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PowerShot / Re: Official: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:19:08 AM »
DP-Review have posted their first impressions: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-powershot-g7-x

Thanks for sharing.  If video quality matches the RX100's, then I might be doing a swap.

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PowerShot / Re: Official: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:30:56 AM »
I think I'm more excited about this little camera than the 7DII.

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Looks impressive but it will be hard for me to give up the compactness of my RX100II for it.

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Would you believe me if I told you I was from Melbourne, Australia?  I hope my name didn't give it away  ;D

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Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:37:05 AM »
I have 13 lenses (will be 14 soon, deciding between the 16-35/4L IS and TS-E 17/4L), and two TCs.

Off topic but the last lens I bought was the TS-E 17/4L and the next lens will will be the 16-35/4L IS (good for me, for different purposes).  Will sell the 16-35/2.8II as I don't use 2.8 except at 35 but I have the Sigma 35 Art for that now. 

ps my lens cases sit in boxes too.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 29, 2014, 09:01:48 AM »
Two things:

Firstly, I believe Apple plans to ensure Aperture will work with Yosemite so there is no immediate need to switch and everything you can currently do you can continue to do.

Secondly, here is a good article that gives an optimistic outlook to what is going to happen: https://www.apertureexpert.com/tips/2014/6/27/aperture-dead-long-live-photos?utm_source=ApertureExpert+List&utm_campaign=c1ff07a87b-ApertureExpert+Newsletter+33&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ee6b582cde-c1ff07a87b-326426797&ct=t()&goal=0_ee6b582cde-c1ff07a87b-326426797&mc_cid=c1ff07a87b&mc_eid=74702e67a7#.U6-9gxaUkVT

Encouraging.  I can't see the new app 'Photos' ever being a professional level application but the idea of it being a library that other applications can access/plugin to, seems to make sense.

What doesn't make sense, is why would Apple discontinue a pro app like Aperture (photography) but continue pro apps like Final Cut X (movie editing) and Logic Pro X (audio)?

Maybe Photos will be that good (one day)?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 28, 2014, 03:54:54 AM »
This comes as a disspointment to me.  Only yesterday (while working on Aperture) I was telling a colleague that either Apple will drop Aperture completely or come out with a killer update with possible layers (yeah, I was dreaming) as well as lens correction etc.. to blow the competition away.  Unfortunately, the former is true.

Now, like many others, I will have to look at moving lots of libraries over to new software although I am not unfamilar with Lightroom and have still occassionaly used it . I began with it years ago but decided to switch my entire workflow to Aperture when v3 was released.

I’ve also used the Canon software but haven’t looked at the new release.  I also might consider Capture One as a few of you have mentioned on here.

If Apple comes through with the promise of helping everyone transition to Lightroom (via software I assume), that might help with my decision making, although I would like to see it in action before I make the big move.

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Created this for promotional purposes recently and thought it might be appropriate as my new avatar too.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographs in the "Blue Hour"
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:28:39 AM »
I read this thread last night and as I was riding home tonight I saw this scene and thought I must stop and take a photo specifically to post.  So I pulled out the only camera I had handy in my bag (Sony RX100II) to take this shot.

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Street & City / White Night in Melbourne with a 40mm Pancake (on a 5DIII)
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:03:45 AM »
Hi fellow members,

On Saturday night we had the White Night festival here in Melbourne and boy was it busy.  Half a million people came into town to see it and I've never seen so many DSLR's and photographers in one location!  My intention wasn't to go in fully equipped with gear but instead pass by on my way home from a card night.  I was on a bicycle so I wanted to travel light and my ideal lens selection may have been my new sigma 35art but after a couple of minutes deliberating, I decided on the 40mm pancake. Easy.
Any other CR members there too?, post your pics.
http://www.freelancephotographermelbourne.com.au/Events/WhiteNight/

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Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:03:53 AM »
The point of owning an RX100 is its "pocketability"; that's not to say that the G1X II won't fit in a pocket, just that the size of the pocket will need to be larger. The G1X II is actually larger than the full frame RX1 in most dimensions, though it is slightly shallower over the lens (the body itself is a bit chunkier).

Yeah for me I always use a DSLR unless I need something truly pocketable. I don't personally see the point of something half-way, if it's not truly, utterly pocketable it won't get used since I'd be using either something pocketable or a DSLR.

So for me it's RX100 II + DSLRs.

Me too.  I bought the 100D/SL1 thinking I could use it as a 'pocketable' to my DSLR's but when I used and tested a RX100II, I bought two (one for a wedding gift) and sold the 100D/SL1 (and my Lumix LX3).  Now 'pocketable' is a very loose term and even the RX100II doesn't fit in my jean pocket but it does fit in my man bag without taking up all the space that the 100D did.

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Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 24, 2013, 06:59:59 AM »
You will not argue with Nuro. The scientist of this forum. :) Respect!

there are others....

Certainly not me...

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Site Information / Re: The 10 Commandments of CR
« on: August 24, 2013, 06:59:17 AM »
You shalt stay up late for an imminent announcement of a new xD series camera and bitch long afterwards that it can't also make a coffee.

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Video & Movie / Hawaii and my new Canon 100D
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:42:52 AM »
I recently bought the Canon 100D and thought I'd share my experience with it so far with my fellow CR friends.

I justified buying this camera as it could serve as both a holiday camera and a backup to my 5D's. However it's become my favourite go to camera for all my shooting bar professional gigs.  It's light, it's compact and it's so cute.  The controls are so easy, it has a dedicated iso button, I'm getting to love the touch screen and I don't feel precious about it - I just throw it in my bag and take it anywhere.  Having recently sold my 7D, it's also given me back the crop factor and the variety in focal length to all my lenses.  Chuck on the 40 pancake and you could pretend it was a pocket camera. It really is like a new born baby, that I just want to keep close and hold all the time :D

Here's some of what I got up to in Hawaii with the camera - time lapse together with some of the in camera miniature effect (also, a very small amount of GoPro video from the red mustang convertible we hired - that's exciting for an aussie).

http://youtu.be/FcEaTP77nLM

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 31, 2013, 11:03:26 PM »
Not sure if anyone has asked this before (I haven't read through the entire thread) but as I understand it, you can upload your photos and allow people to purchase prints at various sizes and Smugmug will print them and send them to your clients while you set the prices and markups.

I live in Australia and have used PhotoBox which is a similar service (correct me if I'm wrong).  The problem with PhotoBox is that it's in the UK and clients have to purchase in Pounds.  I understand that some clients are not totally comfortable with the fact that the prints are coming all the way from the UK and the conversion rate thing.

Where does SmugMug print and deliver from?  Do they offer other currency options for purchasing?

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