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There are a lot of galleries that sell photographs of landscapes. Some are run by ht photographer some by a gallery owner representing artists.
Where Lik has succeeded is in creating a brand that has weight among a crowd with wallets.
The vast majority of landscape photographers barely scrape by with a  few making fair to decent money.

Lik has created the narrative of passionate loner visionary who happens to look like a bulky GQ model. This resonates with a certain demographic that identifies with the Old West iconography of the cowboy a tall stoic on the side of  justice. Not letting anything get in the way of his vision wherever it may be found.
Hooray if you buy the narrative you can have a pretty picture that the world that you to are a photo cowboy.

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Canon General / Re: Do More Mega Pixels translate in a richer photo?
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:44:27 PM »
Short answer: No

I started with a Canon 10D at 6MP and was astounded art the quality it could yield given certain subjects and good technique.
I now use 5Dmk3s and while they have a lot of resolution, that resolution is apparent only when I use the best technique and is more apparent on some subjects more than others.
The reality of high res cameras is that the majority of situations we find ourselves  are less than optimal thus giving us files that are large without the detail we hoped would be there.
In studio and on location under tightly controlled conditions I can see good results but if I am shooting handheld there is no advantage over my 10D.

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:35:20 PM »
Full time photographer.
Been taking pictures since I was 6. Was given an Instamatic 50 by my Dad who loved the latest gadgets.

Wanted to be an ornithologist and photograph birds all over the world. Didn't work out.
Got a business degree figuring whatever I did would need business knowledge.
Started as a commercial photographer in 1979 but could not get anywhere and worked for photo labs before opening my own.
Clients started referring jobs to me. Built up my business and have been fortunate to make a decent living shooting architecture, editorial, product and portraiture.

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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot G17 Coming in Spring [CR2]
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:23:55 PM »
EVF?
 Pleeeease.

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Lenses / Re: First Tests: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L a Winner
« on: February 28, 2015, 01:31:05 AM »
I wonder if this will quell the complaints about the price?

IMO Canon has been very good at creating class leading lenses of late and in some cases creating the class and setting the standard.
The price of this lens is eminently fair considering the balance of performance and the limited volume it will enjoy.
I know I can make money with it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DR from 5Ds will be 2 stop better then 7D mk II
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:46:49 PM »
I see the 5DS as being targeted to existing Canon system users. Not first time buyers of high resolution DSLR.

The 5DS will not outsell the Nikon D810 unless:

I believe you should put more thought into the above.  Canon system users outnumber Nikon system users.  The D810 is a very modest update to the D800, released only ~1 year later, so Nikon users who wanted a high resolution camera bought the D800 and are less likely to buy a D810.  Frankly, I can't see how the 5Ds would not outsell the D810.


I agree and moreover I think we will see a number of Nikon users jump ship AGAIN chasing MP.

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 03:37:28 PM »
At a guess, I think it'll be a TS-e macro lens. Fairly long, say around 100mm.

I'm with you on this.
Unless of course they adopt a modular lens system that can use different components to create different FLs.

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Lenses / Re: 11-24 is here, with images of it compared to Nikon 14-24
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:18:47 PM »
The MTF looks great to me as the 16-35 f/4 IS is very sharp.  Also, for another comparison, I've added the Sigma 12-24 II, which as the chart suggests, is rather sharp in the center but slowly, then rapidly softens as it approaches the corners.



As a former owner of the Sigma I can attest to the fact that its performance in the real world matched its MTF curves. When I bought my 17 TS-E my clients remarked on the first job that my images looked a lot more vibrant. The edges of the Sigma images were visibly soft and in some images were distracting.
However, this lens allowed me to get angles of view that were simply unavailable with any other lens.

This lens will be a popular item with those shooting interiors and other tight locations.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:10:23 PM »
Wait, this is a full frame, non-fisheye lens that runs at 11mm?!  That sounds pretty spectacular all by itself.  Has that  ever been done before?

That was exactly my question. Any law of physics expert to comment? What is the possibility of successful rectilinearity at that focal length?
That would open up a brand new perspective of lifestyle photography.

The 17 TS-e is already this wide, you just need to shift and stitch to capture it all because a full-frame sensor isn't big enough.

And those of us that do panos have been seeing wider than this basically forever.

While I do stitch my 17 on occasion it does fail (visually) sometimes as the necessity for stitching means that the far edges are at the limits of the image circle and get soft and the perspective looks funky as the view is so extreme.

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:03:37 PM »
Wait, this is a full frame, non-fisheye lens that runs at 11mm?!  That sounds pretty spectacular all by itself.  Has that  ever been done before?

Not that I am aware of. The Sigma 12-24 was the first with Nikon following with their highly regarded 14-24 in the UUWA field.
I used the Sigma for a couple of years until the 17 TS-E came out. It did great work but was soft at the edges until f11-13 or so. Made a lot of money with it though.

This lens is bound to be a stunning performer but I have no longing for it as I recently bought the 16-35 f4L IS and can attest to its excellence. I also have a Rokinon 14 and the 17 TS-E so the last increment of super WA is not tempting for me.

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Lenses / Re: The f/4 Pentacon
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:10:30 AM »
Saw the headline and thought you were going retro.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentacon

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What is an "apodization filter"?
« on: December 27, 2014, 05:53:41 PM »
So... all that money for a fast lens to get a slow lens with desirable bokeh?  ::)

Sounds like the photo version of bound feet.

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The market IS saturated.

Any movement these days is DSLR owners leaving for smaller/simpler cameras and phones.

As for how to increase DSLR sales, the suggestions are all from DSLR enthusiasts talking to other enthusiasts as to what they would buy. Everyone here is already a dyed-in-the -wool enthusiast and thus WILL buy more gear. The question is what?

Converting new photographers to higher end cameras will happen but at a much lower rate than in the past.

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Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:39:20 PM »

As for aperture for group shots. I've read somewhere that you should keep your aperture first number higher than the number of people you want sharp up to f/8 (considering usual focal lenghts and usual distance of course). IDK if there is some precision to it, but it served me pretty well on weddings I've done in the past.

My last group was 80 people. I am sure my flash could not overpower f90.  ;)

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Lenses / Re: Impressions from the EF 16-35mm f4 L IS USM
« on: December 22, 2014, 06:48:38 PM »
I bought the 16-35 for my work and I am very satisfied with it. I use it on a tripod almost exclusively so IS is not an issue but as I paid for it I am happy to have it.

The lens is very sharp and contrasty but I need to be at f8 or smaller to ensure edge sharpness at 16mm.
I am using it for less critical architectural work when I need to work quickly. Thus it suits me very well.

I too, was interested in the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 but even if it is perfectly wonderful I won't buy it as I am fine with the Canon and any improvement will not be seen by clients.

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