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Lenses / How tough is the glass of a lens? (8-15)
« on: December 30, 2012, 07:20:25 PM »
I have this shot planned where I place my camera with my 8-15L on a Manfrotto table tripod with a phottix aion remote release on the ground to capture a squirrel and some birds up close at 14mm (we have a place where we put food, and they eat there everyday). Would they be able to scratch the front element and destroy it?

Lenses / 8-15L cut it yourself gelatin
« on: December 20, 2012, 04:27:27 PM »
I think I am buying this lens tomorrow. I have borrowed it several times and like it a lot. In TDP review he talks about gelatine filters you can cut yourself and place in the rear end. Does anyone have any experience with this, and what would you reccomend?


Lighting / Joe McNally's Eulogy of Ken Regan
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:38:50 AM »

Lenses / Canon 800mm F5.6L IS USM experiment
« on: October 13, 2012, 04:03:55 PM »
I am lucky enough to borrow the 800mm this weekend. I wanted to see how far it reaches, and also how far it reaches with help. The series are from 16mm to 2560 in effective focal lenght. The last picture is cropped a 100%. The distance from where I was standing and the building over the Oslofjord is approximately 9 kilometres.


Third Party Manufacturers / Why Hasselblad?
« on: September 19, 2012, 03:28:18 PM »
Disclaimer: This is not a thread meant to trash other manufacturers, nor do I hope that the thread develops in that direction. It is a question I pose out of genuine interest in the logic and motivation for buying into these medium format systems.

My main question is: Why would people buy a digital Hasselblad? In what situations would you need what a Hasselblad can deliver? Are there work situations where a Hasselblad or other medium format systems are required? (for instance do high end magazines require images captured with these systems?).  Is the cost of a Hasselblad justified in terms of qualityrequirements anywhere? In Norway a Hasselbad H5D - 60 cost 312.031 NOK (41.988 Euro, http://interfoto.no/nettbutikk/kameraer/hasselblad/h-serien/Hasselblad-H5D-60-hus--3013662-p0000037293.aspx), while a 1DX cost 54.995 NOK (7.400 Euro, http://www.fotovideo.no/Produkter/Systemkamera/Canon/Canon-EOS-1D-X-Hus-18,1Mp,-12b-s,-Full-HD-127617-p0000148151.aspx) and a 5D III cost 24.499 for the body (3.297 Euro,  http://www.fotovideo.no/Produkter/Systemkamera/Canon/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-hus-22Mp,-fullformat,-6-b-sek,-DIGIC-5-pros-129195-p0000151276.aspx)

Background for my questions:

I have myself most of my gear in Canon. I am, apart from approximately 10 paid jobs pr. year, foremost an enthusiast. My bread and butter comes from my job as a lecturer in Marketing and marketing communication- related courses. I have in several of my lectures used quite a bit of time on the DSLR and compact camera market. Hence, both professionally and from a hobby point of view, I am very interested in hearing your answers to my questions.

Software & Accessories / Canon Pixma Pro 1
« on: August 10, 2012, 02:20:24 PM »
Has anyone here tried this printer? Is it really as good as the product info suggest. I am tempted to get pro quality at A3 size for such a relatively low price.


I am shooting pictures of my friend on a motorcycle track in a couple of days. We have planned a frogs perspective wide-angle shot with either the 14mm F2.8L or my 16-35mm F2.8L II, mounted on the 5D MK III. As there is danger involved by being roadside, we have to use a trigger to get the shots, and I have a st-e3 and a 600 EX RT at my disposal. I will also stand at a safe distance with my 5D MK II with my 70-200mm F2.8L IS II (and maybe the 2x III teleconverter).

Is it possible for me to shoot with my 5D II with an 600 EX RT, and to trigger at the same time the 5D III which stands on a tripod at the same time? If so, does anyone know how to?:)

Or is it better to use the Canon LC-5 (the reach should be good enough, but it is infrared (so do I need to be in front of the receiver to use it?).

Thanks for your reply,


Lenses / Canon 85 1.8 vs. Sigma 85 1.4
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:16:47 PM »
I am about to buy a 85mm, and the 1.2 is out of the question due to the price, and also out of the question are the manual focus only lenses. The Photozone.de rates the Canon very highly, and the Sigma low, while the digital picture gives the Sigma a high score. Buying the Canon is much cheaper.

