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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)..
http://www.lensauthority.com/ - 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: http://www.eventphotographersociety.co.uk/forum/showthread.php/5976-fotovelocity-com

It mentioned http://www.timestonesoftware.com/ 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 http://www.millerslab.com/schools/overview 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.

Lenses / Re: Canon IS BINOCULARS
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:39:50 PM »
They're not Canon, but I enjoyed doing some fun stuff with the Sony DEV-5 binoculars - they can do photos, video and 3d video if you want to have fun.  It does have their IS system, works well.


Software & Accessories / How big do you print?
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:11:07 PM »
I'm on a tear printing things, and I keep reminding myself that looking at a photo on a screen of any type really isn't looking at a photo properly.  Screens are backlit, where as prints are frontlit. 

So, how big have you pushed your images?  Stitched images count, so if you're abusing a roll feed printer, admit to it now.

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 25, 2013, 06:00:05 PM »
I wonder what happens if/when you actually get all current Canon EOS bodies/lenses/accessories.  Does that satisfy, or do you start buying Powershots, old Canon gear (200 f/1.8 anyone?), Leica stuff?, Medium format, or cross over to the dark side ;) and start over with Nikon. 
Medium format all the way.  Phase One or Hasselblad, either way, it's a car or two...

I wonder how the new Sigma USB lens dock can be utilized with lens profiles.  Say you adjust your 'Art' 35mm lens, how can that data be fed into LR?

Software & Accessories / Re: When will,cards go on sale
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:41:48 AM »
Take in to account the Hynix fire and the impact of 'fake' SanDisk cards and just buy what you need when you need it from a trusted source.

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