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Lenses / Re: Canon IS Primes for landscapes?
« on: April 20, 2014, 05:56:00 PM »
My 2 cents worth....
As others have mentioned, from a landscape perspective, considering IS or AF isn't really the main issue, the Canon 24mm TS would be an excellent choice, with its great sharpness and ability to T/S. Closely followed by the Zeiss 21mm. I've rented the Zeiss 21mm before I bought the Zeiss 15mm and the 21mm had slightly better sharpness and contrast than the 15mm (I bought the 15mm mainly for astro/full sky shots). Plus, the Zeiss lenses have a hard infinity stop, which makes night shots really easy :)

As a "pan and stitch" lens, the 40mm pancake is superb when stopped to f4-5.6. A really under rated lens IMHO.

At the moment, my current "go to" lenses in my kit for landscape are the 40mm pancake (and stitch) or the Canon 24mm f1.4 II, which isn't the sharpest lens (wide open), but, stopped down, it does have a beaut contrast/colour about it.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:57:13 PM »
Rain drop on a Shiny Cassinia leaf. Used the MT-24 flash, hence the multiple, square reflections.

First of all I'm a portrait photographer and I've got experience, I know what's composition and all the sweet things that we care about. Second I didn't sign any contract with him and he told me that I could post the photos on my website. I went there to understand how weddings work and I wasn't hired as an assistant (but he told me you are coming as an assistant).
During the wedding the bride was a bit annoyed about the posing shots that he was trying to create and she was asking for more candid shots. I'm not saying I'm better than the pro and I will never say that, I don't even want to undermine him. I sent him about 40 photos the day after the wedding and he called me up telling me that he was impressed for my first wedding experience. At the end of this I just would like to be rewarded for this little success because I'm not making a living out of it.
By the way I don't like the way the pros use their assistants, people who make a living out of it should pay for their help. It is just fair. Sometimes when I have to do paid jobs I ask a friend to come along and I give him/her some money even if it's a $200 job.

You wanted to learn and he allowed you to be his assistant so you could get experience. Your ego has colored your view of what is the right thing to do.

Your comments/description show that you feel he did things that you would never do. We are all different and we can all learn from each other. You would have handled that situation differently? But he got the job and you didn't. Must say something about his ability. If you can do it better then start your own business.
Meantime thank him for allowing you to go to the wedding to practice (because that is what you were doing).
Give him the pics you took, free, and let him get the congratulations on a job well done.
Your ego has been massaged by the bride which should be sufficient to inspire and motivate you to do better and go into the wedding business.

Better to be friends with all the people you meet on the way up because you might meet them again on the way down.
I have shot as a second shooter. My pics belong to the pro who allowed me to shoot.
If the bride was to call me I would refer her to the pro.

To the OP, the cost has been your time. The payback has been the experience.

I see April 1st has clicked over in the US ;)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:13:26 PM »
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)
Wow, stunning pic.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:04:04 PM »
Here's a Northern-rough Winged Swallow with symmetrical reflection.  One of the most difficult birds I've ever photographed from an in flight / motion standpoint.  5D III users set your camera to AI servo with CASE 5 when tracking this erratic flyer (if unfamiliar most swallow/swifts will have same rule of thumb when in flight)

Northern-rough Winged Swallow (13326) by Revup67, on Flickr

Great shot revup67. I've taken pic's of the Welcome Swallow, here in Australia and any of these swallows can be challenge for both the photographer and the hardware :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:31:08 PM »
Won't it state on the lens where it is made ?

Ask Eldar or Edward or Winnie the Pooh to look
Good point. It says Made in Japan.

Typical Zeiss nowadays, design here in Germany, production in Japan (Cosina). My Zeiss glass (not an Otus) is "Made in Japan", too. Well, "Made in Japan" isn't really bad, isn't it?
Made in Japan is excellent! (Especially the 1972 Deep Purple live album ;))
LOL  +100  :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:36:11 PM »
I've been told that Zeiss and Leitz lenses are manufactured in Japan now and that these brand names are just licenses leased out by international trading companies that own those names. Is this true? Or, does Zeiss and Leitz still manufacture everything in Germany? Thanks

What difference would it make?

If Zeiss puts their name on it, I don't care if they had Aunt Mabel make it on Mars.
+1. Zeiss lenses are for the most part, made in Japan by Cosina. Meaning, you have excellent German lens design, being made by the Japanese who excel at high quality mass production. A perfect match in this era, in my books.

