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For us landscape photographers the wait for a high megapixel body with state-of-the-art dynamic range to be used with lenses like the TS-E 24 II has been tough. But now it's possible at last, with a Sony!

That's exactly what I've been thinking, and the lighter body will help a bit on my long hikes.  Not too many people seem to be thinking about this camera this way, but I think that's because there don't seem to be too many people here who's primary interest is landscape.  I've rented the D800 and loved the sensor performance at low iso, but didn't like much of the rest of it...weight, size, UI, zooming in to manual focus was blurry, etc.  This basically eliminates a lot of the those issues.

I'll wait to see how it performs before buying one, and if I do I won't be selling all my Canon gear.  I've read the sensor was optimized for the shorter flange distance for native lenses, being mirrorless.  I'm wondering if that has any negative effect when you put an adapter and other glass on it.  I've also heard conflicting info about any kind of remote shutter capability, which is almost essential for how I shoot.

I'm also curious about the
Playmemories App" app capabilities, which I just read about.  It apepars to be a store for apps to download to the camera.  Could lead to interesting possibilities, such as on-board time lapse.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony FF NEX - competition is good. Canon?
« on: October 13, 2013, 10:52:20 AM »
So, latest rumors from that site:

- Official announcement due October 16th; potentially due out in December
- 2  models, A7 (24MP sensors, about $1700 US, $1998 w/kit 24-70) & A7r (36MP $2198 body only)
- New sensors; details not specific
- Interesting rumor that initial offering will include lens mounts for free (Canon, Nikon, Leica).  If true, I'd guess manual focus only.  Could be smart as there are few native lenses expected at launch.
- Focus peaking, eye AF, Wifi, 1/8000 shutter, weather sealed tiltable screen, no IBIS.

I gotta admit, if this thing performs well, I'll be tempted to try one out with my Canon lenses for landscape shots!

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Canon General / Re: Havasupai Falls
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:19:26 PM »
If you are going to be photographing waterfalls, think about how you are going to get to an exposure of 1 to 3s to blur the water.  You probably will need a 3 stop ND filter or maybe 6 stops if working on broad daylight.
If carrying a tripod is not an option, the you can shoot 1/6s to 1/4s hand held with the 24-105mm at 24mm fairly reliably.  You may still need a ND filter to do that.
You may want to consider whether it is possible to carry something like a Gorillapod with, otherwise the approach I outlined above of using a wide angle lens with IS will help with photographing waterfalls.
Also think about taking a circular polariser.

I have to admit, I would probably make do with the 24-105 and 17-40.  If I could take only one lens it would be the 24-105.
I spent last week in the Grampians and between my wife and myself we had a 5DII, 5DIII, 24-70 II, 24-105, 70-200 IS II, 17-40, 15mm fisheye, 50mm f/1.4 and 100mm L macro.  The 24-70 and 24-105 saw most use.  After that the 100mm macro and then we took a couple of shots with the 17-40 and 70-200.  The fisheye and 50mm did not get used.  We used a 3 stop ND for waterfalls and circular PL quite a bit.  Our 10 stop ND did not see any use.

I agree with this; when I went, I only shot with the 17-40 & 24-105, but I do realize other people may want to use the 70-200 at times too. 

Regarding the hike itself, obviously don't forget to take food and water...and the fact that it'll add more weight.  I'd seriously consider the mules or the helicopter, depending on the day you go.  I had to argue with my friend for the helicopter.  The helicopter was well worth the $ IMO, not only in not having to hike, but since it's about a 5 minute flight that's hours more shooting, not hiking; also saved our legs for the rest of the trip.  Once we got there and saw people literally barely able to walk as they climbed out of the canyon coming back, she agreed with me lol. But that all depends on your fitness level of course.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Auto-Exposures are ALL OVER the Place?!?
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:21:39 AM »
I recently spent 3 days shooting thousands of shots for a timelapse video with my 6D. I mainly shot in aperture mode,
And the exposures remained consistent when the lighting did. Only problem was pre-dawn shoots when the balloons were shooting their flames on and off, but that's normal, I should have shot all manual at those times.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:58:51 PM »
Thanks rpt and Click. I am lucky and count my blessings. But things are expensive here (like many other places in the world) and to get anywhere else, it's a 5-6 hour plane ride. Honolulu is the most isolated city in the world. ;)

What?  It's a short drive to Kailua, or Waimalu...I suppose Haleiwa or Kahuku are far at around an hour or so, give or take... ;D

And oh yeah, nice shots, I'm totally jealous!

