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I am mostly one shot AF, but when I use Servo I have "Back Button OFF" for AF not back button ON, I find I get better results and my thumb doesn't work a fraction as hard.

Site Information / Re: Posts disappearing or not loading
« on: August 21, 2014, 09:37:57 PM »
I have lost hundreds, literally hundreds of posts at times. I asked the mods at the time but nobody could figure it out.

Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: August 21, 2014, 08:26:24 PM »
I have always liked my 50 f1.4, it is a great little lens, it works well at wide apertures and is incredibly sharp when you stop it down to f5.6 or f8, AF is good and reliable it takes no space in the bag and is light and cheap. It is very good for stitched panos too.

Photography Technique / Re: Issues with focus stacking
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:13:37 AM »
I found very little difference between Helicon Focus and PS CS6, so much so that I don't use Helicon anymore. The key is to work through the layer masks, they always need a touch up here and there in both programs.

Photography Technique / Re: Local Photography Group
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:16:38 PM »
Sorry yes, at the meetings we have a laptop and digital projector and if people have stuff to show that wasn't in a Zenfolio gallery then they bring it on a memory stick.

Photography Technique / Re: Local Photography Group
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:04:38 PM »
My local group/club uses Zenfolio, it is set up so that each member gets a folder and they can make as many folders within that as they like, they also set up galleries for specific evenings, events, competitions etc that all the other members can see. It works very well.

Reviews / Re: What Happened to DxO?
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:24:22 PM »
I used to live in France, the only people who work in August are foreigners and restaurant and cafe workers! I often wondered how the paper got printed for the morning coffee.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 20, 2014, 04:33:43 PM »
Does anyone here remember how long it took Canon to address issues with the 5D Mark II? It definitely wasn't this quick!

Does anybody remember Canon getting banned from importing or selling a model because of an unacknowledged fault? Nikon were banned from selling the D600 in China.

No it isn't, that is a perfect example of a camera collector, a person I have great respect for.

I well understand the collecting mentality, and I have been a strong supporter of a slightly different variant of people here who want the best simply because they want the best.

But lets not lose sight of the fact that the 1DX and 24-70 f2.8 MkII are the current production top of the line tools, they are made to do a job, they are not limited edition pink alligator covered Leica's. They are not advertised as hermetically sealed and for people to not only expect them to be, but to be very verbose and critical of them because they are not not only illustrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the product, but a distinct lack of appreciation for what the tool is actually designed and capable of doing.

If R1-7D had put his 1DX and 24-70 in that glass cabinet, one, it wouldn't have got any dust in it, and two, he wouldn't have noticed if it had.

Roger Cicala of lensrentals has dealt with Canon repair a lot, as well as with other repair, for problems that lensrentals staff haven't yet learned to fix in house. He has a VERY SIMPLE SUGGESTION. If you go to the trouble of testing your lens with FoCal or with a home-brew test (even the "brick wall"), you need to send the test photos and the test methods that you used along with the lens, and a list of the defects that you found (eg. "lower left corner consistently soft, see photos #1,3,4..."). Load up your images and text on a $5 thumb drive labelled with your lens SN and your name, and ship it in the box with the lens.

For more details, see his lensrentals blog. But really, this is common sense, service personnel appreciate being shown the specifics of the user's issue with the product, and are likely to look harder when diagnosing the lens's problem - human nature. A lot of people return products with complaints of "it doesn't look sharp" but there may be unrealistic expectations or the product is defective under some conditions but not others, and it is hard to ID some problems in a quick inspection.


I have done that, only I burnt the images to CD, my experience is they don't even look at them, they sent the disc back unopened.

I believe they put the lens on a reference body or rig and draw their own conclusions from the results from those results and that alone.

As for the OP, I did write a rather blunt reply early on in the thread but it got taken down, naughty me! The crux of it though was that these things are tools, they are not hermetically sealed pieces of jewelry. They get dust in them, they get scratches and they end up needing servicing, that is the nature of tools. They are not collectables and they are not precious, they demand to be used as the makers intended, regularly and without compromise, if you do that then you will not only get the best out of them, but you will get dust in them and scratches on them.

Post Processing / Re: Photoshop eye retouching
« on: August 20, 2014, 01:45:38 PM »
Does anyone have an idea how they catch that much details in model's eyes?
That photo taken by Phase One and professionally edited, but still I'm wondering if I can catch that much details with 5D III and 100mm L macro.

