Well done Krob78. I love this one.Thanks Click! I appreciate that!
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Well done Krob78. I love this one.Thanks Click! I appreciate that!
Thanks for the great tips Mack! I appreciate your help. I do have DxO ViewPoint and I like it a lot. The new LR5 corrections aren't bad but I think ViewPoint is a bit better. I wish they would give me the upgrade fee from the ViewPoint purchase toward the Optics Pro 9 Elite vers... That won't happen though! ha ha!The only thing I don't like so far is that DxO automatically gives it's own interpretation of the newly uploaded image immediately. I'd rather it just accept the image the way I've already processed it and just let me work with NR only, not all the other options. I'm sure it can be set up not to auto process the photos, I just haven't had a chance to dig further into it yet...Choose the "No correction" preset - the "Preset" button is at the top right of the screen. Also, the price isn't cheap, but they've had me hooked since their early versions, so the upgrades aren't bad - this one was $60 or $70 - but I'm scared to think about how much I've spent.
So far, I like it. Not sure I like $199 worth...
Also, some random DxO tips:
- Set white balance first
- Use the Curves tool to set black & white points
- If you expose to the right (ETTR), best results are generally obtained by using Highlight Priority Medium or Strong followed by a boost to the Shadow slider (or Curves)
- Use the HSL sliders to correct color casts - vs. auto white balance and other tools in ACR
- Use the dust eraser like you would use the healing tool in PS
- If you have more than 2 cores/processors, change the Preferences to match - it sets it to 2 by default
- Shutdown any other Adobe products (especially PS and Premiere) while using it to make sure it has plenty of GPU and system RAM
- The DxO Perspective correction is amazing but make sure you leave plenty or room around the building/object as the correction will shrink the image considerably
- The best way to use the horizon and perspective correction is to draw the initial line / parallel lines / rectangle at "Zoom to Fit" and then zoom in to 50-100% to adjust it perfectly. Eyeballing at "Zoom to Fit" isn't very accurate.
Thanks for your feedback! I think I'll have no regrets letting go of my 17-40mmL either... though I use it mostly for Real Estate gigs... I may go back to a Tokina 16-28 for that if the 14mm Roki is too wide for that type of usage... I wouldn't foresee issues taking the exterior photos but not sure about interior photos with the 14mm...The UMC appears to be the difference between the two. Whatever they did worked. The resolution is just stunning from this lens!Dustin, your images are priceless as always! You've just about sold me on this lens. I'm not overly thrilled with my 17-40mmL like so many are, I miss my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with IS from my 7D days. Had the Tokina 16-28mm but it is a beast and something was really wrong with my copy. So now I'm without UWA, unless you consider the 17-40mm uwa, as most do, it's just not enough for me...
Is the 14mm Rok really the exact same lens as the Samyang and the others? Is there any difference you know between any of them? Looking forward to placing my order soon! Thanks for the great review!
First of all, thank you! Secondly, to my knowledge the same optical lens is rebranded and sold under all of the various other brands. Samyang is the most well known. If you have a chance to choose the brand, I would go with either Samyang or Rokinon, simply because they are better known and the other brands thus appear more "cheap" and might diminish resale value (although this will probably be a lens you hang on to).
I just sold my 17-40L yesterday and have no regrets.
The UMC appears to be the difference between the two. Whatever they did worked. The resolution is just stunning from this lens!Dustin, your images are priceless as always! You've just about sold me on this lens. I'm not overly thrilled with my 17-40mmL like so many are, I miss my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with IS from my 7D days. Had the Tokina 16-28mm but it is a beast and something was really wrong with my copy. So now I'm without UWA, unless you consider the 17-40mm uwa, as most do, it's just not enough for me...
Makes sense...I am not about to say pixel size is the most important factor, however I would say it is far from a "mostly irrelevant factor."
Let us not take this out of the context in which it was said. We were talking about noise and the large pixel fallacy. I also said that smaller pixels collect more information, that there are tech related factors, etc.
Ok, fair enough.
I tested the new "PRIME" NR on a ISO 6400 image from my 5d2. I do not get anything that I cannot do with LR, for a few seconds. The trick in LR is to keep the chroma NR low, and apply tons of lumina NR. The overall look of the LR image - color, etc., is still better.I tested the same image in both LR5 and Optics 9 Elite. Side by side, I liked the Optics 9 slightly better, the transitioned image seemed just a bit smoother, butteryer... (have fun with that one all you lingual aficionados). The LR5 image still looked a little on the posturized side, not quite has smooth, not quite satisfying for me...
some more experimentation with the 100-400 + 1.4x ... does reasonably OK, I thinkThat's an interesting image with the broken glass! Did you use any NR on this one Jr? What were your settings?
Thanks Rusty, at 1/1600th it froze the wings in the previous image but I really wanted to try and convey the motion, just a little bit so I decided to start stopping down the shutter speed. 1st adjustment to 1/1250 did it! I was hoping to see some motion but not lose to much detail... Thanks again!DIF
Love this one. Amazing that at 1/1250th the wings still blur, eh? Thanks for posting the camera settings. That makes it that much more interesting to us camera geeks!
Must be something in the translation Sporgon, Yogi lives in Jellystone, not Yellowstone!On a monster road trip this summer, we stopped by Yellowstone and experienced one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen:
Beautiful ! But where's Yogi Bear ?
Thanks RPT, it was fun!Hi Richard, I mentioned previously having some DIF (Dragonfly in flight) images, here's one... I couldn't remember where I filed them! I've recently moved and don't have my external drives set up yet, so some images I've put on my internal HD, totally forgotten!Neat shot!
Anyway, I'll post others as I get a chance!
This is right after getting my 100-400mm back from Canon, very pleased with the results from Canon. I had to set my MFA settings back to zero! That was surprising...
Canon can do a better job, the process of doing a cleaning cycle and long dark exposure will clean up minor issues.Agreed, I'll throw a couple of lenses in the box for free clean & check and wait a few days to get them back... Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak...