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Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:52:28 PM »
A couple of old ones from me taken with a Canon 60D and 24-105.
It's interesting to see that the head is like a helmet sitting on a thin neck.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Mary had a Little Lamb
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:23:37 PM »
Very funny.

Mary had a little lamb
Its feet were black as soot
And everywhere that Mary went
His sooty foot he put.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:10:34 AM »
So where's the new announcements?  >:(

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Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:20:45 AM »
Pentax had the 645D and now the 645Z, which is basically a Pentax K3 in a bigger body housing with Sony's 50MP 4X3 sensor.
I think it would be very wise of both Canon and Nikon to check on the sales of this camera, as I believe it is the most affordable way of getting into digital MF photography.
Even though I believe it is very good value for what it is, especially when Hasselblad and Phase One use the same sensor but charge many times more than Pentax does, I don't see the 645Z's running out of the stores.
Really, these days, there is very little reason for going MF when the full frame cameras of today are so good and indeed, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference even if you pixel peep.
Why have a removable back on the digital cameras of today? All they do is invite the bare sensor to get scratched.
In the days of film cameras, it was a godsend, as you needed to change film so often, but how often do you need to change sensors? Memory cards yes, but sensors? Never.
Pentax makes the 645Z because it has the legacy of all those old lenses to fall back on, but for Canon or Nikon to get into MF, it would just be a losing proposition, as it is for Hasselblad and Phase One.

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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:43:03 AM »
I use a 5D3 and bought a cheap ($89) Chinese grip for it and it works perfectly.
Cheap Chinese centre pinch lens caps for my older lenses, and they have worked perfectly for some years.
I have an EX580II flash, but needed another one, so I bought the Yonganu copy, and I can't tell the difference between them as far as the photos look, but the Yonganu has some useful extra features, but it can only be used either by itself, or as a slave. It won't work as a master, so for that I put the Canon on the camera and use the Yongy as the slave. No problem.  I also have a small Nissin flash which has served me very well too.

I needed some new studio lights a few months ago, and I was looking at getting the new Profoto lights with the built-in batteries in the heads, as I use them outdoors mostly, rather than in a studio. They were around $5K a pair here in Oz but suited my needs perfectly.
Then I was trolling around the net, and saw these Jindbai flashes which were very similar, but 600Ws instead of the Profotos 500Ws. They looked good in the photos and at $1K for the pair including a radio Tx, I thought they would be worth the risk.
They are amazing lights! Powerful, perfect colour. I was a bit suspicious of how many flashes they would do on one charge, so I tested them. At full power, I got sick of testing at 600 flashes and they were still cycling within 4 seconds.
I used them at a large event recently, and because they flash so fast (1/25,000th of a second!!), 90% of the people didn't even realise the flash even went off!
Best bargain I ever bought.

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Don't take photos of people facing the sun, unless they are wearing sunglasses. Their eyes will scrunch up because the light.
If your flash can't light up their faces with the sun behind them, then turn them at an angle to the sun so they can fully open their eyes, even if for only a short time (a second or 2), so you can get a good shot.
Don't forget, in portraits, the eyes are EVERYTHING.
A reflector is a godsend for these conditions, and depending on the strength and harshness of the light, can also be used in combination with your flash.
Don't be afraid to turn your flash up either, as you may need all it's got to overpower the sun. It's good if you can overpower the sun, as the background will look darker and hence the people will pop out of the shot rather than blend into a bright background.

Don't be afraid to play around with the flash and reflector, and if you can, pick a nice overcast day.

I could go about this for hours.
Most of my work at events is in darkness, which brings other problems to the fore, but I've done a lot of work outside too.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:38:54 AM »
I feel sorry for Nikon owners.
It doesn't matter what model they buy, even when first released, as a few months down the track, Nikon will bring out a new and improved version of it making your current model obsolete and now worth substantially less than it cost you. Remember the D600 then the 610?
Canon does hang onto models much longer, and hence they have better re-sale value later on as say, after 3 years, your Canon may be just superseded, but if you had an equivalent Nikon, it would be 3 models old and practically worthless.

I'm not saying that Nikon cameras are no good, in fact, they are very good indeed, but constant model updates is not how you keep up the perceived and resale value of products.
It also makes it more difficult regarding spare parts too, as many models mean lots of parts and distributors only have so much space and money for parts.

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Looks pretty good for a cheap lens.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 17, 2014, 07:23:18 PM »
It's available here.

http://www.digidirect.com.au/camera_lenses/canon/wide_angle_zoom/canon_ef_16-35mm_f4l_is_usm

I was in one of their stores on Monday and saw it on display.

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It's available here

http://www.digidirect.com.au/camera_lenses/canon/wide_angle_zoom/canon_ef_16-35mm_f4l_is_usm

I was in one of their stores on Monday and saw it on display.
Shame, I bought a 16-35 F2.8 in January.
Mind you, I haven't needed IS with this lens.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:52:30 PM »
It's already on sale in Australia.
Has been for a 2 weeks or so.

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Lenses / Re: When does the 16-35/f4L IS arrive?
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:08:25 AM »
Already on sale in Australia at A$1499.

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Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 14, 2014, 09:59:41 PM »
I do a lot of work at big building sites with lots of dust and dirt, and I use an Acratech GP ballhead.
If it gets covered in mud, which does happen occasionally, I just run it under a water tap to clean it. No need to lubricate it at all.
Had it for a few years and it has never let me down once.
It locks on really well and the gimball feature comes in handy for my fun photography.
It's very light in weight, yet holds my gripped 5D3 with 100-400 lens and even a converter sometimes, and it's steady as a rock, yet easy to adjust.
To me, it's a real work of design art too and I've had many comments about it from other photographers who may not have ever seen one in Australia.
You can also turn it into a levelling head which is really handy for panos. Saves carrying around an extra leveller.

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The 60D is a great camera.
I bought mine when they first came out and it's given me excellent service for 3 years or so.

Image quality is very good and having the small LCD screen on the top deck is very worthwhile having.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EDC gear
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:29:55 PM »
I often have my 5D3 with me, but for when I don't, I use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone.
I used to carry a small camera around with me (a G1X), but my phone does a reasonable job, as long as you don't want to blow the pictures up too much.

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