Of course you can. The key is not the camera or lens, it is the lighting. Use a good studio light with a medium to large softbox in quite close, use a tripod and optimal aperture f8-f10, and you can do that easily.

There is a core issue that is missed by so many people here, for many types of shooting the important bit is not the camera or lens, it is the lighting.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 20, 2014, 09:10:39 AM »
like the last gen's 1Ds series oily mirrors fiasco on canon's side, nikon learned and that is always good.

There is a quantum difference between oil on a mirror, and oil on the sensor or long exposure hot pixels. Besides my 1Ds MkIII's both had and have oily mirrors and I am not concerned enough to worry about it.

Things that don't affect IQ, like oily mirrors, could hardly be called a fiasco, things that do affect IQ, oily sensors (Nikon), hot pixels on long exposures (Nikon), or intermittent unrepeatable AF inaccuracies (Canon 1D MkIII) could. But it isn't really the issue that classifies anything as a fiasco, it is the way the company deals with that issue, Nikon had to be forced to accept the D600 issues by China banning sales of them!

I think most everything that has needed to be said has been said... now there IS a way to diffuse the light more all things being equal, but it is also a sacrifice in essence...  One person said it wouldn't diffuse any more than shooting through diffusion material...  Well yes and no...  And here's the whole crux...  not all diffusion material is created equal...  You can utilize thicker diffusion material which will disperse the light even more making it appear softer, or double/triple/quadruple the diffusion to make it softer and softer...  BUT, as we all know it means we lose more light power and affect, meaning the light would have to be closer to the subject to get the same amount of light.  Now here's also another tactic, the closer the light, the softer the light... The farther the light, the harder the light... so this may very well have really thick diffusion on the "softbox" softening the light, requiring you to shoot closer, more power, and thus softening the light even more.  NOW, dont get me wrong, i'm not saying it will be an attractive light.  As professional and amateur photographers, we are conditioned that bigger the light source, in relation to the subject, the better, whereas this MAY be a small soft light-sourse close to the subject...  So it just wont have the same effect that a 16x20 or bigger softbox can produce... it physically cant.  For run and gun, grip and grins event style photographers, i can see how this MAY grab someones attention...  So i wont say this is a complete design fail... I wont even say that this is a flawed product... but if they can improve upon this in future releases (and hopefully bring down costs to a more palatable level, then maybe the inventor may be on to something)...

Don't agree, just like sensors size trumps all. Look at some of the pro modifiers now, they are 7' and bigger, why? Because size invariably trumps being closer.

A good rule of thumb with modifiers is to take their size as the optimal distance from the subject, 20" modifier 20" from the subject, 50" modifier 50" from the subject, scale that down to this useless snake oil and you need to be 3" or 4" from the subject, and if the subject is more than 3" or 4" wide you are going to get big falloff issues.

You don't get it do you? Unless your relation has broken the laws of physics his 4"x4" panel is not going to "soften the light" any more than any other 4"x4" piece of diffusion material.

Go learn about light before you get in a fight with people that know what they are talking about. There is nothing your relation can do with his £120 kit that I couldn't do with a 69c piece of foam paper, the bottom of a milk carton, and a book of Rosco swatches ($2.95). For under $5 I get a quart of milk and better performing flash modifier than your relations.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:38:31 PM »

and if you ask me, Nikon's lineup seems really good if you're looking to upgrade to full frame:

D4s for professional sports
D810 for studio and landscape
D750 for semi-professional action and wedding and event pros.
D610 for advanced amateurs
Desperation? more like excellent planning for if canon had such lineup many here would be praising their wide selection instead of making stupid comments about how this somehow weakens their system. Many people have asked for this camera and nikon listened which IMO is a quality canon should follow.

Well surely that equates to:-
D4s 1DX for professional sports
D810 MIA for studio and landscape (though Canon seem to have been of the opinion that their sensor tech and higher MP in the 135 format are not a market they are interested in)
D750 5D MkIII for semi-professional action and wedding and event pros.
D610 6D for advanced amateurs
Of course you failed to mention the Df, and that is the one that that has thrown the Nikon FF lineup the curved ball and elicited the smirks and derision it seems to have deserved.

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