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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:26:46 PM »
I just use a simple screw-in-adapter without any AF confirmation. I don't see the need for them because I probably won't take out such an adapted lens on a hike where I don't have much time to shoot, I only take it with me when I know I can play around a bit and then I can also set the focus via LiveView to be sure.

By the way there is my first good swirly shot with my Helios 44-2, I can't really believe how sharp it is.


Down the rabbit hole von Florian Bieler auf Flickr


Yep, that's what I'm talking about right there.  The Helios is very sharp in the center of the frame, and then that wonderful artistic bokeh rendering.  This is a fantastic use of it!

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 21, 2013, 12:56:42 PM »

One final thing:  I have heard from others that the whole lens retraction/lock is a minor annoyance.  How have you found that aspect of the design?

For me this is no annoyance at all. After using the lens two or three times you get really fast used to that mechanism. I see more the advantage of the design as the lens is quite short when retracted.

Frank

That's good to hear.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:42:12 AM »
Good question!

Either way, if the next one does it too... I'm going to take that as a sign, and get the Tamron instead!  :-\

I wouldn't, once you get a good copy it just doesn't get better IMO.

There is a certain "lottery" with the Tamron, too (I love my copy, but it is my second).  I think the reality is that when you are a demanding consumer (as probably most people on this forum are), you have to be prepared for a process when acquiring a new lens.  The work to get a great copy is worth it, and there is sample variation from all manufacturers. 

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EOS-M / Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: October 21, 2013, 10:19:16 AM »
I really like both lenses on the EOS-M...


Both nice images.  I agree about the quality of the two lenses, and the bargain price helps, too.  I would love to see a nice compact telephoto for the system, but at the same time I have very little incentive to buy a lot of lenses for it.  It will never be my primary system, but having options isn't bad, either.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:07:25 AM »
Finally, I was able to shoot some with my 6D.  I really love this camera.  I just miss that little joystick.

Road-testing 101...  I'll try to do some landscapes next weekend as it's almost always raining these past few days here in Kuala Lumpur.


These have nice sharpness, Jason.  What lens are you using for these?

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:58:41 AM »
Hi Dustin,

I´ll try to answer your question as good as poosible. I didn´t take too much pictures until now with the 11-22mm lens.
My above shared pictures are taken in RAW + JPG and the RAW files are postprocessed in LR5 (clarity, contrast, saturation, some are cropped). For the JPG I use the picturestyle Landscape and the results are very similar to my PP RAW Files.
I like very much how well the flares are controlled when the sun is in the frame or in any difficult angle to the lens. Even without a lens hood (I´m still waiting for my order).
Due to the fact that 11mm is UWA, you have to carefully compose your pictures. You shouldn´t place builduings or persons near the edge of the frame as they will be distorted in a unpleasing manner. But I guess this is part of an UWA lens. Also corner sharpness isn´t as good as center sharpness. But I can´t say if this is worse or better than any comparable UWA lens.
Unfortunately ther is no lensprofile in LR5. At least no lensprofile which came from Adobe delivered with LR or any update until know. I haven´t searched for a 3rd party lensprofile on the web yet.
The lens is very similar in weight and dimension compared to the 18-55 and so it is as well balanced with the M. The minimal focussing distance is also good. The picture of the grapes was taken from a very short distance.

Frank


Frank, thanks for the info.  No real surprises there.  I wouldn't be too concerned about the lens profile as Adobe seems to have been really proactive with the other EF-M lenses in getting official profiles up quickly for them.  Everything you said pretty much applies to every Canon wide angle zoom.  It would be interesting to see a direct corner comparison to the 10-22, as they are the most natural competitors.

One final thing:  I have heard from others that the whole lens retraction/lock is a minor annoyance.  How have you found that aspect of the design?

Also, here is another post from the 18-55mm.  I have found it's sharpness a rather pleasant surprise.  Flare resistance is not fantastic, though.


Transition by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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EOS-M / Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:51:11 AM »

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:00:05 PM »
Thank you Dustin. Your review of the Tamron 70-200 VC amoung other reviews helped me to decide to get it. Here are some pictures I took with it during the first 2 days. Hopefully the dad and his daughter didn't mind that I took a few pictures of them.


