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Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:11:17 AM »
Thanks Bosman! :) It's my favourite lens I own now, plus my girlfriend is back from England tomorrow so I'll finally have a willing model for some photos :P

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: July 10, 2012, 08:16:29 PM »
Just wanted to chirp in again and say that after almost a whole month with my 50mm ƒ/1.2L I absolutely love it, it has barely left my body (only briefly swapped for the 70-200 for sports), it's my favourite lens! Haven't noticed any issues with focus shift or difficulty focusing manually with the 5D, but I'm just a consumer, not a pro or anything :p

Lenses / Re: A New EF 50 f/1.8 IS? [CR1]
« on: July 08, 2012, 01:49:44 AM »
You missed the Canon EF 50mm Compact Macro f/2.5, I don't know anything about it though, having never used it.

It's discontinued and now rests in well-earned obscurity as outdated tech. Though it is very sharp and rivals or is better than the 50/1.4, it has the horrible 80's-style af motor and is superseded by the ef-s 60 & ef 100 macros with longer working distance.
Sorry about that, my bad, it was still listed on the Canon Australia site in lenses, and still for sale on the web stores for Teds and Digital Rev.

Lenses / Re: A New EF 50 f/1.8 IS? [CR1]
« on: July 07, 2012, 01:39:36 PM »
There’s no doubt in my mind Canon is working on a couple of new 50mm lenses.

This is good news since none of the present lenses are worthy of my money.

-50 1.8 = a toy lens, too few aperture blades
-50 1.4 = more expensive toy lens, prone to breaking (also had one and didn't like it)
-50 1.2 = expensive and with problems like focus shift
-Sigma 50 1.4 = could be good if by some miracle one could find a decent specimen

If I'm not missing anything, these are the autofocusing lenses for Canon at the moment. So after that short listing I welcome new additions to the lineup (and IS of course, it's a life-saver for me).
You missed the Canon EF 50mm Compact Macro f/2.5, I don't know anything about it though, having never used it.

Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 06, 2012, 11:17:52 AM »
LOL i was thinking "damn thats a good shot" then I scrolled down and saw the spectators heads and thought "bugger"
Haha pretty much exactly what happened to me! :P Unfortunate!
Nice shots, but I also dislike the vignetting. Withhout it, they would be better!

There is a 200mm focal length limit to AFL matches - though you could easily get around that if you add in a TC or body with crop factor etc
  :o what do you mean? You are not allowed to bring longer lenses? Hard to believe....

Not really. Longer would be the domain of those that are paid to take photographs there.

I'm surprised you can take in a professional camera at all.  Next time I'm taking mine!
Everyone should! If you do make sure to post some photos here :D
Interesting that etihad says 300mm is allowed.

I based my earlier statement from here - - lists 200mm as the limit. Would be interesting to see the actual limit

Sigma 120-300 + 2X TC would be interesting. Though might be a bit heavy with no monopod!
Gah! I knew it was 200mm somewhere, for some reason I had it in my head it was 200mm at the MCG, and 300mm at Etihad, but the 200mm was the AFL site, thanks for finding that! :) For AFL games it must be a limit of 200mm, and any other event at Etihad would be 300mm.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed Again
« on: July 05, 2012, 08:48:09 PM »
If it happened once then fine, but this happened with the 1DX, the 5Diii, and now this...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the "official" release date of the 5DMKIII March 22nd?(approx. a month after announcing it)  There were many who received their copies before that date and MANY, MANY others like myself who received it the day after(it shipped on the release date).  No, not everyone who had a pre-order received one, but it was initially released in fairly sufficient quantities and "on-time".
That's what I thought, I don't think the 5D III was delayed? I got mine in the second batch in Australia, and got it on the 4th of April. There was only delays to shipments during the light leak debacle :P

Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:55:35 PM »
Thanks guys, and yeah eli, this was my first attempt, but it is really annoying, especially the Lenny Hayes shot (the second from the top) I was hoping for a good photo of him to blow up and give to my brother as a birthday present, hopefully I'll have better luck this week! :)

Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 04, 2012, 03:17:37 AM »
Oh yeah, like I said, there's a 300mm limit, so you can bring in a 300mm prime or zoom no worries, just nothing over that :) I don't own one though :P A 300mm prime is on my to buy list, it was one of my favourite lengths when I used film :)

So I took everything you guys said and suggested into account, and had a play around with a few more photos from the same game :) Things I've taken into account: No more vignettes, Less contrasty (enhances vignetting), Don't be afraid to crop in, If possible have the ball visible in frame, and Rotate the image to make sure it's level :) As always critique and feedback are welcome! :)


Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 04, 2012, 12:12:50 AM »
So work out what the white balance should be and set it manually next time. You should be able to do this for each ground without any trouble as they don't change the type of lights that are used.

Also, take along a 300 or preferably 400mm zoom to really get in close with the players.

