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Quick and easy: Search programs in PS

In Photoshop CC 2017, Adobe launched the new In-App-Search. You can activate the search with »Strg/Cmd-F«. Within the menu bar you will find the new function below:  »Edit > Search«. You can search not only for Training and Adobe Stock, you can even more search for Tools and menu items.

I’m using this function for a few months and I’m using it plenty times. Back in the days without >>CMD-F<< each function and each filter had their own shortkey. For common used function like >>gaussian-blur<< or >>diffuse masking<< I still use the shortcuts, but more and more I use the search function. I just activate the “area” of Photoshop, because searching on Adobe Stock and the Tutorials would be slowing down the search progress.

You can also just search for some panels and display them. Furthermore, you can start Plug-ins from third-party providers with >>CMD-F<<.

The search function is used a total workflow accelerator, if you well-practised. Try it for a while, if you are not a completely keyboard-refusenik will you become quicker and more elegant in working with Photoshop.

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Lexar is doubling the game

Lexar is well known for the quality of it’s memory cards. Lexar one of the leading manufactures for memory cards is doubling the memory size and the speed of its Lexar Professional 3500x CFast™ 2.0-memory card. This card was optimized to work perfectly with ARRI-movie cameras. The 512GB Professional 3500x CFast 2.0-card offers you a write speed up to 445 MB/s to save a lot of photographs and movies. With the new card it is possible to capture movies in cinema quality. Thanks to the read-/transfer-speed of 525MB/s you don’t need so much time to import the files and post process them. When you purchase one of the Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0-cards this will include a lifetime license of Image Rescue®-Software to recover the most photographs and movies; even when they are deleted or damaged on the card. Furthermore, Lexar is offering a technical support and a limited lifetime guarantee. The new capacity will be available in the first half of 2017.The price? Bloody expensive, Lexar is calling € 1’940.00 up for the new card.

For more information visit Lexar.

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Image by Lexar.

I have plenty of Lexar CF Cards, and my cards work fine! No matter under which weather conditions. The cards perform perfectly and fasten my workflow up.

NEW Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

Tamron, announced the new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD for APS-C, it will be the replacement for the Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] which is on the market since 2008. The new model is based on the same idea as the old one; but it is equipped with the newest lens technology by Tamron, including VC (image stabilization) and new weather proof coating, and the new HLD-autofocus. The wide-angle-lens provides a range of 16-37mm on the APS-C camera (equivalent to full frame). The lens has 16 optical elements in 11 groups of these is one LD-element, and one XLD-element together with one aspherical-element and one hybrid-aspherical-element. The BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) artificial aging will quash effectively reflexions and flare light inside the lens.

The lens will be available end of March for Canon and Nikon.

This could be a serious competitor for the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.

Sigma received one of the highest DXOMark Score ever

The Sigma Art series is well known for its image quality. DXOmark.com now scored the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A Canon on the Canon 5Ds R with a score of 44. On one of Canon’s work horses the Canon 5D Mark IV the Sigma lens received an overall score of 39. Beside that, the  Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon got even a Score of 50. That is the highest Score on DXOMark until today. The Sigma score for Canon just get beaten by the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon. The Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon costs 4 times more than the Sigma one.

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Review – Manfrotto Tripod MT190XPRO4

I use on my travels the MT055XPRO3; which is quiet huge and heavy compared to travel tripods. I thought well let’s get something small and handy. I bought the MT190XPRO4 because of its size… The weight of the MT055XPRO3 is for some people too much to carry around and, well it is but you do not need to carry the whole day a tripod. I go on some trips this year Schottland, South Spain etc. I got cheap flights which means I have to watch for my luggage weight. On Photokina in September I also visited the Gitzo and Manfrotto stands; after I didn’t wanted to spend almost € 900,00 for a Gitzo tripod, I decided to go with a small one of Manfrotto. I choose the MT190XPRO4.

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The MT190XPRO4 is really nice of its size, build quality is good too but honestly thats it. It is stable, but don’t set it up on a bridge or some underground which will minimalistic shakes if someone walks over or cars drives by. You get what you pay for! I really love the quality of Manfrotto and the Customer Service is great! It is a shame that the MT190XPRO4 cost as much as the  MT055XPRO3 on Amazon-Germany but it’s offering you less stabilization! If the MT190XPRO4 would be stable as the MT055 in the actual size it would be perfect!

Pros :

  • + 3 Fasteners for each leg
  • + Weight
  • + Size
  • +Build Quality

Cons:

  • – Steadiness
  • – Price efficiency compared to the MT055XPRO3
Less Cons than Pros; but for me just count one criteria a lot steadiness. You can do good Landscapes with the MT190XPRO4 but low light will be quiet tricky because it is not a MT055-Series one. If the steadiness of the tripod would be given as f. e. with the 055-Series I had no problem with the Price efficiency 😉 

That was the short part for the people who hate reading! 😉

First of all, the MT190XPRO4 has a height of  19.29 inch  (49 cm)  if it is closed. That is a really practical size to carry around and travel with also the weight of 72.3 oz (2’050 gram) is not quiet heavy. The height column down is about 53.15 inch (135 cm) and with the column up about 62.99 in ( 160 cm). By the way, the height and wight differs related to the head you are using with the tripod!

