Keith Cooper

Keith Cooper

Lives in United Kingdom Leicester, United Kingdom
Works as a Commercial Pro Photographer
Joined on Feb 16, 2003
About me:

Lots of photography articles and reviews on the Northlight site - see the latest at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/photography-articles-and-reviews/

The original Canon Rumours pages are at:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/rumours-page/

My real work:
http://architecture-photos.co.uk/
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/commercial-photography/

...and as for gear lists, don't get me started -- who cares :-) :-)

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Edmond Leung: Must buy lenses!

5x4 ? No thanks, I've no desire to use film whatsoever in a professional context.

As to the digital MF solution - the cost/returns vs profitability compared to what I'm using for architectural work make any claim to it being the 'only' solution somewhat fanciful at best.

The vagaries of running a -profitable- business in the market today (and I'm only talking about the UK here) makes the TS-E solution a very welcome one.

If you are lucky enough to have sufficiently well resourced clients to make the latest medium format stuff profitable, then good luck to you ;-)

I'll leave the plonking dismissal of the new lenses to others, I'll just get on working on a selection of TS-E24 and 17 images from a recent construction shoot...

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 13:48 UTC
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Adamant: Can someone link to an example of medium-telephoto (135mm) tilt-shift architectural photography? I keep seeing people say these are useful for such things, but I am having a genuinely hard time envisioning it. I promise I'm not being combative here. I really don't think I can understand without an example or two.

I get why tilt-shift is useful for architectural work at shorter distances and I get why it would be useful for product/macro type work. But the medium-tele architectural stuff escapes me.

I agree that 17 and 24 are the key lenses for architecture/interiors

I've used an M645->EF shift adapter for some Mamiya MF lenses (35 and 55) for a few shots, but I use the 90 far more often for product type work (I also do location stuff in factories).

Where I have used the 90 and tilt for arch/interiors is where I want detail along a wall/floor/ceiling from an oblique angle - not often, but it's nice to know when something like this is possible.

The new lenses are an interesting prospect at the price - just not sure yet how big a hit the company bank account is going to take ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
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wildbild: so funny to give shift lens specs wo shift and tilt movements..

all ±12mm
50 ±8.5º
90/135 ±10º

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 18:25 UTC
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Edmond Leung: Must buy lenses!

"You can definitely go your entire life without ever using a TS lens, and you'd be fine."

Yes indeed, but learning to use a T/S lens has had a knock on effect/benefit on so many areas of my photography - I started with a second hand TS-E24 mk1

Not for everyone of course, but worth the effort if you get a chance...

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 18:10 UTC
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Dr_Jon: I don't know if Canon will ever make their development money back on these, but I love that they do lenses they think will be useful to Pros without worrying about that.

I hope Keith at Northlight Images can get his hand on one to do a review ASAP (sorry dpreview, but I'm confident he's better with TS than you are). Passing thought - maybe do one with him?

Thanks for the nod John ;-)

They are a superb contribution in an area that still has its fair share of confusion. I know that the 85/1.4 IS will appeal to a far bigger audience, but I know which ones most threaten our bank account ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 17:52 UTC
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AstroStan: Hyper-res images are fun to explore. Part of the fun is finding inconsistencies that are inevitable with time-staggered sub-exps. Even "static" scenes like cloudless desert landscapes are subject to lighting changes during acquisition. It can be challenging to minimize such effects. And time-staggering limits subject matter quite severely. It's almost analogous to early photography where subjects had to sit motionless for a minute or so.

A pre-programmed tripod head and A9 in burst mode (or video) might make quick work of some scenes.

When I made a big 47 foot long print for an exhibition (a multi location sunset pano from six slightly different viewpoints over three nights) there were very few people recorded in any detail (~1 sec exposures).

After it had been up for a week or so, a visitor spotted that someone (one of the city street pastors) appeared twice, about 20 feet apart on the print.

I met him again recently in the street, whilst out testing the Sigma 12-24, when he spotted me with the camera :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 19:22 UTC

I was experimenting with an Epson P20000 last week at their HQ - lots of MP certainly helps - biggest print I made that day was 18m long on 60" paper (~3k MP) - that's how to use a big image ;-)

It's in a thread here, in the printers and printing forum

Printing at 'excess' levels of detail makes me wonder whether these prints come with a pocket microscope. I've found that prints at that size are more than impressive enough at 240ppi, although if I've the (real) detail and the software can handle it, I'd got to 300 or even 600. You know you're doing well when you have to start thinking of the 300k pixel width limit of .psb files...

