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Landscape / Re: give us a wave
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:07:28 PM »
Santander - Spain with 40D and Sigma 120-400

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Love it!

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:57:09 PM »
My bulldog, and a train the snow, both shot with Delta3200:

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:55:28 PM »
Here is another 6D image converted to Tri-X in Nik Silver Efex. Nothing remarkable about these three old ladies walking towards the mosque on busy Longstreet, except that it was made at 20 000 ISO. No noise reduction applied plus a 100% cropto show grain and sharpness....quite remarkable I think.

Very cool! In the digital world, I have had situations where I had to push the ISO so high that there was quite a bit of noise, too much for a colour image, but convert it to B&W and all of a sudden the image looked "good"!

Even so, ISO20000? That's an amazingly non-obtrusive amount of noise. That 6D is mighty impressive!

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:52:51 PM »
Real Tri-X from a 1989 trip to the Canadian Rockies. (Maybe not profound shots but they do give the feel.)   Scanned with a Plustek Optifilm 7400.

Profound to me. Amazing shots!

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:02:53 AM »
I'm not one for the "packs" that transform digital photos to something nostalgic. I've tried a few and always end up with: why am I doing is, if I want that look, I'll shoot with that product!

As for the concerns about setting up a darkroom: don't set one up. You don't need a darkroom if you're OK with a hybrid flow (not everybody is) and limiting yourself to roll film. A changing bag is the only dark you need to transfer the film to the tank. After that the only thing that needs to stay dark is your developing tank. Once the negatives are done you scan them in and go from there.

Yes, purists might lament the fact I'm not making prints the analog way, I'm personally OK with that.

I recently took the plunge and started shooting and developing B&W film. I couldn't believe HOW easy it is to get going, and how ADDICTIVE it is once you've got the infrastructure (less the $100).

My journey, so far:

Have even gone the pinhole route, is this another form of GAS? :)

Back to Tri-X, here are a couple shot with Tri-X 400:

Ironically I find my personal feel is more on the extreme ends. I love T-Max. Many say T-Max has a very "digital" look. I also LOVE Delta3200. It's raw graininess can make an OK shot really pop out. Plus shooting with film in VERY dark situations just feels different.

IMHO go for reel B&W film shooting, you won't regret it.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:16:23 AM »
I've found that sometimes some posters get caught up in their GAS so much they loose sight of what's really important.

We're talking about a honeymoon. It's a time where all the stress of getting married is gone, and you finally have some time alone with the man/women you want to spend the rest of your life with.

The result?

People suggesting that this is a great opportunity to buy a $1500 lens (really? Happiest days of your life and you're talking about purchasing gear?).

People suggesting that the OP brings $10k+ worth of gear with them.

This isn't a gig. This isn't a job. It's a honeymoon. Seriously? What is the most important element of a honeymoon? The ultimate "quality" of the pictures you take? Is that what's most important? Modern P&S and other "cheaper" options take GREAT photos. You DON'T NEED $10k+ worth of gear to take great shots. I've taken many amazing shots with the cheapest gear. One of my all time favourite shots was done with a $150 waterproof P&S.

Lets also consider some of the practical elements here: your new bride suggests you go down to the beach and swim a bit in the ocean. She puts on an amazing bikini, and her sunglasses and holds her hand out to you. What do you do with your $10k+ worth of gear?

  • Take it with you? No, since you can't leave it on the beach (it will get stolen) you'd have to have it on you all the time
  • Leave it in the room safe? No, won't fit (at least not all of it)
  • Leave it in the room? No, it will get stolen.
  • Insure it so if it gets stolen you can get the money back? No, since why did you bring your gear if you expected it to be stolen?
  • Leave it with the front desk? Probably your only option.

So, instead of taking her hand and running down to the beach you're going instead to pack as much of it in your room safe as you can, or walk down to the front desk and hope it doesn't go missing there?

Just my opinion. I LOVE photography, and I have absolutely ZERO regrets with the minimal amount of gear I brought on my honeymoon.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:40:25 AM »
The problem with a Dslr is that whenever you ask someone else to use it, you always end up with blurred out of focus shots, so when you look back at your photos it will be like your wife went on the honeymoon on her own!(as you end taking all the photos) Just take a good quality compact that can shoot RAW, there'll be plenty of other holidays for the whole camera kit but only one honeymoon.

Very true, but I prepare for those situations. It doesn't take me long to configure my DSLR to something like a point and shoot (smaller aperture, auto ISO, auto focus points, etc.).

For cameras that have it (Rebels do, don't know about higher steps), just turn the dial to the "green square" (or equiv for Nikon/Sony), that forces the camera into as close to P&S as you can get with no effect on your normal settings.

