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Technical Support / Re: What are the best ND Grads? No circular!
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:26:12 PM »
I sold my Singh Ray and use exposure blending to achieve the same effect. Most of the time, I like the exposure blending results more. Save your money for a good solid ND filter.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:16:22 AM »
Good step forward. The M system is a total flop.

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Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:53:15 AM »
Competition makes everyone better and can only benefit consumers. There are always better ideas and our money helps move technology forward.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:58:37 AM »
I use a Crumpler Strap (INDUSTRY DISGRACE Pro Camera Strap) along with the OP/Tech USA's Uni-Loop system connectors, which look more durable than Peak Design's connectors.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:39:20 AM »
We Americans tend to pronounce the foreign words based on what we think sounds right without being too bothered by how they are pronounced in the native language. So we say it as in icon. It makes it sound more American English, which is smoother and more relaxing than any other English in the world. No offense to our UK or Aussie friends here. Totally personal opinion. ;)


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:26:31 AM »
...and the last of the major reviews is in:

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Canon-EF16-35mm-F4L-IS-USM-lens-review-Canon-s-best-wide-angle-zoom-yet

Conclusion

Adding stabilization in a lens like this is targeting videographers more than stills photographers, where the wide field of view and steadying effect can be put to good use, but it’s a welcome addition all the same. The imaging performance is good, very good in fact, but it’s not without some shortcomings, particularly at the longer end where field curvature provides some unexpected results. Once those are understood and either avoided or worked around, the lens can be a very satisfying performer and at $1,199 this new model doesn’t seem over priced.

But to DXO, we're still on the overall 'poor' end of the scale.  If the sensor only had more pixels, this lens would score higher...  Ridiculous.

Those same jokers gave the new 85mm Otus a score of 38 for Canon and a score of 49 for Nikon based solely on the D800/800E/810's higher resolving power.  Rubbish.

- A
+1. The tests by lensrentals.com are more objective and representative than any other tests considering their larger sample size, and Roger uses some cool instruments that the DxO guys probably never heard of.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:32:07 PM »
They should have some built in variable ND Filter so that it can be used under bright daily light wide open. Any ND filter or any filter put on it won't have the same Carl Zeiss quality.

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Ridiculously confusing model numbers. I guess most just tossed a coin and picked one up without reading the specs because they would not go wrong or right with any those xxxx models. They are not bad, but none is great. When a manufacturer does that, they are intentionally playing the customers. Nikon's most glorious days were the legendary F3 to F5 era. Long gone.

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Lenses / Re: Is there a need for a 50mm?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:25:40 PM »
I have a similar set of lenses. I had a 50 1.4 for about 10 years and sold it because I always took it with me but seldom really used it much. When Sigma released the 50 1.4 Art, I was sure I would get one immediately. But I am still wondering if it would be just another piece of glass sitting in my closet, especially considering it's weight.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 07, 2014, 01:01:36 PM »
People who buy 5D3 or D800 or D750 or whatever so-called close competitor model typically have invested in either system for a while. Some people like switching system because certain features of that system attract them, but most cannot afford to switch back and forth just because of some new features of the camera body. The completion in is segment is more about the high end lens not the body.

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Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:47:41 PM »
Snafoo, the sunflower field shot is beautiful. I like sunflowers. The small sunflower field at a local nursery was just not as grand as yours and many flowers had withered when I discovered that place. Probably will have to wait until next year.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:34:39 PM »
Thanks candc. Mt. Rainier is one of our favorite NPs. We stayed there for three days. On the first day, I was laughably crazy. I had my 5d3 + 16-35 IS + 24-70 II + 70-200 II mounted on EOS-M + 600RT + 7lb tripod + 1.5 lb ball head. Then I found out using tripod on narrow trails was just not possible. You would block others and getting off the trails was strongly discouraged because of increasing damage to the meadows.

The second day I only carried the 5d3 + 16-35 IS but still couldn't help dragging the 70-200 II along which was used for less than 50 shots of some deer and my kids. We did 6 miles of hiking on the Skyline Trail, half in the rain. I was amazed my 3.5 year-old daughter made the whole hike on her own. I also took lots of photos using my cellphone and S100, but the images out of the 5d3 were just gorgeous.

Enjoy your trip and look forward to seeing some of your photos.

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I have the Resolving Power Chart from Edmund. $35.  I don't use their formula to calculate resolutions. Good for comparing one lens to another or multiple copies of the same lens. I don't use it much though.

I also use FoCal for AFMA.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:03:58 PM »
Mt. Rainier. Wind was the main killer of image sharpness. IS helps a great deal without a tripod.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:46:24 PM »
Very impressive corner sharpness and chromatic aberration control.

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