The key is how you define "city". They only count as "city" one which has a population of > 250,000 or 500,000 (I forget which).

Just found this on Wikipedia: The most remote city in the world with a population in excess of 500,000 is Honolulu, United States. The nearest city of comparable size or greater is San Francisco, 3,841 km (2,387 mi) away.
For pop.>1,000,000 it's Auckland followed closely by Perth.   8)

Haha, I was just giving you a hard time.  ;)  Seriously considered moving to Oahu a year or so ago, love the place.

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Landscape / Re: Antelope Canyon, AZ Recommendations?
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:35:11 PM »
I've gone to both Upper and Lower a couple of times, and had somewhat different experiences each time. 

I used Carol Bigthumb's group (it appears it's now called Adventerous Antelope Tours, as mentioned by a couple of people above; not sure it had that name when I went) for Upper both times, had great experiences with their guides. Bit of Trivia, Carol's grandmother was the person credited with discovering Antelope canyon while shepherding sheep. 

Her son Lionel is one of the guides, and is an avid photographer.  He'll sometimes take photogs to other nearby locations off the official list on their website, although I haven't employed him to do that (yet).

Nov 2011 - Very few people out there, which was great.  For Lower Antelope, I did the photography tour.  The Navajo website says it's a strict 2 hour limit, but they said if I stayed longer, I could just pay $20/hour extra.  I stayed about 3 hours and paid the extra $20 on the way out; would have stayed longer, but I had to hit the road.  Not sure if things were just lax because it was pretty deserted or if the policy wasn't re-enforced much back then.  Oh, and didn't get any sunbeams inside the canyon, not the best time of year (angle of the sun).

May 2012 - Prime 'sunbeam' time, so Upper was a madhouse.  The tour guides did an admirable job helping keep other clueless and selfish tourists away so we could get our shots.  Lower was a bit crowded, which made shooting a bit difficult.  Just after 2 hours we were kicked out; when I related my earlier experience and offered to pay an extra $20 per person (I was leading a couple of friends through), they said they had to crack down due to some difficult photogs in December.  Also, once out, we weren't allowed back in, it was strictly one visit per day.  I plan on going back someday, hopefully that's not still a limitation when I do.

If you have two bodies, consider bringing them both with different lenses; you don't want to have to switch lenses in there!  It can seem still and fine, then suddenly there's a gust of wind and fine grit flying everywhere. 

NOTE - There was a flash flood there recently; I'd call and check for the current conditions before your trip.  And if they say there could be rain in the area when you visit, you probably can't get in.  It can be sunny and clear at Antelope but rain miles away can flood the canyon.  People have died in there that way.

Insane Flash Flooding, Antelope Canyon and Page Arizona. August 2nd, 2013 Small | Large

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:03:48 PM »
Thanks rpt and Click. I am lucky and count my blessings. But things are expensive here (like many other places in the world) and to get anywhere else, it's a 5-6 hour plane ride. Honolulu is the most isolated city in the world. ;)

What?  It's a short drive to Kailua, or Waimalu...I suppose Haleiwa or Kahuku are far at around an hour or so, give or take... ;D

And oh yeah, nice shots, I'm totally jealous!

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:01:07 PM »
Image 4 is the best by far!

Thanks!  This is after 4-5 visits between 2 years trying to get something like this...weather & luck prevented a clear sunset the first few tries.  It doesn't help there may be up to 50 or so other photogs clustered in front of this arch shooting it too.  ::)

They are all fantastic :)

+1 Awesome. Well done.