For my honeymoon, most of my shots were either my P&S or a waterproof P&S (a MUST if you're going anywhere wet, I got lots of good shots with my waterproof P&S that I never would have been able to get otherwise). I did have a Rebel with me and a slightly better then kit lens zoom that performed perfectly well. Carrying mostly a P&S let me capture all the moments I wanted, without letting the photography rule me during our trip.

I had a DSLR and did use it, but not that much, I focused on my new wife and enjoying myself.

Focus on what's important IMHO. This is a trip of a lifetime, make sure you enjoy it to it's fullest.


Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:57:08 AM »
Get an SL1 body and a Tamron 18-270. As an alternative a mirrorless camera with a couple zooms.

I know you said you're worried about quality, but do you need the ultimate in quality and sharpness? Do you need the super low light ability of full frame, or the high frame rates?

You're on your honeymoon, this isn't a paid gig. Personally I'd concentrate on it being a honeymoon and time to relax. The quality of every entry level DSLR or mirrorless camera will be more then good enough for pretty much anything you'll be shooting. Keep it small, keep it light, keep it simple, and enjoy yourself, that's my 2 cents.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: February 10, 2014, 05:31:05 PM »
Hello dear friends.

What do you think -  Canon need this market ?
Will we see any MF cameras and lenses of course any soon ?

I'd say no.

The question you should be asking is this: what benefit would going into MF be for Canon? The market itself is tiny. It's tiny because the equipment big, hard to use and is super expensive. So say Canon went into it with the intention of undercutting the competition (cheaper, easier to use). How much would that grow the market? Enough to be worthwhile?

Now look at it from the technology viewpoint: what benefit does MF bring to the table? Does MF produce a better result in the "meat and potatoes" section of the photography business?

My opinions? No. Due to pure physics (size, weight, lens focal lengths) MF isn't very convenient in pretty much any setting other then landscapes and studio work. Outside of that MF is too big, too slow and too unwieldy. Any improvement brought to the MF game would be equally applicable to the FF and APS-C markets (aside from size, can't get around that one). Even IN the realm of landscapes and studio MF really only helps if you're going WAY big with your image. I'm not talking about a 2 page spread. I'm talking about a 30 foot tall poster. How big is the market for that kind of photography?

So, would MF bring something to the table to say a wedding photographer, or a news photographer, or a sports photographer, or a travel photographer, that would make it worthwhile? IMHO, no. The image quality benefit just isn't there for those uses, and the equipment would be bigger and heavier then FF or APS-H/C sized solutions, again for no benefit.

MF has been a niche for a long time, and the physics IMHO just prevent it from leaving that niche.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: February 10, 2014, 05:18:07 PM »
Walking the dogs this evening. 5Dmkii + 24-105L @ 95mm f8, 1/320, ISO 320

Love this!

PowerShot / Re: Updated PowerShot G1 X II Specs
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:36:34 PM »
NFC? Why? I guess so I can "bump" my phone/tablet up to the camera to transfer an image? Seems like something that could be covered by WiFi. Feature creep?

NFC would be for faster/easier pairing between phone and camera, the data connection itself would still be wifi-based.

True, but how many times a day would you do that? I think, for most people, they would use NFC for that reason once, and that was it. After all, once you're phone/tablet is paired, it's paired, no reason to do it again.

Again, sounds like a "feature" that's only there for advertising, unless they've come up with some other use?

PowerShot / Re: Updated PowerShot G1 X II Specs
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:23:54 AM »
NFC? Why? I guess so I can "bump" my phone/tablet up to the camera to transfer an image? Seems like something that could be covered by WiFi. Feature creep?

Finally! A consumer zoom lens for APS-C that's WIDER then 18mm that isn't (probably) going to be crazy expensive. The only real other option was the Canon 15-85, but I find for my travel use 85 isn't tele enough. Always wanted to pick up the 18-270 from Tammy but couldn't get by it only being an 18mm. 16-300 sounds like a dream! Way to go Tammy!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon won't offer a high megapixel body
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:36:16 AM »
If Canon cannot compete on quality, they can only compete on price. So, then the question becomes, what percentage of the large format market is price sensitive? I'm guessing that few current users of either Phase One or Hasselblad

I don't have the answer, but I don't think you're talking about the large format market. Heck, 33x44 isn't even real medium format?

All that said, the digital medium format market is tiny, I don't think it's something Canon is worried about very much at the moment.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Yongnuo YN-568 EX problem
« on: January 23, 2014, 05:41:39 PM »
If you get no where with yn. Call your credit card company

I don't see what the credit card company will be willing/able to do. The item was purchased in June last year, and the op received a working item.

About the only thing a credit card MIGHT help you with is if the manufacturers warranty is up and your card extends that warranty. Even with that, if the manu warranty is still in effect, the credit card company won't do anything.

Thanks, TTYL

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