Post By hannahntilly
Post By Luke
Post By Chris2500dk
Post By grebeman
Post By kyteflyer
Post By Ray Sachs
December 17th, 2012, 02:47 PM
A question for cloudscape photographers
What is your favorite camera and lens (focal length) combination? Do you have a favorite setup that you use?
Inquiring minds want to know.
December 17th, 2012, 02:56 PM
When the light is right, the LX5 at 24mm (equivalent) is quite effective :
P1040898.jpg by nearlycossack, on Flickr
Lumix LX5, Lumix G1, 14mm, 20mm, 14-45mm
December 17th, 2012, 02:59 PM
I would say your FZ is the cloudscape king. The focal length is kinda dictated by the clouds and the composition. Seems I have a number of them using a 50mm (ff equivalent), but some I zoom in more.
December 17th, 2012, 03:00 PM
Originally Posted by hannahntilly
December 17th, 2012, 03:01 PM
December 17th, 2012, 03:18 PM
I tend to be at least one step behind the latest camera/sensor, so I still use a GF1 or GH2. Certainly for the GF1 when using a digitally designed lens, I will meter the brightest part of a cloud with a spot meter and then reduce the exposure by two stops, at most 2.5 stops. However I am getting the feeling that certain adapted lenses are better at controlling highlights and I was quite impressed with my latest, a Nikon 20mm, f/4 tested the other day on a GH2. I had to often overexpose on the cameras meter by 2/3 of a stop and found it much easier to control the highlights.
I'm wondering if the modern lenses are of rather higher inherent contrast which leads to more difficulty in controlling highlights.
Back in my roll film days I used a Voigtlander 6x9 roll film camera with a 105mm lens, then a Mamiya Press with a 6x9 back and a 90mm lens. These equate to something in the 43mm-45mm equivalent on 35mm film. I'm very tempted by the latest Sigma Merrills as a means of hopefully achieving the quality those old roll film cameras gave me for black and white landscape work.
So I guess the equivalent of 24mm to 45mm in 35mm terms for landscapes/cloudscapes.
Last edited by grebeman; December 17th, 2012 at 03:24 PM.
December 18th, 2012, 02:50 AM
I believe any camera is capable of excellent cloudscapes. I use all of mine, and its the post processing that really makes the shot shine. (Assuming I have a shining shot potential... there is that... )
Ocean Cloudscape by kyte50, on Flickr
Big Aussie Sky by kyte50, on Flickr
Cloudy by kyte50, on Flickr
Sundown on the Lake by kyte50, on Flickr
Then there are the DSLRs as well.
Gear: Mostly the Fuji X100, Ricoh GRD III and Olympus XZ-1
December 18th, 2012, 06:14 AM
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