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I've just got home from an amazing experience in Krabi.  The only thing I don't like is during our second day of snorkeling, the G11 with casing got very hot due to sunand when submerged in cool water, suddenly there's some water condensation near the lens.  During our first day this didn't happen because the sun isn't too hot.  Can somebody give some good techniques on how to avoid this? I was frustrated because I can't take any pictures anymore and I hate bringing out my 6D because I'm afraid it will get wet with sea water.  I was thinking of stuffing silica gels inside the housing.  Will this help?

Photography Technique / Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: March 31, 2014, 02:12:51 AM »

I'm thinking of bringing just 2 or 3 lens along with my 6D.  Initially, I've thought of just bringing the 24-105L + 50mm F1.8.  I want to be as light as possible.  Last time I went to Langkawi, I brought the 17-40, 28mm and 50mm but found a little bit wanting more length.  Side note, wife is bringing a G11 with underwater case...

Canon 24-105L F4
Canon 17-40L F4
Canon 28mm F1.8
Canon 50mm F1.8 II
Canon 100mm F2.8 (macro)
Canon 70-300L
Canon 70-200L F4


It's now available.  It's time to get a Samyang 14mm.   The good thing is it's cheap!  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon D4S IQ
« on: February 26, 2014, 01:06:24 AM »
Posted from Nikonrumors...

It seems D4S is now a worthy competitor to 1DX.

Third Party Manufacturers / Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: October 20, 2013, 11:20:48 PM »
From Nikonrumors:

Some additional specifications of the upcoming full frame retro styled Nikon digital camera:

    Standard F-mount
    Pentaprism viewfinder (meaning the camera will not be mirrorless)

    The camera will meter even with non-AI lenses down to full aperture
    The camera will ship with a new special edition Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens to match the look/design of the body
    The camera will have physical controls and excellent build quality (which explains the 765g weight)
    Expeed 3 processor
    Same sensor as in the Nikon D4
    Nikon calls it a "hybrid" camera - not sure what exactly they mean with that
    The announcement most likely will take place in the next 1-3 weeks

When are we going to see something similar from Canon?  I'm hoping for a digital AE-1.  It'll be truly amazing.  I'd gladly trade my new 6D for something like this even if it only has an AF similar to 60D and a 1DX sensor for a price between 6D and 5D3.

Third Party Manufacturers / Canon + phone manufacturer collaboration
« on: September 15, 2013, 12:43:14 AM »
Anybody knows if Canon + phone manufacturer collaboration?  I'd be happy to have a smartphone with 1/1.7 camera sensor, full manual exposure, 3X to 5X zoom and shoots RAW.  That'd be awesome.  I just hope they'll be able to maintain the size of an IPhone (though I don't mind the size of a Samsung Note).  S120 + IPhone features? Possible?

Portrait / Pre-Nuptial Pictures
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:04:50 AM »
Just got some pre-nuptial photography for a friend last week.  :D  All photos are taken with my good old Canon 500D + 50mm F1.8 and 55-250mm IS.  Processed in LR 3.6.

Third Party Manufacturers / DigiEye CPL filters
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:20:41 AM »
Anybody got experience with this brand?  I've used one and found it seems it loses more light than Hoya HD.  Aside from that, I didn't notice any color cast so far.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Lenstip review
« on: June 29, 2013, 10:35:40 AM »
Just for those interested, here's Lenstip's review on the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens.  Fascinating lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Samsung Galaxy Camera: Smartphone + real Camera
« on: December 20, 2012, 08:48:43 PM »
I was just amazed at the current innovation.  This is a real camera/phone that photographers should be happy about.  It may not be complete yet (not yet fully a smartphone, can't make voice calls) but it's sure a good start.  I just hope they increase the camera sensor size to at least 1/1.7 with the next iteration.  As of now, some dslr-like functionality (full manual control on ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed) are already incorporated in it.  It's lens is a 23mm equivalent on a 35mm camera though max aperture is 2.8.  I hope they increase it to 1.8.

Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon Sales Rising
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:59:56 AM »
Apparently, Nikon sales is rising.

Do we have any figures on Canon's sales?  I know Nikon market share is still below that of Canon but I hope Canon do something with it not only on the marketing side but also on the technology side.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DS3 or 5D3 or 5D2 or 6D?
« on: October 15, 2012, 02:29:46 AM »
One friend of mine is offering his 1DS3 at around $2K.  Shutter count at around 35K.  Should I take the bait or get something else or wait for the vaunted 6D?  I admit, it is very, very tempting...  I haven't used any FF so I need your help experts.  Intended use will be mainly for landscapes, macros and portraits.  Sports usage will be minimal.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D2 + 17-40mm or 500D + 10-22mm?
« on: October 07, 2012, 10:54:37 PM »
Just recently, I'm thinking of buying a 17-40mm L lens.  I intend to upgrade to either 5D2 or 6D after sometime.  My question is, is it really better than just having an APS-C + 10-22mm lens?  This will be used for landscape photography.  I'm also into macro photography but perfectly happy with a 500D + 100mm F2.8 USM lens.  Should I just forget going FF and go for APS-C?  I'm confused because I really love both macro and landscape photography.  I'm planning to complete the set by next year March since summer starts in my place during that month.

Macro / Macro Point and Shoots
« on: September 18, 2012, 02:16:01 AM »
Admittedly, DSLRs with dedicated macro lenses are the best way to do Macro.  However, they're not the only way to get beautiful Macro pictures.  I've got G11 and it's Macro can get me as near as I can.  Do not let your camera limit your creativity.

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