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Lenses / Re: New Wide Angle Lens Ideas, please!
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:18:52 PM »
Well I sold it though because I loved wide angle so much I decided to get a 17-40 4.0L for it has got autofocus and is affordable. Maybe upgrading to 16-35 later or lets see how much a 14-24 will as soon as it comes.

How does the Canon 17-40mm compare to the Samyang??? I have been debating a 17-40 for traveling, but I am worried that after getting used to the IQ of the Samyang, I will be left wanting more out of the 17-40mm.

By the way, I really enjoy the pictures you have taken with the 14mm!

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angle Lens Ideas, please!
« on: February 14, 2013, 03:56:25 PM »
I agree on the sigma 12-24mm. If you want a uwa zoom, it is the best one for under 1k.

Unless you need the flexibility of a zoom, I would recommend a fixed focal length for anything under 24mm. I recommend this lens a lot (too much maybe), but the Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens is magical. It does suffer distortion, but is easily corrected using a lens profile in lightroom. Many who own this lens create and give out their lens profiles via the internet, which work really well.

Plus, I picked up the lens for $300. Amazing lens for the price

Lenses / Re: lens recommendation soccer
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:23:06 PM »
I personally would use the 6D and the 70-200mm, but I would put a 2x extender on it. The 70-200 F2.8 IS II performs very well with a 2x extender on and focusing is still pretty fast. Effectively, you will have a 6D with a 140-400mm F5.6 lens. If you are worried about the focus speed and IQ loss with a 2x extender, there is a 1.4 extender you can use instead.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:17:01 PM »
This first image is taken with the Samyang 14mm lens. I love this lens!
This was taken with a Sigma 50mm F/1.4

Gosh two posts in a row with Samyang 14mm lenses ...

*Note to self, check out Samyang 14mm lens*

Great work Niterider, like the black and white mixed
with color.  See that is what HDR and expression are
all about, GO BOLD or GO HOME!    (Does not hurt to
have $10,000 worth of equipment either, lol!)

Thanks for share!

Peace! 8)

Thanks for the feedback! It is definitely worth checking out the 14mm samyang (bower/rokinon/etc). If you end up getting one, make sure it is a good copy. Their quality control isnt like canon, so if you are not blown away by the lens, exchange it for another one. Also, dont worry about the manual focus. At 14mm, it is easy once you get the hang of it. With 10x magnification in liveview, I have never had a problem getting perfect focus.

Lenses / Re: New Member / Lens Recs
« on: February 13, 2013, 02:56:41 AM »
I would check out the manfrotto 055xprob legs and a manfrotto 496RC2 or 498RC2 ball head (only difference is if you shoot panoramas). The 055xprob has the extending center column which is pretty nifty and it is a very stable tripod. Not light though.

I dont use manfrotto legs though because the carbon fiber ones are out of my price range and the aluminum is too heavy for me. The 055xprob legs weigh over 5 pounds alone!

Lenses / Re: New Member / Lens Recs
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:25:20 AM »
I would look at the Sigma 35mm lens. It outperforms anything nikon, canon, sony, etc. can offer. The 24-105mm would be a good bet given your needs. I would keep an eye out for deals because I have seen it drop around $740 from Big Value Inc. (through eBay, but no canon warranty). Or even less during a canon refurb sale.

You mentioned shooting bottle image photography. What about getting a 100mm F2.8L lens. I see it recommended for product photography. There also are the tilt shift lenses, but those are specialty lenses and are not cheap!

Australia / Re: New setup- New to the Forum
« on: February 12, 2013, 02:59:03 AM »
For landscape, I like to use ultra wide angle lenses. I have the samyang 14mm F/2.8. Some (including me) love this lens and others have had bad copies or just didnt like it. Also, if I remember correctly, the sigma 8-16 is not designed for full frame sensors, so using it on the 5d mark iii will vignette or possibly damage the mirror.

Almost all of my lenses are primes, most of which fall into the 24-70 range, so unless you are looking into primes, I wont be of much help.

In terms of astrophotography, I am not sure what you are trying to achieve, but those pictures you see on the internet are not easy to take. Most are taken with cameras with an infrared modified sensor mounted on a star tracker to eliminate star trails. If you get really into astrophotography, I have read about people using refractor telescopes with built in star trackers to achieve good photos at 2000-3000mm focal length.

