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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:33:34 PM »
The real competitor for this camera will not be other full frame cameras, but the Pentax 645Z

Not really. Anybody that has owned a crop camera then moved to a ff camera and then left the crop camera to gather dust knows the intrinsic difference that sensor size makes, well that happens again going to medium format digital, throw in the lack of AA filters on medium format and the differences become even bigger.

In the same way that crop  can't ever deliver what ff can (though I am not saying crop cameras are not very good and have several key advantages over ff cameras in specific situations), ff will never be able to deliver what medium format digital can. The point at what each sensor size becomes 'good enough' for each individual is an entirely personal call.

I use a crop camera and a full-frame camera side-by-side all the time.  I just usually use a lens on the crop camera that's one stop faster than the lens on the full-frame camera allowing me to use one stop lower ISO on the crop camera.  The resulting images are virtually indistinguishable from each other.

I don't care what your opinion of the differences are, or are not, as I very clearly said.

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The point at what each sensor size becomes 'good enough' for each individual is an entirely personal call.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:10:43 PM »
The real competitor for this camera will not be other full frame cameras, but the Pentax 645Z

Not really. Anybody that has owned a crop camera then moved to a ff camera and then left the crop camera to gather dust knows the intrinsic difference that sensor size makes, well that happens again going to medium format digital, throw in the lack of AA filters on medium format and the differences become even bigger.

In the same way that crop  can't ever deliver what ff can (though I am not saying crop cameras are not very good and have several key advantages over ff cameras in specific situations), ff will never be able to deliver what medium format digital can. The point at what each sensor size becomes 'good enough' for each individual is an entirely personal call.

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Lenses / Re: POLL: Which of these UWA options would you buy?
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:20:50 PM »
Given that many people with FF cameras have a 24-xx L-series zoom...

In my case, I had the 16-35/2.8 II and swapped it for the TS-E 17mm as my ultra wide lens...

Neuro, do you use your TS-E exclusively on a tripod, or do you often find yourself shooting handheld?

Almost always on a tripod, though I have shot handheld a few times with the TS-E 24 (using shift, not tilt).

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Can't imagine myself holding that beast of lens+body combo with one hand, in front of my face to use live view, and changing the tilt movements with the other hand.

You don't need to, you can work out the tilt you want before you lift the camera to your eye, the 'J distance' is the key and tilt tables give you the values you need, the shift is easy to do through the viewfinder and focus will follow on from your tilt angle and desired plane of focus angle. It sounds much worse than it is but once you start playing with the TS-E's it becomes second nature.

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Lenses / Re: 17-40 ---> 16-35 f4
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:50:34 PM »
What do you use your TS-E for?
I have generally don't use wider FoVs than 24mm for landscape and the 17TS-E is great for buildings (outside and inside) and the Rokinon 14 is great for getting really close or small spaces. For that reason, amazing as it is, I haven't been able to justify the 16-35. Since I hope to get into real estate photography, I think the 17mm is one I need to hang on to even for non-entertainment purposes :)

I use it for architecture and real estate, the truth is it is overkill for the vast majority of real estate, but I shoot for developers and high end rental so any of my images can end up in brochures, print, or even as posters.

Though one of my mentors, an awesome leader of his field who was published in glossy magazines with multiple page spreads every month, shot multi million dollar projects with a Sigma 12-24 on his 5D MkII.

It really depends on what kind of 'real estate' work you are intending doing, it sounds silly but it starts to branch out pretty quickly. Regular MLS stuff would be better served with the zoom, and you'd earn the money back faster! But as you get into the higher end with larger spaces and bigger expectations the TS-E's come into their own. For anything architectural, the TS-E's are a necessity as all the other shooters are using them.

For most real estate image buyers drones and video walk throughs are becoming must haves and most shooters would be better off spending the money on a drone rather than a TS-E.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ice sculptures - any tips?
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:50:17 PM »
Very nice results candyman.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:11:45 PM »
Will this be the first time Canon comes with two versions? I so doubt this….

Fourth time - 20D/20Da, 60D/60Da, 6D/6Dn are the first three.

The two Da versions are relevant, the 6Dn isn't, that is like saying the 600-EX and 600-EX-RT are different, technically they are, but the exclusion of locally restricted radio transmissions isn't a big deal.

