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Messages - Sporgon

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Those who have used both 17mm and 24mm TS-E, which one you'd choose? Sounds like 24 is more popular, yes? Is it better? You'd think for landscape the wider is better, but not this time?

Due to the 1.5 x 1 format you get a lot of foreground and sky, with the rest of the landscape a tiny strip in the middle. That's fine if your landscape includes an interesting foreground - like at your feet in the case of the 17 mil, but this is often not the case. Narrower formats are often better adapted to many landscapes, so if you want to maintain resolution you have to stitch rather than crop top and bottom. Hence why I like the option of a longer focal length for landscape.

Also the 17 TSE has a huge bulbous front element that is all but impossible to shield when shooting across or towards the sun.

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I'm tempted to say the 24 TSE as well, but as the OP has said only one lens I'd be concerned with being stuck with that focal length, as I find that in landscape shooting flexibility of focal length is important, but so also is lens quality. I never use ultra wides ( ie wider than 24) on landscapes, I'd rather stitch as the far away detail seen through an ultra wide is microscopic. This is the same reason why I would choose FF over APS. When photographing things that are relatively close, like you could throw a ball and hit it, I cannot in all honestly tell any difference between FF and APS in good light, but when you are trying to resolve detail that is hundreds of yards or miles away it is a different story; you are stuck with shorter focal lengths on APS. 

So I wouldn't choose the 16 to 35 f4 as my only landscape lens, outstanding though it is. I think I'd probably go for the 24 to 70 f2.8 II. Not a lens I actually own because when it comes to shorter focal length I'd rather have a few lighter, high quality primes.

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: January 03, 2015, 04:05:28 PM »
Late afternoon sun in the woods of Skipwith Common, England

5DII + 24-105L @ 28mm, 1/30, f8, ISO 100

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: January 03, 2015, 11:56:02 AM »
Since it's getting touched on... I'm sure this a pipe dream but seeing as how I assume this new rig will be DPAF and have (perhaps) 7D2 like rack focus and AF features.... what's the chances we finally get a REAL C-LOG clean HDMI out instead of Mush-Log now?  Slim or none?

Not sure high megapixel sensor will have DPAF. Manufacturing could be expensive. And even decent Full HD alone could be expensive (in terms of scaling all that ~ 52MPix down to only ~2 for video).

If they're talking about scaling up the 7D Mark II sensor, it will.  I just hope they have the good sense to include a touchscreen so that live view focusing won't be such an epic pain in the a**.

I have a hunch that the AF part of DPAF is only scratching the surface of what this tech may realise, so I think it will have the dual pixel, with, hopefully, more to it than just live view AF.

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: January 03, 2015, 11:22:31 AM »
My 6 year old photographer in training (and one of her images)...

Love the concentration on her face and a good image to boot !

Here's one of me in action. You have to look carefully and realise I'm not Peter Pan.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2015, 09:14:05 AM »
Last light of the day lights up Etton West Woods, Yorkshire, England

5DII + 40mm pancake

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:01:36 AM »
King of the Jungle!

Nice shot J.R. Hope you were at 400 mil on the other side of a big fence !

The quality of this new 100-400 lens is staggeringly good.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: January 03, 2015, 07:57:03 AM »
I just had a look at TDP crops of the new 100-400 and nearly fell off my chair ! The lens even stands up against the hallowed 70-200 2.8 II. 200 at f2.8 for a tight portrait or 300 at f5 ? Or 400 at f5.6 ? Looks like this is one expensive lens that I'll be forking out for.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Plastic/Resin Mount for DSLRs
« on: January 03, 2015, 03:59:17 AM »
And before you post a comment about how "All professional quality lenses have metal mounts" read this post on plastic mounts by Roger Cicala.

Terminology mix up: what most of us call the 'mount' Roger calls the 'bayonet', and Roger's mount is the part that the metal bayonet is attached to, which is then attached to the camera shell or chassis.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 02, 2015, 05:39:16 AM »
The last light of 2014. Not a classic image but the sort of thing I like.

