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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:36:48 PM »
The color is great in that series.  Very nice results!
Thanks, Dustin!  I found the M pretty frustrating to use after using SLRs in the past for similar shots, but the lens delivered some great results.

That about sums it up.  The sensor is surprisingly good on the M.  I haven't tried a 70D (or 7DII, obviously), but the M is cleaner than any previous APS-C camera that I've used, including the 60D.  But yes, it has some serious shortcomings.  I found those magnified in a recent review of the Tamron 18-200 VC for the M when shooting on the telephoto end sometimes.  Shooting tele without a viewfinder is NOT fun, particularly when trying to isolate details like a bird in a tree.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:18:33 PM »
I had the good fortune to get front row tickets to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in Tampa, Florida on Sunday night.  I snuck in the M with 22 mounted and 11-22 in my pocket.  Unfortunately the security was very tight and they made a big deal about "no interchangeable lens cameras" so I wasn't able to mount the 11-22.  Other than struggling a bit with focus, the 22 did quite well.  Here are a couple of the better shots I was able to take:

Steve Winwood opened - he was quite good:


Then it was on to Tom & the boys and their no frills set:






The color is great in that series.  Very nice results!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:30:07 AM »
One of the best things that I saw in this video was the microcontrast on that page of text.  If you have watched his video on the Zeiss Otus 85, you will find that this text compares very nicely to the what the Otus did in similar situations, where he contrasted it with the 85L II.  That microcontrast could mean some serious pop in shots taken for, say, wedding photography (that, to me, is one of the potentially most exciting applications for this lens).

Really?  I actively avoid rectilinear ultrawides for people photography because of the egg-head phenomenon you get at the edges of the frame.  That's why I like the fisheye for that - keeps people's heads round.  In fact, when I have shot rectilinear, I've often added a massive amount of barrel distortion in post just for this reason.

Right, but if you have a lot of extra space on the sides you have room to deal with the distortion.
Oh, I'm most thinking for dramatic interior shots and also for shooting large groups when space is tight.  I frequently use the 24mm end of the 24-70 VC for that purpose.

Yeah, I frequently use the 24 end of my 24-105 for that.  Any wider than that (rectilinear), and you have a group of people surrounded by aliens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:54:46 AM »
One of the best things that I saw in this video was the microcontrast on that page of text.  If you have watched his video on the Zeiss Otus 85, you will find that this text compares very nicely to the what the Otus did in similar situations, where he contrasted it with the 85L II.  That microcontrast could mean some serious pop in shots taken for, say, wedding photography (that, to me, is one of the potentially most exciting applications for this lens).

Really?  I actively avoid rectilinear ultrawides for people photography because of the egg-head phenomenon you get at the edges of the frame.  That's why I like the fisheye for that - keeps people's heads round.  In fact, when I have shot rectilinear, I've often added a massive amount of barrel distortion in post just for this reason.

Oh, I'm most thinking for dramatic interior shots and also for shooting large groups when space is tight.  I frequently use the 24mm end of the 24-70 VC for that purpose.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:43:36 AM »
One of the best things that I saw in this video was the microcontrast on that page of text.  If you have watched his video on the Zeiss Otus 85, you will find that this text compares very nicely to the what the Otus did in similar situations, where he contrasted it with the 85L II.  That microcontrast could mean some serious pop in shots taken for, say, wedding photography (that, to me, is one of the potentially most exciting applications for this lens).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:41:39 AM »
Has there been any release on what this thing might cost?

No exact pricing, but my contact says under $1500 (how much is the question).

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:43:01 AM »
I'm currently reviewing two EF-M mount lenses from third party manufacturers:  Tamron 18-200 VC and Rokinon 12mm f/2.  They are both very good lenses:  the Tamron does a little bit of everything quite well.  But the little Rokinon (manual everything) is a true treat.  It is basically a better version of the 14mm f/2.8:  less distortion, similar sharpness, and can use traditional filters.  I LOVE it!  The only thing holding it back is the basic limitations of a crop sensor (as compared to a FF sensor).

