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Lenses / Re: All Canon TS lenses
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:43:10 PM »
Among the old Ukrainian lenses is the Arsat PCS 55mm f4.5, which is a medium format shift lens. There is a EF adapter available, which offers also tilt. I own this lens too but seldom use it. It is even less sharp and offers less resolution than the mediocre TS-E 45mm. The main problem of the Arsat PCS 55mm f4.5 is the ancient coating. It's also huge and quite heavy. But it's all metal and glass and will probably last a century or more!

From my own experience the TS-E 24mm L II and the TS-E 90mm are really great lenses and worth every cent. The TS-E 45mm is mediocre and lacks sharpness as well as resolution in comparison to the TS-E 24mm L II and the TS-E 90mm. The TS-E 45mm is better than nothing in this focal length but I really hope that Canon will bring out an updated version.

Unfortunately I couldn't try the new Hartblei lenses with Carz Zeiss optics yet. Basically these are older medium format lenses which use the same mechanical designs for tilt and shift as the old Ukrainian lenses. They are really huge and heavy. I find these aspects quite unpractical, especiall for landscapes, and prefer the Canon lenses.

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Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:24:55 PM »
Thanks to all who have responded. Many very good points have been made. I'm going with the 70-200 f4L IS to take care of the longer focal lengths, the 100 f2.8L IS for macro/portrait, the 17-40 f4L and the 24 f1.4L for wide angle/landscape. On longer hikes where weight is a big concern, I will only take the 17-40 and 24 f1.4. I appreciate all of your insights and comments.

Hi, if you are really into landscapes, the 17-40 f4 is disappointing. OK, it is cheap and very versatile but that's all. The corners are quite soft and lack resolution. The same is also true for the slightly better 16-35 f2.8 in my experience. The 24mm f1.4 would be a waste of money and effort IMHO. If you like the shallow depth of field, get the 35mm f1.4 or 35mm f2 IS instead. 35mm is a much better focal length for street photogrpahy.
 
I prefer the TS-E 24 L II for landscapes. The resolution is much better than the zooms and wider angles can easily be stiched together. The optics are probably the best wide angle you can get for a Canon body. The shift and/or tilt mechanism is used in almost all my landscape photos. I use 24mm in about 60-70% of my landscape shots, 35-50 mm for about 20-30% of all shots and 70-100 mm for the rest.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:15:41 PM »
One from me - taken from our 4 week tour of the west coast of Canada and USA this summer

Cloud blows over Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22983840@N08/10403182765/#

Some amazing effects as the weather transitioned from fog to sun (and quite often back again quite quickly!).
Canon 6D
Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L

Really great shot!

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:05:31 PM »
Taken during sunrise.

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Video & Movie / Re: ─░stanbul Turkey Time Lapses
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:19:52 PM »
I really like the  last video. A little bit irretating is the change of the point of view after a few seconds. The tilt  effect works also better in the 2nd part of the video.

IMHO the tilt effect is more subtle but at the same time more useful when it is not parallel to the square format of the video. Then it helps to point the focus on your subject instead of being just an effect. This still shot shows quite good what I mean: http://felixcg.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/autumn-has-come-16b54fb7be67a5b7d0f2f03678ed3ac3-hd2.jpg In a time lapse video I would not use it to such an extent but in such a orientation.



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Video & Movie / Re: Sharks at Night Video
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:01:15 PM »
Hi,
the video is impressiv. But to say the truth the first 35 sec are a waste of time as well as the last 10 sec. There is not that much to see, just some big sharks coming and going, so it would make sense to shorten the video to 20-30 sec.

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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.

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Lenses / Re: Landscape Photo's
« on: August 13, 2013, 02:57:57 PM »
Hi,
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,
Robert

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

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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.

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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.

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Hi,
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.

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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

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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

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Software & Accessories / Re: Good GND filter to go with new Lee system
« on: March 07, 2013, 08:18:09 PM »
Hi,
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.

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