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Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:52:47 PM »
Mine is the two second timer. I tend to use this for tripod work rather than cable. Unlike leaving mirror lock up on, where at least something happens when you press the shutter, with two second delay nothing happens. So I press a little further. Still nothing. Further still - ah! It fires. So I try again, same sequence. "OMG my shutter release is going the way of a 40D" thinks I. On one occasion a few years ago it never twigged what was causing the problem so I kept working with it like that for the whole session  :-[

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Does he shoot D800 ? Does he shoot high ISO ?

http://500px.com/JakeOlsonStudios
No.And no.

He shoots almost exclusively iso 100 w/flash (or other light additional source)...

Nice shots. However, not my style.

Flash and reflectors. He also has some wicked processing knowledge, which I think in part is where is amazing boke comes from. He teaches a class...I might take it just to learn his PP techniques.

Why would you pay someone to learn their techniques when he is obviously foolish enough to continue using a camera system that imposes a huge, burdensome requirement to...

...spend a lot of time and use a lot of special techniques and extra tools that add to your total cost to make the photo look good...

His techniques are for portraiture, something I have little skill in but still love. My primary issues are with landscapes, where the use of flash and reflectors during shooting do squat to change the dynamic range of the scene.

And 'squat' is how much flash and / or reflectors have done here - 'cos that's not how he has achieved this look.

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Anyone using that graph to claiming that mirror less sales are rising is clutching at straws -again. Also a decline in dslr sales appears to be followed by an increase using the same data.

However one thing I have noticed - looking just at the UK market, is that there are a surprising number of high end dslrs for sale used. In the heyday of the 5DII there were very few for sale used, and the odd one that was was priced at nearly the new price less tax. Now I see many used 5DIIIs selling well below the new price, but even more D800s which sell proportionally cheaper still, presumably because the rapid deleting of models reduce their value further.

So there has been some change since 2010/11 times. Whether this is general economic climate or that there is now much more choice I'm not sure.

For myself I still think the dslr is the most flexible, versatile tool.

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Not sure which version of photoshop you're using, but certainly on CS6 I'm finding that the stitching is as good as, if not better than, PTGui pro.

You're certainly right about the need to still B&B despite the likes of Exmor, just need to write it in really BIG letters.

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Photography Technique / Re: Manual Focusing
« on: September 08, 2014, 03:22:51 PM »
I have close to 30 years of manual focus experience, before I got my first AF, so that may give me some advantage. After more than a decade with nothing but AF, I have bought a number of manual focus lenses and I am now using them more and more. I use the Ec-S focusing screen on the 1DX and I also tried the Eg-S focusing screen on the 5DIII, which is meant for the 5DII and 6D, but that did not work over time. I am dreaming of a 40MP FF Canon, with 14 stop DR and a good S focusing screen.

With the 1DX and quite a bit of practice, I get (in my view) very high keeper rates. The Otus 55 at f1.4 and the 135 at f2.0 represents challenges though. So if things starts moving, I normally go to higher f-stop numbers. But landscape, stills and portraits are clearly doable, even wide open.

The attached is with the 135 at f2.0 and handheld 1DX and Ec-S

(Unfortunately all my posts have horrible colors, but if you open it, it looks better)

Horse just back from a competition ? Lots of cool clay left on !

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Lenses / Re: Is there a need for a 50mm?
« on: September 08, 2014, 08:37:02 AM »
so I say get rid of it and consider a good f1.4 lens, but not the Canon 50 which ids also soft until you get to f2.8.

The EF 50/1.4 may not be good on test charts wide open but it can do surprisingly well in practice. This was shot at f1.6, and it's good enough for me, unless you want sharp borders at 1.6, which is a rare requirement.

I really like the 40 STM as a 'walkabout' or landscape lens, but it can't hold a candle to the 50/1.4 for 'event' type work.

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Just to be clear, I am only disappointed with the 5D III for landscapes and low ISO work.

Here's a link to a guy who's a hot topic on 500px at the moment, that CR members may enjoy seeing. Does he shoot D800 ? Does he shoot high ISO ?

http://500px.com/JakeOlsonStudios

The only noise comes from people complimenting his work.

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I've said it before: knowing what to do with the files once they're off the camera is at least as important as what happens in the camera, and Jon is far from being an examplar of the part of the process that starts after the images have left the camera.

How can you even make a statement like that? You don't even know me, you've never seen how I process my files...

Well that's not quite true. You showed your individual frames that you then merged into an 'HDR' which demonstrated basic mistakes. I think Keith's remark is relevant.

No one is denying that there are not more technically advanced sensors than the ones Canon are using. The argument is in how far this 'older tech' really effects the final image, given all the processing options that are available.

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Photography Technique / Re: Manual Focusing
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:07:19 AM »
Hi.

I'd like to ask something about manual focusing those of you, who are experienced with this technique. I understand that, it's not a problem while shooting landscape on a tripod. But what, when the subject is not still? Is even possible to maintain the subject in focus in this case? I also understand that this would not be a big issue if shooting with an ultra-wide angle lens like 15 mm. In this case almost everything is in focus anyway.

