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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 04, 2014, 02:00:36 PM »
Here's an oldie with my first DSLR, 40D + EF-S 17-85 IS USM.

Kinderdijk in the Netherlands.

That's rather nice. I do find that is scenes with low contrast the older cameras ( ie 20-40D 5D etc) do give a pleasing tonal quality.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX dust behind superimposed screen
« on: July 03, 2014, 06:42:32 PM »
I had a speck like that, it worked it's way out after a few weeks.

Thank you for the response, Neuro. Perhaps it's just a natural occurrence then?

I'll try to tell the little voice in the back of my mind to shut up and ignore it. Hopefully mine will work their way out too over a few weeks of usage.

Honestly, dust specs on a DSLR screen are normal. If you haven't any now you will have eventually, it's inevitable. Just ignore it, or you may start noticing the 'floaters' in your eyes too !  ;)

I'm doing my best to so far!

One quick question: since the dust is on the focus screen or super imposed display, is there the potential for the dust to ever effect the autofocusing of the camera?

Dust on the focusing screen: no. The AF marks are just to show you where the AF is, they are not connected to the AF in any way. Dust on the AF sensor sat in the bottom of the mirror box; another thing. Many people seem not to want to accept this, but dust / dirt here can make AF malfunction,  normally only one effected point at a time though. So if ever one of our AF points appears to lose accuracy or stop working give the mirror box ( with mirror up) a good vac and blow job.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX dust behind superimposed screen
« on: July 03, 2014, 04:42:50 PM »
I had a speck like that, it worked it's way out after a few weeks.

Thank you for the response, Neuro. Perhaps it's just a natural occurrence then?

I'll try to tell the little voice in the back of my mind to shut up and ignore it. Hopefully mine will work their way out too over a few weeks of usage.

Honestly, dust specs on a DSLR screen are normal. If you haven't any now you will have eventually, it's inevitable. Just ignore it, or you may start noticing the 'floaters' in your eyes too !  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:48:02 PM »
Great Stookan on the North coast of Ireland, taken from Giant's Causeway. Although I have thrown focus out in the distance you can see make out Grandmother Rock on the original - looks like a bent over old woman climbing the hill.

Canon 5D + 40mm pancake

I can't see Grandma?

@ Northstar; just for you. This is a crop from the unfinished pano; the picture I posted was a single frame shot ( but multiple exposure of course). The pano of this is being a real pain as there are so many bracketed frames, and the whole thing is blended by hand.

You can just make out Grandma climbing the hill. On this pano I have held focus in the distance but still not sure which one I am going to go with.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:43:27 PM »
Great Stookan on the North coast of Ireland, taken from Giant's Causeway. Although I have thrown focus out in the distance you can see make out Grandmother Rock on the original - looks like a bent over old woman climbing the hill.

Canon 5D + 40mm pancake

That is very special.
Did you use some extra light in front on the rocks?

Thanks candyman, very pleased with your comment. I'll be giving my techniques away, but yes I carry a very light weight lasolite, five foot across but folds really small and hangs from my belt. Used the gold foil side.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:39:51 PM »
Great Stookan on the North coast of Ireland, taken from Giant's Causeway. Although I have thrown focus out in the distance you can see make out Grandmother Rock on the original - looks like a bent over old woman climbing the hill.

Canon 5D + 40mm pancake

Feel like I'm in the "300" movie. Very nice Sporgon.

The 40mm pancake is a small lens. However, this little guy plays big role in Canon lineup. I'm thinking selling my a7r + FE 55mm and replace with 5D III + pancake.

Many thanks Dylan, I was shooting for the 300 movie effect !  :)

With regard to camera sizes I find that it is the size and imbalance of the lenses that can make a dslr heavy. I was out to day on the East coast with the 5DII and 24-105, walked for about five miles along the cliff tops. That combo really gets heavy after a few hours of carry, whereas I was in the same place two weeks earlier with the same body with the 40mm pancake on and a light 28mm prime in my pocket and it goes totally unnoticed. The 6D is even better. If I go even lighter with my daughter's 1100D I don't feel any difference because the other bodies are light enough to make no difference.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:06:10 PM »
Great Stookan on the North coast of Ireland, taken from Giant's Causeway. Although I have thrown focus out in the distance you can see make out Grandmother Rock on the original - looks like a bent over old woman climbing the hill.

