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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:46:42 PM »
Port Douglas Northern Queensland, 2 weeks ago.

Pretty well everything in the ocean up here wants to kill you, so it's difficult to enjoy the Ocean, Sunshin & Beautiful Beaches, but my eldest lad tried this, good fun, but once your back in the water you have to contend with Stingers, Jelly Fish, Portuguese Man o Wars, Sea Snakes, Sharks, idiots on jet skis, all looking to have a piece of you, but really lovely place though.

1Dx & 200f/2 + 1.4x, f/8 @ 1/1600th ISO200

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50f1.2L weather sealing
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:07:59 PM »
The 50 1.2 L isn't weather sealed, having said that, I've had the same experience as others that have Posted.

I've used the Lens on a 1D MK IV, 1Dx, 5 DMK III & 5DMK II, Antarctica in snow storms, Japan in December with an inch of snow melting onto of the Lens, Namibia in Dust storms, Botswana in December with poring rain, as long you have a well sealed Clear or UV Glass Filter on the front, the Lens seems well sealed if not Weather Sealed.

I haven't used weather sleeves on this Lens as it seems to short for them and my Camera Bodies, at least the 1 Series, are bad weather monsters. I don't think I'de test it under a faucet, but for medium rain, snow & dust with a good quality Filter you should be safe.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 16, 2014, 04:33:28 AM »
Boy, I haven't posted here for a long time but I haven't stopped shooting 6D.  Today I was outside fooling around out of bordom with some dripping water since temperatures went above freezing.  I'm curious if anyone has any comments on how I can accomplish the goal of using a water droplet as a lens to create a scene that is both a landscape and abstract.

Here are a couple of the shots, either using 70-200 F2.8 II or the 300 F2.8 II with an extension tube for closer focus (inverted to right the image).  Getting sharp focus was really challenging, especially due to the wind but the wind was giving some interesting effects.

So, any ideas anyone on how to improve on what has be captured so far, or alternate ideas?

Jack

Hi Jack, good idea, I think maybe wrong Lenses.

I haven't tried this, but I have done a lot of underwater Macro, similar, sort of.

Your best shot might be a 100f/2.8 L IS, set to f16/f22, manual focus to where the drops are occurring, use a Flash to freeze motion.

There are People that do this sort of thing exceptionally well, and some have Posted on CR, so don't take my view as Gospel, just my thoughts, look forward to seeing you nail it, good luck.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:40:43 PM »
Tawny Frogmouth.
On a hot summers day (43.2c at last count) I spotted this guy/gal trying to keep out of the heat. I've heard it at night in my garden, and there's the tell tale signs of their droppings around the veggie garden.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC.


Love the Image, well done, and in that heat, very well done.

January 03rd My Family & I drove through a place in Queensland Australia called Birdsville (no kidding, that's what they named the Town), we had to stop for fuel as the next fuel was a light year away, 45.1c, and later in the day they recorded 48c, only melted tough people live here.

I managed to take no Images anywhere near Birdsville, I was worried the 1Dx would burst into Flames.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post your favorite camera gear here
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:32:19 PM »
1Dx + 200-400f4 (1.4x) My main Lady, after THE main Lady of course, but in the shadows lurks....

5DMK III + 100f/2.8 IS Macro + Seacam Underwater Housing + Macro Port + 2 x Seacam Strobes, and an F'ing BIG Boat as an accessory, so the Boat becomes, Camera Gear, right ?? right ??

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Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 12, 2014, 04:54:02 PM »
Dear my friend mrsfotografie.
I love your fantastic Tricks that make me feel good, and you feel happy too.
My Trick are simple---Every time that I go to buy the new Photographic equipment from the Local Camera Shop, or Order from Internet---I must buy the Jewelry/ Diamonds/ Lady's Decor. Items for my dear wife, which cost 25% more than my Equipments----Ha, Ha, Ha---That Why, She still love me, Not Kill me yet---So far. Plus, She is the Vice President/ Book Keeper/ CPA of my Company----She Know that , When I want another Big White Lens that cost more than the her 3 Carat Diamond Ring---Yes, Now she might want 5 Carats -Pure White Diamond Ring---Ha, Ha, Ha--YES, That will save my family life. Yes, I tell her that Canon EF 800 mm  will use for the Office Job, That I can shoot the Top of Building Details/ Architectural Detail with out risk my Life to climb the Building , and use Old 50 mm. Lens-----Ha, Ha, Ha.
Nice to talk with you.
Surapon

That's very funny Surapon, and I think those rules work across all cultures.