Thank you both, I appreciate it greatly :)



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Software & Accessories / Re: Big(ger) Bag Recommendations Needed
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:26:48 PM »
I'd suggest taking a look at one of the larger f-stop bags, I'm guessing one of those would fit the bill.

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Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:58:36 AM »
As someone who's main focus is landscape (seems not that common here?) I totally understand your frustration.  I can't count the number of times I've been up early for sunrise or at some location for sunset, and walked away with no shot; there are so many factors, including luck. Fantastic sunsets seem to rarely happen when I'm there and ready for it.  Usually they're when I'm home and far away from a great spot to shoot from.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:40:00 AM »
Nice shots folks!  Here's a few of my favs from the past couple of years.

1. Havasupai, Grand Canyon, Arizona
2. Zion NP, Utah
3. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California - 2 1/2 minute long exposure w a Big Stopper - it was gray & cloudy until part way through the exposure, when the red sunset started shining through.  I didn't touch the vibrance or saturation, main white, black & shadows, since it was still under exposed.
4. Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:41:19 PM »
But...but you shot an event with action...with a 6D...somebody tell him he's not allowed to do that!!

I know, right?  I had meant to post some shots months ago with a similar comment but forgot... ;D.  I was pleasantly pleased with my results even though I could have done better, because I'm a landscape shooter.  Action was definitely a change of pace for me.

You did a great job!  I notice no 5D3 snobs have piped their two cents in.  If I had posted images like this, there would be a few posts about how the 5D3 would have done better, and "if only you used a 5D3 you would be a real photographer"...and "the 5D3's color is just more accurate"...etc etc.  Hogwash!

Haha, yeah, probably :p. the 6D was sure trashed a lot here and other places when the specs came out, but most of that has died down now that it's gotten in people's hands.  While the autofocus system definitely could be better, it meets my needs and I usually manual focus; this event was an exception

I mostly shot with a 70-200 f4, so I could be further away. Some guys were right up close and had their rigs smothered in powder!  And if the color is off, it's because of my lack of PP skills, not the camera ;)

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 11, 2013, 12:41:24 AM »
But...but you shot an event with action...with a 6D...somebody tell him he's not allowed to do that!!

I know, right?  I had meant to post some shots months ago with a similar comment but forgot... ;D.  I was pleasantly pleased with my results even though I could have done better, because I'm a landscape shooter.  Action was definitely a change of pace for me.




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Canon General / Re: Travel Advice to National Parks in Utah
« on: September 02, 2013, 11:11:49 PM »
I've gone sevearal times myself, and always just checked it.  The only time that was a problem was when I got to Bryce Canyon to find out the airport security had gone through my suitcase and decided to lock it after...which I hadn't done, because I had lost the key on a previous trip.  Had to shoot sunset with my camera on my pack, and then later get the assistance of a garage mechanic to drill out the lock.  ::)

OK, I've been to he area several times over the years, but I don't recommend SLC as a starting point, fly to Las Vegas if you can.  It will save you a long, boring drive until you get to th parks. Also check out these web sites for the Grand Circle trip.

http://www.utah.com/itineraries/grand_circle.htm

http://grandcircle.org/


I've been to Utah's NP's several times also, and I'd definitely agree with flying into Vegas.  If you do, consider a stop at Valley of Fire on the way to Zion.   I'd also recommend swinging through Bryce if you can. 

I'd also consider stops at Devil's Garden (near Escalante, not the one in Arches NP) and Goblin Valley, they should both be easy stops on the way, can be quick easy stops close to parking if you need, or you can spend more time exploring. 

In Canyonlands, I'd stop at False Kiva.  Not sure if that's really little-known or not, but there's definitely not a sign for the common tourist to see. 

I'd highly recommend "Photographing the Southwest, Vol 1. Utah," by Laurent Martres.  It'll have a lot of common and little-known places to shoot, how to get there, best times of day/year etc.  Fantastic resource.  The Arizona volume is great too, if you're going there some day.


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Site Information / Re: What happens when you hit 10,000 posts?
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:21:48 PM »
The site sends you an email to stop spending time here and go outside and use all that photo gear you've been posting about.   ;)

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