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Street & City / Re: Travel Inspiration - Venice, Italy
« on: April 21, 2013, 10:13:17 AM »
Are they pictures you have taken yourself?

Hi there, yes they are. Thanks for visiting!

Street & City / Re: Travel Inspiration - Venice, Italy
« on: April 21, 2013, 10:12:29 AM »
Venice is a beautiful city, I'd like to visit that place one day.

Thanks for sharing.

Yes indeed, Venice is magical.. You should definitely visit when you have the chance.

Portrait / Re: I need your help to criticise my photos :P
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:57:18 AM »
I think you have had some great advices from the others already - from taking the flash off the camera, having adequate shutter speed, or improving the composition by cropping out irrelevant variables.

Another thing I would add is planning. Basically I would suggest you to get to know about the event as much as you can. From where the people of interest would sit, the position where you can mount/bounce your flash, timing, etc. This way you can be better prepared and know where you should be for a given scene. During your planning phase, I found it useful to survey the location by having the lights both on and then off.

Many people have their own approach, but for me, planning process is key.

Hope this helps.


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?

thanks a lot!


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..


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?

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.



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

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.

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.

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.


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'. :)

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

Thank you!

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!  :)

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

Loved your images.

 ;D thanks for visiting mate..

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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