There's also the special case that seems to be a Thai exclusive, when I was a very young soldier I was enamoured of a very Lovely Thai Lady (are there any other types ??), she clearly pointed out to me what happens when anything comes between her & her love/interest for you, they arrange for a duck to eat what's left of your Family Jewels, generally this applies when your interest might momentarily shift to other young ladies, but Obsessive Camera interest always concerned me as a possible cause, so I sold all my Cameras during this interlude.

Fortunately I must have read the situation right as I'm now the very proud father of two growing sons, and everything is still where it's supposed to be, mostly.

This might be the ultimate reason for your very fair attitude where your lovely wife is concerned.

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Had an early 5D2, got some good shots with it but its low ISO files had pattern noise in midtones and shadows were even worse if pushed.

My first Nikon was a D5100 and the low ISO raw files from it were vastly cleaner.
D800 came out and I was on the order list for it and the e model after I tested some raw files from it.
Both of those cameras thoroughly blow away any Canon for clean low ISO work.
The 5d2 was promptly trash-binned along with most L lenses I had for it.
7D & a 60D went next for the same reason.

Canon hasn't had a penny from me in years, Nikon, then Pentax and now Fuji (and maybe even Olympus) get all my $ now.
They're more satisfying tools for when I want that kind of image quality.

I haven't experienced any lack of adequate glass to put on them either.

Aglet, after a Post like this, why in the world would you bother Posting 730 times on a Canon Camera Gear forum, I'm curious.

I purchased the Nikon D5100 as a first Camera for my youngest son, at the same time I owned the 5DMK II & 1DMK IV, I'm again confused how you couldn't get a decent Image out of the 5DMK II, but could out of the D5100, not to say the D5100 isn't a decent little Camera, it is, but better then the 5DMK II ?? I think you may have left a reasonable amount of common sense behind when making that statement, or perhaps you just didn't like the colour of the 5DMK II and preferred the colour of the D5100 ?? that would make sense, sort of.

And you "Trash Binned" Canon L Lenses ?? Ummmm, I think that borders on complete rubbish as well.

Maybe Nuero has it right, you just monitor CR so you can vent on all that Canon Rubbish Camera Bodies & L Lenses, you might try needle point as a new hobby, maybe more your sort of thing.

I'm sure Olympus are just so excited that at some point when your tired of Nikon, Fuji & Pentax (after all Canon are trash binned & done), it'll be their turn for some those Aglet dollars.

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I fell for the misleading hype and bought one.  I sold it shortly after and bought a 5D MK III.  I know at least two other local photographers that were unhappy with theirs as well.

Well I'm in the Mt Spokane Camp, bought the D800 as my first off Canon excursion in a while (since my brief affair with Leica M9) as I thought it would work better in my Underwater Shooting after having been immensely happy with the 5DMK II, with the exception of the AF, that single centre is great, the rest a waste of space.

So, my first issue with D800 was personal, I just downright disliked the Menu set up, I worked on it as I understood after Canon Menu systems for years it would take some time to adapt, then the Camera wouldn't focus quite right, after 2 returns to Nikon Singapore and "There's nothing wrong with the Camera, it's just your technique that's at issue", we all found out about the Left/Right Nikon D800 Brain issue, returned the Camera again, returned with the same issue, eventually they replaced with a new unit, I sold it un opened.

The 5DMK III is now the replacement for the 5DMK II, which in this situation would be a fairer comparison, but only just. 36MP of the D800/800E would be more fairly compared to say the Sony a7r I would think, at least until Canon reciprocate with a medium format style body, soon I hope.

And after writing all this I agree with others, not too sure what the point is, other than I wasted 5 minutes typing this response, nothing better to do at this precise moment on a Sunday I guess.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography online courses and education
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:59:25 PM »
Has anyone ever tried Lynda.com or some other subscription service?  I would say I am intermediate (with expensive taste in gear).  I want to improve my skills greatly.  I am very passionate about photography, but unfortunately, have to work so I just can't take off to a photography school or internship.  Therefore, I will have to educate myself and practice on my own time.

I have been working it hard, and studying books, web material, etc., and making progress, but really want to make advances.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Hi Scott, I have been using Lynda.com for about 4 years now, initially I tried it for Photoshop help, then expanded my use to Apple Computing, Programming, Camera skills etc, it's an extremely useful site all in the one spot.

Some of the lessons etc are available through others free, adobe TV etc, but I pay the yearly subscription at Lynda and have enjoyed the use of the site, they update a lot of their lessons as new iterations of Apple, Windows, Adobe Photoshop, Light Room etc come out, so you pretty well always have something to help you into the newer system.

