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Lenses / 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:43:04 AM »
hi, I am keen to get the 16-35F4L zoom as a replacement for my 17-40. I have tested two copies from the store and this is what I get.

copy One, distant image of building slight softness at all apertures on left 20% compared to the right side....

Copy Two, distant image of building very definite softness on right side , sharp objects almost have a double image at all apertures , right 20% of image.

I have done numerous tests etc, copy one seems almost fine, especially compared to copy Two.  I am reluctant to take it and then take it to service center and then being told that it is within specs. I have already paid for the lens but don't want to take it out of the shop until I am satisfied.

So my answer is how are owners of this lens finding them? Any other problems. I am talking about critical professional use...

EOS-M / Portfolio of my favorite Eos M pics of the last year...
« on: December 04, 2014, 09:08:49 AM »
With all the talk of the new rumored Eos M I had a look at some of my images made with my Eos M, 22mm and standard zoom lenses over the last year or so and selected this small portfolio to showcase how versatile this little camera can be....

The rest of the portfolio of 16 images can be viewed here at :

Animal Kingdom / ORYX against the backdrop of Namibian dunes..
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:50:31 AM »
I spend a few nights in Sesriem, Namibia earlier this year. I went to photograph the landscapes but every morning I found an Oryx or two juxtaposed against the most unusual backdrops.....more images and info here at:

Landscape / Namibia, Sesriem, Deadvlei - The ultimate landscape destination
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:41:46 AM »
Here are some images made in Namibia earlier this year...My wife and I stayed for four whole days in Sesriem which is the gateway to the Namib Naukluft National Park, home of some of the worlds highest dunes, and a few other interesting places to photograph...

More of my images, info and my techniques to photograph this stark, but beautiful landscape can be found here at:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Eos6D at 25000iso...image quality reality check!
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:16:07 AM »
With the launch of the 7d2 most of us have been somewhat disappointed that our beloved brand Canon didn't introduce a higher megapixel sensor to rival that of the competition.....but you know what we have right now still works pretty well...

I have the cheaper 6D that I use daily for my professional work and also for my private photography. This cameras high iso quality has just blown me over. Of course I have not compared it to the competition but the image quality of this camera has never let me down professionally. Personally I would like a few more pixels at 100 iso.

Enclosed a 25000 iso shot of my daughters school play. First image as it appears in LR without any tweaking also a 100% crop of the same image to show noise etc. the first two images are at LR default settings which include some sharpening.

Last image is after Raw processing via  DXO optics pro 9 using the 'prime noise reduction tool' and then in LR I added a bit of 'grain' afterwards to my own taste. No sharpening for the DXO image. for me a high iso image shouldnt be devoid of noise, hence the added grain which also helps to improve the 'look' of sharpness. Actually sharpening the image didn't really improve it much so I left it as is - something I have noticed before with high iso images...

What I see here is that I could open the shadows quite a bit (contrary to conventional wisdom)and also that there was  still quite a lot of detail  left in the highlights. Also that the noise reduction software is really very very good and that its just really a matter of taste how much more or less one wants to reduce the noise. I have made quite large prints, A3 to A2, of these 25000 iso images and the image quality is just superb! Of course one cant use 25ooo iso images on every subject matter but with lighting conditions like in the sample image here it works just well!

I am not saying its the best or better than Nikon, Sony, Fuji etc...I really couldn't care, just that its pretty good for my requirements and in fact, for an old timer like me that grew up with film and large view cameras ...I just cant believe how good and easy we have it today!

These images are not an illustration of absolute image quality but just to show how good our existing technology is and what can be achieved with a few tweaks in software...

More of my high iso images can be seen here:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Some thoughts on the 7D2...
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:49:55 AM »
I wonder if:

...the dual sensor technology does not limit Canon on the pixel density of their sensor developement, and that's why we 'only' got a 20mp sensor in the 7d2? We are in theory looking at a 40mp sensor here aren't we?

...this camera is not aimed at 'budget' sport shooters who cant afford the FF 1Dx? The 1Dx guys are not complaining about 'only' having 18mp's. So the prosumer gets a crop sensor 10frames per second 20mp camera for quarter of the price? Seems like a fair trade off to me...Canon seems to have this 'two camera' with same images quality but different hardware strategy, 5d3 vs 6D, 70d vs 7d2,  and now also 1dx vs 7D2??

In my neck of the woods, South Africa, most keen photographers do wildlife, and I see many Eos apsc bodies in the Kruger National Park, mostly with long Sigma zoom lenses attached. I think they would just love a camera like this...something to aspire to even though the price here is just south of the 6D. Having the 7D2 will label you as a serious  amateur  with a bit more money than most :) ( after all a cameras is just 'male jewelery' for a lot of guys, isnt it ?  ;D ) good the high iso noise is? I suppose that is the one question we would all like to know....But if it is substantially better than the old 7D then I suppose we could look forward to this technology trickling up to the FF models....lets hope so at least. good this Samsung will turn out to be? And how it will compare to the 7D2?

