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PowerShot / Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:59:42 AM »
I'm thinking about getting a G15 or G16 but can't decide if it's worth getting the G16 over the G15 considering the minor differences (I couldn't care less about wifi, but added speed/performance is always nice).

The G15 I can get locally at €299,- (refurbished), the G16 (new) is €429,-  (€399,- refurb).

The intention is to shoot RAW in 3:2, and then develop in DPP or LR. The Canon raws would fit nicely in my post-processing workflow if I use it next to one of my DSLR's.

Any recommendations?

PowerShot / The 'Original' S90 and underwater housing WP-DC35
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:31:00 PM »
I'm considering getting an underwater housing for my little S90. It's a great little camera (the original pocketable quality powershot!). I'm going on a holiday though and would like to try some underwater photography.

Interestingly, getting a new WP-DC35 for my S90 seems to be the cheapest way for me to do that and have acceptable image quality too (and RAW ability to boot).

Any recommendations regarding setup of the camera, tips and trick are welcome because I don't have much opportunity to experiment.

My S90 has been modified with Richard Franiec's Custom S90 Grip and Lensmate control dial ring. Can I leave these accessories on when I want to use the underwater housing or do I need to strip them off?

Many thanks.

Software & Accessories / Unsharp Mask in DPP
« on: August 11, 2014, 02:18:01 PM »
Has anyone found out yet how to set DPP by default to 'sharpness' instead of 'unsharp mask' for 5DMkIII images?

I find the 'unsharp mask' effect to be too strong and prefer the more subtle sharpening of the old fashioned 'sharpness' setting (default for my MkII).

So I always have to remember to 'select all' and then change the sharpening setting, would be nice if I could 'forget' about it  ::)

Thanks ;)

Lenses / 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:52:19 PM »
Because I realize that GAS is incurable, a big white may be on my horizon.

The 300mm f/2.8 IS II in combination with a 1.4x and 2x teleconverter seems like a really great and portable option that offers a lot of flexibility. However I wonder if it's really that useful for my type of shooting.

So what do you use it for?

Lenses / Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:47:59 PM »
Maybe you can help.

I've been bending my mind over the 400mm focal length for quite some time but can't make up my mind. Too many options but none that really stand out. Here are some of my considerations, all for full frame use:

I'd like something better than my 100-400L that I can shoot hand held.

I don't require a zoom and use 400mm mostly for motorsports or animals in a zoo environment.

A 400mm prime would be nice especially if I can use my 1.4x II to go to 560mm occasionally.

I don't want to break the bank or my back. I'd like to keep the weight of the lens under 2.5 kg if possible, investment below 5000 Euro's.

I previously owned the Sigma 150-500 OS, but couldn't live with the handling (focus ring in the wrong place) and the performance at the long end was only so-so. That lens also felt really heavy but looking at the figures I think the weight distribution was more to blame than the actual weight (front heavy).

I know some of you use the new Tamron 150-600 and the resolution looks good at 400mm but it reminds me too much of the Sigma, and I no longer want any lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/6.3.


  • The 400mm f/5.6 has no IS.
  • The 400mm f/2.8 I or II is too heavy and big for one. The cost is a killer too.
  • The 400DO has a mixed reputation. I know of a shop that has a used one, with one year warranty for €3999. The shop is not exactly around the corner but I'm actually really tempted by this one...
  • The 300mm f/2.8II is a stretch, and I'd have to use it with a 1.4x II or buy a 1.4x III making the stretch even longer.
  • The 300mm f/4 IS looks great but less so with a 1.4x
  • 70-200 f/2.8II with a 2x TC? Maybe not.

What else am I missing? What would you recommend?

EOS-M / FD lenses
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:55:49 AM »
I was wondering if there are any affordable but 'outstanding', 'good' or simply 'fun' FD(n) or FL lenses that you would recommend to use on a mirrorless camera like the EOS-M or Sony NEX that I own.

