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Canon General / Re: Spray and Pray Discovery
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:01:36 PM »
Also works for waterfalls - setup behind your umbrella, use a wired release cable and set the body to high speed continuous shooting.  Lift the umbrella and start shooting, until the lens needs a wipe to remove spray.  Repeat as needed.

Too bad we can't program the body to do focal stacking for us - I mean, it's a lens, at a static focal length, the amount of travel in the focus is know, set it to closest point, figure DoF based on Aperture, and move the focal point x distance each shot.  Either that or let me pick a pattern on the AF and focus & shoot each point in the pattern.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations? Canon 60D user
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:57:21 PM »
Don't reinvent the wheel.  There are a number of crop designed wide angle lenses that are solid performers.

Roger has a good reference between the lot of them...

Software & Accessories / Re: software for designing wedding albums
« on: October 18, 2013, 02:59:41 PM »
Lightroom 5 has the ability to do custom layouts:

Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:50:13 PM »
I was very close to buy a Phase One, but a +40MP body, with improved DR and Zeiss Otus lenses would cover that need, at a much lower cost (even though this forum has gone bananas over the Otus 55/1.4 price). And with such a body I would get full use of the 17 and 24 TS-E lenses ...

then buy a phase one .. i have one and i love it.
what keeps you from buying what you need?


Get an Alpa FPS and a Phase One back and use your Canon 17mm and 24mm TS lenses - the output is amazing.  The trade off is huge, but what it can do is amazing.  Yes, it's more money, but you're going to a chip 2x the size, CCD instead of CMOS, and the ability to do up to 80mp images.

Lenses / Re: Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:38:02 PM »
As a stop-gap grab the 300f4 - it's a slick lens and will help you get an idea if your framing is better at 300mm or if you want to go the 400mm route.  For the price of a 300mm gen2 you can get a 400mm gen1 which may be more what you're looking for.  With the 5d mk3 you may be better cranking up the ISO to get the shutter speed you want.

Lenses / Re: Cicala on Lens testing
« on: October 10, 2013, 06:28:34 PM »
Interesting the bits on the high resolution cameras - backlit film for testing...  They test all lenses on the way in and on the way out, so I think there are a few folks whom are doing testing as it is.

My bigger question is why doesn't Nikon and Canon have someone visiting them on a regular basis, collecting feedback from their staff and customers to drive business decisions.  Imagine the info you could munge out of rental patterns and customers who turn around and purchase a lens.

Lenses / Re: Canon Tilt-Shift Updates [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2013, 04:24:09 PM »
While I understand why wide lenses need to be designed for it, how about an adapter that would allow for T/S on any EF lens?  Hasselblad has a slick setup in their HTS 1.5 setup, and while it's no technical camera, the ability to use different lenses is nice.  Toss in the electrical connections for focus and such, and you could get some really interesting stuff.
Too bad Hasselblad hasn't figured out how to sell their products and actually have example photos and such...

Lenses / Re: Used gear
« on: October 08, 2013, 05:27:41 PM »
... LensRentals' new storefront (don't recall the site).. - they'll be flushing out a lot in the next 2 months as summer winds down, and they did a Black Friday sale last year.  Lots of info and trust their ratings as they're a step or two under-rated just to make sure you aren't disappointed.  They've taken more than $10k from me so far, and I have zero complaints.

Software & Accessories / Re: Doing a school photo shoot
« on: October 08, 2013, 01:25:23 PM »
Honestly, I do not see the difficulty of making samples of photos with "CONTACT SHEET" in Photoshop. Basically, you set up in 2 minutes, waiting for the computer do the work in 30 minutes after you spend a few minutes to save each sheet in JPEG. As for the final assemblies, is something I really do not like doing, and I'd rather pay a local store photo developing, can do the graphic art.

It isn't just 'create a contact sheet', it is the top to bottom management of the process of putting out pricing to the students, collecting the orders, getting the shots done, making sure you have all your names to faces and then the final packaging.  Lots of moving parts when there are 300 students.

I found a thread that may apply:

It mentioned as an option with offices in the UK/EU.

Software & Accessories / Re: Doing a school photo shoot
« on: October 08, 2013, 01:03:41 AM »

TriCoast Photo did a volume workshop on CreativeLive and the software is theirs -

Also picked up some bits on as another solution.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 07, 2013, 12:13:33 PM »

Am I right?  Did I correctly understand your explanation?

Thanks again for bringing light to an otherwise lost thread.

Pretty much - I'm new to medium format and the image size associated, but it's still a camera.  I tilted the question slightly as the discussion was more of 'why do I need 40mp in a 35mm body' more so than the generic 'why do I need 40mp'.  Nikon is making a killing on those who chase megapixels, but there are only so many of them, and they'll switch systems just for the idea that they're 1% better images. 

If someone wanted to get into medium format now, I'd say go the Phase One route, and any of the P backs would be a great starting point.  I am attempting to get a few side by side shots done in the next few weeks, so I should have more info to post.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I don't understand
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:27:16 PM »
Yes, I also fail to understand... why we need 40+ MP cameras.  Sigh...

You don't need it, but it sure is nice when you have it.  The only way to get it right now is MF.  There are trade offs for MF - and they are huge:

Lens options - let's be honest, there are 10x more in the 35mm world than in the medium format world
Lens length - 200-400mm zoom, 800mm lenses - 35mm has this covered, 645 shooters just got a 2x extender
Shots per second - up to 14fps - need I say more?  Phase does a dark frame equal to your exposure, and Hasselblad does 1fps
Speedlites - TTL is your friend, and doesn't exist in in the MF world, so your wireless remotes are just 'pop'

So, for people who want these high MP images in the 35mm format, the ability to use these advantages is huge.

But, 40/50/60/80mp images are AMAZING to work with, and when printed are a whole different ball of wax.  There is a market for it, but there is an associated cost to it.  I can do a 24x36 print, and my resolution is 300 pixels per inch - off of a native file.  Yes, you can interpolate up to this, and even higher, but side by side, a MF image at size will look better.

How many of you actually open up your computer and do hardware replacement?  That's literally what you're asking Canon and everyone else to 'allow' for.  The tolerances for getting it right are just too tight, and the 'upgradeable' parts would impossible to protect with rain seals.

Let us look at the major parts of a camera- body, sensor, electronics.  The body has to be rigid to support the weight of the lenses and tough enough to stand up to weeks in Africa.  The sensor is a precision built tool, that requires perfect alignment with many things like the focal plane shutter and the lens mount.  The electronics need to match up with the latest greatest technology used in the sensor, and consist of multiple boards shaped to the body of the camera.

Basically to do this you're going to frankenstein a camera for what - the illusion that you can 'upgrade' to the latest greatest without buying a whole new camera?  Tell that to the 645 folks whom are shooting with a digital back - there isn't any savings.  There are 2 batteries in the camera, one for the back, and one for the body.  Hasselblad is a bit better on the battery (1 for the whole camera), but worse in that the H4D and H5D backs and bodies are mated for life, so not interchangeable (have heard this, haven't experienced it).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica rangefinder - with lens cap on
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:07:30 AM »
You will never see a lens cap in my camera bag. All lenses are protected with BW Clear Filter, including X100s. Ready to shoot at all times.

How often do you clean the filters, and how often do you replace them?

Just to put it in perspective, medium format systems don't have 45 af points - they have 1 or best case 3.  Focus and recompose is just part of what you learn to deal with.  Hasselblad on the H4D/H5D have a single point, and their True AF isn't all that, but the dedicated button is something you just get used to.

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