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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 19, 2013, 04:31:17 AM »
But then again, have you ever seen the marketing people say "this lens is soft" :)

What about the 135/f2.8?

I'll join the chorus of those curious about this lens.  My 400/5.6 has a pretty bad fungus problem and is on the fast track to the bin.  With no modern Canon replacement in sight, I can't wait to read some reviews on the Tamron to see if it is a possible replacement. 

My only concern is that the length of the lens seems short given the focal range covered.  Now I'm no lens designer, but I've always believed that the more "tele" a lens is, the more advanced (and expensive) internal optics that are required to produce great results.  Hopefully, Tamron will prove me wrong.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:05:14 AM »
I love crystal ball gazing.  Where will we be in twelve months: -

I think most manufacturers will release fixed lens FF mirrorless cameras.  I certainly think that is Fuji's intention and I wouldn't be surprised if Canon and Nikon follow suit.  Canon's entry will resemble a vintage Canonet.  It will be a sales success.  In relation to interchangeable lens cameras, in addition to the EOS M3, Canon will release a highly specc'd EOS M3 Pro.  Both will use APS-C sensors.  The EOS M3 Pro might even be sold outside of Japan.

Pentax might be the odd one out and might announce a mirrorless system.  They've developed a strong APS-C following.  For years they've been saying that APS-C is good enough (...which it is), but there is a strong interest in FF cameras amongst their users.  A mirrorless system will allow the move into FF without disenfranchising their existing customers.  Pentax will walk away from retail.  Instead, you'll buy the camera directly from them online.  Taking some ideas from Ricoh, Pentax will design their camera in a modular fashion and users will have many different options to choose from.  You'll customise the camera at the time of ordering.  It won't be a huge success, but people will like the idea.

To the dismay of Pentax users, there won't be a Pentax FF DSLR.  Pentax will make the decision that they can't easily compete with Canon and Nikon (and Sony) as they don't have the resources to quickly develop an extensive range of lenses and accessories that most DSLR users would demand.   However, they will be able to develop a simple mirrorless system with only a handful of lenses.

Olympus will also announce a FF system.  They will use a mount which enables M43 lenses to be used (in crop mode) which will make current Olympus photographers very happy.  They will have also developed improvements to phase detect AF.  The Olympus model will be a very responsive camera.  Maybe not ready for birds in flight, but few will complain about AF speed.

The price of all of these cameras will fall in the $1400-$1700 range.  That's the new FF battleground.  Most people who have used a good crop camera in recent years will wonder what the point is, especially now that the widest aperture, maximum background blur look is getting a little dated.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: December 18, 2013, 03:04:31 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.

Last year I would have been very excited about the new Sony cameras.  But now, I'm strangely unmoved.  I've recently bought into the Fuji X system and I'm really liking that decision.   As the Sony's aren't so well specc'd (or reviewed) that I'd consider dumping my Canon or Fuji gear, I can't see myself picking one up in the foreseeable future.  A FF Canon mirrorless camera might be a different story.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:05:12 AM »
If you set your mind back a few years, at the "affordable" end, the original 7d had a noticeable AF capability and speed advantage over the 5Dii and 50D.  It had a clearly defined position in the Canon hierarchy.

But, now, apart from an increase in fps, I'm not sure what a 7Dii could offer over a 5Diii, whereas the 5Diii would offer better IQ (something we all value highly).  At the other end, the 70D at $950 looks very compelling.  Canon would need to have something special to demand a significant premium.  So I think the problem is pricing.  There is clearly a lot of interest in a 7Dii type camera.  But can Canon put something together that can justify a high price tag and motivate buyers?  I hope so. 


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EOS-M / Re: Eos M vs Fujifilm X100
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:20:51 PM »
One compelling benefit of the X-100 is the 1/1000s flash synch vs the 1/200 of the Eos-M.   In addition, the x-100 has an inbuilt ND filter.  Combined, these give you some interesting options for shooting with flash and a wide aperture in sunlight.

