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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: March 13, 2014, 03:36:16 AM »
Hi Folks.
Thanks for the reply CarlTN.
Is there an oops moment there, I just looked on my iPad and the dark one is real dark, nearly black? Not at all how it looked on my monitor or camera LCD. Best I check the calibration before sending too many more, thought I had the calibration about right! Is this just an iPad thing, picture 1712 looked almost as light as picture 1713, 1713 looked almost blown!

All look substantially darker than the original!

Cheers Graham.

Hi Folks.
Lots more great posts, love the linear clouds and Fishing nets but all are good.

A few of my sunset pics..

Sunset Yarmouth Harbour IoW.
1/125, f/5.6, ISO 100, Squify EF-S 17-85 @ 72 mm, Exposure Bias 0 EV
This one?

IMG_1713 by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

Sunset Yarmouth Harbour IoW.
1/500, f/11.0, ISO 100, Same EF-S 17-85 @ 72 mm, Exposure Bias 0 EV
Or this one?

IMG_1712 by Valvebounce25, on Flickr

Or Neither. ;D

Cheers Graham.

No problem, and I have no idea, I don't own any apple products.  You should consider editing on a desktop computer with a 24 inch monitor though, in my opinion.  My monitor cost less than an iPad...

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 13, 2014, 03:31:12 AM »

1DX12-537 par fredericsiffert.com, sur Flickr

Canon EOS 1Dx and EF 500mm f/4 IS L

Yes great job, I've never seen one of these birds before!

Lenses / Re: DXOMark: Samyang 24mm f/1.4 for Canon
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:53:42 AM »
Except that the same retailer, BuyDig, had the 14mm lens alone for $299 only about 9 days ago...and it has sold for even less in the past via the big camera retailers, and I think also Amazon.  I'm heavily considering buying one.

As for the Samyang 24mm, I don't doubt it's a fine lens, but I feel the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 is by far the better buy at only $549 (during the holidays it was well under $500)...with autofocus, aperture control, etc.  Yes the AF motor is not silent, but it actually works fairly well and quickly...even in servo AF mode.  Optically, I would definitely put it up against the Samyang any day.  Even wide open it is quite sharp in the middle 60% of the image, and in the middle 40%, its coma and CA are also relatively low.  Towards the periphery...no.  But I doubt it's much worse, if any, than the Samyang (or even the pricey Canon L for that matter!).  The Sigma also has very smooth bokeh...smoother than my Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4, anyway.  When closed down, the Sigma is quite sharp everywhere with artifacts also on the low side...everywhere.  That's saying something.  (Obviously the 14mm Samyang/Rokinon is optically superior to all of these, but it is a unique lens and unique value, comparable optically, at least "resolution of detail"-wise, to the $3000 15mm Zeiss, as well as the much loved Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 zoom.  Color rendition-wise, the 14mm Rokinon does not come all that close to the Zeiss.  But that's a huge price differential to pay for some color and a bit of contrast, in my opinion).

The Sigma 24mm f/1.8 also has less barrel distortion than the Samyang 24mm f/1.4, I believe.  That said, I am slowly trying to sell this Sigma (not lowered the asking price much yet), because I've spent too much on other lenses (recently bought the 70-300L), and just don't use it often enough.  I mostly bought it for night sky and astro type imaging (believe it or not).  As long as the object is in that middle 40%, it can comfortably be used wide open, or close to it.  What it is best at though, is MACRO WIDE ANGLE photography.  It is mindblowing with this, actually.  Especially considering you have such a big choice of controlling the depth of field, at such a close distance with very good magnification.  I do hate to let it go...so if I don't get a high enough offer, I may wind up keeping it after all.  I've definitely not done enough macro images with it, and would like to do more of the spring wildflowers.  The color rendition is better than my only other wide lens as of now, the 24-105L.  And the amount of barrel distortion the 24-105L has, at 24mm...is actually absurd.  If it were a 24mm prime lens with this much barrel distortion, I think they'd have a hard time selling it.  Fortunately though, obviously it's a superb zoom lens, and a superb value overall (not trying to be captain obvious on that one, sorry...haha!)

I can see why people desire the 20mm f/1.8, because of its unique wide angle, big aperture, along with the macro ability.  But optically, neither it nor the 28mm f/1.8 version, compare to the 24mm version.  It is sharper everywhere.  I did the research, looked at the test charts.

It's entirely possible that Sigma will produce an "art" version at 24mm, but that lens will most certainly cost more than $1000.  And at this point, it might be 2 years from now before it's available, if not longer.

One last note on Sigma.  What interests me most with them now is the new sensor in the new DP series cameras.  The body looks almost ridiculous, but optically...it may very well exceed the D800's ability (even though it's a crop sensor!), at least in good light...obviously not in poor light.  Also I doubt it will approach the D800's dynamic range at low ISO (so don't jump on me for that!)...I'm just referring to detail resolution via its stacked pixels, that don't need no stinking bayer array!

Sorry to those who didn't like to read about Sigma, I'm not trying to hijack the thread or anything.  I just do feel it's necessary to discuss their 24mm lens, when considering a manual-only lens like the Samyang/Rokinon.  Samyang's "T" series lenses meant for cinematography, do look quite interesting (and no AF is needed)...if the use scenario is video.

Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:05:54 PM »
Oh, and like many others, I think DxO's software is good (probably the best for noise reduction).

I'd argue for automatic distortion correction as well.

Well, when I asked about noise reduction software last year, I was lambasted for it.  According to many (on CR anyway), there's no such thing as noise reduction, only image softening.  I tend to disagree very much, even with the NR available from Adobe.  I've not tried DXO...perhaps if they offered it free to Canon owners in return for their bias against the brand, I would opt to try it out?