Canon 5D + 40mm pancake

That's a lovely shot Sporgon.   8)

Thanks Click !

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:55:35 PM »
Great Stookan on the North coast of Ireland, taken from Giant's Causeway. Although I have thrown focus out in the distance you can see make out Grandmother Rock on the original - looks like a bent over old woman climbing the hill.

Canon 5D + 40mm pancake

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(Yes, I know if I'd just bought a 1DX I could remove the focus screen etc. etc.)

Thanks all.

A removable screen isn't always the answer. I had a bug wandering over the screen of my 5DII. To add insult to injury it would make obscene gestures as I was composing pictures. When I got home I went to fetch the screen tweezers only to find it had wandered off, so by removing the screen I couldn't find it anyway. I just hoped that it wasn't a pregnant bug that had decided to nest in my camera. I'm guessing it's now died of starvation or old age.

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Canon General / Re: DOF and Sensor Size
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:37:47 AM »
I think basically sensor size / format size only effects dof when you put a lens on  ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:57:53 AM »
Centre column is useful to have. If you're using the tripod to hold the camera rather than critically support it at lower speeds, then use it for convenience. But when requiring critical stability don't use it, extend the lower legs instead. This is how I use my 058.

So the moral is get a tripod than can extend to head height with leg extension alone, central column is a bonus.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on the 50mm with Image Stabilzation?
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:41:31 AM »
As has been pointed out, the other three IS primes that have replaced the old non IS ones have not lost any speed, but then they were slower lenses than a 1.4, and I'm not sure if there are technical issues in featuring IS on such a fast lens.

Agree with the point at top of page; wouldn't surprise me if it was '1.7' as a marketing differentiation, because we all know there is no (real) difference between 1.8 and 1.7.

Or will it be an f2 based upon a modified planar pancake design ( like the 40 pancake) but set deep into the 35 IS body to give room for the IS ?

Either way I wish they'd hurry up 'cos I want the EBP to evaporate before I stick my hand is my very dusty wallet.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:15:44 AM »

Another issue with an image stabiliser is that it takes a few seconds to settle. If you just point and snap, there a possibility that the gyros and elements haven't settled and you get soft images.

This is really scraping the barrel when it comes to points against IS !  ;). Only switch it on when you need it !

Personally I'm all for IS in standard / wide angle focal lengths. I have absolutely no desire to carry a tripod to some of the places I go, and inevitably I end up shooting landscapes in low, fading ( or ascending ) light. I'm still old fashioned enough to not want to wack ASA up, so IS often enables me to get the shot with suitable dof and no ( at least damaging) shake.

However I'm fully aware that a shot taken in this way will not be as critically sharp as one from a solid platform.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 28, 2014, 04:57:12 PM »

Nikonian linguistic analysis: the -10 suffix translates to 'fixing a problem'.  The SB910 fixed the thermal issues of the SB900.  The D610 fixed the oil spatter and banned-from-sale-in-China-debacle of the D600.  The D810 fixes the problem Nikon had of producing both the D800 and D800E.

I wonder if there is a neuroanatomist-10 in the nikon forums...

+1
perhaps we can start a poll for the most requested/needed feature changes and improvements ;)

I propose a poll to see who among the CR members neuroanatomist, dilbert, or Aglet has provided the most helpful/useful/beneficial information to the other members of the forum.  The one with the most votes earns a pat on the back, the other two are permanently banned from CR forums.  I'll abide by the results if you two agree to do so as well.  What do you say, gentlemen...are you ready to put your reputations on the line?

Where do we sign up ?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: June 28, 2014, 07:38:23 AM »
Another from Iceland. This is Gullfoss, the largest fall in Europe (I´m told). Quite spectacular.

5DIII, 1/640s, f5.6, ISO100, pola filter

Wow, must go there sometime. Great images, especially like the one if the house.

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