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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 15, 2013, 05:17:21 PM »
Exactly my thoughts on the TS-E 24mm.  I love shooting architecture -- which is the bread and butter of any tilt shift lens -- but with my son being born a couple weeks ago, I fear my architecture shooting days may be few and far between now.

I was also hesitant about purchasing such an expensive camera with a fixed prime lens.  However, since my son was born I'm yet to break any zoom lens out of my bag.  I've been exclusively using my 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, and 135mm.  I've been using my 85mm the most, as I really like the bokeh that lens produces as well as the the frame you get with the 85.  BUT if I had to pick only one of these lenses and discard the rest, I would likely go with the 35mm for its versatility.  So that made my decision on the x100s a little easier.

Congratulations on your baby! Is it your first? My life changed for the better, but with less time for self indulgence :)

Thanks!  Yes, my first.  And life has certainly changed, and also for the better.  I'm definitely taking more pictures (my 5Dm3 with a prime lens is always sitting on the kitchen table) and losing a lot of sleep, but no surprise with either of those.

When my wife and I found out we were expecting, I went on a prime lens buying spree.  Literally picked up the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, Canon 85mm f/1.2L II, and Canon 135mm f/2L within the span of four months, and also threw the 24-70mm f/2.8L II in there for good measure.

So far I'm immensely happy with my decision to invest in primes, and also glad I have the 24-70mm ii for when my kid gets a little more mobile and I'll need some more versatility.

And also why I'm very happy with my decision to order the x100s over the weekend.  A bulky SLR and primes are great for when we're around the house and I want to get some photos, but once we start traveling more with the baby, having something a little more mobile and easy to carry will be great.  :-)

The pub was suddenly a strange word, and sleeping in; not sure if I remember it at all :)

I see that you have the wonderful 100L in your prime lineup. It is wonderful for babypictures, at least when they are infants and somewhat calm in their movements. I took one of my second son (the same day that he was born. It is by no means a great shot, but I like it quite a bit). If you want, and have time to look at it you'll find it here: http://500px.com/photo/2197306

I will get the x100s in one way or the other. Whether it is after the selling of the 17 TS or by other means.

If I am not overstepping any boundaries, I would like to give you one advice on the newborn.. Don't mind the state of the house (there is a life left to clean), and take shifts sleeping. The latter is hard, because when the baby awakens it is natural for both to get up, but one will be worn out pretty quickly :)

Gerhard.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:17:24 PM »
A new question if anyone have the time....

I have been reading David Hobby's post on the X100s (strobist) and his writing on flashuse (and subsequent member comments). In his post he talks of how he has used some SB 800's  on the camera hot shoe (that's Nikon right?) and even slaved them. That made me wonder if I can use my 580 and slave my 600 and 430 on it as well? Will the shoe fit?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:08:01 PM »
Life is crazy and fun :) I am actually contemplating selling my 17 TSE to finance the x100s and its various filters, flashes for it, and stuff. I was very ambitious when buying the TS lens, but with two small children I have not had time to really learn how to use the tilt and shift. Given my other lenses, I feel that I have much covered so I will not be to hard on my day to day photography.

Exactly my thoughts on the TS-E 24mm.  I love shooting architecture -- which is the bread and butter of any tilt shift lens -- but with my son being born a couple weeks ago, I fear my architecture shooting days may be few and far between now.

I was also hesitant about purchasing such an expensive camera with a fixed prime lens.  However, since my son was born I'm yet to break any zoom lens out of my bag.  I've been exclusively using my 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, and 135mm.  I've been using my 85mm the most, as I really like the bokeh that lens produces as well as the the frame you get with the 85.  BUT if I had to pick only one of these lenses and discard the rest, I would likely go with the 35mm for its versatility.  So that made my decision on the x100s a little easier.

Congratulations on your baby! Is it your first? My life changed for the better, but with less time for self indulgence :)


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 14, 2013, 03:35:44 PM »
Hello All,
So I'm seriously considering purchasing the new Fuji x100s.  I love my 5Dm3 and my variety of EF lenses, but the entire kit can seem a bit obnoxious at times... particularly for street photography or simply for a camera to casually carry around.  I have a point and shoot (S90), but rarely use it as I don't like shooting with an LCD.  So I'm looking to get some advice from members who have purchased the x100s or a similar camera.  Which do you find yourself using more?  Are you glad to have purchased a secondary mirrorless camera to supplement your SLR?

And the other half of this question is a bit more pointed; I'm also considering getting the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.  However, I've come to the conclusion that I likely wouldn't use a TS lens nearly as often as a more compact mirrorless camera.

Thoughts?  Thanks!