BTW I had a look at a D800 and the Nikon 24TS yesterday and took some Raw images which I then processed at home and compared to my 6D files. Not the same image but I have shot enough 6D 24mm shift images to be able to do some sort of a comparison. I was mightily disappointed in the images from the D800...dont know it it was the lens or maybe photographers ignorance, Nikon is just so different from Canon,  but they just weren't crisp and punchy like the ones from my 6D.... whereas I looked at some Sigma quattro images, jpegs from the web at Imaging resource, and they did impress me, far greater resolution than what I can get from my 6D, rather depressing actually to think how much more resolution one can squeeze out of an aps-c sensor...

Black & White / Two weeks in Namibia!
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:17:04 AM »
I have just come back from a fantastic Namibian adventure! more info and images can be seen here:

Landscape / My Namibian Adventure!
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:13:19 AM »
My two weeks in Namibia, more info and photos here at:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What worked for me in Namibia....
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:10:57 AM »
I have just come back from two weeks in Namibia. I traveled from South Africa, via Botswana to the central part of Namibia including the Namib Naukluft. I have written a blog of my experiences and the equipment I used on the first part of my journey up to Sesriem which can be seen here:

EOS Bodies / This news is exciting!
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:10:43 AM »
Well it would seem that the new much rumored, much anticipated new 7mk2 is 'only' going to be an incremental improvement over the old 7 '. It remains to be seen if its actually going to be so much better than the 70d ...much like the 5d3 vs the 6d...same sensor for all practical purposes, differentiated by other nice to haves, which we all know about. . .but essentially one can coach the same image quality out of both cameras.  I think that's where the difference between the 7d2 and 70d will lie, same sensor on both (which for me would be rather disappointing to say the least!) and some differences elsewhere...problem is that the 70d seems to be quite competent as it is so the 7d2 wil have to be a huge improvement in a lot of areas to make it a worthwhile 'upgrade' from 7d2...especially if its the same or almost the same sensor?

But that's not really where my excitement lies...its in that rumored 1inch sensor camera. By all accounts the Sony rx100mk3 is a kick ass little camera, and although ultimate image quality would seem to lag slightly behind the G1xmk2 it is astonishingly close, and quite a feat, taking the size of the sensor, size of camera and price into account. Wouldnt it be grand if Canon can deliver something similar? I am sure it would have less pixels, ( Canon just cant seem to get this megapixel thing together ), which might be a blessing in disguise because perhaps  the high iso quality would benefit...

Anyway I am looking forward to that camera if the rumors turn out to be true...and if it can compete with that little Sony wonder

Lastly if the 7d2's sensor is indeed the same as the 70d then what does that say about Canon's sensor R&D? Are they going to sit out this recession with their existing sensor technology and wait for the economies of the world to pick up before spending money on R&D? or do they just not have it? Or will they release it we have been 'rumoring' for the last couple of years?

So in my view, it all hinges on this new 7d2 sensor, if its the same as the 70d it will be rather disappointing from what we can expect in the future.

BTW I am not in the market for either a 7d2 or 70d, but I have been keenly interested in the rumors of a new sensor.

Will this 7d2sensor point the way forward, or not? 

Street & City / a Small town in the Karoo, called Vosburg...
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:47:21 AM »
In December last year I stayed over in the remote little Karoo town called Vosburg...

More of my photographs can be seen here:

All photos made with a Eos 6D and 40mm, 85mm and 24TS lenses.

EOS Bodies / Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:20:43 AM »
it has the same sensor as the Eos70D but with just more bells & whistles?

I have a sneaky feeling that maybe its going to be the same image quality as the 70D just more robust, full frame viewfinder, gazillion frames per second, wifi, gps and class leading video...So just how disappointed will you be if that is the case?

Lets face it the Sony sensors are pretty good, if not class leading, probably as good as it's going to get at the moment, so just why will Canon have such better sensor technology as Sony's? Nothing in the recent history of Canon sensor technology suggests otherwise...

If, and its a big if, they bring out a ID mkIV size sensor it will be great, but maybe its also an indication that they just could not squeeze out anymore image quality with their R&D at present....which begs the question then why they don't just buy Sony sensors? Would anybody mind a Sony sensors in  Eos bodies?

EOS-M / How crazy is this?
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:44:28 AM »
I have been using my M as a back up mostly, but lately have been exploring video, and I quite like what the M can do, of course always keeping the very good prices in mind as part of the equation!  I only have the 22mm and have been thinking of getting the standard zoom and an extra battery. My last attempt through Amazon was unsuccessful. So, over here the discounted price of the Eos M, with zoom and flash is the same price as the standard zoom I just bought the package, got a new battery and the IS zoom plus a spare body & crazy is that? Makes me think Canon must be losing quite a bit of money in their efforts to get rid of the Eos M stock.

Not too keen to get more of the existing M bodies but I have faith a new body with EVF will be released sometime in the future, maybe even before the megapixel dslr body - which means we could be in for a long, long, long wait...

Street & City / Street 'portraits'
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:57:44 AM »
Made in a small Karoo town called Strydenburg on my way down to Cape Town.

More I images here :

Portrait / 'Street' Portraits . . .
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:40:50 AM »
Made in a small Karoo town called Murraysburg.

More images here at :

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