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If you travel from US to Asia 4-6 times a year...

...why dont you just buy a Leica M? :P Flying that often sure is expensive. Getting to the airport and everything adds up.

@ mobiles will kill low end DSLR market

i dont think so unless we can get APS-C or FF sized sensors in the mobile. and full control about shutter etc. and also be able to change lenses cuz thats why u buy a DSLR.

Lenses / Re: 2.8 vs F4
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:46:33 PM »

Dido - Don't believe in love - Live

or do u mean... "dito" ?

Portrait / Re: Food pics - help required
« on: December 15, 2012, 05:32:32 AM »
I think a common setup is this one:

2 Lights on the side, some nice background and the food in the middle. You dont have to take umbrellas in fact there is on video from digitalrev showing u how to get a nice "morning mood" effect with really simple acessoires.

This one: Home Studio Setup for 100 Pounds Challenge

Check 7:40 for the effect i described. Nevertheless fun to watch the whole video :P They also have another "how to do product photography" video.

Id go with your 100mm L macro lens but try to not only take "macro style" photos with it.

Id also fake it and prepare the food myself or with help perhaps throw in food coloring to enhance things. For example for ketchup i wouldnt take ketchup only but mix red food coloring with some ketchup to make the color pop more.
Its definitly a very hard task. Ive taken food photos on ocassion on holidays or such for example and they hardly represented "the food i had and wanted to caputre on camera" anytime i looked at the photos again.
And even less it made people think "wow i wanna try that food" *chuckle*
Getting the right color for the food photographed is already very hard imho since our brains have a really detailed food memory. Im quite sure its like that so we can detect unhealthy food easily and dont get sick.

Nevertheless just try your best. Customers usually arent pickey about the food photos in my experience.

Just dont forget to write somwhere in the menu the photo is just an example and the real food may look different. Some people are just assholes and try to make trouble if the food they get doesnt look exactly like in the menu lol. Yes iv experienced that more than once before sadly.

How did you get that aliasing on the building? Is it sharpening when changing image size?

Sizing down an image adds "anti aliasing" basically. Sharpening counteracts that. Still wondering what u actually mean. If you get jagged edges in your photos maybe ur method of resizing or sharpening is just not good.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:58:22 AM »
Why should anybody buy the 35mm f/2 if u can get an even wider open Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for about the same price? Just cuz of IS? Its not needed much with a 35mm lens anyway, is it at all?

Im really curious what Canon wants to do when they release a 35mm 1.4L II. It must be REAAAALLY awesome but i doubt it will. More likely it will cost like 1500$ and offer no better performance than the Sigma. So why should people buy it...?!


35mm f2 old one costs like 250 euro and new one with IS like 800 euro? That IS (!) a ripoff...even worse when thinking of the sigma...

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:50:30 PM »
6D is targeted to people with older rebel models or lower. If you just bought a 650D or 600D i dont think ur suddenly gonna buy a 6D. I think people who still use like...450D and were already aware of the "FF magic" are now finally going to get a camera they like. People with 7D are likely informed advanced users anyway and probably lurking to get a 5D long time already. 

I assume most people who come to these forums are quite educated and experienced about photography so i dont understand all this 6D bashing since the camera is not intended for such users.  6D is for beginners, people who probably never had an L lens before and perhaps never used an external flash with triggers. People who "know what they want" are going for 5D or higher anyway...EXCEPT they cant afford it. Thats also a large group of ppl targeted :P
If i gotta save my ass off to buy the 6D im also likely more appreciating my purchase and just feeling lucky i could go FF at all. At least i would be like that. And the 6D is not bad anyway. It performs worse than the 5Dmk3, yes but so does the 5Dmk3 performe worse than the 1DX same way. It doesnt make 5dmk3 a bad camera.

I wish I could shut off Nikon's ergonomics, button layout, green cast on the screen, etc etc. Nikon might just be #1 in the world for people with 4 fingers, shoot without the screen, and don't care about losing a shot in a high pressure situation because switching modes and going through menus on a Nikon is horrendous compared to a Canon

Lol i always have heard people telling nikon ergonomics and menu functionality is waaay better.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:01:17 AM »
6D is good if its the best you can afford. Not everybody can spend the cash for 5d mk3 or 1dX. Plus its also hard to tell people "then just save another year for the mk3" or such...Heck im still using my 1100D (using all focus points :O ) and my only concern is to get better lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using 1DX in very low temperatures
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:22:25 AM »
1DX is the top model and expected to be used in very harsh environments so dont worry.

Lenses / Re: Zoom vs Primes?
« on: December 11, 2012, 05:17:24 AM »
If u prefer to be active and run around a lot then get primes, if not get zoom :P Its just about what kind of workstyle u prefer, quality is not a factor anymore really, except u need really wide open aperture which only primes deliver.

Lenses / Re: Why no L primes from 14 to 24mm
« on: December 09, 2012, 02:42:21 PM »
14 and 24 are not in between 14 and 24....

Thread says from 14 to 24 not "between".

Lenses / Re: Why no L primes from 14 to 24mm
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:43:23 PM »
There is 24mm 1.4L prime and 8-15mm L fisheye.

Lenses / Re: 35mm f/2 IS USM available in Japan
« on: December 09, 2012, 04:57:09 AM »
800$ for the 35mm 2.0 IS USM? WOW thats really a lot of cash!

Lenses / Re: APS-C lens mm are correct
« on: December 07, 2012, 03:23:33 PM »
I cant understand why this topic always gets discussed so much? a 50mm lens is a 50mm lens

A photo taken from the same position with a FF camera will look like it was taken with a 50mm lens. A photo taken with an APS-C will look like it was taken with an 80mm lens.

Thats all what the crop factor is about and its so easy and clear to understand, why gotta discuss so much?

Its just common to say "equivalent of blabla on APS-C". Maybe its just the wrong term used but so what? everybody knows what it supposed to mean.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Pictures taken with the humble 35 f2
« on: December 04, 2012, 05:32:46 PM »
The church looks like its a rendering, really cool :D im also thinking about getting the 35mm f2 from canon since the other options are too expensive for me and sometimes im just too lazy to use my m42 35mm lens and manual focus with my tiny "keyhole" viewfinder. liveview is not handy for me.

i heard the 35mm f2 is just average but the photos on pixel-peeper dont look bad to me...confused :(

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4
« on: December 04, 2012, 05:30:11 PM »
Wish i had this lens. its really nice. i will just miss my old zeiss 35mm 2.8 minimum focus distance of 18cm (7 inches!).

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