby Composer with Double Glass and fisheye optics. There are a couple of pictures here in a thread I started in the Lens Gallery section.


I have a lensbaby and think toy lenses in general are a lot of fun; some people just prefer to get a cool effect right out of the camera (that you can preview in the field) instead of more post-heavy solutions.

That said, $400 seems a bit steep.  Maybe you should just get the Composer (with double glass optic) instead of the Composer Pro and save some money.  The plastic body should be fine; it is not a lens you'll use everyday, afterall.  If you can find it used, that would be an even better option.

+1 to all of this.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Lensbaby (various optics)
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:53:24 AM »
I had a search on the Lens Gallery and drew a blank on Lensbaby stuff.

I have a Composer with Double Glass and Fisheye optics. To be honest I don't really use it a huge amount and don't have many images that I'm happy with, I found it tricky to get the hang of since I bought it.

All taken with the Double Glass optic and straight from camera jpegs.


1/2500 . 200 ISO . F2.8 or 4 disc I forget


1/80 . 1600 ISO . F2.8 or 4 disc I forget


25secs . 100 ISO . F16 or 22 disc . Wide adapter

Haven't seen a huge amount of other pictures on the forum taken using the Lensbaby stuff, so lets see what this brings.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon SDK +iOS/Android
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:13:21 AM »
No problems, sorry it took so long to actually write a reply.

I'm really surprised the Android system got the app first. I figured it would be developed (3rd party) for the iPad then Android support added later.

Whilst I was reading reviews and researching tablets and also these types of apps I'm sure I read somewhere, I forget where, that both Canon and Nikon had said they had no plans to release an official tablet/mobile application, or the SDK for that matter, which I think is a little short sighted.

Is there really nothing similar to DSLR Controller on the App Store after all the years IOS has been around?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon SDK +iOS/Android
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:41:26 PM »
There's an application for Android called DSLR Controller:

https://market.android.com/details?id=eu.chainfire.dslrcontroller&hl=en
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnxvFYza6Y4

Rather than being based on the Canon SDK I'd guess (but am not sure) it would be based on the libgphoto2 library. Unfortunately my Droid phone doesn't support USB host or OTG so I haven't been able to give it a try, but it does work on some of the Galaxy tablets for example.

Saw that, sounds very promising, but is it a ported niche product (non-mass)? Since I have not heard a lot about it except for that one youtube video. If it was robust enough, it could have caused many photograpgers to move to Android... I would think. Has it happened? Is the app beta or final? I know too many questions... but have you used it yet?

Saw this thread, signed up and then promptly forgot all about it. Duh.  ???
Anyhow, I've got an Asus Transformer tablet and have this app. It cost me all of £5 for a beta copy.

Yes it is still in Beta at the moment, I admittedly haven't used it a huge amount and it probably works better for studio/still life stuff (which I don't really do a lot of at the moment) because the USB connection isn't the tightest and has a tendency to work loose if you move it about a lot, not the apps fault more an Asus design flaw.

The app is good though, seems to everything I've asked it to do. Crashes are minimal although it hated me trying to use video with it and didn't really like it when the camera went to sleep, this could have been fixed in one of the many (read: 4 or 5) updates since I last used it  I should add that video isn't supported by the app but thought I'd try it anyway.

This app is one a few apps that offer this function after having a quick look on the Android Market, although when I bought DSLR Controller it was the only true direct connecting app. The others involved WiFi and another laptop surely making the tablet surplus to requirement anyway?!.
Updates are frequent, every time I check for app updates, it is always there in the update list.

The app is essentially a lot like using the EOS Utility but with a touch screen which I quite like, it feels natural to jab the screen and change shutter speed and aperture this way. IMO this app is easier to navigate around than the EOS Utility.
Focusing is nice with a couple of options:
- An automatic mode where you drag a box around then tap where you want it to focus, a lot like standard Live View focusing.
- A manual mode of sorts where you pick a point with a box again and can then adjust the focus with 6 buttons in total. 3 buttons to focus in and 3 to focus out. Each of the 3 buttons does a slightly smaller increment than the last so enables quite small adjustments to be made, although it does take a while to master this mode.

Official website http://dslrcontroller.com/ which has all the features on it because I can't really remember any of them and I don't have the tablet at work with me.

Hope that makes sense.

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