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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:50:23 AM »
Congratulations Dylan sounds like it went well and was a good experience, can't beat that :)

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:47:35 AM »
Regarding the nx1 I think it looks amazing and some great technological advances. I think it will sell appallingly bad much like the sigma cameras.
But I see the benefit to the market, you often need companies outside of the major players to be the innovators.
How canon responds will be interesting but I highly doubt they will stray from their current model as their business is successful and they aren't forced to take risks. But I also don't think they need to take risks they have a broad range of products to suit most people's requirements, yes they don't have a high end mirrorless camera but that is a small fraction of the market currently. I doubt Canon is ignoring it completely but more likely working out when the best point to enter that market will be.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:04:37 AM »
There certainly are plenty of mirrorless and software comments, and you are correct most threads start out ok and tend to get progressively worst.
It's hard for me to be objective about software as they mostly involve features I won't use, but I certainly understand why people want to untapped resources that are there. Fuji is very good at upgrading firmware on their cameras , but canon ensured f8 autofocus and that's a feature I wanted.
Now the mirrorless argument for me I don't get at the moment. The major sacrifices are af and ergonomics which are things I don't want to sacrifice. Now mirrorless will be the future but I haven't seen anything that makes me want to swap to a mirrorless as my primary camera. I have a fuji x100s which i like as my portable camera, but I wouldn't take it wildlife watching.
Now regarding criticism of Canon software and the mirrorless options to me they aren't even close to causing me to want to leave Canon, to others perhaps they are. Should those comments unnecessarily dominate many threads? I don't think so, and I find a lot of the out of place. But if they are constructive rather than complaints then good on them.

On the mirrorless option am I the only person who doesn't like smaller cameras in general?

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:35:20 AM »
I think all companies should be subject to objective critiscm and Canon is no exception. I am with Canon as I feel they are the leader in lenses, AF, ergonomics. I feel that perhaps they are not the best at low ISO but aren't terrible by any means, but I predominately shoot at high ISO and I am extremely happy with that performance, and low ISO performs more than meets my needs.

I don't understand two major things about the current critiscm of Canon. Why sensor scores are being used as the only factor judging a camera system and secondly why this point of view seems to infiltrate every thread on the forum.

Critiscm is extremely useful if it's constructive, most of what I see on the forum these days is just complaints.

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:44:26 PM »
This is a must have for my kit, really looking forward to an updated model

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:38:15 AM »
Again thanks everyone for the suggestions, Canon just announced the cash back deals, so $150 off 700d is making it the choice of body, just got to work out the best lens

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:53:55 PM »
Again thanks everyone for the advice lots of good points.

As to why the want an slr, they have an interest in photography and like most novice users they associate good image quality with slrs and want the best pictures.

Regarding primes, I think they teach some really important lessons regarding framing and depth of field, as well as generally being higher quality then zooms at a comparative price point. Also i think primes are the cheapest way to get the shallow depth of field look to photos that people associate with an slr, particularly when shooting portraits.

I think the video point is a good one, i like both the 600d and 700d for their video abilities particularly the rotating screen.

I will see if they are interested in refurbs, but we don't get many in Australia, but i do rate the 60d quite highly

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 05:09:08 PM »
Thank you everyone for some great advice. It's interesting dealing with someone new to slr cameras. Their first thoughts are one lens with a big zoom range, because they don't want to change lenses. It's hard to impress on them that changing the lenses is where the fun really begins with an slr!
I am leaning towards the 600d or 700d (t3, t5i) and kit 18-55 and a prime. I think a prime is very important to learn photography.
I am very interested in the d3300 too, the image quality looks very good I will need to do some comparisons.

I will look at the Pentax, Olympus, sony models but I am not as comfortable with those brands compared to canon and Nikon.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 08:02:14 AM »
Thanks everyone for the advice, I am in Aus actually. I think there is a little flexibility in the budget I was leaning towards the 600d with the new kit lens and a 40 2.8
I will look again at the eos m though.

I will also have a look at the Pentax I haven't seen one in person yet

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Recommend first slr
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:02:13 AM »
Hi everyone,

I have a friend looking for their first slr. I was hoping for some advice. Budget around $800 so looking at the Canon 600d or Nikon d3300, then lens money. Requirements are family photos.

Any thoughts are welcome. As a canon user myself I am very familiar with the quality of photos from the lower end canon bodies, but the more recent Nikon's look to have good image quality.



Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:50:23 AM »
Got a few nice pics, went and photographed birds of prey at the beach. Got to see a whistling kite and a sea eagle fight, unfortunately i didn't get good pictures of it. Still a nice day photographing.
Birds are Whistling Kite, Juvenile White Belly Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite.

Bird Fight
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Bird Fight 2
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Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 03:39:15 AM »
It's strong wording for an advert, and it doesn't scream a small announcement. But with the reality that in this day and age there are very few secrets when it comes to product launches.
Best hope for something exciting would be a development announcement that would be easier to keep contained. Saddest thing would be a new selfie camera.

Not long to wait now

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 02, 2014, 07:25:59 AM »
I prefer the glass, color and ergonomics. But most importantly while there are better sensors in competitor brands the difference is nowhere near enough to even make me think about swapping. I just don't see the issues others see for what I photograph, but that's fine everyone is free to make there own choice. I do appreciate the push for better sensors I am sure canon will improve but I am no rush.

I do also own a fuji x100s which takes amazing photos but I can't quite get the feel of it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:21:28 AM »
$2499 is $2250 without tax convert it to USD based on 0.90 exchange rate is $2025, so it's still up but not too terrible. Canon Australia has actually been pricing better in recent times, but new products are over priced and there will always be an early adopter fee.
Anyway it will be interesting to see how it goes I suspect a lot of my birding friends will pick it up.

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:30:11 AM »
Can't wait to see wildlife samples from this

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