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Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:14:38 AM »
Hello,

as many others have suggested, just try something new. Something you have never tried before, new technique, composition, subject, new use of your equipment....

Also:
Read! There are thousands of very good photographers out there who are telling new ways to use flash, a lens, some slow speed photography (which I find VERY interesting)... there are thousands of things that we have not tried yet. But don't copy! Try to be creative.

Once I read that each photographer's style is a very personal view, created during years of personal time, interests and also influenced by others.... Your personal style will come after so many years of trying and practicing. In Helsinki, the bus routes are quite particular: most of them start near the central station, in the Railway Square, afterwards the buses separate after having shared a common route for some time (this varies).
As a photographer ,you always will get into a bus in the Railway Square, then you'll share some route with others fellow photographers that may or may not get out to follow another route in another bus. Everyone will get out at the end in their very personal last stop. You and the influences you get will decide which one it is! I am still traveling, may continue in this bus for some time or may try another one...

Good luck!!

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I'm sure replacements are in the works. When will we see them is the question...so in the meantime enjoy what you've got. :)

+1

Just go out and shoot!!! And be happy with what you own!  ;)

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 04:59:26 AM »
Mine was, as other members of the forum, the 70-200 f4L bought it in Nov 2011 in a trip to NY from Boston (where I initially went for a conference).
It completely amazed me, at the time I only had Sigmas and the 50 1.8II and an old 10D... Something like 6 months later I bought an used 5D Mark II with a 24-70 2.8L version I and this was a huge upgrade... to be able to shoot at ISO 800 and above!!! WOW!!!!

Still nowadays, almost 3 years later I still love the 70-200 f4L, versatile, lightweight for hiking and used a lot, always giving me very good results.

Since that I have decided that I won't buy any non L lenses, unless justified.

At the moment I am thinkingabout selling the 24-70 2.8L I and the 24 1.4L II that I bought 1.5 years ago to buy the 24-70 2.8L II, but I bet the 24 prime is not going to be easily sold here in Finland...

Cheers!!!
Victor

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Hello,

well, I am really sorry for you, if you don't find your camera (may be a bit hard considering that you are in Germany), I hope your gear was insured...

I guess you know stolen camera finder? http://www.stolencamerafinder.com/

Just in case, it was a good idea and you might have a possibility there if photos taken with your camera are posted to Filckr or somewhere else. Just try from time to time, dont give up because there are cases of guys who found their cameras after some time.

Well, all the best! Good luck!

Victor

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Patent: Tamron 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:48:09 AM »
Wondering if it would be for Full frame or cropped sensors... Don't have much experience on Fish eyes, but I am quite sure I will buy one at some point in the future, after so many other adquisitions!

Cheers!

Victor

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:38:54 PM »
Hello,

I like the Chobe bag as everyone else :) the tembo cases and the sabi stabilzers.

And here is my picture:


Greetings rom Finland

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EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:21:42 AM »
Well, I'll take this cautiously... does not affect us after all... YET. At least me, I am still holding to a EOS 5D mark II and if I get a grant or project (I am a researcher who just got his PhD) I will upgrade to 5D III or a APS-C second body.

If the "entry level" EOS 6D was about 2000 euros at launch, I dont know what these cameras will cost.... Prepare your wallets!  ;D

Cheers from Finland!

Victor

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Some time in February, I think 2009, I had the marvellous idea of going outside to shoot at -27C. Did not have a car, went biking for about 4km and back home. At the time, I had my old EOS 10D and sigma lenses 17-35 2.8-4 and sigma 105mm. Besides 50mm 1.8 II.
After 3 hours shooting with no problem, the LCD started to react much slower and the AF i the lenses to be very slow. I decided to leave home, that was the first time that my toes got frozen, very painful to get them back to life :)

This year in March we were outside photographing the aurora and it was -20C. Canon EOS 5D mark II, 24mm 1.4L II, Sigma 12-24mm and Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L.

Besides that we were freezing, toes again as well as hands, no problems at all, 4 hours outside in total. Batteries get empty quite faster than normally, but I did not miss any shot because of this.

I usually put my equipment back in my Lowepro old minitrekker and fastpack with lots of silica gels (I always carry them inside the bags) and I have not had any problem. Just be careful and leave the camera to warm up inside the backpack.