Lenses / Re: Picked up a new 24mm f1.4L II today
« on: February 21, 2014, 04:57:48 PM »
Thanks for the comments. Adhoc, that's a nice example. I have a friend up the road who runs a wildlife shelter for injured native animals. I'll try to get up there this weekend and take some pic's of the kangaroos, wallabies up close :)

A few pic's from yesterday. Not great examples perhaps, but I can see the potential, in particular, wide open. The usage and feel of the lens, reminds me very much of my 50mm f1.4, but with a different perspective.

And yes alexturton, the colour and contrast seems to be superb. Love it.

Our dog Zen, @ f1.4

Native grass tree, @ f1.8

View of Kinglake Ranges, in a late afternoon sun, from my house, @ f4.

Lenses / Re: Picked up a new 24mm f1.4L II today
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:10:52 AM »
Thanks Adhoc. I've got a couple of family events this weekend, so, I'm looking forward to trying the new lens out. Some will be indoors, so the fast aperture will be handy :)

Lenses / Picked up a new 24mm f1.4L II today
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:40:58 PM »
The price at the local camera store was too tempting, and I'd been hanging out for 6 months to get one. The other "trigger" point was I'll be in NY in a few weeks, and my current lens collection jumped from 15mm to 40mm or so. This one slots in nicely :)

Playing with it last night, the short DOF is wonderful, particularly for a wide angle lens. It certainly is a solid little lump of a lens ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Oh neat, a Nikon 300f2 (1981)
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:44:12 AM »
I like hearing your story about seeing the lens on display, and seeing the print!  Moments like that are what make impressions on us.  I've had several moments like that, but they usually have something to do with exotic sports cars or women, haha.  It's a shame the specialty camera shops are going away, or at least they are here.
Yeah, the Camera Exchange still exists as a camera shop, but its moved out from Melbourne (too expensive) and its just a shadow of itself, unfortunately. It was almost like a museum, with the range of second hand gear. A lot of Nikor gear from the late 60's and 70's. Alas, just not the market these days   :-\

I would love to visit Australia someday, especially that valley with the dinosaur-era trees still growing there.  I know it's restricted but somehow I want to go and take pictures of it. 
Wollemi pine, I presume. That's out near the Blue Mountains (some hours drive west of Sydney). A stunning place to visit (the Blue Mountains).

I'm also amazed at the wildfires you have in your rainforests down there...where the tree sap is about as flammable as gasoline...so it doesn't matter if it's a wet season, you can still have forest fires...that's crazy!  The cedar trees and pine trees we have here in Tennessee, have highly flammable sap...but it's nowhere near that bad.  They would not burn easily after days of rain...and most of the hardwoods would not burn at all in the wet.
Eucalyptus (gum) leaves contain a small amount of flammable oil, which means they burn really well, even when green off the tree. The forests tend to be dry in the summer, rather than a rainforest, and very moist in winter. Spring creates a great deal of growth, leading into summer, when it starts to dry out. As a natural process, the trees drop a lot of leaves in this dry time, leading to a high volume (2-4 inches) of dry leaf matter on the ground. This acts as a mulch, to slow the drying out, and reduces the evaporation from the tree (less surface area). But, if a fire starts, then its an issue.

Oops, I'm getting onto one of my pet subjects and way off topic....sorry to the OP.... ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Oh neat, a Nikon 300f2 (1981)
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:49:17 PM »
I've heard of the Canon 65mm f/.75, but not the 50mm f/.95.  I only know of the Canon 50mm f/1.0.  I think it went out of production in the early 1990's?  You can still rent it.
A few years back, there was a camera shop, here in Melbourne (Australia) called the "Camera Exchange". In one of the displays, they had one of these 50mm f0.95 lenses and a large BW print (a portrait) made from this lens. Exceptional image, considering the speed of the lens.

In a second cabinet, they had the Nikor 6mm lens. A beautiful, fishbowl shaped lens :)

As another poster has mentioned, these lenses were made back in the film era. In the case of super fast apertures, I guess that was partly driven by the fact that changing ISO wasn't as easy as it is these days.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:17:34 AM »
Thanks Graham. I happen to press the camera button (at 6fps) and got the whole sequence. But it only took about 5-6 frames for the bug to be an ex-bug ;)

It helped me having my house mate act as a spotter, as I was glued to the viewfinder. My house mate would tell me when a parent was approaching, so I could prepare to hold the button down. I got a lot of shots this afternoon :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:01:43 AM »
Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike, baby about to be fed. These ones are hanging around the property at the moment. The young one is being fed constantly.
5D3 with 300mm f4 L

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