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Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:12:16 PM »
OK, don't laugh ... The lens I've found most useful for Panoramas is the 40mm pancake - the negligible distortion is a breeze to work with. In fact, I was guided to it by Sporgon here on CR - BTW, I really like his work.

I recently got the 17mm TS-E lens which has a stellar reputation. I'm still getting my head around the various tilt and shift movements so I haven't tried creating panoramas with it. The learning curve is extremely steep and I'm struggling with time constraints these days :(
That makes total sense and as much (or as little) sense as my using the 50L.  I have a TS-E 17 on the way, too, and can't wait to use it.  Once you get the hang of it (have you watched the latest tutorial from Canon: Tilt-Shift Lens Basics with Vincent Laforet?) it's awesome.  He makes it look easy in the video, but remember that he's been using them for many, many years.  The videos are a great overview, though, the best I've seen.

Panos with the T/S are extremely easy if there's nothing the very near foreground. You just rotate shift to the side, shift to -11, shoot, shift to -6, shoot, 0, +6, and +11, and you're done.  You can even skip the -6 and +6 settings (at least with the 24mm) if you don't have time.  For panos with trees or other objects in the foreground that can cause parallax issues, here's a simple way to eliminate parallax with the TS-E lenses from Outback Photo: Workflow Technique #058: Avoiding Parallax while Stitching with Shift Lenses.  Solution #2 in the article is particularly easy if you have a RRS plate.

Thanks a lot for the links and the suggestions. These should be very useful.

I don't have the RRS plate. RRS is not available in India :( I plan to get the RRS tripod, ball head, focusing rails and other accessories when I visit the US later this year ... A long wait.

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Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:40:15 PM »
OK, don't laugh ... The lens I've found most useful for Panoramas is the 40mm pancake - the negligible distortion is a breeze to work with. In fact, I was guided to it by Sporgon here on CR - BTW, I really like his work.

I recently got the 17mm TS-E lens which has a stellar reputation. I'm still getting my head around the various tilt and shift movements so I haven't tried creating panoramas with it. The learning curve is extremely steep and I'm struggling with time constraints these days :(

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Post some pics. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words ;)

Noise is an inseparable part of photography. With digital more so, and photographing night skies, even more so. Even at ISO 100 you are likely to get noise in photographs.

NR in LR needs to be added to taste / requirement. Play around with it manually.

BTW, this paragraph caught my attention. You are pushing the exposure by 3 stops? That is going to add some really bad noise to the image. You would be better served overexposing slightly in camera and bringing down the exposure in post processing, the noise will get reduced considerably.


I did overexpose a bit in Lightroom (I liked the colors) by about 3 stops, which from what I know, does increase noise?

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I use a 6D, hence the need of a flash. How would something like ST-ET-R2 differ as you say? Like... doesn't work? Haha.  :P

The ST-E3-RT and the 600EX RTs will work perfectly with the 6D.

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The Canon RT system is definitely worth it. It simply ... works!

BTW, what camera are you using? The 600s have some features that work only with cameras made after 2012.   

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At first glance it appeared that someone was having an extended April 1, but no, it's true  :o

Patenting a technique that people have already been using for ages seems a crazy idea altogether.  What is the intention of Amazon is something I am unable to fathom.

It sure isn't possible looking at a photograph to determine precisely what lighting equipment was used. Burden of proof lies with Amazon if they are going to contest the photographs, so what are they going to argue? Is Amazon going to raid every studio in the world to see who all are violating the patents?

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Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

Actually there appears to be two threads going on.  One is about the 5D3 (the hostile hijacking of the original thread), the other is about the 6D (the original thread).  I've tried to agree to disagree, but that's not always possible.

Unfortunately there is not a satisfactory amount of practical information about specifically the 6D's autofocus, and how best to use it, in this thread.  I've tried to share my impression of its capabilities (and limitations) based on 13 months' experience and 15,000 shutter cycles, on my 6D.  I have used 8 lenses (9 if you count a TC combination) on it over this period of time.  I feel there are a few others who briefly contributed to this thread, that I could learn more from.  But they might have been soured by the thread's hijacking.

As for your DSLR playing backup to an EOS M, I'm not sure why that would be.  Whatever works for you.

Just to be clear, the OP in this thread DID ask about the 5D3 vs. the 6D.

+1 ... but then, you see what you want to see. Not that it is surprising though.

Well that would make the title of the thread misleading...it should have been "6D vs 5D3 autofocus capabilities, let's bust a hole in one while heaping fanboy praise on the other one."  That is what would not be surprising...And since you want to be clear, how about reading the context of what the OP was saying?  He said he didn't want quirky autofocus behavior with fast lenses, and yet said he also didn't intend to make a living from his photography.  That last part to me, was code for "I don't think I need to spend the extra 1000 Euros to get the better autofocus".  For my part, I posted a difficult shot in very low light with a fast wide angle prime lens, that achieved the focus plane I wanted, via focus recompose on the 6D.  A shot that the OP would never need to attempt, actually...The 6D has its quirks, and the AF sensor is its biggest compromise.  Everybody knows that.  To keep belaboring it, is silly.  But the first post in this thread by the OP, did not scream out a need to buy a 5D3.  Clarity is a wonderful thing.

Whatever Carl. TBH, I don't care what you think

Feeling is extremely mutual.

