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Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« on: Today at 04:32:49 PM »
Here's one of my few successful moonscapes:
 Moonrise over Holme Moor, England

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I'll have a stab at PBD's challenge seeing as no one else will, but only two. I think the picture of the girl has a Sigma signature, and the picture of the dog is a blurry mess so I presume it is meant to look as if it was shot at f1.2. In truth I cannot tell the difference between the EF 50 1.2 and the 1.4 unless you shot the same subject at f1.4 - 1.6 and then compared the central image sharpness.

Hey there Sporgon, thanks for trying. Both wrong.

 ;D

Not surprised !

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Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:53:48 PM »
Long time lurker and first time poster, i registered just to chime in 2 cents-

I understand PDB's stance (a objective stance on things)- but there comes a point when 1+1 no longer equals 2; where having all the settings exactly right doesn't guarantee you an awesome shot.  A sharp, perfectly exposed one, yes. but breathtakingly beautify, no.  The more I shoot, the more I realize i'm good enough to bump up against the technical limits of my ability (and gear)- but unable to transcend my "technical" style.  Whenever I do happen to take a jaw-droppingly great shot, though, more often than not it's with the 50L.

for what it's worth, I saw Standard's photographs and immediately pegged the first one (the tabby) as a 50L shot.  Not all photographs are distinctive enough to distinguish lenses, but IMO that one is.  The last pic of the siamese cat has the same 'feel', but still noticeably different.

Not convinced. I agree with you about pulling some of our best images with the 50mm, but is it the L or is it the focal length and double gauze construction ?

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Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:15:35 PM »
I'll have a stab at PBD's challenge seeing as no one else will, but only two. I think the picture of the girl has a Sigma signature, and the picture of the dog is a blurry mess so I presume it is meant to look as if it was shot at f1.2. In truth I cannot tell the difference between the EF 50 1.2 and the 1.4 unless you shot the same subject at f1.4 - 1.6 and then compared the central image sharpness.

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That is odd because if the second curtain was delayed in following the first down you'd expect the whole image to be over exposed, as the 'slit' left by the two curtains would be too big.

So the second curtain must be hanging before falling to its correct position in relation to the first one. Looks like a faulty shutter  :(

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Lenses / Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:00:04 PM »
This was my basis for starting this thread:

Few months ago i rented 50 1.2 L.

Recently, I have invested lens average lens, 35mm f2 IS, 40mm and 85mm 1.8,
I also have tried 24-105, 16-35 f2.8 and 24-70 2.8. I used to have 28 1.8.


looking at the pictures taken from these lenses. I always go back to the pictures taken by 50 1.2 L. Even at smaller apertures, the 50 1.2 L produces the wow effect (not all pictures, but most of them).

To be honest, i have not personally tried ef 50 1.4. only look at pictures on line.

Thus I post this thread and see how people like the 50 1.2 L.

I think here lies part of the problem. The 50 1.4 can produce that glassy, liquid, smooth feeling to the image without any post processing, given the right condition. Certainly when compared with the other lenses you mention.

But then I've shot images that I swore were taken on the 50/1.4 only to find they were actually taken on the 24-105.

I've often shot shallow dof stuff with the 50/1.4 and thought "that looks just like it was shot on a 50/1.2"  ;)

Regarding the 135L vs 100L, I still have the 100L but sold the 135 a while ago through lack of use ( I find the 85 much more versatile and 200 more useful ). I wouldn't like to try to distinguish between them.


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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:39:20 AM »
Hi all
Have I got a poor copy? 
Thanks for any thoughts.

Yes.

If you read the Lens rental review Roger states that there are an alarming amount of adjustable elements in the construction.

I'm guessing that many of the early production ones were not set up correctly - hence the initial unfavourable reviews from a number of sources.

It's actually a very fine lens; whether the improved 24mm and overall borders over the 24-105 is worth losing the 75-105 range is up to you.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 18, 2014, 04:30:38 PM »
5DII + 50/1.4

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:59:35 PM »
A recent picture of Richmond Castle in the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.

5DII + 28/1.8 @ about f5.6


Beautiful shot. I really like your picture. Well done.

Click and niteclicks; many thanks for your kind comments.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:57:51 PM »

Gulf Islands sunset from ferry to Vancouver Island


Beautiful tonal quality to this picture

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:47:08 AM »
A recent picture of Richmond Castle in the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.

5DII + 28/1.8 @ about f5.6

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Why Photography
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:16:57 PM »
I got into this ridiculous hobby post retirement.  It is a self-satisfying way to pass the time as it keeps me off the streets and outta the bars, but, if someone approached me about making a career from photography...I would be forced to slap them up-side the head.  http://work.chron.com/estimated-salary-photographer-7219.html

Aside from the occasionally successful wedding and fashion photog...who is gonna buy your stuff.
Besides the local hotel that hosts local photography and the traveling art shows that caters to folks with some disposable income...photography doesn't sell. 
Peruse the "decorator wall décor" websites, photography occupies a very small subset therein, so again I ask...who is gonna buy your stuff?


The real answer ? No one.

In reality if you want to sell your pictures for real money you have to have a captive audience, potential buyers who already want what you are specifically shooting.

Selling photography as 'art for art's sake' is virtually impossible to day. People are bombarded with fantastic images, and I think in all honesty many have effectively become desensitised to beautiful photography, and so images have had to become more and more dramatic, surreal, in order to keep peoples attention. The few photographers that I know who have a long reputation for selling this type of picture have had to become more and more 'unreal'mas time has gone on.

My Building Panoramic stuff is done for two major national institutions as well as other smaller ones, but either way it's aimed at a specific target, but even then I see an alarming apathy towards great imagery, most probably because these places are bombarded with it all the time.

There is, however a lot to be said for being able to produce just what you want. It's just that as with artists of old, if no one wants what you have produced except yourself it feels a bit disappointing  ;)

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:15:46 PM »
5DII + 50 f1.4. Yes I'm that old fashioned. If I want wider I stitch. If I want longer I crop. If I want more resolution I laugh.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D N
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:02:00 PM »
I have never missed GPS or wifi on any of my bodies, so that would not be a sacrifice for me. 30% price cut on that and another 20% to skip video ...  ::)

I find it a bit strange that they sell both versions here in Norway tough. I don´t believe many are willing to pay the price for GPS and wifi.

Good thing about the 6D is that you can use your 'S' screen in it. It's actually a very fine camera, although I think
you may find the controls a tad soft compared with the 5DIII/1Dx.

Of course if you get bored with it you can always give it to your wife as a new body  ;)

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