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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 15, 2015, 03:39:38 AM »
Not the conventional way to look at the Great Grey Heron . . .

You certainly have a way of tightening the crop to the point of abstract ! I like this, it works very well for me, as does your more conventionally framed B&W owl shot.

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 15, 2015, 03:34:28 AM »
And while I´m at it; These are two shots taken milliseconds apart. In my view, one is a rather thrilling image, whereas the other is just a butterfly. What is your views.

Agreed; the second image looks like it's from a fairy story ! The butterfly's position has given it a rather humanoid form, it's a superb shot, whereas the first is, like you say, just another butterfly shot with a shoot of grass in the way.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 28mm f1.8 on 30D (problem?)
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:41:15 PM »
I tried one of these lenses a while ago. Because we lock focus with an open aperture I think it has something to do with the fact this lens is so poor mid edge frame at f/1.8 it has something to do with that. I found a similar problem on the FF cameras with the far outer points.

Thanks

Can I ask if the problem you experienced was with the 9 point AF?..  i.e.  5D classic or 5DII

(if it's the 9 point then FF or crop makes no difference, it's the same AF chip and the same offset in mm of the outer AF points)

(ps, just checked your site..   some extremely beautiful images, most impressed)

Thanks for that, appreciated.

Yes I tried it on a 5DII, so the AF is probably identical to yours.

As a creative lens I think it has some potential; it's just that I don't see the world in shallow dof 28 mm focal length !
I found that in the centre from about f/2.8 is was really quite good. Also very low distortion. The very extreme edges ( on FF) were also good, it was just the bit in between that caused me issues. It also had a lot of CA's but that is not necessarily an issue for everyone.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 28mm f1.8 on 30D (problem?)
« on: February 14, 2015, 12:22:21 PM »
I tried one of these lenses a while ago. Because we lock focus with an open aperture I think it has something to do with the fact this lens is so poor mid edge frame at f/1.8 it has something to do with that. I found a similar problem on the FF cameras with the far outer points.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5Ds : dawn of a new era for primes ?
« on: February 14, 2015, 06:57:10 AM »
My photographic career goes back well into the days of 35mm film, and with that medium cropping was generally very undesirable. You will occasionally find people on internet forums who claim that their 35mm film is about 20 mp because it scans at around 20 meg of information, but much of that information is grain. In real terms of resolution, at least in terms of visual enlargement, 35mm film is about equal to 8 - 10 mp, depending on which emulsions were used.

When I first started with FF digital in 2005, I quickly found that framing on a 12.7 mp 5D was much more forgiving than I had experienced before, and then when adding the 21 mp 5DII there was quite a jump in how much I could crop without any real enlargement issues.

Over the last twenty years or so there has been major development and improvement in zoom lenses, until recently very much at the expense of fixed focal length lens development. However one area where zoom lenses have not been able to make much progress is in size and weight ( though weight has been improved a little), aperture speed and price. Indeed if anything price is going up ! I often hear about people who are changing their Canon / Nikon system for something smaller and lighter. Indeed I was one of them a few years back. Without exception these people all were toting the finest f/2.8 zooms, often adding in a 100-400L as well.

When it comes to mp I am one of those people who think that, in a small, portable camera, 18 mp or so is quite enough. In fact when stitching the panoramics I would be quite happy to have 12. With good lenses and excellent technique 18 to 20 mp offers ridiculous levels of detail, in picture sizes that are generally much larger than most people want. At Building Panoramics I am constantly being asked for pictures that are smaller than my standard size. Originally I found this insulting; now I just find it annoying.

My initial reaction to the 50 mp 5Ds is that I don't need or want that amount of pixels. ( I'm not mentioning the 'r'. I'm one of those people that known that once you have run a light USM there is no practically perceptual difference in detail).

But then I got think about my circumstances with primes. I generally prefer a few light, fast primes to a heavier, slower zoom. If a 21 mp camera allows more practical cropping then a 50 mp one is even better, assuming you are making the pixels count. Primes offer lighter, faster, sharper in frame edges, less distortion, shallower entry pupil ( for stitching), better balance on a smaller camera. I wont say cheaper because by the time you have a few of them to equal a zoom they are as expensive, if not more so. Certainly the extra mp will allow more 'focal length flexibility with fixed focal length lenses.

Also interesting that the 5Ds is a little lighter than the 5DIII. I'm guessing that it probably lacks the stainless steel bottom plate of the 5DIII. But lighter is better for lugging around the country side.

Maybe we will see more development in primes now. Thoughts ?

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 14, 2015, 06:25:47 AM »
Great thread, comments and links from you guys.

A comment that I would add is that visual art is a little like music. Often a piece of music, whether modern or classical, that has instant appeal, becomes, over time rather boring. It often lacks depth, it's too superficial.

I find pictures to be the same. Often a picture that has instant appeal, loses that appeal over a period of time, whereas one that has more depth to it, takes more understanding, grows on you over a period of time, and its appeal lasts.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Cheating - feeling guilty...
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:52:26 PM »
What I'm trying to say is that I've bought a Fuji X-T1 and the beautiful 23mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.2 lenses.

Has anyone else done the same as me?

Just out of curiosity which lenses do you use on your 5DIII ?

I can sympathise, I have done similar sorts of things in the past, but I find using different systems distracting and unnecessary, ultimately has a negative impact on my output.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New mirror mechanisms - how is this a good thing?
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:42:28 PM »
Is having a mirror so important to sell cameras when a mirror-less camera avoids all these vibration issues?

Is being mirror-less so important to sell cameras when one with a mirror avoids all these power consumption issues ?

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Hawker Sea Fury
Dennis Sanders Hawker Sea Fury "Argonaut" © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

Great shot of a Sea Fury.

Amazing to think that this aircraft was designed by the same guy who designed the Sopwith Pup and Camel in 1916/17 - Sydney Camm.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: February 12, 2015, 04:28:59 PM »
I was somewhat nervous which would account for any degree of OOF, due to camera shake.

The young chap in this Image is the Pro Photographer/Guide I do all my Africa stuff with, I'm sensibly right behind him, which is not as safe as it seems as he can run a lot faster than me, although running in this situation wouldn't be a lot of use.

Eml; you crack me up !

Great shot.

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 12, 2015, 03:37:24 PM »
I'd crop it like this:

I like the background bokeh and think this vertical crop shows it off.

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:53:21 AM »
A shot of my daughter and her one month old baby. Produced this one in B&W and thought it worked well.

Needed the IS so this was shot on the ubiquitous 24-105L at about 95mm
And a proud Grandpa he was :) Congratulations! Very nice picture!

Thanks Eldar !

Ordering my pipe and slippers next week  ;)
Nice picture! Congratulations!

And by pipe do you mean a L lens?  :P

Thanks rpt !

Well I'm very tempted by the new 100-400 II, that's a bit of a pipe isn't it ?

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: February 11, 2015, 04:28:59 PM »
A shot of my daughter and her one month old baby. Produced this one in B&W and thought it worked well.

Needed the IS so this was shot on the ubiquitous 24-105L at about 95mm
And a proud Grandpa he was :) Congratulations! Very nice picture!

Thanks Eldar !

Ordering my pipe and slippers next week  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:58:47 PM »
Hey look, jrista !

This has been made especially for you !

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:52:18 PM »
A shot of my daughter and her one month old baby. Produced this one in B&W and thought it worked well.

Needed the IS so this was shot on the ubiquitous 24-105L at about 95mm

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