Next time, toewarmers for sure ;)

Victor

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Well, it's partly a "video" update... but another part of me is pretty darn excited to rent a 300 f/4 and slap my x2 extender on it ;)

That is what I was exactly thinking about since I tested the 300 mm f4 last summer. That and a TC will be the closest option I will have for an autofocus 600 mm  :D

However, i am still with  my 5D II and I have not found a decently priced 300 mm f4, same with the 2x tc, so I guess everything has to wait or be rented  ???

Victor

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2013, 11:31:53 AM »
I have the same opinion about using the same sensor.... for me a basic upgrade for a body must be the ISO performance (that I guess will be the same).... Imagine if they would have kept the same sensor between the 5d and the 5d mark III... it would have been a disaster.

BUT, this camera probably is not meant for me, meaning that, as stated by other user, people would care more for sharing in FB than ISO performance.... well, that is call entry level.

Let's see about the sensor in the 70D and the 7D mark II (if they are finally coming).

Victor

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 10% off Used Gear at LensRentals.com
« on: January 28, 2013, 01:03:33 PM »
Living in FInland, I wrote them to see if they ship to Europe.... nope. Then I found the companies like Shipito and MyUS.com where you can create a virtual address in the US... then found out that even if it is used in Finland they will charge me with 24% taxes plus customs, so I guess is not that worth it at the end...... taxes taxes arghhhhhhhhhhh  >:(

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Having fun with 6D from 1000D
« on: January 28, 2013, 04:21:11 AM »
I myself bought a used 5D mark II in April coming from an old 10D :-D  I wondered why I did not make the change before, but moneywise it was a normal decision... Besides here in Finland taxes adn prices are much higher in general.

I am having a lot of fun. Only having the possiility of shooting at ISOs higher than 400 with relatively low noise is amazing.
It increased the situations in where I can shoot and the quality of the images as well. (Besides, got a 24-70 L).

In fact, if I am willing to purchase some lens in the future, I would rather save for the L versions. Trying to get a 24mm L II at a decent price now... Found one in lensrentals.com but besides that they dont ship tu EU, they may nail me with the taxes in Finland so it is not worth anymore.... but anyway... :)

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Production to Begin in Q2
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:42:50 AM »
Well, it will be certainly popular, but that does not mean that will be sold ....  :D
I mean, I thought already that at 11000 it was way too much. Even I am thinking about upgrading some of my lenses to a 1300-1500 euros lenses and I already think that it is way too much, so imagine 10 times more...

and now the new price might be 13000 hahahah Well... if I win the lottery might be possible...

The lens seems to be amazing, a great range and relatively good aperture... but price... too much

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Lenses / Re: Which extender is best
« on: November 13, 2012, 04:27:32 AM »
Hello!

TC's are nice to get an extra reach (40% more on the 1.4x and 100% more on the 2x) in those cases where you need to "be closer" to your subject.
I bought a 1.4Canon TC II in June just before my excursion to photograph wolverines and really appreciated that my 70-200 f4 became a 270mm, that, although it was not too long it was better than a 200mm.

However, first you will loose some quality, this is especially noticeable in the 2x (havent tested but people claim it).
Also, you have not told us what lenses you have. The canon TCs are only compatible with the L tele lenses, due to its front element that literally gets inside the rear part of the lens. Hard to explain but if you have a tele or short tele canon you know what I mean.

So first check out what lenses you have and then decide.

I also have a quite bad Tamron 2x that I rarely use, however I was surprised when I used it with a 300 f4 L, the results were not that bad imo. And it is supposed to be quite bad and cheap.

good luck!

Cant say anything about kenko, or the others as I have never used them.

Victor

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:13:28 AM »
Hei!

So how much would te 24-70 be? About 1000 dollars ? translated to europe 1000 euros?....
So canon introduces the 6D  dor 2000 and may add this as a kit lens to sell it for about 2700-2800 dollars and they expect that  "entry level" people would buy it... Imo thats a huge increase in price compared to the APS-C entry and medium levels... sounds more like the 5D mark II when it was released....

well, lets see how things develop and how many they get sold.

Victor

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