Kudos to VAST for generating the interest - my biggest problem with super big prints is always finding people with big enough walls that want one ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:24 UTC as 24th comment

Interesting... as a working photographer, I've never really found any truly convincing business related use for it, but I can see where for wedding/portrait work (an area I don't cover at all) it might be of more value.

Now, that probably reflects to some extent on the sorts of commercial work I do and they types of client I work for, but I do wonder how much return on time invested, many using it are getting?

I suppose I'm looking at it like any other aspect of our marketing, but perhaps that's what helps make a business rather than a hobby? ;-)

Has anyone seen a less subjective business related article about IG for pro photographers, that actually evaluates it from a true cost/benefit POV?

I've looked but keep coming across stuff that emphasises 'sharing' and other 'nice' aspects rather than more tangible stuff (but such is rather a lot of 'social marketing')

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 22:22 UTC as 4th comment
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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Keith Cooper: The Canon 8-15 is a regular in my bag and, with care, can make some great shots. A lot of people when thinking of fisheye lenses forget that any straight line will stay straight if it runs (or can be extended to run) through the centre of the FOV.

So horizons stay straight if through the middle of the frame.

Of course, the number of clients happy with circular images does limit the amount of use at shorter focal lengths, but the Canon lens has helped produce some excellent 44" square prints (circular image @8mm) that work very well.

Add to this tools like fisheye hemi and you have a lot of options for how you choose your final image geometry

This is from when I first had the lens
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/canon-ef-8-15mm-f4-l-usm-review/

Here's a more recent fisheye specific review
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/samyang-12mm-fisheye-lens-review/

Hope that gives a bit of a feel for how I use fisheye lenses?

Stick with it when you get one - they really can justify the time to get a feel for what can be done. Let others dismiss them as just for trick use ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 19:22 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)

The Canon 8-15 is a regular in my bag and, with care, can make some great shots. A lot of people when thinking of fisheye lenses forget that any straight line will stay straight if it runs (or can be extended to run) through the centre of the FOV.

So horizons stay straight if through the middle of the frame.

Of course, the number of clients happy with circular images does limit the amount of use at shorter focal lengths, but the Canon lens has helped produce some excellent 44" square prints (circular image @8mm) that work very well.

Add to this tools like fisheye hemi and you have a lot of options for how you choose your final image geometry

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 15:20 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (819 comments in total)
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Keith Cooper: An interesting idea - I fished out my olympus OM kit the other day. However after a bit, it went back into the drawers, since I realise that it does nothing for me in any areas of photography I'm interested in (see thread on 1D/5D forum). The Mamiya 645 and MPP 5x4 also saw the light of day for a bit ;-)

I take issue with that old 'slows you down' chestnut - you can do that with any kit - that and try just one 1GB/512MB card to 'limit yourself' if willpower is an issue ;-)

Trying out film can be no more than a variant of the 'I need a better camera/lens to improve my photos' that all too often gets used as an excuse.

If digital seems too easy, then you just ain't trying hard enough... ;-)

I never equated costs, just said they were not a factor for me - YMMV

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (819 comments in total)
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Keith Cooper: An interesting idea - I fished out my olympus OM kit the other day. However after a bit, it went back into the drawers, since I realise that it does nothing for me in any areas of photography I'm interested in (see thread on 1D/5D forum). The Mamiya 645 and MPP 5x4 also saw the light of day for a bit ;-)

I take issue with that old 'slows you down' chestnut - you can do that with any kit - that and try just one 1GB/512MB card to 'limit yourself' if willpower is an issue ;-)

Trying out film can be no more than a variant of the 'I need a better camera/lens to improve my photos' that all too often gets used as an excuse.

If digital seems too easy, then you just ain't trying hard enough... ;-)

Nope - I have to disagree with most of your points :-)

I do manual focus (ts-e17/24) and manual exposure for a lot of my day to day work (perhaps a skill from my film days ;-)

Artificial? Nope, slowing down is about thinking about stuff - something I can do just fine digital or film. Either are as 'genuine' as you wish to make them.

