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Technical Support / Re: at what shutter speed you turn IS off?
« on: January 28, 2013, 01:11:29 AM »
IS - one of the topics where it seems like no one has any idea what they're talking about.

I can't even remember the last time I turned IS off.  Yet, I've read numerous times that you should turn it off when not needed.  For example...


Maybe Canon's system is better.  Maybe some of my shots would be better without it.  Who knows?

If there are benefits with keeping it off in some cases, maybe there is an argument for a camera setting that allows you to disable IS automatically under certain conditions (eg above a certain shutter speed).

I had the nickname hillbilly.  (I assume that was because my surname started with Hill...but you never know.  Maybe it was because of my love of flannelette and my VH V8 SLE). Over time, it morphed in hillsilly.

EOS-M / Re: Micro four DoF and lenses
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:35:57 AM »
For subjects at close distance, the primes can produce nice background blur.  The lack of very large aperture lenses is just in keeping with m43 philosophy of small and light.  For a similar reason, there are no large aperture longer lenses.  But overall, it is a good compromise system.  It just needs a few more tweaks of the AF speed and a reasonably priced, high quality 300mm f/2.8.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Up to what ISO are you willing to set?
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:51:58 AM »
No limit as such and I've been known to go all the way to the dizzying heights of 3200 (my 1Ds Mkii's limit).  But 90%+ of the time, I'm at ISO 100 and I rarely go above 400 or 800.  Interestingly, though, I've started playing around with night time timelapse photography and have been pleasantly surprised how well ISO 1600 works for this.

If you buy Canon, you are really buying their quality control systems and peace of mind.  It doesn't mean that all of their batteries will be perfect, but you would expect the failure rate to be low.

If you buy third party, they might be as good or better. Or they might not be.  Their soldering, wiring and cells may not be as good and it is more of a risk.  Given that you are plugging them into chargers for hours at a time (and usually in your home), are you happy to take that risk?  Only you can answer.

Here in Australia, an NP-E3 is over $300.  But I can get really good third party batteries that seem to perform as well (in fact, they seem better) for about $40.  Canon charges too much of a price premium and I've gone 100% third party.  Somebody above mentioned that this is a scare tactic.  Given such price differences, I tend to agree.

Sports / Re: Q: Would car show shots be appropriate in here?
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:09:18 AM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kenrockwell comments on Canon 6d
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:53:46 AM »
....Anyone with that self professed knowledge and latest high tech gear at his disposal, should indeed have better results.  His work suffers from lack of any creativity whatsoever, and that alone, for me, destroys his credibility.  That's it.

I can appreciate that.  For more advanced professionals like yourself and most others on this site, what KR discusses is irrelevant.  Your career is driven by your own creative intentions and desires.  Superficial discussions about whether a 6D or 5Diii or 1Dx is better is pointless when you are trying to break new ground by producing photographs that are new, innovative and relevant.  Your need for information on gear and how to put a photo together is based solely on the inspiration that you have and the need to make it a reality. If anything, you'd be looking at advanced lighting and post production techniques - not KR.

OMG, I've written two posts on KR topic.  We need to spice things up with some new 7D2, 400mm f/5.6 IS, FF mirrorless, and high MP 3D rumours.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kenrockwell comments on Canon 6d
« on: January 19, 2013, 11:04:11 PM »
A very strange thread.  KR says something negative about Canon, we hate him.  He says something positive, we hate him even more.

Personally, I check his site occassionally.  I like it and find it entertaining.  Do I treat it as gospel?  Of course not.  But the reason that he does so well  is that he seems to be an average guy that likes taking photos and talking about camera equipment.  What's there not to like!  His desire is to help people take better photos, which is a message that resonates with a lot of people.  He's also a reasonable writer who can generate a lot of original content.  He has a lot of the ingredients for success working for him.

And...I'm yet to be convinced that any of the general concepts that he advocates are plain wrong.  But as with all general rules, they won't apply in all cases for all people.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:36:52 AM »
135mm f/2.  It is responsible for a very high percentage of my recent favourites.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS not good for NASA?
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:50:33 PM »
I would have thought a bigger camera (like a Hasselblad) would be easier to use.  But I'm sure NASA know what they're doing.  Felix Baumgartner uses Canon if that makes people feel better.

You are right about restrictions. For example, if you are in Australia, there is a 200mm max lens size for international and twenty20 matches.  Another reason for going with the the extender option.

Lenses / Re: 28-400 2.8
« on: January 06, 2013, 09:54:36 PM »
Thinking outside the square, there are non-Canon options.  The Panasonic FZ200  has a 25-600mm f/2.8 lens.  Costs $599 and weighs 537 grams.  It shoots 12 frames per second.  Apparently IQ is ok in good light.

Canon General / Re: Total File Size - All Your Images and Keep or Delete
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:09:37 AM »
36GB isn't a big drama.  Also, if a photo is good enough for you to upload to a website, I wouldn't even consider deleting it.

Personally, I only delete the photos that clearly have problems.  Photos that are suffering focusing or exposure issues which don't have any redeeming features will get deleted.  Often, I might take multiple photos of the same thing and will delete the poorer efforts.  Unflattering photos of my wife also tend to find their way into the trash (sometimes by magic).

Lenses / Re: Buying used lens
« on: December 27, 2012, 08:37:41 PM »
I buy a lot of used camera gear on eBay (and occassionally sell things too).  I've found most people are very careful to list their items correctly and I've never had any significant problems.  To help reduce issues, I adopt a few strategies.  I only buy from people with a very high positive feedback (ideally 100%, and rarely below 99.6%).  For expensive purchases, I'll ask the seller a question about the item and see how they respond.  I'll also look at the seller's other items and see how they're described.   One of the more interesting new features from eBay is the ability to pay for the item after it arrives.  In theory, that give you time to test the item and raise any problems before having to pay for it.

A "JJC Multi Exposure Timer" - It is used for setting long exposures and doing time lapse photography.

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