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Sports / Re: Newbie - some feedback please!
« on: August 22, 2012, 05:44:47 PM »
I neither do sports photography nor have I ever done white water canoeing (hopefully that is what the photograph is of). But what is that white and red pole sticking out from the top of the frame?

Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 22, 2012, 05:40:52 PM »
We have spent three pages of forum stating-restating-counterstating how good or (in some small instances) how bad adorama has been to us. But interestingly the OP has not chimed in at all after the original post. He has not put forward what problem he faced, nor has he come forward to state what is the current condition of his problem - resolved or still lingering. At this point I cannot even be sure if he at all had any problem or it was something stemming out of some kind of buyers remorse.

EOS Bodies / Re: Show your love for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
« on: August 22, 2012, 05:31:38 PM »
This one was taken just few days before I decided to return the Canon 70-300 in favour of the Tamron 70-300

Squirrel by alo-chhaya, on Flickr

Maybe I'll head back out in the woods today and try a wider aperature f/4.0 as you suggested.  I was hoping to salvage these shots though.

Photo 1
Body: Canon 7D
Lens: 70-200 f/4.0 IS
Shutter speed: 1/25 sec
Aperature: f/7.1
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 400

Photo 2
Body: Canon 7D
Lens: 70-200 f/4.0 IS
Shutter speed: 1/30 sec
Aperature: f/7.1
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 400

Instead of f/4 I would suggest to go with something like f/5.6. A bit stopped down but not so much as f/7.1 as to make the background non-blurred (if that is a word).

For the current photos, why do not you try to crop around the squirrel a little tighter and use blurring in post processing for the background (using layer and layer mask).

For squirrels I always find my 70-300 lens to be handy to get close (of course cropping from your lens at 200mm will probably give better results than my third party lens).

I cropped the following pretty severely and reached this resultant photo.

Squirrel by alo-chhaya, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Choice for a landscape lens
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:53:20 AM »
Since cost is not an issue

17mm TSE or 14mm wide prime....

Why would you shoot landscapes that wide?

The OP only said he/she is in the market for a landscape lens. Who knows what is a "landscape" lens? As Aglet has said it can be any focal length. Correct.

The OP also said he has 24-105 and I read into his post that as if the wide/short end of that lens is kind of limiting to him (he said that the "widest" he has is the 24mm side of that lens). So my assumption was he wanted to go wider, although he did not mention anything specifically.

Of course if not making the above assumption then any lens can work depending on what is the photographer's personal taste (as dr croubie said).

Lenses / Re: Choice for a landscape lens
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:14:27 AM »
Since cost is not an issue

17mm TSE or 14mm wide prime....

Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:11:11 AM »
Most of my purchases are from Adorama. I generally shop at B&H if only Adorama does not have something in stock (that is not to say that B&H has been bad). I have returned two items till now in the last one year. Both of those were second hand items. I have never faced any problem. Just downloaded the form, filled it in and send the item back with the form and invoice copy. No questions asked, I have been refunded my money.

It might be helpful if the OP makes the problem he is facing a little bit clearer (unless of course there is some privacy issue involved). There are many experienced users here who might be able to give some specific tips in that case.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:32:57 PM »
Here are some from me

1-2-3-4 by alo-chhaya, on Flickr

Light and Shadow by alo-chhaya, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Landscape Question
« on: August 12, 2012, 08:29:13 PM »
The digital picture website has a page which lists the DLA aperture for most of the Canon (sensors) cameras.


its shows with 5DIII you can probably go till f/10 and with 1DX till f/11. You might find the page useful for your later works (as I think "today afternoon" is already gone).

It looks like 5DC, 1DIIN and 1DII had the largest sized pixels of any canon DSLR till date and hence also allowed the smalled apertures till diffraction limits set in (all f/13)

[I rounded down all the DLAs to the nearest full stop]

If you can survive without the IS, then non-L 100mm macro is IQ wise similar to the L version and cheaper too. It also gives you 1:1 macro, while as far as I know for the 50mm you need a life size converter to get 1:1 (I might be wrong though) which will cost some more money.

Canon General / Re: Suggestions needed from the community
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:51:17 AM »
OP, given your self description I would suggest you to get 60D or just wait for 70D. Keep the 50mm from your current lenses and possibly sell everything else. Get the following lenses

EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 (or Tamron 17-50 non-VC if fund strapped)/ or EF-S 15-85 IS
EF 70-300 IS non-L (or Tamron SP 70-300)

If you like Macro then the 100mm f/2.8 either L or non-L (depending on budget). This would work as your portrait lens as well.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: The College of Engineering, Pune, India
« on: August 07, 2012, 03:09:32 PM »
In case you can manage to get an ultra wide angle lens then a recapture (since you plan to go again) of the "Arches 1" photo with the entire arch (the one which is almost on top of you and whose sides are just visible) in view (along with whatever you have now in the image) might be an interesting composition. And yes Tripod (if allowed) will be very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: The College of Engineering, Pune, India
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:30:26 PM »
The first four images are basically I-was-there memory snaps, so as photographs there is nothing to comment on them. (at least I have nothing to say)

The architectural shots are quite nice. But a wider angle than 28mm would probably suit the main hall picutres better. That way you could capture some of the floor and furniture there (if any) and give the photos some grounding.

The stained glass window photo needs sever cropping. Otherwise, a bit more exposure to show the wall and surrounding areas was required. As it stands now the dark areas are too much.

The last two photographs needs to be leveled. The tabe on the left in the last photo is quite distracting. cropping the picture from left and right could eliminate that.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 22mm pancake, 18-55 IS STM
« on: July 23, 2012, 11:54:36 PM »

(Yes, I know -- lots of people will now chime in how they want the sensor from an IQ180 in a 1D X but with a body the size of a matchbox and an integraged TS-E AF 8-8000 f/0.5 L IS pancake. We know. You're special. You're not most people. You're not normal.)

Love that.....

Portrait / Re: What did I do wrong?
« on: July 18, 2012, 03:54:05 AM »
At f/1.4 it is even difficult to keep the distant eye in focus in a single person's face if the face is just slightly turned.

I always use f/5.6 for group (4-6 people) photos. If it is a wide angle group shot (more than 8 people) then I always use f/8.

For bokeh, just recompose the photo or reposition your subjects in such a way that the background is relatively far away and you get amazing bokeh.

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