But you are missing the big ones, 1D-1Ds, 1D MkII-1Ds MkII, 1D MkIII-1Ds MkIII, 1DX-1DC, the last two might be very similar but have very different capabilities and do have different hardware and firmware.

Canon will make what they think they can sell, and leveraging the 5 series family will likely prove much more profitable than the 1 series. I still like the common sense of a 5D MkIV (MkIII but 'better'), a 5DS (high MP), and a 5DC (video orientated), to me that makes a whole lot of sense.

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Lenses / Re: Used Gear stories....
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:27:08 AM »
Thus far, I have not sold anything over eBay because of the practical limitations I have living here in the middle of nowhere. From what I have heard, an individual seller can lose his money and the sold item very easily when the 'buyer' signals a problem with the delivery or the object itself.  If I send something valuable to Waziristan and the person says that the item was not delivered, PayPal will retire the sum from my account until the affaire has been settled. Which can take until the war is over.

I am selling now some lenses on the local net site and the scammers from Cote d'Ivoire are out already, smelling an easy prey. They use the free SMS service 24682 that I know already from their previous attemps.

There are some geographical areas that are better avoided. From a person's name you can get a hunch, also.
World is racist.

I just limit the listing to USA, ship to confirmed address only and get signature confirmation, that negates all you concerns.

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Lenses / Re: Purple fringing of 85 1.2ii
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:14:21 AM »
Damn this thread!!  I watched Citizen Kane on DVD tonight and for the first time I was distracted by the purple fringing in a lot of scenes!  How the hell you get purple fringing in a black and white movie I don't know but I do know it wasn't shot with a Canon 85 1.2 ;D

The copy of the film that they digitised would have been one that was duplicated onto colour film stock, what they should have done is re B&W'ed the digital copy.

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Lenses / Re: Success!!!!
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:21:48 PM »
Canon received my 50L and my 5D3 on Tuesday.  Today is Friday and my gear showed up this morning.  Pretty fast service, I'd say!  BTW, I am a Gold CPS member, which probably speeds things up.

The really great news is that the lens now focuses perfectly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I tested the center point and all four peripheral points and they are right on the money with no AFMA.   I also checked for focus shift with aperture changes and did not find any at my usual six foot test distance.  If I recall correctly, that was only a problem at minimum focus distance anyway, according to forum posts.

Sorry I can't comment on curvature of field, I don't have any brick walls handy!   ;)

The service note says that they only adjusted the lens, not the camera body.  Apparently some optical assembly in the lens was still decentered after their first attempt at repair.    They did clean the 5D3 body, including viewfinder and sensor, and they reset my custom functions to the defaults.

I am a very happy photographer right now!  :)

Nice. And great news too........

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Lenses / Re: new TS-e lenses ?
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:38:11 PM »
To Privatebydesign... I had not thought to use a 1.4 TCR on my 24TSe II, other than the resulting hit of Max aperature, any other "side effects" you'd report? Sounds like a great solution.
And with repose to to the thread, I would love to see a second gen' 45TSe with the same axial rotations as my 24.

None that I know of, though some people have said the 1.4TC MkIII (the one I use) is so close a fit that the rubber ring on the end actually brushes the rear lens element, but nobody has ever reported any damage that I have seen, and I have looked!

The IQ from the 24TS-E MkII and 1.4TC MkIII is much higher than both the 24TS-E MkI alone and the FD 35TS.

Hope this helps.

Is this true for both the 17 and 24mm TS-Es or just the 24mm one?

Which bit!

Both 24TS-E MkII and 17TS-E take the Canon MkI, MkII and MkIII 1.4 and 2X TC's without interference and retain full tilt and shift function. I haven't seen anybody say the 17 has as close a fit as the 24, I use the 17 and 1.4 TC MkIII all the time and infrequently with the 2X TC MkII.

The IQ from the 17TS-E and 1.4TC MkIII is higher than the 24mm TS-E MkI.

