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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 05, 2013, 08:31:10 AM »
You know you can fix that yourself, right?

Do tell. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 02, 2013, 02:01:23 AM »
Hi

I just tried the 25mm T1,5 cine version, and i was really satisfied with that one. The build the price, the picture it can make.
Yes it has no eletronics in it, and the focus ring is designed for movie-like slow but steady moves, so its a bit harder (but fluent!) to turn, than a regular photo lens.

In a fast/random changing situations i would miss the lack of autofocus, since its hard to keep in focus, especially for someone with no experience, but other cases i wouldnt think its a problem.

One more thing: of course the camerabody (5dmkIII too) couldnt communicate with the non-existing aperture motor, it asked for verifying if there is any lens attached every time i turned it on again. Not a big issue eithet.

Thanks Kankalin. When you change the aperture value on the lens using the aperture ring, does it show the changed value in camera's viewfinder, quick menu? Also did you have to do any AFMA or was I sharp out of the box.

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 01, 2013, 05:07:57 PM »
Thanks, just wanted to make sure. It's kinda hard to find any reviews of this cine lens. It has been out for a couple of months no?

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Lenses / Samyang 14mm T3.1 for still photography?
« on: March 01, 2013, 10:45:54 AM »
Can you use the Samyang 14mm T.3.1 Cine lens for still photography? I understand this is designed for video and it's aperture ring is declicked for smoother transition of aperture size. Not sure if that should be a problem when taking photographs though. Anyone used this particular lens to for still photography (if that is even possible with this lens) ? If it works, how does it compare to its younger brother cousin Samyang 14mm f2.8.? I am using a 5D3. Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: Lens purchase strategy
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:20:39 AM »
I am fairly new in photograpy, and still learning and exploring various avenues. Initially I had 15-85 and 60D. I realized I liked shooting at the wide end or the tele end in almost 90% of my shots. I like shooting landscapes, and also lust for shots that yields creamy background. I sold the 15-85, and bought 24-70L to cover general shooting, portraits, and wanted a constant aperture. About 90% of the time I found myself shooting at 70mm wide open.

When I moved to FF, I felt I was missing out on the reach and wanted a 70-200 or 70-300. I could not afford the 70-200 f2.8 IS MKII so bought a used 70-200 f.8L only to see if I like the weight, and the shots it can help me get. Then later sell this and add money to get the MKII ultimately. Sort of like a stepping stone for me.

So for the next 10 months I am hoping to get the 14mm Samyang for wide landscape shots, and then upgrade to MKII. Who knows, all these might change depending on my shooting habits down the road. Something tells me I will love primes more once I get my hands on some.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 24, 2013, 09:56:57 PM »
With the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM:


www.JordanSternPhotography.com

Great colors, and you have some amazing shots in your gallery!

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Software & Accessories / Re: AFMA advice sought
« on: February 24, 2013, 09:08:37 PM »
This is great stuff from ML. Thanks for sharing.

In regards to Focal's AFMA, at what aperture should you perform Focal's AFMA test? I think i had it wide open during the test, is that ok or are we supposed to stop it down to something smaller like 5.6 or 8?

Generally test wide open... In fact, only the Pro version let's you select f/stops other than wide open...

Thanks ^_^

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Software & Accessories / Image Upload/Export Workflow for Facebook
« on: February 24, 2013, 08:21:27 PM »
How do you save/export images for uploading into facebook. I am asking because lightroom exported jpegs are compressed by facebook's image upload engine and as such the final uploaded photos look degraded or nowhere near as clean as the original file. The images are 1280px on the long end. I have seem some folks have clean images in their facebook stream and I am lost as to how they do it. Do you use 'Save for Web' save option in Photoshop?

What settings should one use to export the images from Lightroom? I use sRGB colorspace as the colorspace, jpeg format, quality set to 100%, resolution is set to 300dpi (i dont know if I set it to 300 or was it there by default).

Edit: Or maybe I am just seeing things >_<

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: February 24, 2013, 07:11:25 PM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.

Whoa, thanks for sharing your workflow Dustin. Appreciate it. Will go through the link you posted. :)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:05:09 AM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.

Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o

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Software & Accessories / Re: AFMA advice sought
« on: February 23, 2013, 09:15:02 PM »
This is great stuff from ML. Thanks for sharing.

In regards to Focal's AFMA, at what aperture should you perform Focal's AFMA test? I think i had it wide open during the test, is that ok or are we supposed to stop it down to something smaller like 5.6 or 8?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Transition from Nikon to Canon
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:54:40 AM »
I used to use the 60D before I switched to full frame. On top of what everyone said already I will add this, if possible then try and handhold both the bodies. See what feels comfortable in your hand. I still prefer the 60D's grip and its ergonomics as it fits my hand better than the 600/650D. Also, 60D and 6D's body, button layout and ergonomic is nearly identical and if you plan to step up to the full frame 6D in the future you will find it famliar.

Skip the 18-55 kit lens, and get the 40 EF lens. Remember any "EF" lens will work on both Canon's crop bodies (like the 60D, 650D) and full frame bodies (6D, 5D2, 5D3, etc). The" EF-S" lens (eg. 18-55 you mentioned) however will only work on your crop bodies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:10:10 PM »
Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.   

http://500px.com/photo/26318243

Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

Dont know but that red piece somehow makes the body look bad@$$/Evil. Could that red panel indicate pro-line series/bodies like the rings are for their L series lenses? Or it could very well be modified by the user who knows :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:06:44 PM »
The 3D will have eye-controlled focus and a blink-activated shutter. You heard it here first.   :P

Hahaha+++ =P

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: February 17, 2013, 02:52:34 AM »
Beautiful shots!  :o

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