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Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: August 16, 2012, 07:09:15 PM »
Moscow at night, taken with my old 450D with EF-S 17-55mm during a recent business trip in June.

Moscow at night von Robert Gall Photography auf Flickr

Lenses / Re: Choice for a landscape lens
« on: August 16, 2012, 02:43:14 AM »
I would recommend the TS-E 24mm L II. I also tested the current EF 16-35 but the IQ is not overwhelming, especially in the corners. But landscape pictures should be sharp from edge to edge. Here the TS-E 24 leaves nothing to ask for.

The TS-E offers also shift, which helps a lot while fine tuning the composition. Of course stiched panoramas are very easily done. But the perspective correction is the more important feature of this lens. A degree or two of tilt helps also to get everything sharp from the foreground till background.

Sometimes, in maybe 10-15% of all shots, I wish for a wider angle than 24mm. Then I would take the TS-E 17mm, although it is hard to mount filters, which can easily be done with the TS-E 24 II. Landscape shots without pol & grad ND filters... is like a car without tires. A HDR can be quite nice sometimes but only if there is no moving object in the frame at all. This doesn't happen too often.

The Zeiss Distagon 21mm should also be quite good, albeit worse than the TS-E 24 II (see http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/a-quick-lens-test-canon-ts-e-24mm-versus-zeiss-21mm/)

Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 30, 2012, 07:11:06 PM »
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

I use this lens to correct converging verticals. However, I keep using it as much as possible. So I have to use my feet and pay more attention to composition. It is interesting that although I carry a lot of my lenses in my bag when I put a fixed lens (especially this one) I try to make the most of it instead of putting back my standard zoom (a 24-105).


Same for me!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your Summer Beach Shots here
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:21:27 PM »
Funny scene last summer at the Baltic Sea...

Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:14:28 PM »
Hi, the idea is good but both pictures show nothing related to Stockholm. They could have been shot anywhere in western Europe. I'd like to see more of Stockholm or Sweden. Thanks.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Filter Setup
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:13:20 PM »
Never mind the filter -- what's that mount you've got on the 24? I assume to do shift panoramas? And, most importantly, where does one get on?



Hi, see this thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3055.msg65288.html

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Filter Setup
« on: July 27, 2012, 04:47:48 PM »
In Euope the best sources are still the shops in the UK (e.g. Teamwork Photo & Speed Graphic). In my experiences they have more of the filters in stock and better prices than most shops in other EU countries, e.g. here in Germany.

The following picture shows how close the Lee wide angle adapter ring (made of black anodized aluminium) puts the Lee filter holder (black plastic) to the lens. Also visible is the use of the 105mm adapter ring and a pol filter. In this picture no square filter was put into the holder.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Filter Setup
« on: July 27, 2012, 04:27:26 PM »
yoy need the right adapter ring and the fiter holder. For 24mm the wide angle adapter ring is recommended, albeit it is more expensive. The normal one might cause some vignetting. The standard Lee filter holder will do fine for two or even three filters. If you want to use the square filters and a pol filter, you will need the Lee adapter ring and longer screws to put in front of the square filters a 105mm filter. Sigma and B+W make such large pol filters.

The adpter rings, filter holder and pol filter can easily cost you more than $500.

The Lee filters should be quite good but they are hard to get sometimes. The filters by Hitech are a good alternative and especially the sets with a size of just 125mm x 100mm are much cheaper than the 150mm x 100mm Lee filters. The 25mm more length of the standard grad ND filters you will very seldom need (never happened to me).

I do have the wide angle adapter rings in varius diameters, the Lee filter holder, 105mm adapter ring, Sigma pol filter and 10 different Hitech filters in a Lee filter case, which cost me all together more than EUR900. I don't want to miss them anymore. But I think you need to do landscape photography pretty seriously to invest such a lot of money and also time to get these filters.

Kind regards, Robert

Hi, for the light source a studio flash would be best but maybe a bit too big for your setting. Consider also a compact flash like the 430EX or the more powerful 580EX + a flash cable (at least 3') + a ring flash adapter like the Orbis for the flat even light.

Of course  ff camera would be the best choice but for the next 2-3  years the 600D or 650D + Ef-S 60mm macro + 18-135mm will do well for you. Better invest in a tripod, editing software and some training and/or good literature. A good camera alone doesn't maje good picture.

If you go ff, the 5DII + EF 100mm macro would be a great choice. BTW, there are good reasons why Canon doesn't make macro zooms: they worse than normal tele zooms and much worse than a proper macro lens.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: June 15, 2012, 03:16:08 PM »
My nephew Jonas seeing my 5DII for the first time  :D

5DII with EF 85mm f1.8 at f1.8 1/100 ISO 800

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Announce 2 Cameras in June [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2012, 07:17:10 PM »
I guess we get a G1X with a new mount adaptable to EF-S for a price of more than $1000. Some overpriced miodocre lenses, too. Nothing exiting.

A M9 competitor with EF mount would be really great. A usable, small back-up body for professionals for a decent price (< $1500) would be best. I'll continue dreaming...

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:17:19 PM »
La Gomera (Canary Islands), Spain

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D3 for landscapes
« on: May 09, 2012, 01:48:35 AM »
Hi, the composition of the first 2 pics is OK. In the 3rd and 4th a resting point for the eye is missing and so the eye is wandering restlessly around in the pics. The distortion of the fisheye doesn't help at all here. In all pics the highlights of the water are out blown. For rivers and waterfalls an exposure between 1/6s and 10s would be enough for the flowing effect.

The HDR effect is too strong in all pics and it looks very artificial. Try to remember how you have seen the scene and edit the pics accordingly. If there isn't a very strong contrast ( bright, unfiltered sun + deep shadows), a single RAW file would be enough and can also be processed as a more natural looking HDR. In general bright, unfiltered sun at midday seldom works for a landscape shot because of the harsh light and too deep shadows. Even grad nd filters don't help here. Especially within a forest with most parts of the scene in partial or full shadow the few high lights of the sun can ruin a pic, if they are too strong, because they are really hard to recover in post processing.  So an overcast day or even better some fog would help a lot.

Hi, maybe there are not many photogs like me but coming from a crop body with the EF-S 17-55 IS as standard lens I'd like to have something similar on a FF body, too. The EF 24-105 has a nice range but the f4.0 is unacceptable. So I'll propably go for the Tamron. If I look for a stellar perfomance or best low light use, I use a good prime lens. Such a zoom is just a walk- around lens and the f2.8 alone limits its use. But with the Tamron you can at least shout at 70mm with as little as 1/15s which means usable 3 stops light less than with the Canon when it's critical not to raise the ISO value.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 28, 2012, 05:35:15 PM »
With my old PowerShot S2 years ago...

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