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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: Today at 01:14:47 AM »
Here's a few I took a few days ago in my backyard, 3km from Sydney's CBD.
I used my 5D3 and 100-400L which is about 4 years old.
I'm thinking of updating,  but I don't know if I need to.

What do you guys think?

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:14:44 AM »
To be frank, I just want a great camera for what I normally do, and I would like more dr etc with my 5D3, and if their next model uses a Sony sensor, so what?

As long as the camera is good to use, makes great images and I can use my L lenses on it, I'll buy it, when I'm ready for a change.

Even IF Sony goes bust, I'm sure that Canon  or someone else will buy the sensor division and continue supply.
Buying some sensors from Sony could be a real advantage (Sony dr etc with Canon colours, lenses and ergonomics) and give Canon some breathing room to develop the next big thing in sensors.

I'm definitely going to buy one of Gary Fong's flash accessory kits on the weekend.
Wanted one for ages, but after reading the story, I'll put up with the whining from my wife.

Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 09, 2014, 02:07:11 AM »
I agree wholeheartedly with you Dak, but I must admit that I do enjoy doing PP on the pc.
However I was able to do almost the same stuff under an enlarger, using masks, cut-outs and adding and subtracting items, but it was a lot harder.

My first Slr ( NOT a Dslr) was an Exacta Varex of about 1959 vintage, which my father handed down to me when I was about 11.
It was still considered a very good camera in 1966!
It didn't have a built in light meter, so I had to use a handheld one, and after a while, I didn't need the light meter and developed an eye for exposure.
I still have this skill, and even with our wonderful electronic, computer controlled cameras, when you're working at a fast-paced event, the ability to jump from one lighting situation to another and be able to know what iso and exposure settings to use on the fly come in very handy.

I had a business where I employed a number of young who sat at a computer a lot of the day.
If they had a problem with their pc, they would call me ( the old fella) to come and have a look at it and call the IT guy to fix it.
I'd check it out, often open a dos window using short-cut keys and do whatever to get it going again.
These young kids, were usually shocked that I knew a lot more about computers than they did and on more than one occasion I was asked how an old guy like me knew so much about computers.
I just told them that it was my generation that invented them.

For video,  the 7D2 is better because of the dpaf, but the 5D3 is better for quality stills.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 07, 2014, 07:05:21 PM »
I do a number of weddings and events and have used the 5D3 since they were released.
Having the camera in my hand for 16 hours or so at a wedding, the lighter weight is a blessing.

My keeper rate with the 5D3 is around 99%, so I doubt that the better af of the 1D would make much difference to  me, but the silent shutter and much lower weight really does make a huge difference to me.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripods - CF or Aluminum...?
« on: December 05, 2014, 06:43:30 PM »
I also have both Al and CF tripods, and my experience with them is that the CF tripods settle down much quicker than Al ones after making adjustments to the camera.
If I have my 5D3 and 100-400 aimed at the sky, my large and heavy Al tripod will take around 3 seconds to stop shaking after I touch the camera, where my smaller, and much lighter Cf tripod is settled in less than a second.

I much prefer CF to Al anyday.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 02, 2014, 04:38:15 AM »
It's interesting to note the comments on button placement. Two hands are ideal, but better one handed use can make a real difference when when part way up a construction site ladder, or other tricky places.

The button layout is quite good actually, as all the shooting buttons are on the right hand side, and the playback buttons on the left.
And it's exactly the same as my 5D3.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: November 27, 2014, 02:33:47 AM »
What I don't understand is if a mirrorless camera has so few moving parts, why are they so expensive?

To me, a DSLR does a better job with less cost.

I am a Samsung lover having and very happily using a Samsung TV, tablet, phone and even a Galaxy Gear watch and I think this camera is pretty good, but to me, it's very overpriced.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:12:09 AM »
Get her a 100mm macro lens.
Great for portraits and pets, but the world of close-up bugs and flowers will open up a whole new photographic world to her.

She'll love you for it.

Macro lenses are not only usefull, but lots of fun.

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:07:41 AM »
My Dad used Metz's in the 50's and 60's,  but I've never owned one.
They'll probably close the TV division and keep the rest of the business going, hopefully.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:50:33 AM »
The camera sounds good, as do the lenses, but it's a lot of money for an unfounded brand and I think they will be a hard sell.

If you buy the camera and a couple of good lenses and decide you don't like it,  I reckon you'd be hard pressed to get a reasonable percentage back, if you can sell it second hand.

However, I do hope that Canon  is watching...........

Photography Technique / Re: Extreme macro question
« on: November 23, 2014, 03:21:55 AM »
Use your live view to find out which focus setting is best, but start with both at infinity.

You can use as many extension tubes as you like, and they won't degrade IQ,  but you may need to focus manually if the tubes don't have contacts or if you use 2 or more tubes.

Hand holding your camera at more than 1:1 and getting shake free photos is challenging and your DOF will be razor thin.

Lenses / Re: DPReview: EOS 7D Mark II Shooting Experience
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:36:29 AM »
Try setting your flash to strobe (high speed flash).
With the 7D2's 10fps, you'll get plenty of good shots.

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:12:25 PM »
Whichever one that gets me the shot I want!

My most used lens is my 24-105L.

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