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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:39:20 AM »
Hi all
Have I got a poor copy? 
Thanks for any thoughts.


If you read the Lens rental review Roger states that there are an alarming amount of adjustable elements in the construction.

I'm guessing that many of the early production ones were not set up correctly - hence the initial unfavourable reviews from a number of sources.

It's actually a very fine lens; whether the improved 24mm and overall borders over the 24-105 is worth losing the 75-105 range is up to you.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 18, 2014, 04:30:38 PM »
5DII + 50/1.4

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:59:35 PM »
A recent picture of Richmond Castle in the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.

5DII + 28/1.8 @ about f5.6

Beautiful shot. I really like your picture. Well done.

Click and niteclicks; many thanks for your kind comments.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:57:51 PM »

Gulf Islands sunset from ferry to Vancouver Island

Beautiful tonal quality to this picture

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:47:08 AM »
A recent picture of Richmond Castle in the Yorkshire Dales, Northern England.

5DII + 28/1.8 @ about f5.6

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Why Photography
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:16:57 PM »
I got into this ridiculous hobby post retirement.  It is a self-satisfying way to pass the time as it keeps me off the streets and outta the bars, but, if someone approached me about making a career from photography...I would be forced to slap them up-side the head.

Aside from the occasionally successful wedding and fashion photog...who is gonna buy your stuff.
Besides the local hotel that hosts local photography and the traveling art shows that caters to folks with some disposable doesn't sell. 
Peruse the "decorator wall décor" websites, photography occupies a very small subset therein, so again I ask...who is gonna buy your stuff?

The real answer ? No one.

In reality if you want to sell your pictures for real money you have to have a captive audience, potential buyers who already want what you are specifically shooting.

Selling photography as 'art for art's sake' is virtually impossible to day. People are bombarded with fantastic images, and I think in all honesty many have effectively become desensitised to beautiful photography, and so images have had to become more and more dramatic, surreal, in order to keep peoples attention. The few photographers that I know who have a long reputation for selling this type of picture have had to become more and more 'unreal'mas time has gone on.

My Building Panoramic stuff is done for two major national institutions as well as other smaller ones, but either way it's aimed at a specific target, but even then I see an alarming apathy towards great imagery, most probably because these places are bombarded with it all the time.

There is, however a lot to be said for being able to produce just what you want. It's just that as with artists of old, if no one wants what you have produced except yourself it feels a bit disappointing  ;)

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:15:46 PM »
5DII + 50 f1.4. Yes I'm that old fashioned. If I want wider I stitch. If I want longer I crop. If I want more resolution I laugh.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D N
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:02:00 PM »
I have never missed GPS or wifi on any of my bodies, so that would not be a sacrifice for me. 30% price cut on that and another 20% to skip video ...  ::)

I find it a bit strange that they sell both versions here in Norway tough. I don´t believe many are willing to pay the price for GPS and wifi.

Good thing about the 6D is that you can use your 'S' screen in it. It's actually a very fine camera, although I think
you may find the controls a tad soft compared with the 5DIII/1Dx.

Of course if you get bored with it you can always give it to your wife as a new body  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:11:04 PM »

Quote from: neuroanatomist
As for sharpness, while it's true that a multilayer sensor wouldn't need the blurring caused by an AA filter to avoid color moiré, that blurring is predictable and thus highly correctable with sharpening in post, so the true gain in sharpness is minor at best.
Not true. "No AA" picture can still be corrected/sharpened better than picture "with AA". Multilayer without AA can be sharpened/"regenerated" even further.

 All the practical evidence from people who have two cameras identical other than with, or without AA filter, ie. Nikon D800/800e and Pentax K5II/n (or whatever it's called) is that there is no perceivable difference after applying suitable un-sharp mask.

Lenses / Re: Need help deciding on my next lens
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:55:35 AM »
For 50% of a 6d you're getting a Rebel, and I somehow doubt you'll want to produce anything with that kind of usability.

650D + 24-105L @ about 35mm

It's not about the bike.

Lenses / Re: Need help deciding on my next lens
« on: July 10, 2014, 04:25:57 AM »
Shouldn't the excellent EFs 17-55 f2.8 be considered ?

Considered, yes, but imho then dismissed unless you need constant f because what's the use of getting a fast zoom on crop? If you're that desperate for light or thin dof go ff (if you can cough up the $$$), otherwise crop is all about flexibility, reach and having fun shooting.

For exactly the same reason one might want a fast zoom on anything else.

Crop is 'all about' getting 95% of the product for 50% of the price.

Lenses / Re: Need help deciding on my next lens
« on: July 09, 2014, 05:20:06 PM »
Shouldn't the excellent EFs 17-55 f2.8 be considered ?

Unfocused, that was well done!   :D

+ 1  ;D

Your real name's not Shakespeare is it ?

Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:13:28 AM »
Thanks for posting that link Sporgon!

Looking at Eastwood's examples, it appears to me that most of the variation in portrait perspective occurs in the range of 24mm to 70mm.  The difference between 100 and 300 was minimal to my eye.

Yes the critical wording here is portrait perspective. This example may shed some light on why the 135 has been a popular focal length over the years of 35mm photography: it is the shortest focal length to give 'optimum' portrait perspective, and as we know, shorter focal lengths are easier to manage......

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