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Lenses / Re: Question...To UV or not to UV...that IS the question!
« on: July 19, 2012, 09:02:06 AM »
I've no idea if a UV lens significantly distorts or degrades the image, but for what its worth, I rarely use one.  The only time I put one is when I'm shooting in dusty or dirty conditions (eg rally car races).  They are easier to clean and give me a little peace of mind when there are rocks flying around.

The only time I've ever dropped a lens (a 17-40), it had a UV filter on.  It fell on its side.  But the UV filter smashed into tiny pieces.  The lens itself was fine.  Cleaning all of the tiny shards of glass from the front element and filter thread was a time consuming process, as I didn't want to scratch it.  I thought I was quite lucky as the broken glass could have easily damaged the lens.

Portrait / Re: Goat Portrait
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:46:03 AM »
Wow, a goat topic.  OK - Not technically a portrait, but just wanted to warn everyone about this guy.  He lives on  top of Cheddar Gorge in the UK.  A nice place to picnic (see photo 2).  But this guy thinks he owns the place and likes to push people around.  A bit of a bully.  So I'm naming and shaming!

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: July 18, 2012, 05:11:30 AM »
The 50mm should be fine.  I see that some of the sample photos were taken with more expensive lenses.  But really, this would only produce minor differences.  I've got a 50 / 1.8 myself and have never thought it lacking.  A couple of tips for using the lens:

1.  Buy a lens hood and use it.  Doesn't have to be the overpriced "Canon" one.  Just pick up a cheap one off eBay.
2.  It doesn't produce optimal results when you are aiming in the direction of the sun.  Try taking photos with the sun behind you (so that your shadow is pointed towards the subject) and see if this makes a difference.

I don't know if all of your photos always look like this.  If so, play around with some contrast and saturation settings until things start looking better.  But I suspect that your photos were just taken on an uninspiring,  dreary day.  If your subjects aren't in great light, the camera is unlikely to make things look better.  Taking photos in the early morning or late afternoon usually produces the best results.

You might notice that the sample photos were taken with a flash - The sparkle in the boys' eyes gives this away.   Try using a flash yourself (if outdoors, try it on a very low setting for a little fill).  Bouncing the flash off a wall or ceiling also works well to give a nice diffuse light.  The other advantage of using a flash is that you can keep your subject well lit, but reduce the background brightness slightly (making your subject stand out more).  Some fun things to try.

Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 07:52:44 AM »
I'm so sorry.  Our deepest sympathy is with you.

EOS Bodies / Re: 2023: a look into Canon's flagship body
« on: July 17, 2012, 05:16:19 AM »
I doubt there will be dramatic differences.

After thinking long and hard about Canon's decision not to incorporate new technologies and connectivity into their higher end cameras (eg bluetooth, wifi...), it recently occurred to me why.  As best as possible, they build their cameras to be future proof.  They don't want their cameras stuck with old technology.  And who knows what the computing and networking landscape will be like in 20 or 30 years time.

Therefore, my guesses: -

1.  The 1DX4 will be a DSLR;
2.  Incremental sensor developments.  Probably under 36mp;
3.  It will work faster.  More fps and faster autofocus;
4.  It will have a touch screen;
5.  Memory cards will be cheaper with more capacity;
6.  Minor battery improvements;
7.  It will offer focus bracketing.  This is where the camera makes incremental focus adjustments for macro focus stacking;
8.  The autofocus will see improvements to tracking.  It will be better able to identify moving subjects and lock on them;
9.  Buffers and write times will be concepts from the past.  It will keep taking pictures for as long as you can hold down the shutter buttons.
10.  By popular demand, the sensor size will change to 27x32.
11.  Canon will have a mobile app for the Android and Windows market for full remote control of the camera.  (They will briefly have an Apple app in 2015, but this will be pulled in retaliation after Canon loses a patent infringement case against Apple.  This is after Apple releases the iCam which takes the world by storm to become the number one selling camera.  Who'd have thought taking photos could be so easy?  It only has one button!  You just press it and the photo is there.  And it automatically uploads it to cloud storage, facebook, myspace, your blog etc.  And it will be white.  It will be so cool. The sensor size will be in the same ratio as the iPad - Canon mirrorless people with an old school 24x36 sensor will be very jealous about the sensor size).

The 1DX4 will be marketing at sports and nature photographers who will welcome its rugged nature and responsiveness.

However, most people will be using the cheaper 5D6, with its high MP count.  The 5D6 will still use the 24x36 amateur sensor format.  It will be a bit slower, with less weather sealing.  But essentially the same camera as the 1DX4.

Below that, it is mirrorless models marketed to the masses.  (or at least those who don't want an iCam).

Landscape / Re: Need critique please
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:00:07 AM »
I'd also crop out the carpark.  If you feel like a short drive back there, maybe try getting down low and closer to the sign.  With the slope of the land, you might be able to avoid the carpark entirely.  Perhaps take in more of the trees to the right.  Anyway, hindsight is always 20:20.

EOS Bodies / Sensor Format
« on: July 15, 2012, 12:37:37 AM »
After a rather stressful printing exercise trying to make 36x24 images fit nicely into 8x10 frames, is anyone else hoping the new canon mirrorless cameras will have a more printer friendly sensor ratio?   

Why do shops favour 8x10 frames with very little choice in the 8x12 range?

Site Information / Re: Optical Technician ?
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:35:36 AM »
Most lens designers have degrees in physics.  I assume that would also apply to camera lens designers.  But I've always had the impression that the lens designers for Canon and Leica were a very small, select group of people.  I doubt they have a lot of job vacancies.  Its good to set your sights high, but as stated above, I'd contact the companies directly to see what they look for.  Canon runs a graduate program.  Perhaps look into that.

