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Apr
14
comment Looking through viewfinder I see subject in small circle instead of large rectangle
@mattdm I'm pretty sure Heropup's answer is correct, it explains the symptoms perfectly (with no focussing screen you would see straight through the lens and hence get a circular view) and is also quite plausible as focussing screens are removed sometimes during service.
Apr
10
comment How to create awesome nature time lapses
@AJHenderson It's certainly less labour intensive if you're working in a remote location and you have a camera which can be programmed to take 100 shots at a predefined time every day. The other option I considered was restraining the plan using fishing line. However I think in reality they just cheated and used the blue screen approach.
Apr
10
comment How to create awesome nature time lapses
That's a very plausible explanation for how these scenes were filmed.
Apr
10
comment How to create awesome nature time lapses
You could simply shoot a huge number of frames and pick the best aligned ones in post, in an automated or semi-automated workflow
Apr
4
comment Does a greater optical zoom range on a lens mean less image quality?
@nneonneo thanks for the info - I tried searching for the price of that lens but couldn't find it.
Apr
3
comment Does a greater optical zoom range on a lens mean less image quality?
@Morpho The 300 f/4 is a prime (non-zoom) lens, which is easier to design/build, and can produce quite good image quality at the £1000 price point. You could make a 28-300mm lens that was as good or better than the Canon 300 f/4, but it would be ten times the price. As it is, the Canon 28-300mm is twice the price, and not as good. In general if you want better you have to trade the convenience of a zoom, or pay more for your lens.
Apr
1
comment How can I get this Digital painting effect in Photoshop?
@mattdm the subject is the common think between the two images!
Mar
31
comment Lens hood. Why and when to use it?
Lens hood. When to use it? All the time.
Mar
28
comment What is the largest aperture on a commercially available lens?
I agree it's not really a duplicate - the other question is specifically about DSLRs, the fastest commercially available photographic lenses available right now are all for mirrorless cameras.
Mar
25
comment Why do depth of field calculators show *more* DOF for larger formats with the same lens parameters?
"35mm at 6.29 and... 5"x4" at 34.6" is what you get when you don't account for field of view, if you change the focal length for the 4x5 to 350mm to maintain field of view then DOF drops to 1.5 feet, which is what you'd expect given f/8 is a "fast" lens for 4x5.
Mar
25
comment Why do depth of field calculators show *more* DOF for larger formats with the same lens parameters?
The person's question was, and I quote, "What am I missing?". What the questioner was missing was, if you don't keep field of view constant, then your comparison is meaningless hence the strange result posted.
Mar
25
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
I'd like to see a sensor with a black filter!
Mar
25
comment CMYK vs RGB - Can a DSLR take CMYK images?
@drfrogsplat No the CMKY printable gamut is totally different to the CMY sensor gamut. CMY sensors collect more light since you're only filtering out 1/3 of the incoming light at each pixel, compared to filtering out 2/3rds of the light with RGB (the yellow filter in CMY only filters out blue light, whereas the red filter in RGB filters out blue and green light). The downside is that you have to infer the RGB values by comparing neighboring pixels (which you do to an extent with RGB) meaning poorer colour separation.
Mar
25
comment Why do depth of field calculators show *more* DOF for larger formats with the same lens parameters?
If you don't keep the same field of view, then you're taking different images and thus any comparison is meaningless. Take an image from an ultra compact at 10mm and another image from a 35mm DSLR at 10mm and they will look totally different. The reality is that people using cropped sensors don't walk around taking images which are very tightly cropped because they're using a small sensor. Hence in the real world you have to conclude that sensor size does matter for DOF, you can't just say "DOF is the same, image is just cropped".
Mar
23
comment Merge HDR using layers
Here is an answer regarding manually merging exposures using layers: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/3394/…
Mar
19
comment how to capture the details of a face?
possible duplicate of What is the best techinque to smooth skin?
Mar
17
comment Might future advances in sensor technology reduce or eliminate noise?
"Perfect" would be a photon counting sensor with infinite capacity. You could actually do that today (except for the infinite capacity part), but it would be very expensive. But even that would be noisy in low light. The information simply isn't there as you suggest.
Mar
14
comment Why don't cameras have autofocus points in the edges and corners?
It's not true that autofocus needs a considerable amount of light, the 6D AF is rated to work down to -3 EV, which is the equivalent of a 60 second exposure at f/2.8 and ISO100! You do get vignetting toward the corners but not enough to stop AF working. The being able to focus on very fine detail would be compromised by a lack of sharpness in the corners, but in principle the ability to measures phase differences with coarse features is largely unaffected by lens softness.
Mar
14
comment How to compare the speed of lenses taking transmission into account?
beaten by 22 seconds...
Mar
13
comment What does the pentaprism/pentamirror do?
@ChinmayKanchi the short answer is that you have to project the image onto something to check focus. Early film SLR screens were ground glass, with a clear split prism in the centre. DSLR screens are laser etched glass with no focus aid but the principle is the same.