I have an FD adapter and tried the FDn 70-210mm f/4 on my NEX but the lens's performance was poor with lots of purple fringing. I sold it and now bought a Canon FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C.  that I have better hopes for.

Other old stuff I own:

Vivitar C/FD 28mm f/2.8 Auto Wide Angle
FDn 28mm f/2.8
FL50mm f/1.8 II
FDn 50mm f/1.8
FL 135mm f/2.5 (haven't tried this yet but should be fun)

What's your experience with adapted FD lenses?

Lenses / Strange Lens Flare (Sigma 35mm + MRC filter)
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:38:35 AM »
FWIW I noticed the Sigma (with a B+W MRC filter on it) is sometimes prone to flare from off-scene light sources, as shown in these pictures. The fact that the flares are all on the right hand side is a coincidence, but all the flares are confirmed to be from bright street lights just outside the frame. I haven't seen any occurrence of the lens flare in horizontal position.

These shots were all taken hand held, with (near) open aperture (<f/2.5) and the lens hood is on. The camera is gripped but obviously the lens extends beyond the grip. I'm not sure that I like this effect, and it is something I may want to avoid in the future but on the positive side it does have something reminiscent of the anamorphic lens(flare) effect as seen in some movies.
Does anyone recognize this flare, is it something to do with the MRC filter? All of my UV/clear filters are B+W but this is probably the ony one I have with a multi reflective coating (MRC). Cheers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DMkIII AF performance at f/8
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:50:21 PM »
I'm wondering about the AF performance of this body at f/8, specifically using the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM +  1.4x Extender II (=140-560 f/6.3-8).

I've never used an extender with my 100-400 before, but because I'll be losing the crop factor of the 7D, I am a little concerned re the impact on AF and image quality for those times I need the extended reach.

Anybody care to comment? Cheers.

PowerShot / IXUS fun
« on: November 23, 2013, 02:05:12 PM »
I bought a new IXUS 132 (Canon ELPH 115 / IXUS 132 / IXY 90F) yesterday for only 69 Euro's and decided to try it out on my cat. Here's a few shots; I had a lot of fun! ...and it's interesting to try out some of the digital filters. It's a great little camera. The only thing that's really missing is a 'shutter priority' mode (there's only 'P' and all the creative stuff). So to get fast(ish) shutter speeds the only workaround I could think of is to increase the iso. All in all I'm very pleased with the results. Not bad for such an affordable little camera. The build is good, too.

Has anybody noticed the charger gets hotter if 'recharge performance' gets worse? I just noticed my charger was running fairly hot. The battery charging in it is at one (red) bar. Discharge performance of the battery is still good though.

Lighting / Using (Fill) Flash
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:24:44 AM »
So I've been doing most if not all of my photography over the last 7 years without using a flash. I like ambient light and hate what an external flash does to the weight balance of my camera body.

I'm pretty happy with most of the results but it's time to get more out of my photography and start using fill-flash. The goal however is to preserve as much ambient light as possible; I dislike it when a flash has obviously been used to get a picture.

So my question is: Do you have any recommendations I can start out with? What conditions would typically require which settings?

Note that I would like to use it for general photography because I do very little portraiture.

FWIW I have a Metz 48 AF-1 with a STO-FEN Omni Bounce. I'm not immediately interested in getting more flash gear or reflective screens etc.

Thanks all!

Lenses / What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« on: July 20, 2013, 06:00:00 AM »
I'll kick off with my Canon 28-70 f3.5-4.5 II  :)

Datecode UC0500: Utsonomiya, 05/1988

I've also got the original hood (not shown).

Canon Lens Date Codes - How Old Is That Lens?

