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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO Optics Pro
« on: March 25, 2013, 10:42:33 PM »

I've never used DPP -- and it's free!  I'll have to check it out. 

I use many photography software including Nik and Topaz, and DPP is one of the favorites; the fact it's free is a bonus.  Some people tend to dismiss it right away due to it's "free" oem nature, but the latest DPP's really is a great program, especially the DLO (digital lens optimizer) feature.  I do wish third-party Photoshop plug-in's could be used directly in DPP, but if I need a plug-in, such as Silver Efex Pro, DPP has a button to "Transfer to Photoshop."

But the SL1 I think is great and I am glad they offer it body only.  Not for use with large lenses, but with a 20mm Voigtlander pancake for the ultimate quality point and shoot.  If I can save up, I may go this route.

Well, the $650 body-only price will need to calm down to more reasonable street price before I consider SL1, but stick the Canon 40 mm f/2.8 lens most of us have anyway, and it should be nicely portable and sharp.

Still, if Canon doesn't bring some REAL improvements for next generation of bodies, more customers for Sonikon :P

Lenses / Re: TS-E 45mm & TS-E 90mm Finally Getting Replaced? [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2013, 04:55:12 AM »

 I simply want FF sensor in P&S body(like RX1) that can switch lenses.

My needs might not apply to the PROs, but hey...........why not ;D

Wouldn't that be nice, hopefully at way below Leica's new M prices..

Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 07, 2013, 06:02:32 PM »
Silver Effex pro after creating 3 files +/-2 EV apart.

_MG_0452BW by drjlo1, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: March 01, 2013, 04:52:31 AM »
I'll quickly chime in here regarding this lens.  I've had it for two days, and I'm not terribly impressed so far.  I was excited to get this sucker, as I'm looking to consolidate my collection of glass and this lens could replace several other lenses if it were good enough. 

This is certainly a good modern lens: all the positive reviews can't be wrong or outright lies, can they?.. The samples I've seen posted all over the place look mostly good.. However, for $2049 and after reading all the over-the-top reviews I was expecting a bit more.  That being said, I have in the past disliked certain lenses at first, only to learn their quirks and produce acceptable results after time.

I did not own the mark I version of this lens, but I have lots of others (albeit primes, different zoom ranges, IS included, larger apertures, tilt-shifts, etc.) to compare it to.  Now, I'm not using Imatest like the lensrental.com guys, but my eyesight is quite good and I know how to use my 5dMkII and MkIII just fine :)   I'm fully aware that I'm not performing scientific tests here, and that the comparisons are in many cases completely unfair.  Hopefully, I'm not flamed to Hell for this.

First off: aside from corner performance (where the 24-70 is quite good), the 24-105 f/4 IS seems nearly as good @f/4 all the way from 24-70.  That in itself is bad news for such a new and  pricey lens, and I was completely shocked.  I tried hand held with IS on, and tripod mounted (IS off) shots and the results were fairly similar.  The 24-70 did have better contrast than the 24-105.  Perhaps my 24-105 is a real gem but something tells me it's as average as everyone else's.  Next up, I compared a few quick landscape shots taken with it (at 24mm f/3.5) to the 24mm f/3.5 TS-E II.  I felt the TS-E was clearly better.  Again I was shocked, as the lensrentals.com guys said this lens bested the TS-E... perhaps only on paper.  The next comparison wasn't exactly fair or balanced (lol) but I did it anyway..  I took a few quick shots of my wife (head and shoulders) with the 85mm f/1.2 II (@f/1.2) and compared to similar (yeah, I know.. it's pineapples vs. peaches) shots @70mm f/2.8 with the zoom.  The in-focus areas produced by the 85 seemed sharper to me.  Yes, it's a prime vs a zoom,  yes it's 85mm.. yes it's f/1.2 vs f/2.8, but I was still expecting better from this new pricey beast.  Lastly, I snapped on the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, which I consider to be the best zoom lens I've ever owned.  @70mm, f/2.8 (IS on or off) the 70-200 is again better than the 24-70II (@70mm f/2.8 ).  I'm going to shoot with this sucker for a few days straight to see if I can get better results, but so far I consider this lens somewhat of a letdown.
In closing: I believe that most of the "bad copy" scuttlebutt I hear about certain lenses is nonsense (or at least the differences in resolution copy-to-copy are next to undetectable by the human eye), so if I find this lens to be a dud I'm not sure I'd exchange it for another...  We'll see..

Well, I also have the Canon 24mm TS-E II, 85L II, 70-200 II, along with 35L, etc, which is why I have not and will not buy the 24-70 II.  I had the Canon 28-70 as well as 24-70 MkI, and the lenses above were simply much better, and $2299 (before rebate) is simply not worth it for me for the 24-70 II. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24 f/2.8L [CR1]
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:15:36 AM »
Personally, it would be much more useful for me if Canon came up with 16-35 f/2.8 MkIII with sharpness in line with 24-70 II and 70-200 f2.8 II, as well as a real good 35 mm end..

Lenses / Canon Cine vs. L lens video. Hilarious
« on: February 24, 2013, 01:16:15 PM »
Some of the funniest yet informative comparisons  ;D


Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:28:11 PM »
Amazing lens IQ with the Sigma 35, that is for sure. Miles better than the Canon L.

