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Camera body pretty irrelevant, when you say 'gear' I'm thinking lenses. I stayed with just a kit lens for way way too long, and I really should have known better. So I voted for the last option.

What causes the annoying halo?

It's caused by the hdr software photographer being dumb and just assembling the source brackets according to exposure with no concern for the image content (how could it?). I find this to be a great problem with a *lot* of tonemapped shots, even with ones that are considered good by their authors.

Esp. with parts of trees or something else tall reaching into the sky, it's a halo and/or the top part of the object going suddenly very dark. The latter probably like our eye sees the world, but it isn't supposed to be in a single image.

As I think I ably demonstrated  ;D  ;D

Guilty as charged m'lud

But in my defence it was in a folder named 'practice'  :-[
Really nailed the o'l halo effect, hate hate hate it, I have no idea why I even kept it, maybe just in case a topic came up which I felt competent to participate in  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone 6 gets an Exmor
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:23:53 PM »
So what's in Sony phones then I wonder?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My new toy, Best of monopod in my Idea.
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:28:43 PM »
Oh my that looks scary unstable standing alone like that!!!!  :o

Anyways you seemed to have been away for a while, glad to see you back posting your DIY specials! always a fun read  :)


Photography Technique / Re: Why 3:2 aspect ratio?
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:09:29 AM »
So I guess that it's not because that's the only shape Patterson dev and fit trays came in then?  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 24, 2014, 08:57:18 AM »
More concerned about where surapon's gone  :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:49:10 AM »

And just like Neuro, this was one of my most frequently used mode :D

Zone AF was your most frequently used mode? What types of photography are you doing? For my wildlife stuff, I use spot AF / AI servo with my 7D almost exclusively. I have trouble enough getting the focus I want with that and can't see how zone AF would work.

No no, not Zone AF  ;) . Zone AF doesn't let you choose the initial AF point. The mode that Neuro and I were talking about is Automatic AF Point Selection (yes, the one for people who don't really care about what should be in focus). And when you are in Automatic AF Point Selection AND AI Servo, you can select the initial AF point for tracking  :) (I know, it is not really intuitive, and may be that's why the feature's been there for 5 years and still is ignored by some). The advantage of this mode is that all the AF points are used for tracking, so when the subject quits the initial AF point, the other points will take care of it.

YMMV, but I'd avoid using Spot AF combined with AI Servo. Spot AF uses a narrower area for acquiring focus, so it is slower to acquire focus, and it is more difficult to keep the subject within that (narrower) area.

Here are some photos I took with my 7D and my 100mm L Macro, I wish I had the 1D X/5D III and the 70-200mm f/2.8 II L IS for these situations, but that was all I could afford  :D

I just learned a bunch of stuff there marinien thank you


United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:14:52 AM »
from a little quaint rural village just out side Glasgow....... Ruggie!!!  ;D

Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:44:13 PM »
I think I see both sides of the argument. I think both are bogus.

I'm unconvinced that innovation would being stifled - whether Sony was the single source or not, I assume they would want to sell more sensors. This means their customers need to offer better imaging performance which - to the extent that the sensor dominates things - means the sensors need to develop.

Being held to ransom - well that's what contracts are for. So that's nonsense too.

There is risk because Sony could close their fab plant... Struggling companies do not close or sell business units that make money. If it's a profit centre, it is safe. This feeds back into my first point - to continue making money, Sony needs to continue selling sensors which means more innovation.

On the different "look" offered by various cameras - I think this is bogus too. Most on the forum will know how to change the colour mapping. (If not, download Lightroom and move the sliders around or look for a preset.) Secondly, a lot of Canon's "warm look" arises from the lenses. If you switch to Zeiss glass, suddenly your images are quite cool.

I like the Canon ergonomics, I do not like the Nikon's. I have lots of EF mount lenses and none with an F.2 mount. I have adapters that let me use legacy lenses on my Canon camera but they would not work on a Nikon. You might say I'm locked in... and I really would like to have a Canon camera with a sensor similar to that in the D810.

Judging from the published performance of the 7D2, Canon is still doing its own thing. That's ok too. Their business is selling cameras not making me happy....

Contracts end and have to be re-negotiated, companies sell off divisions, the buying companies may and very often do have a very different vision, it’s not nonsense. ‘Ransom’ isn't exactly the best word though.

Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:01:38 AM »
Yes it does matter, not from Sony going bust actually the reverse, being held to ransom is not a business risk I think Canon would want to make.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:53:44 AM »
Wouldn't this whole sensor read noise debate not be better served over at http://forums.usa.canon.com
They do actually have Canon people participating in those forums, ineffective? Certainly no less so than here!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:49:19 AM »
I voted wifi but the caveat is it has to actually implimented correctly and be stable!

EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:43:02 AM »
Looks good and it's a beta camera. Not sure that these tests really mean all that much until proper official RAW software is released from Canon, the 5D3 and 6D releases were the lesson.


EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:22:28 PM »
Only if it was based on the Canon P and takes all my FD's, not a niche market at all   ;D

As has been said, Fuji really has this retro base covered.

It would be a bit of fun but I doubt that's a big driver at Canon central

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