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Software & Accessories / Time Lapse Movie Software
« on: December 20, 2012, 05:13:07 AM »
Hi, I'm going to try my hand at making time lapse movies.  Just wondering what your favourite software is?  Can you recommend some software that allows you to zoom and pan but is also suitable for a beginner?  I currently have Photoshop CS4 (non-extended version) and Lightroom if that makes a difference. 

TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
135mm f/2.0L USM
600mm f/4L IS II USM

Lenses / Re: Buy Canon 24-70l II today or wait for Newer version with IS?
« on: December 20, 2012, 12:14:47 AM »
No, return the lens, skip the 24-70/2.8 IS, too.  There'll be a 21-80mm f/2.8L IS a year after that...that's the one you want to wait for.

Well, I've heard that the 21-80mm will be the kit lens for the new FF mirrorless that will be released once the 0.2 μm copper sensor factory is up and running.  You've got to love Canon.  Get all the 5Dii people to upgrade to the 5Diii then a year later release a significantly improved sensor in a mirrorless body to encourage everyone to buy a second camera with an awesome kit lens.  It's marketing genius.

But, it's probably all rumours.  Best stick wth your current 24-70 for now.

Macro / Re: A small(pun intended) game
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:30:43 PM »
I'll play.  I guess: -

ballpoint pen
takeway coffee cup

Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 05:19:37 AM »
I've asked Santa for a TC-80N3.  I notice its missing from your list.

Operating systems are a real pain.  My 9950F won't work on a windows 7 or 8 64bit - Canon has only released 32 bit divers.  Consequently, I've got an old Vista computer plugging away in the corner solely to run a scanner.  As soon as that computer dies, my perfectly good scanner becomes obsolete.  I've tried XP mode on Windows 7 and that doesn't work.  The joys of working with ancient technology like film and scanners.

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:05:19 AM »
Its from B & H.  $1996.  This is the link: -


BTW, don't buy it.  Its obviously a piece of junk if Nikon has to drop the price so dramatically just after launch.

Lenses / Re: Long lens recommendation for surveillance.
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:21:38 AM »
What does this mean: "Oh, and doesn't Canon have some kind of strong signing of an image that it comes from a person/camera? Maybe he should look into that, since it probably would help with chain of custody kind of thing for any evidence." Strong signing?
Canon offers a Data Security Kit for some cameras, although a quick google suggests it's been cracked.
Each jurisdiction will have its own standard operating procedure for handling and post processing of photographs (whether taken by a police officer, the general public or CCTV security cameras).  As long as the steps are followed, the photos will be admitted as evidence.  If there are claims that the photo has been tampered with, the officer that took the photo will usually be required to testify that it is the photo they took.  In the case of UV and IR forensic photographs, they might also have to explain any steps they've taken.  The jury will weigh up the credibility of the police officer in coming to their verdict.  In itself, nothing hard, but photographic evidence is obviously very damaging to a defendent, so they'll argue any way possible to have it excluded.  The data security kit makes it a little harder to raise objections as it is one less step to overcome.  (Yes - I watch a lot of CSI and Law & Order)
If you friend wants something discreet, try a micro four thirds camera with a 100-300 lens.  The Nikon V1 with a 70-300 would also be pretty competent in daylight - That gives you about 810mm in real lens talk. 

If you're just doing a few scans and its not 100% crucial to get the best possible scan, I'd stick with a cheaper scanner such as the 9000F or Epson V600.  I've never used the 5mpx ones you've mentioned, but I know they're cheap so why not give them a go?  But if you're going to be doing a lot of scanning, I'd encourage you to get to the next step up or outsource it.  Scanning is a very tedious and time consuming activity.  I couldn't think of anything worse then spending a lot of time scanning negatives and not being happy with the results.

For what it worth, I do a lot of scanning and use a Canon 9950F (Hey...we're a Canon family!).  This works well and was good for its time, but this model was discontinued years ago.  Because I need to scan in many different formats, if I was shopping today, I'd look at the Epson V700 / Epson V750.  For 35mm I typically scan at 2400dpi.  At 2400dpi, on the best quality settings, it takes me just over an hour to scan 30 colour images.  Its less than half that time for B & W.  Higher dpi leads to much bigger file sizes and slower scans. 

If you get into it and you budget permits it, a quality dedicated film scanner is the best way to go.  The quality of scans, ease of use and capabilities (eg scanning more slides in one go, scanning a while uncut roll of film, slide holders, different film sizes) improve as you spend more.  You occasionally see used Nikon and Minolta film scanners sell for reasonable prices on eBay. 

EOS Bodies / Re: When will we have a full frame body below $1,000?
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:57:46 PM »
You can currently pick up a Nikon D600 Digital Camera with a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens and other accessories for $1996.  If you take the normal sale price of the lens ($597) and accessories ($174) away, you could say that the underlying price of the camera is $1225.

Getting very close to your $1,000 mark.

Landscape / Geminid Meteor Shower Suggestions
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:27:01 AM »
Any good tips for photographing meteor showers?

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod: Carry-On or Check-In
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:21:04 PM »
Check-in.  But I'm typically carrying a laptop, camera, lenses and other breakables in my carry-on and am already often pushing weight limits.  I figure if a tripod can't handle the stress of being thrown around with the other carry-on luggage, maybe its not the right tripod for me.  As mentioned above, lost luggage is a concern, especially if you need it ASAP upon arrival.  Otherwise, I'm sure you'd have appropriate insurance?

EOS Bodies / Re: 6d aus release?
« on: December 13, 2012, 04:59:50 AM »
Maybe shop around a bit more.  In Brisbane, the CameraPro and Photocontinental websites are both suggesting that it is in stock and ready to ship.

Canon General / Re: What real Pros shoot...
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:22:49 PM »
The lack of 1Ds models stands out.  Another indicator that photojournalists are required to double up as videographers, too.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.8iii... L... Real or fake?
« on: December 11, 2012, 01:11:48 AM »
Maybe it works on a subconscious level.  The 50 f/1.8 isn't a bad lens.  In fact, its quite good.  But being the cheapest lens in the arsenal, peer pressure might stop people from using it as often as they should.  But, afer giving it the "L" treatment, people might use it more and capture better photos.  And the red ring does look cool.

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