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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 27, 2012, 02:53:56 PM »
I answered the APS-C, and like Neuro said, they would probably change the name of it if it differed. I would love to see a 1.9 crop sensor which has brilliant AF and IQ, with a hell of a range :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon at a Crossroads?
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:29:24 PM »

Other than that, in the Pro/Prosumer line of things, the areas I see open for Canon, or otherwise, is bringing compact/mirrorless FF bodies and lenses to the mainstream pro/pro-sumer price-points and the same with Medium Format, getting it down to more mainstream price-points while keeping Canon's high standards of quality.

Interesting point Jettatore. I think you might be right. Why is Canon not in the Medium Format category and leave this to Leica, Pentax and others? Would there not be a market? I for one, would not mind having a Medium Format body if I also could use my L lenses there.

Also, interesting thread.

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Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II Has Arrived
« on: June 04, 2012, 04:01:32 PM »
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<strong>Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II<br />


</strong>I received my Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II today, and I must say  it’s pretty exciting to get new big glass.</p>
<p><strong>First Impressions<br />


</strong>No matter how many times you read about the weight difference between this one and the previous version, you just don’t have a handle on it until you hold the lens. I cannot believe it weighs the same as the Canon EF 500 f/4L IS. It’s completely hand holdable and well balanced. Construction feels wonderfully solid and apparently the weather sealing is better than the previous version.</p>
<div id="attachment_10097" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 585px"><a href="http://www.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/canon600andrest.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10097" title="canon600andrest" src="http://www.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/canon600andrest-575x383.jpg" alt="" width="575" height="383" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">EF 300 f/2.8L IS II, EF 400 f/2.8L IS II, EF 600 f/4L IS II, EF 800 f/5.6L IS (500 f/4L IS II still missing)</p></div>
<p><strong>Accessories<br />


</strong>It comes with a shorter foot, probably making monopod use easier. It also comes with the new style lens cover, a lens strap as well as a strap for the hard case. The manual is also on paper on not CD.</p>
<p>As suspected, it shouldn’t be a problem getting any of your Arca style plates to fit on the lens.</p>
<p><strong>Test Shots

</strong>I will be heading out to do some birding this week with the new lens, I will report back with what will be pretty obvious information…. i.e. “it’s sharp, it’s great, it costs a lot”.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">c</span>r </strong></p>



Awsome. Hope you share pictures taken also with a 2x III extender on full frame and a crop body like the 1D IV?:)

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Canon General / Re: Food Processing Factory Photography?
« on: June 04, 2012, 02:49:35 PM »
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Timothy:

First, congratulations on your keen interest in photography. Sounds to me like you have a good attitude toward learning and enough confidence to try new things. Don't let negative ninny type comments discourage you. Focus on what is possible! The winners in life take chances.

Second, I've had a lot of experience with such things so I'll throw out a few suggestions:

1. People trump machinery every time. A picture of a human working with a machine has an interest element that a machine-only picture does not. And this does not have to be the whole person. Sometimes a picture of hands interacting with machines/process/products tells a great story in itself. Looks for instances where humans seem to dominate the machine or vice versa. Maybe there's a huge butter churn in there being operated by a person who is dwarfed by the machine. That can be a great point of contrast.

2. All the standard photography rules are in effect -- numbers, lines, symmetry, etc. Those sorts of things are all over factories.

3. Look for what makes this unique from other "factory" environments. You mentioned condensation on the walls -- that's great, and I'd try to incorporate it into the images if possible. A focus on the condensation with something factory/cheese related in the background may work. Or it might be taken further with some post-process. That focused condensation/factory shot layered over a cows-in-pature image may be possible.

4. Movement is an element of factories and machinery. Don't let pictures be static. Show motion and movement -- in all the many ways photography can do this.

5. Look for the little details. A closeup of a big start/stop button smeared with cheese layered over weeks/years of use. Worn spots on a floor where people have stood for hours and days and years. Clothing/equipment that workers use -- coveralls on a hooks, boots, gloves, safety eyeglasses, etc. Safety notices on machinery. Stacked boxes or other supplies. You may want to walk the factory floor sometime when it's shut down to really look and get ideas.

That should give you something to think about. Again, stay positive and enjoy the challenge.

+5

It was not me who posed the initial question, but I must say I enjoyed the positive, practical and constructive response you gave in this answer, that other, myself included can benefit from!

I envy you Samurai for your opportunity to shoot pictures in these surroundings (given that most people will not get in these plants, because of secrecy surrounding manufactoring procedures and such). I have two boys, and with the rapidly changing cityscapes (where factories and production is replaced by service economy and various forms of entertainment) my sons will grow up with hardly any sense of the true nature of goods and where they come from. In this sense I think your project is an essentialistic one. Hope that you will share some of the shots as they are made.
G.

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Canon General / Re: Food Processing Factory Photography?
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:20:21 AM »
First of all; way cool to work in a cheese factory:) Do you make any unpasteurized variants too?

I am enclosing a shot I took in a dairy in Norway. Not the style your going for, but anyway.

I would go for 50mm or wider, and then I would get a macro to take shots of details.

