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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 19, 2013, 10:15:20 AM »
The most underrated, overlooked lens I have is the EF-S 60mm macro. It does everything from macro to landscapes and usually gives a unique look. I can usually tell a picture taken with this lens.

I agree with this, the EF-S 60 is probably my sharpest lens, and that's including the 70-200 f4 IS. Get the focus right and it's corner to corner sharp (macro obviously excepted-unless photographing a brick wall!), even at 100% on the 7D. Compact as well, and great value!

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: July 19, 2013, 08:50:14 AM »
I just bought a 17-40L. Whoops. Looks like ill be using it for along time.

Well, this is all conjecture anyway. Even IF Canon announces the lens this autumn it's a fairly safe bet to say you won't be able to get your hands on it for 12 months at least! Gives me longer to save up  ::)

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:45:33 AM »
IS is so much better than f/2.8 for landscape stuff, f/2.8 isn't much DOF. f/4.5-5.6 and IS does soooo much more. It's a great thing when you don't have time or want to bother with tripods for each shot (with other people or maybe want to see everything and yet still get as solid photos as you can and don't have time to tripod up all shots).

Agreed on that, I think a 16-50 f4 with IS would be an ideal outdoor lens for hiking for example, especially if they can keep the size and weight similar to the 17-40. If it comes into being it will be on my list to replace the 17-40, assuming it's an improvement optically.

one reason can be that they have old tech and can't compete regarding a lot of parameters
which parameters, se DXO

You know I don't agree with your thinking as you expressed above about Canon being unable to compete. Anyone can see that Canon do compete, very successfully, whether you like it or not they are the market leaders.

i think you are just arguing for the sake of it. I'm not asking you to agree with me, quiet frankly I don't care if you do. Why don't you use what you want and respect my choice rather than continually being so negative.

Well expressed- again!

Pointless discussion.

In practice, if you want to achieve the same depth of field on a crop as FF, you need to open the aperture on the crop camera by 1.3 stops.

Now ... let the confusion of circulars begin

How is it a pointless discussion when the original question, explicitly was : 'How (and why) does sensor size change DOF?'

As per usual: "full of sound and fury..."  ;D No need to get your panties in a twist, but do you CR people actually take pictures too, or just blablabla your days away???  8) How about posting some (good!) shots to prove your point? Especially you Neuro, you are always acting like you are the most knowledgable photographer on CR, but we haven't seen much of your great volume of work now haven't we? How about accepting my challenge and go out somewhere, shoot a number of pictures to prove your theory (what ever that was) and impress us with your work instead of your words...?

Perhaps if you clicked on the flickr link at the bottom of Neuro's profile you would find the body of pictures you seek?

What a stupid comment to make. Perhaps you should check your facts before making such remarks.

No, but I will have a wee google.  Wasn't knocking Colin Prior at all (as I'm sure you know the context of my reply)

Not suggesting for a moment that you were- it was more of a response to GuyF's earlier comment about landscape photography being mostly about waiting for the light- which of course it is, but there is much more to it than just that.

I must try to get hold of a copy of that Faye Godwin book- it was mostly (if not entirely) black and white. Excellent stuff.

EDIT: Spelling error on my part- it's Fay Godwin.

Had a look at some old favourites today and found some new favourites in this thread, keep 'em coming.

I agree that landscape is a lot about the waiting for the light, what makes Colin Prior so worthy in my opinion is his fieldcraft and the sheer weight of the kit he takes up the hills with him.

Colins work never fails to inspire (along with Joe Cornish) although the impact has been dulled slightly by the copycats.

Anyway, LOVING, this thread.

It's more than just waiting for the light I.M.O, like you say his fieldcraft and planning, revisiting sites on multiple occasions if necessary to check the direction of lighting , which obviously changes at different times of the year, working out the optimum dates and times to photograph a location, and the endurance to travel and linger in some of locations in some of the conditions he does- snow, wind, bitter cold, ascending and descending mountains in snow and darkness, is dedication.

