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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:49:19 AM »
Caspian Tern



Very nice. Flying on the curve of landscape and sky

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:19:53 AM »
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II
1/400s, F11, ISO4000


Nice shot!
Collecting material to build a nest? No?
Thanks candyman,
No, he is actually removing carved wood from his home to be in the trunk, so it is the exact opposite.


ha,ha,ha....I was close....
What a wonderful world of birds..isn't it?!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:52:39 AM »
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II
1/400s, F11, ISO4000


Nice shot!
Collecting material to build a nest? No?

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:51:04 AM »
These panorama's were both shot from the upper level of Tokyo Tower. The second panorama is a composite of two panorama's, each made from three photo's.


Very nice!
3 questions:
- did you shoot behind a window (that would be obviously - or not?)
- did you use a pano head (like for example Manfrotto 300N)? If not, what was your technique?

Thanks, candyman!

I inadvertently answered your first question in the edit I did to my original post, before writing this reply: They were indeed both shot through coated glass. There's a plastic coating on the inside of the glass that's a little greasy or damaged in places, which makes it a challenge to shoot without getting blurry spots. Where some blurry spots remained, I sharpened them a little locally in Photoshop.

These were all shot handheld, pretty much with the hood (almost) touching the glass. Then I stitched them in photoshop and used a bunch of warp/perspective tools to get the perspective right. The first panorama got a little dodge and sharpening applied to the lower corners due to the vignetting effect of obliquely shooting though the glass windows.

The second panorama is made up from two almost square panorama's that I shot from two different windows. It was never my intention to combine these when I was shooting them but when I stitched them in Photoshop I found them to be a little boring individually, so I combined them. The distance between the shooting positions was at least 2 meters, so you can see that you can do without a panorama head if there are no subjects close to the shooting position.

Edit: If you're interested in the EXIF information, it's embedded in the images I posted ;)


Thanks for the extra info.
You must have a steady hand.
And, remarkable result while shooting through coated glass.


Did you ever try Canon Photostich? What is your opinion about that?




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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: April 27, 2014, 06:56:15 AM »
These panorama's were both shot from the upper level of Tokyo Tower. The second panorama is a composite of two panorama's, each made from three photo's.


Very nice!
3 questions:
- did you shoot behind a window (that would be obviously - or not?)
- did you use a pano head (like for example Manfrotto 300N)? If not, what was your technique?

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Well, the days of Canon/Nikon taking their own sweet time to update lenses is likely drawing to a close. They could get away with that before, since there was no real competition. Sigma and Tamron have not been taken too seriously by most enthusiasts/professionals for their inconsistencies in build quality, autofocus or whatever. This information would filter down to the average consumer, causing them to stick with OEM products unless budget restraints were critical. If this current rise in quality is sustained and not just a momentary aberration, this too will become well known and no company will be able to rest on their laurels. This is of coarse good for all consumers. The fact that Sigma is not just meeting, but improving over the OEM brands for significantly less money is amazing. For now, it is just in their high end models. I wonder if Sigma will be able to compete in the lower end of the market as well. That will really make Nikon and Canon take notice.

To steal a line from a previously mentioned "restaurant", I'm lovin' it!

I think you fundamentally don't get Canon's position. They are a multi billion dollar international corporation and are not overly interested in selling tens of thousands of lenses, they are into selling millions of cameras. Now the P&S cash cow is drying up they are repositioning into the C line, which is probably the only thing keeping any R&D going for us high end body stills shooters, and surveillance cameras hence the ultra low light sensor video R&D etc. They don't see Sigma or Tamron as competition because they aren't, they are comparatively small companies that sell limited quantities of niche products that you need a Canon (or Nikon) product to use, just like ThinkTank, or Adobe.

Where could I read more to get a better idea about Canon's fundamental position please?