As far as flash goes, it might complicate things unless you are very good at using them, since what you're describing are many different types of reflective surfaces. I would probably go for natural light (shot in Raw of course), then make adjustments in pp.


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Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 03, 2012, 04:37:53 PM »
Here is my Lavender Girl.. I thought it came nice..

Nice:)

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Lenses / Re: Can a UV filter affect IQ (sharpness) on a lens?
« on: June 03, 2012, 04:52:48 AM »



+1.

Whenever you use a filter, it is going to affect you image quality. Fact of life. I keep filters on most of my lenses, unless it has a recessed front element like the 50 1.4. I like not having to worry about fussing with lens caps when i need to switch lenses real fast at a wedding. UV filters let me not worry about it.



What do you mean with a recessed front element? Also, I have always used a Kenko Pro 1 W filter on my 50 1.4, and have never had any issues. Are you saying that the IQ will be better if I remove it? (so far I have had nothing but good thing to say about this particular lens).
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Good quality filters will have a very small effect on IQ. But one danger of filters is creating reflections from certain light sources. Example:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris28mm/4446223418/#


When I say recessed front element, i mean that the front lens is set back in the lens, rather than flush with the filter thread. Example of recessed: http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr48/bullitt411/Siggy%2010-20/Tokina/DED_3739.jpg

Not recessed: http://www.yacart.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/canon_ef_70_200mm_f2.8_l_is_usm_lens.jpg


When the lens element is set farther back in the body of the lens, it is more protected and unlikely to be damaged.
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Ok, thanks :)

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Lenses / Re: Can a UV filter affect IQ (sharpness) on a lens?
« on: June 03, 2012, 04:14:17 AM »

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+1.

Whenever you use a filter, it is going to affect you image quality. Fact of life. I keep filters on most of my lenses, unless it has a recessed front element like the 50 1.4. I like not having to worry about fussing with lens caps when i need to switch lenses real fast at a wedding. UV filters let me not worry about it.
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What do you mean with a recessed front element? Also, I have always used a Kenko Pro 1 W filter on my 50 1.4, and have never had any issues. Are you saying that the IQ will be better if I remove it? (so far I have had nothing but good thing to say about this particular lens).

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Black & White / Re: black and white with the use of selective colors
« on: June 02, 2012, 02:14:10 PM »



http://atlanticpicture.com/


In addition to being an awsome picture in itself, I think this really works here. I did use this technique for a webillustration I (something like; where is your place? to the students).

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Pano work
« on: May 30, 2012, 04:39:04 PM »
Wow! That was awsome. How many rounds did you do the 360? I have used the 8-15 and one round would not be enough...?

I'm not sure whether I understand your question right. With the 8-15 set to 12 mm 4 pictures plus 1 nadir are needed. In this special case I shot 5 exposures per picture (25 overall) for the HDR panorama to compensate the contrast.

Michael

Maybee am I misunderstanding something here. I was asking how you made the picture in the link (180x360). I might be the you answered on. How did you do it, which program. I have cs5 extended. Will that to this?

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Pano work
« on: May 30, 2012, 03:23:46 PM »
May I add here a full 360x180 panorama? It's shot using the 5dIII and the 8-15mm. You'll find the interactive version of the sphere here

Michael


Wow! That was awsome. How many rounds did you do the 360? I have used the 8-15 and one round would not be enough...?

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Just got my 14mm. Looking around online i have found very few collections of photos taken with this lens (outside of the reviews for the lens). Would love to see some of the best photos you've taken so that i can get some inspiration! Thanks in advance for sharing.


Here is a couple that I took with that lens:)

http://500px.com/photo/3196219

http://500px.com/photo/3207803

Also adding one here that I took for in a job (not done with it yet)..

Unfortunately it's not my lens, as I love it! When I can't borrow it from my friend, my 16-35II will almost do the job;)

G.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Pano work
« on: May 30, 2012, 09:03:12 AM »
Nice shots.

Here is one I took of Oslo, Norway with the new 5D mk III and the 16-35II (22 pic. shot vertically @16mm)

I stitched it in photoshop cs5. I have never needed a tripod for these shots, as photoshop does a wonderful job of putting them together, IMHO.

I've never tried to do any panoramic  shots like that. Is it hard to get them to line up and look perfect? I assume you need a tripod for this?
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That's a GREAT hypothetical question!  Man oh man what would I do.  I still think I'd go with a 5D Mark II for the body.  Then, I'd only buy 3 lenses, like you.  I'd get the camera with the 24-105L kit.  Lens 1.  Then I'd buy a 50 f/1.4, and a 135 f/2L.  I'd shoot with that for a few years until I recovered financially.

+1

That would be my combo too:)

On the other hand, I have been dreaming (as we all do), that if I won in the lottery... I would walk in to the photostore and buy the Canon 800mm, Canon 400mm F2.8, and a Leica S2. All would be paid with a debet card, and not the mastercard;)

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Lenses / Re: Tokina 300mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro AF lens
« on: May 28, 2012, 05:29:06 PM »
I have a 17mm Tokina, and I like it. I checked photozone.de to find a review of your 300 (as I had never heard of it), but no such luck. I found this, .... http://www.phototestcenter.com/html/tokina_300mm_f2_8.html

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