Has anyone tried both these lenses, and which would you go for?

My use will mainly be portrait on a 5D II.

EOS Bodies / Quality differences on APS-C cameras?
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:02:18 PM »
I have just gotten my 2x III extender and wanted to test out focal lenght. I shot the first four with my 5D II, and then I wanted to see how the 640 effective focal length would be, and I shot the last with my wife's 600D. I notice some color differences. I have been thinking about getting a 7D as a secon camera, but my question is: Is the quality of the 7D versus the 600D large?

Software & Accessories / Lee or Cokin system?
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:47:39 AM »
I am thinking about getting rid of most my filters (ND, CPL and such), and starting to use a filter system. I have been reading a great deal about the Lee filters, and also the Cokin Z-system. Has anyone here used both, and how are your experiences? 

Lenses / APS-H lenses?
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:26:29 AM »
I read an article about the new 1DX and the author argued that we'll likely won't see anymore releases of the 1.3 crop format. (http://www.akam.no/artikler/rekordknuseren/102914) That may be true or not, but what caught my eye is his comment that this means that Canon  has to redesign some of their lenses that were initially designed for the APS-H format....

Have any of you ever heard of a APS-H optimized lens in the Canon lineup? I surely have not.

Sorry if this has been discussed in another thread here before, but I searched for it, but could not find any reference.

EOS Bodies / 5D III or 1DX
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:49:31 PM »
If I were to save money to buy one of these cameras, which would I go for to get the best deal as far as quality vs. price? I have read the specs on both cameras now that they are out on the Canon pages, and I would like to get some input from you guys who are way more experienced than I am. Disregard shooting style or interest. What I am asking is the difference in quality, and second comes the question if the difference in quality justifies the price difference?

Just if you have time to share your reading of the specs.

Lenses / What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:15:05 PM »
I have a good selection of L lenses, and I have been fortunate to be able to try many other lenses (even strange ones, like for instance the 8-15 F4.0L and the 200 F2.0L IS (strange because in my opinion of their limited areas of use).

A little disclaimer first. I know that specific lenses are for specific uses and shooting styles.

What I am asking you to share here is what lens and why it is your favorite:)

I'll start. My favorite lens is the 135mm F2.0L. I love this lens because it is a really kind lens for an amateur like me, insofar as the resulting images are great, and the ones I have to throw away afterwards are few. I love this lens because it gives me a distance that I like to shoot portraits in given its range. I love this lens for its quality of bokeh (although I would argue that my 100mm F2.8L HIS Macro is better in this specific area). Finally I love this lens because it is the best combination of price and quality that I have seen on any canon lens.

5D mkII, 135 F2.0L, 70-200 F2.8 IS II, 17 TS F4.0L, 100 F2.8L HIS Macro, 24-105 F4.0L, 16-35 F2.8L II, 50 F1.4, Tokina 17mm. 430 EX II, 580 EX II, ST-E2.
Hoping to buy: 24-70 F2.8L II, MP-E65 (with the Macro Twin flash).

Black & White / black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: February 16, 2012, 03:50:19 PM »

I recently learned to do this in photoshop, and I think it is a cool effect if one does not overuse it. I am posting a few of mine here, and I would love to see others too. My experience is that it can be hard when the shots are with long exposure and shallow depth of field, because in both cases it becomes hard to find where the borders should be drawn for colors.

EOS Bodies / Focusing Screen
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:42:27 PM »
After a restless night today was much better. I accidently got the focusscreen out of my Canon 5D mark II, and I was under the impression that I had destroyed my camera. I went to the photostore as they opened this morning, and they replaced it for me after I bought a new one and now my camera works perfect again. They did not have the standard that is delivered with the camera, but I got a type called EG - D, which has a grid design, and I love it (being into architecture and other motives where its helpful with the lines and cross).

As I was getting the focus screen on the shelf in the store, I saw that they had a type for manual shooting with split screen. This appealed to me, since I also have a 17mm TS lens, and I am seriously thinking about getting the MP-E65.

Finally a question arises: Would a split screen focus screen be ideal? Would it not be the best of two worlds, or would the split screen focus screen interfere somehow/distort regular AF shots?

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