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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 arêtes 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.


Aglet is the person who finds this to be a difficult exposure. He believes he can better compute exposure than the meter even for a low dynamic range image like this.

You gotta be kidding  ;D

To be fair though, if you really haven't a clue what you're  doing there are cameras out there that are probably more forgiving than the current Canons.

Not sure a Nikon would have brought those people forward from wall though. Perhaps a Pentax would  ;)

Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 12, 2014, 03:03:59 AM »
When I had a 7D and 5DII, the grips were always on them...except when shooting critical shots from a tripod. I like not having to remove the grip to eliminate the extra vibration it causes.

Interesting, never thought of that. I used a battery grip on the original 5D because it boosted the shooting time from a set of batteries so much. However duration of the latest single batteries is so much better I don't bother with a grip on the new bodies, but I'm not using very large lenses.

I've always found the body size needs to match the lenses.

I changed from Nikon to the Canon 5D in 2005. Does that count ? The game changer there was 'affordable' FF - although it was £2500 in 2005 whilst the Nikon D200 was £1300.

I don't think the Nikon D800 has even scratched the surface of the 5DII success.

Also I'm still dumbfounded that Nikon didn't offer an 's' raw option on a 36mp camera, especially considering that at it's introduction may people wouldn't have the computing power in place. Can you imagine coming away from a event such as a wedding with 1000 36mp raw images ?

Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:51:05 PM »
A note on the diopter wheel. It's easily turned accidentally in many situations.

Kinda nice that it's behind the eyecup on the 1D X.

Don't rub it in  ;)

Interesting that now the 5D series has been up graded to full professional status (mkiii) it still has the exposed diopter wheel whereas the 1D series have always had it covered and protected from accidental movement.

I'm often catching mine and moving it out of true.  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:33:53 PM »
Surely that picture has been filled, either by flash or some reflector ?

I don't see how it can be an example of DR

Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 11, 2014, 02:03:38 PM »
A note on the diopter wheel. It's easily turned accidentally in many situations. It's worth remembering that the AF points in the viewfinder should be in sharp focus irrespective of where the lens is focused. If they're not sharp you're diopter wheel needs tweaking.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:03:52 PM »
Love the Alne Estuary shot of the sailboats.

Thanks Tonywintn & Maxaperture. I can spend hours tinkering with black and White images  :)

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