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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Kirk L-bracket 5Dmk3 (DIY pano head)
« on: April 23, 2012, 02:26:20 AM »
Hi, your construction looks a bit bigger and more complicated than it needs to be. You can make it smaller and lighter with the same functionality if you use the Novoflex PANORAMA=Q and the Benro MPB20. I use this combination together with the Benro PT-150, which is not necessary if you use the Kirk L-bracket.

Best regards,
Robert

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Canon General / Re: online gallery/website
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:21:53 PM »
Hi, any opinions about Wordpress + the Photocrati theme? What they offer looks quite attractive but I would like to read some independent opnions first. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:44:07 PM »
It's hard to say but at moment my favorite is the TS-E 24mm L II. I really love the build quality, the lack of distortion (compared to other wide angle lenses) and lack of vignetting. Vignetting is the most anoying feature of my half dozen other primes and of all zoomes. Of course the possibilities of tilt and shift are great and are a major reason, too. Closely following is t
he TS-E 90mm. I love to manuel focus with this lens but I miss the more modern design of the TS-E 24.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A guy used 1DX yesterday in Germany!!
« on: February 05, 2012, 10:43:43 AM »
I'm intrigued about the 3rd slide on the nikonuser.info forum. Can someone who can read German translate that slide for the rest of us? TIA. Is it something about the VF & AF pt. spread or sensor pixel size?  ???

Hi,
the third slide with the title "Bewegungsunschärfe" translates as the following:

Motion blur
- because of the larger pixel motion blur is reduced compared to the EOS-1Ds Mark III
- What is motion blur?
- Faster shutter times are needed to freeze moving objects, the size of the pixel influences this
- smaller pixels need a faster shutter speed for sharp pictures without motion blur

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Canon General / Re: Headed to Paris with Camera Gear
« on: January 31, 2012, 06:11:21 PM »
I never had any problems in Paris but haven't been in a while.

The other question is how and what to leave at the hotel. That can be a bit tricky.

How are you getting to Paris? I couldn't see your location. If you are flying in from the States there is also the issue of bringing gear as carry-on luggage or checking it. I'm still looking into this myself at the moment since I'm flying to Germany in July. I bought a Pelican carry-on case with that in mind but the weight limitations on especially European carriers are getting ever more tight. Some now only allow 8kg of carry on luggage - which is a problem if the empty case is 6kg alone.

The other thing that I like about the case is that you can lock it and/or tie it to something. That may come in handy at the hotel also.

Hi, the weight is not such a big problem, as long as they don't get suspicious. But the size is one. 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm is the maximum for almost all European airlines, so stick to it. If it's a hard case and obviously larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm they will ask you check it in. I have seen this several times already....

During the last years my luggage was not weighted but once last year the custom services in Frankfurt performed a detailed check of my camera bag. It took 5min and I had a nice conversation with them in the meantime.

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Lenses / Re: Help me justify the 17mm TS-E
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:28:37 PM »
The filters are the main reason to go with the 24 TS-E.  But I've started doing HDR photos, so some of that can be simulated in post processing. 

That does raise the question if I use my 1.4x on a 17 TS-E, could I use a square ND filter?

Does Canon make a tripod collar for the TS-E like this: http://www.adorama.com/CATMRA2B.html ?  Could that or a similar model be modified to fit?


Hi, if there is no filter threat, how do you want to use the square filter? IMHO the only way (except for hand-held) is to build an filter adapter yourself. Here you can see how to do it: http://www.linsenschuss.de/index.php/blog/79-canon-ts-e-17mm-f4l-filterhalter. BTW, a ND filter can be used but there will be some light leaks between the lens and the lens cap with filter holder, which will lead to adverse effects with strong ND filters (LEE Big Stopper etc.) So you should put some black drape on it to avoid any stray light.

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Lenses / Re: Help me justify the 17mm TS-E
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:13:02 PM »
Hi, I got the TS-E 24L II a few months ago and really love this lens. The TS-E 17 is very similar and the wider angle of view would be amazing. But for proper landscapes I need filters and this is easier done with the TS-E 24L II. To use at least the lee filter holder on the TS-E 17mm you would have to adapt the lens cap by yourself because this lens has no filter threat.

Panorama shots are very easily done with the TS-E 17mm with the shift. Oft course the main application for the shift feature is architecture and it makes really a lot of fun with such a lens.
The tilt is quite useful to get an extended depth of field in landscape shots. The miniature effect is as big as with longer focal lengths.

BTW, do not get the Hcam lens adapter. It's too expensive and less useful than this one: http://www.photoscala.de/Artikel/Neue-Adapter-von-Zoerk (you can buy it directly from Zoerk if you drop Mr. Zörkendorfer an email (see his website). He will quote 220€ for it and it's available in the EU & USA). I got it myself and use it 90% of the time. This tripod collar is really useful to avoid parallax errors and because the larger hole in its base is directly located in the nodal point of the TS-E 17mm and TS-E 24L II. I put it onto a panorama plate and so I can use the shift and take panoramas. This not possible with any other lens + tripod collar combination with a Canon DSLR. Such a shifted panroma is useful for architecture and also for lanscapes.


Where Can I buy that tripod-collar? And the one that fits the 24, maybe it doesn't fit the larger 17?


