anysia: (Demon-eyed Cat)
Don't get me wrong, I loved my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8, fast to focus, and the image quality was excellent, but I kept finding myself trying to zoom past the 70mm mark. It didn't quite have the reach. So, instead of ruining the lens by accidentally over torquing the zoom ring, it was time to get lens with longer reach.

At PhotoExpoLive2017, I purchased the 24-105mkII. One of the things I was concerned about was losing that one stop. Well, I didn’t have to worry because the bokeh even at f/4 on the 5D4 was great.

Canon 5DmkIV, 24-105mkII, ISO 1600, f/4, 1/60exp.  No noise reduction, edited in On1PhotoRaw 2017

anysia: (Big Grin)
Attended the #PhotoLiveExpo2017 at Novatel, in Perth, yesterday. Bought a new lens at a discounted price. Wing had a bit of a snit about it until I told him I was selling my Tamron 24-70 to fund the purchase.

Went to #CameraElectronic to pick up the new camera batteries we bought at the event discount prices. Got a small bag to carry a 50mm lens that's large enough to hold the 24-105mkII when I want to swap. Told Sam I was selling the Tamron (which I just picked up after a scheduled thorough cleaning). I had a price in mind, and Sam's offer was right in that ballpark. So, instead of the hassle and problems of having to deal with idiots trying to lowball me on the price, or mansplain as to why I should sell it to them for less, I got a CE store credit.

Problem solved.
anysia: (Scrying)
My little point and shoot IXUS 115 HS stopped working. The lens wouldn't come out, it would stick, and the mechanism would make a grind-y noise.

I got the Stylus 1 to be the at hand point and shoot. Well, a few weeks ago, dug out the IXUS to get the SD card, and dropped it on the carpeted floor. As the battery was still in it, I decided to power it up.

It's working again. Whatever was causing the lens to make grinding noises is 'fixed'. I guess it was a combination of "Did you turn it off and back on?" and "Just give it a good whack" repair.
anysia: (Summer Geeking)
My knee has been bothering me almost a week. Regardless, I went for a walk, albeit slightly slower than usual trying to make sure I didn't limp, and kept my steps even. I still lurch a bit, because of the leg bit lazy.

As usual, I brought camera with me to take photos of birds, flowers, things of interest to me.

I had just gotten to the turn to back onto my street, and I hear a voice behind me.

"Can I help you?

I look around, and spot a young man, tradesman by the look of his vehicle, in front of the house that has two beautiful German Shepherds.

"Oh, hello there!"

He repeated "Can I help you?" very polite.

I replied "Oh, I live here. Just taking a walk, getting photos of birds, flowers and other odds and ends, but thank you for asking." and continued on my way.

He waited until I was at the 2nd left turn, or as I call it "into the homestretch" because I can see my house, and followed me. I walked up my driveway, up to front door, inserted key and opened the door. I smiled and waved at him, he smiled and toodled off.

I think he was making sure I was ok, as I was in some obvious discomfort. What a nice young man.
anysia: (Surfing the Net)
Test results:

It still works wonderfully, with a few issues. As this is a BetaTesting phace, issues and bugs are expected.

Cameras used - Canon 5D3, Canon 7D2

HDR exposures - Perfect

Long Exposure - Perfect

Time Lapse - Function perfect, but with a bug

Single Exposure - Function perfect, but with same bug.

If I have preview/thumbnail view enabled, the App and Pulse disconnect.

Bug reported.
anysia: (Photography)
I have been testing the beta version of the Pulse camera remote. And with the exception of a few things, I haven't found anything not to like.

Started off rocky, as mine arrived a bit earlier than expected, and the web page for it with instructions and links to the phone app wasn't set up. A few traded messages and that was rectified.

The device: Small, compact, easily set up on the camera (I'm currently testing on a Canon 5D3). My one issue is the cord is a bit short and tight. Yes, it's wound like a spring, and if I pull it a few times, it does stretch, but before I did that the rubber port covers on the camera and the tension of the cord was pulling the plug from the remote socket. As I typed, some stretching of the cord helps.

