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Third Party Manufacturers / New Petzval lens from Lomography
« on: July 25, 2013, 06:57:03 PM »
This lens looks like fun!

Does anyone know why it is produced in brass? Are there inherent properties to this material that affect the IQ of the shots taken?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lomography/the-lomography-petzval-portrait-lens

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Macro / Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« on: July 25, 2013, 06:26:53 PM »
Thanks for the replies all.
This one came out pretty good yea Ant. Most of them however are out of focus pretty good.
I'm not sure what is happening. Its in focus through the view finder but when I look at the file its not in focus.

The Kenko tube u mean is Kenko Macro Automatic Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS on amazon?
I am not familiar with them.

Scott

And yes Mt. I find that a fly will pose as long as you are still haha.
Yup. http://www.amazon.com/Kenko-Macro-Automatic-Extension-Canon/dp/B000U8Y88M

Allows you to get closer to the subject than the min focusing distance of the lens. Eats a bit of light though...

Well done Scott!

Do these Kenko work with my 100L also, and can they be stacked; and if so will it mess with AF and exif data? :)
Yes the Kenko tubes can be stacked, I have used them for both my 100 (non-L) macro and my 135 and there is no reason why they shouldn't work with the L version. AF still works, but I prefer manual focus for macro and often need to use the viewfinder handheld, as there often isn't time to set up a tripod with insects (unless early morning/late evening). Also, EXIF data remains unchanged.
Rather than using focus stacking (handheld not ideal), I often go with the narrow depth of field and creat a more artistic effect, trying to make sure the eyes are in focus.

Thanks :)

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Macro / Re: Just starting Macros - First examples.
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:32:46 PM »
Thanks for the replies all.
This one came out pretty good yea Ant. Most of them however are out of focus pretty good.
I'm not sure what is happening. Its in focus through the view finder but when I look at the file its not in focus.

The Kenko tube u mean is Kenko Macro Automatic Extension Tube Set DG for Canon EOS on amazon?
I am not familiar with them.

Scott

And yes Mt. I find that a fly will pose as long as you are still haha.
Yup. http://www.amazon.com/Kenko-Macro-Automatic-Extension-Canon/dp/B000U8Y88M

Allows you to get closer to the subject than the min focusing distance of the lens. Eats a bit of light though...

Well done Scott!

Do these Kenko work with my 100L also, and can they be stacked; and if so will it mess with AF and exif data? :)

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EOS-M / Re: Crazy moon
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:15:47 AM »
I did some moon pictures through my amateur telescope (912mm + 2x extender) some weeks ago. The little m did a good job!

I love this shot!

I shot this one with tripod, a 5D II, 800L F5.6 + 2xIII converter

http://500px.com/photo/16807807

Thanks! But your pic is also nice.

One small suggestion to improve it: separate the pic into its RGB components and shift the blue layer maybe 1 or 2 pixel down and the red 1 or 2 pixel up with respect to the green layer. By this you compensate for the atmospheric spectrum visible (it acts like a prism). This is even more helpfull when taking pics at lower elevation. One can always try to do this to taste...

Thanks, I will try this :)

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EOS-M / Re: Crazy moon
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:53:20 AM »
I did some moon pictures through my amateur telescope (912mm + 2x extender) some weeks ago. The little m did a good job!

I love this shot!

I shot this one with tripod, a 5D II, 800L F5.6 + 2xIII converter

http://500px.com/photo/16807807

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photoshop help with this img
« on: July 21, 2013, 06:03:43 PM »
How about this one. I cant get it lighter around the right eye though. Not sure how. Cant get the skin color exactly as I want it either.
What are your thoughts on this one.
Attached a bigger file this time.

I like this one, and the tighter crop draws attention to the eyes :)

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Landscape / Re: Panoramas
« on: July 21, 2013, 06:00:59 PM »
Here is one I took in Shanghai earlier this year, not a landscape, but.....

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And, until now, I kind a higher opinion of the folks here. Oh well, whatever. Bye.


