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Portrait / Simple Portraits - anything to improve?
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:45:12 AM »
Hello all, I'd love to get some feedbacks on the shoot. What would you do differently and why?

http://www.occhio-photography.com/macgyver-we-are/

thanks a lot!

cheers,
r.


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Street & City / Travel Inspiration - Venice, Italy
« on: April 21, 2013, 07:26:08 AM »
Hello all, just want to share an inspiration / idea for those who plan to go to Venice..

http://www.occhio-photography.com/travel-inspiration-%EF%A3%A6-venice/

Cheers,
r.

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Lenses / Re: Wide angle lens advice and AF confirmation
« on: March 02, 2013, 04:07:46 AM »
That is a tough choice. I have all 3 and they are exceptional lenses. I've thought long and hard about selling one, but can't seem to do it, as they all have their own niche.

The 24 1.4 II gives you AF, a fast aperture, in a relatively compact lens, and it's weather sealed.

The TS-E has next to no distortion, minimal CA, and the awesome tilt & shift movements.

The Zeiss gives you the widest FOV, with knock out contrast, color and detail.

The IQ from all 3 is outstanding. For travel, the Zeiss is the lightest, with the 24 1.4, being just a tad heavier, and the TS-E the biggest. The Zeiss and TS-E take 82mm filters, usually more expensive than the 77mm on the 24 1.4. (if you want to make the decision harder, throw in the Zeiss 25/2, another amazing lens! :))

Here's one from all 3:

TS-E 24 II (w/shift, two shots handheld)


Zeiss 21mm ZE


24 1.4 II (@ f/1.4)



Thanks for the input! In your experience, do you think the mustache distortion in Zeiss to be significant? I saw some samples in the internet, and got mixed feeling about it. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to only keep 1, which would it be? (I know you had some struggles even selling one, but just for discussion sake..  ;D)

I also heard that Zeiss 25mm f/2 isn't as good as the 21mm f/2.8.. what do you think?

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Lenses / Re: Wide angle lens advice and AF confirmation
« on: March 02, 2013, 04:00:24 AM »
The TS-E 24 II is an awesome lens. Simply amazing.

I use it exclusively on a tripod, and, therefore, I use live view 10x for focussing (or tethered and 2x live view). Works great, especially since you can quickly and easily check focus across the entire frame. That's especially helpful if you're tilting for focus...which, frankly, isn't something I wind up doing all that much.

The 24 isn't the first lens I'd grab for portraiture, though, at least not traditional types of portraiture. It's awfully wide for that sort of thing. I have, however, used it for at least one portrait...see attached.

Cheers,

b&

Thanks for the photo! It is really hard to find portraiture samples using these lenses.. Indeed I will use it for environmental portraiture work.. :)

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Lenses / Re: Wide angle lens advice and AF confirmation
« on: March 02, 2013, 03:58:33 AM »
I've never found the AF confirmation light to be accurate enough to suit me for manual focus.  Most autofocus lenses are designed for fast autofocus and have a very short amount of rotation.  This makes it very difficult to achieve optimum focus.  I've also tried split prisms and had the same poor results.
Lenses designed for manual focus usually have a much better mechanism and are easier to use, but you need better than average vision.
Focus peaking as found in Magic Lantern might work best, but I haven't tried it.

Thanks for the info! I've had decent experience using AF lenses in MF mode. But I've never tried specifically MF lens, so I indeed was kind of hoping it would be more accurate with its long throw.

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Lenses / Wide angle lens advice and AF confirmation
« on: March 01, 2013, 06:04:32 PM »
Hi all, I'm in a hunt for a wide angle prime. I've had 17-40mm for a while, but have never been satisfied. So I have been considering 3 primes at the end: Canon 24mm f/1.4 ii L, Zeiss 21 distagon f/2.8 and Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II.

My main uses:
- Environmental portrait
- Landscape/travel

Critical factors:
- Sharpness across frame
- Low distortion

I don't mind with manual focus, and most of my uses will have considerable DOF. Nonetheless, I have been struggling to decide, and am unable to rent since I am traveling extensively for business (at least until the time I will buy one of these lenses in Singapore). Therefore I'm hoping to get your input/experiences here to help me decide:

1) Which do you recommend for my use? (note: I've never used TS lens before, but definitely am interested to learn)
2) About manual focus, the AF confirmation in 5dmk3 for Zeiss or TS-E lenses; how accurate is it? Say, if I play with 1m DOF?
3) Would also be great if you can direct me to some samples of portraiture uses for Zeiss 21mm and TS-E 24mm.

Thanks a lot all. Really appreciate it.

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Street & City / Travel Inspiration - Cinque Terre, Italy
« on: March 01, 2013, 05:34:14 PM »
Hi all, just to share some info that might be of a use to those who look for travel destination/inspiration.

http://www.occhio-photography.com/travel-inspiration-%EF%A3%A6-cinque-terre/

Thanks,
R.

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Lenses / Re: Help Me Build My Lens Stable!
« on: February 23, 2013, 05:36:02 PM »
Considering that I also shoot mainly portraits and travel/landscape, I'd suggest Zeiss 21mm f/2.8, Canon 85mm 1.2L ii, 70-200mm f/4 IS, and some flashes. I saw that you put the flashes as later. I am assuming from your current gear that you do not use flash a lot. However, these little buggers are really useful. However, you need to also shell out more for some modifiers. I would even consider these before some other glasses you mentioned though. It really could give your portrait work a 'pop'. :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Long Term Review Fuji X100
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:07:47 PM »
Very interesting.  Thank you!

Thank you!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Long Term Review Fuji X100
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:40:19 PM »
Nice. Thanks for the link.

I am interested in X100s and have been reading about pros/cons of the previous model.

great that it helps you in a way!  :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Long Term Review Fuji X100
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:39:44 PM »
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No real interest in reading about it.

Loved your images.

 ;D thanks for visiting mate..

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Long Term Review Fuji X100
« on: February 22, 2013, 04:38:42 PM »
Nice. I am planning to get a x100s although the rumors of an X-Pro2 have kept me in hold. We'll see what the 70D brings.

oh nice! though there is a beauty of a fixed lens camera IMO.. the fact that you cannot change lens and need to make it work somehow is fun.. :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pocket Camera
« on: February 18, 2013, 04:44:22 PM »
I have been using Fuji X100 for almost 2 years.. It's a great little camera.. I did a review on my site - maybe will help you..

http://www.occhio-photography.com/long-term-review-fuji-x100/


I went in another direction since I started this thread, spent the cash on an X-Pro 1. The 35mm 1.4 I got with it is a great piece of glass. I'll be sure to check out your review.



i see. i heard a lot of good things about xpro1 too! let me know if you made a review of it too.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pocket Camera
« on: February 17, 2013, 04:16:24 AM »
I have been using Fuji X100 for almost 2 years.. It's a great little camera.. I did a review on my site - maybe will help you..

http://www.occhio-photography.com/long-term-review-fuji-x100/


Nice review :)


Thanks!!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Long Term Review Fuji X100
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:18:24 AM »
Hi guys, just want to share my review on Fuji X100. Maybe of a help for some people who looks for info about it.

http://www.occhio-photography.com/long-term-review-fuji-x100/

Cheers,
r.

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