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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #60 on: February 24, 2013, 07:11:25 PM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.


Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o


That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.


Whoa, thanks for sharing your workflow Dustin. Appreciate it. Will go through the link you posted. :)

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« Reply #60 on: February 24, 2013, 07:11:25 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #61 on: February 25, 2013, 08:06:53 AM »
Here's another shot taken the same day - at 300mm and reasonably close the depth of field is pretty small and the lens transitions to ooF very smoothly.  Even busy lines like a fence and bare branches about 30 feet behind the horse are dealt with quite well.  P.S.  This was a 20 second edit.  I used the "Lo-Fi" preset from the Instagram style collections and brushed in a little extra sharpness on the muzzle.  Done.


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« Reply #62 on: February 25, 2013, 10:08:32 AM »
All of those pictures looks nice, but this lens (from 200mm till 300) produces not very sharp images and the contrast is very low. No concerns from 70 to 200mm.
I have the 70-200L II, but sometimes I use the 70-300 when I do not want to carry a heavy equipment with me or when I am traveling to an insecure country.
Are you talking about the non-L version maybe? That I could agree with

Or it could just be sample variation.  I started with the non-L and must have been lucky enough to get an unusually good one because it was sharper at 300mm than the first L I bought (and promptly returned).  The second L I tried is sharper than both, throughout the range, and is one of my favorite lenses (for one thing, it's such a pleasure to use thanks to its superb build, ultrafast responsiveness and unfailing accuracy of focus, even in very low light).

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« Reply #63 on: March 06, 2013, 08:02:19 AM »
The IS is pretty impressive on this lens.  Granted, this is only 70mm, but handheld to blur the water at 1/10th of a second and the sharpness on the ice textures is flawless.


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« Reply #64 on: March 06, 2013, 09:05:37 AM »
I dig this lens. Bulletproof, rapid af, excellent IS, small(ish), decent IQ. Only wish it was constant f4, but can't have everything...

Couple of sunbirds in the garden, on a 60D.


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« Reply #65 on: March 06, 2013, 03:32:39 PM »
I dig this lens. Bulletproof, rapid af, excellent IS, small(ish), decent IQ. Only wish it was constant f4, but can't have everything...

Couple of sunbirds in the garden, on a 60D.

Nice work.  That second shot shows the surprisingly nice bokeh from the lens.
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« Reply #66 on: March 16, 2013, 06:08:29 AM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.


Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o


That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.


Dustin, I'd also like to thank you for sharing this I've been really enjoying your photographs. I was wondering though do you use the RAW or JPG presets?

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« Reply #66 on: March 16, 2013, 06:08:29 AM »

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« Reply #67 on: March 16, 2013, 07:41:09 AM »
Here's another horse shot.  I am really pleasantly surprised at how good the bokeh (very smooth) is on this lens for a variable aperture telephoto zoom.


Dustin, have to ask you...how do you get such nice/soft tones? Love how you process your images! :o


That whole workflow was all within Lightroom (4), so no Photoshop there.  I have invested in some presets for LR that I further customize.  The basic look is from a preset collection (http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/ultrafaded-presets/) Preset 9.  By the way, these preset collections often go on sale for 50% off.  I then further tweaked the tone curve to bring a little of the low end back, used a preset brush to paint in a little sharpness and contrast to the forelock.  I probably tweaked the sliders a hair, but I doubt that I have any more than about 4 minutes in processing this particular image.  Another collection I use a lot in my workflow is the "Instagram style" presets.  I usually customize the sliders somewhat after processing, as I am pretty familiar with the way that LR works at this point.  I typically spend as much or more time in adding metadata, descriptions, and keywords as I do processing.  I am careful about all of those things because a fair bit of my work moves commercially in one way or another.


Dustin, I'd also like to thank you for sharing this I've been really enjoying your photographs. I was wondering though do you use the RAW or JPG presets?

Regards


I use the RAW presets as I only shoot in RAW.  They do still work with JPEGS, but are optimized for the RAW workflow.
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #68 on: March 18, 2013, 09:38:27 AM »
I just returned from vacation with the 70-300L along with the Tamron 24-70VC as my kit (along with a 6D body and a few filters).  I am just starting to go through my pics, but am delighted with the image quality from this kit.  It was pretty much perfect for what I was doing.  Here's just a fun shot, straight out of camera, of my youngest in Colonial Williamsburg.


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I continue to be impressed with the quality of the bokeh from this small aperture zoom lens.
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« Reply #69 on: March 18, 2013, 11:14:54 AM »
I just returned from vacation with the 70-300L along with the Tamron 24-70VC as my kit (along with a 6D body and a few filters).  I am just starting to go through my pics, but am delighted with the image quality from this kit.  It was pretty much perfect for what I was doing.  Here's just a fun shot, straight out of camera, of my youngest in Colonial Williamsburg.

I love the look on his face! Set him free...the horse stalls needs mucking!!!

I continue to be impressed with the quality of the bokeh from this small aperture zoom lens.

Yes, in spite of starting at f/4, this zoom still provides excellent bokeh...obviously the longer focal lengths at MFD can wipeout the background.
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« Reply #70 on: March 18, 2013, 11:22:52 AM »
Here are a couple of non-scientific bokeh shots on a crop body done at 70mm and 300mm... I see I was lazy leaving it on "program" mode so the aperture setting is f/7.1 for 70mm and  f/6.3 on the 300mm ....even with the stopping down, the zoom does well with bokeh.

 
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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #71 on: March 25, 2013, 08:47:24 AM »
Here's a shot that shows that the 70-300L handles the "transition zone" bokeh area quite well.  This is, to me, one of the single biggest areas that it excels over the pretty great for the money Tamron 70-300 VC.


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #72 on: March 29, 2013, 09:08:55 AM »
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« Reply #73 on: March 30, 2013, 08:29:05 AM »
Such a great travel lens.  I plan to blog about it today!


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Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« Reply #74 on: March 30, 2013, 08:41:35 AM »
Here are a couple of non-scientific bokeh shots on a crop body done at 70mm and 300mm... I see I was lazy leaving it on "program" mode so the aperture setting is f/7.1 for 70mm and  f/6.3 on the 300mm ....even with the stopping down, the zoom does well with bokeh.

That shows it quite well, particularly considering it was stopped down almost two full stops for the wide angle shot.  It shows how the more modern curved aperture blades continue to keep the aperture round even when stopped down.  When you shoot tele you deal with a lot of the "transition zone" that can make for some ugly bokeh.  The 70-300L does a nice job with that transition zone.  I have not really seen anything too ugly coming out of it.  Having owned two copies each of the 70-200L (IS and non IS) f/4 zooms, I can safely say that I prefer this lens to those.  I haven't used Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zooms enough to have an opinion there, but the size of those lens makes them less of a travel option.  I would probably love the 70-200LII for my event work, though.
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