Sorry we won'r hear more from you!;)

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Canon General / Re: Canon Germany Teaser
« on: July 19, 2013, 04:28:04 AM »
The German weblink leads to a registration page for
something called YouConnect and says that this will
be a new way to publish imagery (or otherwise distribute
material to your target audience).

Probably they are tuning their Canon Image Gateway.
I have never seen anybody use it.

Then it is definitely the Project 1709 that they announced at last photokina that is done with testing :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photoshop help with this img
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:42:12 PM »
Try content-aware move tool. Lots oftutorials on YouTube. I am not thrilled about the background per se, so you could try to cut the child out and use place tool to put it on a different background? :)

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: This sensor is holy
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:36:40 PM »
If it's Scotch then it isn't Whiskey, it's Whisky.   We put Whiskey in our cooking sauces.  We drink Whisky.

Indeed. I do find a 16 year-old Bushmills is extremely tasty, but that is whiskey. But there is so much to discover in Scotland, the Distiller Editions of some places are excellent too. Lagavulin is one that jumps to mind. And that is whisky. ;-)

Funny turn of this corky thread.... Try the numbered double casceted Lagavulin if you have the chance! It is my favorite :)

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Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:15:18 PM »
I am also interested in the 85L so just a quick question. How slow / fast is the focusing as compared to the 50mm f/1.4?

Let say focus speed on 50mm f1.4 is 5, then I would say 85L II is somewhere 3.8 - 4. However, if you go from infinity to closeup, then is it -5.

Thanks for the info.  :) but -5 ... good god!

Hi JR, My tuppence worth for what it's worth.

The 85f/1.2 L II is a bit of a "specialist" Lens, Portrait I suppose is it's mainstay, but I'm not sure I agree with everyone re the "Tardy" autofocus performance in it's entirety, is it slower than the 135f/2 ?? Yes, but most Lenses are.

When I used to shoot it on the 1DMKIV & 5DMKII I would agree, it was slow, noticeably so, but I now shoot it on the 1Dx and the 5DMKIII and I don't see that much difference to say my 50f/1.2 L.

What the 85f/1.2 L II will do though is produce, SHARP SHARP Images at f/1.2 to f/2 with amazing Bokeh, nothing I have in my Lens bag can compare.

But, like any of the f/1.2, f/1.4, f/2 Lenses, it requires attention to detail, these aren't Gun & Run Lenses, having said that, in December 2012 I used the 85f/1.2 L II shooting "Snow Monkeys" in Nagano Japan, Huge Snow Falls, no protection (This is not a sealed Lens), on both the 5DMKIII & 1Dx, and I am totally Happy with the Images that came from the 3 days of shooting Wildlife in the Snow, not the Lenses normal use.

I used the 135f/2 during the same period, again, this also is not a sealed Lens, and although the 135f/2 was great, the Images from the 85 were a step better.

Thanks for the info. The reason that I sought this information is because my favorite "subject" are my two daughters who are still only when fast asleep. I don't want to end up frustrated with a fast prime only to OOF shots. I guess I need to postpone my purchase till my daughters grow up a bit more / calm down a little bit  :)

Cheers ... J.R.

LOL, you should definitely buy the 135 :)

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Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:11:06 PM »
I am also interested in the 85L so just a quick question. How slow / fast is the focusing as compared to the 50mm f/1.4?

Noticeable slower. Were you to try it on a 1 body; not so much so :)

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Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:09:26 PM »
I have both and they're both crazy awesome. Based on the lenses that you currently own, I'd go for the 85L first, then pick up the 135L. The 85 is great for low light shooting and has a better working distance for torso shots. Just be aware that the autofocus is twice as slow as you've heard. The 135L is sharp and quick to focus, but f2 without IS is tough to shoot with in low light. You'll have to crank up your ISO to get a fast enough shutter to avoid blurry shots during receptions.

Hope that helps.

+ 1

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Canon General / Re: Canon Germany Teaser
« on: July 17, 2013, 04:22:00 PM »
It seems as if this wont be for a new product, but some sort of software or imagine sharing platform. unless the advertisement is not taken literally.

http://www.canon-europe.com/yournextstep/register/

Is it the beta Project1709 that is being rolled out?

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