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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:38:54 AM »
I feel sorry for Nikon owners.
It doesn't matter what model they buy, even when first released, as a few months down the track, Nikon will bring out a new and improved version of it making your current model obsolete and now worth substantially less than it cost you. Remember the D600 then the 610?
Canon does hang onto models much longer, and hence they have better re-sale value later on as say, after 3 years, your Canon may be just superseded, but if you had an equivalent Nikon, it would be 3 models old and practically worthless.

I'm not saying that Nikon cameras are no good, in fact, they are very good indeed, but constant model updates is not how you keep up the perceived and resale value of products.
It also makes it more difficult regarding spare parts too, as many models mean lots of parts and distributors only have so much space and money for parts.

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Looks pretty good for a cheap lens.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 17, 2014, 07:23:18 PM »
It's available here.

http://www.digidirect.com.au/camera_lenses/canon/wide_angle_zoom/canon_ef_16-35mm_f4l_is_usm

I was in one of their stores on Monday and saw it on display.

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It's available here

http://www.digidirect.com.au/camera_lenses/canon/wide_angle_zoom/canon_ef_16-35mm_f4l_is_usm

I was in one of their stores on Monday and saw it on display.
Shame, I bought a 16-35 F2.8 in January.
Mind you, I haven't needed IS with this lens.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:52:30 PM »
It's already on sale in Australia.
Has been for a 2 weeks or so.

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Lenses / Re: When does the 16-35/f4L IS arrive?
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:08:25 AM »
Already on sale in Australia at A$1499.

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Software & Accessories / Re: RRS or Markins?
« on: June 14, 2014, 09:59:41 PM »
I do a lot of work at big building sites with lots of dust and dirt, and I use an Acratech GP ballhead.
If it gets covered in mud, which does happen occasionally, I just run it under a water tap to clean it. No need to lubricate it at all.
Had it for a few years and it has never let me down once.
It locks on really well and the gimball feature comes in handy for my fun photography.
It's very light in weight, yet holds my gripped 5D3 with 100-400 lens and even a converter sometimes, and it's steady as a rock, yet easy to adjust.
To me, it's a real work of design art too and I've had many comments about it from other photographers who may not have ever seen one in Australia.
You can also turn it into a levelling head which is really handy for panos. Saves carrying around an extra leveller.

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The 60D is a great camera.
I bought mine when they first came out and it's given me excellent service for 3 years or so.

Image quality is very good and having the small LCD screen on the top deck is very worthwhile having.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EDC gear
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:29:55 PM »
I often have my 5D3 with me, but for when I don't, I use my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone.
I used to carry a small camera around with me (a G1X), but my phone does a reasonable job, as long as you don't want to blow the pictures up too much.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Interested in Hasselblad?
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:58:40 PM »
Fuji makes the Hasselblad lenses now, and have done so for a number of years.
This is something that is probably holding Canon back from buying Hassy, as it won't want to buy in lenses from another Japanese maker who is also a sort of competitor.

Personally, if you want to go MF, what's wrong with the new Pentax 645Z?
From what I've heard, it's IQ is the same as Hassy and Phase 1, but at a fraction of the cost.
Also, the removable backs from Hassy and Phase 1 sound like a great idea, but they are VERY easy to scratch and damage when off the cameras.

However, I too would like to see True Focus on Canon DSLRs.

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I hope it will have the dual-pixel technology of the 70D, as I need to do video work as well as stills, and this will end the tiresome manual focussing of my 5D3 and 60D or carrying around of a dedicated video camera.
If it doesn't, I'll buy the 70D and retire the 60D, which has around 75,000 shutter actuations and is getting towards the end of it's reliable life, even though it has never even hiccupped once since I got it.
I do love my 5D3, and use it even more than the 60D, but a good crop camera is very handy at events and with good video autofocus, I can give it to an assistant to take videos with.

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I love my 16-35 II.
I think it's pretty good already.

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Photography Technique / Re: White Optical Satin
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:51:39 PM »
Go to one of those fabric shops that sell end of rolls etc.
You'll find heaps of different materials and fabrics that you can use.
Most softboxes etc use a nylon fabric, and these can also be found at these fabric stores.
The best thing, the stuff they have is cheap as they buy fabrics from clothing manufacturers etc.
Might even be worth your while to buy some see-through coloured fabrics too as these can give some good effects.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Teases Some New Lenses
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:55:27 PM »
Now that Sigma now Samyang, and will be calling the Samyang lenses their "Classic" series, I doubt we'll see any auto-focussing lenses from Samyang, and al their lenses will remain manual focussing.
Why would Sigma want another competitor?

As far as cine lenses go, Sigma don't really make any, so using Samyang as their vehicle to get into cine lenses seems a good idea.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:36:34 PM »
Brick and Mortar retailers are discovering that today's retail business has changed markedly and I guess it's been very difficult for many of them to realise this, and still keep going the way they always have rather than trying to re-invent themselves to suit today's market conditions.
It's not just camera stores either.
Here in Sydney, there are many empty retail stores for rent and I feel for the owners of these now empty stores as many had their whole lives and their money tied up in these.
The camera market has changed a lot.
The internet has really made it tough for B&M retailers as it is now so easy to compare prices worldwide, and when you look at some of the pricing offered by on-line sellers with little or no overheads, compared to the B&M shops with huge rents to pay as well as staff, the B&M retailers aren't all that much dearer in many cases, but people feel that B&M's are ripping them off, so many are now turning to the net first without even going into the stores.
Many camera stores relied on the sales of cheaper P&S cameras, as many people who buy them do little research and how much can you save on a $200 camera?
The sales of these P&S cameras has dwindled down to a trickle now, as everyone just uses their phones, and this has hurt them a lot.
People aren't getting many prints done anymore either, choosing to just leave the pics on their phones or computers, so there is another good profit earner down the drain.
I think we will see many more camera retailers close up, and I wouldn't be surprised to see over 50
% of them close down in the next few years, unless they can come up with something  to get people to come in a buy from them.
Things like extended credit, maybe even hiring out gear and teaching people about photography, and giving really good service and advice.

I'm sorry for the employees, as it looks like they may never get their back pay etc., but I do think the writing is on the wall for many retailers that still believe they can trade the same way now as they did 30 years ago.

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