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Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: Today at 05:21:55 PM »
Leonard did "Live Long and Prosper" but no one lives forever except, perhaps, in our memories.
He will be remembered long after we have gone - RIP to a man who has touched all out lives.

That's the great thing about being an iconic actor: Nemoy will in fact be alive and kicking as Spock for generations to come.

Enjoy Star Trek as much now as I ever did.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5DS April release date ?.
« on: February 25, 2015, 04:13:10 PM »
Dale Photographic in Leeds are saying May, and they normally get the new gear in quite early.

http://www.dalephotographic.co.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/DalePhotographicOnline/_0581C008AA/522263/Canon%20EOS%205DS%20camera%20body

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AFAIU, mRAW and sRAW only use the central portion of the sensor, but the same pixels (no binning).

 ::)

And you're concerned with lens optics and pixels being muddled ?

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:16:04 PM »
I just ordered the Canon EF 100 F2.0. Finally I'm going to have a new toy to play with :-)

I agree with you on the Nikkor f/2; it's the best 50 I've ever used, or at least I remember it that way. I've never used it on a FF Canon but your posts have inspired me to get a F to EF adaptor and get my old Nikkor 50 f/2 into digital action. Unfortunately the focus ring on mine is now quite loose but maybe I could have it serviced and re greased.

Funnily enough this lens is almost a pancake design, set into a conventional 50mm f1.4 barrel.

Given that you have an adapter I'm surprised that you haven't got hold of a Nikkor 105 f2.5. This was / is a superb portrait lens, and had a stellar reputation in its day.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:22:51 AM »
My backyard a couple days ago.  Canon 5d mkii pano with 200mm f/2.8 ii

IMG_2928-Edit by Andy Hodapp, on Flickr

It's a great lens for panos; I'm a fan of the 200mm f/2.8 - it's not too heavy, not too expensive but is a first rate optic. Because of the aperture generally required for landscape IS wouldn't be that much of a help anyway, at least not at low ISO, so I like it as is.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: A Suggestion on the EOS-1D C Replacement
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:45:42 AM »
Clearly all this talk of the 5Dc on internet forums has given Canon the idea.

This could be where the modular design that we have hear about comes in: the real 5Dc will have an interchangeable viewfinder, one a traditional prism and works with the mirror as normal, just like a Canon F-1, Nikon F3 etc, and another viewfinder that is an EVF, primarily for video. Mirror automatically locks up when the 'finder is fitted, and away you go. AvTvM will love it.

If Canon don't do this I think they will really have missed a trick, but maybe they have forgotten that some of their SLR design from years ago had an interchangeable viewfinder.

I'm not surprised about the 1Dc. I've seen loads of 5DII / III's being used for professional video at all different types of functions; I've never once seen a 1Dc.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:19:22 PM »
'scan the trannies' - not sure you can say things like that anymore  ;D ;D ;D ;D

I never was politically correct   :D

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Some great artists are financially successful. Most are not. Some great artists are very popular. Most are not.

At least not until they are dead  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I just want a stills camera.
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:49:57 AM »
Get a 5D.

I notice that in the UK prices of good, used late production 5Ds ( no, not the 5Ds, the plural of the original 5D) are actually beginning to go up.

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Lenses / Re: understanding "fastness"
« on: February 22, 2015, 05:25:51 PM »
I don't think 'T' stops fully explain what is happening. For instance the 24-105L has a T stop of 5.1 ( as opposed to f/4) and the 24-70 L IS has a T stop of 4, yet both these lenses will under expose by about one to two thirds of a stop compared with fairly simple primes such as the 50 /1.4 and the 85/1.8 for the same exposure setting.

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you wide-screen frame/crop?
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:14:54 AM »
That's what portrait orientation stitching is for  :)

Seriously though, you want to crop a 20 mp 1.5x1 sensor to 2x1; it's no big deal in terms of overall resolution lost. However a camera such as the 5Ds may make such cropping even more acceptable.

Anyone who has an issue with sheet cut paper sizes, get a printer that can work from a roll.

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Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:24:09 PM »
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop."
- Ansel Adams

I guess he didn't have a mortgage

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Interchangeable focusing screens
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:33:51 AM »
The screen can be changed on the 7DII: you can see the clip in the mirror box that locks the screen + tray into place.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:59:30 PM »
Here's a couple of oldies: these were taken on Crib Goch, North Wales in March 1982 with a Nikon FM and (I'm guessing) a 24mm f/2.8 Nikkor. Film was Kodachrome 64.

The first picture is taken as we were traversing the knife-edge arete, and the second picture, which became known as "The Foot", was taken by me looking down at my foot with the 24 mil lens to show that it really does come to a knife edge. Just poking into the left hand side of the picture you can see Glaslyn, which is 1000 feet below.

Glaslyn is 2000 feet above sea level and Crib Goch is 3,000. Bit of historical trivia: in Welsh folklore Glaslyn is where King Arthur ordered one of his Knights of the Round Table to throw Excalibur.
Great facial expression on Crib Goch.

Yep, this guy pretty well crawled the whole way on his hands and knees, and it's nearly a mile long ! I still tease him about it 33 years on ! Got some even better facial expressions in other shots but need to scan the trannies.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 15, 2015, 08:47:51 AM »
Here's a couple of oldies: these were taken on Crib Goch, North Wales in March 1982 with a Nikon FM and (I'm guessing) a 24mm f/2.8 Nikkor. Film was Kodachrome 64.

The first picture is taken as we were traversing the knife-edge arete, and the second picture, which became known as "The Foot", was taken by me looking down at my foot with the 24 mil lens to show that it really does come to a knife edge. Just poking into the left hand side of the picture you can see Glaslyn, which is 1000 feet below.

Glaslyn is 2000 feet above sea level and Crib Goch is 3,000. Bit of historical trivia: in Welsh folklore Glaslyn is where King Arthur ordered one of his Knights of the Round Table to throw Excalibur.

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