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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:36:53 AM »

Lenses / Re: Canon Primes FOV compared by Canon Reps
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:35:49 AM »
Thanks for sharing - it was hmm charming :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ever move into the Medium Format space?
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:25:12 AM »
As an aside, you can use bokeh or panorama stitching to get a MF DOF effect and resolution.  It is often referred to as the Brenzier method (named after the wedding photog that made it famous).  Using this has its drawbacks, but it also has the advantage of getting images that wouldn't even be possible with any MF cameras.  There is a calculator where you input you camera and lens setup and how many images you did in your stitch and it will tell you what imaginary camera and lens you would have needed to actually get something similar in real life (some of my image have come to the equivalent of a non existent f0.7 lens). 

Here is Ryan Brenzier's webpage with more examples.  His are mostly wedding and engagement stuff, but you can also use it for landscape as well.


Here is a great example of how this technique can be used in landscape photography (love this shot):


Here is a crappy attempt I did for a test a couple months ago (which reminds me, I should go outside right now and enjoy the equipment I already own):


Thanks for sharing the link Alex, I am going to give brenizer method a go - will let you know how it goes :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D or 7DMKII?
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:44:13 AM »
I'm a big fan of 7D but given the choice, i'd take the 6D with its FF capability 9 out of 10 times.

1 of 10 times is for the extra reach and fast for for my 2nd body if and when required :)


Landscape / Re: Yosemite in the wintertime
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:39:37 AM »
Interesting fact re 70-200s - did you notice what those photographers were shooting in particular? Were they carrying tripods / monopods?

Personally, I'd take the widest lens I have plus filters and my sturdiest tripod  :)

Lovely shots btw.

Lenses / Re: Lens purchase strategy
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:37:43 PM »
I buy a new lens when I can't get the shot with my current set up. In the past, I've rented lenses that were not likely to see a lot of use in near future but were required for a specific shoot.


Lenses / Re: Help me decide... PLEASE
« on: February 25, 2013, 12:55:44 AM »
Get the 600II  ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4
« on: February 24, 2013, 02:04:40 PM »
What is your application? Photoshop was made for the designer, LR was made for the photographer. LR is an excellent catalogue based, non destructive software which today I could not live without for mass edits. It pretty much has everything you need under one roof. At times I will export an image to PS for advanced editing and after you save it it will open again in LR as a Tiff. There will be two images, the original and the tiff.

I too used DPP (for years) converted to Tiff and edited in PS which increased file storage. LR just remembers the edits and keeps them. I don't even save the exported Jpeg's anymore because if I need them I can just export them out of LR again.

You have elements so I'm not sure you can export into elements for advanced editing but you may not need to do that. I don't know what features PS have that elements does not which you'd miss. I hate LR's clone tool so for complex cloning I export to PS and that is probably one of the main reasons I export.

LR is a great tool but it lacks some things. You cannot run actions. I have several sharpening actions (I'm a sharpening geek) so for my hobby shots I use PS. For mass edits I use LR. You are a bit of a slave to LR's catalogue system. You have to be careful where you set up the catalogue and after import you must move folders/ files within LR. If you don't you will lose all the previous edits. It is not a big deal, you just have to be aware of it.

As for that sharpening thing. LR does a pretty good job. PS has the sharpening while you edit feature which I'm sure elements has. When finished with your edits you select export and a page opens which has all types of features. There is a sharpening dialogue box where you can select type of media - screen, gloss or matt paper and 3 levels of sharpening.

Like I said I have my own sharpening actions so I see the final product before saving using PS. Using LR you see the final product after you select save in the export page and then it is too late. If I don't like the sharpening using Photo shop I just go a step back. LR you have to export again. OK for 10 images but it just takes more time if you have 500.  You can do some tests to see what works for you.  I did that and now have presets in the export page for type of media, etc.

We have a local award winning photographer that works exclusively with LR. Best thing is to try the 30 day free trial and see for yourself. Just be very careful where you place your catalogue when you first open LR. Mine is on my external, back up hard drive. Take your time and don't rush through this.

Good luck.       


I find LR very useful and 90% of all my photo processing needs are met by it - the only time I use PS is for photo stitching or some detailed skin work.

Happy to recommend  :)

Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: February 24, 2013, 01:02:38 AM »
I take it you either have a 17 tse or are used to it so in that case do take it. Otherwise 16-35 II might be a good option too.

Have fun

Lenses / Re: 5D3 + 50 F1.2 L
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:17:46 PM »
I have not send them in... Please let me know your result.  I have one year to do it though.  Just can not find time to go there yet.  And I am afraid they will mess up my other lens. By the way, I just bought 35L.  I want to try if 35L works fine, I may just sell the 50L. Thanks.

I've used both and like them both. Do try the 35L as I think you be really satisfied with it.


Lenses / Re: 7D + 400/5.6 + TC?
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:14:24 PM »
I'm new to Canon Rumors and so glad I found it because it's been a great source of knowledge for me.  I recently bought a 400/5.6 mainly for birding and wildlife photography.  I chose that particular lens because of its relatively low cost compared to the other super telephotos in Canon's lineup.  I've been thinking about getting a TC to use in combination with my 7D and 400 for the extra reach but am concerned this combination might not work because of an issue with F8 center point AF I've seen mentioned before.  I don't fully understand what this is about but would like to be sure that the TC will work before I spend the money on it.  Any enlightenment on this topic is greatly appreciated as I may be totally off base in my understanding.  :-\
With that combination, the 7D cannot autofocus using the viewfinder and the 19 AF points. Putting a 1.4x Extender on an f/5.6 lens makes the maximum aperture f/8, and the 7D only will AF down to f/5.6 max aperture.

The 7D can use Live View Autofocus with this combination, however. You mount the extender to the lens and the lens/extender onto the camera (and hopefully to a tripod!). Then turn on Live View with the button on the rear near the viewfinder. You will see the scene with a white box. Put the white box on what you want to focus on, and then engage the AF, and the lens will focus, though very slowly.

You can "zoom in" on the image to assist in the AF process.

I use the 1.4x III Extender with my 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, on my gripped 7D, and it works ok. That combination requires a very steady platform (cheap department-store tripods need not apply) to work from.


Lenses / Re: 25mm EF Pancake
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:11:38 PM »
Its easy to design and build a 40-60mm lens, but a 25mm is much tougher to build, particularl;y a FF version.  I'm sure lots of people would like to see one, but the price might be a lot higher.


Also, Canon wouldn't want their higher end WAs to loose sales to a pancake style lens. 40 pancake is cheap enough to find room in alot of camera kit bags as 'a nice to have lens' with decent quality.

My 2 cents.

EOS Bodies / Re: got a 6d yipee!
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:05:39 PM »
Congrats mate. Now go out and shoot and share some pics with us.


Lenses / Re: Help Me Build My Lens Stable!
« on: February 23, 2013, 03:56:39 PM »

Plenty of people are actually selling their 35L copies to purchase the new 35mm Sigma. I would highly recommend the Sigma instead of the 35L.

I have my 35L still...my friends with 35L hold on to theirs ...so I guess only the sigma folks got the news flash on Canon 35L owners selling off their lens and running to get a sigma? ;)

Perhaps, people missing a 35 from their kit are going for the Sigma as 35L may have been out of budget?

Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 23, 2013, 03:34:31 PM »
On your T4i, the EF85 1.8 will take superb portraits and you still have the EF40 when you need to go wider.

Also, don't forget good old EF50 1.4 - lovely little lens :)


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