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:00:41 PM »
Those are some cool action shots 8) ... well done. I like the second one very much, that image portrays the whole picture showing the energy in that sport ... really cool. But the hairy man b00bs of the cyclist in the first pic are distracting :o ;D

Gotta love those man boobs huh?  :P hahaha

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:59:17 PM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

Thanks Carl!

This is commonly known as the bottlebrush flower ... Botanical genus is Callistemon.

You are most welcome, and thank you for telling me.  It looks both poisonous and beautiful!

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:52:39 PM »
...I think that, rather than trying to become a successful landscape photographer, a more realistic goal for myself, is to become the next President of the United States...:D

At least, that position becomes vacant every 4-8 years. Landscape photographers are still competing against Ansel Adams and the guy's been dead for 30 years.

Indeed, and the person who paid $4 million for the image that started this thread, would probably say "Ansel...who?"

Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:45:43 PM »
So, while I also would often not trade larger aperture (f/1.2-f/1.4) for smaller aperture (f/1.8-f/2. 8) + IS, it is rare that the former offers no disadvantages and the latter no advantages.  In fact, I'd say for most the new "IS" range is probably the best bang-per-buck combination in the primes.  With Canon zoom lenses, though, getting the more expensive L range is almost a necessity as the non-L lenses are too slow.

I agree with you on the new range of non L IS primes; they are very good and not only the best value for money but also versatility, as you say.

However I don't agree on the 135L; the Sporgon crystal ball doesn't see an IS version of this coming, or at least not in the foreseeable future. Whilst the current lens may be the Holy Grail of L lenses to many aspiring photographers - indeed if CR had Coat of Arms it would probably be two crossed 135L lenses mounted in front of a FF sensor atop a pile of third party junk - it's reached that position because it is 'affordable'. To be worthwhile for Canon to develop a better lens with IS it is going to have to be considerably more expensive, and I suspect at the present time they won't feel there is a financial benefit to themselves as a business. Also the third party manufacturers haven't produced a 135 IS or 1.8 version which is a sign they don't think the sales volume / price point is worthwhile.

I do think we will see a 50 IS very soon, and possibly a 85 version after that which bridges the price gulf between the current version and the 1.2L

For anyone who has used the 135 f/2 for a long time, we understand the quality of bokeh it has, and it's not something trivial.  Any new version, or third party version, will very likely have a poorer quality of bokeh.  That's the reason I may never sell mine.  Sure, it's priced at a point that is accessible to entry level photogs (and for that reason it's spat on by those who won't be caught dead using any lens under $1500).  But its overall image quality combined with its usable medium telephoto focal length (especially on a full frame) really is as good as it gets, it seems to me.  It simply can't be improved upon.

And given the history of these new IS primes, they seem to favor replacing the older lens with a slower aperture, along with the IS...and making it all very dinky and feather light.  Given the existence of (what I say would actually be on a coat of arms instead) the ubiquitous 70-200 f/2.8 ii IS and the 100mm f/2.8 IS macro, there certainly will never be a 135mm f/2.8 IS, especially one that is a macro.

Is a new 135mm f/1.8 stabilized third party lens, going to be enough to make me buy one (let alone replace my 135L with it)?  No.  Would I if it were f/1.6 or f/1.4?  Yes, I would at least buy it and use it alongside the current 135!  I'd love even faster primes at other focal lengths also, though...but I guess since the "rebel masses" don't ever want to buy a big lens of any kind, and the "pro photogs" like things the way they are...it will never happen.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:30:33 PM »
Graham, I prefer the one with more exposure.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:26:39 PM »
Posted black and white of this earlier but I think I prefer the colour version. The greenish-blue colour is produced by sunlight passing through the thick mantle of ice on the obverse side of the fountain.

Yes I like the color ice can bring out...

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:20:49 AM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:18:08 AM »
Nice work.  What keeps the stars from blowing out more than this, if the exposures are 5 minutes?

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:06:05 AM »
The only accessible way to make money in photography is to do weddings, or to do product photography, and to a lesser degree portrait, school, or event photography.  And even then, there are plenty of others who are doing the same thing, competing for your customer.  Certainly there are a few who have had long careers and made the big time in fashion photography, or for National Geographic or similar...or in the "photo art" world.  But I have a hard time believing someone today can start along a similar path and ever arrive at similar notoriety after a few years.  Digital has cheapened it but also made it too easy to do quality work.  Not that I would want to change that, it's just that it's kind of like going to Alaska to look for a wife or something.  Too many men...!!  I think that, rather than trying to become a successful landscape photographer, a more realistic goal for myself, is to become the next President of the United States...:D

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: In Like A Lion
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:55:18 AM »
Not bad Mt Spokane.  I too await the migration, especially the robins.  Haven't seen any here yet.

I had a lot of robins come through my place last couple of weeks.  I'm in central Texas so they are on their way north.

I saw one lone robin here three days ago.  I think the colder winter has delayed the migration.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lexar CF cards FAIL - Sandisk?
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:52:44 AM »
How many of us have done anywhere near 1000 writes on one card?  That's roughly 1 million shutter cycles...if you get 1000 images per card.

The most I have ever overwritten a card is probably 40 times (might be more like 35).  I admit I don't shoot as many images as a pro sports photographer or something.  I've shot getting close to 14,000 images with my 6D in a year, and 25,000 on my 50D over a 4 year period...and 6000 on my Sigma DP2...and a few thousand on other various compacts.

I would think just the grime buildup and wear on the contacts of a card that is overwritten even a couple of hundred times, would hinder its conductivity, let alone what's inside.

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