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Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Playing For Change
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:05:44 PM »
Great shots Domino!  Love the low key Grandpa Elliott image.  I was lucky enough to see the band last year when they were the support act to Robert Plant's tour here with his Sensational Space Shifters.  Playing For Change were a pleasant surprise with great voices and song choices.  I really like the concept behind the band and the way they get the crowd going.  I won't say that Robert Plant was a disappointment on the night but I'd seen an epic Springsteen concert 4 days earlier and his performance was a lot more subdued.     

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:29:01 AM »
I'm still a long way from peaking.  As long as there are new skills to learn, new places to visit and lots of creative people to draw inspiration from I don't think I'll ever peak :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:11:50 AM »
As others have said, I'd stay with what you have:)

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:50:56 AM »
My favorite motorsport event is Formula One



Wow, quite an interesting photo!  Hope he was ok?

Ralf Schumacher was fine after that spectacular crash in Melbourne.  Martin Brundle's accident in 1996 stood out for a number of reasons.  It was the first Australian Grand Prix in held Melbourne for World Championship points but it was also the first test of the new safety measures introduced after Senna's crash.  There was nothing left of the car but Brundle walked (ran) away bruise free and was able to restart in the spare car.



If you haven't seen it look for a documentary from 2013 called 1.  It covers the 60s through to the 80s when F1 had some of it's most charismatic drivers but the sport was at it deadliest.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:18:24 AM »
I think the new camera sounds ace and I want one but I'm a bit miffed at the price here in the UK. at current exchange rates the US price of 1800$ works out at about £1100 and the European price of 1700 euros at about £1350. Yet we are to be charged £1600. Rip off Britain strikes again.

It's the same here in Oz.  I was hoping for a price of au$2000 based on the us$1799 price but it's being priced at au$2499.  Maybe we'll get the US pricing if we get rid of the Union Jack from our flag  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:09:18 AM »
I just sat through about 20 minutes of it. He is very biased, and when he can muster any compliments they are all backhanded in nature.  He makes a few points, but overall, it is like listening to nails on a chalkboard because he is so openly contemptuous. 

sek

Every frame in focus.....hmmm

Give it to Tony Northrup and I am sure he could bugger up the settings and drop that down to 60%

He is pretty much doing it now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpiZHZRDRbc

You did better than me.  I only lasted 4 minutes (and I want that time back!) and shut it when he started on the sensor (It has the same number of pixels and PDAF so it must be the 70D sensor).  I was looking for a 70-200 2.8 comparison the other day and found his (skipped through a lot of the 23 minutes) in which he was equally contemptuous of Canon. 23 minutes of rambling review and he glosses over AF performance saying he can't test it.  I wish I could find something positive to say about his reviews but...

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Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:04:02 PM »
I still get text ads on this site but I turned off the video plugin for this page in Chrome and no more auto running ads :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:30:37 AM »
It's very strange to me this is not exciting people. This is the highest-speced camera in the market and the highest-end crop body ever made.

the samsung NX1 has better specs if true.

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- 28 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor (ISOCELL tech)
 - DRIMe Image Signal Processor
 - ISO 100-51200
 - 15 fps with tracking.
- UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
 - Full HD up to 60p
- 3″ Tiltable AMOLED Touch Display
 - Water and dust proof
 - 154 cross sensors
 - Wi-Fi and NFC Connectivity
 - Magnesium Alloy, Weather-Sealed Body
 - Vertical grip available.
 - Will announce revolutionary PD system.
 - Slightly bigger body than NX30.
 - Body design matches with 16-50 F2.0-F2.8 lens.
 - Best high ISO performance and EVF among crop sensor bodies.
 - Available on the market in October (TBD)
 - Not retro design but similar with Mamiya?

Reminds me of a P&S I once bought that promised 10 fps, pity it ran out of buffer after 3 shots (small jpg) and turned whites into pinks.  Horrible camera that sounded good on paper but not in reality.  At least I know Canon generally delivers on it specs.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 12:03:17 AM »
Who cares? Every thread will be hijacked by people telling us our cameras are crap, even if we are happy with them they will try and tell us why we shouldn't be, even when we tell them we understand their point, and it is valid, they will still go on and on and on and on..........
serenity now!

I try, I truthfully try, but it is like a car accident, you really don't want to look as you drive by but for some morbid reason you can't stop yourself. Now they are saying you can't print a Canon file from any camera above 13" x 19", they honestly believe there is a 36% deficiency in Canon sensors, though how you can quantify that to 36% is a mystery, they are crazy, truthfully crazy. Don't they realise they sound like the crazy guy in the parking lot at the mall?

I think I am not going to log in for a few days.

but, but,  they are the facts!  ::)   I'm with you about not logging in for few days.  I think I'm gonna spend thems shooting Jack Daniels boxes - they're much more interesting than coke boxes ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:25:22 AM »
If was a suspicious person I'd say jakeymate was closely related to zigzagzoe, didn't he get banned, twice?

Yeah you're right and he sounds like my brother when he became a born again christian - 'I have found god and I need to preach the good word to you sinners'. ;D 

At the end of it all he's just another fanboy selectively choosing arguments (a rumored D750, add a battery grip to increase frame rate, ignoring AF specifics) to justify his purchase to anyone that wants to listen . And so far not one thing he's said proves the OPs original premise - that the 5Diii is 2 generations behind the D810.

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It's no different to any number of different products ie the manufacturers release product that may greater capability but it's detuned to perform reliably within its hardware specs.  You could always overclock a pc processor or flash a car engine chip to unleash more performance but at what effect on overall reliability?  Which is more ethical, releasing a reliable product or releasing something that has great capability but breaks down when you need it most?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:57:12 AM »
I got back from 2 weeks holiday in the snow last weekend and in that time I shot landscape, night landscape, astrophotography, low light/natural light portraits, product shots, macro, in camera HDR, sports, birds, changed from shooting night skiing to fireworks at the flick of a switch... but the 5D3 is crap and I really wish I had the new generation Nikon ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:42:24 AM »
I was planning to replace my 60D early next year and the 7Dii might be just the camera to replace it :D  depending on specs and price of course.

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I picked up this lens just before my recent holiday.  It's a great lens for the price :)

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:36:25 AM »
What do you think about this Ricciardo fella? The way he's been sticking it to to Vettel, he just might be my new favorite driver. As an American F1 fan, I found his reason for picking #3 to be quite endearing as well. It's not like there's an American to root for, because Rossi doesn't really count ;D

When he first got into F1 I thought he could be good because an average driver won't get through the Red Bull development program.  His young driver test in Abu Dhabi kinda proved that.  However I was expecting better results from him at Toro Rosso and he only just seemed to be holding his own against JEV.  This year has been a bit of a revelation and , regardless of low expectations, he has been the performer of the year and is definitely giving RB value for money.
http://www.news.com.au/sport/motorsport/sebastian-vettels-f1-salary-29-times-more-than-daniel-ricciardo-report/story-fnec578q-1227023032812



Funnily enough, a friend here, whose son raced against Courtney, Whincup and Winterbottom, thought Ricciardo was just a glorified pay driver when he started but has now changed his tune.   

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