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No full auto or "creative" auto mode on the higher end DSLRs, P (Professional) is good enough for anyone who wants Auto mode.

But P mode doesn't set all camera functions back to 'basic user'. Green box does and this is very useful when handing the camera to someone else (non photographer) to grab a picture, without having to explain BBF etc etc.  Doesn't happen often but I say keeping on.

Lenses / Re: Visit Guilin, Mountain Range, in China - Lens selection
« on: March 16, 2014, 05:37:05 AM »
By coincidence I'll be there the following week on vacation, organised as a mystery tour by Chinese friends after official visits to Hong Kong and Shanghai.  I had intended to take the 5DIII plus Tamron 150-600 for nature and 24-105 for general.

 I have been trying to persuade my wife to take the 70D with the 15-85 as it could provide a back-up body and I could omit the 24-105 and we would have two cameras ready all the time.  However, she wants something small for her handbag.  She needs something without any buttons, mode dials etc that can be pressed by mistake and set off the self- timer etc. Anything foolproof to recommend (apart from iPhones etc)?

If I was looking for something genuinely pocketable, where possible I would stick to something compatible with my system. So in this case the EOS M.

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 15, 2014, 04:13:48 PM »
Shot at a local hunting meet.

The pretty lady's horse clearly said "If you wanna jump the fence so bad get on and do it by yourself"

The second shot is the same rider, but the right way up.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 15, 2014, 02:00:13 PM »
Mmmmm, no Surfers or Oil Rigs but not much water either.

That's a great picture Edward; the B&W and the way you have processed it has given a feel of real energy in the picture.

Street & City / Re: Voyeurism
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:48:58 PM »
Primes are fine, but I wouldn't want to shoot a wedding without a 50 mm focal length.

Hi Sporgon,
I love to hear why? I am currently looking for adding 50 or 85mm and like to hear your arguments.

Space, distance and perspective are my reasons for this. 85mm gives a pleasant perspective but you need to be able to get far enough away. You also need more light one way or another to keep more depth of field. 35mm will result in an undesired perspective when used close; to reduce depth of field you're going to be very close = undesired perspective. In these situations the 50mm (on FF) gives you a pleasant, neutral perspective even when close, and you have good control over depth of field. That's why I say I wouldn't like to shoot a wedding without access to the 50mm focal length.

I don't know what you shoot or your style but I see you have the 135 so if deciding between a 50 and 85 prime, I'd go for the 50. You hear people say it's a 'boring' focal length because it doesn't give an exaggerated perspective either side of neutral, but I have found that relying on extreme perspective to make a picture good is a mistake.

Street & City / Re: Voyeurism
« on: March 15, 2014, 10:08:31 AM »
Primes are fine, but I wouldn't want to shoot a wedding without a 50 mm focal length.

Street & City / Re: Voyeurism
« on: March 15, 2014, 05:44:37 AM »
If you're going to get a second body and you're serious then get the same as you have now. This means that you can have different lenses on different bodies: the most common in weddings 24-70 + 70-200 for instance.

Street & City / Re: Voyeurism
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:39:14 PM »
I enjoyed these pictures; I think Spiffy Reflection and Feeling Blue are top notch.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:26:46 PM »
I think it is the image quality at 1.4 that sets this lens apart. Beautiful bokeh is ruined by lack of quality in the in-focus part of the image; there's non of that with this lens.

The 85 1.2 has been described as 'astoundingly good' in the centre at 1.2 but compare it even at 1.4 to the Otus and it's like night and day.

As you stop down the superiority will fade; and all lenses start to gravitate together at f11 in terms of resolution.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:52:19 PM »
I hope this qualifies as a 'Waterscape' and I won't get ticked off by jrista  ;)

Taken at Flamborough Head on the Eastern Coat of England in the early morning as a sea fret (fog) was coming in and the fog horn from the radio station, of which you can see the masts, was booming out.

Anyone interested in history might be interested to know that this view is looking out at the exact spot where the American War of Independence ship the 'Bonhomme Richard' fought the Royal Navy in 1779 captained by John Paul Jones. After he died Jones was buried in France, but in 1905 the grave was found and the body returned to America where it now resides in a marvellous bronze and marble sarcophagus in the Naval Academy chapel, Annapolis.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:16:05 AM »
Kite surfing on Ft Lauderdale Beach . . .
The second is image very "exciting" ;) 8)

+1; Rienz, you and I definitely think alike  ;)

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:09:26 AM »
Shot with 135L. Some day the CR trolls are going to have to teach me how to get noise and banding in the shadows at low ISOs  ;)

you left the lens cap off silly, thats where you went wrong... :P

Ah well do you know !! That year I spent assisting a great photographer - never once did he mention shooting with the lens cap on  >:(

My youth was wasted  :'(


Canon General / Re: 19 ways to become a hated photographer
« on: March 14, 2014, 03:11:40 AM »
Just asking but, why do people go crazy about the D800's super DR? I haven't noticed a difference between the DR of the D800 to a 5D Mark III/Pentax Medium Format camera.

Yikes ! Be careful what you write. Think yourself lucky you have the protection here of the CR mods. Write something like that on a forum where He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named is still active and there'd be more flaming than the Hindenburg disaster.  :-X

Canon General / Re: 19 ways to become a hated photographer
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:09:05 PM »
19 20 ways to become a hated photographer

20.  Come to a Canon forum and post hundreds of posts about how Canon sensors are terrible.

Have any photographers actually done that  ;)

Surely exposure compensation in manual mode is to offset the exposure using either shutter speed or aperture from the indicated 'correct' meter reading, in exactly the same say you perform 'exposure compensation' in either Av or Tv mode, except in those modes your EC is limited to either offsetting aperture or shutter speed depending on which mode you are using.

Or am I missing something ?

You're missing the third side of the exposure triangle – ISO.  Auto ISO in M mode is a useful feature, only available on more recent bodies. It's my setup of choice for shooting birds in flight. Pick the aperture and shutter speed you need, and the camera gives you a metered exposure by altering the ISO.  The v2 firmware for the 1DX added the ability to apply exposure compensation in that situation.

Ah, I see. Guess I'm stuck in the '70's  ;) Let's have a little Supertramp.

So am I. Breakfast In America then?

Good choice. The 'Logical Song' from that album might be appropriate  ;) I don't know how anyone took a decent picture before the 1Dx came along. Eric Hosking must be turning in his grave, but hopefully the Op won't have to suffer attack by an angry owl to get his shots  ;D

A few images for those that don't know who Eric Hosking was. Images will be subject to copyright.

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