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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?

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?

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

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!

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?


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!

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.

5D MK III Sample Images / Need some help in editing.
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:19:22 AM »

This weekend I have shot my very first concert, and I came up with some pretty good shots and some that I dont know how to edit.

I uploaded to a RAW shot that I took, to see what I am talking about.

My main problem is that I have really big contrast between some highlights and shadows. On the skin of the singer you can even see clearly the line how it goes from highlight to shadow.
Is that any way to save it?

I would like to have the final result in B&W.

Any advice is appreciated.



Lenses / Re: 1.4 TC III vs 60D, Is this test accurate?
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:47:53 PM »
Very interesting, but it makes sense. I will go to the local store and try it out.

Maybe I will upload the test-shots here.

Lenses / 1.4 TC III vs 60D, Is this test accurate?
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:29:15 PM »


I am shooting on 5D3 with a 70-200 2.8 II and wanted a little bit of extra reach.

I checked this test with more settings but always the 1.4 TC III is way better than the 60D

This is surprising for me. I do not have any possibility to test, but somehow I still think that the 60D/7D + 70-200 2.8II, will make sharper images over 5D3 + 1.4 TC III + 70-200 2.8 II.

(please stick only to this two options and only at which would give sharper image, not AF speed and stuff like that)


Lenses / Filters from 17 TSE can be used on 24 1.4?
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:02:10 PM »

I am selling my 24-70 and 17-40 end getting a 17 TS-E and a 24 1.4.

And I want to buy a 105 mm Circular Polarizer and to mount it with one of these solutions:

My question is, if I make that Cokin X PRO solution, will I be able to use the filter holder on my 24 1.4 or 70-200 2.8?

Thank you!

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 L II
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:13:31 AM »

The current version will be replaced if Canon sees any need - and current corporate policy obviously means that...

* a) another 3rd party manufacturer for Canon has something better (currently not the case, Sigma 50/1.4 is nice but lacks the ultra-thin dof and bokeh, maybe it'll be different with a Sigma mk2)

* b) the competition, i.e. Nikon has something better so people switch brand (like with the 24-70).

... otherwise Canon will keep on selling the thing until nobody wants to buy it anymore, which will never happen given the hype/prestige of this lens. Btw Same goes for "when will they release the 35L mk2?".

Thanks, Its not what I wanted to hear... but you seem right. If that is the case It seems in the next 1-2 years wont be any update right?

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