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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:59:43 PM »
I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

That would not be the worst thing I've seen posted on YouTube..........by a long shot.

Reminds me of an old Garfield ( the cat) cartoon .

Garfield wakes up and gives a big stretch. "hmm, sleeping makes me hungry".

Eats his food. Gives big yawn. "hmm, eating makes me sleepy"

Curls back up in his bed. "life is good".

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:59:32 AM »
85/1.8 @1.8. Medium jpeg straight from camera ( re-sized).

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Lenses / Re: Do You Take Better Pics with Primes?
« on: December 08, 2013, 03:37:32 AM »
Intersting when the word 'prime' came into common use to describe a fixed focal length lens. Certainly in my early days of photography, from around 1975, I never recal hearing them being referred to as 'prime' lenses.

I'm guessing that the term was coined after the rise of zoom lenses in order to differentiate.

Similar situation with the term 'kit' lens. Again in the early days of SLRs they were always sold with a 50mm lens, but were never referred to as a 'kit'.


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Lenses / Re: Do You Take Better Pics with Primes?
« on: December 07, 2013, 04:59:19 PM »

For something concrete to discuss, how much different can a picture be with a Canon 40mm pancake vs a Canon 24-105mmL? The 40 will take you down to f/2.8, but that's only one stop off the f/4.0 of the zoom. And the zoom has IS while the pancake does not. I'm seeing few instances these days where the 40mm gets mounted to my 5D3. The 24-105 usually gives me adequate results -- and a lot more versatility.

If you are looking at the centre of the frame (on FF) at apertures in the f 5 - 8 region then there is no perceivable difference, but as soon as you move out towards the four corners of mid frame there is a huge difference, and this makes a noticeable improvement on a landscape photo. On a zoom such as the 24-70 II you wouldn't see the same difference, and if you just had a central subject with the 24-105 then you wouldn't see the difference.

It depends on the application. Also the 24-70 II is a monster in order to achieve the same IQ as a tiny prime.

I understand the OP question, but I think it is possible to be disciplined with a zoom and work along as if you had primes.

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Landscape / Re: yellowstone and teton panoramas
« on: December 07, 2013, 04:36:02 PM »
The black & White really caught my eye. Split toning works well, lighting gives the image impact.

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Street & City / Re: Manhattan Vista
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:27:12 AM »
I have to say that I've always found the 17-40 that we have at B P to be pretty good, as long as you avoid looking into the corners on 17 mil.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 05, 2013, 04:38:58 PM »
The only fact that makes sense is if you can't afford the 5D Mark III. That's the only, true reason here. Period!

That isn't strictly true. You're assuming that sophisticated AF is important to everyone, and that is not the case.

At Building Panoramics we could have afforded a 5D III but chose the 6D because of it's smaller size, lighter weight and interchangeable screens.

The 6D AF is superior to the 5D & 5DII despite 'looking' the same.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:31:37 PM »
Canon's sensors are embarrassing compared to Sony's.

Got to be a bit of a dick to say such a thing.

Embarrassing.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:52:33 AM »
Timbavati South Africa 2013

1Dx 400f/2.8 L II, Shot @ f/2.8 & 1/1000th ISO200

This was one of those Shots where I'de pretty well dicked it from the start, forgot to change the ISO, Forgot to change the Shutter Speed, came around a corner, Sun pretty well set behind the Trees, and saw this Guy resting inside the Trees, shot from the Hip as they say, 3 shots & he was up & away.

The 1Dx & 200-400f/4 was also on the seat, didn't look at it for this shot, this is where the f/2.8 is sooooo handy.

Saved in Post, almost.

Astonishingly beautiful, remarkable to say it's shot in the wild. Could be a studio shot !

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Both cameras were hand held, but resting on the shelf of a hide (blind) at sufficiently high shutter speeds that there was no camera shake. Iso was at 640 and the aperture at f/5.6. I post 6 collage pairs out of many shots, which were are representative.


Not quite convinced by the method here. The light doesn't look that bright on most of the pictures,  so ISO 640 and f5.6 I am guessing would give a shutter speed at best of 1000th, more likely 500th. Unless you were resting on a suitable support I'd be worried that the stability wasn't reliable enough on a 600mm focal length for a very subtle test such as this one.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:26:19 AM »
This past summer, while I was photographing birds at one of our local wetland preserves, a fairly large group of female deer, ranging in age from yearlings to several years old and maybe a couple elders, wandered up for a


Beautiful pictures !

(You must have aquired your 5DIII and 300/2.8 to grab those, yes ?   ;).   )

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: The 2nd ff camera in 2014 will be...
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:18:05 AM »
Possibly a full frame rebel I read a few years ago Canon had a long term goal or returning to all full frame cameras.  If that is still a gole we could see the 6d sensor in a rebel body. 


If Canon did ever state this then I would think they have changed their collective minds.

For many people the APS sensor is more desirable: cheaper, more forgiving in practical use due to shorter focal length lenses giving more DoF, so often 'sharper' pictures. Moderate teles give the impression of much greater magnification; the list goes on.

The same tech that is making FF cheaper is making APS better.

We won't see a FF Rebel unless Canon marketing research has suggested it would be a big sales feature.

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Leica are really known for their success with single lens reflex cameras  ::)

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