Hi, the Rear-Shift-Adapter is not listed on the Zoerk website. The Zoerk websites in German and English are outdated and will be updated anytime this year. I found out about the adapter through the website mentioned above and gave Mr. Zörkendorfer in Munich a call (I'm German, so it was easy for me). You can write him an email at info(at)zoerk.com to order the rear-shift-adapter. I guess he speaks at least some basic English.

In November 2011 I paid €180 + €6 shipping + 19% VAT = €221,34 But he told me that he wants to increase the price soon. I don't how much the increase will be. The hand-made brass ring alone costs €90 + VAT. The aluminium chain is sources from a supplier and adapted by hand. The whole RSA looks and feels like a DIY product but it is very solid and does a great job because both tilt and shift can still be used (with the Hcam adapter only shift can be used). BTW, Canon does not offer any compatible adapter for the TS-E lenses.

The Zoerk RSA fits the TS-E 24L II and the TS-E 17mm, so it's the same for both lenses. For both lenses the larger 3/8" hole in its base is in the nodal point of each lens. The smaller 1/4" hole is not the nodal point, so I use an 3/8" to 1/4" adapter to put it onto the quick-release plate. This way there are no parallax errors, even with close objects just a half meter away.

Maybe you need to be a perfectionist to appreciate such an adapter but with a €2000 TS-E lens I'd like to get exceptional results or else I can also use the EF 24L instead.

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Lenses / Re: Heliopan 105mm CPL, any one used one?
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:06:16 PM »
Hi, I don't know the Heliopan pol filter but I got for the lee filter holder a Sigma EX circular PL filter in 105mm (it's not a slim version). I use it for about a year know and I am satisfied. The effect seems to be a bit less strong than my other pol filter. But it was the only effordable 105mm pol filter I could find. I paid last year 130€ for it at Amazon Germany.

I haven't tested it an UWW for vignetting, yet. Until 18mm on full format it should be OK with 2 filters slots in the lee holder. 

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Lenses / Re: Help me justify the 17mm TS-E
« on: January 30, 2012, 06:50:51 PM »
Hi, I got the TS-E 24L II a few months ago and really love this lens. The TS-E 17 is very similar and the wider angle of view would be amazing. But for proper landscapes I need filters and this is easier done with the TS-E 24L II. To use at least the lee filter holder on the TS-E 17mm you would have to adapt the lens cap by yourself because this lens has no filter threat.

Panorama shots are very easily done with the TS-E 17mm with the shift. Oft course the main application for the shift feature is architecture and it makes really a lot of fun with such a lens.
The tilt is quite useful to get an extended depth of field in landscape shots. The miniature effect is as big as with longer focal lengths.

BTW, do not get the Hcam lens adapter. It's too expensive and less useful than this one: http://www.photoscala.de/Artikel/Neue-Adapter-von-Zoerk (you can buy it directly from Zoerk if you drop Mr. Zörkendorf an email (see his website). He will quote 220€ for it and it's available in the EU & USA). I got it myself and use it 90% of the time. This tripod collar is really useful to avoid parallax errors and because the larger hole in its base is directly located in the nodal point of the TS-E 17mm and TS-E 24L II. I put it onto a panorama plate and so I can use the shift and take panoramas. This not possible with any other lens + tripod collar combination with a Canon DSLR. Such a shifted panroma is useful for architecture and also for lanscapes.

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Hi,
I shoot for years already quite a lot (thousands) of ornamental fishes, snails, shrimps etc. Here are two examples:




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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Photography magazines
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:19:52 PM »
Hi, if you are looking for a magazine with a focus on landscape photography, of course this one: http://landscapephotographymagazine.com would be best. I also like Outdoor Photography and Professional Photographer.

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Lenses / Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:50:47 PM »
Hi, I know the feeling very well. In November I bought the TS-E 24L II, my most expensive lens so far. For months I wanted this lens but a new one costs about 1900€ (~$2500). To get a used one is almost impossible. Then I found an ebay auction one night and did not think twice. I got it used for 1640€ (~ $2000). It came from a small camera shop which opened the box maybe once or twice. The lense arrived in a perfect condition and I couldn't tell it from a new one. After the first shots I'm really in love with the lense and never gonna sell it again. The lens is worth every cent and will probably last a lifetime. And I can sell it for them price like I bought it...

When I bought my first DSLR in a kit (450D + EF-S 18-55 + EF-S 55-250) I was much more sure to spend the 800€, although with an income of a student it was a lot of money for me. I never did regret more a purchase than this one. The 450D is great but both lenses were a totally waste of money... Since this purchase I bought all new lenses and even my 5D Mark II as used. It saved me a lot of money (20-40% depending how lucky I was) and the loss is not that great if I regret a purchase once again.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji X-Pro 1
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:18:07 PM »
Hi, for me this Fujifilm is clearly aimed to be an alternative on a conventional APS-C DSLR for an amateur, who used only a P&S so far. For this price it makes not much sense to switch to a completely new system if you don't want to replace your DSLR gear on the long run. For me the decision would be between the Canon G1X and the Fujifilm X10 or maybe even the PowerShot S100. The X-Pro would be too expensive for a second or third cam, which is propably not even pocketable.

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