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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:28:31 AM »
I am in a humid climate and I use a dry cabinet, some of the gear I keep in there is not used a lot, like binoculars, so it's a good investment. Mine has a humidity gauge which is good to keep an eye on how it's going.
Also it really depends on what you call humid, I know folks who consider rain once a month humid. If you get consecutive days over 70% and weeks of rain I see humidity as an issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 05, 2014, 03:58:53 AM »
It was raining in the matches today or prior, but what I found interesting was what looked someone shooting with a sx50hs on a monopod. Seems like an odd camera for a pro at a night game

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:05:19 AM »
You shouldn't be afraid of Internet forum trolls, I like to think of them as holes in your favourite pair of pants, but what are you going to do? Not wear your pants? C'mon son.

Anyway back in topic, if I was a Nikon shooter I would be annoyed at so many incremental updates to their cameras as in certain cases I would feel I have to upgrade ie an oil splattering d600 to a d610

This upgrade looks like a good upgrade to the d800 I just wonder how long Nikon is planning to keep this model before a new upgrade or if this is the peak of the d800 series.

And I hope everyone on the forums likes my pictures, I share them because I enjoy them and hope to use criticism to improve my photography:)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:35:36 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:29:58 AM »
Currently trying to learn to expose images properly. And i needs to be said i often get strange looks while i am photographing birds. But on this occasion i was fortunate that there was someone walking a cat in the park that took the attention off me...

Australia Wood Duck - Male in foreground

Australian-Wood-Duck by Synkka~, on Flickr

Purple swamphen

Purple-Swamp-Hen by Synkka~, on Flickr

All good lots of missed points haha :)

Yes I understand around canon and they certainly get a lot of sales from their legacy.

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:32:24 AM »
Thanks for kind words, I think I have improved my photography since then so I can't wait to go back and try harder.

We never had any wildlife approach our vehicle, but 100mm would get you portraits if they did. Some drivers will go very close to the wildlife. The closest we got was the lion cubs and by keeping our distance we got to see the beautiful natural behaviour. A driver came in front of us at one point and the lions all turned around, fortunately the drivers passengers got bored so they left and we got to watch again.

500-600mm should get you some lovely shots, when I go again I will be taking FF and 300 2.8 plus extenders, in a budget I love my 70-300L it was a great choice, on FF I think the high ISO makes up for the loss of reach. If you get a good quality 100-400 I think that's a good option too, but my 70-300 has seemed sharper than any 100-400 I have seen.

Sanj would have better knowledge of wildlife photography than myself, but I have always thought that you can still get wonderful shots with longer focal lengths at short distances. I love seeing close up portraits of elephants eyes they have so much character. Anyway don't always let a focal length dictate how you have to frame a shot.

It's low noise is impressive and hd video but the amount of users who need those features more than what they will get from the A7R will be small

I'd speculate you're dead wrong with this assessment - there are lots of people who buy the more expensive 5d3 because of the "5d2 video legend" legacy and because it has good video in a dslr even for lower light. And the 5d3 hasn't got 4k (i.e. crop stills in decent resolution from video). The old-school dslr capability with an optical viewfinder and no swivel screen might appeal to some, but for people who mostly do video it's a hindrance.

My point was the A7R will take sales from the A7S, sorry I am a bit confused by your point. Are you saying the A7R has a good video legacy so more people will upgrade to the A7S?

Software & Accessories / Re: What raincover solution do you use?
« on: June 18, 2014, 04:30:44 AM »
I use the lenscoat raincoats, they were the best solution I could find for a raincoat that didn't require an eye piece. I found their design nice and simple to use and I like the hideable sleeves.


Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 18, 2014, 03:54:56 AM »
Check my flickr for shots done by a 7d and 70-300L in Africa that should give you an idea for distance to shots and lower quality of the dusk/dawn shots.

I think the a7s won't be successful because in general for photography the A7R is better.
It's 4k is a gimmick requiring an expensive external device.
It's low noise is impressive and hd video but the amount of users who need those features more than what they will get from the A7R will be small

I think this is a technically impressive camera and a bold move my sony. I predict this will be a train wreck sales wise. Sony is lucky that across all three variations they should do ok as they clearly share a lot of components, but this particular model will not do well.

If it was going to be used, then look at low rank teams in the first pool matches. There certainly won't be any working pro's using it in the final.

Lenses / Re: Mt Yasur, Vanuatu lens advice
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:09:31 AM »
I haven't been to Mt Yasur but I was recently in Vanuatu I didn't see any wildlife worth using a telephoto, I only shot with a 14mm the whole trip for seaside landscapes. Not sure if there is anything different on mt Yasur

I hope that helps

Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:17:35 AM »
I have done a similar trip last year, the same locations. You can check my flickr all my Africa shots were with a 7d and 70-300L, almost all my shots were at 300mm

Here are a few tips from my trip. You will be shooting in pop up hood landrovers so a bean bag is useful to lean the camera on. A lightweight tripod is well worth it for the beautiful sunrise/sunsets. In those parks you are not allowed to drive off the tracks but you will still get close to wildlife. Some of the best photo chances are at the lowest light so prepare to bump the ISO. Luggage requirements on small aircraft for carry on are often smaller than international requirements, pretty much it has to fit under the seat. Regarding batteries I bought a grip purely for the ability to take AA's as you can get them at any major rest stops or hotels. You should be allowed to charge while the land rovers are running, the travel agency should be able to confirm (British plugs I think). On a really small plane you might get weighed as well as your luggage. Lenscoat hoodie !. I was shooting in the rain so I used my lenscoat rain cover quite a bit.

That's about all I can think of for now :)

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