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MDoc9523 wrote:
Thank you all for all of the comments on the photos. Here's a couple more from our river excursion. The tree in the first shot was just crazy looking. No filters used here just my tripod



so sharp - you definitely are making a point for that tripod I was contemplating to not strap to my backpack. There's just a special extra level of sharpness you usually lose when hand holding shots.




Aug 01, 2013 at 01:26 AM
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If I was in your shoes I'd bring my:
D800 (1000g inc. battery)
16/3.5 AI (330g)
20/2.8D (or AIS) (270)
45/2.8P or 50/1.8G (120g/185g)
70-200/4VR (850g + 100g for tripod collar)
TC14EII (200g)

Carbon-fiber tripod (955g) + ball head (250g)
Misc. Accessories (filters, rings, remote release, spare battery, memory cards, etc.) 500g

That's something like 6,700g or 13.5 lbs of camera gear!

I'm doing this exercise because I'll be doing some pack-it-in climbing soon and I need to figure out what to take. I've taken this kind of gear before and grunted it out, but that was when I was a year or two younger than now.

The m43 gear may just be expanded a bit to save on the weight . . .



Aug 01, 2013 at 02:07 AM
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I'd take set #1 too
14, 55, 105
Anything else would simply be stitch or crop
John's right, the misc accessories add up really quick

I used to calculate all this before every trip... until it got depressing that I could carry less and less each year
Now I just do, grumble and complain during, wish for lighter after, and totally forget it when the next trip comes



Aug 01, 2013 at 02:41 AM
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p.2971 #4 · p.2971 #4 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


50mm 1.2 AIS








Aug 01, 2013 at 03:04 AM
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John,

Get yourself an NEX7 or an RX1 and be done with it. Im done with my heavy gear into the back country. The nex 7 with a tuit lens is lighter than one nikon lens and the rx1 with the 35 is untouchable!



Aug 01, 2013 at 03:06 AM
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I downloaded the silver ex software to try it out. It certainly has many sliders and adjustment options. Following a tutorial I re-edited my B&W. My first try with this software. Any better?




Aug 01, 2013 at 03:50 AM
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Love it Ray.


Aug 01, 2013 at 03:54 AM
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Thank you Chuong


Aug 01, 2013 at 04:09 AM
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a.Rollei.Brujo-22 by aRolleiBrujo, on Flickr



Aug 01, 2013 at 06:58 AM
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You pulled out quite a bit more detail in the darker parts of the image Ray which diminished somewhat the contrast with the brightest element in the original, the tree in the middle of the river. I like them both but think the original has a bit more impact because of the greater dramatic dynamic range represented. There appears to be a bit of a tint in the second image as well.

It took me some time to feel comfortable in SEP so doubtless you'll be doing some playing as well during the trial period. You get to choose for yourself how you want your images rendered, which can be great fun but will take some experimenting. Have fun Ray.



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Jorge Torralba wrote:
John,

Get yourself an NEX7 or an RX1 and be done with it. Im done with my heavy gear into the back country. The nex 7 with a tuit lens is lighter than one nikon lens and the rx1 with the 35 is untouchable!


Unfortunately Sony doesn't have a lot of lenses that I'd want and I'd end up adapting some heavy lenses.
Those Touit lenses sure are expensive . . .

Right now I have the Panny 12-35/2.8 (which is fantastic) for my GH-2, but I need wider and an excellent 200mm FX equivalent that doesn't exist.

I'd need an equivalent replacement for my 16/3.5 too . . .

My quest for an excellent ~200mm prime also continues and has landed me some Leica R glass to try out.



Aug 01, 2013 at 07:37 AM
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Here is another attempt at Edgar Allan Poe, knows! I just don't know what to do anymore. Here is a tripod held, Nion D800, with the ever awesome, elder Nikon Nikkor 85mm 1.4 AIS manual focus lens, and with in door lights, I used a gray card, however, I think I doofed it up, either way, I shoot only N.E.F, so, I think it won't matter?! My goal is to create an image that will visually stun the viewer, so, oft to work on it I go, and until I could justify my D800, please put up with me! Thank you, and happy photography! -Americo.rodriguez 10/02/1976


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a.Rollei.Brujo-41 by aRolleiBrujo, on Flickr

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a.Rollei.Brujo-25 by aRolleiBrujo, on Flickr

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a.Rollei.Brujo-35 by aRolleiBrujo, on Flickr








Aug 01, 2013 at 07:44 AM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

I downloaded the silver ex software to try it out. It certainly has many sliders and adjustment options. Following a tutorial I re-edited my B&W. My first try with this software. Any better?

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v102/p1796131287-5.jpg


Yes, a LOT better. The first one you lost a lot of detail in the shadows, especially in the trees in the foreground. There's also a lot more overall tonal range. I'd say very good job on your first image with SEP. I also like the trees in your last set, very nice light coming in.



