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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:42:42 AM »
A favourite picture of Fluffy at the cottage...

Excellent!

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:39:25 AM »
No offense to Keith, but I'll try to class it up a bit ;).  These are from a campaign I shot a few years back:





I really like this shot, and the colors are excellent! The red/pink shirt and the skin tones of the girl are in really nice contrast with the blues and greens that dominate the rest of the photo.

On a side note, I try to take care not to get too many 'rear ends' in my shots. Especially when on holiday, if you're not paying attention and you're visiting popular sites, there's an increased risk of 'rear ends' if you walk the in the most popular direction.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: July 07, 2014, 02:35:43 PM »
My model wasn't interested...

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 06, 2014, 03:45:15 PM »
The less touristy area of Shirakawago, Japan.

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EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:37:36 AM »
I have this lens for my NEX. It has a nice build and handles nicely. My focus ring is a little tight but this may free up some, I don't know. Image quality wise it's a solid little WA. There's some chromatic aberration but that can easily be corrected in post.

Here are two samples. Remember I'm using a larger part of the imaging circle (NEX=1.5x Crop vs EOS_M=1.6x Crop). For the NEX this is effectively an 18mm lens.

Dear Mr. mrsfotografie
Wow, Great Photos = Great Composition + Super sharp Picture from this Lens.
Yes, Sir----This world still have many company that make the great products and still cheaper in cost too. Yes, The focus ring is tight---Ha, Ha, Ha---May be I spray with WD 40 might be help---No, No, No, My 12 mm Rokinon , Just set at Distant Between 3 feet and Infinity = Great / Sharp for me---Ans I put the red Electrical tape not let the focus ring move= for shoot in my every day shooting.
Have a great holiday, Sir.
Surapon

You're right Surapon, the tight focus ring helps to maintain it at a specific setting, and that can be convenient. Just be careful- for close-up photo's (like the flower) you do need to readjust focus.


Thank you, Sir, Dear friend mrsfotografie.
For Close up Flower, I think 22 mm EF-M F/ 2.0 might  be better at F/8---Just My Idea.
Have a great Sunday, Sir.
Surapon

Not for shallow DOF ;)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:21:12 AM »


If you can, spend some time comparing the 2 lenses.  I wouldn't be too quick to dispose of the /1.4 version, it's a decent lens and actually has a bit of personality at times.  I can't count how many different 50mm lenses I
have, they're all a little different, but very similar.
+1
Lenses seem to have a lot of variation, find one you like and stick with it.

On the contrary, I like to have access to different lenses with different character to suit the mood ;)

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I've converted a couple of FD lenses with EdMika conversion kits, using them on my Canon 6D.

So far I converted seven lenses: FDn 20/2.8, FDn 28/2, 55/1.2 SSC Aspherical, 85/1.2 SSC Aspherical, FDn 100/2, FDn 135/2 and my only zoom lens, the FDn 35-105/3.5. My converted manual focusing lenses even outnumber my AF lenses, having 'only' three of them (15/2.8, 24/1.4 II and my 200/2.8 II).

The lenses have all excellent image quality, some of them on a level with their EF/EOS counterparts as far as I can tell. The resolution of the pictures I take is fabulous. At f/1.2 the 55mm and 85mm are really sharp. It happens that I miss the focus when shooting moving targets, but I think this mostly depends on your manual focusing skills. The more I practice the more I have a feeling for the focusing ring of the lens, and how fast I have to turn it to catch the target in focus.

The only downside for me is the missing aperture information in the EXIF metadata, but I can live with that.

If you are interested you can check a couple of shots here:
85mm: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/10272067@N00/sets/72157633991245766/ here: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/10272067@N00/sets/72157633510326447/ and one single picture here: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/10272067@N00/8578943736/in/set-72157633052759823
55mm: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/10272067@N00/sets/72157633991142682/
135mm: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/10272067@N00/sets/72157634007480678/

Thanks for sharing! Some FD lenses are totally excellent ;)

Here's two shots from my NEX-6 +  Metabones Speed Booster. The first is a snapshot portrait of my girlfriend, at 1/400 f/2.5 with an FL 135mm f/2.5, a really interesting lens I may add!

