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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:00:37 AM »
Remember when phones resembled bricks? And then they slowly became smaller and smaller until they could fit inside a matchbox? And nowadays the trend seems to be for ever larger phones - reverting them back to brick status. I love progress! 

Just rambling.  :)

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:47:09 AM »
I shoot handheld a lot so composition and leveling are always a little off and need fixing via crop tool. Not all my images are cropped though, sometimes I take my time in camera and it pays off.

I also crop a landscape shot into portrait orientation on occasion. I recently did this with a series of group shots where I just left the camera in landscape orientation on the tripod, mostly to minimize fiddling about time during the event. I didn't want to break up the flow we had goin! (Was a freebie gig for a friend).

I think the crop tool is my most used item in Lr outside of the basic edits. Lights out crop is also great using the overlays. Top tip - press O key to toggle overlays when using crop tool.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:50:47 AM »
From what i know, manual settings for the iPhone camera were not "allowed" by apple. at least so far. manual shutter speed is a function controlled by iOS, and apple hasn't allowed for apps to access it, until now. it is said that with iOS 8 users will be able (through using specific apps) to manually set shutter speed :)

PS. It was about time 8)

Ah I see, thanks. I have an iPhone 5 as well but never bothered with any camera apps other than the standard built in which for almost all quick snaps does a damn good job. For me the phone camera should work well in auto because that's how I'll use it. I'm more of a functional camera phone user than creative. I leave that to the DSLRs.

Edit - though having full control option is always a plus!

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:47:16 AM »
What does "camera shake compensation effect of the four stages" mean? Poor translation of something that means 4 stops IS?

Yes. The same info is written regarding the 24-105 IS STM so I'd imagine they're talking about 4 stops of IS.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:42:10 AM »
i wonder if you can use the camera with a manual mode? i dont understand why they dont allow this it would make it sooo much more powerfull to be able to set shutter speed and iso manually....

I thought there were apps that could do manual settings?

Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:26:00 PM »

I'd only get one if I were a full-time professional and using a Nikon D810.
While I admire the quality of the lens I can scarcely imagine a full time pro wanting to buy one. Manual focus for what is a portrait lens seems to be a recipe for frustration.
The other reason a pro would not buy it is because $4500 is a lot of working capital tied up in a tool that no client will appreciate.

Yeah it does seem like a poor business decision. I guess you could make that money back if you're one of the top pros earning thousands per job. For the average working person it's like 2 months salary for almost no gain in extra clients or work. Don't forget you have to insure that bad boy too!

I have a feeling Sigma are going to bring out an updated Art version of theirs soon at a quarter of the price and 99% of the IQ. The current one gets the job done as it is for most folk looking for an affordable 85.

Lenses / Re: Samyang 12mm F2.8 Full Frame Fish Eye
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:17:09 AM »
I saw this on their fb page earlier! I almost bought the 8mm one a while back but this FF would be way more interesting. Loving what SY are doing these days. Really impressed with my 14mm f/2.8 so far!

Lenses / Re: Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:19:33 AM »
This is what I'm aiming for.

Lenses / Re: Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 09, 2014, 08:54:37 PM »
Glad you were able to decide on a solution.  The thing to keep in mind with 3rd party TCs is possible incompatibility esp. if you use AFMA.  You might find yourself picking up a TC in the future to use with your 5D/70-200.  Are you using a monopod/tripod?  I've tried an EOS-M + 70-200 + 2x TC and can get unweildy without support.

Thanks for the tip! I was just gonna rely on the IS.  A monopod would be a great idea! I don't have one but I think I might be able to borrow one from a friend. The event is in a baseball field with benches and chairs. It's it a sort of fireworks display with these special giant handheld roman candles. Light levels will be low but I want to capture some of the sparks falling so I'll prob have to drag the shutter a bit.

