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Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:12:42 PM »
Something different!

Blurred motor-racing photos have become a cliché. I've shot them in the past, but I've switched to a 1950-60s deep-focus fast shutter speed look.

To be noticed you need to be different from the crowd, not copying the present trends. And your pitcher is definitely different, the elongated left arm is eye catching. Keep working on this style.

For me, the background is too soft. There is too little contrast between the out-of-focus background and the blurred pitcher, i.e. too much mush. With the slow shutter speed you should be able to stop-down more than you have. I may be wrong, but it's worth trying.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:28:21 PM »

And Hogan's point regards Apple etc & the development of better & better phone cameras etc is to me a cause for some sadness, I like the fact that "Good Photography" still requires some skill, ...

Time marches on! PJs are using different cameras today than what was used to shoot the US Civil War (1861-65) or the Crimean War (1853-56). Some even use iPhones :) For those of you interested in War Photography here's a link to Wikipedia's article  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_photography

BTW it takes skill/talent to get good shots with an iPhone. And there are more than a few really excellent iPhotos around. You may have even seen some without realizing it.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:10:41 PM »
I am a pro (working in video) I am an enthusiast when it comes to stills.

I laughed at the bit about his pal 'moving into' video.  They are worlds apart.

There are many middle-of-the-road-pros "moving into video" as competition heats up in the stills market. They don't know much (or anything) about continuity or editing, but they have huge egos. And they whore up prices :( sorta like Craig's List Wedding photographers :(

BTW I'm retired IATSE. I remember one show where the script girl was arguing with the Director and DP over screen direction. She may have lost, but an hour later the DP told the Director that she was right. So they re-shot the last hours work :)

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Lenses / Re: Fast lenses at a crossroads?
« on: January 20, 2015, 03:23:25 PM »
In the deep dark past, fast lenses were needed for low light. Now-a-days low noise high ISO sensors have replaced f/1.4 lenses for many people.

If you want/need fast lenses, buy primes, not zooms. Nikon has recently released the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED, for about $800.00. It weighs 12.6 oz (357 g). Can Canon be far behind ???

BTW f/1.8 is a good compromise between speed and weight.

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Oh, and ND Grads? That's cheating too. It's HDR 1.0 (the betamode).

Grads (both color and ND) are just tools to get-it-right in-camera. I was using Grads long before HDR software was available, should I destroy all the "cheated" Chromes from the 1970s ???

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I am getting a little tired of the mantra, that the camera doesn't matter. Of course it does.

A camera is a tool, and all tools aren't equal. Some tools are better suited for certain tasks and circumstances. It also very good to know your tools and how to get the most of it, where camera/sensor tests can sometimes be helpful.

Sometime I hear people claiming that photography used to be more "pure" and today there is too much obsession over noise, DR, megapixels, etc. . I am sure there is/was a bunch of film guys who obsess over film development techniques, push/pull processing, film types, grain structures, reciprocal failure, etc.

The key word is Obsession. There is too much obsession over things that don't really matter. What's important is that the photo satisfies you or your client, nothing else really matters.

Film wasn't more "pure." It is/was just different. Sometime I find film useful because I can get the effect I want, in camera, with NO post processing needed. Other times Digital works better for me.

Too many people today obsess over the fact that others do it differently ;)

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http://www.trenholm.org/hmmerk/VCFaDOF1.pdf and http://www.trenholm.org/hmmerk/VCFaDOF2.pdf will answer some of your questions

WTF is "freelensing," is that something like freebasing (smoking crack) ???

You should be able to rent Canon TS-E lenses in the UK.

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I agree with everything he says.

I don't care about DxOMark! An 8x10 print tells me all I need to know about a sensor or lens. "Sharpness is a bourgeois concept." – Henri Cartier Bresson ;)

I learned photography shooting 'Cromes (slide film) that has NO exposure latitude. I learned to get-it-right-in-camera. I don't own PhotoShop, but my Retoucher does, she can use whatever she likes.

I shoot a lot at f/16, even though I use a Tilt & Shift lens. I've never noticed any softness on the printed page.

I've never used HDR, so no comments from my experience. But I do see a lot of fugley-fotos that use HDR :)

#camera-doesn't-matter There are things I like about Canon cameras, there are thing I don't like about Nikon cameras ... but I can take the same picture with either make.