However, I tried (2) copies and both had focusing issues in artificial light that my 35L's have not. It would front focus significantly when used in some indoor lighting (not all). I was constantly having to switch from 0 MA outdoors to +9 indoors (sometimes) and other times 0MA was fine. Drove me a bit insane.

IME, this sort of thing is the reason when one buys Sigma lens, it MUST be from a place with good return policy.  I learned this lesson the hard way myself.. :'(

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Available for Preorder
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:11:24 PM »
It's very difficult to judge the internal build quality by looking at the photos of Samyang.  The Canon TS-E 24mm II is a mechanical tour-de-force in how precisely and surely all the tilt and shift mechanism work, along with how the optical elements line up optimally even with heavy tilt/shift.  I would be hesitant to be early adapter due to unknown durability and continued smoothness of all the mechanical parts.  Then again, some years from now, if the Samyang users still report good durability and optics, by all means I am willing to give it a shot. 

More on the Leica M / Summicron 35/F2 comparison by Digllyod.


He seems to feel that spec wise and based upon his experience of the Leica lens that the RX-1 may be a very good deal (if you can live with the fixed lens part).

Personally, I'd get the Leica M until Sony makes a removable lens variant.


For those willing to pay $7000 for Leica M 240.

John Dooley demonstrates The Leica M

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: EVF for Canon DSLR
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:15:55 AM »
Thank you guys for your advices.

Regarding the focus screens - I plan to get a 5d3 in the future (hopefully), so changing the focus screens is not a reliable option when investing in an expensive Zeiss lens, and I still feel like i need to stress my eye, especially in a dark enviroment when focusing via viewfinder. The Zakuto EVF is too bulky (we're talking about this: http://www.zacuto.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/dslrevf.jpg , right?). The external focus screens are not an option either (at least for me).

I'm not a videographer, so I would use it only for shooting stills and I'm totally attached to looking into a "hole" in the camera (the viewfinder), or tripod + live-view.

So, it looks like there's nothing on the market that would fit my need?

Which Zeiss were you planning to get?  I have gone down the Zeiss route with my Canon bodies before; in the end, I did not feel Zeiss did anything better than the top Canon lenses.  In fact, I felt top Canon lenses had more neutral color rendition than Zeiss.  Throw in Canon AF ability and how expensive Zeiss lenses are anyway, and there really is no reason to go with Zeiss IMO. 

With Zeiss manual focus lens and adapted Canon manual focus lens, live view focusing with zoom-in is the way to go for critical work, and one does not necessarily need tripod for this..

Software & Accessories / Re: Any value in using DPP along side Lightroom?
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:54:35 PM »
"is there anything it does that lightroom cant?"

Yes there is:
  • Display the focus points
  • It is free
  • Picture styles are much more realistic than in Lightroom
  • Lens correction for the available lenses is better than in Lightroom
  • The HDR tool can provide really good results if you learn how to use it properly
  • It will provide better results out-of-box than Lightroom but if you spend a little bit more time in Lightroom the final result will look better.

The noise reduction is not any better than the one in Lightroom 4 but it is better than Lightroom 3.
Cheers :)


One thing I love about the latest version of DPP is Canon's proprietary DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer).  It's different from the usual lens correction software, and I have not been able to duplicate its effect with other software.  For example, DLO makes images clearer and sharper without the usual sharpening artifacts.  Some samples at link below:


Latest DPP NR is pretty nice, as good as others, but for critical work and difficult NR jobs, I far prefer Imagenomics NoiseWare, which I use in Photoshop after importing from DPP.

EOS Bodies / Re: Case focus on 5D MIII
« on: January 27, 2013, 12:35:19 AM »
Personally, I would shoot in one-shot AF mode instead of Ai Servo with 5D III.  With the AF speed of 70-200 II, one-shot mode is plenty fast for situations like this, and Ai Servo may end up giving you unpredictable results IME.

Not one bit, waiting for FF-EVIL that doesn't require the sale of a kidney.

Battle between (what-seems-like) infinite patience and daily temptation  :'(

EOS Bodies / Re: Fuji XE-1 compared to Canon 5D MK3
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:23:07 PM »

Pity he only used the new 18-55 variable aperture zoom and not the excellent 35mm F/1.4.
I think he'd find them even closer if he had :)


Interesting conclusion:
Its images come close in quality to the EOS 5D Mark III over a wide range of ISO settings.

I took a look at the pictures and i can't follow this conclusion.
- Comparison 1 on page 2: roof with trees in the background. Look, how soft these trees are with the Fuji.
- Comparison 2 on page 2: 100% showing branches. Awful color fringing and softness with the Fuji
- Comparison 3 on page 2: the neighboorhood. Again: soft trees in the background. Low contrast.
- Comparison 4 on page 2: roofs and church. Soft roofing tiles

I wonder, how Martin can come to the conclusion above. In my opinion, the Fuji never comes close to the Canon. It's a nice camera, but the Canon is on a much higher level.

That's what I thought also.  The Canon files clearly look better, with not just subtle differences.  Sure the Fuji 35 f/1.4 would have been better, but Canon also has better lenses, i.e. 24 T-SE II, 24-70 II, 70-200 II, 85L II, etc..

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