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Lenses / Gear Advice foe and awesome Greece trip
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:43:26 AM »
Hello

Me and one of my friends are going to go to Greece on 5th of August for almost 1 month. I am planing to visit Santorini (if any of you have been on an awesome island not far from Santorini, let me know), Athens, Meteora, and Thessaloniki. Also if you guys know other places, tell me.

So far I packed 5D3 17-40 with a polarizer and a 8 stop ND filter, 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8 and 1 600EXRT and ST3 trigger. Also I will bring a GoPro Hero 1 and a Manfrotto tripod.

For renting I want a 24 TS-E a fisheye, eather the canon 15 2.8 or the canon 8-15. A GoPro Hero 3 Black, and a quadrotor for changing the perspective.

I will have with me a mac 11 inch to see in some cases if I nailed the focus and two 750 HDD, one main and one back up.
Mostly I am shooting cityscape, landscape, architecture, nature, and I am planing to shot some milky way shots at the islands and at Meteora.

What else should I rent /bring?

Thank you!

Nate

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Lenses / 5D3 max iso for Milky Way
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:15:16 AM »
Hi,

I have read quite a lot on this topic. I want to shoot some milky way shots on my next vacation.

Now I am shooting with a 17-40 and was wondering what the 16-35 could do.
I mean if I go f4 6400iso and 30 sec, would I see more stars than with f2.8 640iso 30 sec after post processing?
I ask this question because I see many photographers on 5D2 using 3200iso or even 1600iso with 2.8.

Also 6400 iso on 5D3 with long exp noise red, in post processing the noise will be almost completely gone?
Because if I could use f4 for stars and dont need extra stop, I dont want to invest money in a better glass.

Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« on: May 17, 2013, 08:50:06 AM »
Yes that would be nice, if you could borrow the 8-15.

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Lenses / Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« on: May 17, 2013, 07:04:03 AM »
I guess it would be nice to have the new 8-15mm zoom on site...but the cost, weight and size (vs. amount of use) deter me from that purchase...although apparently the IQ is better.  (Have looked for side-by-side image comparisons on the web @ 15mm...but am coming up empty  :()

Yes, I could not find any good compaction ether...

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Lenses / Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« on: May 16, 2013, 04:31:32 PM »
I own both the 15f/2.8 Canon & the 8-15f/4 Canon, I use them Primarily for Underwater Photography, the 8-15f/4 @ 15mm is streets ahead of the much older 15f/2.8.

When you have some time can you please put 4 full sized jpegs, taken with the 8-15 @ 15 and the 15 2.8, both at f4 and f11.

I am just interested in the difference.

Thank you!

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Lenses / Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:18:00 PM »
And what about the quality loss at de-fisheyeing?

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Lenses / Re: Best fisheye for canon.
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:37:28 AM »
so at around $600 the sharpest lens I can get is the canon 15 2.8?

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Lenses / Best fisheye for canon.
« on: May 16, 2013, 02:56:07 AM »
Hi,

I am looking to get a fisheye for my 5D3, but I can not find any site where I can compare the image quality. Not even the-digital-picture has any sample shots.

The canon 8-15 is out of the range of what I want to spend.

I was thinking on a second canon 15 2.8 or a sigma.

What are my possibilities? Anyone had both of them? Also how is Rokinon?

What else I could consider?

I do not mind manual focus if its way sharper that the ones with auto focus.

Also, I could not find it. If I take a picture with a fisheye and than de-fisheye it do I loose a lot of image quality?

Thank you very much!

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:36:09 AM »
What about canon 15mm fisheye?

The 24 1.4II is pretty much unusable under 2.8.
The Rokinon 14 2.8 as I heard is pretty good and also the 16-35 II is pretty good,
but I never heard anyone using a 15 mm fisheye and than de-fisheye it.

If you de-fisheye in photoshop a raw image you loose a lot of sharpness?

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Lenses / Re: Which one to get?
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:18:20 AM »
Ok, so far I think I will go with the 16-35 because:

As far as I understood, I can use more time at 16mm than at 24, so the 24 is not anymore 2 stops faster, but one. Plus as I saw in samples I can use the 16-35 II at 2.8 but cant use the 24 at 1.4.
Yes the Samyang 24 1.4 I couldn't really use it for other than landscapes/star shooting, because the lack of focus.

Any other lens recommended?

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Lenses / Re: Which one to get?
« on: April 10, 2013, 03:10:22 PM »
Or should I go for the 28 1.8 and the 16-35 2.8 II?

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Lenses / Re: Which one to get?
« on: April 10, 2013, 11:00:49 AM »
How bad is the coma? And how much do I need to stop down?

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Lenses / Which one to get?
« on: April 10, 2013, 08:00:24 AM »
Hello,

I am going thru pretty big changes.

I am selling my 17-40 and 24-70 2.8L and planing to get a 17 TS-E and here is my problem.
The second would be or a 24L II or a 16-35L II.
So far I have used the 17-40 90% of the time and only 10% of the time the 24-70.

I would use mostly for landscapes and architecture, but since I have the 17 TS-E i am leaning toward the 24L.

I did not really try to shoot stars and the milky way, but I think the 2 stops of extra life would be a huge difference. I did not try this but for example I take two shots, one where I take like 10 minutes exposure for the foreground and then I take one at f/1.4 and expose the stars for 20 seconds. And like this I would avoid the trails.

Anyway, I am really interested which one has faster auto focus, and what are the advantages of one or the other besides that one is zoom and one is 2 stops faster?

Any other options I can have?

Thanks!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Need some help in editing.
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:39:45 AM »
Couldn't download your original file, so I took the JPeG from ksuweh's post then took into PS

There has been a recent thread on CR regarding Nik Software plugin for PS and LR, so I tried Silver Efex Pro 2 in Photoshop -> selected Modern template and Neutral, but then just added a Control Point to the face of the singer (placed the centre of the circle on his nose, then adjusted Brightness, Contrast, Structure, Fine Structure etc.)

Basically the problem area is the two-tone shadow on the singer's face. This is precisely what Nik Software plugins are designed for - to edit localized areas of the picture without destroying the rest of the scene.

I really like the Fine Structure detail option as it allows the face to really pop-out (eyebrows, nose etc.) and is great for fixing soft focus too. Finally, I reduced the image size to make it acceptable size for upload.

Thank you this looks good!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Need some help in editing.
« on: April 09, 2013, 11:11:12 AM »
Usually I use Lightroom 4.3, but I have Photoshop too.
I tried in Lightroom and didnt get any good one.

I just want to get the light (reflector behind the singer) to be smoother.

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