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If you had professional gear obviously it would be easy. Now the problem is that I'm guessing even renting a single proper film camera and lens would be their entire gear budget for the year. That said, they could have done a lot better than they did with even modest amounts of money

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Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 04:58:00 PM »
1. Buy a flash and get it off the camera
2. Buy used gear at good prices and sell it on when you want to upgrade, preferably with a profit
3. Don't be afraid to crop

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 27, 2014, 05:12:23 AM »
It really depends on the zoo like others have said but for the ones I go to a 135mm wouldn't be ideal. London Zoo has a lot of glass and relatively small enclosures however the whipsnade zoo I would want a 150-600mm zoom for (think safari). Monkey world (of animal planet fame) you need longish fast lenses as everything is chain link. My go to zoo lens is the 70-200 2.8 IS but on a 1.3x crop body. I would personally rather have a zoom with IS even if it means loosing one stop of light compared to the prime.

Shooting through the fence requires the fence to be close to you and the animal farther away if you want to make it disappear.

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Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:51:41 PM »

I never bought third party strobes for Canon. Price difference for Metz strobes vs. Canon speedlites was not good enough for me to take any compatibility risks with reverse engineered third party gear. ETTL II in itself is complicated and finicky enough to avoid any additional source of problems.

Actually, afaik metz (and nissin) don't reverse engineer but licence the ettl protocol from canon which would be a reason they are more expensive as well.

As for Chinese labour, it is now getting expensive to produce over there. I know of several smaller manufacturers in the outdoor industry that are thinking of moving their production back to Europe. It would cost virtually the same but cut lead time by months. In the coming years I expect a lot of production to start shifting to south America and the stable bits of Africa like SA.

Hello Hannes!

Please be a little bit more careful when inserting a quote.
Surely not on purpose, but you made a quote from AvTvM and by erasing the wrong lines made it a statement said by me, which is definetly wrong and in other cases can cause trouble for me and others.

Thank you very much, hannes, to be aware of this in the future.

Yours,
Maximilian

PS.: It'll be best to use the preview function to check, if it's okay.

Sorry about that, was doing the posting on a phone which is bloody difficult if you need to do anything more than just type a straight up response. I've fixed my post.

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Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:56:32 AM »
I never bought third party strobes for Canon. Price difference for Metz strobes vs. Canon speedlites was not good enough for me to take any compatibility risks with reverse engineered third party gear. ETTL II in itself is complicated and finicky enough to avoid any additional source of problems.

Actually, afaik metz (and nissin) don't reverse engineer but licence the ettl protocol from canon which would be a reason they are more expensive as well.

As for Chinese labour, it is now getting expensive to produce over there. I know of several smaller manufacturers in the outdoor industry that are thinking of moving their production back to Europe. It would cost virtually the same but cut lead time by months. In the coming years I expect a lot of production to start shifting to south America and the stable bits of Africa like SA.

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I'm surprised that no one has asked but did you not speak to them? They quite obviously were amateurs but they might listen to reason. Otherwise fill flash for every single shot works well to break the ice

It also annoys me he is stood there in a pair or jeans and a stupid hat.

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If they aren't being helpful ask to speak to the manager. If he or she is still being difficult you politely remind them of their duties regarding the consumer rights and that they will repair. If they still at this point are being difficult I'd get on their official twitter and facebook pages as well as sending a letter to the consumer rights advocates. Very rarely will they be difficult if you are spreading the word publicly that they aren't honouring warranties as required by law. If all this fails you take them to whatever equivalence you have to a small claims court. Obviously make sure you are documenting everything at every stage. Don't call people but email them so you have it in writing.

It is probably worth sending an email to CPS as well explaining the situation because few service centres would be difficult if CPS are putting weight on them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AA Filter: Still Relevant, Marketing Ploy, or Obsolete?
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:08:00 PM »
A better solution in my opinion would be to drop the optical filter, and handle it in post. Any re-shuffling of light that the filter does should be as easily handled by reshuffling bits in a computer program.

Afaik it doesn't work this way, just as you cannot add real optical bokeh in postprocessing - moiré is very painful to remove in post, sometimes it's even near impossible w/o too much iq loss.

If anti-aliasing is so hard to do, then how do computer games have 16x AA filters running at video game frame rates?

16x AA in a computer game is what is generally known as supersampling. It blows the image up far more and then makes it smaller again.

In the dawn of AA (2003 or so) applying 2x AA would leave you with a 50% hit to frame rates, 4x AA 75% and so on. It is only in the newer drivers and architectures that they've been able to let it be a far smaller hit on frame rates. Also bear in mind a single high end graphics card have many thousand more times processing power than a camera has available to it. In fact they are as powerful as supercomputers were not all that long ago.

