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Thanks Julian and Ray.
Jim - thank you for the fine compliments, they carry a lot of weight coming from you. I did a long stint of "HDR hating" - I had much trouble making them look natural despite many examples from other photographers being able to pull it off. And, since I don't like to tinker with GND's in the field or in post, I self righteously relegated myself to doing manual exposure blends. But, I recently got tired of luminosity masks, more layers/masks than I could count and I gave HDR a shot one more time. This little experiment showed me that with care, even I can create natural looking HDR's and I'll admit, they look as good or better than I could have done by hand in a fraction of the time.
I actually really like the TS-e, surprisingly. Like you, I thought 24mm was going to be an uncomfortable focal length for me since I've been "seeing in 21mm" for so long but shifted panos, perspective control and tilt are all simply fantastic options to have in your back pocket. I'm finding that I like stitching 24mm images into something wider better than starting with a wider focal length because I still get the FOV I want but the relationships between near and far arent as dramatic.
I'll definitely be kicking myself for bucking up on the Canon if the Samyang is comparable!
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