The M is just a backup. I'll be shooting mainly with the FF, cropping in post if needs be. If there's time I'll make the switch to the M and get a couple of tight shots of just one person holding the firework. It will also help me decide if I should think about investing in a 300mm lens or not. (Any excuse to buy gear, eh?)

Lenses / Re: Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:59:18 PM »
Rental shop is closed on the Monday (national holiday) when I would like to return the lens so I'd have to return it Tuesday, a workday. Too much running around and hassle so I opted for plan B - adapt. That gives me 320mm with the EOS M plus I get an EF adaptor which I wanted anyway!

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:52:55 PM »
That awkward moment when someone hands you a P&S to take their pic and you instictively start to raise it towards your eye before realizing it doesn't have a ruddy viewfinder. Best you can do is pretend you're fiddling with the controls and look at the screen intently like a "pro".

I actually also did this when I first got my EOS M. Luckily it was in my house so no one saw it! A few minutes later I was frustrated when I couldn't find the playback zoom button. (EOS M owners will understand that last one).

Lenses / Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:59:59 AM »
Hey guys quick question. I'm going to an event where I'll be sitting a bit far away from the main goings on. The longest lens I have is my 70-200 f/4L IS.

Was thinking I could probably do with a bit more reach. Here's my Q -

Rent - 300mm f/4L IS (f/4 because the performers aint movin much and I wanna keep a lowish profile) ~ $50

Adapt - I'd have to buy an adaptor for the EOS M but then I could use the 70-200 on it. ~$80

Tele-convert - again I'd have to buy a tele-convertor (thinking Kenko). ~$150

Option 4 - crop. $0

I kinda wanna try out the 300 just to see what's it's like. It would also be my first time renting a lens, could be fun.

I have a T2i lying around but carrying 3 bodies plus all the crap along with them is not my idea of a fun time. I wanted to go with the 5D / tele and EOS M / 11-22 for the occasional wide shot. Light and easy.


(This is totally non urgent btw and I'll prob rent but just wanted to see some of your thought processes).

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:08:43 AM »
Damn self timer gets me every time! 10 seconds of beeping and standing around like an idiot. Not cool.

Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:38:01 AM »
For me a the main reason for buying a prime lens is that it allows you to do something that your zoom lens can't. For example - I shoot a lot at 24mm but I don't need a prime at that focal length because I have a 17-40L and 24-105L and I mainly shoot between f/5.6 - f/11. Instead I went for a 14mm f/2.8 because it has a unique perspective and it doubles up as an astro landscape lens (should I ever get into that!). There is a huge difference between 17mm f/4 and 14mm f/2.8 so the decision was an easy one!

But anyway, looking at your primes 35/50/100 isn't a bad combo at all. They all have advantages over your zooms but is there anything you would like to be able to do that you can't using those three, like tilt shift ability? If I had to go out with just three primes I'd choose 14/35/135 but that's because of the way I shoot. I find 35mm to be more useful than 50mm (my EOS M / 22 is my 35) and I find the telephoto look appealing so I'd go with the 135L (also because it's a bargain!).

How about this combo for OP - 17mm (or 24mm) TSE for landscape and interiors, keep the 35 f/2 IS for travel, low light and discreet street photography and also keep the 100mm macro for product and portraits. Either hold on to the 50 1.4 or sell it. Depends how much you use it.

Lenses / Re: Is there a need for a 50mm?
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:58:32 AM »
I sold my 50 1.8 II for about $60. Not for the money but just to reduce the amount of unused gear I had. There were definite situations that I could have still used it (prob shoulda kept mine tbh). I ended up replacing it recent(ish)ly with the old Sigma 1.4 which I got used. I actually quite like the Sigma, it's useable wide open and great at f/2. I found the plastic fantastic not so fantastic wide open and it really needed to be stopped down at least to f/2.2 (which makes it kinda pointless when you have an excellent f/2.8 zoom). My zooms are all f/4 which would have made more sense to keep it.

Weird. I miss that lens but I also don't ...

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