As for an AA filter in the camera, yes it is still valid. Especially with the ever better lenses we are getting. Sorting out a minor hit in sharpness is far easier than a horrible moire pattern. The only time I'd want a camera without AA filter was if I was shooting strictly landscapes and nothing else which would include cityscapes etc. Maybe when cameras have found their megapixel count north of 50mpix it may be less necessary but at the moment I wouldn't want to be without it. If there was an option for software solution it would be a different matter though.

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Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:46:08 AM »
I think managing expectations will need to be key. Be honest and tell them your gear won't really cope that well with the light setting but that you will give it your best shot. If you're up for renting gear get a 6D with the 135 f2 as suggested, tripod would be a good idea for the times when you can drop your ISO on more stationary subjects and still get a sharp shot (maybe with the rebel and 70-200), be prepared to move around though. I can't imagine it'll be too dark as otherwise the kids won't be able to see what they are doing.

If you have a chance, ask them and get them to show you beforehand just how dark they were planning on having it. It will give you an idea of what to expect and how far your body and lens will manage.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:28:31 PM »
I still believe there is a space in canon's line up for a small and light full format DSLR. Imagine a rebel but with the 6D sensor.

Why they didn't plonk the old 1Ds III AF system into the 6D from the start is beyond me though. Even if they removed all the assist points it would have been a whole lot better.

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Canon General / Re: Funny things I read on ebay about lens
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:27:33 PM »
I've also have had good success on ebay with camera gear. If you look hard enough you will be able to find a good deal. I usually go ebay hunting when I have a day off in the middle of the week as then I can keep an eye on the auctions that end mid morning when very few people are around to to bid for the gear.

In the UK we have gumtree which is essentially the same as craigs list with some gear being hilariously over priced and some pretty reasonable. I picked up a canon 70-200 2.8 IS from there for about £2-300 less than it would be on ebay. I'm very tempted to sell it and get a tamron new grey market for less than I'd get for selling the canon on.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:27:27 PM »
It would certainly go some way to explain the lack of fundamental updates in the canon sensors other than DPAF obviously. Very interesting though.

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:50:09 PM »
There was even an ad on ITV (British TV channel) just now pointing to this site https://comeandsee.canon-europe.com/en-GB?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=gb:google:canon%202h14_cta_gb:cta%20only_en:come%20and%20see

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:21:22 PM »
Canon Eos 1V Mk II clearly

(I know the market would be tiny but I'd love to see this updated to modern specs in terms of ergonomics and AF)

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Canon General / Re: Financial Times - "Digital cameras: out of focus"
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:19:31 PM »
Last weekend I went to Bruges in Belgium. It is a tourist destination for the reasonably well off. Of the cameras maybe half were proper cameras, the rest smartphones. From my estimations 2/3rds of the proper cameras were DSLRs, the remaining third an even split between mirrorless, bridge and compact cameras. Of the DSLRs 80-90% were entry level canon or nikons with the rest being other brands or the middle of the road cameras. A single pro body camera was spotted apart from my own 1D.

Now you may wonder where I'm going with this. The people who buy entry level DSLRs rarely know what ISO is and I can almost guarantee they have never even heard of the concept of dynamic range. Yet these are the people who are making canon and nikon float as companies. This is why I think canon are coming out top. They have been offering incremental upgrades along the way for the entry level bodies. At first it was ever rising pixel counts until they hit the ubiquitous 18mpix sensor. From there on they then introduced things like the flippy screen, basically things people have wanted in cameras. Nikon doesn't seem to end their splurging of new cameras with all the features yet they can't seem to grasp the simple thing of getting the ergonomics right which is far more important to the target group than some small gains in image quality.

People have also started seeing the appeal of a better camera when they come home. Also let's face it that it is more convenient to plug the camera in to the computer than it is to download the photos from the phone. What cameras need are wifi and instant facebook sharing and when we get that I think another batch of people will buy DSLRs. Mirrorless are struggling because they aren't small enough or are too small. Did you ever see that samsung commercial where they had dressed up their own camera as a pro bodied camera and asked people to say which picture was better technically? People's expectation is that a bigger camera will produce better photos. Combine this with the fact that a mirrorless won't fit in your pocket with anything other than a prime pancake lens which in itself is often undesirable since it doesn't zoom.

Combine this and I think canon are doing really well considering the situation of the market. Nikon are in a scary situation given their reliance on Sony and the state of Sony's finances. I think we realistically need to expect progress to slow down somewhat compared to what has happened over the last ten years where the rate of development has been astronomical.

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