To me, the decision boils down to this.  If you are comfortable with the fixed lens, then the X-100 is a very nice camera.  If you prefer the extra flexibility of interchangeable lenses, especially if you want to retain autofocus with Canon lenses, then the Eos-M is the obvious choose.  But I'll thrown in another thought for free - the X-100 is a camera that people want to use, whereas the Eos-M is a camera many people purchase simply because it is heavily discounted.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: How Much the PRO make money ?
« on: December 11, 2013, 06:24:04 AM »
If you're paying $15k tax on such an income, you've seriously got to consider moving to another country.  No wonder there is so much interest in the TEA Party.  In Australia, with those figures, you'd pay no tax (depending on assumptions on depreciating camera gear).   Worst case scenario, $2k tax.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Portrait Pricing
« on: December 11, 2013, 06:07:36 AM »
For those looking to start a photography business and after ideas on pricing, I attended a relative's graduation yesterday and we had some photos taken afterwards by the official photographers.  Just posting this in case someone finds the pricing info useful.  (Although, personally, I think some of the prices for our 60 second photo shoot seem a little high / extortionate.  But hey, if that's how much people pay to commemorate a special occasion, so be it.)  Prices are in Australian Dollars.

Choose Products for this Image
13x18cm Photo  [info]   $26.00      
20x25cm Photo  [info]   $31.00      
25x33cm Photo  [info]   $51.00      
Graduate's Portrait Set  [info]   $115.00      
Canvas Mount 25x33cm  [info]   $180.00      
Canvas Mount 40x50cm  [info]   $230.00      
Decor Package  [info]   $390.00      
Mega Value Package (High Res CD)  [info]   $230.00      
40x50cm Photo   [info]   $110.00      
50x60cm Photo   [info]   $130.00      
Value Pack  [info]   $115.00      
High Resolution Images CD  [info]   $170.00      
Canvas Mount 50x60cm  [info]   $290.00      
Display Portrait  [info]   $75.00      
Souvenir Stage Photo  [info]   $32.00      

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Technical Support / Re: Best Possible IQ
« on: December 11, 2013, 05:46:57 AM »
If people are actually moving, not standing still, you could consider a 10 stop ND filter as a way to effectively remove them. 

Probably not telling you anything you don't know, but I'd second this and suggest you give it a try as part of the shoot.  During the very early morning, a 10 stop filter will require fairly long exposures.  Depending upon the light and your aperture, you might be able to push the exposure out to the 2 to 4 minute range.  Most people won't stay still for that long.  And, as if by magic, anyone who is moving won't appear in the final image.  Instant ghost town.  That'll save a lot of work later (even if the work is being done by someone else).  So, give them what they asked for with the multiple shots (to show that you can follow instructions), then give them what they need (so that you become the photographer they'll always turn to.)

You can also stack ND filters, giving significantly longer exposure times and greater people removing ability.  Adding another 3 stop ND, will turn a 4 minute exposure into (in theory) a 32 minute exposure  - but its not that simple - as the sun rises, your exposure times need to reduce, so there's a little experimentation involved.  But you could just set this up on your normal camera with a 20 minute / 25 minute exposure while you play around with the medium format gear.  If you like the results on day one, put the ND filters on the medium format camera on day two and try it with the better gear.

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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 09:55:20 PM »
It's not just an Asian thing.  Recently I've been working with some 60 to 80 year old US Cotton Industry specialists (Cotton graders and cotton mill set up advisers) who have been working in Qld, Australia.  Those guys are THE most polite and thoughtful people I've ever met. 

I've got a whole cupboard full of useless things.  Will list some tonight.

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You picked up all that gear for only $723?  Happy Days!  I would have asked the question, too.  But maybe with a smiley face at the end to make them aware that you've picked them up on an obvious mistake and that I wasn't too serious. 

