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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:38:46 PM »
And now Dylan a tough question. Actually a very tough one: Does your wife know? Does she even  know about this poll?  ;D ;D ;D

If the size and color is same as my 400mm f2.8 IS II, she couldn't tell the diff. That why I ruled out Tamron ;D

That is truly very Funny, deceitfully crafty, and smart.
Nice opportunity to blackmail him for a 10% commission or we rat on him to his wife. ;D

Rienz, I just removed you from my "buddy list" >:(.........Just kidding ;D
By the way, I was seriously considering blackmail for 10% commission, but since you have not removed me from your buddy list, I think I should also be nice and reduce my commission to only 7% of the lens price  ;D

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This thread seems like a good place to ask this.

I've always been an admirer of Irving Penn's portraits (Worlds in a Small Room, Small Trades, etc.). I've never figured out how to recreate the look of his backgrounds. I've only seen seamless paper in solid colors and while the muslin backgrounds come close, they just aren't quite the same. As others have said, unless you have some means of permanently leaving them hanging they are prone to wrinkles, which one would think wouldn't be a huge problem if you can blur the background, but unfortunately, even with full frame, it seems like there is never enough background blur to hide the wrinkles.

From pictures I've seen, it looks like Penn used Canvas.

Anyone here have any sources or ideas.

I have no experience with these kind of backdrops, but I just ordered a "Wrinkle Free" backdrop from Amazon.
I can tell you if it is really "wrinkle free" after it gets delivered to me in about couple of weeks. Meanwhile, here is the link for what I ordered
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004IOTM0I/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tokina 24-70 f/2.8 Pro FX Spotted
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:21:42 PM »
Sigma has a USB dock already. Has anyone used it? Any opinions on that ?

One of my colleagues bought the Sigma USB dock (along with the Sigma 35 f/1.4 lens), so I got a chance to hold it, but from what he tells me, he never updated anything with it yet (this was about 45 days ago) ... as pointed out by Kai (the crazy Digitalrev guy), the light to indicate, that it is working, is bloody under the USB dock, i.e. in a place where you cannot see while using it .. kind of a strange place to keep it ... and that's about what I know of the USB dock. If you haven't already seen it, here is the youtube video Kai had posted last October
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Hands-on Review Small | Large

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tokina 24-70 f/2.8 Pro FX Spotted
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:04:47 PM »
+1 Having flash memory (if they indeed have flash memory) is NOT ENOUGH. It's their willingness to backup their lenses with GOOD SUPPORT. So, they have to MAKE the firmware to upgrade the one residing in ... flash memory... So, as I said feel free to spend your money and test good support later. And by later I mean many years actually as many as with Canon lenses.  Because if someone gets an expensive lens with very good IQ they want to keep using it or ... sell it. Certainly not ditch it...


You just brought up a great new idea: third party makers could add a USB connector to their flash devices or make a special USB dock for their lenses. This would make firmware upgrades really easy ....

For several years now, Metz, (a German consumer electronic company) has been routinely providing firmware updates on their flashes (for customers to update on their own), to address compatibility issues with newer cameras. I still have the Metz 58 AF 1 flash (which I bought in 2008) and have updated the firmware at least twice, until the plastic hot shoe broke ... now it just sits in my cupboard to be used as a wireless flash once in a while. Also, Sigma has the USB dock for their newer lenses. I think in future we will see more and more manufacturers coming up with USB firmware updates for their lenses and flashes etc.
Sigma has a USB dock already. Has anyone used it? Any opinions on that ?


WTF. Did anybody bother looking at the links I provided in my posting ?????

Relax, we are not stealing your thunder, I did read and understand that you were already aware of their existence, I was merely stating my experience of having used Metaz flash and also having tried the Sigma USB dock ... so the credit for mentioning them first goes only to you  ;) :) :)
Peace

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic Lumix GH4 ...
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:58:26 AM »
Just got an email from B&H with the price for Panasonic GH4 - US$ 1699 - that's US$ 1869 with shipping and customs (for me) for body only ... and if you also want the interface unit with 2-Channel XLR Inputs, than the price is US$3299 (i.e. US$ 3603 with shipping & customs)  :o :o :o
Last week when I had severe GAS (before I knew about its price tag), I was thinking about pre-ordering the GH4 ... but now, no way ... freaking quarter size sensor (of my Sony a7 or the 6D), costs the same as a full frame camera :o :o :o ... the Sony a6000 which will be released around the same time (with some awesome features and a much bigger sensor), is costing only US$648.
But this is a worrying sign, coz if a micro four thirds camera like the GH4 is going to cost this much, what will Canon/Nikon charge for 7D MK II/D400 :-\

Had the same feeling when I opened up that email this morning. I would've actually considered it just out of value and curiosity had it been lower.
+1 ... if it was about or under $1000, I would have bought it, coz I recently came across a small camera store in our local mall, there are lots of used lenses for the micro four thirds cameras, for really cheap prices ... so I was thinking about messing around with a few of those lenses, especially since the GH4 has inbuilt image stabilization and some very good features ... but despite its very good features, I don't think it is worth $1869.

