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Lenses / Re: Which Tilt/Shift lens to choose?
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:59:43 AM »
If you are buying the Tilt-Shift for creative blur or the "Tilt" effect you'd be better of doing it in Adobe CS6 or CC.
It's probably more effective.
I have the 24 TS-E II and I love it. I use it quite a bit and it makes me feel like a real photographer but I probably get better shots from my 17-40mm.
I think the camera is better at autofocus than an eye is at manual focus - just my opinion that may be factually incorrect  ::). I have excellent eye-sight and it's easy to have an out of focus shot on a manual lens.
If you over tighten the screws on a tilt shift you could head for big trouble.
If you don't tight enough the lens will drop and go out of focus.

The advanage of manual is it slows you right down and makes you think.
A TSE is a difficult lens to manage correctly.
It's not self explanatory.
Generally very little tilt is required to get that big depth of field look.

I opted for the 24 mm because I could add Lee Filters.
No regrets. I think Extreme Shift left to extreme shift right is approx the equivalent of 19mm (again could be technically incorrect  :-[- its pretty wide anyway)

It looks great as an lens.
Bulbous lens of the 17mm make me more nervous for some reason.

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Photography Technique / Re: Clouds
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:55:32 PM »
If you mean getting more out of clouds in software I find Google (Nik) Viveza 2 to be very useful in this regard.
Silver Efex Pro if its black and white. The structure slider is the one you'd want

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Photography Technique / Timelapse
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:28:26 PM »
Hi All,
Does anyone know of any website site or guide on timelapsing?
I've only taken static ones so for but I'd like to take rotating or moving timelapses and was looking for tips and tricks.
Here's a sample of what I've done

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fergalocallaghan/15189372741/

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm 1.4 vs Canon 50mm 1.2L vs Canon 50mm 1.4
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:12:44 AM »
If I were you I'd buy a 50 1.8 and see how often you actually use it.
It's a fine lens. So is the 85 1.8.
The 70-200 is an excellent portrait lens.
I use the 70-200 F2.8 II a lot for portraits handheld. The image stabilisation is great and people look great
The 85 1.2 is good in a studio on a tripod. It's harder to use in the fly. At 1.2 there isn't much forgiveness in depth of field and you need an ND filter in sunlight.
The 40 2.8 Is an option I don't use it enough but is also quite a nice lens.
I can see you are going for quality over quantity on you lenses which is quite sensible.
With your buying pattern I'd say the Sigma art is the best choice for you.
Best of luck with  your search

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm 1.4 vs Canon 50mm 1.2L vs Canon 50mm 1.4
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:21:33 AM »
I bought the 85mm 1.2 II because of its ability to shoot @ 1.2.
This allows me to take very creative portraits. It's a heavy and slow focusing lens (relatively speaking).
I personally don't understand comparing 1.2 lens to anything else but 1.2 lens.
Stopping down to 1.4 and comparing at 1.4 to the sigma art doesn't make sense to me.
I have a Canon 50 1.4 (and had a 50 1.8). I would consider it a fair comparison to compare it to the Sigma 1.4.
I quite like the Canon. It's not the sharpest at 1.4 but it has a lovely vignette and creates a nice look.
If I were buying a canon 1.2 it would only be for its shallow depth of field @1.2. If I was going to mainly be stopping down Id buy the 1.4 or 1.8 which are much lighter.
I love all these types of discussions and comparisons because I always want to know which is the best.
But I am also experienced enough to know a bad workman blames his tools..
A 50 1.2 might be better than a 50 1.4 but I like 99% of the members of Canon Rumors are not good enough to show this in real world photos.
I got up at 05:00 yesterday morning and took out of focus photographs of a beautiful sunrise over the sea with a 24mm TS-E II. It wasn't the lens wasn't sharp.
It was the brain of the photographer .
But it was a wonderful privilege to witness the sun rising. That memory will last a lot longer than the out of focus photographs.
Drop the charts for a while and try it for yourself.
But keep these discussions going because they are enjoyable too

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:00:52 AM »
Get the feeling it's not easy to make money with photography these days. Those who shoot as their main job seem to drive Yugos from what I see personally and those who shoot AND sell products and build up a giant web presence and following seem to live in nice homes in La Jolla, CA or the fancy part of CT  ;D.
It's definitely tough out there for all but the very top photographers, at least in terms of making six figures, plus.  I am in awe of people who do nothing but product reviews and seem to live quite well in terms of farms, horses, and trips to tropical islands, not to mention any names...but I guess a percent or two of big white purchases adds up :)

The reality is that stock is all but dead and that was a huge source of income in the past.  It's been supplanted by workshops, books, videos, and affiliate links. 

