July 03, 2015, 07:00:22 AM

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Hi HLI.
I would suspect that it is a chain link fence from the repeated appearance of the pattern lower right, it is probably repeated in the upper left, but is lost in the sky!
Not my image but thought I would offer a theory.

Cheers, Graham.

What is that streak across the frame, was there something in front of the lens?
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I hope that somehow you are now changing your opinion that this is not all bogus but very real indeed

The opinion of a lawyer is not the decision of a court of law.   The 'evidence' you link comprises opinion about what might be possible interpretations of such a law, if it passes.  As I provided in an earlier example, there are many laws on the books that are not enforced in any meaningful of consistent way. 

You're putting the hype in hyperbole, here.

Lack of enforcement of a terrible law doesn't make it a good law.  It also doesn't make it ok for the law to exist.

Exactly my opinion and the main reason why everyone ever being interested in photography at a public place in Europe should oppose this law proposal ... the simple fact is, that no one know what they could come up with ones this would go through or what might be the results if such a stupid law proposal is in place ... the danger that something negative for most photographers within the EU arises from this is far too high to simply ignore it and do nothing   
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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5ds
« Last post by Maiaibing on Today at 03:43:32 AM »
How about the 5D Mark III or 1Dx as a 6D replacement?

I just went through the the suggested options above and got a 6D to replace/complement my aging 5DII's. You're (the OP) there already.

Since you are looking for an upgrade to your existing gear the only real thing Canon has to offer is their high megapix camera for either very large prints or heavy cropping.

2.500$+ for 5D Mark III or 1Dx will bring you nothing noteworthy in terms of speed, high iso or picture quality. Imagine this - what picture will these bodies take that you cannot take already?

Instead, for 2.500$ you can get a lens or maybe even two that can transform your ability to take pictures by opening options you do not have today (depending on what lenses you have already) for example if you are missing a fast prime, a marco lens, a super tele or a shift focus lens. Just missing a fast prime can cut 1-2 hours off your daily shooting time compared to standard zooms if you prefer shooting in natural light.

To me there's not even a dilemma here unless you have a very clearly defined need that is not covered - which seems obvious from your question you have not.

You may also wait to see what the 5DIV has to offer. Canon has already said a 5DIV will replace the 5DIII in their line-up. This is the camera to look for. Or take a leap of faith with the new SONY (which I have waiting for myself) in stead of hunting marginal gains you may never be able to see in your results.
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Industry News / Re: Nikon: World's lightest 500mm and 600mm
« Last post by 1982chris911 on Today at 03:39:38 AM »
Well i am really looking forward to the DO versions of these lenses made by Canon (hope to see them in the next 2 years). It should not be so difficult as they have basically solved nearly all the problems of IQ which DO had when introducing the 400mm DO II (maybe apart from the onion rings bokeh) ...
I d expect a 500 mm to be around 2500-2700gr and a 600 about 300-400gr more maybe just sub 3kg, which would make a lot of people's backs happy, however not their wallets ;-) 
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The previous version was pretty decent and neck-and-neck with Canon's 15-85.  Will be interesting to see what makes this new one worth the increased $.
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I just forgot to mention that there is also a second non military thing that would need lots of image sensors of high quality (probably more than the entire DSLR Camera market) and that is autonomous driving cars ... imagine that each car needs a least a couple of sensors and in 10-15 years autonomous driving will be pretty standard at least in luxury level cars ... the newest generation of road legal cars in europe have already image based headlights to selectively illuminate persons standing on the side of the road and panorama cams for parking ... so a future car will certainly need a lot of image sensors if you add more systems like this   
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Hi Rocky

only half answers my question though...  I think it might have been better if there was no ef-s mount at all, that canon should have went down the route taken by Nikon, in that canon retained their main mount the EF.

I get the safety implications that a short back focus lens could collide with the mirror, but sigma tamron tokina samyang all seem able to make lenses that use the ef mount, concentrate the image circle over an aps-c inager and don't break 135 format dslr mirrors...

Anyway, like I said, old debate...  rekindled I suppose by the ef-m, but thats a different kettle of fish anyway, one where I think the adaptability to ef is key, rather than native ef... i.e there should be a range of tiny ef-m lenses that cater to the strengths of the system.. not the same old plasticky, slow aperture zooms, just slightly smaller.  Fast ef-m prine pancakes all the way...!

And I don't.

I doubt Canon do either, the purity and 100% compatibility of all EF lenses to every EOS camera is so core to who Canon are.

Also, don't lose track of the god awful cock ups Nikon made in the first few years of digital. First they were insistent there would never be a need for FF digital sensors and they stuck to that for years, all their 'digital' lenses couldn't be used on their film cameras (their only FF option), they pissed about with in body AF, then in lens AF and the compatibility issues that arose from that, the DX bodies couldn't focus the film body lenses because they didn't have the in body AF motor and most of the film bodies couldn't AF the DX lenses because they didn't have the lens connectors and the lenses didn't have the image circle anyway. Then they realised they were going to have to make FF digital sensors, even after making so called 'FX' lenses that didn't cover the FF image circle, have you seen the list of 70-200 f2.8's they have had to make to keep track of their ever changing road map? I know a Nikon using pro who had to upgrade his top of the line 70-200 f2.8 four times in something like eight years to eventually get one that worked with all his cameras.