The second is of same lens with a bunch of other kit. This shot was taken with the 50mm FDn f/1.4  at f/2.8 and the Speed Booster. I'm very happy with th 50mm + Speed Booster, even though there is a lot of Bokeh fringing (purple halos in front and green halos beyond the focus point)... this is caused by the lens, not the booster.

I'm also stoked to find the Sigma FDn 70-210mm 3.5-4.5 APO (rare lens) I bought on a whim the other day turns out to be a stellar performer, even at maximum aperture, both with and without the Speed Booster (third shot). It also has excellent ergonomics (it's a one-touch push/pull that gets longer as the focal length increases, and when you use the screw in hood to hold the long end of the lens, it's easy to keep it very steady). This zoom makes my FD 200mm f/4 SSC instantly obsolete... This shot of my cat was at f/5.6, 210mm.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 04, 2014, 06:40:00 PM »
Very nice picture. I like the composition and general tonal qualities.

That's rather nice. I do find that is scenes with low contrast the older cameras ( ie 20-40D 5D etc) do give a pleasing tonal quality.

Thank you! I'm happy this picture brings out such positive responses. I remember being rather stunned at the time when this appeared on my computer screen. The color of the bushes shows through the snow and the sky has really nice streaks that helps give this one an almost painted look :) It's an absolute highlight from my first few months into digital photography.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:32:16 PM »
And this was shot on the same day; 40D + Tokina 12-24 f/4.

Delft Railway station area, the Netherlands. Note that most of what can be seen in this picture no longer exists as they have almost completely demolished the station area due to construction of a new train tunnel.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:28:00 PM »
Here's an oldie with my first DSLR, 40D + EF-S 17-85 IS USM.

Kinderdijk in the Netherlands.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:23:21 PM »
If they keep up the innovation, I think they have a chance. They are really making cameras people want, with great new technology. I bought a NEX5 for its size and image quality, and its great (save for the menu system).


I think the same of my NEX-6; only wish it had the A7's menu structure because the menu structure is amateuristic and not user friendly if you need to change advanced options while shooting.

Sony needs more good (and reasonably affordable) lenses too; I'm not too impressed with their lens line-up and I'm getting to the point that I think I'll sell on my 16-50 & 55-210 OSS because I'd rather use adapted FD lenses.


You see, this is where I think Sony is turning a liability into an asset. I also figured it would be hard to leave Canon because of lens investments. Sony seems to be encouraging third parties to make adapters to use any lens with their cameras, WITH AUTOFOCUS. Leica lenses seem to be what a lot of Sony users are using, but certainly Canon lenses would work well.

http://www.eoshd.com/eoshd-shooters-guide-sony-a7-a7r-lenses

I love my 50D, but Canon definitely annoys me with their constant arbitrary cutting features and segmentation of their products. They seem to never want to deliver their best, but simply what the market will tolerate.

Canon and Nikon both better wake up before customers leave in droves. Sony's cameras are still rough around the edges, but the features they offer are very convincing, especially when portability isn't an issue. I personally cannot afford a A7s now, but when I can, I think Sony will be ready for prime time, and will have smoothed those remaining issues (maybe one or two years).

Btw, my previous statement is correct--Canon does have a low light king-the 1DC and it is $10,000, lol.

http://www.eoshd.com/content/13071/25-ways-sony-a7s-trumps-canon-1d-c


It's great that you can adapt almost any lens to a NEX or a7*, but for the best AF performance you need native lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (1st gen., metal mount)
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:12:35 PM »

It's a nice and tiny standard lens on small 1.6x crop bodies like the xxxD and xxxxD series, and can be adapted to the EOS-M for the same sort of purpose, so yes lenses in the 28-25mm range especially are appreciating.

Well, partly, but more than that this particular lens was only made for 3 years, and is considered a better build than the one that replaced it.

I was actually referring to the 28mm f/2.8 with respect to your remark that you were surprised to see how they have appreciated ;)

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you're probably right, I'll concentrate more on how to properly clean the sensor. I have no experience in this field, do you have some equipment and methods to recommend?

Well first of all- don't get it dirty! Keep the body facing down when changing lenses, be quick about changing them and do it in a suitable environment. I find it helps to check that rear elements of lenses are clean before I mount them on camera; at least if there is time I will give it a quick check and a puff of air to dislodge any dust if necessary.

