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Lens Sharpness: Real World Test

This lens sharpness test was never in the plans. But curiosity got the better of me and here it is. This test is by no means a technical one but based on real world shooting scenario.

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The top and bottom sections of Taipei 101 were captured only minutes of each other. The Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM was mounted on an EOS 7D and racked out from 160mm (top part) to 200mm (bottom part). The EOS 7D was then attached to a ball head tripod with the lens IS turned off. No remote shutter was used as it was left in the bag for absent minded reasons and the DSLR’s timer was utilized at 10 seconds for optimum stillness. Pushing the shutter by hand at this point would have spelled disaster in the form of blurred images. The images were, as usual, captured RAW, converted in DXO Labs software to tif file and further processed in Photoshop CS5 to upload quality.

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Tight crop of the top photo. Click to view large.

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Both close up images were cropped from the 2 original images in CS5 to show the sharpness in detail. The original images were at full 18 megapix@300 dpi. As you can see, the cropped images were a small part of the big picture (pun intended). Sharpness is no doubt a strong suit in the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM. Of course, the EOS 7D’s advanced focusing system made this happen in part.

Colors were saturated in Photoshop CS5 using the curves tool and to even out the contrast.

The biggest con of the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM is it’s weight and price tag. Lugging this thing around is no joke and having the tripod ring on this lens is definitely a must for tripod use. Purchase? Definitely but at the cost of US$2,500 it is perhaps better to take a look at the Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM or the Sigma equivalent. Unless of course you are a pro photographer that can make the return in 3 projects.

Taipei, Taiwan ROC

Taipei 101 (台北101 / 臺北101) is a landmark skyscraper located in the Xinyi District, a business and shopping area in Taipei, Taiwan. It was officially the world’s tallest building in 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.

Bad weather prevailed except for one particular day. Really wanted to do a shot during sunset but clouds were still covering the top portion of 101. When the clouds finally cleared I grabbed the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II (Thanks, Edward) mounted it on the EOS 7D. Attached the camera to a ball head tripod and turned off Image Stabilizer (IS). Took 4 frames to make sure everything was sharp. The image below is 1 of them.

Exif: f/8, 13 secs, ISO 100, 70mm and RAW file. RAW file to converted to tif file in Canon’s DPP and further processed in Photoshop CS5. Here is a street view of Taipei 101 from last year.

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Free wallpaper for iPhone 3Gs/4 or iPod touch: touch on the photo to enlarge. Touch the Taipei 101 At Night photo for a few seconds and pop up menu will appear. Select wallpaper and re-size to your liking. Voilá-instant background on your iPhone 3Gs/4 or iPod touch. Hopefully you will re-size to include my watermark on the top right 😉

Week-Ender #78 April 2011

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Independent cafe's are tucked away in small street everywhere in Taipei and mostly have much better brew than the big chains. EOS 7D+24-70 f/2.8

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The buildings of Taipei goes well together with all the plants and trees and makes the city more welcoming. EOS 7D+EF 24-70 f/2.8

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One thing noticeable are all the street signs everywhere but it does add quite a flavor to the city. EOS 7D+EF 24-70 f/2.8

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A quiet city on Sunday. EOS 7D+EF 24-70 f/2.8

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A view of density at sunset-the Xin Yi District, Taipei, Taiwan. EOS 7D+EF 70-200 f/2.8

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A view of the top of Taipei 101 at night. Captured with EOS 7D+EF 70-200 f/2.8

Next up- Canon Imagefest 2011 Taipei

 

AT NIGHT AND IN GOOD WEATHER

MacAnHe_002z 101Taipei 101 at night is an amazing sight to behold. It was the tallest building (509.2 meters) in the world until The Burj Khalifa in Dubai topped at 800 meters tall.

Taipei weather is very unpredictable and on this night it cooperated.

Shot details: Canon 50D, 8 sec, f/5.6, 42mm, ISO 100, RAW.

Raw processed in DPP, slightly tonemapped from 16 bit TIFF file in Photomatix, further post processed in Photoshop, final uploaded photo is an 8bit JPG file at 1024 x 632 resolution.

This ones definitely going to the large format printers next week. At 350 dpi and 18×24″ I hope it comes out the way it’s seen here. Or it’s going to be an expensive test print…

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