Any EF 70-200 will work, not just mount but fully work, on any EOS camera from 1984 until they stop making EOS bodies. I prefer that kind of forward thinking engineering solution and the minor side route taken to give entry level shooters cheaper and smaller EF-S lenses is perfectly fine with me.
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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 MKii vs 5D mkIII choice (moved)
« Last post by CanonFanBoy on Today at 03:14:10 AM »
Awesome shots Pookie and +1 on investing in glass and light.

I disagree, those two shots could have been taken with a 50 f1.8 and a PCB anything with a battery pack.

Not dissing the specific images, but lets be honest here you do not need a $2,000 lens and a $2,000 light to get those pictures.

Maybe not, but one sure needs some skill / talent. He's got it.

Not really, just put the camera in M mode and under expose the background by 1 to 1 1/2 stops and set the flash to give you a good exposure on the subject. With the 80cm or 100cm octabox and 15 minutes tuition anybody could shoot these, the technique has been widely used and taught for a long time now and isn't difficult or equipment intensive.

Again, not saying pookie doesn't have talent, just that these particular images don't require any particular talent, skill or equipment.

Well, I'd have to respectfully disagree. These are fine photos. While I do know how he did it (and I ALWAYS shoot in manual), not everybody produces this quality even when they do follow the template. That's the skill and talent part. That's my opinion. You are welcome to yours, my friend. Just like the math you amazed me with a while back. Simple to you... not so much to everyone else. And that's been taught for thousands of years.

As a side note... why so many speedlites? HSS or ETTL? The Profoto's have that covered and you have easily spent more on 7 than any of the professional setups. I was joking about dumping all the speedlites... not the double A battery part though  ;)

Yes, I use HSS quite often. I like the speedlites because I can put them all over the place and they fit into some very tight spaces. There is nothing I have done that I would post here. I'm not proficient enough or good enough yet. I have posted some bird shots, but that is about it I think. One is supposed to be able to control up to 15 speedlites at once. I like that and may get there one day. So far I've used four at most. Three are still in their boxes and on the shelf. Not because I cannot find a use for them, but because I'm recovering from injuries from an accident.

Profotos are on my list of things to get, but I'll need to do a few other things first (FF camera, EF 11-24 f/4L, EF 200 f/2L, EF 400 f/2.8L mkII, EF 600 f/4L mkII). I'm just a truck driver so it is going to take a while (years) to get around to everything.

I actually need to get back to your area and reshoot some things I did when I had a Canon XSi and kit lenses. I've got a pro friend (magazines, etc.) that refuses to share technique and methods with me. He calls it job security. I call it insecurity, but he's a great friend otherwise. I need to find some photographers I can assist and learn from during my vacation times.

This website has been a great help to me. Seeing the work of great photographers and trying to figure out how they did what they did is a lot of fun.

I took this skyline of San Francisco several years ago with a Canon XSi and I believe a EFS 55-250 lens or something like that. It is a long exposure. Not near as good as what some people post, but considering I'd only been shooting for a couple of months at the time... I was happy with it. Taken from across the bay at about 4am I think. Lots of banding in the sky.
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Industry News / Re: Canon back to the drawingboard or is there still hope?
« Last post by Tinky on Today at 03:07:50 AM »
Hi Rocky

only half answers my question though...  I think it might have been better if there was no ef-s mount at all, that canon should have went down the route taken by Nikon, in that canon retained their main mount the EF.

I get the safety implications that a short back focus lens could collide with the mirror, but sigma tamron tokina samyang all seem able to make lenses that use the ef mount, concentrate the image circle over an aps-c inager and don't break 135 format dslr mirrors...

Anyway, like I said, old debate...  rekindled I suppose by the ef-m, but thats a different kettle of fish anyway, one where I think the adaptability to ef is key, rather than native ef... i.e there should be a range of tiny ef-m lenses that cater to the strengths of the system.. not the same old plasticky, slow aperture zooms, just slightly smaller.  Fast ef-m prine pancakes all the way...!
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Industry News / Re: A Few Nikon D5 Specifications
« Last post by dilbert on Today at 03:01:31 AM »
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Not necessarily.
Which brings up an interesting point about marketing and practicality.
The 5D2 had 9 AF points that you could see, but 15 in total. So you had an un-cluttered viewfinder, but for marketing purposes it looked like a worse system than the competing systems with dots all over the place.

I'm tempted to say that Canon should go back to using hidden AF assist points rather than displaying the full number.
Also, I wish they would have focused on adding more f8 capable AF points rather than just increasing the total, it seems to me that such a thing would improve reliability as much as just plastering the screen in more points. But who knows, maybe they have both.

The extra AF points on the 5D2 are "assist" ones...

But when you see people here talking, do they necessarily care about which f-stop AF points work to or just how many of them they are? Same with megapixels ... more = better. Sigh.
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