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10.26.19         photography  

Canon 90D M6ii Lenses - Which have enough Resolving Power? Which Do not?


See list of lenses below the video. This is an ongoing list as we compile more information.



So the Canon 90D Sensor (and M6II) have a pixel pitch of about 3.2 microns, which means lenses used will likely need to have better resolving power than the list Canon Recommended for the 5Ds and 5DSR.

Many of these lenses have been confirmed in our FB group: Michael's Canon 90D FB Group

Canon's Lens Recommendations For the 5DS and 5DSR. I have added a couple to this list that should have enough:

Confirmed = Multiple Users have demonstrated with images on our FB group
Unconfirmed = Verbal Only from different sources
50/50- Some good, some bad examples from the FB group, might come down to the copy you have
Italics = Likely /Likely Not (Depending on list) based on MTF Charts

Zoom Lenses

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM (Confirmed)
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (Confirmed)
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x

Wide angle fixed focal lenses

TS-E 17mm f/4L
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Standard fixed focal length lenses

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Telephoto fixed focal length lenses

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
TS-E 90mm f/2.8
EF 100mm f/2 USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM (Confirmed)
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM (Confirmed)
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon APS-C Lenses

APSC Zooms

Canon 15-85 3.5-5.6 -(Confirmed)
Canon 18-135 2.3-5.6 (Confirmed) - Good, Not Stellar
Canon 55-250 f4-5.6 (Multiple Verbal Confirmations)
EF 70-300mm 4-5/6 (50/50 - Ive seen some good ones and soft ones, It might come down to the copy you have)

APSC Primes
Canon EF-S 24 STM (Confirmed)
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM (uncomfirmed)
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (Confirmed)

Third Party Lenses that Seem to be Working Well:

Wides:
- Sigma 18-35 1.8 (Confirmed)
- Tokina 11-20 2.8 (Uncomfirmed)
-Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II

Normal:
- Sigma 17-50 2.8 (50/50)
- Tamron 24-70 Di VC USD G2 (Decent but, Much better stopped down)

Telephoto:

Sigma 50-100 1.8 (Confirmed)
Sigma 100-400 f/5.6-6.3 C (Confirmed)
Tamron SP DI VC USD 150-600 G2 (Confirmed)

Lenses That Do Not Seem to have Enough Resolving Power

Wide Angle

- Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5 (Not Likely)
- Canon 10-18 4.5-5.6- Good, Not Great, better when stopped down.

Zoom Lenses
- Tamron 16-300 3.5-6.3 Confirmed Low Resolving
- Tamron 18-270 (Not Likely)
- Tamron 18-400 (Not Likely)
- Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC (50/50)
- Canon 24-70 2.8 I - (Not Likely)
- Canon 24-105 f4, Both I and II - Confirmed Low Resolving- (Soft wide open, a little better at f8)
- Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 v1 (very soft at the 400mm Focal Length)(Confirmed Low Resolving)

Primes-
- 400 5.6 - 50/50

Feel free to leave links in the comments that demonstrate good or bad samples and I will add them

10.26.19         movie reviews  

The Current War


I really enjoyed it, but this is a subject matter that others might not find engaging. Inventions, electricity, egos, entrepreneurship, history, Tesla, inability to navigate psychological obstacles. Awesome! A definite rental, but if you are fans of any of the above, you will appreciate it. Nothing else came out this week that I was interested in.

10.23.19         photography  

Canon 90D (& M6ii) vs 80D 70D XT3 A6400 5D4 Dynamic Range




Here are my preliminary tests for Dynamic Range for the Canon 90D and M6ii (basically the same sensor performance wise) as they compare with other cameras. You are looking for a couple things:

1. The point where you can no longer see a distinct line between two of the numbers.
2. Artifacts that hide these borders as it gets darker.
3. Important to keep in mind 90D and M6ii are 32.5 MP.

Note- This is not an ISO noise test, which is something else. Most shots were taken at ISO 100, the XT3 was at 160. Color differences can usually be explained by WB settings.
Makes me realize how bad that 70D sensor was!
Notice how much "cleaner" the 5D4 is, but all has streaking in the higher numbers.
XT3 was tested at ISO 160.
I believe Sony's 24 MP sensor is getting old now. It still has posterization issues, 90D does not. (Looking for black bricks between numbers) Sorry about the lint!

Michael's Training Videos & ND Filters

10.19.19         photography  

Buried Alive for 27 Days - Unexpected Photojournalism


We live in a day and age where everyone has the ability to unexpectedly become a photojournalist.  this is my crazy first-hand example of how it happened to me.

Evans story

Michael’s “3 WEEKS IN HAITI” - Book

Michael's Training Videos & ND Filters

Michael's Maven Straps

10.18.19         movie reviews  

Maleficent 2 - Mistress of Evil


Painfully boring. You will regret spending money on this.