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'Tie-dye' muslin backdrops in blue, gray, gold are common and versatile backdrop colors.
Neuro, you are bad news for people (like me) who suffer from GAS  ;D ... I never heard of Tie-dye and didn't even know what the hell it was, until I read your post ... and just ordered a Tie-dye  Blue Muslin Photo Backdrop from Amazon.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 06:12:46 AM »
And now Dylan a tough question. Actually a very tough one: Does your wife know? Does she even  know about this poll?  ;D ;D ;D

If the size and color is same as my 400mm f2.8 IS II, she couldn't tell the diff. That why I ruled out Tamron ;D

That is truly very Funny, deceitfully crafty, and smart.
Nice opportunity to blackmail him for a 10% commission or we rat on him to his wife. ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tokina 24-70 f/2.8 Pro FX Spotted
« on: March 10, 2014, 06:02:05 AM »
+1 Having flash memory (if they indeed have flash memory) is NOT ENOUGH. It's their willingness to backup their lenses with GOOD SUPPORT. So, they have to MAKE the firmware to upgrade the one residing in ... flash memory... So, as I said feel free to spend your money and test good support later. And by later I mean many years actually as many as with Canon lenses.  Because if someone gets an expensive lens with very good IQ they want to keep using it or ... sell it. Certainly not ditch it...


You just brought up a great new idea: third party makers could add a USB connector to their flash devices or make a special USB dock for their lenses. This would make firmware upgrades really easy ....

For several years now, Metz, (a German consumer electronic company) has been routinely providing firmware updates on their flashes (for customers to update on their own), to address compatibility issues with newer cameras. I still have the Metz 58 AF 1 flash (which I bought in 2008) and have updated the firmware at least twice, until the plastic hot shoe broke ... now it just sits in my cupboard to be used as a wireless flash once in a while. Also, Sigma has the USB dock for their newer lenses. I think in future we will see more and more manufacturers coming up with USB firmware updates for their lenses and flashes etc.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:29:12 AM »
My vote goes to EF 200-400 f/4 L IS w/1.4x TC .... as I prefer zooms to primes, coz I just don't have the patience to change lenses.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic Lumix GH4 ...
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:00:59 AM »
Just got an email from B&H with the price for Panasonic GH4 - US$ 1699 - that's US$ 1869 with shipping and customs (for me) for body only ... and if you also want the interface unit with 2-Channel XLR Inputs, than the price is US$3299 (i.e. US$ 3603 with shipping & customs)  :o :o :o
Last week when I had severe GAS (before I knew about its price tag), I was thinking about pre-ordering the GH4 ... but now, no way ... freaking quarter size sensor (of my Sony a7 or the 6D), costs the same as a full frame camera :o :o :o ... the Sony a6000 which will be released around the same time (with some awesome features and a much bigger sensor), is costing only US$648.
But this is a worrying sign, coz if a micro four thirds camera like the GH4 is going to cost this much, what will Canon/Nikon charge for 7D MK II/D400 :-\

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:14:28 AM »
i've been using the sony a7r since it came out. prob shot 1000 images.. havent had any problems at all.
Absolutely! ... I've made over 15000 images with so far and haven't noticed any light leak issues ... of course screen blackout between shots and slow start-up times are a bit annoying but nothing that hinders my photos.

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Photography Technique / Re: Cool example of why gear doesn't matter
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:07:37 AM »
Heck man, this illustrates that every shoot presents untold amounts of unexpected problems and you just gotta be ready to work with/around those problems.  Loved it!  The photographer has a good and cheerful attitude and that helps everyone else keep going.  Better equipment does produce better quality but more than anything it merely makes getting the shot EASIER.  Better equipment doesn't replace the photographer or their vision.
True the photographer was very cheerful with great attitude.

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Woke up this morning with this sunrise, so I took a shot with Sony A7R with FE55 and 5D III and 24-70 f/2.8 II both at around 55 mm and at f/3.2  The 24-70 is a bit disadvantaged as it's barely stopped down, and the auto white balance of both cameras yielded very different WB, so I did my best to match WB. 


Sony A7R, FE55mm by drjlo1, on Flickr


5D III white balance match by drjlo1, on Flickr


For the curious, this is how 5D III WB looked before matching.  Recalling what my own eyes saw, I would say the sky looked like somewhere between Sony and Canon but more towards Canon.


Canon 5DIII WB, exposure match by drjlo1, on Flickr

Nice images ... they look very similar, except the Sony looks a a tiny bit more saturated/underexposed maybe ... but probably that has something to do with capturing (or not capturing) the small water body below? ... actually, not sure I can't really tell the difference, but I like the images.

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Photography Technique / Cool example of why gear doesn't matter
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:35:15 PM »
This is a nice video of making images with a really cheap camera and post processing those images in a smartphone ... its a nice example of why gear doesn't matter ... but it does not help my GAS problem, coz I still want better cameras and lenses ;D
Pro Tog, Cheap Camera Challenge (Benjamin Von Wong) Small | Large

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EOS Bodies / Re: What Happened to the Photography Industry in 2013?
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:27:54 PM »
Digitalrev posted the below video on youtube ... and it got me thinking about the amount of DLSRs out there. Ever since the DSLR "revolution" began I've had a total of 11 DSLRs (6 Canon & 5 Nikon) and most of them are obviously sold to upgrade to the next "better" DSLR (and I now have 3, i.e. 2 Canon & 1 Nikon) ... so, just like me there must be tons of people who have bought and sold their used DSLRs ... now if you think of all the millions of DSLRs that have been bought, most of them must have got resold to other beginner photographers or those who can't necessarily afford brand new DSLRs ... obviously there are a lot of used DSLR cameras out there that must be putting pressure on new DSLR sales ... in a way Canon/Nikon are also competing with millions of their own old models.
DSLRs For Under $100 Small | Large

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