European Tour - Part 1 - Amsterdam

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Martin Ocando
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European Tour - Part 1 - Amsterdam
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This is a small selection of our first hop into Europe. It was the best 15 days we've ever spent since our honeymoon 28 years ago.

Enjoy

Why ISO was so high in the first few frames? Well, I had it locked, and was so excited that I forgot to check my camera. 🤦🏻‍♂️

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tedolf
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One of the things I find interesting in the travel photo's above is that almost everything is shot at f/5.6 or above (only one at f/3.5).  This is my experience too (except for indoor photography where a small fast prime usually works).

So why buy/ bring heavy fast zoom lenses for travel?

TEdolph

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MEDISN
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Looks like you had fun! I've always enjoyed Amsterdam except for the d*#n bicycles

Good thing you were there when the weather was nice. I was in town the week after you and it was cold/overcast/windy which really put a damper on photographic enthusiasm lol

I won't photobomb your thread but a few shots from my aimless wandering between work and play: Amsterdam Gallery

Martin Ocando
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Re: Aperture....

tedolf wrote:

One of the things I find interesting in the travel photo's above is that almost everything is shot at f/5.6 or above (only one at f/3.5). This is my experience too (except for indoor photography where a small fast prime usually works).

So why buy/ bring heavy fast zoom lenses for travel?

TEdolph

Well, I didn't care too much about settings, so I used P mode most of the time, and lots of compensation when needed. The fast zooms come handy when things get darker particularly in museums.

I did go out with the 9-18mm one day, leaving the 12-40mm at the apartment, but missed it greatly when light conditions changed, so the 12-40mm was my main lens for 90% of the trip. Particularly useful was the Rokinon 7.5mm FE inside churches and museums. Check Part 2 for more on that.

BTW, the FE shot of the plaza is from Madame Tussaud's museum. It has a round window that faces Dam Square, so it was the perfect spot for a Fisheye.

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tedolf
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Re: Aperture....

Martin Ocando wrote:

tedolf wrote:

One of the things I find interesting in the travel photo's above is that almost everything is shot at f/5.6 or above (only one at f/3.5). This is my experience too (except for indoor photography where a small fast prime usually works).

So why buy/ bring heavy fast zoom lenses for travel?

TEdolph

Well, I didn't care too much about settings, so I used P mode most of the time, and lots of compensation when needed. The fast zooms come handy when things get darker particularly in museums.

I did go out with the 9-18mm one day, leaving the 12-40mm at the apartment, but missed it greatly when light conditions changed, so the 12-40mm was my main lens for 90% of the trip. Particularly useful was the Rokinon 7.5mm FE inside churches and museums. Check Part 2 for more on that.

Will be looking forward to that.

BTW, the FE shot of the plaza is from Madame Tussaud's museum. It has a round window that faces Dam Square, so it was the perfect spot for a Fisheye.

Have you done any defishing of that lens with software?

TEdolph

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Martin Ocando
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Re: Aperture....
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tedolf wrote:

Martin Ocando wrote:

tedolf wrote:

One of the things I find interesting in the travel photo's above is that almost everything is shot at f/5.6 or above (only one at f/3.5). This is my experience too (except for indoor photography where a small fast prime usually works).

So why buy/ bring heavy fast zoom lenses for travel?

TEdolph

Well, I didn't care too much about settings, so I used P mode most of the time, and lots of compensation when needed. The fast zooms come handy when things get darker particularly in museums.

I did go out with the 9-18mm one day, leaving the 12-40mm at the apartment, but missed it greatly when light conditions changed, so the 12-40mm was my main lens for 90% of the trip. Particularly useful was the Rokinon 7.5mm FE inside churches and museums. Check Part 2 for more on that.

Will be looking forward to that.

BTW, the FE shot of the plaza is from Madame Tussaud's museum. It has a round window that faces Dam Square, so it was the perfect spot for a Fisheye.

Have you done any defishing of that lens with software?

TEdolph

Oh yes, for this particular shot it was just slightly since I think it works the way it is. But for some museum and church ceilings, I've done extensive defishing, and the current version of Lightroom has a great new profile that works very well. Much better than previous iterations.
Previously you were fixed with 4 profiles and no way to tweak them, but now, you simply select the lens and use the sliders to adjust the amount of defishing and vignetting. Super useful.

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kelstertx Veteran Member • Posts: 4,802
Re: Aperture....

Martin Ocando wrote:

tedolf wrote:

One of the things I find interesting in the travel photo's above is that almost everything is shot at f/5.6 or above (only one at f/3.5). This is my experience too (except for indoor photography where a small fast prime usually works).

So why buy/ bring heavy fast zoom lenses for travel?

TEdolph

Well, I didn't care too much about settings, so I used P mode most of the time, and lots of compensation when needed. The fast zooms come handy when things get darker particularly in museums.

That's something I've often wondered... in good light, the camera's P mode can use almost any aperture it wants, and compensate with the huge range of shutter speeds. Since the corrections are programmed into firmware for each lens, I would have thought that they'd include sharpness curves in the firmware too, so the camera would pick sharper apertures.

For the 12-40/2.8, it seems to peak at f4 for most focal lengths, and f5.6 at 40mm. I don't think it should ever be picking f7.1 unless there's a specific need based on depth of field.

Thoughts?

-Kelly

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Paul Auclair Veteran Member • Posts: 5,295
Re: European Tour - Part 1 - Amsterdam

I missed these the first time around.

great stuff, same as part. 2.

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as always,
thank you fellow DPR members for your kind words and encouragement.

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Re: European Tour - Part 1 - Amsterdam

Nice photos, brings back memories, good (the beautiful scenes) and bad (car broken into both times in Amsterdam).

A. C.

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stateit Contributing Member • Posts: 816
Re: European Tour - Part 1 - Amsterdam
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No Dutch Angle shots?

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