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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you wide-screen frame/crop?
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:31:35 AM »
I only think about widescreen cropping when I'm making a timelapse movie.  Otherwise, I just crop as each picture demands.  Lately, I've been doing more panoramas, but even then I haven't settled on a standard crop size, but I do like around 2:1, which isn't that far off from 16:9.  Hmmm, you've got me thinking for the next one.

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Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:22:21 AM »
I'm another who keeps everything - so 100%  :)

On a more serious note, I'll end up showing / submitting into competitions around 30 photos each year.  I take 20 - 30,000 photos each year.  So my real keeper rate is around 1 in 1000.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Classic Good Enough for Pros?
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:02:30 AM »
You're right, by slight, I'm more referring to the original 5D and the 1Ds Mkii - especially at higher ISOs.  I haven't used a 6D, but the large number of people suggesting that it currently has the best overall image quality of all Canon bodies puts it is in a total different league.  A 6D vs 7D decision is probably the classic example of what I was inferring - two very different cameras designed for totally different uses.

A 1Diii would be an interesting option.  There's even the new 11-24mm to provide more wide angle problems.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Classic Good Enough for Pros?
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:10:23 AM »
I remember the excitement when the 7D first came out.  For a long time, it was THE camera to buy with the best video features and the AF and build quality was as good as it got.  Its a little sad to read some of the comments above, which clearly indicate that time and technological advances wait for no one.

To the OP, it is easy to say that a 1DX, 5Diii and 7Dii are better cameras.  But I assume you are asking due to budget constraints?  In the 7D price range, you are probably comparing it to a used 5D/5Dii, 1Ds Mkii, maybe a new 70D, 6D etc.  In which case it is the ruggedness and speed of the 7D vs slightly better image quality of the FF cameras vs the benefits of buying a new 70D (which is also meant to be a good camera). The answer comes back to what features you value most, the subjects that you shoot and the environment in which you do it. 

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Canon General / Re: Decline in DSLR sales explained
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:03:48 PM »
How have SLRs/DSLRs adavanced in the last fifty years?....ummmmm??...... I can come up with the introduction of autofocus and the convenience of digital image capture.  I'm sure there must be others, but its not like the camera companies are really pushing the boundaries of new ideas.  The really important question is - do they have to?  In my opinion, no.  Until five years ago, if you wanted to take high IQ photos, you had one choice - the DSLR.  Now, there are several options and the enthusiasts and professionals that are left buying DSLRs are people who are serious and interested in that format.  I don't see that as a bad thing.


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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 15, 2015, 01:30:30 AM »
Back to the topic.  I'm looking forward to more visual samples that illustrate the points that are being made.  Looking for another REALLY good book suggestion cause two will get me free shipping on Amazon. 
Hi Jack, just want to say that I'm learning a lot from everyone's opinion and perspective too.  This is my favourite resource for wildlife photography ideas, examples and inspiration: -

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/wpy/index.html

Spending a bit of time learning to navigate the gallery rewards you with some exceptional wildlife photography.  There is also a book produced each year highlighting the winning images which most libraries would hold.  Sitting back and working out why each image "works" is a worthwhile exercise.

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EOS-M / Re: Poll: Would you have bought the M3? (North America)
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:10:46 AM »
The lack of native lenses is a real turn off for me.  If I wanted "small" and wanted to stick with Canon, I'd choose the 100D.

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EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:50:44 PM »
I can only assume that Canon USA suffered a large loss with the original EOS M and with the tightening of the camera market are reluctant to take many risks.  And the segmentation of Eos-M sales is interesting - massively popular in Japan and much of Asia and Australia, not so popular elsewhere.  (mirroring mirrorless sales overall.) 

Don't take that as being anti-North American.  Canon USA would be looking at their previous Eos M sales along with sales data (or lack of sales...data) from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji etc.  They'd be checking the RRP and seeing where it sits with the competitors, plus comparing the systems - and the native Eos M system (lenses, flashes etc) is very limited in comparison.  The only thing really working in Canon favour is their market dominance and their ability to "encourage" camera shops, department stores and other retailers to stock and push the camera.  But I can sympathise with Canon USA who might feel that the M3 isn't enough of improvement to shift large numbers of buyers to offset the costs of stocking and efforts promoting it.  This probably says more about the research conducted by and sensibility of many North American buyers than anything else.