5DII + 40m pancake

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: January 01, 2015, 05:34:33 PM »
The last light of 2014, taken from a very high bridge on a disused railway line where I walk my dogs. Kiplingcotes, England

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms Development of High Megapixel Camera
« on: December 31, 2014, 12:28:16 PM »
There's a lot of talk about this camera being a 5DIV. In Canon Rumors post from November, it's stated that the new high megapixel camera will come in a new line, above the 5D line, which makes sense to me. The 5D3 is pretty much the ideal all-rounder camera and I can't see Canon messing with what has been a winning formula.

http://www.canonrumors.com/2014/11/another-50mp-ff-dslr-mention-cr2/

Such a camera would be even more of an "all-rounder" giving the reach of a 7DII, the landscape potential of medium format,and the low-light performance of a 5DIII (or better due to lower fixed pattern noise).  They'd just have to find a way to get the frame rates up to the 5DIII's level or better, which should be doable, and provide some options for reducing file size in-camera (cropping, downsampling, lossy compression, etc.).

I agree with lintoni on this: the 5 series is the top end 'general purpose' camera, with the emphasis on 'event' style photography. 23 mp is high mp, that's the whole point. As private has stated, when shooting hundreds of images, even thousands maybe, massive files are a pain. SRaw etc can reduce file sizes but also slows down processing, so it's far from being an ideal solution. The true resolution that can be obtained from 23 mp on FF when each pixel is true is amazing.

Also 50 mp on FF will not give you the full potential of a larger format, because the larger format always has more magnification, larger capture and greater volume of light for the same framing.

Canon will recognise this. They probably also recognise that there are (just) enough punters out there who desire greater mp on FF than mid twenties to make it worthwhile in producing one, but it will be a separate, more specialist body. Certainly not the 5D IV.

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Technical Support / Re: Grand Canyon panoramas
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:51:29 AM »
Beautiful shots Sporgon. I especially like the second picture.

Thanks bjd & click.

I wanted to get Whitby Abbey at sunrise, so had to set off at three thirty in the morning in order to arrive at that time. There was a thin bank of cloud on the horizon and I had to wait for the rising sun to clear this, so the picture was taken with the sun higher than I had wanted, and I was a bit disappointed with it at first. However as time goes by and I see it with the others I think it stands up well. Glad you like it.

Thanks for posting -- love the Whitby Abbey shot. The light, and color in the sky, plus a beautiful setting and reflection to boot -- beautiful.

Thanks for that Famateur, you've made my new year evening !

As I said in the quote above I made a big effort to get that shot, but the lighting ended up not as I had imagined it was going to be. However the more I see it, especially among other pictures, the more I like it.

Happy New Year !

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Technical Support / Re: Grand Canyon panoramas
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:40:38 AM »
Beautiful shots Sporgon. I especially like the second picture.

Thanks bjd & click.

I wanted to get Whitby Abbey at sunrise, so had to set off at three thirty in the morning in order to arrive at that time. There was a thin bank of cloud on the horizon and I had to wait for the rising sun to clear this, so the picture was taken with the sun higher than I had wanted, and I was a bit disappointed with it at first. However as time goes by and I see it with the others I think it stands up well. Glad you like it.

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Lenses / Re: The New 24mm Pancake Lens
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:22:45 AM »
The feeling of a tight fit with a small light lens is quite normal. As it is light it has little mass to overcome the friction of the mount as you turn. In comparison the effort needed to lift and turn a much heavier lens such as an 85 f1.2 is much greater; the lens has more mass and so overcomes the friction of the mount easily.

You often hear people complaining of their new 70-200 f2.8 feeling 'lose' on the mount; it's the same effect in reverse. If this lens was perceived to be as tighter fit as one like the new 24 pancake then you'd need Arnie to mount your heavier lenses for you. Not to mention the wear.

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