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 on: October 31, 2014, 02:47:34 PM 
Started by bns - Last post by DF1
Gorgeous. Umbria, Abruzzo and Tuscany are on my bucket list.

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:46:50 PM 
Started by Nick Walt - Last post by jjj
1) I think the eye tracker would work off the mirror as well IIRC. So it would have to be different in a mirror less design
Nope.  Smiley
"An infrared transmitter and receiver mounted around the eyepiece monitored the position of the iris, thus "knowing" where the photographer was looking and focusing on that point."

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:44:48 PM 
Started by Fine_Art - Last post by jjj
I shoot action sequences of wildlife in which I have a second or two of capture time, and I put more priority on catching the most interesting posture, wing position, etc than on perfect ETTR. Basically, I put the camera on continuous high speed drive, hit the shutter when the action commences (bird in flight comes near, heron dives at fish), and capture 2 seconds of action. I wouldn't bracket.
I'd use manual exposure for that sort of thing and set it to ETTR - if that was my preferred method.

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:44:21 PM 
Started by Nick Walt - Last post by allegretto
1) I think the eye tracker would work off the mirror as well IIRC. So it would have to be different in a mirror less design

2) Using the exposure compensation dial to set shutter speed is very different than using the aperture dial if ISO is in "manual" mode. It is literally a different exposure (EV in film terms) with different gain.

allegretto, I mostly used aperture priority on the Olympus and set the ISO manually. The exposure compensation dial adjusted the shutter speed. When shooting high contrast scenes I would change to manual mode and set everything.

When handling the 6D and exploring the features I did also find the camera to be very intuitive. Much more so than the Nikon, which was disappointing. I expected more from Nikon on the usability side of things, but then I realised how much they don't put in because, I imagine, of marketing and creating demand and movement of customers upward within their model hierarchy.

Seeing this comes back to the whole reason for this thread. Looking at not only the camera and system, but the commitment to bringing good design to customers that exists in the company ethos, or not - as in the case of Nikon to some degree.

jjj, that is pretty cool that Canon had something like eye tracking for AF point placement. I don't see why they couldn't bring it back when they finally go mirrorless: hold down the AF button to engage eye tracking and bring up the focus point that moves to where you are looking. The camera focuses and then you press the shutter button to take the image.

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:43:44 PM 
Started by Ellis Vener - Last post by BartvanderWolf
Wow! A discussion on Clarity rendering and not one contributor posts a before and after sample to back up all their words?

Hi Tim,

Apparently you didn't follow any of the links that were provided (here are some more). There are also videos/tutorials/webinars on the TopazLabs website, where you can see the tool in action, or subscribe for webinars where a free copy may be raffled.

Besides, a tool as powerful as Topaz Clarity can be made to change the local contrast in so many ways that it makes it a very personal preference of how any image will or can be changed (for the better or for the worse, depending on how one defines that).

Also, because it reacts on local contrast, the effect will differ by image. Therefore, one of the great features (besides the great masking functionality and halo free adjustments) is that the image preview updates almost instantly as one changes the settings, making it a very creative process, where one looks at the image as one develops it without looking at the controls.

To humor you, I'll repeat an example (one of a gazillion possible renderings) I posted a year and a half ago, a few days after Clarity was initially released. It's actually more revealing to see it in action (instead of a before/after shot), which requires video:

Original rendering

Original rendering + Topaz Clarity

One can make the skies more dramatic, less dramatic, change the saturation of the green in the waves, etc., etc., it is just one possible combination of settings. A tool like the Lightroom/ACR version of Clarity is simple, use more or less mid-tone contrast, but the level of control pales in comparison to how things are implemented in Topaz Labs' version. That also means that it comes with a learning curve, unless one is satisfied with the presets that come with the plugin.


 on: October 31, 2014, 02:42:22 PM 
Started by tc95 - Last post by DF1
I've never had any luck fixing things like that in PS either. You don't realize how tricky it is until you actually try. Good luck!

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:41:43 PM 
Started by Nick Walt - Last post by jjj
I have a Ricoh GX 200 now retired, but one thing I particularly loved about it was that in manual mode [my prefered set up], I could push a button and it would auto expose and update your manual settings according to where you pointed it. Best of both worlds and if the auto guess was off you tweak manually. Far easier than faffing with auto and exposure compensation.  
Best exposure system I've ever used and excellent for street type photography, it's main use. Smiley
Hopefully the GR has kept that feature.

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:36:39 PM 
Started by Fine_Art - Last post by jpegman
Agreed.  Bracketing increases the chances that the 'right' posture or activity will coincide with the wrong exposure.

I agree 100% - No one said this is for 100% of your shooting, so if you worry about critical timing then this process is not for you. Fall back on whatever works for your shooting style-requirements.
However, if you want the best quality you can extract from your sensor and you have the time for at least 3 bracketed shots (<1sec on most DSLRS!), then this is one process to apply!

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:35:47 PM 
Started by Damon Lynch - Last post by jjj
JJJ this is my take: as has been discussed in these forums, merely having a camera output DNG does not auto-magically mean that every RAW convertor that supports DNG will instantly work with it. The developers still have work to do to in order to support it. Maybe the camera manufacturer will help them, maybe not.
I don't recall any cameras that record DNG having to wait for LR to update to use it. Which was one of the points of establishing such a standard.

 on: October 31, 2014, 02:32:07 PM 
Started by Fine_Art - Last post by jjj
The moment has been captured so well that lots of people like it despite the fact it's grainy, noisy and lacking sharpness.  Wink
My point entirely.

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