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Canon General / Re: Let's confess our disgusting perversions
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:14:44 AM »
Art, including photography, has never been defined by technical perfection. Art worth viewing is always a manipulation of reality, whether by great or small amounts.

Skilful exploitation in the limitations of the medium often add to a picture. Are 'Casablanca' or 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' less of a movie to watch than say 'Avatar' ? It's the same with still photography, that's why the odd Missionary who visits CR to save us from our dark Canon ways and embrace the holy light of Exmor are so annoying.

I see you are using the original 5D. That camera tends to be a little more 'abrupt' and 'harsh' in it's tonal changes, but that can be used to create a signature picture that is not necessarily worse than the latest tech sensors.

I'm attaching a picture where I decided to leave the lens flare in and darkened the shadows on the cliffs. I think the picture is better for it. 

Lenses / Re: Fashion Show FQM 2014 70-200mm mk ii and 6D Bokeh
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:51:02 PM »
How is this one with a 70-200 f4?

How is it ? Nice !   :)

@ Surapon, that's a stunning picture of the arthropod's eyes !

Lenses / Re: 28mm/1.8 USM
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:39:04 AM »
Interestng looking at the date of the OP. Three years on this lens is still easy to find in Europe - everyone has one in stock.

It's actually much better than on line reviews give it credit for. These reviews have destroyed the second hand value.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:03:55 PM »
1Dx Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/2 & 1/125th ISO800

Bali Nusa Dua
I haven't been on in a while but been shooting a lot which is good :) here is a shot of Metja :-)


+ 1,

(Lens must be quite good too  ;). )

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 04, 2014, 05:41:24 AM »
Last of the sunlight for a day over Givendale in the North of England

5D + 35 f2

Nice shot, is that the 'old' 35mm f/2?

Many thanks Click & MRS. It was shot on the original version. I sold it when I got the 40 pancake which I really like.

Lenses / Re: 135L v 85 1.8
« on: May 04, 2014, 05:17:02 AM »
Thanks guys

I am coming to the same conclusion. I purposely took out my 85 1.8 and 70-200 f4 and shot some portraits in the woods today with off camera flash , started off with the 85 at 1.8 / 2 ranges and focus was just eratic it got better at around f2.5 where i was at least able to get the focus where i wanted it , when i tried to calibrate this lens took it out to -20 ! just to get it sharp then took it out today and needed to wind it back in again. Once again the PF was horrific in some of the backgrounds to the shots.

A lot of information and choices and your help is appreciated !!

Many thanks for your comments on the Building Panoramics pictures, much appreciated.

Seeing as you said you had been in the woods with your 85/1.8 I thought I'd post a picture of what I found in the woods when I was in there with the 85/1.8.

I don't often use it fully open but this is at f1.8. The time when I do like to shoot wide open is when the subject is further away, but of course this then emphasises resolution weakness. This was shot hand held at 1/100 so there is a little shake in it.

I found the same as yourself when trying to AFMA my second 85/1.8. I'd had the first one on a 5D when I moved to Canon in 2005, sold it when I got a 135L, realised my mistake and got another one when I was using a 5DII. Had all sorts if frustration with AFMA until I found it was best just left on 0. 

It is obvious, for anyone who like real, natural, virtually-analog capture , we need a high resolution DR camera

Therefore it is obvius for anyone who wants rugged data that doesn't depend on luck of alignment of pixels and subject transients, and survives geometrical processing like CA, distortion, and perspective correction, rotation, and arbitrary resampling in practically lossless manner.

For someone who doesn't care about imaging quality, I guess it can be sufficient and they can use low resolution cameras with inferior DR.

Halla ! Biggie

Lenses / Re: 135L v 85 1.8
« on: May 03, 2014, 12:37:13 PM »
I have Canon 100mm F2 and like it very much. See the comparison below, which shows the superiority of 100mm F2.


Be careful of drawing conclusions of 'superiority' from resolution tests such as these. If your criteria is maximum sharpness and lack of PF then you are correct.

However the 85/1.8 is not as corrected for chromatic aberrations as the 100/2, leaving it less sharp, more PF but smoother bokeh ( in many situations).

If you want bokeh get the 85/1.8 - the better portrait or 'art' lens.
If you want sharpness get the 100/2 - the better sports lens.

Of course Canon give no indication or advice on this, we have to find out for ourselves  ::)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: May 03, 2014, 12:18:28 PM »
Here's another 40 Pancake shot, this time a panoramic of North Landing, a cove just North of Flamborough Head, famous for it's chalk cliffs and nesting sea birds.

5DII + 40mm @ 1/200, f9, ISO 160. Hand held five frame pano.

It was a very misty morning, but the sun broke through for about one minute, then everything was covered in a blanket of fog again. No time for a tripod.
That's awesome, too bad weather was not perfect for the cliffs in the background ... still a very beautiful handheld landscape image.

Thanks Rienz ! Very kind of you. I was pleased with this one, especially as I wasn't going to be bothered with calling in - the weather looked too bad.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 03, 2014, 11:12:13 AM »
Last of the sunlight for a day over Givendale in the North of England

5D + 35 f2

Well, those 2 lenses are targeted at different markets.

The 24-70 f/4 is targeted at the lower end of the market where IS (shooting at slow shutter speeds or have shaky hands) and wants closeup/short 'macro' operation with fairly good image quality, but not top end.

You may be interested to know that I have a friend and colleague who must be one of the most financially successful photographers in recent times - we're talking $400,000 yachts here, all genuinely from photography - and he now uses a 24-70 f4 IS.

It's inaccurate to say it's not aimed at 'top end'.

I'm tempted to say the 24-70 f2.8 II is aimed as much at very wealthy hobbyists as much as professionals who want the best possible IQ straight off the camera but I don't have any hard evidence for this, so I'd better not  ;)

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 03, 2014, 03:22:48 AM »
There is no fun shooting @ f2 Eldar :P
But for a lot of the others, I think many of them would benefit from a slightly deeper DOF.

+1, my thoughts exactly.

@Eldar; you have a very beautiful, elegant daughter !

(presumably she got her looks from her mother  ;). )

I think pixel peeping is a good way to waste a good thing.

Like it  !
I've started checking my images at 50% and find it's a better reference for checking real resolution.

I still maintain that 22 mp on FF is 'high mp'. If I want more than this I want a larger format.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: May 02, 2014, 11:29:39 AM »
Strolling alongside the River Ouse in Northern England opposite the new wind farm which is sited in front of Drax Power Station, the largest one in Europe.

5DII + 24-105L @ 105 mil f8, ISO 100.

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