Cost - YMMV, but not something I ever associate with actually taking photos, unless I'm on a paying job, but I make a distinction between work and personal stuff.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (819 comments in total)

An interesting idea - I fished out my olympus OM kit the other day. However after a bit, it went back into the drawers, since I realise that it does nothing for me in any areas of photography I'm interested in (see thread on 1D/5D forum). The Mamiya 645 and MPP 5x4 also saw the light of day for a bit ;-)

I take issue with that old 'slows you down' chestnut - you can do that with any kit - that and try just one 1GB/512MB card to 'limit yourself' if willpower is an issue ;-)

Trying out film can be no more than a variant of the 'I need a better camera/lens to improve my photos' that all too often gets used as an excuse.

If digital seems too easy, then you just ain't trying hard enough... ;-)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 14:58 UTC as 121st comment | 6 replies
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Nukunukoo: That's great. Ambient light has been quite a challenge for us home office users. My only wish is that, while quite extensive, they can simplify their software (more like organising) to make it easier to use. Having easy to access custom profiles would be a plus! =)

Yes but having your monitor change automatically is the wrong answer to the problem IMHO

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: Still using the Spyder 4 Elite, it still works great. Hopefully this new one can use USB 3.0 ports, mine needs 2.0 and that is a pain as my monitor ports are all 3.0 and the only 2.0 ports on the computer are on the back and one has to unplug the "Spyder" when they update- which is why I have yet to install the latest update for the Spyder 4 Elite. Other than that, it works fine.

Thanks - in which case I can confirm that the Spyder 4 works on the USB3 port of the SW320.

The BenQ software works with S4 and S5 sensors, along with i1Display Pro, i1 Display 2, i1Pro and i1 Pro 2 - all plugged into the side USB3 port

Whilst I've not used the S4 software for calibration for some time, both my S4Express and S4Elite sensors work fine plugged into the SW320 USB ports (connected to a OS X 10.11 Mac)

Obviously there may be combinations of ports that don't work, but I've seen no compatibility issues.

From past testing I have Spyder, Spyder2 and Spyder3 sensors sitting in a drawer, but have only checked the current stuff!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
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CrazyCanuk: I have the Spyder5Elite and it uses USB 3.0 just fine. Strange that DPReview is just now reporting on Datacolor's software upgrade... its been out since November 2016. Talk about being behind the times... ;)

Not quite - there seems to have been a new press release sent out - it slightly confused me this morning :-)

I checked this out to see that it was actually the same products I included in reviews a while ago, and it was

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 21:57 UTC
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BobT3218: Great 'casue my room lighting changes all the time. How does the monitor know the lighting has changed? Does the Spyder have to be attached all the time?

It's also a feature that I'd turn off ;-)

I first encountered such a 'change my monitor for me when a cloud goes in front of the sun' feature back with the original Pantone huey.

Not a feature I'd personally care to activate on a system I was relying on - YMMV

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 21:55 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: Still using the Spyder 4 Elite, it still works great. Hopefully this new one can use USB 3.0 ports, mine needs 2.0 and that is a pain as my monitor ports are all 3.0 and the only 2.0 ports on the computer are on the back and one has to unplug the "Spyder" when they update- which is why I have yet to install the latest update for the Spyder 4 Elite. Other than that, it works fine.

I recently looked at the S5Pro+ and S5Elite+ packages when updating my reviews (I've looked at/reviewed almost every version over the years)

I plugged a Spyder5 into the USB3 port on the side of the BenQ SW320 I've recently been testing and it worked just fine with the BenQ software and the Spyder5 software

I also tested the S5 (pro and elite) on my MacBook Pro - firmly from USB 2 only days.

It's interesting to see the Datacolor comments wrt ports - doesn't seem to apply on the ones I was testing (all Mac systems)

I'm disinclined to directly call Datacolor wrong, but obviously all the machines at my home didn't get the memo ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 21:49 UTC

TS-E17 F4L

A lens that rewards lots of use, so movements almost become as much a natural part of using it as focus.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 12:05 UTC as 126th comment
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Moon0326: Where are night shots???

I suspect time with the new lens was somewhat limited?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:38 UTC
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