They say that if you want to make money from photography, you need to teach photography, not do photography.  Scott Kelby has done rather well with this model.
+1
I agree…some of these people do very well financially.  I am always amazed at some of the places that people, such as Trey Ratcliff, have been to,…sometimes multiple times…places I will never get to…
I find Trey Radcliffe amazing. I was fascinated when I first saw his HDR work. Amazed him giving away his secrets for free. He's probably improved it in the meantime but the original tutorial didn't tell all his secrets. When I look at his work now it doesn't seen so good . Often OTT, he often doesn't make the best of the amazing locations. But that's what's still amazing about him. He's been to amazing places on the back of his website. He's also like a sage / guru on all types of subjects like the best camera , mirror less cameras, lecturing at google and other places.
All because he was first and has stayed top of the HDR pile.  He tells people how he became successful and to follow their photographic dreams. It's a bit like a pyramid scheme. There is very little room at the top. You can't repeat Treys success as the field is full. You have to find a photography type so far unexplored. I guess 3D photography and physically going to another planet are left. But you never know. I never saw HDR coming. Trey did though and I tip my hat to him. I hope he is enjoying his fame and wealth.
On the subject of D810 and 5D III . I've never used the Nikon but the 5DIII has been a great camera for me. It's a great all rounder. Never let's me down. Very high quality images. Nikon make a great camera too so we are all blessed to live in this era. The gear is no longer the excuse not to take great photos. Maybe it's easier to blame the gear than the technique or imagination.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: August 16, 2014, 04:38:04 AM »
I always find these debates interesting but also people spend too much time saying certain lens are crappy. I think people often blame equipment before themselves. A good photograph is 90% creativity and 10% equipment. I'd say in a blind test 99% of Canon shooters couldn't tell a photo taken from an Otus from a 50mm 1.4.
People should push to the limit what they have before moving to more expensive equipment.
I have the 85 1.2 . This lens is amazing at times. It's not amazing all the time because the photographer isn't precise enough with their technique. Similarily the 50 1.2 is a great lens in the right hands. It's a specialist portrait lens. I doubt they had walking around in mind. In a studio with lights and stopped down a bit those two lens are too sharp. You can see every pore, every blemish and piece of food stuck in their teeth.
It's scary at times. I have to jump past photoshop to portrait professional to not shock the person in the photo.
More practice with your existing prime is my advice. Work on your creativity and technique and worry less about the lens performance. It's good enough.
Ps my canon 1.4 isn't the sharpest lens in the world but it takes a lovely photo (as long as you don't pixel peep).
Perfectly fine for flickr or Facebook and printing to A4

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I find it a little soft at the edges like the 16-35l.
The minimum focusing distance is to far too.
DXO gave it a poor review. It turns heads though.

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Photography Technique / Iceland Hints and Tips
« on: August 05, 2014, 04:43:57 AM »
Hi All
I was thinking in 2015 of going to Iceland. I was looking for others advice and experience on Iceland.
I had a number of questions where I hope you might help.
A) recommended photographic tour companies
B) recommended time of year to travel
C) recommended places must have to visit
D) recommended gear to bring (any point in bringing a heavy 70-200mm
E) recommended clothing (just how cold can it be)
F) I don't eat fish - will I starve? :-)
G) any good suggestions / tips

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:51:22 PM »
A Wimberly Plamp.
Lens baby Muse
An array of flash accessories too embarrassing to use.
Oh it hurts the money I've wasted!

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I'm on my second version the Hero 3+ Black.
Video quality is excellent (wide angle - you won't be zooming in)
You can do great slow motion work.
It's hard to avoid not to buy accessories. A tripod mount is a necessity.
It does great time lapse . Photos are so so, like a camera phone. It can do 10fps.
Menu system is a pain. I still get it wrong.
You can now pair you phone to the 3+ which makes it easier but drains the battery.
Battery life is the downside. Goes suddenly. The battery indicators not great. Switching batteries means opening the case. The battery cover isn't hinged.
I think it's brilliant for what it's for ie: Action video
Handling and Ergnomics could be much better.
Getting rid of the dive housing and making a waterproof camera in itself would help a lot.
Still the videos you get make great memories.

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So many places  :D
1 Iceland
2 serenghetti (I've been there pre digital -amazing )
3 Southern Argentina
4 Everest base camp
5 Yosemite

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:24:20 AM »
Given the potential customer base of those moving from other APS-C models I reckon
It will have a mode dial,
It will have a flash,
APS-C
It will be size of a 5D or slightly less,
You will have to buy your own battery grip,
I'd say ~10 frames a second.
24 Megapixel.
Reasonably modern focusing (from the 5D M III)
An improved ISO performance - closer to the 5D
Good video but nothing spectacular
Reasonably good screen
Wifi and Gps
Dual cards .
In essence a good camera that makes you feel like a pro but mainly sold to experienced amateurs.
It will be better than most of their friends cameras but still a step below a 1-DX and not full frame so it doesn't impact too much 5D sales
I'd say they have their market down to a T.
It will cost just less than a 5d Mark III .

We'll see I guess

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:36:02 AM »
You  must have received a very bad copy.
It's a tremendous lens. Super sharp and accurate.
At 18 comparing things to Hasselblads is interesting.
You seem to know something about photography and unless you are over complicating how you are taking photos I couldn't see how the problem is you.
A complete beginner would take great shots with a normal version of this lens.
Maybe you should buy a 5D Mark III to pair with it.
At 18 you'd probably be better off buying cheap equipment and making the most out of them.
You'd potentially learn more that way.
Jumping straight to a 70-200mm F2.8 II means maybe you won't every appreciate how good it is (if you had a good copy).
There is too much emphasis on buying gear (I include myself here ) and not enough on improving the actual photos we take. Lack of equipment makes you're innovative and better out technique.
I hope you get your version replaced with a proper version. Hopefully you'll then see what a great lens it is.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can Canon deliver a FF sensor that is class leading?
« on: June 05, 2014, 09:51:14 AM »
I know some people here get sick of this dynamic range discussion but I find it interesting.
I always amazed at some of Transnistriathe knowledge displayed here.
My question is more simple.
With brightish scenes I often use graduated filters or maybe do a bit of blending or HDR to avoid blown himghlights.
How far off are we in getting a sensor from Canon that might render it obsolete to use graduated filters to control over brightness in the sky?
I know the eye is complex and because it's sort of combining images and may have an equivalent dynamic range of 24 stops. Ideally I want a camera that is capturing the view closer to what my braining is receiving.
A sensor that is a capable of holding detail in a sunny day is what I would love.

I'd love a sensor too that you zoom in further that say the 5D Mark III without the picture pixelating.
I love those giga pixel pictures where you can zoom and zoom.


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