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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:44:21 AM »
I'm happy with lightroom 5.

I recently thought about phase one's capture one, but did not buy it in the end as I did not find the time to compare both converters or establish a workflow to use both.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:04:46 PM »
Another note on using the macro as a portrait lens.
I use my 100mm in none-macro situations and what always fascinates me is the very little movement the focus ring does.
There's barely any movement of the focusing ring from 3m to infinity.
That's cool with AF, because less movement means quick focus, but I doubt that I could focus this thing manually in this setup.

I assume that the mechanics of the Zeiss are different to allow more precise manual focusing.

This review is very positive about the Voigtländer, which is about half the price of the Zeiss!

The article says the voigtländer is more expensive.
The important thing about this lens is that it's very rare and that makes it expensive.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:14:08 PM »
As this is a thread looking for a 100mm-ish macro lens, I'd like to mention the Apo Lanthar 125mm from Voigtländer.

I don't own one.
People are saying it's a very nice lens and a pretty rare one, too.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:19:33 AM »
it also gives me one stop of light more than the Canon.

While this is true, it will also reduce the amount of things being in focus.
I often found that with 100mm macro set to 2.8 (on a crop body) there wasn't enough in focus, so I ended up closing the aperture.

If you need AF or not depends on what you want to shoot.
I often use the macro lens to chase insects on stones or the ground without a tripod and am not normally doing much "static" work with it.
Auto focus helps a lot with this.

If you need more light, maybe a (macro) flash is the right tool for you?

I am using the non L 100mm macro btw. I'm sure IS can be beneficial as well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 02, 2014, 05:56:26 PM »

Here's a video that illustrates a possible workflow:


These are some amazing views eldar!

I once read on the Zeiss website that the lens shade is permanently installed and the only option to get rid of it is to send the lens in to have it removed permanently.

Is that an issue for you? Did you do that?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:42:22 AM »
So "4x5, 8x10 spanks you all" and so he chooses...the aps-c, because it's not that much worse than full frame.

That makes no sense.

Software & Accessories / If CC ends, LR 5.5 still partly works.
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:55:18 AM »
Looks like Adobe tries to address the "fallen angels" problem (people jumping off the cloud, unable to use content they produced in the cloud, say images of parachutes or wings, for example).

If your subscription ends, you can still use LR to view and export your work.
See here:

I say this is a step in the right direction.

PS: I hope this is still "news".

EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:01:11 AM »
noticeably bigger bump around the viewfinder than the current EOS 7D.
return of eye controlled autofocus

I had the same thought when reading it.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:09:05 PM »
Pop up flash means they did not drop the old remote flash system, which is nice.
No mode dial sounds great, works for me on the 1 and 3.

If better weather sealing was the goal, maybe the pop-up flash doesn't even pop up?

Sounds like an interesting camera.

So much for the cloud allowing Adobe to integrate new features continuously without being bound to certain release dates of updates.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:45:02 AM »
I would use M mode but I find there are already too many settings to keep track of

Just because it's M doesn't mean you have to tweak every image.
I usually don't change the settings, so M actually reduces the things to keep track of while providing consistent results from one shot to the other.
Again, the ETTL of the flash compensates for small differences.

Of course, this depends on the conditions.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:13:51 AM »
But there is a setting, on the camera, to limit Av shutter speeds to 1/60 - 1/200 (the x-sync for the 5D III), which essentially makes Av act like P, as far as the flash is concerned.

I only have the option to have a fixed setting of 1/250th as an alternative to a fully auto chosen speed.
Even with the option of limiting the speed to a certain interval, I'd probably still use M to get consistent results.

But this totally depends on your situation. If you have the option, try it and see if it works for you.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:10:13 AM »
If I want to use the flash at it's most basic, essentially as the missing pop-up flash from my old 400D, presumably I would just leave it in ETTL and click away?  I can then work my way into more sophisticated scenarios.

This is a good setup if you need the flash just to add a little light.
ETTL will also adjust to a bounced flash, so you don't have to think about how much light this wall/ceiling/reflector will eat up.

The "drawback" is that you are still using Av.
If you are in a very dark place, the exposure will lengthen and you might get blurry shots.
The flash will freeze parts of the image, but you still get the smear of the long exposure.

Two possible scenarios:
1) leave the long exposure as it is and set the flash to rear curtain sync.
This way the flash freezes the last moment of the exposure and you get some nice effect. Good for moving subjects, dancing, etc.

2) switch to M and let the flash compensate the exposure.

Even for the first scenario, I choose M, because I want to have full control.

I do landscapes (which are unlikely to need a flash)

Are you sure?

have fun :)

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