10.15.19         photography  

Adapting Lenses: When it’s a bad idea


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10.07.19         instagram  

Maven Strap Giveaway - The new colors and...


Maven Strap Giveaway - The new colors and packaging just arrived! Tan, Grey, Navy, Pink and Olive. (Most are 50”, the pink is 42”). I’m giving away 3 pairs in the next week. All you need to do to enter:

1. Follow me, Michael The Maven
2. Tag one person who might want a strap, WITH the COLOR you’d want to gift them. :) (Note: we also have, black, bright blue, and purple available)
That’s it! Next week I’ll randomly pick 3 winners, both you and the person you chose will get a free strap of the color you selected. Good luck! #canon #giveaway #freecontest #canon90D #mavenstrap #nikon #sony

10.05.19         movie reviews  

Joker


Joker is a truly different "comic book" movie, and not in a good way. This film will you get you thinking and be talked about for many, many years to come, which typically is a good sign. But the things it will make you think about, I do not believe will make you a better person.

Joker is a little difficult to summarize in a few sentences, because there were many parts of it that were incredible, and there were other parts of it that were beyond inappropriate and dark. I can see why some agencies are worried about it inciting violence, and without giving anything a way, it feels like this film was trying to justify or condone extreme violence.

Something I definitely did not like was what I can only describe as the exploitation of mental illness in different ways. It was as if the film was saying:

1. People suffer from mental illness.
2. On top of that, sometimes additional bad things happen to those with mental illness.
3. So that is why some go completely insane.
4. And therefore, violence is justified when they have had enough.

Obviously that train of thought is a problem (speaking about #4).

Basically the filmmakers are working very hard to make us empathize with a character, who by the end is just evil.

(Updated Thoughts): One theme I strongly disagreed with was that many of the problems faced, were because of others surrounding the Joker's character. I realize he clearly had mental issues, and wasn't getting the help he needed, which I imagine is more common that we will admit.

However, as long as we have our own sanity, no matter how hard, or cruel life its and we still have our agency to choose. If there is something I do not like in life, it is my responsibility to change that. If I choose not to, that IS A CHOICE. Joaquin Phoenix's character is driven to evolve because of others. Therein lies the main problem I had with it. Perhaps he felt helpless to those forces, perhaps he was too weak to make the changes necessary in his life, but as long as a person is sane, they have a responsibility to remove themselves from bad situations & people. Fleck could only point the finger and say "they did it to me."

It is a epic & disturbing portrayal of how/why the joker became the joker. The contrast and character, portrayal, delivery by Joaquin Phoenix was incredible and I believe he succeeded in what the filmmakers were trying to achieve.

Fantastic cinematography, lighting. Symbolism right down to the length of the cigarettes he is smoking (symbolizing a fuse), but all this said, I really do not think this is a film that should be viewed by anyone under 21, and especially anyone struggling with mental illness or abuse.

If you are a die hard comic book fan and are able to see this as entertainment only, I think you will enjoy it in theaters.

Definitely the best effort from the DC Universe to date, but again, not necessarily in a good way.

10.02.19         photography  

Canon 90D’s Superior Usability & Ergonomics


Available Now!: Canon 90D Crash Course Training Tutorial

Canon 90D Free Tutorial

Canon 90D WiFi Setup

Canon 90D Focusing Systems

Michael's Training Videos & ND filters

Michael's Camera Straps:


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WIDE
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Blue
Army Green
Orange
Desert Camo


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09.30.19         photography  

Do Good With Your Camera


The content of this photo contest is, obviously, service. We’re looking for two types of photography:

Documentary Photo of Service - For this category we would like to see photos that demonstrate an act of service (e.g. local charitable events in your community like soup kitchens or relief aid, etc.)
Portrait Photography as Service - For this category we would like to see photos taken directly in service of others (e.g. charitable photography session for recently adoptive families, military families or even volunteer photography at a local animal shelter, etc.)
Need some ideas?

Rules & Guidelines
The contest is not based on the merits of the service event itself (although often, the better the story, the better the photo), but the merits of the chosen photo which represents it.

Only one photo per service event will be allowed.
Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Photographers from all countries are welcome to enter.
Service event must have happened in the year 2019.
For submissions entered into the Documentary Photos of Service category, participants must strive to follow the NPPA Code of Ethics. Anyone known to have violated these ethics to capture images they submit to this contest will be disqualified.
For submissions entered into the Portrait Photography as Service category, participants must be respectful and work with full participation and permission of any organization and subject they work with. Written permission from the organization is best.
In order to address the too-common issue of cheating in popular photo contests, an important requirement for all submissions is corroborating evidence that the service event actually occurred. This could come in two forms:
simple b-roll / or bts footage which demonstrates that the photo was not staged
a personal email from third party representing the service event, in some way, acting as witness
Submission deadline: December 10th, 2019


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