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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:48:57 AM »
I took these with my X100S as I did not want to travel with my 5D3
I know the 'foggy' effect of a long-exposure is sooo overdone and soooo out, but I never tried it myself - so I just had to give it a try :-)
Feedback appreciated.

Overdone style or not, lovely shot. Composition might have been slightly stronger if you included a bit more rocky shoreline and less sky (the rocks/water are more visually interesting than the gray clouds), but that's subjective. Nice job.

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Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:43:42 PM »
fredmiranda.com

Second that. Nothing but good experiences at FM, and a HUGE amount of buy/sell traffic by knowledgeable photographers. You'll never get by with an inflated price (too many comparables), but you won't get low-balled either. Does cost a bit for a buy/sell membership if you want to upload photos, but I find that worthwhile since they also have great discussion and presentation boards.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:30:56 PM »
Of course, I understand :) Thank you very much, that shows exactly what I wanted to see. If it's not too much to ask, could you produce flare with the lens and post a sample of that? Just when you have the time, or if you have a sample ready.

Sorry - I've just had this lens a couple of months and my one outdoor session didn't include any open sky. I'm sure some online reviews cover that aspect.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 08, 2014, 07:09:47 PM »
I just used this lens for a set of portraits for a high school drama program with a 6D and 3-light setup. Beautiful color and bokeh with wonderful DOF control. Just love this lens.


Thank you for posting this perfect sample of using the lens for what it's meant for. Very helpful :) Would it be possible to see larger resolution samples?


Those links are from a gallery of prints for sale (to parents) so they're size-limited online, but here's one example you can view at 100% if you click on it. This was shot at f2.8 at ISO 200 and cropped from a 1/2-body portrait. I had to actually try to reduce sharpness in post-processing with LR 5, by setting clarity = -24, sharpness = 0 and luminance noise reduction to 40 (despite no visible noise in the image) to avoid accentuating minor skin imperfections. Focus was obviously on the eyes. For later portraits I switch to f3.5-f4.0 and moved the kids further from the background to avoid OOF ears and losing detail in jewelry.


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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:43:06 PM »
I just used this lens for a set of portraits for a high school drama program with a 6D and 3-light setup. Beautiful color and bokeh with wonderful DOF control. Just love this lens.






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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D: RAW via WI-FI?
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:24:43 AM »
Note that it will take 20+ seconds to transfer each RAW file, so I find the option to shoot RAW+JPEG fine (which stores both on the SD) and only transmit JPEG over wireless to the laptop works best. Just a second or two delay and they show up. Good enough for real-time client preview.

Seriously?  20 seconds to transfer a 25 MB file?  That's barely 802.11b speeds.  They ought to just about get that speed at close distances even with the Wi-Fi antenna unplugged....  I wonder if either Canon or the cell phone vendors are using some ancient, crufty firmware for their chipset that doesn't support 802.11g or 802.11n speeds in Ad-Hoc mode.

To clarify, that's for Wifi tethered shooting vis EOS utility to LR on a laptop, so the 20 sec includes data transfer + LR's service noticing and importing the file + rendering a quick preview image for display. I believe the 6D does 802.11b/g/n, but the laptop only supported g IIRC so n may 2x faster.

I still think RAW+JPEG with JPEG transmitted is the way to go for best results, though.

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Very nice setup. I've been following these threads as well, and decided to pull the trigger on a TVC-34L + TA-3-LB-HK leveling base to upgrade my 2-series Gitzo. Just got it yesterday - what a difference in stability! I'm 6'2" so it's also great to finally have a tripod I can use to shoot up with and lower one leg on uneven ground without having to crouch.

I decided to keep my Markins Q10 with screw clamp for now rather than spring for the BH-55, since I have a mix of plates and really like the smoothness and lower weight of the Q10 for the same or higher load rating as the BH-55. I can see trying one eventually, though, given the tremendous quality of the rest of the equipment.

Enjoy! (I know I will)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D: RAW via WI-FI?
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:31:11 AM »
With EOS remote on a laptop you can transfer RAW files, and you can also specify some really useful things such as:
Shoot RAW+Save onto SD Card, but transfer JPEG to specified folder

Then from the specified folder import into lightroom via auto import


+1

Here's a nice write-up on that setup: http://www.p4pictures.com/2013/01/eos-6d-wifi-tethered-shooting-to-lightroom/

Note that it will take 20+ seconds to transfer each RAW file, so I find the option to shoot RAW+JPEG fine (which stores both on the SD) and only transmit JPEG over wireless to the laptop works best. Just a second or two delay and they show up. Good enough for real-time client preview.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Wrist strap / handgrip recommendation?
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:34:17 AM »
I use the Canon Hand Strap E2 on my 6D. It works great with the battery grip, which has a convenient strap lug on the right side, but can also connect to the tripod socket with the included nut or to a Kirk/RRS bracket with strap lug by removing the tripod connector.

