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EOS Bodies / Re: Things to Do while waiting for your new 5DmIII
« on: March 19, 2012, 03:21:58 PM »
The 5D3 is a nice camera, but while I wait for mine to arrive I plan to spend my time taking pictures with the cameras I have.

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Lenses / Re: Good/Better/Best Macro for T3i
« on: March 19, 2012, 01:26:24 PM »
I wouldn't say these are bad shots.  You are evidently very good at getting close to these snakes and your first three shots show attempts at interesting compositions.  With some more practice and time spent analyzing reptile shots from professionals I think you can significantly improve.

I disagree that the top shots are taken with top gear.  Very good gear often makes it easier, but many of the best shots I have seen used very low end gear.  That being said, you will not be disappointed with the 100/2.8 IS macro.

It is true that sharpness and optics-wise the IS and non-IS versions are almost identical.  However the IS, IMHO, completely sets this lens apart.  It allows you to shoot at shutter speeds otherwise unthinkable in macro.

In terms of your last shot, this is just my opinion but I offer the following critique.

The #1 issue I see with many beginner's photographs is they attempt to put too much in the shot.  This is an issue with this shot.  The green tuft (moss?) is distracting.  I am also unsure whether this is a portrait of the snake's head or just the eye.  The nostril seems to indicate this is a shot of the head, but then it is missing another nostril.  Keep things simple.  Decide what you want your subject to be and remove everything else.

Your DOF also confuses slightly.  I would like to see a touch more DOF - such as F8.

I believe you are following most of the proper technique already - handheld, no flash, and no AF.

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Based purely on the specs, I would use a camera to take a landscape photo.  A tripod may also be very useful.

Seriously, these are both great cameras.  They both will take awesome photos and when you take a shot that sucks, it will not be the camera's fault.

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Abstract / Re: splash
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:20:16 PM »
Since December I have started taking more water drop shots.  They are fascinating and fun to play around with.  Here are a few recent ones I took.

http://500px.com/photo/4975400

http://www.flickr.com/photos/calevphoto/6929516391/#in/photostream

http://500px.com/photo/5708044

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Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:35:59 PM »
Great info!  My question was not so much about panoramas or 360 panos, just mainly about the ability to stitch 2 or 3 images from the TS lens shifting from left to right to get a larger (i.e. wider) image of a room without the parallax issues of the far left and far right of the frame getting all stretched out.  From what I've seen, it seemed like the Tilt-shift lens would allow to get a wider (more spacious) view without the UWA artifacts.

This is true, but there are a few things to consider against doing this.
  • You lose out on the ability to shift up and down (because you are already shifting left/right). Therefore you lose on of the major creative features of the TS lens.
  • A lot of RE agents like the ultra-wide view. Of course, you do need to be careful with things on the left and right edges.  However, most of the agents I know prefer images taken by UW lenses as it makes rooms appear larger.  While photographers tend to be against this, it does help sell houses.
  • If you are using HDR or exposure blending, this makes PP more of a pain.

Interestingly the one time I did use a TS for a pano, the agent had me crop the shot about 50% - or to where I could have taken it in a single shot.

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Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:53:14 PM »
There is one thing I am a bit confused about: why is the focus so much on panos in real estate photography?

I am a real estate photographer and do not see any requests for panos.  Early in my career I took them and no one used them.  There are some agents who use 360 panos - which are quite a bit different - though around here no one asks for them because many of the local MLS sites do not support them.  Anyways for 360 panos a TS-E 24 would be a major pain.  The 8-15 fisheye would be more useful for that purpose.

I have the TS-E 24 II, TS-E 17, and TS-E 90 and only use tilt shifts for my RE work.  I use them for their architectural shift capabilities - not for their ability to take two shot panos.  By shifting I can easily choose how much floor vs. ceiling I want in my shot while keeping my verticals straight.  It is extremely important for emphasizing the key selling points of the room.  I typically use my TS-E 24 II for exteriors, TS-E 17 for interiors, and TS-E 90 on rare occasions for shots from docks or distance views of the property.

Outside of RE, I occasionally take panos.  There I have found a macro rail to be useful for adjusting to the nodal point of the lens.  I own two different macro rails - a Really Right Stuff XY rail (two rails stacked) and the Stackshot from Cognisys.  In the past I owned the Kirk rail but sold it in favor of the RRS.  The RRS rails is more precise and much stronger.  For panos I only use the RRS rail.

For macro I would definitely buy the best rail possible (Stackshot) but panos do not put much stress on the rail so even a cheap one will do.

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I'm in a bit different camp but here is where my opinions have taken me.

- When the 1DX was announced, I put in a preorder immediately.
- Later on, I realized I didn't really need the 1DX and I allocated most of the budget elsewhere.  I picked up an 8-15 fisheye, microscope objective, and a Stackshot. I do not regret this decision.
- I still kept enough money put aside for a 5D3 at $3k.  My feeling was I would buy one.
- Now that the 5D3 has been (not fully) announced, I am disappointed.  I am disappointed both by the higher price and the specs. I find it very difficult to justify it.
- When I look at the 1DX, though, I find it a bit more justifiable.  The 5D3 really just looks like a 5D2 with a bit better high ISO and the AF of the 7D.  The 1DX adds the following.
     1) even better high ISO
     2) better metering - ability to meter on an AF point
     3) improved AF
     4) double the fps
     5) weather sealing
     6) more customization
     7) better ergonomics
- I therefore find myself in a debate. If I do move to another camera, the 1DX is more the camera I would expect.  It is a significant improvement on top of the 5D2.  On the other hand, it is very expensive.

