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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).

Small | Large

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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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Canon General / Re: fair compensation?
« on: July 11, 2013, 06:48:07 PM »
We had a reporter from a local paper come to do a story on a local issue in our street which concerned us.  The reporter came on a Sunday and he told us that the photographers don't work on Sundays.  I said I could take some photos as the story could get more coverage with a photo.  He agreed but informed me that they could not offer me money for it and I said that's ok, as long as I get my name listed under the photo.  He said, yes for sure.  But they forgot to list my name.  Rrrrrrrrrr.  He apologised profusely but I was so upset for so many days.

@melbournite   That sucks!  I would be furious too!  But you've given me an idea.  Occasionally I give photos to local non-profits, publications, etc. and always require photo credit.  They've always complied, but I'm sure it won't be long before  a "mistake" occurs.  So I think I'll add a line in my permissions that says something like, "Failure to add photo credit will result in a charge of $5000.  This charge in no way transfers image rights."

Good idea Jeremy and thanks for sharing.  I will consider that myself for next time.

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Canon General / Re: fair compensation?
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:57:12 AM »
We had a reporter from a local paper come to do a story on a local issue in our street which concerned us.  The reporter came on a Sunday and he told us that the photographers don't work on Sundays.  I said I could take some photos as the story could get more coverage with a photo.  He agreed but informed me that they could not offer me money for it and I said that's ok, as long as I get my name listed under the photo.  He said, yes for sure.  But they forgot to list my name.  Rrrrrrrrrr.  He apologised profusely but I was so upset for so many days.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Mentioned [CR1]
« on: June 25, 2013, 05:06:09 AM »
Too late!  Look what I bought today... my first non Canon.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / My new baby
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:30:03 AM »
That's it, the one on the right. My new 100D/SL1

I couldn't help myself.  My intentions were to buy this sometime further down the track when the price dropped and Canon released more pancake lenses to make this truly compact.  But I'm heading to Hawaii with the family next month and it is the end of financial year here in Australia so I've justified myself to a little treat and tax ride off.

I've only had this for a few hours but I'm really impressed with how intuitive it is - no need to read the manual, dedicated iso button, touch screen and being able to turn the top dial without the lcd screen going to black (what is it with the 5D III doing that?).  Coming from a 5D background I wasn't expecting much on auto focus speed but wow, it's up there.  Video auto focus works quite well when your not chasing a 4 year old. 

I love it's size, it's so cute, I think I'm going to take it to bed tonight :D


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Lucky I didn't buy one of those  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« on: June 17, 2013, 06:57:57 AM »

I still think the missing piece for the SL1 is the wide angle pancake.  The pocketability of that camera lives or dies with a tiny lens (as it does the EOS-M), so pancakes are vital.  But the EF 40mm pancake scales to 64mm FF equivalent on a crop, which is functional for portraits but too long for general walkaround, IMHO.

So the missing piece is what they do offer for the EF-M mount but not for the EF-S mount: a 22mm pancake.  That scales to 35mm, and then you have a truly high-end compact 2nd camera.

- A
I very much agree with this. That would be a perfect setup. I have been thinking back and forth around the M or the 100D. An EF-S 22mm would be the deciding factor to me. I love the 35L on my 5D3 and this would be a nice light weight version of that.

I agree too.  If the EF-s 22mm pancake was available, I would go out and buy that and the SL-1/100D tomorrow.  In fact I'm probably going to buy it anyway but it would make my decision quicker and easier.  Come on Canon, bring on the pancake family!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patents: New 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Lenses
« on: June 11, 2013, 08:26:37 AM »
Yummy, yummy, yummy

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I thought my fellow canon rumor buddies may be interested in this article I just read...
http://www.technewsdaily.com/18220-graphene-imagining-sensor-takes-clear-pictures.html

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rear AF button
« on: May 27, 2013, 09:25:42 AM »
I used it for a few days when neuro once suggested to try it.  It wasn't long enough for me because I went running back to the shutter on my next paid job.  I am getting inspired to try it again though via all your comments.

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