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    Industrial sculpture.



    Industrial surfing.

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    Not very healthy..

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    This profile I made out of Adobe Standard with some tweaking. A whole morning of trial and error. But it came out good.

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    nsng, a splendid set as always!
    Thanks! Glad you like these b&w images.

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    I like it : both the sculpture (is it one of yours ?) and the picture.

    [QUOTE=Michiel Schierbeek;630831][center]Industrial sculpture.



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    Thank you AnnnaT. It is not made by me. I have looked on the little stand on the left who made it but I forgot

    The material for these sculptures were provided by the Steel plant some 15 years ago.

    Here is another one, this one is made by a colleque I know; Herbert Nouwens.

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    Not very healthy..
    All the fumes go towards the land.
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    Industrial surfing.

    Fantastic, Michiel!
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    Quick trip to the zoo today to test the A7II with long lenses. Some shots below - all hand-held. Observations:

    - I like IBIS
    - Drains battery much quicker than A7R (assuming this is due to IBIS, but haven't tested)
    - Doesn't drain batteries as fast as Canon OIS (less mass to move, I assume)
    - A7II has a much quieter shutter than A7R - stealthy!
    - Jaggies are still there (no surprise)
    - I think I'll be liking this cam!












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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Pfister View Post
    Quick trip to the zoo today to test the A7II with long lenses. Some shots below - all hand-held. Observations:

    - I like IBIS
    - Drains battery much quicker than A7R (assuming this is due to IBIS, but haven't tested)
    - Doesn't drain batteries as fast as Canon OIS (less mass to move, I assume)
    - A7II has a much quieter shutter than A7R - stealthy!
    - Jaggies are still there (no surprise)
    - I think I'll be liking this cam!
    Ron...It all sounds good except for the battery drain but it makes perfect sense that the IBIS is going to consume a bit extra.
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    IBIS is going to be dead handy for you with that long Leica APO Telyt of yours, especially when you are back at sea photographing those icebergs from a safe distance
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    Yes, that was my rationale for buying the A7II. Most of my photography this year will be made from moving platforms, and IBIS will come in very handy there, no matter what the focal length is. I decided that I'd rather have 24 crisp MP than 36 blurry ones. Time will tell if my reasoning was sound, but so far, I like what I see...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Pfister View Post
    Yes, that was my rationale for buying the A7II. Most of my photography this year will be made from moving platforms, and IBIS will come in very handy there, no matter what the focal length is. I decided that I'd rather have 24 crisp MP than 36 blurry ones. Time will tell if my reasoning was sound, but so far, I like what I see...
    Probably a wise decision Ron...As I'm beginning to wonder if an IBIS A7RII is ever going to become a reality this year...Not sure I particular want the rumored 50mp's anyway (36mp's is my sweet spot)...I rarely print larger than 24"x16" and 24mp would be more than adequate for carrying out that task...Glad you are happy with it...My 70-200mm FE should be with me sometime next week so you can try it out...Cheers Barry
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    Amazing stuff, guys!

    I was at my daughter's school play, which was held in this VERY large (over 600 ft long) room. There were also:

    Dragons in the Cathedral



    That was the color, but it was so dark that you could only make
    out the purple at the base of the columns.

    This is also a fairly tight crop, so why use such a wide angle lens?
    It's a very off-center crop, so it simulates a large shift -
    something like a 35mm lens on a technical camera.
    Fewer pixels, but IBIS!

    Here's the full image.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Pfister View Post
    Quick trip to the zoo today to test the A7II with long lenses. Some shots below - all hand-held. Observations:

    - I like IBIS
    - Drains battery much quicker than A7R (assuming this is due to IBIS, but haven't tested)
    - Doesn't drain batteries as fast as Canon OIS (less mass to move, I assume)
    - A7II has a much quieter shutter than A7R - stealthy!
    - Jaggies are still there (no surprise)
    - I think I'll be liking this cam!


    I like these two lionesses ! They look very good and are oarticularly well framed.
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    Many thanks for the kind words, Anna! I have a soft spot for felines of all sizes, and these two ladies looked too attractive to me to pass them by.
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    While we're on the topic of felines, I thought I'd share this image of a male lion in the wild, taken at Kruger National Park in South Africa. I realise this is off-topic, strictly speaking, but hope you enjoy it all the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Pfister View Post
    While we're on the topic of felines, I thought I'd share this image of a male lion in the wild, taken at Kruger National Park in South Africa. I realise this is off-topic, strictly speaking, but hope you enjoy it all the same.
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    And back on topic...

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    Incidentally, I think it's interesting to compare the bokeh in these two lion portraits. To me, the bokeh of the APO-Telyt has this trademark Leica quality of smoothness combined with liveliness - hard to describe, really, but I think it is very engaging. In comparison, I find the bokeh of the Canon nice and smooth and certainly not jarring in any way, but not nearly as interesting - perhaps a bit boring, clinical. Thoughts?
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    I'm coming to more and more appreciate that slight changes in lighting have a much larger effect on a photograph than large changes in equipment. While I agree about the character of Leica optics, it's very hard to conclude anything from examples not shot under identical conditions. I've certainly seen examples with the big Canon glass with superb and engaging bokeh - perhaps not at f/5.6, though.

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    Matt, thanks for your input - point taken. It would be interesting to do a side-by-side comparison for sure. Maybe someday. In the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy the different MF-lenses I prefer to work with now. I feel the A7II has given them a new lease of life, particularly the ones with focal lengths of 100mm and above...
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    Ron,

    I agree with you and Matt while waiting for the A7R Mark II.
    My guess, I am really spoiled by the second to none IBIS and 64 MP of my Olympus E-M5 Mark II. Although I really like the performance of my APO 280/4 I appreciate also very much the flexibility the Vario 105-280/4.2 offers and its excellent performance. The E-M5 II really has suprised me positively with the 40-150/2.8 PRO lens in beautiful light. WOW! That's quite a game changer. Sony better come out soon with their A7R II to top that.