Well it is quiet good for most of us probably but if you used something much more heavier than you expect almost the same. There’s one thing that bothers me quiet a lot. I use the MH054M0-Q5 ballhead which is (recorded to Manfrotto) the optimal ball head for the MT190CXPRO-Series (Carbon), well is that really so much more stable than the MT190XPRO-Series? I think this ball head is better placed on the MT055-Series than on the MT190-Series. It works much smoother on the 055-Series. Furthermore, I do not have to run for serval minutes until the level of the camera is leveled correctly. Steadiness is quiet an important criteria of a good tripod .If you notice that you shouldn’t use all leg-sections and don’t cart the 90° column out to the top (62.99 inch), than I would highly recommend the tripod. For those who go a step further and beyond it’s probally not the tripod you are looking for. For these people Manfrotto supplies the MT055-Series (Aluminium and Carbon).  I will send it back and save a few Euros and avoid to spend twice money and get the MT055CXPRO4 as soon as possible.

 

 

What do you think?

It’s been a while, since my last photography blog/post. Had a lot of trouble with life. My main work and my study was quiet buy and the political work too.

I still working part time on my photographs but what changed. Well my Project “Bodies of Gen Y” is at moment deadlocked. There a a bunch of people who want to participate and I met up with a lot of them and we contacted but as I had not so much time, we postpone we work on this project to may 2017. Hopefully, the project will be done until August 2017.I’m quiet cocksure that the project meet the deadline. On my travels for client photo shootings I came up with something of Landscape/Cityscape thing. Two project at one time are really not a good idea….

Furthermore, I will leave Deutsche in February so I can focus on some more photography work. One of my clients is changing the business homepage and the industry/business photographs have to be done soon. Thats quiet a lot of work, because I have to visit the business mutual times. It can not be done in one day, that sucks a little bit. Even it is rich in variety portraits, architecture and product photography. It’s good to know then one thing ends, you have something which pays your bills. Furthermore, there are two local retailers who invent their online shops in spring 2017 and it’s a lot of work to do. I can’t bewail insufficient of work.  Has to been done until yesterday – it feels like that. I’m going to bring the blog back into use. Guess more learnings and teachings as this blog stuff?

Like in the past more technical and information about photography or more blog? What do you think?

What’s in my travel bag?

Spring and summer – traveling time but what do you should pack? That really depends on what you need and what kind of pictures do you want to take. I can’t recommend anything but I’m going to tell you what I am going to use on my city trips and vacations.

Backpack

It is quite important to get a good bag for your travells. I have serval favorite bags; but in this case I’m going for the Lowepro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II. The Lowepro fits t the handluggage size of all airlines and it is light I never reached the maximum weight of the airlines for handluggage which I do when I use the 450 AW II.

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lenses

Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM 

Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM 

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 

Gear

3x Canon Battery Pack LP-E6N

12x Lexar CompactFlash 1066x 32GB

1x Manfrotto tripod MT055XPRO3 055 

1x Manfrotto Magnesium Ballhead MH054M0-Q5

1x Rodenstock Circular Polarizing Filter HR Digital CPL super MC 77mm

1x Rodenstock Circular Polarizing Filter HR Digital CPL super MC 82mm

Additional Gear

1x Lee Filter Holder (with necessary adapter rings )

1x Set of Lee Resin ND Filters 0.3 , 0.6 , 0.9 Soft

1x Set of Lee Resin ND Filters 0.3 , 0.6 , 0.9 Hard

1x Rogue FlashBender 2 Large

3x Speedlite Yongnuo YN-568 EX II

Review: Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical IF Canon

I used Tamron for many years and I still do. Good quality and a good price. After my Canon 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS USM got broken by falling down. I needed a new lens. After checking different tests I decided to go for the Tamron.

Note: This is just the impression I had with one of thousands of lenses of this type. This is not a review of the type just of this specified lens and this just depends on my own experience of this lens. If you want a test of it. Probably go to DXOmark or some other pages. 

My last Tamron was still made in Japan. What I got now was made in China; and honestly I felt how the quality of a SP lens changed. It is still a high quality but not so much than back in the days. It’s almost just plastic with the metal barrel.  I really can’t criticize the sharpness (pretty sharp), Vignetting quite a bit (normal) and the distortion? Same also okay and nothing to criticize. Well, I have a few things which I really don’t like on this lens. First of all it’s the VC; it’s quite loud, well my Canon 100mm L macro is loud too but it is quite annoying. Furthermore I had a copy which got me a back focus. A backfocus or frontfocus is not so bad; it can happen and it was in the acceptable range. Indeed the autofocus was slow, and not slow like sometimes autofocus is slow it was really slow. I mounted the lens on a tripod and meassured over all focal lengths and from infinity to near and back diffrent distances. It was performing very bad compared to a really old Tamron (20 years old). The new lens was about double times slower than the old one; never mind if VC was on or off. This was the knock out for me for this lens. I know there can be sometimes variations but this was quite not acceptable. I was manual focusing on the same speed as the autofocus of my copy.

In despite of my experience I recommend this lens to you; because it’s a good build and good performing lens which you should really use. If you have problems with your new lens probably try a new one – every man has a bad day also a lens. If the problem still exists; it also can be the manufacture variation of the camera which produce not such a sharp image, front or back focus. It is not always the third-party lens manufacture guilty 😉 Btw I had similar problems with Canon L lenses. It can happen; so what? Go to a retailer and ask to try the lens you want to buy and they will support you most times to get one without a bloody expensive check if they know “what’s customer service”.

Did you made any bad experience with a lens? Write a comment below.

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Update: News

Hi everybody,

It’s been a long time ago that I wrote my last entry; over 8 months. The last 8 months were pretty busy. I started a photoproject it’s called >>Bodies of Generation Y<< and I’m travelling around Europe to shoot men, women and couples; besides to my regular work and study. That’s why I didn’t have had the time to write here. Well, I’m back and I’m going to wrote on my articles again like last year. Hopefully you are going to enjoy it.