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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 26, 2014, 11:14:08 PM »
Alright, so opinions are like a***holes. Everyone's got one - and here's mine. The 24-70ii is completely worth investing in. I use mine a lot (almost exclusively for street/walk around/landscape) but pretty much always use my primes for wedding/paid portraiture work. Both types of lenses are well used and I see great benefit in both options. For a holiday (even a honeymoon), I'd be looking at it as an excuse to pony up for the 24-70ii. I wondered if I'd regret replacing my crusty old, rarely used 24-70 with what I thought was effectively the same sort of thing but I couldn't have been more wrong.

Lenses / Re: 35mm f2 IS for city photography at night?
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:06:56 PM »
Concur. Sounds like a decent set up.

Whilst RT master capability for this should be built in, in reality I'm not sure whether it offers a huge advantage over optical master in the case of macro work. I would have thought...?

I use 2 1.5 TB portable WD drives which I swap over intermittently to back up all my data.

I take one drive and leave it at work and swap them over regularly so no drive back up is ever too old.

I've found a free programme called SyncToy (a MS product) to be perfect to keep it all under control. And it's dead simple.

Software & Accessories / Re: doubt on wacom tablet size
« on: January 30, 2014, 08:15:30 PM »
The medium is the best fit for me. Easy to hold if you need. I've heard complaints about the really large ones.

Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:00:48 AM »
And personally I would rather be landscape trekking around with one or two lenses than a set of primes. But that's just me.

Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: January 24, 2014, 11:59:28 PM »
I agree. The 24-70ii is great for landscapes. No doubt the 24 TS is the purist choice but I tend to far prefer zooms for landscapes and not every landscape looks good in wide angle. When the difference between 24 and 70 can maybe mean a kilometre's walk (if not longer), I use zooms. Primes are unbeatable for people as you can step back or forward with relative ease. But then the 24-70ii is good for that too!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: a(nother) 14y/o looking for feedback
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:39:06 AM »
As a mostly architectural photographer, the converging perspective in 6 drives me nuts. Everything else looks great to me though. 1 could maybe do with a bit of lightening but if that's your creative vision then it's no less valid.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:07:59 PM »
First thought: meh.

Australia / Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:57:23 AM »
The Great Ocean Road is also amazing too - a bit like the section of highway 1 north of San Francisco (and south too) but maybe even better...

Australia / Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:54:46 AM »
I was going to also suggest Adelaide to your schedule for some wine tasting amidst all the photography but I get the logistics.  I am biased, being from there. Nonetheless, Melbourne is a great place - some remarkable street art to photograph if that's something of interest. Some brilliant little atmospheric laneways too.

I recall every (or some)Sunday mornings,balloons (hot air) float across the city.

Very photogenic.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for someone who's never used one?
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:48:22 PM »
For time lapse and other specialized types of photography like that you'll likely need something solid. If you don't mind the weight you can get a pretty decent aluminium one for around $200, maybe less. I use a Manfrotto 055XPROB which gets the job done. Doesn't have a hook for the centre column though but it's heavy enough that you might not need to weigh it down. If you can afford a Carbon Fibre one go for a Gitzo tripod. They make tripods from all kinds of space age materials I've never heard of but are super light.

Whatever you get the ball head will be the most crucial element. You'll want to also make sure you have good clamps and plates. Thats what attaches the camera to the ballhead. Depends also on how much flexibility you want. You might want L plates to easily switch orientation.

For video you might want something else completely. I know nothing of video sorry. I think a 3 way panning type head might be better. (They suck for anything other than smooth panning though).

There is no magic "one tripod" solution really. You'll just have to figure out what you want the tripod to do for you and buy that particular attachment.

Don't buy a cheap one. You are trusting the tripod to hold very high value equipment, get something reliable.

+1 for the 055. But only because I'm tall. If not, get the 190xprob

EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: December 01, 2013, 02:13:02 AM »
Or people like me that care about DR and IQ just haven't bought a 5D3 because it doesn't add any value over the 5D2 ...

People like you...who are in the minority.   ::)

And you know this because...?

Because Nikon/Sony sensors have had better low ISO DR than Canon sensors for several years/camera generations now, and Canon continued to outsell Nikon during those years...and is still doing so today.  Clearly, the majority of consumers are making buying decisions where low ISO DR isn't the priority.

For a scientist, you either have very poor English comprehension skills or you just like to troll because you and I both know that your paragraph above has nothing to do with what I said to which you said I was in the minority.

In fact, you either have very poor metacognition or you just like to insult people (or perhaps both).

My statement has quite a bit to do with yours, considering your entire statement and not just the first clause.  I'd say a large majority of dSLR users care about IQ.  I'd also say that a majority of dSLR users care about DR (at least, a majority of those who know what DR is...but frankly, that's probably a minority of dSLR users). 

But...you state that since the 5DIII does not improve on the (low ISO) IQ or (low ISO) DR of the 5DII (which are already very good, just not the best available), it adds no value.  Since the 5DIII improves upon the 5DII in nearly every other way (AF, fps, build, card slots, etc.), that indicates that the only aspect of camera performance you care about is low ISO IQ/DR, and that puts you squarely in the minority.

No, it puts me in a group that is "probably a minority" (your definition) unless you have numbers to show otherwise? Furthermore, there is nothing to say that this group of people are all buying Nikon/Sony. They might have, but they may not. What I argue is that those that do care about IQ/DR haven't bought a 5D3 because it offers them no benefit over the 5D2. A better question to ask is what percentage of 5D2 owners haven't bought a 5D3 and if so, is it because of this. Maybe it is time for a new poll...

I resisted buying a 5d3 for ages based on the IQ/DR argument. And I maintain the 5d3 is no better: in fact, I think the 5d2 has fractionally more image 'oomph' but I could well be subjectively skewed. That said, the 5d3 is a lot better practically in terms of usability than the 5d2. And then there's the better AF which ultimate leads to better images anyway...

EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 30, 2013, 03:17:01 AM »
I have a 5D3 too and I think it's a pretty cool camera.

(That said, my Fujifilm X100S is better at high ISO noise, IMO but it's not the all-round flexible beast that the 5D3 is.)

But... I am still rather amused at the accolades being lauded on it by what seems to be CR all-and-sundry when only a couple of years ago, it was being s***-canned by every second person on here. I really like my 5D3 - I like it a lot more than I thought I would, coming from the 5D2. The IQ is no better (again, IMO) but it's functionality/playability is excellent in comparison to the older camera. However, I still feel naggingly that it could have been just that bit better. I think it's high-ISO performance is a bit overhyped, to be honest.

Do I like it? Yes... a lot. Is it a dealbreaker of a camera? Hmmm... not so sure. I'm looking forward to what the 5D4 has to offer and I have no doubt it will be ludicrously overpriced for awhile...

Cokin P vignettes unacceptably with the 82mm adaptor AND UWA adaptor on the 24-70ii but works ok on the 24-70 from memory. Cokin P vignettes just noticeably on the 17-40 but is quite acceptable.

I would only recommend Cokin Z Pro (or Lee) if using the 24-70ii. Works fine on that.

I'm sure Lee is constructionally better but I've found the Cokin Z pro system to be more than adequate and works well.

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