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Funnily your greens and reds are obviously more saturated in the second picture, which is apparent on the background bricks and moss ! This is more in line with the theory of ETTR.
So we are speaking of a major imbalance in the treatment of the components.
Maybe your software is playing havoc with colours, trying to compensate for a known colour shift of the sensor in low light, but applying it in a range where there is no sensor coor shift due to the overexposure ? Just a wild guess...

I think we have a different understanding of the word saturated. If you put a colour picker on the reds or greens they are more saturated in the top picture in all three sets. The 'correct' exposure is giving more detail and saturation than the severely overexposed image.

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Lenses / Re: new TS-e lenses ?
« on: January 23, 2015, 07:11:04 PM »
Would anyone like to see a tripod collar included in the new designs?

I wouldn't, front movements are infinitely more powerful than rear movements and most of the collar designs convert the lens to a rear movement camera. The oft talked about parallax 'issue' is, really, a non issue talked about by those that don't actually do shift stitching and on the very rare occasions it might impact the image is simple to negate. Even the most often linked article pointing out the 'issue' is a bit of a fake, the example they use is not actually from a 135 format camera!

I'm interested in a Schneider 50 PC-TS but that is a good point; it comes with a collar with an integral ARCA-Swiss dovetail but I'm suddenly not sure how it attaches.  Thanks!

Jim

I have been crucified by people here before for pointing that out, and in the ad for the Schneider they have it on a regular ballhead, about as inappropriate as you can get! If you used it with a really nice geared head, like an Arca-Swiss D4, or Arca Cube, which is the kind of thing Schneider owners should have anyway, then it makes a bit more sense, but to mount it on a ballhead is ridiculous.

If you mounted either the camera or lens on a really nicely marked geared head then you could effectively have front and rear movements with just one set of movements, which is kind of cool, but a big investment for 135 format work (I'd love a D4 though!). Also you can give some thought into landscape or portrait format, with a lens mount system vertical shift stitching is easier than with a camera mount, but it still isn't difficult. On balance I thing the camera mount is a much better solution.

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Lenses / Re: new TS-e lenses ?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:58:09 PM »
To Privatebydesign... I had not thought to use a 1.4 TCR on my 24TSe II, other than the resulting hit of Max aperature, any other "side effects" you'd report? Sounds like a great solution.
And with repose to to the thread, I would love to see a second gen' 45TSe with the same axial rotations as my 24.

None that I know of, though some people have said the 1.4TC MkIII (the one I use) is so close a fit that the rubber ring on the end actually brushes the rear lens element, but nobody has ever reported any damage that I have seen, and I have looked!

The IQ from the 24TS-E MkII and 1.4TC MkIII is much higher than both the 24TS-E MkI alone and the FD 35TS.

Hope this helps.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:15:08 PM »
I am a Pro, that is, I earn all my income (nearly) from photography. As always Thom hits quite a few nails on the head, there are more than a couple of keen enthusiasts at my camera club (I have never been too self important to be in the local camera club) with much bigger investments in gear than me, and the rate that they turn it over for newer stuff never ceases to amaze me.

I am gently leveraging into spheres that are still strong, and a few are actually growing, but the entire photographers business model has been in a state of flux for years and hasn't leveled out yet, and probably never will to the degree that it had for generations.

But the truth is that clients that value results gravitate towards pros that can deliver, it is not about the gear (most of the time) it is about the consistency of the output. I recently did a 6 day trip to the Caribbean to shoot three villas, I was given two days at each location and it rained for three days, and I lost the batteries for my one camera before I even got there! But I delivered and the images were good enough to spearhead a new advertising campaign over and above the actual reason for the shoots. Now I am no big shot, indeed I freely admit to being an awful businessman, but my ability to deliver in adverse conditions rises me above the level of those enthusiasts who don't want the stress or have the aptitude for that kind of pressure.

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Lenses / Re: new TS-e lenses ?
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:06:08 AM »
Would anyone like to see a tripod collar included in the new designs?

I wouldn't, front movements are infinitely more powerful than rear movements and most of the collar designs convert the lens to a rear movement camera. The oft talked about parallax 'issue' is, really, a non issue talked about by those that don't actually do shift stitching and on the very rare occasions it might impact the image is simple to negate. Even the most often linked article pointing out the 'issue' is a bit of a fake, the example they use is not actually from a 135 format camera!

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