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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:39:14 AM »
I would like to ask what do you think about brightness of this image. Do you see it as too dark/too bright or OK? Especially in the rocks. I'm asking this because if I look it on my display (MBP retina) it looks OK, but if I look it on my older (cheap) display it looks brighter (actually too bright).


Looks good to me (Macbook Pro), not too bright and not too dark. Very nice shot!

I'm a fan of DPP (and Digital Lens Optimizer), and this new version looks very good so far.  I do hope DPP's slowness in converting RAW to JPEG has become faster as well as how slow it is to "transfer to photoshop" to use some specific Photoshop function/plug-in while in DPP  :'(

DPP 3.14 feels clunky and sometimes cumbersome to work with, but non the less I use it as a first step in my RAW-workflow. I really don't get the point of shutting out the (presumed) majority of DPP users from the improvements of version 4  >:(

Lenses / Re: Canon Working on Faster f/2.8 Ultra Wide Zoom [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:50:27 AM »
(Veering a bit off-topic here, sorry) Only done night sky a couple of times and chose f8. What do you get at wider apertures? Is the idea to stop the stars streaking?

Exactly. If you wish to get a nice shot where you can see the Milky Way above a nice bit of landscape you want to to have a fast ultra wide angle lens to minimize exposure times and lessen the need to use high ISOs. And in a perfect world this UWA lens would give you really good corner sharpness and no coma aberration (optical aberration distorting the stars in the corner to oblong splotches).
If the 16-36 f4 would deliver that kind of optical quality/sharpness across the whole frame (FF), I would be willing to give up f2.8  ::)

Software & Accessories / Digital Photo Professional Problem
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:41:53 AM »
Hi all,

I just installed version 3.14.15 of DPP on my MacPro (running OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks). The application works well until the moment I want to process my CR2 files into TIFF. The processing does not work, regardless wether I want to process one (cmd+d) or several (cmd+b) pictures. Earlier versions of DPP worked well under Mavericks. Unfortunately I erased the older version I used before the update to DPP 3.14.15 :-\ 
Has anyone a clue how to solve this problem?


Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Backpak
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:33:39 AM »
Is this what you are looking for? http://www.mindshiftgear.com

Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:33:38 AM »
Depending on how much stuff you want to carry in your backpack I would consider something like the f-stop ICU's (http://shop.fstopgear.com/us/products/icu.html) or Gura Gear modules (http://www.guragear.com/uinta/). These will not only protect your gear but also organize it well and enable you to load your rucksack with other stuff (jacket, food etc.) without mixing it with your photo gear. Works very well for me while skiing, mountaineering and hiking.

Photography Technique / Re: Perspective correction
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:26:44 AM »
Rather than try to explain the way I do it, I thought a video would better illustrate the method, so I made one, here, forgive the questionable production quality, I only ever did one of these before.

Super cool! Thanks for the video.


I hear that it will be named the Mephitidae Mephitis and that the only new feature will be a mode dial that goes all the way around :)
As long as the new camera doesn't stink like a skunk I won't mind Mephitidae Mephitis as model designation…  ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 06:48:04 AM »
Very Good ISO performance would be an upgrade for me (assuming that means at least one and possibly two stops lower noise)

That's a very optimistic interpretation of 'very good ISO performance'.  A full stop improvement would be a significant jump in technology (especially if it was a 24 MP sensor).  Two stops would be groundbreaking.  Not going to say it's impossible, but making a crop sensor with better ISO performance than the best full frame sensors would be huge, and it wouldn't be premiered on a $2000 camera.

Given that the 7D has about 40% QE, a 2 stop improvement of the (photon) noise would mean 160% QE, enough to earn Canon a Nobel prize, and shake the foundations of physics.

I don't need them to find new physics and win a Nobel Prize (I wouldn't complain if they did) but getting rid of that annoying banding noise the 7D sensor produces would count almost as much for me  8) 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:28:33 AM »
I really liked the 7D, it's a fantastic camera for it's day except for the very poor quality sensor. It was noisy at low ISO's and it lacked the micro contrast and sharpness of it's full frame brothers of the similar era. Every other part of the camera was excellent. It's handling and UI were a big step forwards for Canon. Certainly better than the XXD which pre-dated it. If there wasn't a 7D then I doubt the 5DIII or 1DX would have been quite as stunning.

Except that I would use present tense (the 7D still has a slightly crappy sensor but is a very capable camera in every other respect) I agree wholeheartedly!

Try the autopano demo. I love that tool, it handles raw and can do exposure blending.

Of all the stitching tools I tried Kolor Autopano performs best. It does a terrific job with blending the skies – even if you use a circular polariser for contrast. And it gives you a lot of control over what you want done with the stitched picture. Not cheap but well worth the investment if you are serious about high quality panos.

Lenses / Re: Is There Such Thing As a "Best" Normal Lens for Crop?
« on: September 10, 2013, 03:46:28 AM »
"Best" is a big, broad, diverse place. What is "best" for you depends entirely on your unique style.

Exactly! For a lot of things I use the 15-85 on my 7D because it has a very nice zoom range. There is a price to pay for every lens choice though. You'll have to weigh limiting factors such as aperture (e.g. the 15-85's widest aperture is f3.5 on the wide end) and optical aberrations (making corrections in pp can be cumbersome and time-consuming) against benefits like the versatility. In the end, what the "best" lens is for you depends on your specific needs and may vary with different situations.

Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:12:20 AM »
Depending on your style and your interests this could well be very good lens for landscapes as well as for wildlife and birds.   I often use my 70-300L for landscape work.

Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:07:35 AM »
I can't tell you about special lenses (I use always "normal" ones as the EF-S 15-85), but for software I chose Kolor Autopano (http://www.kolor.com –> you can check the software out in trial mode). It delivers much better results than any other software I ever tried.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 08:03:32 AM »

So, I believe Canon could have a new sensor in the 7DmkII - as well as 1 or 2 other 'great features' (eg improved AF, eg more pts and dual focus LiveView & improved optical focus).

Hoping for such a camera, sometime in 2014!



I really hope they do have a very good new sensor for the 7DmkII. I'm still using my 7DmkI and I still like it very much – except for the excessive noise caused by the sensor/signal processing. I especially hate the banding which is often very visible (think of skies) and rather cumbersome to get rid off in post processing.  :-\

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