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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Camera porn (SFW)
« on: February 09, 2014, 06:04:08 AM »
I don't understand how some people call the recent mirrorless Fuji cameras the "new Leica".
I mean all they did as a redesign was to release the x100s in black. Now look at the Hermès.

Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:22:59 AM »
2 Canon 14mm fisheye lenses

What lens is that? I don't think the 14mm L 2.8 II qualifies as a fisheye.

Lenses / Re: Replacement for EF-S 17-85mm/ 4,0-5,6/ IS USM
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:22:20 AM »
There are several options lens starting at 17mm:

Canon 17-55mm IS
Sigma 17-50mm OS
Sigma 17-70mm OS contenporary
Tamron 17-50mm
Tamron 17-50mm VC

Thanks for the list. I'm capable of googlin' together 17mm lenses.
As said I do not insist on 17mm. What I like to hear about are personal impressions =)

I have a Tokina 16-50mm (no longer produced) I can say that was made ​​to last many years.

I heard of Tokina's solid builds.
How did it perform optically?

Lenses / Re: Replacement for EF-S 17-85mm/ 4,0-5,6/ IS USM
« on: February 03, 2014, 07:11:53 PM »
hi guys, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I guess I was not quite clear on the focal length.
If I had a 15mm lens, the diagram would probably look the same, just shifted to the left.
If anything, I wanted to point out that I don't need a lens longer than ~50mm

I had a look at the 15-85 and have serious doubts about this lens.
Lasting for a year without issues is something I take for granted.
I was disappointed that my lens only lasted ~5 years.
Availability on the refurbished market does not add to the reputation of this lens or underlines its solid build.
And as I just refurbished a lens myself that I plan to keep as a backup, I want to buy a brand new lens.

To get an overall impression, I went to dxo mark and the Sigma scored twice as much as the Canon lens. 20 - 10
Photozone speaks of a "new (negative) record" of vignetting at the wide end for the Canon.  :-\
So while it has more zoom on paper, it doesn't seem to perform that well.

The only real advantage of the Canon seems to be the stabilisation that the Sigma misses.

The aperture unit of my current lens failed because of the movement during zooming in and out.
I don't feel very confident extending the zoom range even further.

and buy a better flash ;)
Bit of a misconception here, I think. I own a good flash.
It's not applicable to throw it directly at the subject, producing harsh shadows.

Lenses / Replacement for EF-S 17-85mm/ 4,0-5,6/ IS USM
« on: February 03, 2014, 01:24:07 PM »

I got this lens with my camera as a kit about 5 years ago.

The aperture failed. Pictures could only be taken wide open.
A local shop estimated 200 to 300€ for repair. No way.

I got the spare part for 30€ and managed to replace the aperture unit myself and the lens seems to be working fine again. *phew*
All it takes is a steady hand and the right tools, as you can see in the attached image  ;D
However, I had to realize that these kit lenses are not built to last.  :(

Even though I got this thing working again, I don't know when it will fail again and if I can fix it.
So what other lens could replace this one?

The Sigma 18-35mm F1,8 DC HSM looks really nice.
-> The focal lengths don't match, I lose a lot on the tele end of the lens.
I opened  LR and created a chart to see which focal lengths I use the most.
The diagram shows number of images over focal length
The majority is taken at 17 mm, not the tele end.

This makes sense as a lot of the images are taken with (on camera) flash and it does not have the reach to illuminate longer focal lengths properly.
Most of the images at longer lengths are not really good.

I could swap lenses to a 50mm for a little more reach.

One mm of difference in focal length makes quite a difference for a wide angle.
Will I miss the 17mm, being limited to 18mm?
But the numbers suggest that I just go "as wide as possible".

Who owns this lens and could share some experience?

What other alternatives do you suggest?
The lens is mostly used for events and landscape.

Thanks for your ideas!

Technical Support / Re: Photography Documentaries
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:14:51 AM »
Nachtwey - War Photographer

Avedon - Darkness and Light (available on youtube)

Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: February 01, 2014, 03:26:07 PM »
Damn, reading this thread made me paranoid! :D

Your lens can take a few "scratches":

Street & City / Re: My 14 days Vacation in Greece
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:11:05 PM »
For Me, Low tech Person, I just shoot the way that camera produce, Just Setting  in the Camera, And Plus use CPL Filter/ or Special Effected Filter.

There's nothing wrong with being low tech.
When I went to southern europe, I anticipated harsh light and packed some rolls of black and white film.

Photoshop is a complex tool and it takes a lot of time to understand it.
If you want something simpler, try Lightroom.
If you do not want to edit your images (replace the sky, for example), it is a great tool to get a lot more out of your raw files.
You can edit multiple images at the same time.

have a nice weekend, too

Street & City / Re: My 14 days Vacation in Greece
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:26:29 PM »
hey surapon, nice images
looks like you had an awesome time in greece =)

Some of them looked way too contrasty on my screen though.
I have to admit, it's not calibrated, so I can't really tell what the real image looks like.

I gave it a try and quickly tweaked one in LR, hope you don't mind.
contrast -30
shadows +70
plus a few brush strokes for light, shadows and clarity to taste

There's not too much to be found in the darkness of a jpg.
I had to apply some noise reduction as the shadows spawned a lot of noise-colors when brightened up.
This will look better when applied to a raw file, I guess.

But even the jpg provided details in the trees, the plant to the left and the ruins in the front right.

I wonder if there is any advantage in a type of digital Twin Lens Reflex camera?

Consumers would have to buy lenses in pairs.
There's no moving mirror.

You have to export to a format that allows 16 bit, probably tiff.  JPEG is 8 bit only.

I exported tiff.
There were no export settings available.
The files are 8 bit.

Technical Support / How to get all images and 16bit with Canoscan 9000F
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:22:57 PM »

I tried to scan some black & white film today.
I used a Canon CanoScan 9000F.

It's really nice as the scanner finds the images and inverts them automatically.

But I had 2 problems:
1) It did not find all images. Some of them are really dark, being just some dots on the negative.
How can I get around the automatic image detection while scanning film?

2) The scanner is advertised to scan 48bit and being able to scan 16bit greyscale.
I saved the scans as tiff files. The settings for export were only available when exporting jpg, so I assumed the tiffs have said 16bit.
Sadly, the files are 8 bit.
I read the manual and it suggests doing what I did  ???

How do I get the 16bit depth?

EOS Bodies / Re: "Honey, I'vs never seen it this hard before..."
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:12:17 PM »
Events, portraits, thousands of shots each month.

My issue, and question is simply that I'm blown away that I need to buy the same gear to shoot a few sharp pics of my son!

If the lighting conditions are similar (and from what you describe in your entry post, they are) the same gear is required.
I'm not sure what's so surprising about that.

Again, a flash seems to be a cheaper alternative, providing a solution to the problem at hand but also providing creative possibilities in the future.

EOS Bodies / Re: "Honey, I'vs never seen it this hard before..."
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:20:21 AM »
4. buy a flash

Af assist beam
+ the ability to make more out of your not so nice ambient light

on a side note: a 5D is "semi pro"  ???

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best Nikon DF Review! By Fstoppers.
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:09:57 AM »

I cannot find any such thing.

"Type G and E lenses are not quipped with an aperture ring."

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