I get this question now, when Zeiss is going to announce their 85mm f/1.4 lens. Whit this lens, DOF should be really shallow. Is even possible to shoot something handheld with this lens? Or even more extreme example: Is even possible to shoot handheld a moving subject?

Thanks

Many action shots in the days of manual focus were 'zone focused' ie you focus on a predetermined point and then the action reaches that point you shoot. In those days a very shallow dof action shot was rare and potentially valuable, whereas now they are everywhere.

Tracking with manual focus is possible with practice and skill, but in reality requires a greater dof. If someone is going to shoot a manual 85/1.4 @ 1.4 without live view they are going to need an 's' screen and good eye sight to get even something that is stationary sharp, let alone moving.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:13:58 AM »
Here's a challenge to anyone who feel they know their stuff: 
Meet me at a local brasserie.  I'll bring the stack of prints.  You bring your deep knowledge of "how things really are."  As I share my prints you tell me which camera and which lens made which image.

"All right. Where is the Exmor? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both mount and frame, and find out who is right... and who is dead."

"But it's so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the Exmor into his own print or his enemy's? Now, a clever man would put the Exmor into his own print, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the print in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the print in front of me."

"You've made your decision then?"

"Not remotely. Because Exmor comes from Sony, as everyone knows, and Sony is entirely peopled with marketeers, and marketeers are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the print in front of you."

"Truly, you have a dizzying intellect."


 ;D;D

And when your opponent lies vanquished on the floor, you Neuro will be accused have having used Exmor in both your prints...........

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:29:33 AM »
I just re-registered because of the imminent 7D MK2 announcement.

Oh no  :(

Troll B Gone at the ready........

Seems like the fanboys here want the forum all for themself.
And that´s why i deleted my former account. Nothing changed as it looks.
Still afraid of critizism.

Would be funny when the mass posters are not actually comming around a bit sad.

But as we can see in this thread as long as they are loyal canon Fanboys they can spam and do whatever they want.  ::)

You are completely overlooking the fact that many of us here on CR are fully conversant with not only the hallowed D800 but also far superior formats such as the S2 and 'real' MF film. Indeed until very recently one of my companies has been the UK agent for one of the best known large format cameras, with digital backs to match that probably cost more than you earn in a year.

So be careful who you call 'fanboys' lest you end up sounding like a t**t.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:49:27 AM »
I just re-registered because of the imminent 7D MK2 announcement.

Oh no  :(

Troll B Gone at the ready........


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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:44:49 AM »
Why has this made it to page 30?

Because there is an extremely high correlation between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and frequency of internet postings.

Take some OCD, coupled with a matter of life and death, plus a lack of humour.... throw in some raging testosterone and keep the whole mixture simmering over a troll baited flame.... Add DR for seasoning.... and you get enough posts to choke the server.

Don Haines
Posts: 3084

 ;)


And of those 3,084 posts, 3,083 have been cheerful, humorous, positive, constructive and/or peace-making. I'd say 3,084 were that way, but hey -- nobody's perfect.  :P

I was going to ask Mitch if he is experiencing Deja Moo... (The feeling that you have seen this bull before) :)

Unfocused: 2044 Posts. The only reason for posting this is to start one of those quote within a quote within a quote sequences that can look pretty cool when they get to about 20-30 quotes. Time to have some fun, demonstrate the absurdity of this thread and maybe break the Internet!

Neuroanatomist: just a few posts, really.

What? No one else wants to play?

I spy something with my little eye...

I can't, I am on a self imposed exile for a week or so. But, intriguingly enough, I have a friend coming to stay who has a D800 (shame it isn't an 810 or E though) and a 24-70 so I am hoping to do some comparison images for my own piece of mind.

What better to make of such a thread than a kaleidoscope....  :o

Good read to pass time... I wonder if the forum will eventually put a limit on how many levels you can quote, or run out of memory and crash...

Probably not—that's all just handled with CSS in your browser—but eventually it will probably get to the point where the innermost quoted message is only one character wide.  :D
That would be fun!

Not a Kaleidoscope, and not an Aneurysm, it's a Squirrel!
Really?

thank god...this will surely get this thread closed. please, please, please, please.....>.<

How many generations is this ?

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:42:38 PM »
Lake District Cumbria UK. Going there again soon.

Cheers Brian

Lovely shot. Is that Eagle Crag on the right, just beyond Rothswaite in Borrowdale ? If so where did you shoot from - Kings Howe with a 300mm ?

And are you still using your 5D ?

Hi Sporgon,

you are correct, it is Eagle Crag with Ullscarf on the left of the valley, but shot from not quite the top of Castle Crag with a 70-200.

And yes, still using the 5D.

Cheers Brian

Well I'd have never thought you're be able to get that foot of Eagle Crag from Castle Crag !

I still think the original 5D is a great landscape camera despite being 12.7 mp. Last year I shot a panoramic using both the 5D and a 650D that I had at the time. Although the 650D had more outright resolution the 5D files were far superior, with more definition.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:20:07 PM »
Lake District Cumbria UK. Going there again soon.

Cheers Brian

Lovely shot. Is that Eagle Crag on the right, just beyond Rothswaite in Borrowdale ? If so where did you shoot from - Kings Howe with a 300mm ?

And are you still using your 5D ?

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