    I also wonder to which degree we can convince ourselves to be impressed by certain Leica lenses and their performance and to which degree that is based on objective facts?
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    The A7II really opens up a large collection of optics to the focusing challenged among us. I never had a decent capture with the 75 Cron until mounting it on the A7II. I'm not yet comfortable with MF beyond 100mm, but am trying to learn with the Contax N 70-200. Beyond that, I have only the Canon 400/5.6, which is sharp, but does not have bokeh to write home about.

    If I weren't concerned with legacy glass, the Olympus optics would be impossible to resist. I adore the 45/1.8, and the 75/1.8 is a miracle of resolution. There's always Jono's solution: Get both!

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    Well, I very recently got the excellent Panasonic/Leica Nocticron 42.5/1.2 for my Olympus cameras, namely E-M1, E-M5, and E-M5 Mark II (listed in ascending order of image quality). I have my own solution, namely keep cameras that work well and give me a sense of technical advance, be they of Leica, Nikon, Sony, or Olympus origin. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-hawinkler View Post
    Well, I very recently got the excellent Panasonic/Leica Nocticron 42.5/1.2 for my Olympus cameras, namely E-M1, E-M5, and E-M5 Mark II (listed in ascending order of image quality). I have my own solution, namely keep cameras that work well and give me a sense of technical advance, be they of Leica, Nikon, Sony, or Olympus origin. :-)
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    While on the topic, I recently took my Sigma 180mm 2.8 macro os to the zoo in Tucson, Arizona. I was keeping an eye on a toddler, so there wasn't much time for shooting, but I still can't believe the high quality of this optic. It's as sharp as they come (can generate alias artifacts wide open), and has none of the magenta fringing/casts seen on older lenses like the Minolta 200mm 2.8 hs. Oh, and did I mention it's stabilized and can focus down to 1:1? The problem, however, is weight: it's simply a beast. I'm not sure if I can justify keeping it, but at the same time it's hard to let go of one of the best lenses I've ever shot with. Sigma really has become a top-shelf option.

    Here are two grabs from the outing, both wide open. I know, they don't comport with standard zoo photography etiquette...



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    Quote Originally Posted by frozenbb View Post
    While on the topic, I recently took my Sigma 180mm 2.8 macro os to the zoo in Tucson, Arizona. I was keeping an eye on a toddler, so there wasn't much time for shooting, but I still can't believe the high quality of this optic. It's as sharp as they come (can generate alias artifacts wide open), and has none of the magenta fringing/casts seen on older lenses like the Minolta 200mm 2.8 hs. Oh, and did I mention it's stabilized and can focus down to 1:1? The problem, however, is weight: it's simply a beast. I'm not sure if I can justify keeping it, but at the same time it's hard to let go of one of the best lenses I've ever shot with. Sigma really has become a top-shelf option.

    Here are two grabs from the outing, both wide open. I know, they don't comport with standard zoo photography etiquette...



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    I know, they don't comport with standard zoo photography etiquette...
    Well, I don't know. What would that be?

    (I raise that because when I used to go to the zoo when my son was young, I had a C-V 15 f/4.5 and a Bessa L!)

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    Never photograph animals from behind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    Never photograph animals from behind!
    Even when they are locked up securely in a tiny space?

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    They don't think it is flattering
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Well, I don't know. What would that be?

    (I raise that because when I used to go to the zoo when my son was young, I had a C-V 15 f/4.5 and a Bessa L!)
    Many who do zoo photography on a regular basis seem to go to great lengths to hide the "zoo-ness," as if the animals they're shooting aren't in small cages. Personally, I don't get it.
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    Here is my lion shots

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    The close mfd on these lenses is very nice, but 50mm & 85mm needed CLA, not bad 50 year lenses...

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    Many who do zoo photography on a regular basis seem to go to great lengths to hide the "zoo-ness," as if the animals they're shooting aren't in small cages. Personally, I don't get it.
    Poor man's safari... I guess. I've been fortunate enough to experience and take pictures at both.
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    I think zoo photography is an excellent way to prepare for a safari, but it can also be very rewarding in its own right. I particularly enjoy slightly abstract zoophotography (i.e. photography of animals). The image of the pelican above is an example. This can be done wherever animals can be found, and the closer you can get to them, the better...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Pfister View Post
    I think zoo photography is an excellent way to prepare for a safari, but it can also be very rewarding in its own right. I particularly enjoy slightly abstract zoophotography (i.e. photography of animals). The image of the pelican above is an example. This can be done wherever animals can be found, and the closer you can get to them, the better...
    I agree and in essence that's what I sort of did in preparation for my Safari last summer. Some zoo's do "behind the scenes" tours at a much higher rate. If you live near a zoo that does it's usually a good idea to try it out. Depending on the time of day that you go feeding the animals is sometimes allowed (with zoo handlers monitoring of course) and you are allowed inside some enclosures (usually the animals that aren't normally/naturally as aggressive.)
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    We only have stuffed Lions here in Cornwall to practice on...do they count?




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    No zoos here either, though we do have an excellent aquarium. I know zoos are sort of antiquated institutions, but I must admit that I still enjoy them, with or without a camera.
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    I enjoy them, too, but I'm not sure you can call zoos antiquated institutions these days. Most of them have dramatically enlarged enclosures, have otherwise improved husbandry, and are active in a wide variety of breeding programmes geared towards the conservation of endangered and threatenes species. I'm sure an animal in the wild is happier, but their counterparts in zoos live a much better life these days than they did not so many decades ago.
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