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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« on: January 19, 2014, 06:43:21 PM »
@ f1.8, 5Dmkii, ISO 160

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:20:19 AM »
I think the (patient) explanations given by jrista have helped me understand why correct sharpening after capturing the data through a good AA filter results in an image that is all but indistinguishable from when there is no filter. There is enough data for the sharpening to work on as you're only taking out part of the frequency with the filter.

As anyone serious is going to do some for of pp it rather begs the question of why not keep the AA filter.

Oh I know; a bit of marketing edge for Nikon.........


Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: January 18, 2014, 06:50:02 AM »
Here's a shot processed in the style being discussed on the 135L images thread, but shot on the 24-105L.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 18, 2014, 06:29:27 AM »
Nice image but in my opinion it's not all that successful because the girl's face is hidden rather needlessly.  I know you probably think that's the point of the image, but it kind of falls flat because of that.  No doubt most of you will disagree with me, but there it is.


OK, here's one done especially for you !

( I really thought you'd have pulled me up on the tag showing on the hat  ;)  )

I've put one processed in a similar style on the 24-105L thread. I was going to sneak it in here but thought better of it.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:45:01 PM »
Reading the comments about an iPhone and 1100D being remotely comparable are quite pitiful. The 1100D (t3) is actually a mighty fine camera, albeit not necessarily an aesthetically pleasing one; it can do 99% of all functions that the majority of people want from their DSLR. It has virtually every control that a serious photographer might wish for with the exception of specialist features. Within the Building Panoramics 'family' we have four of them now, property of various children and wives.

The t3 is by far the best value Canon DSLR. My partner wanted to get a small Rebel as a 'holiday' camera. I told him if he was going to get a Rebel he should get the basic one, but no, being himself he had to get TOTR: the 650D at the time. Within six months it was sold and he now uses his daughter's 1100D for holiday fun.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:38:54 PM »
I had a very quick play with a recent jpeg to see if I could get a similar effect. I'm not sure she hasn't played with the white balance between subject and background in some of them. That's what I have done with this picture, as well as the manipulations mentioned above. I've attached the original from camera for comparison. In this case the lens has already done a pretty thorough job of isolating the subject.

Great pictures with a real 'signature' feel. Those who worked with film know that there was as much post processing done then as there ever is with digital !

Thanks for the link Eldar.

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:34:10 AM »

This isn't a critique... but usually if I'm photographing something like this where motion is obvious, I usually compose the shot so the direction they are heading is open rather than where they have been.  So I would have the horse and rider to the left of the shot rather than the right. 

Is that just a personal preference on my part or was there a specific reason you composed the shot that way that has to do with one of these unspoken rules of photography that I pick up off the streets?


The horse's technique in impeccable, the photograper's less so.  ;)

Pity 'cos the timing is spot on; this is the point when the horse looks at it's best over a fence.

Lenses / Re: 17-40/4 L DxO Tested
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:54:34 AM »
This is one potential reason why I've stayed away from their software.  If they can't characterize the lenses correctly, does it affect their software products?

I think that's one of the reasons why people are frustrated by the DxO 'tests'. Their software programs are quite highly regarded by many, in sharp contrast to their 'score summaries' which are joke, and a poor one at that. Trying to condense a lens's performance into a single 'score' is an insult to their programs.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:13:45 AM »
Mirror of Dreams (few years old photo)

Lovely picture. I'd be interested to know where this was taken; never seen so many arĂȘtes in one shot !

Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:55:18 AM »
Had no idea Hobbits were so afflicted. Now I know why Frodo looked like a girl.....

Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 14, 2014, 02:53:51 PM »
I think you'll find it's simple physics. You been used to mounting some heavy lenses on your camera. When you lift that amount of size and weight you have to make a certain effort. By contrast the 35 f2 IS is relatively small and light so you use much less effort to handle it. Because you're mounting less mass it feels much tighter. This is also why people report the 40 pancake to be tight compared with other lenses. If the EF mount was so tight that a large lens like the 70-200/2.8 felt tight the 40 pancake would be an enormous effort !

(I assume your 50 f1.8 has a plastic bayonet mount which is why it will feel soft).

Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:18:48 PM »
Here are some of my candid shots while vacationing in Thailand over the Christmas holidays.  Shot in Koh Larn island with Canon 6D, 24~105mm F4 IS.  My favorite is the last one IMG_191-2.

You've found the strengths of the 24-105. With these types of shot it really works well, from good centre sharpness to a pleasant bokeh.

Think the first one is hilarious. Not to self: if my daughters go up to the bar in a bikini like that make sure they put high heels on first.  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 13, 2014, 03:46:38 PM »
When I see those pictures of PBD's taken over ten years ago probably on an original 1D I can't help feeling a twinge of bereavement for all my lost coin that's gone on up grading the gear since then. Small wonder the manufacturers have to keep seducing us with the latest improvements - like removing the AA filter  ;)

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
« on: January 13, 2014, 03:21:16 PM »
Shot with 6D + 24-70 f4L @ 40 mil. A hand held five frame panoramic.

A really good lens, sharper across the frame than the 24-105, small and compact, feels like a large prime on the 6D, but looses the 80-105. Hmmmmm..............................................

Nice photo

Sporgon, if you had to pick one which one would you choose? 24-70 f/4 or 24-105 f/4?

Thanks Lycan.

That is a tricky question, made all the more difficult by the fact the 24-105 can be bought so much cheaper despite the RRP being similar.

If I wanted a general purpose zoom that was relatively small and had IS to give me as close to prime quality as was feasible, and I was shooting pictures made up of a single frame (which most people are) I would be willing to loose the extra focal length and cash and get the 24-70 f4 L.

However if I intended to use primes for critical, planned work, and use the zoom as a 'walk about', more casual lens I would go for the 24-105 and gain extra length and cash in my pocket. I might add that vertically shot stitched frames with the 24-105 @ about f8 are as good as any other lens, certainly in the print anyway.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 12, 2014, 01:04:48 PM »
Singapore, Gardens by the Bay

One of the best pictures I've seen of Gardens by the Bay.

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