There are also Chinese knock-offs from the usual suspects that are far cheaper, but it wasn't worth the risk to me. That's a lot of money riding on those stitches and buckles.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Comfortable strap?
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:29:26 AM »
Hi,

I use a Crumpler Industry Disgrace Camera Strap. The neck strap is wide enough to evenly spread out the weight of a 5Dmk III and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. I used it to shoot a wedding and it was comfortable all day. Although, I didn't have it on my neck much, more or over the shoulder.

B&H sell it:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/791880-REG/Crumpler_ID_08A_Industry_Disgrace_Camera_Strap.html


+1

I also have a "convenient disgrace", which is the same strap with buckles to remove it from the body, leaving just strap leads (e.g. when used on a tripod or for packing into a bag). I wish the straps were shorter, though, because they still get in the way.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 17-40mm & ND filter
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:10:21 PM »
I use a B&H 10x ND Filter on the 17-40, there is definitely heavy vignetting @ the 17MM end but it's easily correctable in Lightroom - although you'll have to go a step further than just using the built in profile corrections for the 17-40mm, I had to go into Manual Vignetting on top of that and adjust to +40.  Here are a few samples, first one is raw straight out of camera, second is processed and vignetting taken out:


I bought the Hoya Neutral Density x400 HMC (9-stop) for my 17-40L in the native 77mm size, and I don't see much if any extra vignetting at 17mm on a FF body (6D). I just applied the standard Lightroom lens profile and the corners looked fine at f10-f16. Vignetting may be aggravated at larger apertures, but I only use this "black glass" filter for deep landscapes anyway, so it's irrelevant for my use.

The aluminum Hoya mount does seem ever-so-slightly narrower than the typical B+W brass ring, so that may be the difference (but I haven't measured it). I don't have any experience with the Heliopan filters mentioned.

Definitely recommend trying this sort of filter. Really opens up interesting photographic opportunities. Here's a recent example:

Canon 6D, 17-40L at 17mm, ISO100, f16, 30sec:



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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:16:37 PM »
Surprisingly good bokeh for 70-200 f4L is on the 6D, wide open at f4. Can't wait to try out my new 135L for portraits!




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Software & Accessories / Re: Good idea to upgrade to LR5? Regrets?
« on: December 04, 2013, 09:44:25 AM »
both mavericks and LR5 (from LR4) were painless upgrades for me. LR5 seems snappier than LR4, but still not as snappy as LR3.

content aware spot treatment brush is now better. Plus the radial filters are quite nice.

+1

Same experience on Win7/64 for me. As soon as I realized I could drag with the spot treatment brush and adjustment brush to create any shape I needed I deleted LR4 and didn't look back. Huge impact on my workflow.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon buy 1, get 4 paper sale on again
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:53:01 AM »
Thanks for the tip - in addition to the get 4 deal if you spend more than $50 you get 6 other misc packs of paper free too, and free shipping on everything. Bought a pack of 8.5x11 platinum plus some ink and got over $200 worth of freebies. Amazing deal!

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Technical Support / Re: Battery grips, BG-E2 vs E2N
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:33:34 PM »
Hi J.R.
Actually that is quite a help as it means I can concentrate on the E2 grip. Both of these choices were used, and eliminating the E2N will save 1/3 of the cost,  :) the BG-E2 is up for £20, the BG-E2N is up for £30!!

If someone with an E2 non N could confirm it does (or doesn't) have a BBF that would be a great help.

Cheers Graham.

I bought a used BG-E2N for my 20D and 50D, and I can confirm that it does *not* have a dedicated AF-ON button on the back (unlike my new BG-E13 for my 6D, which does). However, you can set a custom function to swap the positions of the AF and * buttons, then use the * (left button) on the BG-E2N for BBF. That's how I set up my 50D and it works fine.

Not ideal, but if you can retrain your fingers you can just leave your camera set up that way for use when the grip is installed or not. I tended to switch back when I removed the grip, then fumbled a bit to adapt when putting it back on.

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