BTW "Does that mean I have overnight repair support ..." is a BFD. Another BFD is that I can rent Canon, Nikon and Profoto anywhere in the world. I own a Sony NEX 5n and the quickest and cheapest Sony repair is to buy a NEW camera :(



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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 03:39:26 PM »

   Sam's Club and Costco are "brick and mortar" retailers for the most part, even though they're discounters. Great prices on a THIN selection in most specialty goods areas such as cameras and electronics (at least in the physical stores).

There is more to life than "cameras and electronics." Much more.

When I go into a Costco I buy Books, Clothing, Drugs/first aid and Food. I've stopped buying T-shirts at JCPennys, which is my point. Big Box stores are damaging local retail, and Adorama, Amazon and B&H are damaging local camera stores. The loss of Calumet was the loss of a good rental store for me. I'm not going to rent Profoto packs from B&H who is 3,000 miles from me.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 03:11:08 PM »
Wet Seal Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a week after it closed two-thirds of its locations and laid off thousands ...Wet Seal to close 338 stores, lay off nearly 3,700 employees ...The retailer now has 173 locations and its online business.  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-wet-seal-bankruptcy-20150116-story.html

For those of you not familiar with Wet Seal  http://www.wetseal.com  they are a young women's clothing retailer.

The world of retail is changing.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 02:47:28 PM »

Sam's Club was closed down in Canada in 2009

Sam's Clubs are still killing local retail stores in the USA. Almost impossible to find a parking space at SoCal Sam's Clubs.

BTW Costco and Sam's Clubs sell meat and green groceries, not jus 5 gallon bottles of pickles. And some Super Market chains are closing down stores in SoCal (Albertsons, Ralphs).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 02:37:32 PM »

Sony owning a retail outlet was a conflict of interest.

When Sony started their camera division, many B & M Camera stores Would Not stock Sony cameras. They thought that Sony Stores were unfair competition. They though that Sony Stores would be the first to get new product, and that Sony Stores could stock deep. This is not supposition, I talk to several local camera stores back then.

Now most of the B & M camera stores are gone. Large chains (Calumet, most Ritz) and Mom & Pops as well.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:18:06 PM »
Sony has already stopped making laptops....

They announced today that they are closing all their retail outlets (The Sony Store) in Canada.

This is "interesting" behavior and does not make me confident about their future. It looks a lot more like a company that is shutting down than a "market leader"

Target leaving Canada, to close all 133 stores, lay off 17,600 workers. From todays Los Angeles Times  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-target-leaving-canada-20150115-story.html

Maybe Canada is a bad place for brick-and-mortar stores. Could it be possible that Amazon, etc are killing local business even faster in Canada than in the USA ???

It's not hard for me to envision a future with no local retail, except Big Box stores (Costco, Sam's Club) and Online Super Stores (like Amazon). A place without B&H and Adorama, because the camera companies sell direct to consumers online.

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Lenses / Re: Would you buy this lens? Small, lightweight, 17mm/2.8
« on: January 14, 2015, 04:19:23 PM »
If the price was right, I'd buy it for use on my Canon Elan 7n Full Frame Film camera . A good compliment to the 50mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 i presently use.

As an EF-S lens it would be a good small/light prime (= 27mm FF) for an xxD camera. I'd also like to see an EF-S 10mm prime.

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Lenses / Re: TS-E Depth of Field newbie question
« on: January 14, 2015, 02:13:43 AM »
...... both the gear teeth (at the back) and the threaded holes (at the front) are in acceptable focus, even though they are at 90° to each other.
I think you meant to present a concept differently than you have and I'm clueless about your actual intent.
All the threaded holes visible in the Offenhauser pump pictured are actually very parallel (0°) to the gear teeth.
Can you please re-phrase for clarification?

The removale front of the pump is one leg of an "L." The body of the pump is the other leg of an "L." Where the two legs of the "L" meet is a 90° angle, forming two different planes. Both the side of the body (one plane of the "L"), and the removable front piece (the other plane of the "L") are on two different planes. Both planes are in Acceptable Focus, but how can this be ??? Some posters have said that only one plane can be in focus, therefore I must have made a very large mistake because my photo clearly shows two planes in Acceptable Focus ;)

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