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Landscape / Re: Post your best HDR Photographs
« on: February 25, 2012, 10:29:00 PM »
On a slightly different note, what software do you guys use for processing your shots? Also what type of processing do you prefer "Tone Mapping" or "Exposure Fusion"?
I used photomatix and tried both tone mapping and fusion, I dont like the results now but i've posted around a few times before i found this guy
he uses luminosity masks to blend his brackets together, kind of a manual tonemapping so he is able to get much more smooth clean natual looking HDR, have a look at his tutorials. Not  quick as processing in a cookie cutter program but I think the results are significantly nicer
I'm still playing around with his techniques.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Outdoor Fashion Shoot
« on: February 25, 2012, 08:44:45 PM »
get yourself a Nikkor 50mm f1.4G lens for that camera it will blow you mind how good it is
Build is rock solid and its very snappy on the AF. Awesome value for money lens

on the nikon crop its 75mm equivalent and makes for a stunning portrait lens indor or outdoor

now if only canon would give it some competition

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Looking for tripod advice...
« on: February 25, 2012, 08:43:36 PM »
Yep the benro is a great tripod although i use a custom novoflex ball head setup instead but the carbon legs are very good quality the benro ball head is good though i gave that away since i use diferent one. I also have the benro gimal and it is really nice with the big lens

Software & Accessories / Re: does anyone here own lensbabies?
« on: February 25, 2012, 07:27:03 PM »
I've got a lot of Lensbaby stuff, and love it all (I've put some examples of mine in the thread that M_Max linked).
I started off with the Double Glass Muse, all the examples there I took with that. I've since got the 0.42x UWA adapter, then the single glass, plastic, and just recently the pinhole/zone plate (all off ebay, if you're patient you can get them for $5-10 each, don't pay $50 in a shop). I later got a Control Freak, 0.4x wide, 1.6x tele, +4 & +10 macro, and creative aperture kit off ebay, for about 3/4 the price of just the control freak in a shop.

The effect isn't for everybody, and isn't for every shot, just like Fisheye it can get old quickly. When I go to process some photos, after a while I get sick of looking at them and give up. But I do go back to them, and I like the fact that they're "not just another boring landscape" and "not just another boring portrait". They have character, personality, individuality. Maybe i'm a 'purist' in that I don't PP much (except colours/WB, and the occasional background-blurring of birds), but if you're handy in photoshop, by all means try doing it that way too.

And lensbaby is not a tilt-shift, they may give similar effects, but totally different images. Lensbaby blurs the image border, it draws your eye to the subject. Tilt can either blur the top/bottom, or left/right of the image, never all at once, because it changes the plane of focus. Tilt can also give you seemingly infinite focus if you line it all up properly. Both take a lot of practise to get right, it all depends how much time you're willing to put in.
(and to try out a cheap tilt lens, I've also got a Pentacon-Six to EF tilt adapter, $100 off ebay, and a lot of Pentacon Six lenses, the best widest-angle is the Zeiss Flektogon 50mm f/4.0, pay maybe $100 again, $200 is a lot cheaper than a TS-E 45mm)

I have the lensbaby composer pro with sweet 35 too and agree with all of this too you definately cant compare it to a tilt shift lens.
its a fun lens to use at the widest aperture of f2.5 it is quite soft, not too bad but not great, however the in focus area at this aperture is too small imo as well.
also the FEEL of the depth of field at f2.5 on this lens feels alot more narrow that 2.5 on a conventional lens
i would put it more like feeling like 1.4 or 1.2 DoF. Wide open all you really get is massive amount of blur and very little in focus. of course its also all releative to how close to you subject you are too.
So I prefer to stop it down to f4 or f5.6 and around here its sharp the oof blur is super smooth as it has 12 circular blade aperture even at f4 or 5.6 the oof blur goes to mush very quickly.
It takes some practice to use but is fun for creative stuff.
no AF confirm chip is annoying for the price they should have put this on
Build quality is good though on the sweet 35 and composer pro. perhaps it is a bit overpriced

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 25, 2012, 06:59:47 PM »
I got my parents a 600D for xmas and i think the upgrades over the 550 are worth the slight cost difference

well I looked on ebay
Theres the body  about $580
Canon 17-55 f2.8 including lens hood about $990
Canon 85mm f1.8 about $420
tripod about $220
I have the carbon version of these and these are excepionally goo tripods for the money

Well there you go thats a bit over $2200
you still have $300 for a decent bag and some other bits
look around for a second hand 430ex flash, maybe $150 and you can get a decent bag for maybe $100

I would seriously recommend against tamron at all due to very poor quality
steer clear of sigma unless you get a body with AF micro adjust

then save up for a white tele zoom down the track
look at the 70-300 which has a good rep or the non IS 70-200 f2.8 if you want fast aperture they are in a similar price range about $1300

if you are in the USA you can look at the canon refurb store and pic any or all those items up cheaper

so your budget you can get the lot just shop around and good luck

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 25, 2012, 06:37:20 PM »
Thanks, yeah I love how sharp this lens is wide open. Really the only issue is the CA which i am sure once i can get a profile sorted out for lightroom will be a complete non issue. There is something nice about the old simple manual focus only lenses too

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:19:45 PM »
these are just raws, cloudy white balance brought into LR and exported as JPG no post processing

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:02:59 PM »
and some kangaroos

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:59:09 PM »
and another

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:57:30 PM »
another one

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:56:11 PM »
here is a kookaburra shot with the 600

Has anyone else skimmed the "" site for other info?
The 3D will be the monster megapixel studio camera - due later this year - Photokina?  BUT also the photoshopped image to have eye-control (bottom right corner) "".  Fun, but bring on that truckload of salt for now. :o
Lets get through next week first.

hehe beat me to it
also the 40mm f1.2L lens on it...


they present stuff that is guesswork rumours or wish list as a little too factual for my taste

I really hope the high MP camera isnt integrated gripped

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:48:39 AM »
Typically the 18-55 kit lens and body sell for about the same as body only or only a tiny difference.
probably best to just get the kit and then you have the kit lens to sell with the body down the track
from what everyone here says the 15-85 canon zoom is a stellar lens so you might want to look at that
also since there is no AF micro adjust on the rebel range I would be hesitant to go sigma and stick with canon as tolerances seem tighter.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pics of the 5D3 grip?
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:36:03 AM »
heres a link to the thread,2963.0.html

have fun going through all 28 pages or whatever it got up to
some pics at the front and some more at the end i think

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