February 13, 2016, 12:32:04 PM

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any chance of an 80D surprise?
« Last post by hhkd on Today at 12:29:52 PM »
I'd love to see an 80D this year. I won't buy it until next year (wedding, new truck, new shower) but high iso improvement is most important for me. The ergonomics of the XXD line are perfect and I can't justify the move to full frame since I might destroy the camera and lens while taking pictures from a kayak. Here's an ISO 3200 shot from my 60D, I'd like to get up to 12,800 with similar results. This was from a boat, I would never be near gators and pigs in a kayak.
Swamp Pig by Hashim D, on Flickr
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Spiders
« Last post by Click on Today at 12:19:11 PM »
Great shot, Hashim.
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First of all.. Happy Valentine's Day!

Made a new comedy titled "February 14" - shot completely on the Tamron 45mm F1.8  8) the F1.8 aperture was crucial for shooting the scenes at night, especially since I didn't want to push the ISO too much on my 5D Mark ii.

Despite the large aperture, there just wasn't enough light.. And being a student, I lack money for fancy LED panels :/ but no problem, I like to think that limitations forces us to think out of the box! Hence, I used a gold reflector to bounce two iPhones' flashlight onto my actors to get that golden hour/sunset shot ;D I think it worked out fairly well, aside from the fact that it would have looked more natural if I placed the light on the other side :/ watch the "Behind the scenes" to see what I'm talking about!

Just goes to show that you don't need lots of equipment, money or crew to tell a story! Equipment's only part of the equation, a very small part :) Let me know what you think of my video and hope it'll make your day ahaha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGsO_xjDWRY&feature=youtu.be

Enjoy and hope you all have a lovely day, whether you're in a relationship or not :)
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Some very promising initial findings here - I too will be interested to see if this improvement will filter down to the next 5D.

And I for one am a constant 5 stop pusher for a number of reasons - using a faster shutter speed to freeze action and lighten later, for bringing out detail in shadows (so this applies to only very small areas of a picture) or because my post-processing workflow involves making the light as flat as possible in RAW before re-bringing out contrast in photoshop (so effectively darkening then lightening, or lightening and then darkening).
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All that dynamic range is great but it will never ever replace proper use of lighting in portrait photos. It won't make the wrong time of day for a great landscape shot anything but the wrong time, for using pushing images to achieve faster shutter speeds it would be awesome. I would very happy to have a camera like the 1dxII

While I agree with you, I think the main argument for more DR is about conditions you can't control.  If you're on a family vacation you can't always decide to be at that prime location right at dawn, so you must deal with the light you have.  Or if Sasquatch happens to stroll across the road in front of you, you can't ask the talent to take a break while you set up your strobes for a glam portrait shot.  I'm sure you've all encountered these common situations.   :D

Sure, you can boost the shadows in your image shot at the wrong time of day in harsh, unflattering light....and you'll still have an image with harsh, unflattering light.  So if your aim is a stunning image, it's an opportunity lost regardless.  If your aim is documentary or a photo-memory – I was on the rim of the Grand Canyon!!! (at 10:30 am), then let the shadows fall where they may. 

As for Sasquatch and Yeti, Elvis and aliens...well, a bit of noise is forgivable.  ;)
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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon 200-500mm vs Canon 100-400mm II
« Last post by AlanF on Today at 12:01:49 PM »
I have been following the reviews of the 200-500mm with great interest to see if it a superior alternative to Canon offerings. By coincidence, I was able to handle one yesterday and also TDP posted its image quality on the D3S.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=1035&Camera=614&Sample=0&FLI=3&API=0&LensComp=972&CameraComp=963&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=4&APIComp=1

Reviews so far have frequently raved about the sharpness of the 200-500mm but there is near unanimity that its AF is slow for BIF. However, the MTFs on ePhotozine are not remarkable and you have to stop down to f/8 - f/11 for best sharpness. One I reviewer decided to keep his Sigma 150-600mm S as it was significantly sharper and sell the 200-500mm.

The TDP tests show it has much poorer IQ than the 100-400mm on the 1Ds3, and the Canon with a 1.4x TC is still sharper. In addition, the 100-400mm II on the 7DII has better IQ than the 200-500mm on Nikon FF and with more effective reach. The Nikon at 2.4 kg is more than 700 g heavier than the Canon lens. So, I am not tempted to migrate to the D500 + 200-500mm.
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Hummingbirds from Colombia
« Last post by hhkd on Today at 11:59:32 AM »
Here are a few of the amazing hummingbirds I photographed in Colombia last month...

Wow, the colors are just...wow.

All we get around here is the common Scottish hummingbird :)

That's neat, what's the scientific name? I can't find anything on the common Scottish hummingbird.
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Spiders
« Last post by hhkd on Today at 11:53:43 AM »
i couldnt find a thread with spider pics so i figured i would start one. these are from Florida
Orchard Orbweaver
First one is beautiful.
I enjoy some spiders. Here's another orchard orb weaver and a triangulate orb weaver. The triangulate orb weaver had the bad judgement to spin its web across a hiking trail, and had to re-weave several times that day (twice on my account, forward and back). However, it is a very fast-moving spider - this is one of the few in-focus shots I could get with my manual focus macro lens. (125mm on full frame - I like telephoto with spiders too, for the luxurious bokeh).
The angle on the first one is awesome.
I always enjoy photographing spiders. Here are a few of mine.

Fantastic!
DRioux, that's a great demonstration of the size of the jumper. I am surprised you even found it.
I completely agree, it's hard to tell how small they are from most photos. That shot is great.
Not the best technical pictures but interesting to me.

Funnel spider with shed exoskeleton and just a web with morning dew.
I'm drawn into the funnel, that's cool.

Here's one of mine, I still have a lot to learn. I used a relatively cheap Meike MK-14EXT on a 100L macro. I've since switched to a bracket with two 430EX II's for macro but have yet to take a decent photo with that setup.
IMG_6760 by Hashim D, on Flickr
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I am surprised that Canon didn't mention the improvement in its press releases though.

I'm not actually.

1) it seems Canon is now finally on par with its competitors in terms of read-out noise / DR and that is not really something you want to bring to everybody's attention. Instead they use more careful announcements such as "high latitude" sensor.

2) they know DR has been discussed all over the internet and before any "scores" and reviews have been official, I think they stay away from claiming any actual improvements (everyone will start asking nerdy questions anyway like "how many stops?")

3) don't compete in-house. Canon is still selling 1DX and many other pro/semipro models. Praising the new sensordesign too much could be risky.

4) Many pros and potential buyers have no issues, nor have they heard anything about lacking DR in the existing line-up

I am sure that we will hear a bit more from Canon about the improved sensordesign once the model hits the stores and 1DX slowly fades away. But I don't expect them to wear a sandwich board and ring a bell.

I think they are doing this right.
+1

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All that dynamic range is great but it will never ever replace proper use of lighting in portrait photos. It won't make the wrong time of day for a great landscape shot anything but the wrong time, for using pushing images to achieve faster shutter speeds it would be awesome. I would very happy to have a camera like the 1dxII

While I agree with you, I think the main argument for more DR is about conditions you can't control.  If you're on a family vacation you can't always decide to be at that prime location right at dawn, so you must deal with the light you have.  Or if Sasquatch happens to stroll across the road in front of you, you can't ask the talent to take a break while you set up your strobes for a glam portrait shot.  I'm sure you've all encountered these common situations.   :D
I one hundred percent agree, except for Sasquatch...everyone knows Sasquatch loves the paparazzi
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