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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 21, 2014, 08:00:19 AM »
When elves take photos of children with Santa, they typically use the cheapest Canon DSLRs.  Seeing these elves make up more than half of all the pro photographers in the world (and possibly 90%+ of the higher income ones), does that make their cameras "pro" cameras?

Lenses / Re: Zoom or 135 in Place of 100 and 200?
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:19:10 PM »
For general photography, my 135 largely replaced my 70-200.  It's smaller, lighter, faster, and less conspicuous.  And it is a nice lens - it is sharp, focuses quickly, and has that f/2 aperture.   But the 70-200 still get a workout when I want the extra flexibility of a zoom and the extra reach. 

The 70-200 is probably the smart choice.  But the 135 has enough going for it to make it a valid alternative.

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:57:53 AM »
I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.
That's one good looking charger!  I travel with a handful of chargers - camera charger(s), AA/AAA/18650 charger, phone charger, laptop charger, GPS charger.  And then you have all the associated cables.  I'm sure there are better ways to do things.  If you ever get your blog up, I'd be keen to hear how you managed with everything.  There aren't that many sites or blogs that deal with the mechanics of travel photography - memory cards, storage, backups, editing on the road etc.  Yet these seem to be regular topics for discussion on this site.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 17, 2014, 04:08:29 AM »
I've been hearing some positive murmurings about the 7Dii sensor, which is why I prefaced my comments accordingly.  But,until DxO officially ranks the sensor any comments about about the 7Dii are just wild, unsubstantiated speculation and lack credibility. :)   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 16, 2014, 10:42:16 PM »
Perhaps I should read all of the prior six pages (and even some 7Dii reviews), but I suspect we're only having this discussion because Canon crop sensors are lagging a bit.  Consequently, if you know where to look, you can see the differences between sensors.  With other brands, the differences in image quality are smaller and the choice between crop and FF is more about lens selection, camera features, speed and megapixels, high ISO performance, depth of field, and cost.

Its a key consideration in relation to lens selection.  But otherwise, I tend to feel that nobody can reliably tell if an image was taken with a crop sensor or FF sensor.  And apart from the photographer, I doubt if anyone else really cares.   Its just another feature to consider when selecting a camera - important to some, not so much to others.

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:20:04 AM »
I did something similar for a long time - 17-40mm, 50mm and 70-200.  This combination worked well for me.  Your 16-35 is probably a better lens than my 17-40.  And taking a 70-300 instead of a 70-200 gives you a bit more reach and probably weighs a bit less. 

The only suggestion I'd make is to consider adding a small, wider aperture lens.  They come in useful at night time and when shooting indoors.

But otherwise, the 16-35 and 70-300 combo is fine. Plus you've got to re-start somewhere.

Once you've done a few trips, you'll learn what you like to photograph and will be in a much better position to decide if different lenses are more suited to you.  Perhaps you'll get into wildlife photography in exotic places and need some longer lenses.  Perhaps you'll take more portraits of the locals and want a wider aperture lens. 

FWIW, My travel kit continually evolves.  What I take depends on where I'm going and what I'll be photographing.  My current "Light" kit for when photography isn't going to be a major part of the trip is just taking a 40mm and a 135mm.  But then I'm heading off to Melbourne for a couple of weeks next week and I do intend to take a lot of photos.  I'll probably take a 14mm, 23mm (ok...and X100), 35mm and a 50-230mm and a couple of flashes.   But these are all Fuji lenses are all fairly light and compact and easy to carry.

EOS Bodies / Re: AA Filter: Still Relevant, Marketing Ploy, or Obsolete?
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:52:48 PM »
My Fuji cameras don't have an AA filter and it is part of the reason why their files appear crisper and sharper. But the difference is subtle and can be replicated with Canon cameras in PP.  What can't be fully corrected in PP is Moire, which I have noticed on rare occasions with the Fuji, but is very rare with Canon.  While most PP software feature some form of moire removal / reduction, its never 100% effective.  IMHO, a weak AA filter is probably the best compromise.

HTC Evo 3D.  Its a few years old, but I'm still happy with it.  It is the only 3D camera that I own, so it is difficult for me to compare.  Its ok.  But I'm not going to be making any Hollywood blockbusters with it.

Reviews / Re: Canon 16-35 F4 Review vs. 17-40 Shootout
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:50:51 AM »
Designed by Zeiss, but made by Sony in Japan.  That's not a bad thing - Sony make some nice lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 02, 2014, 06:19:15 AM »
Well....I have.  I'm probably using Canon <10% of the time and Fuji >90%.

But I sleep around a lot.  I started with Minolta (and then added a Yashica GSN and also picked up a used AE-1 program in the late 1980's), jumped to Canon in the early 90's (while also using Mamiya medium format), had a very brief affair with Olympus M43 and then started buying Fuji gear early last year. 

Its not that I have a problem with Canon and I still use my Canon gear for sports and wildlife.  But Fuji gear is better suited for most things I do.  If Canon had offered something similar to my X100 and X-E1 along with a selection of EF-S "L" primes, I would have happily have chosen that instead.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:21:07 PM »
If it is a long walk (more than an hour), I'll usually only take one camera.  But if I'm not going too far, two cameras works well.  I'll typically have a Fuji mirrorless camera set up on a tripod to capture a landscape, timelapse etc.  And I'll try my luck with wildlife with ye olde Canon.

Perhaps if Canon collaborated with more designers, we'd get more functional gear.  And even this bag actually looks quite functional and a nice accessory for the very casual female photographer.  There's not a lot out there for female photographers who want something nice.

FWIW, I've just checked out Stella McCartney's website and this bag looks like a bargain.

Post Processing / Re: Digital "Enlarger"
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:28:24 AM »
The low cost way of doing this is to print your digital file onto a sheet of transparency film and then contact print them.  I've never tried it myself, but apparently it works best if you have an 8x10 enlarger.  But if you are semi-sane and don't own such a beasty, depending on your quality expectations, you can use the same process with smaller enlargers.

I still do the occasional bit or printing, but I don't think I've even fired up my darkroom this year.   Not that I've gone off it as such, but I sold all my medium format film camera gear and I find 35mm film a little fiddly.  Plus I've been using films such as Kodak Portra almost exclusively for the last couple.  So much easier to get it developed and printed at the local supermarket.

Am I alone in thinking it looks ok?

Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 03:35:49 AM »
I appreciate the premise of this topic.  For what its worth, my 1Ds Mkii is ten years old and I'm yet to be convinced that newer cameras have noticeably better image quality.  So the good news is I don't need to worry about gear - I can just get out there and shoot.  So why do I feel the urge to buy a new camera or lens every few months?

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