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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkIII untouched files for testing purposes (RAW)
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:42:46 AM »
Thanks akiskev.  I looked at the videos you provided but not following exactly what/why you tweaked in ACR.  I use Aperture and PS but am an admitted novice at best.  Color balance, dodging, burning, cropping, and sharpening are easy enough.  But removing noise and cleaning up photos as you did in the videos is uncharted territory for me.   Any recommendations for tutorials?

I use Topaz de-noise which works really well
it lets you apply different strength noise reduction to shadows and highlights as well as control
specific colour channel noise and has an option for pattern noise if you are pushing that far

the only issue i have is when i load it as a plugin to lightroom the colours go all crazy in the topaz editor
(doesnt affect the image though but its annoying i'm hoping lightroom 4 fixes this)

Lighting / Re: Blackest material. Paint or, fabric?
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:49:32 PM »
If you're looking for the blackest material ever, it's called Black Fidelio Velvet. it's the stuff they use on pro home theatre screens and it just absorbs any light shone onto it (so you can overspill a projected image and you won't even see it on the black border. See below for a comparison to other 'black' materials in direct sunlight. It might be pricey though!

wow where can you get that from!?

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:47:55 PM »
As for 50mm, I currently do have the Sigma lens, and its autofocus bothers me to no end. Thank you for advising me to work with my EXIF data, I will devote some time to this specific task. But in the end I'll be interested to see that rumored 40mm pancake, thanks for bringing that up.
I like the canon 50 f1.4 i will usually stop it down to f2 unless I am going for maximum blur and bokeh
even wide open its not to bad, a bit softer but i find it a really nice all round lens
I am looking forward to an update to make it compete with the Nikon 50 f1.4G lens
I have been hoping for a L build similar to the 100 f2.8 macro that is considerably cheaper than the f1.2
and hope the size stays quite compact as the compact size is one of the major benfits

Lenses / Re: "Stepping up" for prime shooters
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:43:06 PM »
primes i use most

lensbaby sweet 35 (I really like this lens its great fun!)
canon 50 f1.4
sigma 85 f1.4

other primes i have and dont use as much

canon 300 f4L IS also add the kenko 1.4 TC to give me 420 f5.6
and 600 f4.5 FD (manual focus only)

at the wide end i tend to use the 16-35 f2.8 more because of the flexability of the zoom

and I also have the 70-200 f2.8 IS II to fill in that gap

But the 50mm f1.4 and 85 f1.4 are probably my most used primes

I get smited on the reg, people do it when you don't agree with them.  Or when you mock them for saying something idiotic.  If I have ever offended you, I apologize, I just have very little tolerance for stupidity.

i gave you an applaud for having a low tolerance for stupidity :D

I wish we could only have positives, it just is not a option.  We can have a total, or positive and negative, or none.

I personally don't give a rat's proverbial about smites/karma. What concerns me is the prospect that this system is stopping some/many people from truly speaking their minds. We want to delve as deep as possible into the topics raised, don't we? Then again, I'm looking at it from a photography enthusiast's point of view rather than from a business/SEO perspective.

put it this way.
If you speak your mind but put forward a civil and decent post then sure you will probably get some smite from some purile people but there is no way to know who it is and it will only be  a few. however if you put the same argument forward with name calling and abusive language then ALOT more members will smite you. I am sure there are people that smite just becasue they disagree. so getting smites is just par for the course really.
Fear of being smited should not stop you stating a point of veiw in a civil manner more often than not you will get applauds than smites, I quite often applaud posts i dont agree with just because it was a well presented argument, and i'm sure others do too.

I think there's been alot of smiting going on lately I seem to have jumped quite a few over the weekend
I didnt even post much because i spent most of it building my studio.

People shuldn't let gettind a smite or 20 bother them, I've said before if the worst thing in your life is getting smitted by some anonomous user on a web forum then you have a pretty great life so be thankfull for it and laugh off the smites.

Just give your opionions information and advice just dont get abusive and let your behaviour fall to troll level or be drawn into idiotic arguments with trolls as they will beat you everytime with experience

the 5D3 vs D800 has definately caused a stir anyway! :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Lens Prices
« on: March 11, 2012, 09:58:33 PM »
basically the nikon lenses with G designation are the newest versions typically with comparable L series build
most new G lenses are weather sealed
all high end Nikkor lenses had 9 circular blade appertures and produce excellent blur and bokeh

Sorry to contradict wickid wombat, while you're right that G designates the newer versions, they're not the equivelant to Canon L's, they're the one's with a golden 'N' on the lens and a golden ring (instead of red) at the end :)

G's are just the newer lenses with inbuilt AF, where as D lenses would only AF with more expensive bodies :)