You can start here: http://www.canon.com/ir/annual/2013/report2013.pdf
No?
Page 15: 2014 Initiatives

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Lenses / Re: What is the perfect lens for street photography?
« on: April 26, 2014, 04:33:00 AM »
For me, it is wider...  I love my 24L on my 5D mkIII...  I like to get up-close and personal...  :)

Most of these shots are with that combo:
http://www.adhocphotographer.com/203252/2514077/projects/street-portraits-india

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Those are some great pictures!
I guess that what focal length is what makes you feel comfortable.
I am still torn up between the sigma 35 and the sigma 50

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 26, 2014, 01:39:32 AM »

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:19:09 PM »
Beautiful reflection.  Nicely done.
+1
excellent

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<p>Camera sales, however, fell by 22 percent year-on-year in the quarter, as the world’s biggest camera maker struggled with the prevalence of high-quality smartphone cameras and a saturation in the high-end, single-lens-reflex camera market.</p>
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Is that also the conclusion of Canon or just Reuters?

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 6D battery issue (?)
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:49:05 PM »
Thanks, will do that...


How exactly can a lens draw excess power?

John
With the Tamron 24-70 it was a problem with the lens circuit board. A factory fault.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:27:06 AM »
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It is one thing for Canon to not cooperate with second party lens manufacturers.  That's just business.  But to deliberately put in coding to hinder second party lenses is, in my opinon, not acceptable.  That's just my opinion though............



Reminds me of software companies. I know that some of them got to deal with lawsuits that they lost. They had to open the software and had to pay huge sum of penalty.
But the two might not be the same...
It may be about violating patents and we know what is going on between Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia etc.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:16:20 AM »
How many (p)reviews of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART actually report problems with the AF? I read a few but only found this report at TDP. Is it possible that Bryan had bad luck with his copy? Although it was provided by Sigma?

EDIT: Lenstip reports an AF problem specific with the Canon 1Ds MKIII. Maybe they should have tried another FF to see if it is that camera or the lens....

I used to own the 'old' Sigma 50mm f/1.4. I never had AF problems with that one. I got rid of it because I did not like to performance on the FF but loved it on my 7D.
It is possible that production copies will perform outstanding where always you have some copies that are not okay.

Lenstip claims the issues were with the 1Ds3, but non with the 5D3. Bryan reports issues on a 5D3.

Good news is that it's probably a software quirk. I would wait a little before buying the lens, but I'm confident Sigma will release a firmware update soon.

We should also wait to see how widespread is the problem.

It's also interesting to notice that both tested lenses (lenstip and TDP) came from Sigma. Maybe they weren't really retail-ready models and had a beta firmware?


Thanks for straighten out my sloppy reading. You're right.
In any case you are right about waiting...waiting for the first production copies to see the result of AF

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 23, 2014, 07:29:35 AM »
How many (p)reviews of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART actually report problems with the AF? I read a few but only found this report at TDP. Is it possible that Bryan had bad luck with his copy? Although it was provided by Sigma?

EDIT: Lenstip reports an AF problem specific with the Canon 1Ds MKIII. Maybe they should have tried another FF to see if it is that camera or the lens....

I used to own the 'old' Sigma 50mm f/1.4. I never had AF problems with that one. I got rid of it because I did not like to performance on the FF but loved it on my 7D.
It is possible that production copies will perform outstanding where always you have some copies that are not okay.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Fail to contact support Reikan (Focal)
« on: April 23, 2014, 07:12:04 AM »

I filed a support ticket 13 days ago and accessed the support site to request an update 5 days ago. But I did not receive any respond at all.


Does anybody know what is common for Reikan to respond on a support ticket?

Have you, or can you start a new ticket? Maybe without an upload of screen caps?


Today I was able to add the serialnumber of my Canon 6D via the LMS of the Reikan website. Next I opened Focal Pro on my PC and the license was added locally. Only this weekend I can check if it actually works.


To be honest, it is still a disappointment that after 46 days I still did not get a reaction at all. A minimum would be a reaction like: "Dear customer, currently we receive a lot of support questions. A response may take more time than usual (or mention days). Thank you for your patience."  And if necessary repeat this message once.

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