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Lenses / Re: 1.4 lenses kwestion
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:05:16 AM »
No, you are confusing sharpness with IQ which don't necessarily mean the same thing.

To most prime users, the other attributes of the lens, bokeh and low light performance are more important than wide open sharpness.

Sharpness isn't everything, neither is bokeh. The decision hinges entirely on how you intend to use the gear.

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Landscape / Re: Ugly landscapes
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:58:09 AM »
Ugly landscape ... oh yes, I took one with the lens-cap on, looked ugly as hell. Too bad I deleted it!  ;D

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:56:33 AM »
I had saved money for the Sigma 35f/1.4 A, but my tax return was higher than I expected, so I just ordered the Canon 24-70f/2.8 II instead!!! Wish me luck!

A.

I would have wished you luck had you got the Sigma given the AF performance can be a bit troublesome. With the 24-70 II you shouldn't need luck, it is the as close to a perfect lens you can have in this FL range.

There are quite a few users that would disagree with you :)

I'm sure there will be a few. TBF, I did choose my words carefully ... no?

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:12:39 AM »
40,000 INR to FIX!!!  :O  :'( (623USD)....

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.....  That strap was not worth it!

Ouch! That's steep!

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:37:33 AM »
Thanks...  I hope they can fix it soon, i'm going to Kaziranga at the end of next week! :(

Hope to see some photos of the Indian Rhinos soon. Good luck with your trip.

PS: Maybe you could test out the Tamron 150-600 while the 70-200 (+2x TC) is under repair :)

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:32:36 AM »
I had saved money for the Sigma 35f/1.4 A, but my tax return was higher than I expected, so I just ordered the Canon 24-70f/2.8 II instead!!! Wish me luck!

A.

I would have wished you luck had you got the Sigma given the AF performance can be a bit troublesome. With the 24-70 II you shouldn't need luck, it is the as close to a perfect lens you can have in this FL range.

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:22:54 AM »
Sorry for your loss. I keep hearing these horror stories of cameras detaching from BR straps and getting wrecked and wonder many times as to why I keep using them. That said, this has happened to me as well (in a sort of way). Fortunately, I had taken Martin Bailey's advice and the gear was unharmed.

http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2011/05/29/podcast-288-camera-straps-and-safety-measures/

Hope the damage on the 70-200 wasn't too severe and you get your lens back soon. They take too much time repairing lenses here in India.

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I have a 200-400 on order. I should get it in a few days :) at least when I get bad/average shots with the Canon, I'll only have myself to blame  ;)

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Photography Technique / Re: How can I get this apple sharp?
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:22:18 AM »
you'll need to focus stack and merge the images, there are various software package out there for focus stacking.

+1 ... Perfect solution

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:20:07 AM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

Thanks Carl!

This is commonly known as the bottlebrush flower ... Botanical genus is Callistemon.

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Thanks for the replies.

Keep them vertical and dry. That way they'll last for as long as you want. If you leave a paper background permanently up in your studio with a Manfrotto style background support, you'll notice a slight sag in the middle after a few months, particularly if you live in a humid environment. My solution is to source an appropriately light weight, yet strong aluminium tube; get one that is the correct diameter to fit snugly inside the cardboard tube/core of your paper roll. Cut it to length, just a touch longer than your paper roll.

With the Manfrotto style background support with the thingys that expand/grip inside the cardboard tube, then you need to do this. Get your angle grinder and make four 6-8 inch long cuts at each end of the aluminium tube. This allows the Manfrotto expanders to grip snugly on your paper roll. Without the cuts, your paper roll will just spin on the aluminium tube. There you go! A handy little home-grown invention.

-pw

This DIY solution is awesome. Thanks pwp!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:32:00 PM »
No option for none of the above???

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:01:12 AM »
How's the DR performance when you lift five stops of the lens-cap on photos? 

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:59:38 AM »
I keep hearing people complain about the focusing problems with the f/1.4. I guess I have a pretty good copy because mine works superbly when paired with the 5D3.

That said, focus shift is not a problem for me. The f/1.4 comes out only when light levels are real low and I'm shooting wide open most of the time. For reasonable light shooting, I use the 24-70II which is as sharp as anything at 50mm at almost all aperture settings. 

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Hi,

I took delivery of 4 Savage Seamless Paper Backgrounds earlier today. Haven't had time to open a single one of them and all are presently put up vertically in a corner of the basement.

What is the best way to store these beasts? I'm not sure if I want to put them back into the cardboard boxes after every use. Is there a simple solution to have multiple backgrounds on a single stand? any custom made solutions?

Thanks in advance,

Cheers ... J.R.

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