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Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:25:48 AM »
Taken on a Minolta x-500 with a Vivitar 400mm lens.  Scanned with a Minolta Dimage 5400 Scan Elite.  As I recall the stock was something fairly vanilla like Superia 200.

This was actually for an assessment, I was doing a photography module at University, I printed this mono conversion onto inkjet foil, looked pretty good.


A really nice image!  :)

Yes beautiful!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 25, 2015, 12:10:19 AM »
Our favorite expert says "D800E is very slightly sharper, and somewhat more susceptible to moiré patterns and aliasing artifacts.

Aliasing and moiré are potential problems only when photographing man-made things like fabrics, brick walls, screens and tiled roofs that have fine, repeating patterns. The only other potential problems are when photographing star fields or sparkles from the sun on the tops of waves on the sea.

Moiré never happens with natural subjects, except if you're a bug photographer. In any case, you have to work at it to find subjects for which aliasing and moiré are problems, so for me, the slight sharpness improvement of the D800E is more than worth it."

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 11:00:22 AM »
Will this be the first time Canon comes with two versions? I so doubt this….

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:53:30 AM »
I gave up waiting and bought a 645z

Don't hate me.

Good for you!!! How cool.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:12:41 AM »
Bryan's site:

Contrary to some current rumors, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens has not been discontinued. According to Sigma Corporation of America, "The 24-105mm is most definitely not discontinued." This rumor most likely arose from the fact that this lens is very hard to find in stock right now. Sigma assured me that this lens is very much a part of their current line. "We are behind on production but are working on catching up." Sigma is experiencing "... really high demand and fulfilling all the orders across the world has been tough." That is good news to me as I really like the 24-105 OS Art Lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:17:44 AM »
Weird.  If you go to the Sigma site and pull up a list of their discontinued lenses, this lens does not appear on that list.  If you pull up a list of their current lenses, this lens is still being sold (at least it appears that you can order it.

I can understand why Canon shooters would not choose this lens over the Canon version; but I would imagine that other system shooters might like it.  If I were in the market for a zoom lens for my Nikon, I might have considered this lens.

Excellent. I checked this too and found it to be correct. Hmmm. And is still available for sale at BH.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:05:55 AM »
Wait for it….. 2.8 IS will surface.

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Thanks Sanj.  It was the first time I tried anything like that and I wondered if it was objectionable for a nice white lily to be altered in that way but then I said why not it's a free country.  I know, I'm too self conscious being new to the world of photography.  :)

Jack

I wanted to add: it does not matter to me if it was done in camera or post. But did not. :)

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Don like so many things it's easy to tell the left from the right but it gets muddy in the middle.  N G is in business and they aren't saints but I appreciate that they are at least trying to keep photos out that have been seriously doctored because they'd self destruct if they didn't.  Guess we've strayed off topic! ;)

Here's a shot that it is not edited, it's illuminated by prism light.  Unnatural for sure but not edited and it's OK by N G standards.

Jack

Beautiful photo.

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Lenses / Re: Review of the Canon 7D2 + 100-400 mark ii
« on: January 20, 2015, 11:15:28 PM »
Great eagle photos.

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It feels bad to people who paid big bucks for it. I know it is how it is but feels bit unfair.

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PhotoCat, as sanj stated the 1Dx is a far more capable camera, assuming you're not tired from carrying it all day up the mountainside.  I'm not at all deluded, in fact I have a very capable brain and yes I don't have the BIF capability that others do.  That I presently live with although I do get some.

So, back to our reality - you improvise and if you can, go for a set-up with the common birds that can be attracted in one way or another.  That gets you some super nice shots if you're persistent and patient.  As jrista suggested for me a long time back, you can be creative with props - what they are and how you position them. 

For my chickadee I have sunflower seeds to the right and a limb where they feel confident to the left.  I go fully manual but first see what the camera needs roughly for ISO 1250, 4000th sec. and consider if I can get enough DOF.  It was sunny and I was able to get a slightly underexposed shot at F8.  The off camera flash was set up with HSS and positioned to bounce up off some stainless tin so it filled above and in the front of the bird.  Then some experimenting with manual focus and encouragement given to the models and fire away.  1 hour gave me about 60 shots (could have taken many more but the flash batteries were half dead before I started) with about 10 of them being what most folk would be very proud of.

Now back to this post.  None of us who appreciate the restraint that this blog suggests are extremists.  We all know that good tools are desirable and great ones are better but often not necessary other than satisfying our lust.  I happen to have bought a used 1D2 to see if I'd be happy with the bulk and weight and I'm not.  Maybe a 7D2 or a 5D3, but maybe nothing after being influenced by this article.  I sure love the expensive camera lenses though .....  The 300 2.8 with extenders will never be regretted.

Jack

Jack apologies if you thought I was being condescending. Did not mean to. I guess 'delusional' was too strong and inappropriate. Peace.

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Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L
« on: January 20, 2015, 01:34:23 AM »
Would be great if you post side by side with 1.2 lens and let us try to see if we can identify the lens! Congrats...

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I'm not going to nitpick at the finer points but the big picture is:

Develop your own vision. Your mind's eye is the first and best tool you have in creating an image. Rely on your eyes, feet, vantage point and perspective more so than your gear.

Of course! But why not have the best gear that you can afford as well? And why stop enhancing things in PS if you can?

Definitely use the right tool, or at least the best one you can use...

The following pictures are Venus at sunset... one with a 7D2, the other with an iPhone.... tools do make a difference. (no sharpening or noise reduction on either)

A point so lucidly made!

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I'm not going to nitpick at the finer points but the big picture is:

Develop your own vision. Your mind's eye is the first and best tool you have in creating an image. Rely on your eyes, feet, vantage point and perspective more so than your gear.

Of course! But why not have the best gear that you can afford as well? And why stop enhancing things in PS if you can?

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