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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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:11:23 AM »
I know being a professional photographer is very competitive, but I don't know if camera choice is that relevant.  At work, we regularly engage photographers for assignments.  And I see a wide variety of equipment used.  The majority are using 5Dii's and 1 series bodies.  I saw my first 5Diii only a month or so ago.  But I've seen rebels being used.  There was even a bloke who turned up with a Nikon!  Generally, when we're meeting photographers, just out of curiosity, one of the first questions is "what type of camera do you have?".  I remember one girl who said a 500D.  It raised an eyebrow, but a quick meeting made it clear that she knew her stuff and a car full of lighting equipment reinforced this.  At the end of the day, we put our trust in the photographer to deliver.  And a professional photographer generally will.  To us, it more important that the photographer understands what we want than the camera they use. (....although...admittedly....if you have a 1Dx, Hasselblad, etc it does make a very good first impression).

We've used the Nikon guy for a few jobs.  Shows how little the marketplace cares about the camera used.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: December 21, 2012, 03:55:13 AM »
Yes.  Canon should give their cameras away for free.  Or, more realistically, provide them on a subscription basis.  They probably don't cost that much to manufacture anyway, so if they did this directly from the factory it wouldn't cost them too much.  They'd easily make up the cash in extra lens sales to the millions of new Canon DSLR users.  Basic Marketing 101.  ;)

Would you pay $400/yr to rent a 5Diii directly from Canon on a 3 year agreement?  $1000/yr for a 1Dx?

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.

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