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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.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:21:58 AM »

Silhouette Sunset, Ullswater, Park Foot, Cumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr


Love this one Tom. Makes me want to get back up to the Lakes.

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Outside of shelling out 6800 USD for a 1DX, I am curious if any of you have found a good work around for the lack of Exposure control in Manual Mode on the 5D Mark III.  I've been reading up on Magic Lantern but don't see (at this point) a way to override and offer control of this feature.

This frustration comes when shooting Birds which are back lit.  Av mode is great when DOF control is needed which is almost always especially if a bird is at close range and positioned diagonal or any position other than horizontal.  Tv Mode is excellent of course if a bird is in flight or in motion so that you can determine the shutter speed yet both fall short of what each others' mode doesn't have yet they both offer Exposure compensation.  Manual Mode is therefore the best choice to get your DOF and Shutter selection however there's no control of Exposure Compensation for back lit subjects.  Evaluative Mode seems the best for metering especially when choosing AF Expansion Mode for in flight tracking.  Oddly, I've found that Exposure can be utilized in M mode if using bracketing but why take 3 shots to get one and add all those shutter counts to the camera?  I only shoot in RAW and can correct some of this in Light Room but then the image suffers from graininess when EV is at 0 in M mode.

Perhaps some of you may have your own techniques which I'd be very interested in learning.  Looking forward to any suggestions or thoughts on this and my searches here in the forum don't show much on previous threads regarding this issue.

Thanks in advance

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 ?

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Canon General / Re: First Nikon Experience
« on: March 12, 2014, 05:35:49 PM »
Funny you should mention this because I have come across very similar things at equestrian events. Not horse trials, where as you have found every man, woman and dog has a DSLR with long lens, but in showjumping events I have seen people in the ring, with press passes, who clearly have no idea about photographic technique or even experience. You can tell because they hold each side of the camera body, don't support the lens and don't follow the rider through the viewfinder to the fence, but just lift it abruptly to their eye as the horse is about to jump and hold the shutter release down firing off 8 fps or whatever. Thinking about it they've always had Canon 1D bodies and a 70-200/2.8.

Unfortunately it's all about the technology devaluing photography. Fifteen years or so ago this could have never happened, you'd have had focus, exposure, composition issues. Now technology takes care of it.

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:59:39 AM »
Thanks, Northstar, and as an update, the event organizers asked for my sequence photo to use as their Facebook "cover" photo and I decided to give it to them (here it is at the top of their page: Red Hills Horse Trials).  I'm pretty happy with the results given that it was my first time shooting horses :)


I told you it would run, I have seen that done so many times for extreme sports but not until now for eventing.


Yes, it's worked well. I looked at the Red Hills site and saw that the rider is Buck Davidson, son of the eventing legend Bruce Davidson who was always at the British four star events. I've also seen Buck over here at Burghley Horse Trials, he's certainly heading up towards where his Dad was, so I'm sure that's helped get on the front cover.

They tend not to put up images of riders who have crashed and burned on the course  ;)

Yes, it's funny how luck can be sometimes.  He is a famous rider and that's funny that you've actually seen him and heard of his Dad.  The light was awful, the shooting position cramped and on a steep hill, and I decided to try this sequence shot one single time.  I had no idea who the rider was, but got quite lucky with this photo.  To balance out my luck, however, for CIC3* I missed the winning rider entirely (not a single photo) and got the #2 rider in this hero shot ;) on her CIC2* horse she rode that blew the course (note that she nearly went over the front of the horse moments after this was taken):



Don't admit to that ! I thought you were being really astute as a newbie equestrian photographer ! Seriously though, I have found over the years that you need a little luck to get on.

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Lenses / Re: 1.4 lenses kwestion
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:35:07 AM »
I also wander, most 1.4 lenses are not very sharp at 1.4 and need to stop down to get sharp.

Why should I then consider such an expensive 1.4 lens, when a 2.8 variant (like the 24-70 2.8) has the same IQ at 2.8?

I'm guessing English isn't the Op's first language. I think he is referring to the common planar 1.4 50mm designs, and saying if the lens isn't acceptable until stopped down to close to the 2.8 of a modern zoom, what's the point ?

In the days when those lens designs came from 1.4 makes manual focusing much easier and when stopped down to 2.8 they would be far superior to any zoom design of the same era - because there virtually weren't any zooms because we're talking the '50s and '60s here.

Zooms such as the EF 24-70 2.8 II have out developed these old designs. Apply the same era to the '1.4' lenses and you have the Otus and probably Sigma 50 mil lenses and they are really good at 1.4

I have to say I never use my EF 50 1.4 @ 1.4. Maybe mine's not so good but I find it unacceptable in resolution, contrast, colour - everything at that aperture.

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Could you please post a photo you took using the Angle Finder C handheld? Thank you. :)

Here's one...


EOS 5D Mark II, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro @ 3.5x, 1/60 s, f/14, ISO 400, MT-24EX


That's a great piece of macro focusing; you've nailed a tiny depth of field focus bang on the grasshopper / cricket / locust - not sure what it is !

Just out of curiosity, how did you achieve focus on this ?

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 12, 2014, 03:15:57 AM »
I haven't shot three day eventing since the early '90's, Badminton was always the meet of that time. Used to shoot a good bit of polo a Cowdray Park too, but since I left the UK in '97 I've hardly seen a horse, funny because I am now back in horse country.

Badminton is still the one, originally one of the only two four * competitions in the world, the other being Burghley. Then Lexington ( Kentucky ) became a four *. If you were there in the mid 90s you may have seen Bruce Davidson ( father of the rider in Mac's picture) winning in 1995 on his wonderful horse Eagle Lion. The 90s were a good decade for the Americans at Badminton; David O'Connor won in '97.

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:41:11 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  ;)
Nice shot! See, that is your problem. You exposed it right! ;D

Thanks rpt ! Yes  I have this damnable problem of exposing correctly, a problem I picked up years ago and can't shake off ! ;D

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:07:38 PM »
Thanks, Northstar, and as an update, the event organizers asked for my sequence photo to use as their Facebook "cover" photo and I decided to give it to them (here it is at the top of their page: Red Hills Horse Trials).  I'm pretty happy with the results given that it was my first time shooting horses :)

I told you it would run, I have seen that done so many times for extreme sports but not until now for eventing.

Yes, it's worked well. I looked at the Red Hills site and saw that the rider is Buck Davidson, son of the eventing legend Bruce Davidson who was always at the British four star events. I've also seen Buck over here at Burghley Horse Trials, he's certainly heading up towards where his Dad was, so I'm sure that's helped get on the front cover.

They tend not to put up images of riders who have crashed and burned on the course  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:58:15 PM »
I can't wait for spring to come.... Last year, the ice opened up on March 10.... this is this year on March 11... and on the 12th we are supposed to get another snowstorm......

Ah, now I know why you have such a hairy cat  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 100D/SL1 Discontinued already??
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:07:48 PM »
On amazon UK to top selling DSLR is the 1100D. Number 2 is the 600D. You can clearly see that the top sales are price led. The 100D (SL1) is down at 49 which I find really surprising to be quite honest.

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There is no reason to use Av mode for anything.

Ouch !

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Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:53:23 PM »
You mean Whinnie the Pooh was He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named  ???     ?

BOY I am gonna get me one of those Zeiss Otus 58 1.4s !! Have you seen what that lens has done for his photography ?

Who said "gear doesn't matter" ?  :-X

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:16:12 AM »
A B&W shot of early morning mist over a lake in the English Lake District

5D + 24-105L @ 80mm

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