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Black & White / Re: Your best Architectural & City B&W shots?
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:36:37 AM »
From the Eastern State Penitentiary...

"Toward the Light"

EOS 1D X, TS-E 24.0mm f/3.5L II, 3.2 s, f/14, ISO 100 (Processed as Tri-X with DxO FilmPack)

That does actually have a look of Kodak Tri-X ! Always had the ability to produce subtle tones whereas Ilford HP 5 was more punchy - but easier to use and process. Maybe DXO will bring out a Pan F treatment. I never got the most of using that one for real. Perhaps I could digitally  ;D

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:28:39 AM »
Sunrise shining onto low cloud at Seathwaite Bridge, Borrowdale in the English Lake District.

5D, 24-105 @24mm
Nice one Sporgon!  That little 24-105mm does have a way of pulling out the subtle colors!

Thanks Ken. You're quite right about the colour of the 24-105. ( The 24-70 f4 IS is the same ). There is no photoshop in that image, it is entirely processed from the RAW in DPP, a program which having ignored for years I'm now beginning to have some respect for  - within the limits of what it can do of course.

Buying on e bay is probably the best bet because of the selection. Go for a seller with a reasonable amount of positive feedback. Choose a camera where many detIled pictures are provided so you can see exactly the outside condition of what you're getting. Often having the original box is a good indication of lighter use. Generally if a camera is immaculate on the outside it's gonna be the same inside.

Choose one with a serial number beginning with 2 or 3, not 0 or 1 as these were the early ones and had the poorer LCD and original glued mirror.

If you are shooting at ISO 100 to 400 the 5D is still contemporary. At Building Panoramics around half our pictures have been shot on a mki.

(That is about half the ones in the website )

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: October 28, 2013, 04:52:45 PM »
Not sure if I have posted these on CR before.

The cloud reflections shot was 50/f1.4 @ 5.6, 1/200, the second one is part of a failed panoramic, shot on the 24-105 @65mm. Both on 5D.

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:39:38 PM »
In what way does the 40mm not perform very well in the 5D (mki) ?

Mounting an STM lens doesn't confer on the camera the ability to autofocus during video.  Or shoot video, for that matter.  Damn you, Canon, and your handicapping ways...   ::)

And damn that video on the 5D mki !  ;)

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:26:48 PM »

Proof Two: Canon (and maybe the rest as well) don't offer firmware upgrades once a model is replaced. For example, I found that STM lenses, although they worked on my (ancient) 5D and 30D's, they did not work very well. Now just how much effort would it be for Canon to offer a firmware upgrade for discontinued cameras just to keep the lens info up to date?

In what way does the 40mm not perform very well in the 5D (mki) ? Mine works as well on that camera as any other.

On topic; my daughter is at a sixth form college and has a number of friend who are doing photography 'A' level, so they are all about 18 years of age. Most consider the dslr to be the 'real deal' and they are the future..........

Lenses / Re: 135 F1.8L IS
« on: October 28, 2013, 02:37:08 AM »
Cue RL photo

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs “dead in 5 years”
« on: October 27, 2013, 05:28:27 PM »
His second point sums it up: satisfied with current Dslr's.

I'm sure with most happy snappers the quality of the rear LCD was of more importance than minor improvements in IQ. The advances are slowing now, you can only go so big with the LCD.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« on: October 27, 2013, 12:17:11 PM »
Shot from a recent washed out trip to the English Rain District

1/320 f7.1. A great versatile lens and good value to boot.

Nice shot Sporgon. How do you like the contrast on the 85 f/1.8?

BTW, no respite from the rains for you, it seems  ;)

Thanks J.R. Yes the weather here is dreadful now after a good summer. When the Romans first invaded Britain the commander Julius Caesar was recorded as asking; " what do we want this land of mist and rain for anyway " ?

The 85 f1.8 isn't quite as sharp or contrasty as the 135L when both are wide open, but from about f2.2 onwards it is as good as the 135L IMO. However stating that on CR is a bit like saying the Venus statue would be better with two arms. Can produce chronic purple fringing in extreme contrast situations but stopping down a little takes care of it.

A very good lens for the money.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:40:42 AM »
Shot from a recent washed out trip to the English Rain District

1/320 f7.1. A great versatile lens and good value to boot.

Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 27, 2013, 04:10:04 AM »
Have any of you guys banging the drum for sensor based stabilisation actually used it in a dslr ?  From my experiences with it it  is not as effective as a lens based system, even with shorter focal lengths.

Video & Movie / Re: As the Photographers--What will we do?
« on: October 26, 2013, 02:23:52 PM »
That picture had a big impact on public opinion of the war.

I had no idea Nick Ut had rescued the girl !

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:52:56 AM »
Took this one today. Not black and white (still feeling my way through the Lightroom presets), but not exactly colors either :)

Beautiful; I really like the simplicity of your images. Not easy to achieve with visual impact.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:10:18 AM »
Here's a recent portrait with the 135L (pretty much my favorite portrait lens).  A little fill flash from the 580EXII, but other than adding a bit of vignette and slight bit of warmness, this is out of camera.  Wide open @ f/2

Paris on Her Mind by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Great image Dustin, but her smile out shines the lens. You could have shot this with virtually anything and it would have been lovely. You have a really good rapport with your models and it shows.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 26, 2013, 08:22:01 AM »

more MP neither....

Good point there - I have to admit with my new 6d experience looking at the 60d crop shots my first thought usually is "oh my, what crappy iq" - but after some seconds I always realize 100% crop on the monitor is not the most important aspect, and if you cannot do nice photography you won't be able to with ff or high-mp ff...

You summed it up here; I saw the same thing after using a 5D mkii. Looking at the files on screen I thought 'this is much better than the original 5D. But it doesn't translate to the image as a picture, at least not one of a 'normal' size.

The only photographers who will benefit from very high mp all the time are those that like to look at their images at 100% on screen.

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