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Hi, I'm really happy about this lens anouncement :D There was no really good 50mm lens available yet. For landscape photography in this focus length I used so far an old medium format tilt-shift lens or the TS-E 45mm. Both are mediocre but you can't shoot every scene with a TS-E 24 L II or a TS-E 90mm. The tilt-shift design offered at least proper corner sharpness and less hassle than an ordinary 50mm lens on a panorama head.

I don't really mind the size or the weight of this lens. To have AF would be a bonus but I don't really care! It takes me normally several minutes to set up my equipment for a landscape shot, so I do have time to manually focus in live view. And for street photography, events etc. I prefer the EF 35L yet. For such occassions Sigma will hopefully update soon their 50mm lens.

The only negative aspect is the price. 2500-3000 EUR would be great. Now it will take a few more months of saving.

Lenses / Re: Landscape Photo's
« on: August 13, 2013, 02:57:57 PM »
use the lens you already have for the landscape pictures. The 16-35 is a pretty good lens for this job. More important than the lens is patience and a good composition. Patience is needed to find the right location and wait for good light.

BTW, some grad ND filters and a pol filter are much more helpful in landscape photography than the best lens. Really useful is also a tripod with a ball head and maybe a panorama plate on top. It slows you down but helps a lot to fine tune the composition of your photo.

If you are really serious about landscape photography, get the TS-E 24 L II. It's a great lens and probably the best 24mm lens for a Canon camera available. The difference to the 16-35 is easily noticeable in the corners. But the pol filter, grad nd filters, tripod and ball head are much more useful and should be bought first. The lens alone doesn't make great pictures.

Best regards,

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: August 08, 2013, 05:35:40 PM »
Marrakech, Morocco, in September 2012

Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: August 08, 2013, 05:13:47 PM »
Hope Lake near Telluride, Colorado. HDR image created with Hugin and edited in LR4. Can't figure out how to even out exposure in the sky.

If you have access to Lightroom, use a digital graduated filter.

Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 18, 2013, 06:08:40 PM »
For me it's the TS-E 90mm. It is hardly ever mentioned, although the image quality is excellent.

I would get a 550D or 600D instead of the really old 40D or 5d you mentioned. Both newer APS-C models have a proper live view and video capabilities. The EF-S 17-85 is not the best lens available but will do the job, especially when money is a concern. If some money is left, buy him a proper pol filter for the lens.

Hi Graham, the pictures of your first post are fantastic! The use of the color filters was well done. I like especially the sepia tones.

For two pictures you mentioned the use of reverse grad filters and the sky is very well balanced in these shots. But the reflections in the water below are brighter than the sky in your pictures. Was this done by intention or just the lack of a weaker, 2nd reverse grad filter to compensate for the reflection as well?

Best regards, Robert

Software & Accessories / Re: Good GND filter to go with new Lee system
« on: March 07, 2013, 08:29:27 PM »
In the attached shot I used a combination of a 0.6 grad ND with a 0.9 grad ND filter. Not really a good idea normally because the sky turns to dark grey on the edges of such a shot. But in this picture it worked more or less. Flare was a biggest concern and I had to experiment a lot with the aperture. A f2.5 worked best for the EF 35mm L used in this shot. Any smaller aperture caused a lot more flare.

BTW, the shot is the re-sized jpeg straight out of cam.

Kind regards, Robert

Software & Accessories / Re: Good GND filter to go with new Lee system
« on: March 07, 2013, 08:18:09 PM »
I have a full set of 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 soft and hard grad ND filters as well as a 0.6 reverse grad ND & 0.9 reverse grad ND filter, which I can combine with a 10 stop ND and/or a 105mm Pol filter. So it is easy for me to compare the effects.

The 0.3 grad NDs were a waste of money. I never used them so far. The same goes for the 0.9 reverse grad ND filter, which is very rarely used.

For an average sunset or sunrise I use only the 0.6 reverse grad ND filter when the sun is near to the horizon. Very seldomly I need to combine it with  a normal grad ND (at the sea for example). The attached shot is also such a case. It was shot with a 0.6 grad ND + 0.9 reverse grad ND in order to see something of the village on the bottom of the picture. I used the "expose to the right" technique and then made a HDR from the single RAW file.

If you don't plan to buy a dozen filters, get a 0.6 hard grad ND and a 0.9 soft grad ND filter. A pol filter is a very useful addition to the grad ND filters. The 105mm Lee adaptor ring works well but any 105mm pol filter used on the Lee filter holder will add some vignetting to wide angle lenses. With my TS-E 24mm L it starts at about 8mm of shift when using the 105mm pol filter, no matter if a grad nd filter is used or not.

Software & Accessories / Re: Square 100 x 100 mm ND filters
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:15:08 AM »
Hi, if you intend to use the 82mm wide angle adaptor for the lee system on the TS-E 24mm II, 8-9mm of shift should be possible without any vignetting (except for the lens' own vignetting of about 1-2 stops). In case you want to use a 105mm pol filter on the lee system, vignetting starts at 9mm and becomes quite strong. The vignettiing of the pol filter is caused by the the rather long distance of the filter from the lens. The use of square filters has no influence here.

Software & Accessories / Re: Square 100 x 100 mm ND filters
« on: January 24, 2013, 06:38:48 PM »
the HiTech ND 1.8 and new 3.0 were introduced at the same time, if I remember correctly. I have the old and the new version of the ND 3.0 filter in 100mm x 100mm size. Both have a strong bluish cast, which can be quite annoying. The new one is better but the bluish cast still immediately visible.

The HiTech ND 1.8 filter is also available as a glass filter, see here: http://www.teamworkphoto.com/hitech-prostop-irnd-glass-filters-c-1047_78_1115_1978_1984.html

Landscape / Re: Spiral Arm of the Milky Way above the Texas Desert
« on: January 22, 2013, 02:24:49 PM »
Thank you for these great shots! I'm living in the largest city of central Europe (Berlin) and so I never saw the Milky Way myself. It never get's dark enough here.... No village or town is further can dozen miles away :(

Software & Accessories / Re: What brand of ND filters do you have?
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:15:45 PM »
I use the HiTech filters for a while now. They do the job but they are definitely not the best you can get. They are rather cheap and you can see why. I've got a full set of grad and reverse grad nd filters as well as the orignal and the new 3.0 ND filter. While the newer 3.0 ND filter is a significant improvement, the strong blue color cast is still bothering me a lot.

If you are really serious into landscape photography, consider buying the Lee filters. The HiTech filters will help to save money but detoriate your image quality.

Canon General / Re: Working as an assistant.
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:22:13 PM »
Hi, just speak to him on your first day. All these questions can be answere within 10min. Don't worry.

Be polite, listen carefully, take notes when necessary and ask for clarification in case something is unclear to you.

You probably got the job because of your abilities and current knowledge. So all you need to know in this new position they will teach you, like in any other job.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:13:42 AM »
My favorite shot from a recent shoot.

Great shot! I love the light and especially those blue eyes.

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