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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:21:28 AM »
$2499 is $2250 without tax convert it to USD based on 0.90 exchange rate is $2025, so it's still up but not too terrible. Canon Australia has actually been pricing better in recent times, but new products are over priced and there will always be an early adopter fee.
Anyway it will be interesting to see how it goes I suspect a lot of my birding friends will pick it up.

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:30:11 AM »
Can't wait to see wildlife samples from this

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:49:59 AM »
Really interested about the 400 DO, it is certainly a newer technology Canon are pushing so I am excited to see where they are taking it. The new samyang fisheye should be pretty great to.

I was really hoping for a 35 1.4 refresh

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:43:48 AM »
Glad to see the trip went well and the choice of gear:)

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:23:28 AM »
I am really interested to see how this lens performs. Canon seems keen on the DO technology so it will be really interesting to see what improvements they have made over time. I don't think this lens will fill the niche between the stand teles and the big whites, I expect it will be priced with the rest of the big whites.
I hope this lens can shake the DO stigma as from what I can tell a major drawback of the previous DO lens is it's depreciation compared to the other super teles.

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:35:45 AM »
Ahh enjoy my multiple daikin's heating the house at the moment, a house designed purely around cooling gets pretty cold in our winters. And I should say this is Australia cold ie it got down to 20 degrees today (68F) 10 degree evenings (50F)

Anyway, I have a cheap travel tripod I see no point spending a lot of money on something that gets beaten around so much.
I use cheap reflectors, they seem to always be on sale at the photo shops and work just fine.

Outside of that I am much more about buying something that will last

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:20:30 AM »
My bag was well overweight we were fortunate that joburg airport was in such shambles no one paid much attention to bag weight. My normal tips still apply, a discrete bag and don't look like its heavy and always try to be in a good mood, nothing worse than looking like a grump and upsetting airport staff.

But like eml58 over various trips everything electronic and checked has been stolen from checked luggage including cameras and laptops. Also stolen by various other staff includes cash, wallets and pens.

I love Africa and I miss living there but it's ruined by crime. So good insurance is a must for any travel there.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:28:31 AM »
I am in a humid climate and I use a dry cabinet, some of the gear I keep in there is not used a lot, like binoculars, so it's a good investment. Mine has a humidity gauge which is good to keep an eye on how it's going.
Also it really depends on what you call humid, I know folks who consider rain once a month humid. If you get consecutive days over 70% and weeks of rain I see humidity as an issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 05, 2014, 03:58:53 AM »
It was raining in the matches today or prior, but what I found interesting was what looked someone shooting with a sx50hs on a monopod. Seems like an odd camera for a pro at a night game

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:05:19 AM »
You shouldn't be afraid of Internet forum trolls, I like to think of them as holes in your favourite pair of pants, but what are you going to do? Not wear your pants? C'mon son.

Anyway back in topic, if I was a Nikon shooter I would be annoyed at so many incremental updates to their cameras as in certain cases I would feel I have to upgrade ie an oil splattering d600 to a d610

This upgrade looks like a good upgrade to the d800 I just wonder how long Nikon is planning to keep this model before a new upgrade or if this is the peak of the d800 series.

And I hope everyone on the forums likes my pictures, I share them because I enjoy them and hope to use criticism to improve my photography:)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:35:36 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:29:58 AM »
Currently trying to learn to expose images properly. And i needs to be said i often get strange looks while i am photographing birds. But on this occasion i was fortunate that there was someone walking a cat in the park that took the attention off me...

Australia Wood Duck - Male in foreground

Australian-Wood-Duck by Synkka~, on Flickr

Purple swamphen

Purple-Swamp-Hen by Synkka~, on Flickr

All good lots of missed points haha :)

Yes I understand around canon and they certainly get a lot of sales from their legacy.

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:32:24 AM »
Thanks for kind words, I think I have improved my photography since then so I can't wait to go back and try harder.

We never had any wildlife approach our vehicle, but 100mm would get you portraits if they did. Some drivers will go very close to the wildlife. The closest we got was the lion cubs and by keeping our distance we got to see the beautiful natural behaviour. A driver came in front of us at one point and the lions all turned around, fortunately the drivers passengers got bored so they left and we got to watch again.

500-600mm should get you some lovely shots, when I go again I will be taking FF and 300 2.8 plus extenders, in a budget I love my 70-300L it was a great choice, on FF I think the high ISO makes up for the loss of reach. If you get a good quality 100-400 I think that's a good option too, but my 70-300 has seemed sharper than any 100-400 I have seen.

Sanj would have better knowledge of wildlife photography than myself, but I have always thought that you can still get wonderful shots with longer focal lengths at short distances. I love seeing close up portraits of elephants eyes they have so much character. Anyway don't always let a focal length dictate how you have to frame a shot.

It's low noise is impressive and hd video but the amount of users who need those features more than what they will get from the A7R will be small

I'd speculate you're dead wrong with this assessment - there are lots of people who buy the more expensive 5d3 because of the "5d2 video legend" legacy and because it has good video in a dslr even for lower light. And the 5d3 hasn't got 4k (i.e. crop stills in decent resolution from video). The old-school dslr capability with an optical viewfinder and no swivel screen might appeal to some, but for people who mostly do video it's a hindrance.

My point was the A7R will take sales from the A7S, sorry I am a bit confused by your point. Are you saying the A7R has a good video legacy so more people will upgrade to the A7S?

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