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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 08, 2014, 08:46:49 AM »
I think he was saying that option is not enough, that it should be automatic? That menu option is pretty standard in modern DSLRs, are there cameras without it?

I guess I am not following. The camera won't work (i.e.: no picture) if the setting is "do not release shutter without card".

"No card in camera" is displayed on the rear LCD screen in this setting. On the 5DIII, it also flashes "card" on the small LCD display by the shutter button *and* in the viewfinder display. The camera will *not* take a picture, no matter how hard the shutter button is depressed.

If the setting is "release shutter without card", then the camera functions no differently without the card in place. No warnings, nothing to tell you the card is missing.

Seems pretty automatic to me, if the correct setting is enabled.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:26:57 PM »
But if your camera does not have a card and is not connected to a computer (wire or wifi), it would be handy if the camera gave you a warning notice or even better refused to work unless you manually override it.

I can't think of any instance, outside of a store, where a customer would want the camera to work with no card and no connection to a computer.

The Canon 5DII and 5DIII both have an option to not release the shutter without a card. That is default. You have to change it to allow the camera to release the shutter without a card in camera.

I'd assume that the 1 series cameras have something similar.

Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:02:15 AM »
It would be expensive and it would sound like a very cool lens...but it would be mostly a marketing gimmick. You'd think tilt would let you achieve an apparently deeper DoF for macro shooting, right? would, but the amount of tilt required increases with magnification.  I think you'd need 30° of tilt or more, meaning a truly massive image circle would be needed, and even then the optical quality would suffer with such extreme tilt.

Killjoy  :'(  ;)

Lenses / Re: Another Mention of a New Macro Lens in 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:17:41 PM »
120mm TS-E macro  ;D

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Sequential numbering watermark
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:47:48 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I am part of the University of Portsmouth photographic society and we want to try and sell the photos for charity. Facebook is the only way in which we can reach the clients/other students.

Why not use Facebook to point to a regular photo hosting website with an option to order prints?

I vote for a 1DX  ;D

Lenses / Re: All Canon TS lenses
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:51:06 PM »
Unfortunately I couldn't try the new Hartblei lenses with Carz Zeiss optics yet. Basically these are older medium format lenses which use the same mechanical designs for tilt and shift as the old Ukrainian lenses. They are really huge and heavy. I find these aspects quite unpractical, especiall for landscapes, and prefer the Canon lenses.

They have a 120mm macro TS lens. Would like to see one, but given the price...

Lenses / Re: TSE + Macro?
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:37:51 PM »
Yes,  My TS-E 24 mm. F/ 3.5 L MK II is great for Macro Photos too, This Lens have Min. Focus Distant = 0.21 M or 0.69 FT. That great for the Macro of Flowers in this distant.

I took these with a 24mm TS-EII and a 1.4xIII extender. None are crops.

Kinda want to try a 90mm TS-E... :)

Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 28, 2014, 06:38:24 AM »
Request to every one who is posting their awesome back lit macro shots: please share the settings used, especially the flash power settings ... it will be very helpful for people like me. Thanks.

No flash used in the photo I posted.

Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:59:53 AM »
Wow, Beautiful Picture, Dear danski0224.
Thanks for post here to let us see the great picture like this.

I took that one late in the day last fall. Just happened to look down, on my way out, and noticed how the sun was illuminating some leaves. I think it is some sort of ground cover. If not, seedlings that preferred to stay low to the ground :) I'm not a plant expert.

Had to bust out the camera and take a couple of pictures. A couple turned out nicely.

Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:22:21 AM »
I can play too :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:16:46 AM »
It is very easy to lose sight of the overall cost of things when you just keep adding another piece or two (snip)

Very true.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Freelance gear suggestions?
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:55:36 AM »
Great suggestions for the UWA. Thanks to everyone that contributed. In terms of a general walk around lens (assuming I rent these and have good experiences) would it be unreasonable to go with a 24-70ii instead of a 17-55?

I don't get the hate other have on the 16-35II. When I had a 7D, it was my most used lens.

But, on a 1.6x body, the 16-35 isn't an UWA. It is 25-56.

You need either the Tokina 11-16 or Canon 10-22 for the UWA department. I liked the Tokina, and to some extent, it will work on a FF camera.

The good EF-S lenses have been optimized for the cameras that use them. The 17-55 is an excellent lens and gives a 38-88mm FF equivalent. The 60mm macro will give you a FF 96mm equivalent, and it is very sharp.

Not having a specific timetable for the "FF upgrade" means maybe you shouldn't buy lenses with that in mind, unless they also work on the 1.6x for your uses.

When it comes time to make the FF move, just sell the EF-S stuff and look at it as a rental for the tools that were proper for the job at the time.


Software & Accessories / Re: Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 25, 2014, 11:08:13 AM »
I have the same Acratech GP ball head above, but mounted on a Gitzo 2541EX tripod - which is of the explorer arm type.  On top of the ball head I have two RRS macro rails.

That being said, the overwhelming majority of my field macro shots are hand held.

In general though when doing macro on a tripod macro rails are a must.  The RRS ones are very nice for that.  If I had to buy everything again, I would have bought the geared version of my tripod.  While the RRS macro rails allow me to precisely move in the X and Y directions, moving in the Z direction is more difficult to do precisely.

Almost all of my macro stuff has been either handheld or with a monopod. Since getting the monopod, most shots use it in one way or another.

Been putting together tripod parts as I could, and I also have the RRS macro rails. I did find them to be almost invaluable- the small adjustments were key. I could see them being very useful with a focus stacking program.

But, it really takes a lot of time to set up everything, plus the added space requirements. It's fine when no one else is around, but some additional traffic can be an issue.

Gitzo also makes some lateral arms that are useful for macro photography..

Thanks, those look promising too.

I personally use the Manfrotto 190XPROB and think its fantastic for macro work, or any other type of situation where suspending a camera over a (small) object is necessary. It's not horribly expensive either, If you do end up going down the purchase route, I would suggest that one.

It hasn't been ruled out. I may look for a used one, which may be easier to locate than some of the other more specialized pieces of equipment on the used market.

I do prefer twist locks for the legs over clamps or levers though, but at ~$110 USD, it might be worth a shot.

Some of the other bits and pieces, with a couple of needed other bits... it adds up quick.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 90mm macro or Sigma 150 OS?
« on: January 25, 2014, 08:48:13 AM »
A vote for the Sigma 150 here.

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