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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 16, 2013, 12:01:17 PM »
If you make the most from landscape photography I say WOW indeed. That must be the hardest area in photography to actually make money.

Many of our most (financially ) successful pictures at B-P are taken on an old 13mp camera. Just to think what we'd have made if they'd been shot on a 36mp  :'(

The best landscape picture I have ever taken was with a 2.1 megapixel Olympus point and shoot. Time, place, light, and season trumps gear!

And so you are saying exactly what?

Video & Movie / Re: Clouds, my first serious time-lapse!
« on: March 16, 2013, 11:36:30 AM »
Great first attempt.

There is some aperture stepping though (the soft contrast flicker) apart from the visual artefact this will also wear out your aperture diaphragm electronics and blades.

Easy fix for next time.

Set your shooting aperture, depress the aperture preview button then de-couple your EF lens and twist it 1/3rd away from the lock.

This breaks the contact with the lens, locks your iris in position yet the lens is still mounted.

Obviously AF and IS are also disabled, but these should be switched off for timelapse anyway.

Also, don't bother shooting RAW.  Way to time consuming.

I also find that the 180 rule works very well in timelapse, so that your interval between shots is double the exposure time. 

I like to use 0.5 or .8s (just before the NR kicks in, I could disable NR but knowing me I would forget to re-activate for my stills) and an interval of 1 or 2s.

This really helps soften the subject motion, I thought the ripples closest to the camera were just a little crisp for timelapse.

I'm really not having a go, your first attempt is 10x better than mine was.  Hopefully some of the stuff I've learned the hard way -partiuclarly with EF system quirks- can help your progression, and I look forward to seeing your next attempts.

Well said! yeah the exposure jumps distract...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 16, 2013, 11:15:03 AM »
You could rent the Nikon gear. Shoot tests where you properly expose both cameras. If you like Nikon result you could use both or switch entirely.
I personally know people who have done the switch.

I will stick to Canon as using the 1dx makes me miss fewer shots (fast focus and 12fps). And that alone is important.

I would love to see a proper comparison between the two cameras done at 100 iso while properly exposing landscapes...

Btw, you NOT crazy or anything like that. Anyone who feels you are, needs to examine themselves.

If you ever make a comparison test, please inbox me. I want to see!!

Lenses / Re: TS-E 45mm & TS-E 90mm Finally Getting Replaced? [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:11:17 AM »
I'm not sure if I'm going to put my $ into Canon gear anymore ???

And why do you say that? Honest curiosity... :)

For me, photography is just a hobby, mainly, family photos. I have 2 kids(2yrs & 4yrs), the last thing I want to do is to carry 5D III + 27-70 f2.8 when go out. I want something small and easy to carry around. At the same time, I want FF quality photos. The RX1 fits well in my situation. I wish Sony comes out another version of RX1 with exchangable lenses.

Therefore, I wish not to put more $ into Canon pro gear. Again...this is just my ave Joe's everyday needs.

Got it. Thx!

Lenses / Re: TS-E 45mm & TS-E 90mm Finally Getting Replaced? [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:05:19 PM »
I'm not sure if I'm going to put my $ into Canon gear anymore ???

And why do you say that? Honest curiosity... :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxOMark trashes the Leica M9 sensor
« on: March 15, 2013, 09:02:28 AM »
This is not the first time that such claims from this dxo company seem unbelievable. I don't have the physics background to dive into this. But this seems rather a very singular approach to what is clearly a sum of multiple parts. I don't own a Leica (unfortunately) and I don't own a Micro 4/3rd either. But the real life results that I see are pretty obvious in favor of the Leica system. And I'm just talking about the various test shots that I've seen and should not include the "Leica buyers are more serious about photography" factor which may or may not be true.

Maybe the Leica sensors are technically "inferior" in this or that way but I still like looking at the results some folks are getting. And I have to admit that I wish I could afford the M system. It would work well with my preferences.
You seem to be doing the error of believing that "if camera A has better DR than camera B, then camera A must produce better images. If it does not, then DR must be wrongfully measured".

This is not so. People make wonderful images using low-DR capturing.

Just like a 36 MP camera does not in itself make better pictures than an 18 MP camera. The photographer makes pictures, the camera facilitates. A high-resolution camera can enable some images that would be hard to do on a 18 MP camera.



Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxOMark trashes the Leica M9 sensor
« on: March 15, 2013, 08:57:10 AM »
True for newbies, perhaps but anyone else especially someone with a bit of understanding and some experience in digital photography knows that the differences between what the two brands are offering are relatively minor and easy to work around.
I think that I have a some understanding and experience in digital photography. While I agree that for general photography, the differences tends to be minor, when the shot depends on a large capture DR, I find the work-arounds to be clumsy, time-consuming and possible shot-ruining.

Not something that newbies or professionals would want to do if they could avoid it.



Canon General / Re: Creative Canon Invite for March 22
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:19:03 AM »
Seems like this is a good sign of things to come...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxOMark trashes the Leica M9 sensor
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:01:03 AM »
"Doing the equivalent of closing your eyes, putting your fingers in your ears and singing "lalala" is not a good way to educate your self."

Hahahahaha. So True!!!!
I do not know anything about DxO but I know this: every study or review is made by a person or a team of persons and the reader needs to 1. Know that it is a study which could have errors and 2. It is a study which certainly gives information.

In the learning curve we need to understand everything that comes our way (including DxO) and filter out what we need. We cannot disregard any information or clue that comes our way. At least I cant. I am enjoying piecing 'photographic clues' together in life.

I embrace all studies including DxO. Having said that I must add that I have not yet visited their website as I do not find myself technical enough yet. Soon I will. And I am sure I will grow post that: I am sure I will learn something by believing or disbelieving them. Both ways...


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:56:30 AM »
Well said RM633. Except we do not know what the 7d2 will be like...

thanks for the read. interesting. however having shot canon extensively for years and having switched to the D800 for about a year now, we can debate all the stops and number etc and DXO scores; but the fact remains that in my own personal experience NOTHING touches the D800 with a canon brand in terms of overall image quality, dynamic range as perceived by my prior experience with canon. Let's not even get about the low noise in shadow areas at base ISO which the sony/Nikon sensor delivers in a way that makes even the 1DX and 5DmKIII feel like cameras that are a generation behind where they should in this area. this has been documented extensively by now. Canon simply can't perform at low ISO in the shadows if you're really going to push that DR. And I do push it, to my dismay when shooting with a canon sensor, all I get is levels of noise and banding that are ridiculous.

I will re-evaluate my gear when the 5Dmk4 and D900 get released. until then, I an only trust my eyes and I just can't see myself shooting with anything but the D800 for nothing gives me the confidence that I will recover all the detail with the least artifacts like that camera does.

I have met many people in real life and on internet who feel exactly like you.... :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Exposing to the left?
« on: March 13, 2013, 05:26:26 AM »
Thank you all for your replies... Am back from safari and will reply individually.... THANK YOU

Educational! Thanks for posting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Exposing to the left?
« on: February 24, 2013, 12:01:26 PM »
Thank you so much. I will do the same.
Although am contemplating if it is better to not risk clipping highlights by increasing exposure compensation. I could open up the blacks in PS a bit if I find the photo bit dark.
But I think I will end up increasing exposure value by 1 point.

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