See below :)

sorry you are indeed correct :D

something I have been wondering is that If you have the camera set to record raw only as opposed to raw + jpg does it re-route processing power to other functions like AF etc to improve other areas performance?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Lens Prices
« on: March 11, 2012, 07:40:23 PM »
from experience
the Nikon 50mm f1.4G is far superior to the aged canon 50 f1.4
once you go full frame you will want a good 50mm its a great walk around focal length

also the Nikon 85mm f1.4G is a stellar portrait lens perhaps the canon f1.2 is better from an IQ perspective but the slow focus speed on the canon and fly by wire MF annoy me too much to part with that much cash

I never had the 14-24 nikkor but by all accounts its highly regarded

basically the nikon lenses with G designation are the newest versions typically with comparable L series build quality D series are older but can be found cheaper
most new G lenses are weather sealed
all high end Nikkor lenses had 9 circular blade appertures and produce excellent blur and bokeh

if you got a D800 the first lens you should get with it is the 50mm f1.4G then work from there
for what that lens costs it is without a doubt the best in its class and its the same size as the canon 50mm f1.4 so nice and compact not massive like the 1.2 or the sigma. Having a nice compact 50mm is one of the best parts of the 50 in that its light and easy to carry.

EOS Bodies / Re: Copyright metadata 5d mark III
« on: March 11, 2012, 07:07:37 PM »
Probably.  That way, when someone graps your camera and has no software, they can change it immediately and show everyone its theirs.

That is a concern I have.  I always have the canon utility installed on my pc, and adding the information is a one time thing.  Its nice to have it difficult for a thief to remove, I wish there was a password.

totally agree making it easy to change in camera kind of defeats the purpose
also if you change the firmware does it kill the info so you have to set it again?

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO comparo: 5DIII vs. D800
« on: March 11, 2012, 07:06:10 PM »
5DIII and D800 are completely different cameras. So why would you try to compare them?

Because I have both of them on pre-order, and whichever is the better camera will determine which system I go with.

Because I'm heavily invested in the Canon system, I want the 5DIII to be better, but it's hard to ignore the Nikon.

Because both the 5DIII and D800 represent the mid-range, prosumer DLSR in each company's respective lineup, both are priced similarly, and both will be compared to each other by potential consumers.

Because like it or not, they are not completely different cameras. They're competing in the same arena of the market for the same consumer dollars. The 5DII and D700 were different tools, with the former aimed at resolution and the latter at speed, but people inevitably shopped them against each other.

As long digital cameras are being sold there always has been the trade of between amount of pixels and amount of noise. Also you can not expect large files and high fps together. All this is getting better with every camera but the difference remains. Just get what you need most.

The 1Ds, 1DsII, and 1DsIII all offered an outstanding tradeoff between resolution, speed, and noise. On paper, the 5DIII continues this tradition. The problem is that the competition has been making revolutionary strides, and the D800 sacrifices very little in speed and noise compared to the 5DIII despite its massive resolution advantage. Canon used to be the class of the field in this regard, and Nikon was an absolute joke just five years ago. Unfortunately for Canon shooters like me, the tables are turning.

Before the sample images from each body started floating around, I hoped the noise and DR of the 5DIII would have been improved enough to make the D800 less appealing. It doesn't look like Canon has succeeded.

Again, this is still merely speculation and I'll reserve final judgement until I can test both cameras out in the field. That said, I'm still pulling for Canon.
you could just use both, I used both Nikon and canon for ages then just got sick of different batteries , doubling up on alot of gear so sold off all my nikon gear mainly because I was so heavily invested in canon too and the 5Dmk2s give great IQ also the whole D800 being continually delayed annoyed the hell out of me . I'll be interested to hear your take when you get them both though, I am sure both will be great

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens or 1.4
« on: March 11, 2012, 06:51:12 PM »
btw, if u need a portrait lens . Sigma 85 1.4 is an excellent one. Very sharp

ditto this, the 50mm f1.4 is nice on Full frame and I use it alot but the 85 is my go to portrait lens and at f2 it is super sharp with great blur bokeh colour and contrast

Lenses / Re: Rumored 10 new lenses, 5 of which (CR) mentioned...
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:56:41 AM »

(Note - we all know lots of you wanted a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS, so let's just take that off the table for now.)

can we put a 24-105 f2.8L IS on the table :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Mark - III Preorder and Delivery
« on: March 10, 2012, 11:47:56 PM »
Has the mark III been delayed ??? I keep hearing rumors April now

yeah April 1 is the new date

What's your source for this?  My local brick&mortar shop was told to expect delivery on the 19th or 20th for setup, with an allowed initial sale date of March 22nd.

LOL sorry i was only joking i thought the 1 April date would be a give away that i wasnt being serious :P

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