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After football practice ice cream

Lovely light :)

awesome lighting

Lenses / Re: another...would you?
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:30:23 PM »
currently I don't have any lens reaching above 200mm (unless I use a non-canon 2x converter on the MDP). I have been considering the Sigma 150-500mm or even the Tamron 150-600mm
To fund either purchase, either the Ts-e 90mm (choice #1 to sell) or the Zeiss T18mm will be sacrificed  :'( as much as I like both, the truth is they don't see much use lately.
I like the sigma option more, as it' available right now, great price, and I would say better buit quality compared with Tamron.
So, would you do it?
...just trying to get some feedack and opinions to make my mind once for all.

the tamron is better than the sigma and its AF is amazing however it lacks a panning mode IS which the sigma does have
so if you want to pan with the tamron you have to turn IS off

Lenses / Re: 5D3 + teleconverter + Telescope
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:46:40 PM »
I have confirmed that the dandelion autofocus confirmation chip DOES NOT work for this purpose. The body is fooled into thinking it's an EOS lens,  but the teleconverter isn't buying it. I suspect it's because the EF conconveter is expecting 3 more pins to provide data that the AF confirmation chip does not have.

Now I'm back to square one...

did you get the right chip, the chip i got looks identical to the lens contacts...

Lighting / Re: i spoil my speedlite by using DIY speed grid
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:39:43 PM »
hahahaa funny story!

hopefully they can replace the front lens facia and its not too expensive...

you should have let the glue dry completely before use... ;) but you know that now don't you

isnt this what the FEL button does or did i read your post wrong?

The FEL button uses spot and only locks for one image, no?

I thought it locked for a period of time and if no shots were taken in that time it reverted but as long as you keep shooting its in effect... not 100% though but i thought it was for more than one image. I don't really use it so i'm not sure.

Have you tried your 70-200mm with 2x MKIII?

Try it out first before hand you may surprise yourself at how good it is! Certainly did for me.

The most challenging thing is keeping the bird in frame with a prime its even more difficult if its flying toward you. With the zoom my technique is to track the bird at 70mm (140mm with the 2x) then as its coming toward you zoom into 400mm or what ever tele you need to try to fill the frame. Its a lot easier but obviously you loose a little AF speed canon quote 75% but I think this is worst case scenario from digital picture review he explains how the AF speed isn't really an issue with MKII lenses and MKIII extenders. I didn't have any trouble following Puffins and they are quick and unpredictable.

Next on my list is a MKIII extender I think :)

Its OK but the tamron leaves the 70-200 +2x mk3 combo for dead as far as servo performance goes IQ i guess is not too different and this is coming from a once confirmed Tamron hater! i still carry the 2xTC with the 70-200 as an in case but if I know i'll be shooting long stuff I take the tamron

isnt this what the FEL button does or did i read your post wrong?

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:58:42 AM »
What product do you hope-for the most from Canon this year?
a 90% price drop?  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:57:51 AM »
Thank you for the input everyone- I appreciate it. I have all over you suggestions on my list.

I think the astrophotography comparison is a great idea, especially with the high ISO performance of the A7s. Ill do the low light focusing too (its rated down to -4 EV which is supposedly better than the 6D), and the noise performance tests.

Ill post any preliminary stuff here for feedback as well.

Thanks again and keep the ideas coming if you have any more
why not give the 6D a cameo in this aspect of the comparison since its supposed to be better in low light than the 5Dmk3...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dynamic Range Question
« on: July 02, 2014, 05:29:50 AM »
Try setting the highlight slider to -100 then slowly move the exposure slider + way, watching the histogram as you go to bring the shadows back up. Once the histo reaches the right edge stop. This work for me and gives a more natural look. Avoid increasing the shadow slider too much. Also drop the clarity on this to -10 which gives a little more of a natural look.

If this was a landscape shot you might be OK but I think with people in the shot I process my shots with less clarity.

too much clarity does horrific things to skin i agree dial in some minus globaly and then if needed for tight portraits add some back into eyes etc with the brush

Photography Technique / Re: Taking HDR shots
« on: July 02, 2014, 05:22:17 AM »
Photomatix Pro is good in all way for taking HDR shots, according to opinions given by people.

If you are on hallucinogenic drugs, perhaps.... however if you prefer your pictures to look remotely real then its not so good...

C'mon lets face it HDR has got a deservedly bad rep due to the woefully massive amount of horribly processed garbage clogging the internet and photomatix is largely responsible for this.

Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro 9, Elite Edition
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:40:26 PM »
Most of my photos are indoor & low light. I'm thinking about DxO Optics Pro 9, Elite Edition as PP software(never use DxO before). I'm a LR user.

For those using DXO, can you guys share your thoughts on this Vs LR5?

Thanks in advance,

awesome thread i'm in the same boat and have been thinking of learning DxO in parallel with LR incase the Adobe Licence Nazis get too belligerent and impose more stupid limitations forcing everyone into the cloud of doom.

I must be going a little nuts... I'm looking at 200-400's, 300/400 f/2.8's... and I'm seeing the price tag... and I thinking... "That's not bad." 

I remember fondly when I spend $100 on a 50mm f/1.8 and I thought that was a lot of money... I'm off to bed... this bug will surely pass before I wake.

honestly i was seriously looking at the 200-400 but could not justify the price then i decided the tamron 150-600 was so cheap it was worth a shot for my limited usage its gold while it definitely cant hold a candle to the 200-400 its still impressive and worth a look if you are in a similar situation

The FD mount has a shorter flange distance than EF - 42mm vs 44mm - so by the time you've added physical mount adapter to the 44mm, you end up with a total lens flange to sensor distance much greater than 42mm. Either you lose infinity focus, or there are optical elements (much like a mild TC) which further degrade the image quality of these old lenses.

In short, nothing works, bar one ingenious solution made by Ed Mika (who is also a member on this forum)

His solution is custom made for each lens. Not all lenses can be adapted, and the cost makes it pointless on a cheap lens. Good L FD lenses are worth converting.

ditto this

I have his adapter on my 600 f4.5 FD lens and its pretty damn good but heavy!

Thanks! I love this lens more and more each day. I'm buying a second copy 35 Art over the weekend, hopefully the AF doesn't suck like the first 35 and the first 50  ;D At least now I have the docking and I know that they can work and be epic.

I don't think you will regret the 35 it's AF in servo is amazing and my copy just never misses focus i cant wait to see what they do with the 85! it needs some wide open improvements and AF could be made better over the current version

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