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I want to buy an graduated filter kit for landscape photographing.

As Lee is very expensive, I am looking for cheaper, but still good graduated filters. Size 100x150mm

I found the company "Hitech".
Does anybody own this gratuated ND filters? Which quality to buy as there are some different types available?

I would suggest to buy 3 soft and 3 hard ND filters, and maybe 1 or 2 coloured filters (tabacco...)

Is this an good decision, or does anybody know another good product?

When I did a flight over the dunes in Namibia, I shot mostly with the 24-70 but that was based on the landscape. I was lucky to have a second body and had a 70-300 but that's a lot more difficult to get good shots based on speed of flight, jerkiness of ride etc.

For a couple of helicopter flights (Vic falls and rockies in Canada), I used the 16-35 and 70-200 (single body), so I swapped lenses during the flight...

It does depend on your style of photography, but if I could only have 1 lens it out of your list it would be the 24-70.

Few other tips

  • Be sure to use Tv or auto-iso, as you need to have approx. 1/1000th of a second speed to ensure you don't blur the shots (of course this depends on what direction you are shooting in relative to the plane).
  • As mentioned - windows cleanliness and reflection, again of course watching out for the sun as well (glare).
  • Check out the plane before and decide the best seating position - normally at the back or at the front, otherwise you will get the wings in a lot of shots
  • Scout out the location before and see if there are particular areas - maybe even use google maps to give you the birds-eye view for planning if you can influence the pilot.


  • If you can get some influence, ask the pilot to fly an turn, lowering the wing on the side where you want to shoot
  • Take care of smoke/hot air that is released from the engine, if it is an single engine or an plane, where the exhaust passes your photo motives
  • Sometimes it helps to mount an flexible (rubber) lens hood (take care of vignetting), that cou can press against the canopy
  • If possible, try quickly all three lenses when you seat in the plane - so you can imagine the visual field
  • Take care of in which direction you shoot, if the sun is in your shooting direction, in canopy reflections can appear
  • Best shots in the evening, when the sun is in an low position. Super effets from long shadows and warm light
  • Carry some cleaning wipes for the canopy

Found @ dpreview.

Maybe this invention will improve IQ in the edge regions of our Sony pictures

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:04:56 PM »

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 27, 2014, 02:46:03 AM »
Nikon D810: What You Need to Know  @ Dpreview

Summary of new functions

Software & Accessories / Tablet to use as remonte for 6D
« on: June 22, 2014, 12:34:06 PM »
I am looking for an (non Apple) >= full HD tablet, sized 10" plus with an high brightness.
I will try to use the tablet as an remote for my 6D (macro, try to begin portrait photography).
Connection over Wifi only, no LTE e.g. is needed.

Do you know an good product for this?

Sorry, for beeing not precise. I shot on approaching racing cars, high speed AF and continuous shooting. The cars had about the same speed each pass. Afterwards counted how many pictures were sharp.
Ok, I will ask my friends, if I can do AFMA on their leneses at CPS.
Thanks for your information

All lenses were adjusted by Canon CPS in spring this year. But only on their "home" cameras.
Ok, the sharpness will be influenced by that, but does AFMA influence the AF performance too?
Same situation, my lens got about 60% sharp, the worst of the three just about thirty? But why?

I recognized that my 70D´s AF performance and accuracy varies from lens to lens.
The German "Color Foto" magazine compared the AF perfomrance and accuracy between some Cams (SLR, MLils,...) and between some lenses. There the 70D was no winner.... It perfomred best with the Sigma 18-35, worst with the 50mm Macro... (Lesser than half of all shots were sharp. NEX-7´s shots were over 90% sharp...
Ok. I read the test and was a little bit disappointed. I see thath some lenses perform better, some worser on the 70D. Noteable: mirorless Cams are most superior to the SLR (in this price class)

My question: I´d like to know, why my 70D´s AF performance varies so much, using 3 different 70-200 2.8L lenses when I shoot moving objects? I rented 2 from my clubfriends, one I own by myself. Mine was fast and mostly sharp, one was better (more sharp pictures), one noteably worser. But why?

Technical Support / Re: OMG Cookie Hell on Canon Rumors
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:40:01 PM »
Using Firefox with Adblock Plus Add on...
NO banners, just a few cookies.
Switching off the PC -> Run CCleaner -> NO cookies anymore...

Someone watching soccer?

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 08, 2014, 01:38:24 PM »
My first L-lens was the Canon 28-70mm L USM 2.8. I bought it back in 1995. and I am still happy with it :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO
« on: May 26, 2014, 04:47:45 PM »
I hope Canon improves this technology. I owned a 400 DO IS, nearly 10 years ago, but the optical quality was not that, I thougt it would be. There was an aberration in the left upper corner that caused in an distorsion in this area. So I changed to the 300mm 2.8. And that was an very  good decision.

Nikon announces updated 400mm F2.8 telephoto and 1.4x teleconverter  @

Sometimes I think, the "Year of Lenses" excludes Canon....
Where are the new primes and other "L" lenses?

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