Unless the 5D3 has much better high ISO than I think it will, at this point I am unlikely to move to it.  I am, however, more likely to move to a 1DX in the future.  Of course, I still have to justify the 1DX compared to other things that I would buy, but strongly in favor of the 1DX this time around is the fact that I have already bought them. :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: 500px update
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:31:39 PM »
Is it just me or is the site unusable after the upgrade? Yesterday I was able to upload a photo but unable to move it to my public portfolio.  Today I can neither upload nor move photos.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Which Speedlite
« on: February 11, 2012, 11:27:31 PM »
I've seen the Nissin in the store before but the main issue I have with it is it's essentially a knockoff for close to the price of the original.  Between the two I would go for the 430EX.

That being said, I recently picked up to Yongnuo 565EX flashes and like them so far.  They run about $150 and function similarly to the 580EX except they cannot be a master (but can be slaves), do not have high speed sync, and may only change in full stops in manual mode.  I have two 580EX flashes as well and for my purposes the Yongnuo's are useful alternatives.

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Lenses / Re: Macro Lens recommendation
« on: February 10, 2012, 07:50:29 PM »
To really answer your question on which macro lens it would help to know what you want to photography.  There are a number of different lenses that may be used for macro purposes and each has its specialty.

That being said, the 100L is an awesome general purpose macro. For me the biggest selling point of the lens besides its sharpness and bokeh is the IS. I take a large percentage of my macro shots hand held and without the specialized IS on this lens it would not be possible.

In terms of using a Kenko 1.4x on it, this should work but why do you need to do this? To be honest I have never put a TC on my 100 macro but then again I have an MP-E 65 for when I need more than 1x.  You should not be concerned about losing AF because you rarely use AF in macro photography.  For all practical purposes I treat my 100 macro as a MF lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: When do you expect to see CR3 rated 5D/3D rumors?
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:22:20 AM »
Given Canon's recent actions, I would expect to see something announced around the end of the month or perhaps in early March.  It is very likely though that delivery will be some time out and like the 1DX samples from the new camera(s) will take awhile.

Right now if you compare the 5D2 with the D800 or D800E it does not look good for Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Split? 5D X & 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:19:16 AM »
While it would be great if this rumor is true, there is one glaring mistake I see here.

If Canon continues with their current naming convention, then the 22 MP 5D should be called the 5DX and the 45 MP version the 5D3.  In line with the "X" series (1Dx, G1X) all cameras have very good high ISO support.

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Macro / Re: Canon MP-E 65 1x-5x 2.8 Macro Lens example photos
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:35:47 PM »
I've read and seen great stuff from this lens, and for its magnification its unique inthe slr world isn't it? So does that make it the best macro or are there others that have awesome/exceptional qualities to them?

love the shots guys!

There is no "best" macro. There are many different macros for different purposes.  IMHO the MP-E 65 + MT-24EX is the best general purpose macro for small insects.  However, it certainly isn't the only macro I depend on.  The following are also great macros I use and each has its specialty.

(note: for those curious I discussed them more on a friend's blog - http://www.ronmartblog.com/2011/11/today-im-happy-to-have-blog-reader.html)

100/2.8 IS Macro - great general purpose macro, leaves, flowers, small objects
TS-E 90 - probably best general purpose macro for flowers. Tilt provides a lot of flexibility.
TS-E 24 II - great for broad views
300/4 IS - great for dragonflies
70-200/2.8 II - abstract subjects
70-200/2.8 II + 2x III - provides more magnification + becomes a different lens

In terms of the MP-E 65, it is an awesome lens but there are ways to go even higher in magnification or improve the resolution.  At 5x I have seen evidence that a Nikon CFI 10x .25 10.5 mounted on a 100mm/2.8 macro is sharper.  You can also mount other microscope objectives to go further.  I am currently in the process of doing this and I hope to provide some examples in the next few weeks.

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Macro / Re: Water macro
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:27:43 PM »
BTW, I love your work!  I guess the reason that my eye seems to think the one with the pencil is inverted is that coloring and lighting on the pencil has an underwater look to it.  Do you add the color in post, or is your lighting set up that way?
Thanks! I do not add color in post, though I often play around with saturation and contrast. In the pencil shot the color came from a geled flash (you can see it a bit on the pencil).  Recently I have moved to a setup where I use food coloring on the water in the pan, a different food coloring in the water being dropped, and a different color gel on the background flash.

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Macro / Re: Water macro
« on: February 01, 2012, 04:29:16 PM »
Is this image inverted?  It looks to my highly untrained eye like the pencil is actually underwater and the surface is at the bottom of the image.


No. The image is not inverted. Below is just the reflection.

Here are two more I took recently.

http://500px.com/photo/4506025


http://500px.com/photo/4397702

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