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EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:55:06 AM »
A FF mirrorless camera will never be a performance beast.  So why bother trying?  A great sensor and EVF, with "ok" AF, maybe 3fps and 1/4000 shutter speed in a tiny (eos-M sized?) body and a low $1,000 to $1,500 price and I'd be happy.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Australia: coming lower prices for Canon equipment?
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:33:04 PM »
According to The Courier-Mail, you can register here for details - http://www.clickfrenzy.com.au/

DJs occasionally have good specials, but their range is very basic / low end and may not interest most people here.  But there are a couple of hundred larger retailers involved, so will be interesting to watch.  Its good to see local retailers embracing the web rather than complaining about slipping sales and advocating for regulations to hamper imports.  Although I notice Harvey Norman is conspicuously absent from the list of participating retailers.

Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:46:42 PM »
My best effort.  As I thought lens flare, incorrect exposure choices and imperfect equipment led to some disappointing results.  Oh well...at least I'm a little better informed.  When the next one is here in 17 years times, I'll be on top of these things. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photos of film's demise
« on: November 15, 2012, 07:53:00 PM »
Give Ektar a try.  It comes in 4x5.  Its very good at capturing detail.  If you're scanning it on the V750, then colour problems from your photo lab aren't an issue.  It has a greater exposure range (dynamic range?) than slide film and can give you a lot more post processing possibilities.

Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:37:20 AM »
Nice - very moody.

My work plans changed and I found myself still in Brisbane.  I missed the "total" solar eclipse and had a crescent shaped sun, too.  Still, I found it very interesting.

I took a few photos, and will take a closer look at them as soon as I get home tonight.  For lack of anything better, I stacked an IR filter, a 3 stop ND filter and a polarizer on the end of a Canon 100-300, which I mounted onto an Olympus EPL-1.  I went with the Olympus so that I could compose through the EVF without worrying about eye damage.  But I probably should have trialled it first.  While viewing through the EVF was fine and worked well, the combination of filters and lower quality lens led to a lot of lens flare which I think ruined most of the shots.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:30:03 PM »
I'm hedging my bets.  I print my favourite photos at 5x7 or 8x12.  I upload photos to an online site.  I keep backups on multiple hard drives.  I also have photos stored on the hard drives of a couple of computers.  With film, I keep negatives in archival plastic sleeves. 

But what really worries me is that, at the rate I'm shooting, I'll have hundreds of thousands (maybe a million+?) images by the time I finish.  Is anyone ever going to look at that many photos or care for such a collection?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:19:00 PM »
Wow - They're good.

Canon General / Re: How do you display your pictures?
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:22:53 PM »
I'm a TV person, too.  But on its own, my TV lacks processing power and the slideshow transitions aren't the best.  Therefore, I typically use it via a PS3, which has great slideshow features and special effects. 

Alternatively, I use a blueray player that's connected to a networked hard drive.  Its not as feature packed as the PS3, but I have access to all my photos and it runs silently (wheras the PS3 has a noisy cooling fan).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photos of film's demise
« on: November 12, 2012, 08:36:15 PM »
Ironically, Kodak has started to steal customers back from Fuji after putting some R & D money into their films.  It started with 100vs and more recently Ektar 100 and Portra 400.  I understand Kodak are still making Ektar and Portra.  With Black and White film, there are still several small players continuing on.  Admittedly, a very small niche in the photographic world.

One of the annoying things about the film market is that it is almost impossible to buy quality and/or medium format film in a retail shop without paying excessively high prices. Instead, it is largely internet based.  On the positive side, by having a handful of larger suppliers, I'm hoping that this makes distribution easier for manufacturers and will help keep them in business longer.  Plus there are also some smaller suppliers out there trying to keep things alive.  Blanco Negro Supplies in Sydney come to mind with their Foma products.  http://www.blanconegrosupplies.com.au

Landscape / Re: Shooting a moonrise - Need advice
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:41:15 AM »
You'll get the best outcome when the moon is very low.  Typically within an hour or so of moon rise.  If you're there when the moon starts rising, you can't go wrong.  One standard classic shot has the moon half risen on the horizon.

This is a useful program for working out where the moon will appear...


Google Sky is also very useful, too.  Along with another app - Sundroid.

Its good that you're taking the flash.  As mentioned, the moon is surprisingly bright.  The shutter / aperture combination that you'll need to keep detail in the moon won't give you enough exposure for rocks and waves and well lit reflections.  But if you bracket a few exposures, then you can always manipulate the images later.

Lenses / Re: Prime Lens Focal Lengths
« on: November 09, 2012, 06:25:49 AM »
On a full frame camera, 24mm is noticeably wider than 28mm whereas 100mm and 105mm would appear fairly similar.  On a 7D, differences won't be quite as apparent.

There are some comparison photos for 24 vs 28mm here: -


Just note that the comparison photos shown are for a full frame body.

Landscape / Re: Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:09:24 PM »
Thanks. When I googled solar eclipse photos, yours is the sort of photo that comes up.  Now I know that a solar filter is the key.

Landscape / Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:05:37 PM »
We've got a total solar eclipse next Wednesday morning (14th November) in Northern Australia.  Does anyone have any good suggestions for photographing one?  Any special filters or preferred lenses that you'd suggest? 

Lenses / Re: do image stabilisers decrease image quality?
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:52:02 PM »
Is there ever an advantage in turning IS off?  (Ignoring tripod mounted cameras and assuming a sufficently fast shutter speed for a sharp photo.)  I often see it stated that it results in sharper images, but my experiences have been inconclusive.  Any thoughts?

Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:44:23 AM »
Maybe they're using transparent aluminium.

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