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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:23:55 PM »
I've been told that Zeiss and Leitz lenses are manufactured in Japan now and that these brand names are just licenses leased out by international trading companies that own those names. Is this true? Or, does Zeiss and Leitz still manufacture everything in Germany? Thanks

What difference would it make?

If Zeiss puts their name on it, I don't care if they had Aunt Mabel make it on Mars.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: TDP Otus review is out!
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:35:29 PM »
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Thanks.

As expected.

The dream continues!!

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:03:07 PM »
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I know I can't speak for everyone, but I'd hope most folks here would join me in thanking Policar. I appreciate the great insights into photography as art.

Having spent time in galleries looking at photographs that have been blessed as "art," I know I don't know enough to get it. I've never studied art so the deficiency is clearly mine. But I do appreciate when someone knowledgeable takes the time to explain what forms a foundation of art in a photograph.

I also know enough about the history of photography to know it was never taken seriously until it was finally embraced by the art community.

While I'm just a photographer I really am trying to create my own concept of art in this world.

Thanks, Policar!

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:11:05 PM »
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Well, there are different ways of getting to $4 mil.

My plan is to sell 4 million pictures for a dollar each.


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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Finding a book publisher
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:44:49 PM »
kickstarter.com comes to mind...

Meant to mention that - here's a good example of a successful publishing experience:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/self_publishing_a_landscape_photography_book.shtml


Thanks!

That's a great story. The book also looks exceptional.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photobook Printing
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:06:54 PM »
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I don't think I knew Vistaprint was in the book business. Will have to take a look at them.

In 2011, I had them print an 11 X 17 with a magnetic back. It was a good image to begin with (from a T2i) but I didn't have great expectations. It turned out exceptionally good -- color, detail, sharpness were all great and as good as any printer I've seen.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Photobook Printing
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:36:41 PM »
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Here's a small thread from my asking the same question last November. Might be helpful.


http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18211.msg338003#msg338003


I'm working on the images for a 50-60 page book now (still, since last November) and so far I don't see a better setup than Shutterfly. I'll keep reading reviews and talking about it until I'm ready to publish.

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Sigma is going to turn me into a prime-only photographer.

I've been so pleased with their 35mm that I'll surely get this 50mm.

The Canon 24-105 is sub-par in comparison to the Sigma 35 (and presumably this new 50) so I'll be using it rarely, especially since I rarely take it past 70mm where it starts getting really mushy.

So, then I get an 85mm -- either a new Sigma when it's made or a Canon L. And with the 135mmL I have, that's all I need.

Oh, and for wides, I've got my trusty 17-40. (And a Rokinon14mm for fun stuff.)

I say let's get a container full of the new 50s on a ship and deliver it to B&H ASAP. I'll be standing in line.

Just remember bud that being a prime only photographer doesn't make you a better photographer...being a better photographer makes you a better photographer and often that's gear independent. I personally like to go wide with a zoom and then primes over 35mm. Works for me.

I don't recall saying anything about becoming a better photographer, bud.

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Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:41:29 AM »
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I don't know Gursky or anything about him (or her). (Oh, I don't know anything about "art" either.) But I'd bet my first coffee of the day that he has an MFA.

From all I've seen, if you have a camera and the MFA degree, you're an artist. If you only have the camera, you're just a photographer. Actual outcomes seem irrelevant.




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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:50:56 PM »
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Wow!

Your lens takes really good pictures!


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Photography Technique / Re: HDR (and DR) Question
« on: February 22, 2014, 01:03:40 PM »
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Most everything I shoot would benefit from the expanded range of HDR. I see it all the time.

However, I'm not willing to haul around and set up a tripod everywhere I walk.


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Sigma is going to turn me into a prime-only photographer.

I've been so pleased with their 35mm that I'll surely get this 50mm.

The Canon 24-105 is sub-par in comparison to the Sigma 35 (and presumably this new 50) so I'll be using it rarely, especially since I rarely take it past 70mm where it starts getting really mushy.

So, then I get an 85mm -- either a new Sigma when it's made or a Canon L. And with the 135mmL I have, that's all I need.

Oh, and for wides, I've got my trusty 17-40. (And a Rokinon14mm for fun stuff.)

I say let's get a container full of the new 50s on a ship and deliver it to B&H ASAP. I'll be standing in line.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 07:27:44 PM »
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I'm amused to realize that after waiting some YEARS for a 7D2, I've lost interest.

After a year with a 5D3, I can't imagine what they could offer me in a 7D package.


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Canon General / Re: 11 photographs that shook the world
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:52:11 AM »
No Iwo Jima flag raising.  This list is incomplete.

Wow, talk about the art of understatement. There are at least a hundred genuinely important pictures not here.

This whole thing is irrelevant drivel with an over the top head -- Shook the World, indeed!!

Some content manager told an intern to put together a list of great old images -- in this annoying form of a "list." The top 7 things you need to know before going into the gas station men's room. The 12 most important vegetables in the evolution of humanity. People see this crap and are somehow powerless to resist. So, the kid put together a list of images, based on his limited experience, tagged it world shaking...

and viola, traffic!!

There's no more to it than that.


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Third Party Manufacturers / A 16MP Camera in New Samsung Galaxy S5 Phone
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:47:50 PM »
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Notes:

...all new flash LED

...the 16 megapixel sensor expectations appear to be confirmed

...will capture pictures of different sizes from 2.4MP up to 16MP

...unsure exactly which sensor technology will be making its way into the Galaxy S5

...able to choose between different ISO levels, from ISO 100 to up to ISO 800 and standard auto option as well

...able to shoot 4K resolution video at 30fps and capture 1080p footage at a full 60fps



http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-camera-details-347406/


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