200mm is just not enough.
Thanks for the tip dilbert, I did set the white balance manually, it looked fine on the back LCD, however it wasn't exactly right when I opened them up in PS, I should have specified it was a very minor tweak, just moving the tint slider to the left a little.

Thanks, but as you can see I don't own a 300 or 400mm lens, I think the 200mm worked quite well, much better than I was expecting which is always nice! (having level 1 members seats helps too ;) ) Also, as 4thchicken pointed out there are lens restrictions at AFL games so as to not put the pro's out of jobs, it's usually 300mm. Ah well! Could always use a TC, but I never have before, and not sure if the hit in IQ would be worthwhile.

Nice shots, but I also dislike the vignetting. Withhout it, they would be better!

:o what do you mean? You are not allowed to bring longer lenses? Hard to believe....

Thanks Vossie! And sadly yes, you're not allowed to bring longer lenses into the stadium, see here for info:

Great to see AFL here! My 2c:

First image is missing the ball - maybe it wasn't a mark (for the non-AFL watches, a "mark" is when a player catches the ball) - I kept looking for the ball in the shot.  Uf possible try to include it.

I like the second shot - some biffo is part of the game and this captures it well.

Third one is not needed as you already have a fight.  As a shot I like it too, but would have it or the second one, not both.

Fourth one is well captured, and is my favourite.  But it isn't level (something I always have problems with) and the vignetting is too strong on the botton left.  You could also crop the left quarter (or so) so as to put the player more towards the 1/3 mark.  But I love the shot - has the player(s), ball and expressions.

Last one, also lacks the ball.  A non-AFL watcher may wonder why the players are wrestling.  With the ball in view it might be clearer.

Thank you for posting those and please post more.  I'd put in a request for the Dockers but that might get me kicked out of this thread  :'(

(and yes, there is a restriction on what you can bring into a game, but 200+TC+crop can give you plenty of reach, especially if the game is during daytime).

Hey P_R!
Thanks for all your comments, in regards to the first shot, it was a mark, but the ball didn't come into the shot until 2 frames later here, I was thinking it was a bit odd that you couldn't see the ball, but I prefered the action in the other shot :) :

Thanks! Good tip to always just pick the best photo of one single event. In regards to the fourth, the bottom left wasn't vignetting, someone stood up in front of me, and so it  created a bit of a fuzzy area.

Hehe yeah same thing, I agree it's a bit weird without the ball in frame, I might try going a bit wider next time and getting the ball in :)

THANK YOU! So much for your awesome critique and taking the time to post the comment! I'll definitely post some more, I'm going to the game this Saturday (Sadly against Essendon not Freo) and we've already played Freo this year so unfortunately I won't be able to :( Haha noo no discrimination here, all teams are definitely welcome! Sadly my body isn't a crop, so I'll be missing that reach, but I could look into hiring a TC to test out :)

You might even crop in and straighten it a little bit to emphasize the action. There was a lot of "dead space" in the upper left of this one.

I like that too!  ;)

Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:39:43 AM »
Ooo nice! I like what you did there wicked! :) Thanks for the tips!

Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:56:54 PM »
some good shots, the vignetting ruins them though IMO
especially since the 70-200 is such a clean sharp lens
Thanks for the comments wicked! Haha yeah, maybe went a bit overboard there :p , I liked the look but always good to get other opinions, might have another play with the raws tonight and see how they look without the vignette! :)
That's a first! Good to see some AFL images on CR. For those who may not be aware of the fact, AFL is the greatest sport on the planet. If you want to promote the great game, I would have left out the punch-ups.

They're nice shots, but personally I would not have gone quite so heavy on the vignetting and would have cropped a lot tighter on the action. 5D3 files shot at a mere 800 iso will take cropping with no problems.

Ahh yeah :P Like I said above, I might have another go at processing, and leave out the vignette, the reason I did it is I felt it highlighted the action a bit more, but will see how they look without it! Thanks for the tips :)

I don't see how posting photos of a punch up is going to demote the game, or misrepresent it though, as there are brawls every other week in the AFL.

Sports / AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:12:42 PM »
Hi All,
There wasn't a thread here for AFL, so thought I'd start one, has anyone here taken any shots at a game recently? I took my camera there to Sundays Game (St Kilda vs. North Melbourne) and took a few shots, was pretty happy with how they turned out, but would love to see others stuff / constructive criticism :) As for process, they were all shot on my 5D III, with a 70-200mm @ 200mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 800, and a shutter of 1/800s. Post processing was mainly fixing the white balance, and boosting contrast, a little vignetting on some to highlight the action too! Thanks for looking :)

Also, while I agree spot colouring is a bit of a dicky technique, it's used a lot in AFL media, because a teams colours are their identity, and they love to highlight that :P

Hmm good point, shouldn't we be comparing the 1DX to the D4 instead of the D800?

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's (1.2L , ZE 1.4, ZE 2.0)
« on: June 24, 2012, 10:05:38 AM »
^ Beautiful shots!

Couldn't watch it (could be only viewable in US?) but I voted anyway :)

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