As for sensor cleaning - just use a dust blower as a first resort. No compressed air mind you! Keep the lens mount facing downward as much as possible to help the dust come out and no new dust to fall in.

I have a sensor brush too - it's given an electrostatic charge by blowing air through the hair with the blower, and then you can lift the dust that won't come off the sensor simply by blowing. Try to avoid physical contact of the cleaning tool with the sensor surface unless absolutely necessary.

For more stubborn spots you may need to do a wet clean which requires the correct fluid (extremely important to check fluid compatibility to avoid damaging the sensor) and the correct size sensor swabs. Whatever you use to clean the sensor, keep it clinically clean and don't touch it with your fingers. For a wet clean you can use the sensor swab but only once, then use a new one for each new cleaning attempt. I have so far wet cleaned my 5DMkII about 2 or 3 times. A 400D I bought second hand required a more thorough clean and it took me three cleaning actions (three swabs) in one go to get it clean.

Always use a dust blower first to remove any dry particles! If any sand (sand is made of quartz, and that's a very hard material) gets into the body and onto the sensor, you may scratch the sensor when using a sensor swab.

My Nex only required the sensor brush for one speck of dust. The nice thing about not having a mirror assembly is that there's no lubricant that might find its way to the sensor. Some Nikons are notorious in getting oil from the mirror assembly onto the sensor.

Oh and only clean the sensor when specs of dust become apparent in your photo's. As long as you can't see it, it wont hurt your pictures.

To check for dus after a clean I stop down to about f/10 and then make a few shots of the sky while moving the camera. On a computer screen you can check for any dark spots that don't move between the different pictures.

There's a lot of info on the net about cleaning your camera. It sounds scary but is actually not to bad to do if you  have the right tools and take your time to follow the correct procedures.

Edit:

I just received and unpacked the Metabones Speed Booster - it really looks like a quality product! I instantly regret not having any 'L'  lenses to go with it. When I get around to it, I'll try it out this weekend ;)

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EOS-M / Re: My best new Lens for sweet heart EOS-M
« on: July 04, 2014, 11:53:41 AM »
I have this lens for my NEX. It has a nice build and handles nicely. My focus ring is a little tight but this may free up some, I don't know. Image quality wise it's a solid little WA. There's some chromatic aberration but that can easily be corrected in post.

Here are two samples. Remember I'm using a larger part of the imaging circle (NEX=1.5x Crop vs EOS_M=1.6x Crop). For the NEX this is effectively an 18mm lens.

Dear Mr. mrsfotografie
Wow, Great Photos = Great Composition + Super sharp Picture from this Lens.
Yes, Sir----This world still have many company that make the great products and still cheaper in cost too. Yes, The focus ring is tight---Ha, Ha, Ha---May be I spray with WD 40 might be help---No, No, No, My 12 mm Rokinon , Just set at Distant Between 3 feet and Infinity = Great / Sharp for me---Ans I put the red Electrical tape not let the focus ring move= for shoot in my every day shooting.
Have a great holiday, Sir.
Surapon

You're right Surapon, the tight focus ring helps to maintain it at a specific setting, and that can be convenient. Just be careful- for close-up photo's (like the flower) you do need to readjust focus.

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I agree with you that the Speedbooster has the further advantage of providing a protection barrier between the sensor and the outside world. Seeing the sensor being exposed to the elements makes me nervous everytime I change the lens on my CSC, the mirror box in the DSLR camera provides at least some sort of protection. I have an EF 8-15/4 fisheye lens which I want to use on my X-T1 with an adapter, but until now I have refrained from doing this adaptation because I fear that this zoom lens will "breath" some air (and particles that go with it) directly onto the sensor. I plan to adapt a transparent filter (with AR coating of course) inside an EF-to-X mount adapter in order to provide a physical barrier between the lens and the sensor but I'm afraid this will degrade the MTF properties of the lens...

Don't be too paranoid about protecting the sensor. I discovered dust on my NEX sensor the other day and was able to easily blow it away with a hurricane blower. One speck remained that I then picked up with an electrostatic sensor brush. At least that mirrorless sensor is easy to reach if you do need to give it a clean.

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