Also, its often joked that Canon is run by accountants, not photographers.  Perhaps as one of their senior cost cutting, feature cutting, profit maximizing accountants you could have a real impact on their camera design.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is the future of DSLRs FF only?
« on: July 09, 2012, 05:10:46 AM »
Yes - In the next ten years, Canon will cease APS-C DSLR production as part of a move to APS-C mirrorless cameras.  They'll still make FF DSLRs as there will still be demand at the higher end.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:24:53 AM »
Your lenses are good choices and are great lenses.  I essentially used the same lenses for a few years.  Late last year, however, I purchased a 135mm / f2.  Since then, I've barely used the 70-200.  Although you lose the benefits of the zoom, you gain much more light gathering ability.  Its also sharper at f/4, smaller and black (so stands out less).  I think if you start doing more weddings, some faster lenses would be good options - and would consider the 24-70, an 85mm or 135mm.  But other than that, stick with what you have until you clearly identify that something is lacking.

I've been on a flash buying spree over the last year.  Bought my latest one last week.  It is a Nissin Di866 Mark ii (a decision I made after reading a few comments on this forum - thanks guys and girls).  They're cheap - $240.  The advantage of it over the Yongnuos is that it offers HSS and I felt this justified the increased price.  Played with it all weekend.  It works well.  On the downside, it makes a funny crackling sound.  I initially thought it was broken, but apparently that's what they do.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film Camera & Film Recommendations
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:04:02 AM »
Hi, I've got an elan 7e.  It's a good little camera.  These days, they are very inexpensive.  Given that it has a lot of features, I'd suggest it is a good starting point.   I also have a Mamiya 6 (which is also mentioned above).  Since "going digital", my 7e rarely gets used.  But I take the Mamiya out regularly.  But for what you are thinking, investing in a medium format system is probably overkill at this stage.  I suggest just buying a cheap film body.  If you find you like, you might be happy with what you have.  If you aren't happy, by that stage you'll know if a more advanced camera, or a change in format is for you.

What film to buy is probably the harder question.  If you have easy access to someone who develops slide film (you might see this listed as E6), then I'd suggest a good starting point is Fuji Provia 100.  If you like more saturated colours, maybe try Fuji Velvia 50 or 100.  Kodak Ektar is a good normal negative film (but I don't know about its long term availability).  Ilford Delta is also a good starting point for B&W film as it is readily available and there's lots of information out there about it.

If you tell us what you like to photograph, I'll throw some more film ideas at you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why so many different camera bodies?
« on: June 29, 2012, 04:46:59 AM »
My dad is looking for a camera and asked what he should do. The 1100D is pretty cheap and on special everywhere.  But the 550D is better and only $50 more.  But then the 600D is only $50 more.  And the new 650D is noticeably better and only $50 more.  But if you're going to spend that much, why not just get a 60D?  Then again, the price on the 7D looks very tempting.  Maybe he should just get the 5Dii.  But that's old technology - The 5Diii is so much more camera.  So within 5 minutes we've gone from a $400 camera to a $4k camera.  (I'd like to have suggested the 1DX but I don't know if they really exist yet).

Ultimately, its just marketing (and my dad, like 90% of people finds it far too confusing and will just going to buy the second or third cheapest model).

EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 29, 2012, 04:34:40 AM »
(and it's iso25, x-raying in the post won't be as bad as x-raying P3200).

I buy film regularly from the US and on ebay and have it posted (my local camera shop wants $28/roll for velvia....).  Have never had any problems with x-rays.  Looking at the ebay sellers I use (generally pbarcelon, but occassionally hotshot), I don't recall seeing any negative comments about x-rays.  Not to say that it doesn't happen, but the odds of film being wrecked in the mail seem quite low. 

By the way, no need to let anyone else process your B & W film.  That's just lazy!  Just get a change bag, a developing tank, some developer and fixer, a couple of beakers to measure liquids (ie the developer and fixer), a thermometer and a watch.  The whole process will take about 30 minutes (15 to 20 minutes of real work and 10 to 15 minutes of film washing and cleaning up).  And you can do multiple rolls at once.  Its much faster, easier and cheaper than driving to a shop to drop film off and then going back a few days later to pick it up.

Thanks, was going to splash some cash on one of these.  You've saved me from a horrendous mistake!

I'll wait for the 1DX2.  Hopefully Canon will have fixed all of the defects.

If everyone else is repackaging the same core then what's the competitive advantage? 

This is an interesting topic - Have a look at Thom Hogan's site (http://bythom.com/) where he provides a good explanation why a Sony sensored Nikon is still a Nikon and has differences / advantages over other brands. 

The latest rumors suggest the Pentax FF will be a mirrorless camera.  Now, that will be very controversial.   Pentax has a couple of good bodies at the entry level and the k-5 enthusiast body has been well received.  But many people eventually leave Pentax as they don't have a FF option (ignoring the 645D).  I doubt a mirrorless camera is what Pentax users have been clamouring for.  But then, Pentax's owners, Ricoh, have always favoured smaller cameras.  Interesting times for Pentax and Pentax users.

As a side issue, I'm always surprised that Pentax ranks so low in camera sales.  Their products and pricing seem ok.  They release new cameras and lenses regularly, so they are investing in some R & D.  Some of their lenses get great reviews.  And they must have some brand loyalty from being a key industry player for so long.  Its a bit of a mystery to me why they don't do better.  Will a Leica clone change their fortunes?

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