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Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:13:41 AM »
Interesting question, I was wondering about this for a while.

For me the keeper rate is number of shots taken / number of shots still on my HDD. As you all already mentioned, it depends on subject and type of photography. The more time I have for preparation and thinking before taking the shot the higher is the keeper rate.

  • handheld macro 20:1
  • portraits 5:1
  • landscape 3-5:1
  • experiments many:none  ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The empire will strike back....
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:03:18 AM »
Bring it on, competition is good for the customers.
+1 but it will require a new lens mount from Sony ;)
I thought they already have enough mounts :)))
Not enough to dump one again  ;D

Indeed  ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The empire will strike back....
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:08:24 PM »
Bring it on, competition is good for the customers.
+1 but it will require a new lens mount from Sony ;)
I thought they already have enough mounts :)))

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Lenses / Re: $2,000 14-24 f2.8, vs $1,800 16-35 f2.8 IS, vs $3,000 11-24 f4
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:58:15 AM »
I own 16-35 f/4 it's awesome really

BUT

I have seen video and some samples from 11-24 and @11mm it just looks awesome, creates lot's of guiding lines in landscape, it just makes me want it

BUT

there is question of money and if I consider spending so much money (or more  :P )on lens, then it would be on some telephoto (still looking forward to 400 DO mk II reviews and image samples)

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Lenses / Re: should i buy the 24-70 2.8 ii?
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:49:44 AM »
It is $1450 And no tax. So its only 44 dollars  more than the tamron.

If not demaged, scratched or whatever then GO FOR IT

It's really awesome lens, some say this FL range is bit boring, but as general zoom it's simply outstanding  8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: lee system
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:16:12 AM »
Hi Nancy.
Very valid point, but I would like to say that if you are faced with both situations and only have the budget for one set of grads, the soft grads will (IMHO) work better on water than the hard grads on the rolling hills with forest scenario.

Cheers, Graham.


Hi Graham,

I think this depends a lot on when you are photographing. I spend a lot of time photographing at the coast (it is my back yard) and cannot recall ever using a soft grad;  with low sun soft grads give me very little benefit because the transition is too gradual to help with brightest area, which is often close to the horizon,  particularly at sunrise/sunset (even here in the frozen north of the UK the sun does occasionally penetrate). I occasionally use the soft grad when photographing mountains, but I find I often don't need a grad because the contrast is not as extreme.

for my needs are soft grads preferable - as far as I know there is no see within 600km from where I live, but there is lot of great mountains  8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: lee system
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:13:13 AM »
Note: If you want to use a polarizer AND a ND grad or other square/rectangular filter, you should get the 105mm front-threaded Lee filter adapter ring and a 105mm polarizer, or skip the 105mm adapter and use a 4 x 4 polarizer filter. DO NOT put your 77 or 82mm polarizer on your lens and then use a wide angle adapter to screw onto the front thread of the polarizer filter. Reason is that the WA adapters are recessed, and the front half of the polarizer disappears into that recess and you can't grip it to separate the CPL from the adapter. You try to unscrew the WA adapter, and the front half of the polarizer moves. No, I haven't done this. Yes, I have talked with some people that have made this mistake. Also, my filter shop, www.2filter.com, reports having customers report this problem.

Re: Soft vs. Hard grads - It depends on your scenery. Water: abrupt flat transition from sky to earth = hard grad.
Rolling hills with forest: irregular transition from sky to earth = soft grad. I have the second case, here in the middle of the continent.

thank you for valueable info, I will remember this  :o

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Software & Accessories / Re: lee system
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:11:10 AM »
I have a Hahnel Giga T II Pro remote that hasn't let me down so far.  Though to be honest, since installing Magic Lantern with its intervalometer and programmable bulb, I've used it a lot less.

I have one as well, and ML isn't an option for me.  I did learn that when the hähnel transmitter's little coin cell battery gets low on power, it can do everything except actually send a signal – the display works, the little light turns green when you press the button, but the shutter doesn't fire.  It still works as a wired remote in that case, though (and a new battery fixed the issue). 

so this receiver does not work well at all when battery is drained or it does not work well, when battery is drained AND ML installed on camera?

The issue was the battery – I've found that most electronic items don't work well when the battery is drained.  ;)

Conversely, my Lee filters work just fine without batteries.  :)

ML isn't an option for me because it doesn't (and won't) exist for the 1D X.

indeed  ;) I was just curious if there are some specific problems with this device and batteries

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Software & Accessories / Re: lee system
« on: January 26, 2015, 09:40:15 AM »
I have a Hahnel Giga T II Pro remote that hasn't let me down so far.  Though to be honest, since installing Magic Lantern with its intervalometer and programmable bulb, I've used it a lot less.

I have one as well, and ML isn't an option for me.  I did learn that when the hähnel transmitter's little coin cell battery gets low on power, it can do everything except actually send a signal – the display works, the little light turns green when you press the button, but the shutter doesn't fire.  It still works as a wired remote in that case, though (and a new battery fixed the issue). 

so this receiver does not work well at all when battery is drained or it does not work well, when battery is drained AND ML installed on camera?

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Software & Accessories / Re: lee system
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:41:17 PM »
thank you for info, I wasn't sure about the adapter rings

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Software & Accessories / lee system
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:43:35 PM »
Hi,

after I successfully ruined my 5 stop ND filter in Thailand, I started looking for replacement. One of the options is Lee system with big stopper, since I wanted more than 5 stop filter. I'm aware of all the advantages, what I'm not sure is what exactly do I need to make big stopper and maybe some grad ND work with my 16-35 f/4 and 24-70 f/2.8 II?

And since we are talking long exposures some nice, usefull, reliable remote advices are welcome too  ;)

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if it was out a bit sooner I might consider it for my uwa, but I already bought 16-35 f/4 ...

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Lenses / Re: wide angle needed
« on: January 13, 2015, 01:58:12 AM »
I think we are all making the bold assumption that you are shooting with a Full Frame camera based on your signature line.  But I think everyone agrees that it will be hard to beat the 16-35 f/4L as the primary ultrawide lens to fill your needs.

Oh, I didn't mention it? Yes I'm shooting FF :) Yes 16-35 will be hard to beat, but time will show ...

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Lenses / Re: wide angle needed
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:50:58 PM »
So finally,
it took me some time (ok, hell lot of time), but right now I'm smiling on my shiny new 16-35 f/4

Thank you all guys for advices beyond great. From this spot I can say it will be my lens for hiking - light, versatile, wide enough.  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is there any reason to shoot sRGB????
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:48:04 PM »
If you photograph in RAW and obviously post-process, then the colour space setting in the camera is irrelevant.

Not quite:
1. the histogram is based on this setting, with adobe rgb you get a better representation
2. in every cr2 there's a full jpeg thumbnail with the color space selected.


very interesting, thank for info  :o

When an sRGB device encounters another colour space, it will usually convert said other colour space to sRGB. Conversion is never 100% successful.

Ugh? How so?

he probably didn't mean conversion, but displaying Adobe RGB image in sRGB color space, to which some web pages are prone and then colors are shifted

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