If you do use something like an astrotrac, I have heard that results vary with lenses over 400mm. Something to keep in mind when looking for lenses in the future.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 11, 2013, 08:51:34 PM »
Not the type of car I usually shoot, but when it's got 700 horsepower, who cares that it's a wagon (or an estate as they're know in the rest of the British Empire)?

Great shots! I must admit though, the saying "only in texas" might apply to this car ;D

Landscape / Re: Transmission tower
« on: February 11, 2013, 04:08:29 PM »
It's also a federal crime to photograph aircraft unless the flight is specifically being conducted for photographic opportunities.  Airshows would be considered photo ops.  A passenger airliner on approach for landing is not and can land you in a federal penitentiary.

Are you sure about this? Every once in a while, I take photos at an international airport near my house. I have never been bothered by the police nor homeland security. I do not trespass at the airport though, I go only where it is legal to stand.

Is this a United States law? If so, do you have a link or something. I sure don't want to be detained by the feds (even though it would probably be pretty cool).

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:39:03 PM »
This first image is taken with the Samyang 14mm lens. I love this lens!

Untitled by Live By The Night, on Flickr

This was taken with a Sigma 50mm F/1.4

Untitled by Live By The Night, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Transmission tower
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:03:34 PM »
A person locally tried photographing Electrical Towers and was promptly arrested and tossed in prison, the Police told him it was illegal, and when he disagreed, they arrested him.
Later, the city paid out $$$ to settle a lawsuit, but he still has a arrest record, and even worse, the Mayor of the small town is defending the arrest and it sounds like he would support doing it again.

Photographing anything that's "critical infrastructure" will probably get you hassled, despite the fact it's completely legal.  With the obvious caveat that where you are standing at the time is somewhere you are legally allowed to be; either public property, or private property you own or are otherwise authorized to be on.

I was photographing a dam late at night with a couple friends. When we were leaving and got back in the car, five undercover cops boxed in the car. When they saw the camera equipment, they became very on edge to the point that they ran our license plate, our drivers licences and asked about the photographs we were taking. Ever since 9/11, the cops don't mess around.

Now when I photograph "critical infrastructure" and a cop stops me, I do not argue with them (unless they ask me to delete my photos, which I refuse to do). My advice would be to read up on felony vs misdemeanor trespassing and the laws regarding photographing such things.

I have been stopped over 30 times by the police for photographing somewhere I shouldn't be or something they regard as "critical Infrastructure". I have evaded any trespassing ticket and I have been only "warned" by the police a couple of times. If the police determine you to not be a threat, they will 95% of the time ask you to just leave.

I would be happy to explain which route I would go and why, but I would like to know a little more about your gear before I throw out my opinion. What are the lenses you currently own or are planning on obtaining in the near future. Also, you mentioned video so what audio/tripod/lighting/post processing do you have?

Software & Accessories / Re: Which cloud storage solution?
« on: February 07, 2013, 01:37:17 PM »
I don't use cloud storage, there are too many players now that are trying to establish themselves in the market. Many will disappear within a couple of years and any data will likely go lost. For the big players, I would never in my life use for example Apple's offering for obvious reasons.

When it comes to choosing something I also depends on what your needs are. Is it primary strategic storage for your business or also important for your hobby pictures, or is it a sharing solution you are looking for?

With many of us hobbyists needing +1TB and pros needing plenty more than that I have yet to see an offering matching those needs for a reasonable amount of money.

Make sure you have two back ups of your data, geographically dispersed. Manual back up is ok, you can do it on weekly or monthly basis. I agree with Mt Spokane also. It might not be a bad idea to keep it from being online.


I can definitely understand why you would not want to trust the cloud storage companies, but amazon or google are two that I cannot see going under. Amazon owns so much server space that when people were upset over amazon kicking wikileaks off of their servers, hackers attempted a DDoS attack which did not even slow down their website. This same attack crashed paypal, mastercard, etc.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which cloud storage solution?
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:52:01 AM »
I utilize a home server which I can create temporary accounts for others to log into and access files. I have also used clients like dropbox and google drive. I would recommend google drive over dropbox because dropbox takes forever to upload files.

Anyhow I saw that is giving away 25gb of free cloud space. I do not have any personal experience with the company though

Amazon has a Canon s100 for $279.  Would be perfect -I use my S90 for all those forays where I don't want the bulky dslr stuff bumping and thumping.

Tony M

I would recommend the Canon Powershot s100 as well. It can shoot raw and is small enough to put in your pocket when not in use. When I first read the forum, the Sony RX100 was the first camera to come to mind. The photos are similar to a dslr, but so is the price.

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