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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:39:45 AM »
Tanzania 2013

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/6.3 & 1/250th ISO800
Great shot yet again edward,would love to get my hands on a 200-400 :)

Born, look at your models! You want to stand farther away? :o

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:35:32 AM »
Here is one from my new 85 1.2 before AFMA,turns out it needs +7 on the 1dx and +4 on my 5dmk3.

Aye! That is one bonnie lass! Eyes like that should be unlawful on a beautiful woman - removes all sense from a man's head!  ;)

Love to see you using the 85L, born, that's my next piece of glass, lord willin'...

Question - how are you using that beast? One shot/focus & recompose or One shot/select AF point & don't move or AI Servo and let the camera deal with any movement?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 23, 2013, 02:53:00 AM »
Thanks, much appreciated.

You continue to post great images Edward. I can only repeat myself and complement you again. You should seriously consider a book. Make it a tutorial in safari photography, with lots of details on where you go, how you organize it, what equipment you use for the various cases and images etc. Most books I read about this topic are either focused on the travel side of it or just images. If there are stuff about photography, it is normally something for they guy who bought his first DSLR yesterday.
You write well, you have tons of great images, you have been all over the place and you have more equipment than most people can dream of. So seriously, instead of going back to some boring business, you should enlighten our lives with a stunning book, worthy of your photographs.

I was trying to talk him into actually organizing photo safaris - with a pre-planning workshop where he paid for all the beer...  ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:35:22 AM »
Amanda in glasgow :-) Getting a little fed up shooting models now to be honest looking forward to a trip to budapest next month :)

Amanda by Lseriesglass, on Flickr

born - I feel for you, buddy! I know it can take a toll - looking through that viewfinder and seeing a non-stop procession of beauty - it must eat you up inside... You need a break - some time away from the Lassies - and I hope Budapest can provide some relief... Meanwhile, all of us here, we feel your pain... ::)

Lenses / Re: How many megapixels can these lenses resolve?
« on: November 12, 2013, 04:15:27 AM »
The simple answer to your question is as follows:

for any given region of interest, use the table of numbers of LW/PH

take that number, square it, multiply by 1.5 for the 3:2 aspect ratio
divide that by 1,000,000 if you want simple MP and you'll get the equivalent resolution if that portion of the measurement was uniform for the whole frame.

e.g.  center of 17-40 @ f/8 will = ~ 16MP

it's pretty sad when you calculate the corners!

If you measure the top level of the graph, ~3700, you'll get ~21MP which is the MP of the sensor in that body.

Thanks, Aglet, that makes sense! I noticed on Photozone that only a couple of Canon lenses could hit that 3700 value... Oh, and the Sigma 35...

Which leads me to ponder... I know Photozone uses a 5DII for their testing - if some of the lenses are hitting the top end of that sensor - would using a Nikon/Sony 36MP test vehicle let us really see where the lens hits its peak? Until Canon brings out their own high MP body, of course...

Lenses / Re: How many megapixels can these lenses resolve?
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:33:21 AM »
lens resolution is a misunderstood topic.... the resolution is not a hard limit, it is the point where the curve bends....

For ease of example, let us assume everything is full frame... Let's say you have a lens with 18Mixels of resolution. If you put it on a 10Mpixel body, it is capable of resolving 10M. Put it on a 15M body and it will resolve 15M. Put it on an 18M body and it will resolve 18M... but beyond this point the line changes from straight to a curve... Put it on a 20M body and it does not resolve 20M, it will resolve a number somewhere between 18 and 20... for the sake of argument, let's say 19.5.... put it on a 40M body and it might only resolve 35M... and so on...

Don, that is a great example, but where does one find the resolution numbers for a particular lens? It would be great if they stamped on the box "This lens has 25MP of resolution capability" or similar...

$1899? OK, I've never seen it this low... Pulled the trigger from B&H - Thanks CR! ;D

no remote second curtain sync is a deal breaker for me
here are some examples

Every single one of those "examples" would look exactly the same with first curtain sync, you are just dragging the shutter, it doesn't make any difference if the flash fires at the beginning or end of the exposure for that type of image.
I disagree I find the images sharper using second curtain as the sharp image is exposed over the top of any movement blur not the other way around

That's the way I understand it... My goal is to resurrect my wedding business and I have visualized shots with light trails entering the image and then "popping" the B&G PJ-style... Can't do that with 1st curtain...

Lenses / Re: AFMA for new 135mm F2
« on: October 31, 2013, 01:54:55 AM »
AFMA can vary due to distance... Common recommendation is to check at 25X and 50X focal length... But what drives your AFMA decision is your use... If you bought it for headshots - then you probably want 25X... If you are going to shoot indoor sports - then maybe 50X is better...

My 135L required -4 at 4.3 meters on a 5DIII = Every camera/lens combo is different... I'm not sure how you got it to work at 5 feet - you got a green "check" at both normal and zoom settings? Both are required for FoCal to do its best for you...

Unless you are in a really big room, and can drench your target in light, I would put it on a laptop. Go outside, put that target in a bright location, get your camera on a sturdy tripod, and run FoCal again... Look at the "Result Confidence" and your test chart - make sure you got a good run... Hope this helps!  :)

personally i use phottix odins

they are not the cheapest but they are the best
the transmitter unit has a really nice large intuitive display screen on the back which lets you control all your flash functionallity and groups etc

they also allow high speed sync with studio strobes this is an undocumented feature but still pretty cool
one cool thing with this is you dont need the expensive odin recievers on the studio light you can just use a much cheaper stratto 2!

then you can mix speedlights and studio lights and do pretty much whatever you like and control the speedlights from the back of the transmitter, the studio lights you cant control as they are hooked up with the 3.5mm audio jack

Phottix also allows 2nd curtain sync off camera, which the Canon 600's cannot. Can someone explain how a 3rd party company can make a flash that can do that on a Canon camera, but Canon can't???????  ??? ??? ??  ??? ???

Wow, I had no idea the 600EX-RT's wouldn't handle 2nd curtain synch off-camera!  :(

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:25:51 AM »
Really nice how you held the foreground detail!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 25, 2013, 01:43:41 AM »
Some recent landscape images from a trip to Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The palmetto state by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr

The dawn of time by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr

Sunrise yin-yang by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr

Sunset on the Kiawah River (1/2) by Eric Sturdivant, on Flickr

Nice! Were you using ND filters or are those HDR?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:40:31 AM »
That right eye looks familiar! I think "The Terminator" is in there someplace!  8)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:27:00 AM »

Dear Mom & Dad - the orthodontist was worth every penny!

What a great smile on a beautiful girl! :D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:15:47 AM »
Fiona said smile guy's it's the weekend :)

Fiona could make me smile any day of the week!

Great B&W!

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