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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon Official Retailer VS Parallel import
« on: August 30, 2012, 06:45:41 AM »
Hi I am looking to buy a 5Diii so just a quick question on retailers
So the official Canon retailer sells the body in NZ for 5100 and the guy that parallel import sells it for 4450
This is all crazy since it sells for 2750 Aus as a parallel import ?

Anyway so what is the real difference in the box ? The guy in the Canon store told me is that it is not a NewZealand guarantee and they cannot guarantee where the camera comes from? But what is the difference of the shiny new camera in the box is what i want to know? Or is it all about the after sales support ? I mean e-bay, Amazon all sells them ?

Animal Kingdom / How much time do you spend in post ?
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:14:20 AM »
I just want a general indication of how much time you spend in Post? I normally shoot outdoors and it varies from sports and events to wildlife and landscapes. It is my hobby and I do tend to take it too serious some days getting way too technical, but at the end of the day it is a release from my day job. I do not shoot commercially or weddings for people. Now I watch and read  a lot of training tutorials on gear, technique and interesting bits and lately I have been getting to grips with lightroom4 and that brings me to my question. I never spend more than five minutes on a image. I like to say what you see is what I shot. I might make the sky a bit more  blue and I might play around with HDR a bit, but at most I will use PhotoShop or something to remove an item from an image that is normally not there in the first place, e.g. that piece of litter that otherwise should not be there, but I missed when I composed the shot. In Lightroom I basically fix my exposure, Crop it, insert the lens corrections, meta data and if I really have noting to do I try and figure out what the other buttons do. The map section is quite handy now.
When I look at some people's photo's I always wonder how much time they spend in Post on an image? To me unless you do it Commercially I would like a little tag on the picture that could indicate the picture was a trashcan, but after 40 hours in post it is now a rose!

I would just like to get some other views especially of people who are just shooting as a hobby. How much time do you spend in Post ?  ???

Lenses / Lytro - the light field camera
« on: March 04, 2012, 11:50:08 PM »

Has anyone seen this ? It looks to be pretty awesome technology.  Quote from their page "Recording light fields requires an innovative, entirely new kind of sensor called a light field sensor. The light field sensor captures the color, intensity and vector direction of the rays of light. This directional information is completely lost with traditional camera sensors, which simply add up all the light rays and record them as a single amount of light. "
You can basically change the focus in the picture after you have taken the Shot.  :o

Landscape / Earth
« on: January 26, 2012, 08:53:17 PM »

Lenses / Canon 16-35mm L II Usm
« on: October 25, 2011, 01:24:59 PM »
Has anyone got some insights into this lens. I am looking to order the item and i am reading conflicting articles and reviews. Newer articles seem to have better reviews. I am just looking to get some wide angles without going down to a 10 mm UW?
Thx :) :) ;) :D

Software & Accessories / Manfrotto 393 Gimbal
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:24:00 AM »
I am pondering ordering the Manfrotto 393 gimbal from B&H. I had a good long look at Gimbal options and like the Induro and Wimberley, but just cannot justify the cost. I have good Canon gear and the cost is not so much the issue as I am not out in nature every weekend to justify the mega bucks for these two.
What I want to know is if anyone is using the Manfrotto 393. Reading reviews seem to indicate it is a solid Gimbal , but the mount looks to be a bit dodgy and I worry the side arms will have vibrations.  One thing about Manfrotto is that you easily find parts.

Thanks for your comments

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