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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: February 15, 2014, 04:56:54 PM »
a year ago this poor dog had been locked up for 5 years, but he's so well behaved when he looked for permission to go a single quiet word was all it took and he never  took even one step towards them.


Please! Can I go! by Tom W W, on Flickr

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 15, 2014, 04:54:54 PM »
I was walking with the dog today and walked up on these deer. This is were they stopped running! they were much closer at first.

Taken with a 100-400@ 100mm f11 1/90sec


Please! Can I go! by Tom W W, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:13:45 PM »
Hey. Today I went out to try shooting in "ETTR mode". I over exposed the image below by 1 2/3 EV with center weighted metering. On the camera screen review the whole sky over the castle was blinking. When I open it in LR, first thing that I have noticed was that there is quite a big difference in the sense of over exposing. I mean there was a lot less of blinking in LR compared to camera screen review. Then I made some corrections and the result is below. Actually, the sky is quite well recovered, if I thought that every part of it was blinking on the camera screen.

Do you suggest any other kind of metering mode? Maybe evaluative metering?

This shot and your treatment of it shows you have come a long way since the skater shot. If I may be so bold as to judge, no offence intended.  ;D

A skilled and talented photographer once told me to pick an exposure mode and to stick to it. Meaning you would get to know the algorithms and how much to compensate to achieve the effect you are after. However I don't follow his advice. I find for me sometimes evaluative is best and other times center weighted is best. What I'm trying to say is listen to the advice you get on here and make your own mind up as what works for you. You will get conflicting advice, some from people who are convinced they know best, but in the end you just make your own choice.

As you said, get out and practice, then do what works for you.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:04:43 AM »
I could not attach a RAW photo here becase it is too big - 23MB.

Simply upload it to one of the gazilion file sharing services - yes, they actually can be used for legal purposes :-p

lol

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:56:37 AM »
There could be a reasonable shot in the raw. But its always going to be quite soft.
Are you referring to the 5D Mark III RAW softness issue? If so, that was resolved two years ago with Canon's Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26.0... or by using any third party RAW converter such as Adobe Camera RAW.

no i was referring to that shot. It's an action shot with shallow depth of field and slow shutter speed.. I'm not aware there is a "softness issue" with the 5D3.  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 09, 2014, 06:35:07 PM »
There's a lot more in the JPEG. There could be a reasonable shot in the raw. But its always going to be quite soft.

The shadows look strange, Lights in the roof but shadows from the flashes going both ways?

A scene like this with lots of dark areas needs a lot of flash power. Maybe you could recompose so as to make the best of what you have and look more natural.

I took the liberty of playing with your shot, hope you don't mind.  :)  I haven't tried to think about what you were trying to get, I just wonder what was in the shot.

The scene has lots of possibilities and potential. A load of thought and much trial should end up with a good shot. Good Luck with it.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:13:38 PM »
I have missed shots because the lens cap was on!

And there was the time I forgot to load film in the camera and clicked a number of shots only to find the film on the table...

You haven't quite got the idea of digital yet have you.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:12:02 PM »
I must confess to having taken a series of pictures of my lenscap :)

Don't worry, some people do that on purpose!

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Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 04:20:05 PM »
A 'quick and dirty' test to see if you'd benefit from AFMA is to set up on a tripod, timer or remote release, lens with open, tape a newspaper page or sheet if printed text to a wall with plenty of light, and take ~5 shots with Live View AF (not Quick) or manual focusing using live view at 10x, then take ~5 shots with phase detect (viewfinder) AF with mirror lockup.  Pick the sharpest shot of each set, and if the Live View shot is noticeably sharper than the viewfinder AF shot, AFMA will likely help.

might i have a question about your suggestion on using live af focus instead of quick focus.  per my understanding, i do think that we have to use live af for liveview shot, quick af does not work in liveview mode.  but live af type is somewhat not a phrase detection type like you have mention above "...take ~5 shots with phase detect (viewfinder) AF with mirror lockup..." along with your previously suggestion to modify it to live af type.  i am kind of confused.

in short, which one should i use as if I am using viewfinder only for most of my shoot? live af (contrast dection) instead of quick af (phrase dection)?  i am currently using quick af type...

thanks...

I suspect that it is intentional.

Take some shots with normal AF. Take some with live view. Then compare the two.

As the AFMA only affects normal AF, and using live view should be accurate as it works of the image on the sensor.

It seems to make sense to me.

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I have LensCoat on my 500, but much prefer the colourings of the APG from this chap.
http://www.wildlifewatchingsupplies.co.uk/retail/acatalog/Neoprene_lens_cover_sets.html
I have it on my 100-400.
It also doesn't have the rather ugly stitching of the Outdoor Photography stuff.
It is beautifully made, and reasonably priced.
Be careful surfing his web site - you could end up spending loads on hides, tripod covers etc!
I have two of his hides, and a bean bag. The quality is superb, and you get a personal service if you want any one-offs made etc.
Lovely company.

Roger

I use a lot of this gear, its my first choice because it has always been good and never let me down.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:49:35 PM »

In spite of my dislike of Sony as a company, their digital cameras are one of their bright spots right now, and are making money.
 
Where Sony is bleeding is in the Television and Phone part of the business.  Its dragging down the whole company.  That's where you may see some cuts.

Did you have a source for that info?

Read the Sony financial reports over the past two years.

can't say I'm interested enough to trawl through to find it. I just wondered if you could point it out.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:15:59 PM »

In spite of my dislike of Sony as a company, their digital cameras are one of their bright spots right now, and are making money.
 
Where Sony is bleeding is in the Television and Phone part of the business.  Its dragging down the whole company.  That's where you may see some cuts.

Did you have a source for that info?

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 29, 2014, 01:10:35 PM »
postscript
I just tried focussing on closer subjects. The AF on 5DIII and 70D both failed, but the liveview on the 70D was spot on. So, perhaps this is the reason why I thought previously the tube didn't work? It makes me really glad I bought the 70D and sold the 7D because the latter had very poor AF on the 300/2.8 + 2xTC whereas the 70D is very good, and it has amazing liveview focussing.

I never got on with the 300/2.8 + 2xtc on the 7d. It was not workable for me, just too slow for wild life, but it should always focus using normal AF. I used to turn off the search for focus option. Or it would take ages to focus. But its great on the 5d3 or 1dx. In fact its probably my fav lens on the 1Dx and very often hand held at that.

But I don't think I would ever use the stacked converters for wild life. The IS is best turned off and the whole set up has to be well supported. Due to the lack of light you are going to need such slow shutter speeds its not really what you want for fast moving wild life in poor light. And that's always what I seem to be taking photo's of.  :)

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 27, 2014, 12:38:11 AM »
There was a thread about this. On the basis of the posts,  I bought a Canon extension tube for my 1.4x and 2x series III TCs and 300mm f/2.8 II . The lens wouldn't focus on a 5DIII, irrespective of the order of the TCs.

Have you tried manual Focus? Or using live View? Both work for me on the 5D.

normal A can be hit or miss. It's hardly surprising as we are doing something canon specifically don't facilitate as the converters don't stack.

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Lenses / Re: Stacked TCs - 1.4x III + 12mm Extension Tube + 2x III
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:39:52 PM »
here's one with a 12mm extension tube. I don't know if all lenses will do this. its a 300mm 2.8 with both converters.

on a light weight tripod, so it could have been better with better support.


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