IMG_3288 by SummerAutism, on Flickr


IMG_3230 by SummerAutism, on Flickr


IMG_3218 by SummerAutism, on Flickr


IMG_3335 by SummerAutism, on Flickr


IMG_3203 by SummerAutism, on Flickr


Those are some great images.  The sharpness and DOF on that first one is fabulous!

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: October 20, 2013, 04:26:55 PM »

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:44:01 PM »
Everything I've read nearly points to this being a replacement for the 650D.  (Minus the obvious physical differences and the fact that I can't use EF-S lenses directly)

As a hobbyist/traveller this intrigues me - Is the only real difference I'd be losing is that the EF-M's 11-22 mignt not be as good as the EF-S's 10-22?

I have read nothing but good about the 11-22 so far, but I don't know that I have seen a direct comparison of the two lenses.  I just checked if Bryan over at the TDP had added the 11-22 to his chart testing, but that doesn't appear to be the case.  The trend with the newer STM lenses is that they are all sharper than the lenses that they are replacing, but, of course, the 11-22 isn't a direct replacement of the 10-22mm.

I personally doubt that you would lose anything (other than a mm of focal length, which could be an issue), and would gain the IS of the 11-22.  I would love to see the two lenses compared head to head.  I used the 10-22 when I shot crop and found it a very good lens.

Hi,

unfortunately I can´t compare the 11-22 to the 10-22, but I can show you some pictures from the recently golden October days which I have done with the 11-22mm lens:


Thank you for sharing, Frank!  Those are some excellent shots (I particularly love the tail end of the series) and show both nice detail and color rendition.  Would you mind sharing some of your observations on field use and the image quality you are getting?

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:37:36 AM »
Irish Sunset last night

Excellent compression on the shot to get that great "big sun"!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:32:29 AM »
Here's another nightscape - 6D is a great body for this!


Just Another Night by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


Another good image Dustin. Had a look at your pal Blair's work. It's good and interesting, not overly keen on repeated use of fill in flash. I think yours are more subtle.

I'm working on my own night shots now to see what I can produce. Not as easy as it looks !!


He has a very recognizable style, to be sure.  But you can't help but be impressed by the amazing job he does executing his vision.  He often puts a ton of work into those shots.

My approach is more subtle in part by necessity.  I don't have access to those grand vistas that he does, and have to choose spots where the trees don't close in.  I am looking forward to shooting some winter ones here (no lack of night in winter!), even though I will freeze my rear off getting them.

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:24:04 AM »
I have just completed a thorough review of the EOS M and a lot of its components:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/09/canon-eos-m-review/

The review includes an examination of the EF - EF-M adapter and EF lenses on the M, the 90EX Speedlite, and the use of multiple adapters for Legacy Lenses like M42 and Konica mounts.  The EF-M 22mm f/2 is only native lens included in the review at the moment, but I will be updating it later this week after the EF-M 18-55mm STM lens arrives.


Thousand Thanks, Sir, Dear Dustin.
For Super clear the Ability/ Adaptibility and Usebility of this EOS-M camera from the PRO like you.
Yes, I will wait for MK II  ( High End of MK II of EOS-M)
Nice to read your great Website  and learn  new infor. from your web site.
Surapon

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/09/canon-eos-m-review/


Thanks for the nice feedback, Surapon.

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:23:18 AM »
I always enjoy your PP skill TWI by Dustin Abbott :).

With 2 kids (2 &5yrs), I wish I can have some spare times and learn how PP digital images.

dustin... i'm still waiting for you to write a book on your post processing workflow so i can buy it :D

nice review BTW much better than my crap attempt when i first got it :P

Tell you what: in the meantime I will try to find a place to share links to the tutorials I write for various publications.  I've got a series of three articles that will go live shortly that I did for Alien Skin. 

The downside:  when I post those kinds of links I invariably get blasted by some posters here for blatant self promotion.  Guess you can't please everyone.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:20:17 AM »
Here's another nightscape with the Rokinon.  It really is a fabulous tool for this kind of work.  I had never really down this type of photography (other than a couple of minor attempts), but have discovered a whole new passion since getting the Rokinon:


Just Another Night by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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