Come on boys, hug it out.  Hug it out...

Thanks, but not in this case!  :)

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:12:05 PM »
Time for another confession  :-[.  The more I use the TS-E 24 II, the more I love it and while innocently browsing the Canon refurb sale, I found a TS-E 17 in stock.  Now my AMEX bleeds :'(.

I think the 16-35 II is in serious peril, however.

Congratulations on the purchase  :) and sympathies for your wallet  ;)

I too have the TS-E17 as well as the 16-35 II so, a question ... unless you are mostly a tripod shooter, why would you sell off the 16-35 II? To me, both the lenses serve completely different purposes.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:55:37 PM »
Nice images.

Gary, in the third image where there appears to be ghosting in the bottom two OOF flowers ... is this normal? I've had the 85L II for a few months now but have not seen anything like this ... yet.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:45:33 PM »

My WimberleyII Arrived today....AWESOME ;) Thanks everyone.

I bought the WIMBERLEY II and a cheap gimbal head on amazon(not as smooth as the Wimberley)

I'm going to return the cheaper  version: http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-GH1-Heavy-Gimbal-Supports/dp/B0071BIQZC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399066268&sr=8-1&keywords=gimbal+head

Good choice Dylan. The Wimberley II is a great gimbal. So now we can look forward to more BIF photos from you  ;)

I too tried out a cheaper gimbal but it didn't look very reassuring. There are a few hacks which sell here in India for cheap but there is no point if you are mounting gear worth + $6K on it - Safety first! Better to spend a few hundred more and get one of the best gimbal that exists.

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Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

Actually there appears to be two threads going on.  One is about the 5D3 (the hostile hijacking of the original thread), the other is about the 6D (the original thread).  I've tried to agree to disagree, but that's not always possible.

Unfortunately there is not a satisfactory amount of practical information about specifically the 6D's autofocus, and how best to use it, in this thread.  I've tried to share my impression of its capabilities (and limitations) based on 13 months' experience and 15,000 shutter cycles, on my 6D.  I have used 8 lenses (9 if you count a TC combination) on it over this period of time.  I feel there are a few others who briefly contributed to this thread, that I could learn more from.  But they might have been soured by the thread's hijacking.

As for your DSLR playing backup to an EOS M, I'm not sure why that would be.  Whatever works for you.

Just to be clear, the OP in this thread DID ask about the 5D3 vs. the 6D.

+1 ... but then, you see what you want to see. Not that it is surprising though.

Well that would make the title of the thread misleading...it should have been "6D vs 5D3 autofocus capabilities, let's bust a hole in one while heaping fanboy praise on the other one."  That is what would not be surprising...And since you want to be clear, how about reading the context of what the OP was saying?  He said he didn't want quirky autofocus behavior with fast lenses, and yet said he also didn't intend to make a living from his photography.  That last part to me, was code for "I don't think I need to spend the extra 1000 Euros to get the better autofocus".  For my part, I posted a difficult shot in very low light with a fast wide angle prime lens, that achieved the focus plane I wanted, via focus recompose on the 6D.  A shot that the OP would never need to attempt, actually...The 6D has its quirks, and the AF sensor is its biggest compromise.  Everybody knows that.  To keep belaboring it, is silly.  But the first post in this thread by the OP, did not scream out a need to buy a 5D3.  Clarity is a wonderful thing.

Whatever Carl. TBH, I don't care what you think

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+1 or +3 or wherever we are on the standard Eneloops.  They've treated me well.  I’ve been slowly using older ones to put in remotes and clocks and whatnot around the house.  They last forever in low power applications.

I couldn't find the link, but somewhere out in the internets some guy wrote up a pretty good page comparing major brands for flash use.  I don't remember the details but I remember being surprised that the high capacity batteries didn't (Eneloop and PowerEx) didn't really pack all that many more shots in over the standard Eneloops.  I wish I could find the page to confirm, but I remember thinking that the price hike on the high capacity version just wasn't worth the cost.

Probably this link ... http://www.slrlounge.com/the-best-aa-battery-for-flash-the-ultimate-practical-review-of-aa-batteries-for-photography

Hope this helps!

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:07:03 AM »
I have both - if I had to choose between them, I'll take the 85L every time :)

+1

+2

The 50's keeper rate is lower, but having owned the 50/1.4 and 50 1.8 mrk 1, I'm very happy with the 50/1.2.  Keep in mind you are judging the 50/1.2 to the legendary 85/1.2.

+3 ... but then the 50L isn't designed for sharpness anyway - Personally, I bought it for the bokeh and it excels at that. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:04:44 AM »

I have noticed this happens a lot on this forum, more so than others, people theorise about something, somebody with actual experience comes along and says your comments might be theoretically sound but your conclusions are off by a factor of, a lot. The theorist then goes on and on posting, giving meaningless comparisons, ever longer lists of calculations and percentages to "prove" their point, meanwhile the poster with actual experienced gets completely pissed off and either leaves the thread or annoys any readers by trying to defend their position which actually answered the point.


One could be forgiven for believing that the above paragraph was written in the context of the Ancient Aliens program on The History Channel.  :P

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:11:21 PM »
Took this recently
Lovely picture!

You said "Light is language". True. So true!

Thanks rpt. The words belong to Joe McNally. I'm a big admirer of his work.

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