Its a pity, because this looks like a nice camera.  Reviewing the specs, it doesn't seem to be lacking anything and has a lot going for it.  I suspect it will be massively popular throughout most of the world and will help Canon with their recently announced goal of becoming number 1 in mirrorless sales.

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Lenses / Re: An EF-M f/1.2 Lens?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:06:31 PM »
Most likely its a 50 / 1.2 with adapter.

Given Canon's reluctance to introduce lenses for the Eos-M, I wouldn't hold my breath for anything too high end.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: February 01, 2015, 09:25:36 PM »
I'm still toting a 12mp X100 and a 16mp 1Ds MkII.  Never thought there was anything wrong with them...until now.  Is this what they call pixel envy?

Re Eos M - I assume you all know that is a high selling, successful camera worldwide?  In most placed, the Eos-M outsells all Fuji mirrorless cameras combined and gives Canon a middle ranking in the mirrorless market share.  In Japan, one Eos M is sold for every three Sony cameras (with their extensive range).  We might see problems, but Canon sees a worldwide hit (ignoring that country between Mexico and Canada).  I tend to believe Canon's claim that they will be number one in mirrorless by 2017.

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Photography Technique / Re: Macro at garden
« on: February 01, 2015, 01:40:19 AM »
Check out a device called the "Plamp".  It is a clamp for holding plants still.

Where I am, shooting just after dawn helps as there tends to be less wind than later in the day.

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Canon General / Re: Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:52:41 PM »
Another option would be a case (such as a partial underwater housing) where the shutter release button is moved to the left hand side and connected via a cable to the remote shutter release terminal.  You'd only have enough plastic to ergonomically mount the shutter button and gears, knobs and levers to access the buttons on the right hand side.  Building this around a simpler DSLR would simplify the design.

Before I retired, I was asked if I knew where I could find a left handed phone...
Being right handed, you don't really appreciate the number of things designed for right handed use. 

Drive in Australia and you can change gears in your Corolla with your left hand.
I understand the historical reasons, but I never saw the point of LHD cars.  Wouldn't it be safer for most people to hold onto the steering wheel with their right hand and change gears with their left hand?  But I suspect this follows a lot of comments from the left handers - you get used to using the equipment you have.  (And, in totally unrelated news, I picked up a 1997 NA MX5 last week.)

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Interesting read.  If you ignore the whole "you must shoot in the Nat Geography School of Photography" style for your photos to be worthwhile, there's not much to disagree with: -

1.  DxOMark is just one of many factors to consider when choosing a camera.  And if you shoot Fuji or Canon, you are best off just ignoring it.

2.  How many of us have spent time and money on photography software only to come back to LR + PS?  Still, I do like my Silver Efex, Color Efex, Pictures to Exe etc etc.

3.  Personally, I'm starting to prefer photostacking to using the smallest possible apertures, but that might also just be saying something about my lenses.  But as anyone who shoots the occasional macro photo knows, diffraction isn't as bad as what many people believe.

4.  Your views on HDR probably align with your views on whether Nat Geo/documentary style of photography is the only permissible style or whether you think that one day, maybe one day not too far away, photography might become a legitimate art form in its own right.  OK, "art" might be pushing it.  Perhaps "craft".

5.  Not smart enough to fully understand The Matrix, but the fact that we're not all toting 1Dx's with 600/4 lenses and many of us seem to get by ok suggests that learning to use your current gear to the fullest is enough.  As Bob the Builder says, "Don't go blaming your toolbox".

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Using a phone, it's difficult to take a good photo of your children in a dimly lit theatre or playing football, netball, cricket, basketball etc etc. Not saying it can't be done, but a DSLR or most recent mirrorless cameras will give you a consistently better result.  People will continue to pay for that. 

It is for the same reason that I suspect the SX520 is the most popular Canon camera on Amazon - it has a  42x Optical Zoom that would be very enticing to lot of people taking photos in the grandstands.  A decent zoom is lacking in camera phones - with most having about a 30mm lens (in 35mm eq.).  I've no stats to base this on, but I wouldn't be surprised if most first time DSLR buyers are moving up from such a camera when they start desiring better AF or low light performance.  Not that they are necessarily bad.  My sister had a SX50HS and it is a nice little camera to use.

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