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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:00:53 PM »
I got an answer back from Zeiss, which seems to be an honest one.

Apparently onion rings are normally indicators for aspherical elements, showing the structures of the manufacturing process. They also say that visibility and intensity of these structures depend on various factors in the scenery, such as the intensity of the light source compared to the surroundings, the exposure, the spectral built-up, the amount of "unsharpness" and many other factors. They also mention that some bright light sources in the out-of-focus areas may be clean, due to light intensity (saturating the sensor).

So, without starting a new series of unfocused shots of all the various light sources I have available at home  ::) I think it is fair to conclude that this has to do with the lens. But! I made lots of shots where I deliberately used very fast shutter speeds at low ISO, to make sure I didn´t saturate the sensor. And in the cases where I had a clean light source, being a candle, a halogen point source or a gas filled bulb, I did NOT get onion rings.

So, I am still puzzled.  :-\

Yes, it's very strange.  To quote one of my favorite songs, "the problem with mysteries is they're so mysterious."

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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:40:10 AM »
This is funny. A lot of people would get a sh*t load of cr*p & only a few would rather focus on quality. Quality over quantity any day!

10k:

5D3 x2
35 mm prime
85 mm prime

That's about it and pretty much 10k spent and a perfect set acquired for general shooting.

As long as "general" excludes wildlife, sports, macro, or weddings, you may be right.   ::)

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 03:48:13 PM »
Is there a lens out there that never has occasional AF inconsistency?

Does a 40% miss rate really constitute occasional inconsistency?  I think not...

Compare this to Zeiss missing 100% of AF shots  ;)

This comparison is as pointless as comparing a Audi with (automatic) transmission problems to a stick-shift Ferrari.

Only if the Audi has comparable performance to the Ferrari and works fine in manual mode.

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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 22, 2014, 02:24:39 PM »
I have really...I mean....REALLY...expensive hobbies....  :o

Look at it this way, cheaper than collecting cars or yacht racing.   Or are those your other hobbies?   :o

Well, let me fill in a few holes. Here is my "other" hobby (still photography...just a much more complex form: astrophotography). My ideal rig would be:

10Micron GM2000HPS: $20,850
PlaneWave 20" CDK: $32,500
FLI Proline 16801 Mono CCD - 65mm, Grade 1: $27,000

Then you have all the various accessories....robotic filter wheels, robotic focusers, robotic field rotators, off-axis guiders, etc. To use all this equipment, you need to build an observatory for it (it is not portable.) That's anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000, and if you want it out under consistently dark, clear skies, you gotta buy the land for it, too! :P

Die-hard astrophotography is probably about as expensive as fixing up old muscle cars or yacht racing in the end.

Okay, you're right.  You're just nuts.   ;D

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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:46:34 PM »
Hmm, from scratch you say?

5D mk III - 3500
24-70 mk II - 2300
70-200 IS mk II - 2500

and maybeee Sony RX1 or some fast prime probably sigma 35mm or sigma 50mm

Yup, and if I can stretch the budget just a bit, I'd add the Tamron 150-600 and the new Sigma Art 50 1.4.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:38:13 PM »
Is there a lens out there that never has occasional AF inconsistency?

Does a 40% miss rate really constitute occasional inconsistency?  I think not...

Compare this to Zeiss missing 100% of AF shots  ;)

My thoughts exactly!  Hey, at under a grand, this lens offers most of the performance of the Zeiss, but it sucks because the AF is inconsistent while the Zeiss with no AF and 4x the cost is awesome?   :o

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Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:21:42 PM »
I have really...I mean....REALLY...expensive hobbies....  :o

Look at it this way, cheaper than collecting cars or yacht racing.   Or are those your other hobbies?   :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:31:44 PM »
Pixel size doesn't really have anything to do with it. A single pixel doesn't make a picture. Multiple pixels in concert make a picture.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

I keep hearing "pixel size, pixel size!" and although I don't get the physics like you do, I can tell you that a single, full-frame sized pixel isn't going to take much of picture.   ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:26:53 PM »
My take away: Technology marches on. Physics not so much.

I'm really tired of all the "physics doesn't change" arguments.  Physics, literally "knowledge of nature" or the science of nature, changes all the time.  Nature itself does not change, but our understanding of it (aka physics) and ability to work within it changes on a daily basis.

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If you want to be a photographer in Iceland:

"Working as a photographer or calling oneself a photographer requires a masters degree in photography from the Reykjavík Technical College, or a similar degree from another industry-based school in Iceland"

Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography_and_the_law#cite_ref-50

 :o

This is why one should not use Wikipedia. :P

In Iceland, under the Industry Act, to operate a professional photography business, requires the photographer to be registered as a tradesman of which there are three levels: Masters, Journeymen and Apprentices.  To own the business the photographer has to meet the requirements (pay fees) as a Master tradesman.

It has nothing to do with getting a Master's degree.  Think of it more like a photographer having a specific type of business license.

Interesting!  Is there any requirement for registering as a master level tradesman, or is it just different paperwork and/or more money?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:01:37 PM »
Simple... most people would agree if cost isn't considered... And I think for me I want to see

Canon 50 f1.8 < Canon f1.4 < Sigma f1.4 < Canon 50L < Sigma 50 art < otus. 

But I understand it isn't that simple...

But it is that simple. 

The only problem is you need a different list for each of: weight, weather sealing, CA, corner sharpness, center sharpness, bokeh, color rendition, AF performance, cost, size, flare control, microcontrast, etc., etc.   :o

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:51:08 PM »
I finally managed to get some processing on my images done. Out of 200 frames, I've picked 17 that encompass the total sequence from first shadow to last shadow. Still working on that composite. In the mean time, here is my Totality Triad composite, all spiced up:

Well, that's mildly...freaking awesome!  Can I buy a print of that off ya?

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Landscape / Re: Total Lunar Eclipse - #1 of 4 - April 2014
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:18:27 PM »
That's beautiful shot jrista :)

I have never photograph the moon before. Last night, I gave it a try. Result I got is "indescribable"  :-\ :-\ :-\

That pretty much looks just like what mine would have, except I didn't bother to try knowing how bad it would be.  :-[

Thanks jrista for starting this thread, and any additional tips/tricks/how to's would be much appreciated!  I have no delusions (or particular interest) in being a great astrophotographer, but it would seem that just a nice shot of the moon should be within reach skill-wise and equipment-wise for most of us with a little help from our friends here.  Still 3 more chances! 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:37:18 PM »
In less than 5 months, it'll be 5 years since the 7D was announced and nothing so far indicates that a 7D II will ever be released ... I've lost my interest in it and if it does get released, I most likely will not buy one.

On the other hand, if it never gets released, I most certainly will not buy one :)

On the other hand...wait, how many hands does this beast have??...I will almost certainly buy one.   8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: DP Review's 10 most popular camera list
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:34:19 PM »
Just go to Amazon's best seller's list to see what people are actually buying...


Of if you prefer, check out Amazon's Top Rated list to see what people think of the cameras they've bought.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-rated/photo/3017941/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_tr

The Top 20 are all Canon.  The 5DIII tops the list, and there are no Nikon FF cameras in the Top 100.


Of course this could also just point out which brand has the most fanatic fan-boys (is that redundant?)   ;)

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