The App: Once you get the Pulse on your camera, power up the camera then the pulse. Paired up with phone via bluetooth without incident. App found my camera set up without issue. My one complaint about the app, is that the "Back" button on the phone, instead of going to previous screen, it exits the application. So, if you are in settings, press back after you've adjusted something, it exits the program, rather than return to the previous screen.

As I typed, in beta testing, little things matter.
anysia: (Photography)
Tested the OMD EM1, Kipon EF to MFT adapter, and the Sigma 150-500 f/5 combination. Last time I tried, it didn't focus, and sometimes the camera had the "no lens" symbol on the menu screen.

The latest firmware update has since fixed that.

Just have to remember to switch the IS/OS off on the lens, as it will 'jiggle' the image if it's on, as the EM1 has in body stabilization.
anysia: (Goddess)
I got an o2 Hurricane canless air system because the cost of canned air, with 3 desktops was very expensive. Especially if you have to do sustained blasts with it. Have to admit after a few months of cleaning keyboards, desktops, my Skyrim dragon statue, it has more than paid for itself.

It's just a bonus that it works great on removing dust motes and cat fur from lens filters and from the front elements. Don't have to brush or use a cloth.

The last few days have been interesting with the purr kids. We have installed 'knife proof/cat proof' screen doors in place of the hollow wooden ones. There have been very umm 'vocal' arguments between Ziggy and Trance with each on one side of the door. The good news is that since Ziggy knows Trance can't just attack her, she doesn't back down... and she can outshout Trance. And afterward, Trance heads to her private sulking corner. :)

Groceries ordered, will arrive tomorrow before noon. Now, I just have to figure out what to cook for dinner tonight. :)
anysia: (Photography)
As I typed yesterday, the focus bracketing update works exceedingly well when photographing a subject that is on a low horizontal angle, but doesn't do too well when your subject is vertical to the camera/lens.

Gear used: Olympus OMD EM1, Zeiko 12-50mm macro function lens. ISO 400, 1/8 exp, f/8.0. Processed in Photoshop CS6, loading into layers, auto aligning, auto blending.

Auto Focus Bracketing, 30 images, 4mm differential.

Manual focus bracketing selecting 30 focal points.

As you can clearly see, the orchid in the 2nd photo is sharper all over, whereas the Auto Focus Bracketing left a goodly amount of the image blurry. I'm quite sure that with a bit of erasing certain parts of the Auto Focused layers, you can get the same results, but that is for the more adept and patient photo editors.
anysia: (Photography)
First off, the update opened up a bunch of new things, like focus bracketing, and focus stacking (*a few addendums with focus stacking, but that will be later). Both are designed to allow you to use your macro lens, camera and tripod, taking multiple exposures at different parts of a subject, and then with software (Photoshop, Helicon) stack the images (hence the word focus stack) to make one clear sharp image from front to back.

I set my EM1 up to take some shots. I noticed that the Focus Stacking option was greyed out. A bit of research, and I discovered you can only use focus stacking in camera if you use the *Pro lenses, or the 60mm macro (I have the 50mm macro), and that you're limited to 8 shots. To me, that leaves too much of your subject not in focus.

Moving on:

Focus Bracketing: Allows you to take as many photos as you want (don't go nuts, or you will fill your card), but you will have to stack them in your software of choice. You can pick how far back you want the camera to focus (for this, I picked 20 images, 4mm).

What I found out, though, it doesn't work very well with a subject that is vertical with the camera/lens, that the subject has to be laying flat(ish) so the focus starts at the front of the object, and goes to the back, unlike manual focus stacking where you can pick different parts of the subject regardless if it's laying flat down, or standing up in front of your lens.

Keeping that in mind, leaving your subject flat(ish), the results are pretty damned impressive!

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