Life is crazy and fun :) I am actually contemplating selling my 17 TSE to finance the x100s and its various filters, flashes for it, and stuff. I was very ambitious when buying the TS lens, but with two small children I have not had time to really learn how to use the tilt and shift. Given my other lenses, I feel that I have much covered so I will not be to hard on my day to day photography.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:42:23 AM »

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Nice pics and I love the IQ. Much PP on these?
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Thanks...these are ooc jpegs, no pp except cropping.
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Thats pretty impressive IQ

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:13:13 PM »
I actually just purchased an X100s a few weeks ago, so i can give you a hands on compared to the 5D Mark III
If you shoot mostly in the 24-50 range with your 5D, then you will like the x100s alot.  If you shoot mostly 100-200 then you will miss the bokeh and seperation from the background.  With the X100s you have to open it wide open and get pretty close to your subject for any shallow DOF.  The x100s colors and sharpness, i think are excellent, especially skin tones.  The camera is a little quirky.  If you are trying to take pictures of moving things like sports and kids, it's hard... See my sample pics attached...

Nice pics and I love the IQ. Much PP on these?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 13, 2013, 01:11:27 AM »
Even Hitler hates Adobe CC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67Iw9q2X9cU
There's also a good one where he hates Nikon.

Hillarious! I've seen many other versions, but this one is funny.

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They are the immediate predecessor to the Esprit line and are very similar. AFAIK they are almost identical.

I use Bowens and have been very happy with them. Very solid units with complete reliability. The S mount for modifiers is very good as there is an astronomical amount of stuff available for it online as the Chinese have adopted it as a de facto open standard.
The fact that they seem to come with reflectors for the umbrellas is good as those reflectors are significantly more expensive than the regular ones.

Good product it seems. Fair price. Not screaming deal you may be able to get a bit better.

Thank you :)

I have now tested them and they seem capable.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 12, 2013, 03:37:20 PM »
Ive had the X100 for a while now. On most occasions I will prefer to use my 5D3 with the 40mm over the X100, unless I want to travel really light. To me the 5D3 is so much better at everything. The X100 is fun but mine doesnt come out too often. IQ aside my biggest annoyance with the X100 is the exposure +/- dial. I cant tell you how many times I am shooting for a while then look down and see I have changed the setting by accident. Bad location I think. While I have seen some remarkable photos come out of it, I would say I consider it more of my point and shoot camera for when I dont want to lug the 5D3 around.

I see the X100s has a reccomended max sync speed of 1/2000 while it is possible to shoot at the max speed of 1/4000. I have never shot with a leaf shutter. What kind of power settings would you use on your strobes for this kind of sync?

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Beautiful shots.

Please excuse my ignorance, but where is this city located?
First one is Riomaggiore, in Cinque Terre.
Second one is Florence.
Third is Siena.

Looks like I have to do some travelling :)

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Beautiful shots.

Please excuse my ignorance, but where is this city located?

(I am not the photographer, but might be able to answer that question)
Hello,

the last one is in Siena - the others are located in the Flickr Folder Tuscany / Cinque Terre - both are regions in northern / north-western Italy.

cf http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/?id_lingue=2

Br
Jens

Thanks :)

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Tilt-shifts can work fine without a tripod.  I use the setting on my 5D3 that allows me to see leveling info in the viewfinder by pressing one of the AF buttons.  Before I do that I verify focus using Live View.  The following shots were taken with a TS hand held.


JSC_2110_HDR.jpg by CalevPhoto, on Flickr


JSC_0562_HDR-Edit.jpg by CalevPhoto, on Flickr


Siena Gardens by CalevPhoto, on Flickr

Beautiful shots.

Please excuse my ignorance, but where is this city located?

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It comes with umbrellas and softboxes.. I have never used Bowens. They are in mint condition.

Do you think I should go for it?

Thank you for your time,

G.

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Software & Accessories / Re: GoPro Video and Helicopters
« on: May 10, 2013, 04:29:13 PM »
I currently use a Hero 3 on my helicopter. It's fun and works for some projects but I am wanting higher quality results. I recently purchased a Sony NEX 5n. It has an APC sensor and is less than 300 grams with a 16mm lens so it is light enough to fly.

Here is a wedding proposal I shot a few weeks ago with the GoPro and Keychain camera on my helicopter.

Alamo Square- Wedding Proposal

Both my wife and I enjoyed this video tremendously. Thank you :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: iPhone5 or 1Dx
« on: May 10, 2013, 04:16:40 AM »
Neither.  Gear doesn't matter.  Just take mental images and store them in some metaphysical cloud.  To view the images later, you must travel to the golden barley fields of southern Switzerland and meditate.  Make sure you go during the golden hours for maximum DR.

LOL :)

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