Aug 01, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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pburke wrote:
here are the real world numbers, from the digital scale, caps attached, some lenses have a filter on them. Tell me what you'd take... I like to shoot extremes, but know that most of the time it'll be somewhere in the range the 24-85 can cover.

14mm f/2.8 570.0g (Rokinon - great for night skies and anything extreme)
20mm f/3.5 253.8g (proven lens, compact, wide enough, not good at night)
24mm f/2.8 286.8g (don't really use it much, rather carry the zoom)
50mm f/1.8 234.4g (would hate this lens knowing I could have brought the f/1.2)
55mm f/1.2 440.7g (love the rendering, but not really
...Show more

This is all very personal, but out of the lenses you gave us to work with here is what I'd pick. The 14mm or 20mm, 55mm and the 70-300VR. For whatever it's worth.



Aug 01, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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Jorge Torralba wrote:
John,

Get yourself an NEX7 or an RX1 and be done with it. Im done with my heavy gear into the back country. The nex 7 with a tuit lens is lighter than one nikon lens and the rx1 with the 35 is untouchable!


I looked at the Nex a few months ago, but I prefer a real camera. If I wanted to carry one lens, there's no weight issue with a D600 anyway. The weight of the lenses and the tripod are my main issue. Saving a few ounces on the body isn't worth bothering with, even if it had a sensor comparable to the D600, but the nex doesn't and the RX1 is targeting people with too much money.



Aug 01, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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leighton w wrote:

This is all very personal, but out of the lenses you gave us to work with here is what I'd pick. The 14mm or 20mm, 55mm and the 70-300VR. For whatever it's worth.


Definitely a nicely rounded set of glass. I'm beginning to feel the long and heavy zoom is the one to bring, too, while dropping the 24-85 allows me to bring the 55mm, which combined with the 20mm will cover most scenes. Stitching and cropping to fill the gaps as suggested is something I already do a lot.

Only problem - these four lenses are about 2000g and close to my absolute max (2400 for tripod and camera, plus 500 for batteries and other stuff puts this at about 4900g or almost 11 pounds)



Aug 01, 2013 at 12:13 PM
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MDoc9523 wrote:

I downloaded the silver ex software to try it out. It certainly has many sliders and adjustment options. Following a tutorial I re-edited my B&W. My first try with this software. Any better?

http://raysteele.zenfolio.com/img/s10/v102/p1796131287-5.jpg


I like this one better. I've been playing with silverFX myself the past few days. I've found it's easier to get good contrast in without absolutely crushing the blacks. And that's the reason I like this one more, I can see detail in the framing trees on the left and right. In the original conversion, I felt as though they were too dark and it made me claustrophobic.



Aug 01, 2013 at 01:35 PM
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leighton w wrote:
This is all very personal, but out of the lenses you gave us to work with here is what I'd pick. The 14mm or 20mm, 55mm and the 70-300VR. For whatever it's worth.








I know, I am not sticking to the rules, but:


I would take one wide - and if I am hiking and weight matters I would take the smallest (20/3.5 - or 16/3.5 if you have one)

I'd take the mid range and light zoom - it is good, and will allow you to frame and get most stuff with the least fiddling.

One longer lens. I have one that you do not and it seems to me relatively small and light, and that is the 180/2.8D. It's a great lens and small for that FL (not voigtlander 180 small, but small), and not too expensive. Smaller and lighter than the MF version, too, I think.

If I had the space I might add one really fast lens of any FL (35/1.4, 50 or 55/1.2, 105/1.8) but I doubt they'd get much use and so probably would not lug them around.

Another option might be to rent a 28-300 or 24-120 and augment with one other lens of your own.

Just food for thought.

Have a great time!



Aug 01, 2013 at 02:03 PM
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oh, and another cheap option would be a 50-135 ais 3.5 (you could grab for 130 bucks give or take), and then one wide lens (your 14 or 20) or a wider zoom like a 28-50 3.5 ais. You are done, and all MF. If you want longer add the third lens (your 70-300 or a 180, for example).

So many options, and many will work.



Aug 01, 2013 at 02:18 PM
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SilverFX does indeed have a lot of sliders, etc. I guess once you are proficient with it, it becomes second nature. For me, I just use a modified workflow in Photoshop:

1. shoot 2 or 3 raw files and bracket via exposure comp, shutter speed, etc.
2. open in Photoshop as layers in a single file
3. use hue saturation layer adjustment to take all of the saturation out, rendering a BW file, and flatten each layer
4. auto align layers, placing the lighter layer on the bottom
5. use masks, or the eraser to let the light layer bleed through (up) to the top layer
6. combine all layers
7. use a variety of techniques to burn/dodge to add light for interest (I like making soft selections and using curves)
8. typical overall processing, sharpening, etc.
9. close the image by burning in the corners

To me this is more hands on, as I am using the brush, etc. to do most of the work...



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