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Lenses / Re: Do You Take Better Pics with Primes?
« on: December 08, 2013, 12:07:41 AM »
I'm personally a big prime fan.  They typically have a wider aperture, better bokeh, are usually cheaper and are often smaller and lighter (unless you start carrying multiple lenses).  My 40mm is almost glued to my camera and I normally prefer my 135mm to my 70-200mm.  I do a lot of walking with my camera, and I like lighter gear (despite my main camera being a 1Ds MkII).  I also dislike being the centre of attention, and the 40mm is better at this than a 24-70 or 24-105.  Plus I'm an enthusiast, not a professional.  My livelihood doesn't rely upon me getting a particular shot.  But I tend to have the opposite problem to the OP.  With a prime, I often get close to the shot  I want, whereas with a zoom I might have nailed it.  If I was more serious, I'd probably stick to zooms.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:19:49 AM »
....We can all bash a camera for not being built to our personal specifications, and miss the point that it meets other people's needs very well.

Sadly, I'll never know if it meets my needs.  Living outside of Japan, I will never see one.  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:32:56 AM »
It also seems that some have assumed that every new camera model released must be of significant advancement so as to justify everyone upgrading from the previous model, and that if it doesn't meet this requirement, the company must be asleep at the wheel or on the verge of collapse....

People just get upset at missed opportunities.  It has already been mentioned above that about 1/10th of serious camera buyers are into mirrorless cameras.  It has also been mentioned that mirrorless buyers are happy to spend more on a mirrorless camera than would seem rational.  You could then assume that an identifiable/sizeable portion of Canon camera buyers want a well built, feature packed mirrorless camera and are willing to pay for it.  And given that Canon has developed a lot of the tech to make a great mirrorless camera, I can sympathise with those who think the M2 is a let down.  Canon can do so much better.

This M2 announcement causes another problem for Canon.  It sends a clear message to many that Canon isn't serious about mirrorless and won't be for some time (if ever).  (Of course the M1 also sent that message loud and clear - are there still only 2 lenses for it, one of which you can't even buy in half of the world?)  Therefore, all of those who are mirrorless curious are just going to pick up a Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Leica etc.  If they invest into those systems and like it (as I did with Fuji), they're not going to quickly switch back.  All of sudden, Canon has lost a large swathe of early adopters who would otherwise be proudly espousing the benefits of Canon mirrorless cameras to their non-Canon friends.  By the way, have I mentioned how awesome the Fuji 14mm is?  And have you checked out the flash synch times on the X-100S - what kind of creative opportunities would that provide you?  (Anyway, you get the idea - deep down, I'm still a Canon fanboi.)

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Australia / Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:07:55 PM »
I'll put in a plug for someone who helped my camera club out recently, Pele Leung - http://peleleung.com.  He does photo tours around Melbourne and surrounding regions.  Even if you're not a photo tour person, his website and itineries might give you a few ideas.

Otherwise, you're schedule looks fine.  Being a Queenslander who only travels to Melbourne for Melbourne Cup Day, I'm not the best person to say where you must go.  And chances are the places I find interesting from an Australian historical perspective - eg Melbourne Gaol, Ballarat and Bendigo are probably of little interest to international tourists.   But I'll add that Warnambool is a nice place to base yourself for one or two nights if travelling along the Great Ocean Road.  They also have an interesting shipwreck / laser show.

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Portrait / Re: Looking for advice on my portraits...
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:49:32 PM »
Nice photos!  From the images, its not immediately obvious how out of focus everyone is, but I note that you took the top photo at f/4.  If it's not perfect, using a smaller aperture (ie bigger number such as f/8 and f/11) will help ensure that everyone is sharper.  Above, VSJ suggests a reflector, which is a cheap and easy to use accessory to fill in some of the shadows - eg around the eyes.  If you don't have any spare hands, you can just rest this on a coffee table or the ground and angle it with some books. Or if you want to get really fancy, try using both of your flashes at the same time.

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