My full reviews will be live in the next couple of weeks.

I'm glad to hear of further development for the M.  It definitely has limitations, but it produces surprisingly good images.  I actually used a 60D for a recent review of a crop sensor lens and was surprised by how much less "clean" the images were compared to the EOS M images.  I haven't used a 70D/7DII yet, but I suspect the images from the M will be closer to the 70D than the 60D (I do anticipate the 70D/7DII having the best IQ of the three).

good to hear!
you are probably gonna make me spend money aren't you?
with these reviews

but what i really want to see canon bring out is an EF-M 15-85 IS that will be killer without all the compromise of a super zoom especially if it is as good as the 11-22 then the 12mm rokinon would fill in the wider end quite nicely.

That would be nice.  The 15-85 IS was my favorite EF-S lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:39:49 AM »
Looks very promising.  I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this soon and comparing it the 16-35mm f/4L IS I'm testing right now.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 21, 2014, 05:28:32 PM »
amazing shot dustin



Yawn by Sanjeev Deo on 500px


Thanks everyone.  This is a cool moment captured, too!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 21, 2014, 08:58:39 AM »
Velvet by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

6D + 70-300L

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:46:02 AM »
I'm currently reviewing two EF-M mount lenses from third party manufacturers:  Tamron 18-200 VC and Rokinon 12mm f/2.  They are both very good lenses:  the Tamron does a little bit of everything quite well.  But the little Rokinon (manual everything) is a true treat.  It is basically a better version of the 14mm f/2.8:  less distortion, similar sharpness, and can use traditional filters.  I LOVE it!  The only thing holding it back is the basic limitations of a crop sensor (as compared to a FF sensor).

My full reviews will be live in the next couple of weeks.

I'm glad to hear of further development for the M.  It definitely has limitations, but it produces surprisingly good images.  I actually used a 60D for a recent review of a crop sensor lens and was surprised by how much less "clean" the images were compared to the EOS M images.  I haven't used a 70D/7DII yet, but I suspect the images from the M will be closer to the 70D than the 60D (I do anticipate the 70D/7DII having the best IQ of the three).

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Dustin, thank you so much for sharing this. I've been wishing for *exactly* this workflow for some time now. Great to know it's there in PS CC! Now I can go back and get the intended results from a couple years of exposure bracketed files. Also appreciate your succinct and helpful video tutorial.

Thanks.  One of the most practical advancements in Photoshop is the ability to run ACR at any time.  I use it sometimes in post when some step has raised highlights or lowered shadows a bit too much.

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Have you ever tried the "Merge to 32-bit HDR" Lightroom plugin by HDRsoft (the Photomatix folks)?

http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/merge_lrplugin.html

I find it to be a much more straight forward way to get a virgin (NOT tone mapped) 32-bit HDR file that can then be processed in Lightroom (or ACR). It does not require Photoshop and allows me to simply stay in Lightroom for all my basic post-processing. Also, the resulting 32-bit files, that can be really big as you know, can be cut to half-size (while retaining the entire 32-bit tonal range & edit-ability) if you select the "use half floating point format" option.

I have used that plugin, and there is one major shortcoming that I encountered:  if you have handheld your images (which I often do) the alignment is frequently off by a hair, and that plugin does not seem to do "auto-align" particularly well.  It's fine if you work off of images taken on a tripod, but...  By contrast the workflow that I have detailed here does a great job of compensating for images that are not perfectly aligned.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:45:05 AM »
Basking by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
Nice shot Dustin! How and where did you shoot this?

I shot this in Parc Omega in Quebec, Canada.  How?  I was shooting the pack when I noticed this guy off by himself laying so perfectly on the rock in that sea of grass.  He quickly became my focus.

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Here's one more example using this technique.   

When the Sky Rolled Back by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
Hey Dustin, Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the images!  Looks like a great new option, I'm looking forward to trying it out soon after my next outing!  Thanks again!  ;)

No problem.  Thank you for the nice feedback.

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