Beside the rear lens element of many (but not all) Canon lenses is a date code (as seen above) in the form of "UR0902". This code is also present on many other Canon products including camera bodies.
 The first letter, "U", indicates that the lens was made in Canon's Utsunomiya, Japan factory. Prior to 1986, this letter is moved to the last position of the date code.
 U = Utsunomiya, Japan
 F = Fukushima, Japan
 O = Oita, Japan
 The second letter, "R", is a year code that indicates the year of manufacture. Canon increments this letter each year starting with A in 1986 and prior to that, A in 1960 without the leading factory code. Here is a table to make things simple:
 A = 1986, 1960
 B = 1987, 1961
 C = 1988, 1962
 D = 1989, 1963
 E = 1990, 1964
 F = 1991, 1965
 G = 1992, 1966
 H = 1993, 1967
 I = 1994, 1968
 J = 1995, 1969
 K = 1996, 1970
 L = 1997, 1971
 M = 1998, 1972
 N = 1999, 1973
 O = 2000, 1974
 P = 2001, 1975
 Q = 2002, 1976
 R = 2003, 1977
 S = 2004, 1978
 T = 2005, 1979
 U = 2006, 1980
 V = 2007, 1981
 W = 2008, 1982
 X = 2009, 1983
 Y = 2010, 1984
 Z = 2011, 1985
 * assumption of continuation being made for future years.
 The first two numbers, "09", is the month number the lens was manufactured in. Month 02 is February, month 11 = November. The leading zero of the month code is sometimes omitted.
 The next two numbers, "02", are meaningless in determining how old a Canon lens is. This is a Canon internal code (that is occasionally omitted).

Lenses / Move from 24-70 f/2.8L Mk I to 35mm F/1.4?
« on: July 18, 2013, 08:04:09 AM »
I'm considering selling my 24-70 f/2.8L MkI because it has gone practically unused since I got the 24-105 F/4L IS.

Now I'm considering getting a 35mm f/1.4 instead - either the Sigma or the Canon. At the moment I think I would prefer the Canon eventhough I've good experience with my Sigma 50 mm f/1.4.

I know these 35mm lenses have been discussed to death but now that for most people the initial love affair with the Sigma is probably over, I'd like to hear your *real world* thoughts on the matter of choosing between these two. Maybe you've had to make this choice yourself or even owned both lenses.

I know about the lab test data but prefer to hear from you some real world comparisons. These include portability, reliability, subjective quality etc etc. So please, your (subjective) opinions.

Currently I've a 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS and a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II +1.4 TC II in my kit. Both of these cover the (near) 300 mm focal length reasonably well, but...

I'm wondering if a 300mm f/4 L IS would be a useful tool to add to my lens line-up.

The objective is motion-stopping speed for animal photography (mostly in the zoo) and that 3D 'pop' that seems to be lacking from my 100-400 most of the times. 

What are your experiences with these lenses ie would it make sense for me to get the 300 mm prime?

Third Party Manufacturers / Digital Film (for use in old camera's)
« on: April 01, 2013, 04:08:40 AM »
I received some information that a large Japanese camera manufacturer is working on a digital film (that's right, film) that can be used in traditional analogue camera equipment.

The film uses a new type of binary image sensor technology that allows images to be captured and stored on the film without the need for electrical power to retain the data. Until now, imaging sensor technology has been limited to the use of volatile memory, necessitating the use of traditional CMOS or CCD imaging sensors and storage of the captured data on internal flash drives.

Binary image sensor technology is reminiscent of traditional photographic film. Each pixel in the sensor has a binary response, giving only a one-bit quantized measurement of the local light intensity. The response function of the image sensor is non-linear and similar to a logarithmic function, which makes the sensor suitable for high dynamic range imaging.

After exposure, the film is advanced in the same way as traditional analogue film.

When the digital film has been fully exposed, the roll is removed from the camera and connected to a computer or smartphone using a USB interface. Each stored image is read out successively and sent to the computer. The film can then be 'formatted' for re-use.

One roll can hold up to 24 images, but with advances in digital film technology it is expected that  higher storage capacities will become available when the film can be made thinner and wrapped more tightly.

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