Some years ago when I was doing photography as a A level at college (a course I'm sorry to say I never completed- I loved the practical elements- going out to locations, taking pictures, developing and processing in the darkroom- but the critique of others work didn't hold the same interest and in the second year we got a new tutor, who was considerably less amenable than the previous one, so I dropped out), I came across a book by Faye Godwin- 'Our Forbidden Land' documenting the impact of humans and people like the MOD on the landscape. It was fantastic- have you ever come across it?

We already had the discussion about Colin Prior some time ago..... Being that I love Scotland's scenery and admire Colin Prior's dedication, he is certainly somebody I admire. I picked up 'High Light' some time ago and some of those images are just magical, as indeed is the place. As you also mentioned back then, Joe Cornish is another worthy of admiration, I didn't realise until I just looked that he was born in my hometown of Exeter! I bought his book on Scotland's Mountains a couple years back. Being that landscape is my main area of interest, I haven't looked much in other fields, although I've seen and been impressed by wildlife photographers such as Laurie Campbell, Chris Packham etc...

eye sink ewe wood bee moor write whiff thee ewes off spill chick :)

 ;D Oi was too bizzy suppin' moi bottle 'o cyder moi dear!

Unless you're English (a.k.a backwards  ;) ) like me, then you spell it 'straight';D

well use your imagination, I have dyslexia so even Swedish can be tuff to spell

F.Y.I, it was only myself that I was attempting to make fun of, just trying to inject a little humour humor and dare I say, light into the thread, which has become the regular DR etc etc 'discussion'.


Strait & Horizon.

Not "Straith" and "Horizont". Sorry bub, but when words are used correctly in the very comment you are QUOTING, there is ABSOLUTELY ZERO reason to misspell them. You can't blame a translator here...that is just plain weird. Strait. Horizon. Strait. Horizon. Zero reason to misspell those.

Unless you're English (a.k.a backwards  ;) ) like me, then you spell it 'straight';D

Don't get upset ankorwatt. We all know Sony has invested and make good sensors.

But here you are starting off on your anti canon hobby horse. Again. You seem incapable of taking a balanced view. The "proof" of canons investment you ask for is easy for anyone to see. Many people, myself included, think the 1dx is about the best camera out there. Not only have they clearly made investments they have made wise investments as they make money and that is what a business is trying to do.

As ever you are very critical of canon, who incidentally also make very good sensors. You seem hung up on looking for anything that in your opinion shows canon in a bad light. But you should realise that even if canons sensors are not quite as good as Sony's, and that's not definitely right. Canon also make very good cameras and lenses and money.

Overall you should accept that canon has made wise investments and run a successful business. The results speak for themselves, my 1dx is quite capable of producing great images. I'm sure you would not be able to tell the difference if I was using nikon or Sony or pentax.

Why don't you stop being so bitter and negative?

I like.

Canon General / Re: Lost inspiration
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:29:25 AM »
I guess this is similar to other things in life, finding lost inspiration and motivation. I'd say I also need to understand why I started with photography. What made it fun to start with.

Doing landscape, I must admit, the experience is at least as if not more important than the photography itself- I am trying to record the scene as accurately as I can for my own record, to try to recreate the memory, the photography part itself, whilst of course enjoyable and satisfying is secondary.

Canon General / Re: Lost inspiration
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:33:18 AM »
I think most people lose inspiration from time to time for various reasons, general mood, circumstances, being unsatisfied with their output. Being overly critical of yourself doesn't help, and although inevitable, neither does trying to compare yourself to everybody else. Photography, and indeed art is so subjective. Quite often I've looked at a winning photograph in a competition and preferred the runner up. My main area of photography is landscape, but for the past few years with small children, I struggle to do much of it because I don't have the time, and I would like to buy some more equipment but I don't have the money! With landscape, what inspires me is travelling to beautiful places (the quieter the better) and having the privilege to view and capture that scene, some of my greatest highs have been just lingering on the tops of mountains for as long as I possibly can, savouring the view and the light. I can't imagine that awe will ever leave me.

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