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Lenses / Re: Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:54:53 PM »
Thanks for all the great advice. That e-book might be very useful.
I was checking focussing screens .
Am I correct there are no Canon focusing screens for the 5D Mark III.
Is it even necessary / helpful?

Lenses / Re: Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 09, 2013, 07:07:18 PM »
Some great advice there everyone. Very informative and food for thought.
Someone recommended changing the focusing screen.
Is that a good way to go as well.
Kind Regards

Lenses / Re: Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 09, 2013, 01:01:29 PM »
Thanks Ahab, This is good information.
Anyone else with Tips/ Tricks or experience with something like a Hoodman Loupe

Lenses / Focusing Advice on a Canon 24mm TS-E
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:15:25 AM »
Hi All,
I have a new Canon 24mm TS-E II and am still only getting used to it.
I have a few Samyang Manual Lens (8mm and 14mm) and you get away alot with manual focussing because of the wide angle. It tends to be hard to be too far out of focus.
If it looks in focus in the view finder it's pretty much in focus in reality.

With the Canon 24mm TS-E it's a little trickier.
I am using a Canon 5D Mark III
Unshifted/Untilted it's not so hard to focus and it's pretty sharp.
As you tilt you start getting out of focus and then it getting tricky to focus the parts you want to be in focus.
So generally I use live view but I'm not sure whether there is a better method or more precise way.
Specifically I've seen that people use a Hoodman Loupe sometimes to view the screen.
I am wondering would using one of these allow you to focus more accurately than using 10x on the screen.
If you used the Loupe with the screen at 10x is it all pixelated or the most accurate way to judge accuracy.

I'd also be interested if anyone had links to instructional videos or websites on using the Canon TS-E.
I am interested in finding out roughly the degree of tilt required for the  Scheimpflug principle.
From my experimenting it appears to be very little as it starts to blur very quickly as you tilt down (which I believe is the direction of tilt required for the Scheimpflug principle.
The other thing is to learn the degree of shift required to straighten up buildings. This is trickier than I thought it would be. Focusing keeps changing and blur is introduced as you adjust.

It's a very interesting and enjoyable lens I must say. You can do alot of the effects in CS6 pretty easily nowadays. It's nice to do it without that and it slows down your photography alot as there is alot to concentrate on. It helps improve composition and slows down the number of shots taken.

I have taken a few shots I'm happy with and have them up on Flickr. They are not amazing by any means but crafted only using the lens and little or no adjustment in Photoshop (which is a change for me)

Kind Regards

Sports / Re: WNL Shamrock Rovers v Castlebar Celtic
« on: April 07, 2013, 03:09:50 PM »
Great shots Peter. Love the colour rendition

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 31, 2013, 03:22:00 PM »
I use Nik quite a lot in my workflow. It's great for adding a little punch to a photo. It integrates very well into CS6 and Lightroom. Silver Efex Pro and Viveza are the ones I use the most. Usually for messing with the Sky. The u-point makes it very easy to make local adjustments without complicated work with Layers. I'd say its a bargain . The downside is lots more people will use it which makes the effects less special and more common. What was a hidden secret (especially Silver Efex Pro) will now be commonly used

Software & Accessories / Re: Portrait Professional
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:35:44 PM »
I have it, I don't use it too much but it has it's special uses.
It does really make people look younger and makes skin look great.
It can be over the top taking decades off someone.
It's great for flattering people.
Most people are a little vain and women often hope their make-up is working for them.
This can give them the look they were hoping for in a photo.
You can rid of all wrinkles and skin imperfections.
It can make eyes sparkle too.
I think it's good value for what it can do.
It's handier than doing it in photoshop.
I'd give it 8/10. Which is a pretty good score for me.
The advertising is amazing they must spend a fortune on it.
It follows you around somehow.
Still the software is pretty good and it's not exaggerated.
You can do as it advertises.

Landscape / Happy St Patricks Day
« on: March 16, 2013, 07:31:28 PM »
Hi All,
Happy St Patricks Day.
Be Irish for a day.
This is Blarney Castle Cork Ireland.
It's turned Green for the day.

Landscape / Re: 24 tilt & shift dramatic b&w landscapes!
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:44:34 AM »
Great photos Ivan and a great Blog.
I love your Portraits of Poverty on your blog - It's a great piece

Third Party Manufacturers / Samyang 24mm TS-E
« on: March 01, 2013, 04:00:09 AM »
Hi All,
Seeing as it's the first of March and the Samyang UK facebook site said it would launch it in March 2013:
Has anyone seen any update on that or any prerelease preview?
I have two Samyang Lens and I'm pretty happy with them
Do people expect Samyang could produce a good TS-E Lens?
I've never seen a Sigma or Tamron or Tokina TS-E. Maybe that's because they are a specialised and not mass market object.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good TripodHead
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:54:14 AM »
I have the Manfrotto (310 I think) Junior Geared Head.
It's great for accurate changing of levels or straightening the horizon.
It's downsize is it's bloody heavy and big.
I was caught by surprise when it arrived as I was expecting junior to be small.
Once you get over size and weight it's super.
It's steady as a rock.
I got of sick of ballheads and trying to get them properly level.
Maybe I should have gone for something more expensive like a Swiss Arca Ball Head or Really Right Stuff.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:28:55 AM »
The black gaffer tape is definitely something to consider for the future. I'll be interested over time whether this grows as a problem or whether its just bad luck. I don't know how the camera is made but it looks like metal covered by clear plastic , coated then in black plastic. The black plastic layer seems very thin.
You wouldn't expect the plastic to wear so quickly. In my case the camera has been minded carefully but using the Black Rapid strap might speed up wear (although looking at it is not obvious if would rub that much on that side ).
Maybe people should check for wear at the base or whether its starting to look translucent . If so gaffer tape would be a good protection method.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: February 25, 2013, 03:46:58 AM »
My 5D Mark III is definately showing this type of wear. I can see the metal along the back bottom part of the camera. I do wear a Black Rapid and I don't think that helps. I have a 500D for about 3 years using this strap and it had no wear on the same edge. It looks like the outer coating is not very good and wears away easily.
I'm amazed such an expensive camera is wearing away it's outside coating so easily.
It's more that a little cosmetic, it's a bit ugly and probably greatly devalues the camera.
It will be interesting over time whether this problem becomes more common

Lenses / Re: Tilt Shift Lenses - Looking for Advice
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:36:29 AM »
Thanks for your replies everyone. They are really interesting and whetting my appetite.
Your photos Peter are very impressive, it's a great advert for TS-E lens.
Congratulations on your rewards well deserved.
A tough call between 17 and 24mm.
Maybe 24mm would be more flexible for me.
I will be very interested in the Samyang version.
I haven't seen any hands on reviews yet only announcements.
I think it's supposed to be around March.
I have their 14mm and 8mm lens and they pretty good for the price they are.
The 14mm is very good for wide field astrophotography.

I've read that the 24mm TS-E is really easy to break by overtightning.
Is this a concern or would you want to be really doing something stupid to break it?
I believe it you over tightnen the knobs and they break it's a big and expensive job to repair the lens.

Lenses / Re: Tilt Shift Lenses - Looking for Advice
« on: February 21, 2013, 04:34:43 AM »
I've no option to rent. I envy those who can. I'm used to manual lenses I have a few already.

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