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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:39:14 PM »
I think this thread has gone nuts

Every time in the last few days when I opened up CR's homepage I saw this thread in the headline. Never clicked in until today after finishing all reports, replying all emails, and returning all phone calls .... the darn thing was still hanging there. So I clicked in. Wow, 35 pages long. And this photo is just hilarious. It took some big balls to get these nuts on.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 to debut at Photokina
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:11:29 PM »
I'd be interested in seeing Sigma release an 85 1.4 Art.

EOS-M / Re: Recommendations for lens to supplement EF-M 22mm?
« on: September 04, 2014, 07:46:31 AM »
A 35mm equivalent lens is a good one to get you started for a very wide variety of subjects. You may want to shoot with it for a while and decide whether you want to go wider or longer. The zoom 18-55 is flexible but it is not wide enough and is a slow lens. In the event that you don't like the camera after using it for a while, then you better save your money for a DSLR and good EF lenses. I personally only use mine for 5% of the time.

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:05:12 PM »
5D3 + 16-35 IS. Handheld.

A tripod is something you buy for a lifetime, so buy a good one!
This was exactly the same advice I was given when I was looking for my first tripod system. I wish I had thought differently. The Arca-Swiss B1 I have weights about 1.5 lbs itself and is rated for 90lbs. I thought this would last forever even with a heavy telephoto lens. 12 years past, I never purchased a big white and probably will not in the next 5 years.  One big mistake I have made was thinking too far out in the future.

Buy the gear that suits your need within the next 3 years and then upgrade as needed. Things are getting better because of better technologies and smarted design. Nothing needs to last for a lifetime. Use your money wisely and happy shooting.

For the gear you have, I'd recommend Velbon UT 43D II. It includes a small bullhead, and is only 2.5 lbs. The folded length is less than 12 inch and extended length is over 60 inch. I bought one a couple weeks ago and just love it. I've used it with 5D3 + 70-200 II for longer than 20 seconds exposure and it is fine. If you are looking a light weight travel tripod, this is an excellent candidate.

I have a heavy duty aluminum Gitzo plus Arca-Swiss B1 and a whole bunch of Arca-Swiss compatible accessories including L-plates for each body. I didn't think of weight when I bought them, but right now the only use of it is for lens testing at home or for very long exposure using my 10-stop ND filter. The weight does matter if you carry it around for a few hours hiking. And it takes too much time to set it up and fold it back down.

I especially like Velbon's leg releasing system. Super fast to extend and fold. And the whole package is only $200. I do keep a close eye on it when the ball head drops into the vertical slot.

This is just my personal experience. Tripod, bullhead and various quick release plates can be the most invested gear with the least use. I would start with a less expensive light weight one and upgrade as needed.

Software & Accessories / Re: Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead?
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:36:46 PM »
Also consider Arca-Swiss Z1. I have a B1 since 2002, still working great.

Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:23:12 PM »
EOS-M with 70-200 II. It was very hard to keep it steady handheld with this combo.

Post Processing / Re: Merging Multiple Exposures
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:40:01 AM »
My workflow:  Adjust all the images in LR5, merge to HDR pro in CS6, 32 bit mode, set white as appropriate, render that, close it (yes to saving), mess with resultant file as it appears back in LR.  One is attached.


This is what I normally do. I used to use an ND grad for scenes that included bright sky/cloud, now I only do the exposure blending in PS as described by Jim.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:55:12 PM »

Now it is the 300F2.8.  I use the longer glass - this is for my wife to use if she wants a mini-great white :)

Man, you've got a great supportive wife. My wife would say "why do you need another lens"?

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