As I mentioned Adobe TV is good as well, and it's free.

Mat Klaskowsci has a free online set of tutorials for LR, easy to watch, unlike Kelby, I like the content on his online site, I just find the chap himself a little hard to take, but that's just personal preference.

Other than that, down here in Australia there are several Colleges that offer online mostly internship in the Arts, including Photography, if your based out of the US I'de say there would be a load more of these types of course approaches.

Good Luck with which ever way you decide to progress.

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Canon General / Re: What is the problem with Canon
« on: January 09, 2014, 05:17:11 PM »
Perhaps they want to make sure everything works before the release it and there are no problems -- you know, things like AF that doesn't work right, AF that only works on one side of the image field, Oil spots etc.  Things like that.

Ouch !!!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 09, 2014, 05:12:18 PM »
Still no clean HDMI. That's it!! I am selling this overpriced camera! Nikon D4s next! ARROGANT Canon!

And please consider this Canon:  Not all who own the 1DX are sports idiots or ornithologists, some just want the best possible low light performance for their creative work!

I work and shoot in the dark (video and stills). And the 1DX has one stop ISO advantage over the 5D Mark III, and has way less color banding when lifting shadows than the 5D Mark III. But after Canon gave the 5D Mark III clean HDMI the advantage is less than before on video.It is certainly possible to give the 1DX clean HDMI, since the 1DC hast it. But Canon finds it more convenient to force me into selling my house to buy the 1DC, than to give the 1DX the same features as the Nikon D4 !!!

Enjoy your D4s.

Regards,
One of the sports idiots and ornithologists.

I think his issue is, as he says in his post, "I work & shoot in the dark", probably needs to turn the lights on from time to time, makes a world of difference to your perspective, makes everything....I don't know...clearer ??

But it's good news for some prospective 1Dx owner, chance to pick up one of those overpriced pieces of junk 1Dx thingies 2nd hand.

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Considering the previous iterations were D3s (12MP) & D3x (24MP), it's hard to see Nikon doing anything more with a D4s over the D4 than some minor tweaks, I find myself agreeing in this instance with AvTvM, a bit of a yawn, something like the D600 versus the D610 iteration.

Would really liked to have seen Nikon drop a 36MP D4x into the Market, if for no other reason than it might (big might) have given Canon some extra incentive to get that 1Dxs into the 2014 Market @ 45MP, we live in hope.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:55:00 PM »
I use a different solution.  Rather than screwing Blackrapid FasterR lugs into body and lens, I have the lug attached (semi-permanently, with Loctite Blue) to a small Kirk 1" Arca-Swiss type clamp.  Since I have lens plates or replacement feet on all collared lenses, as well as an L-bracket for the body, that enables me to attach the Blackrapid strap wherever I want, switching it around very easily.

I read Neuro's solution sometime ago on another thread re the same subject, I basically did the same, but used the RRS Lever Clamp attached to the Black Rapid Strap, using the locktite. I have RRS replacement feet on all my Whites, and use Wimberley Plates on the 70-200 & other lenses, I've been really happy with this solution, for extra comfort/safety you can also attach a separate short strap through the loop of the Black Rapid and attach to the L Plate.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2013, 10:08:11 PM »
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How do you improve on the 135L?

I guess you do something like this :
http://www.lenstip.com/index.php?test=obiektywu&test_ob=388

 ;)

The Zeiss from all accounts is an amazing lens, what we have come to expect from Zeiss, they make few poor Lenses, but.

For Canon & Nikon, this particular 135f/2, though sublime, lacks auto focus, so it's all manual, which is Ok as well, but the Canon 135L is a pretty hard act to follow considering it's maybe 98% as good as the Zeiss 135f/2, and has auto focus, on a Canon body.

I haven't actually used the Zeiss 135f/2, but I do own the Canon 135f/2, and it's pretty good.

I own the Sigma Art 35f/1.4 as well as the Canon 35f/1.4 L, and both are excellent Lenses, the Sigma may have the sharper image, but the Canon has the better Bokah, it's all subjective to the individuals taste & preference, and wallet.

I think also "distant stars" original "How do you improve on the 135L" didn't need to inspire the "Canon Fan Boy" tirade that followed, this is an open forum, people are allowed to post their views, and within normal reasonable bounds, shouldn't expect to be hammered for them.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 16, 2013, 09:21:25 PM »
Thanks Both, it is Wild Ass  ;D

Ok, that Image actually shows both, well done  ;)

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