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EOS Bodies / Re: Best FF option
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:51:00 AM »
Get a 6D?
Love to know why you recommend a 6D?
I would have thought a 6D would be exactly what you need if you're just after a second body for the 7D to do architectual, landscapes, portraits etc as you won't need the more advanced AF capabilities and frame speed of the 7D or 5Diii aren't needed here.  Keep some cash in your pocket instead. 

I'd assume the image quality would be on par with other full frame options.  In fact, the lower MPs might even lead to lower noise if doing night time architectual shots.  The only real down side seems to be the slower flash synch speed.

Lenses / How are lenses measured?
« on: September 22, 2012, 04:01:36 AM »
Can anyone provide a simple explanation as to how the focal length of a lens is measured?  Where is measured from?  What makes a 17mm lens a 17mm lens?  What makes a 400mm lens a 400mm lens.  My initial thought was that if you held up a negative 400mm from your eye, you might get a similar angle of view to a 400mm lens.  But that doesn't seem quite right, and doesn't account for fish eye lenses etc.  A quick google search didn't shed much light.  Does anyone know?

Lenses / Re: last call for vacation lenses
« on: September 22, 2012, 03:40:56 AM »
A tough choice.  My heart says 35mm as it is such a nice lens, but my head says 17-40mm as it covers a wide range of focal lengths that would be very handy on your trip.  And then there's the tilt-shift.  Not only does it have capabilities missing in all of the other lenses, but 24mm is an ideal focal length for many things you intend to do.  Do you have Sherpas to carry your gear?  If so, take the whole lot.  If you're carrying everything yourself....eeny, meeny, miny, moe......I don't know.  Maybe the 35mm?

Not sure where the premise is coming from.  Are a lot of Canon products expensive?  Yes.  Do they represent value?  A difficult question to answer.  But Canon cameras and lenses don't seem overpriced compared to the competition.  In fact, many things are cheaper (and yet still better) than comparable competitor products.  And given that several camera manufacturers are struggling with profitability, its difficult to argue there is a lot of price gouging or fixing going on.  But I'd agree that Canon can sometimes be "tricky" with some of their prices especially when they perceive high demand (eg 5Diii), but I think that helps them offer other things more competitively.

With EF-S lenses, some such as the 10-22 sell second hand with only a small drop in value.  Cheap, basic kit lenses don't retain their value (and arguably never have).  Its not because they are "bad" lenses.  Its simple supply and demand.  People are buying second hand because they want a better-than-a-kit-lens lens.  Quality lenses and cameras retain their value.  The only time when you do see significant drops in value is when a mount becomes orphaned - eg Minolta MC/MD.  But even recently, there has been an increase in a prices, which has possible been driven by their compatability with mirrorless cameras. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 18, 2012, 05:17:10 AM »
FYI: No Touchscreen

Imagine how cool a touch screen would have been.  11 AF points, plus the ability to select a focus point anywhere on the touchscreen (in photo mode and continuous video AF) would negate a lot of the negative sentiments about the AF system.  Rather than being a step backward from the 5Diii, it would just be "Different" to the 5Diii. Given the 650D has a touch screen, I'm rather surprised Canon haven't rolled all of the cool tech into this one - even if it would have added a bit to the sale price.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:29:08 PM »
...On the other hand, the Nikon D600 beats it in every way ...

Your points are valid, but apart from the better AF (and it remains to be seen if the 6D is actually "bad"), a wide range of people wouldn't care too much about the rest.  Many people prefer external flash units, the MP difference is negligible, and the dual card slots, while handy, isn't a deal breaker for a lot of people.

And the 6D has a lot of positive features that are lacking on the D600 which will appeal to a wide range of people.  Personally, I like the idea of the faster max shutter speed, higher ISOs, better low light AF capabilities, built in WiFi and GPS.  For someone like myself who takes a lot of photos late in the day, or night time sports, it might be ideal.  I'm certainly starting to warm to it and can't wait to read some proper reviews. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:55:09 AM »
Two thoughts: -


But overall, probably not a bad little camera. 

In wishful thing mode, I wonder if Canon can add WiFi and GPS to the 5Diii as a pre-christmas facelift?  That would make the 5Diii a very attractive proposition.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 16, 2012, 08:06:51 PM »
I'm hoping the 6D will be a winner.  If Canon doesn't continue to attract new people to the EF system, second hand prices will slump, making future upgrades / new lens purchases a little harder.  Not that there appears to be anything fundamentally wrong with the 6D specs, but ín such a competitive market, I'm hoping the camera as a whole will be better than the sum of the parts suggests.

I must be a bit slow and I don't think I get it.  When I look at the BlackRapid straps, they just look like regular camera straps.  Ok, I get that the strap can move independently to the shoulder pad and that hanging the camera upside down can allow you to bring it to eye level faster.  I'm cool with that and I appreciate that alone might be enough reason to consider them.  But as far as being a comfortable camera strap to use all day, do they differ significantly to any other camera strap with a lot of shoulder padding?  I've got Tamrac N45's on my cameras.  These have a very nice, suede shoulder pad and I find them very comfortable.  But seeing 90% of people here seem to be using the BlackRapid straps, I'm starting to wonder if I'm missing something.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:39:39 PM »
.....don’t invest in too much AF-sensors (useless without eye-control), but widespread, accurate cross- or x-type sensors for f/5.6.....

Couldn't agree more.  I've got an older 1Ds Mk ii.  If I decide to pick up something newer, one thing that I will be looking for is a wider array of focus points.  Its a little annoying having 45 focus points crammed into the centre of the frame.  What's the point?  (Although, personally I'm hoping for the ability to focus anywhere via a touchscreen.)

Weathersealed, 4.5fps, small body, wifi and GPS and hopefully a street price well below $1999. What's not to like?  But really, isnt it just a FF 60D for $1250 more?   And with the quality of the APS-C sensors around, isn't everyone just getting tired of the "FF" talk as if it is a compulsory requirement for photography Nirvana?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to charge for wedding photography?
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:44:33 AM »
Wouldn't be too worried about the online albums etc.  With any business, there are always things that need to be done.  But you can't use it as an excuse not to get underway. FWIW, most of my local photographers charge approx. $AUD2,000 to $AUD3,000.  But some are a lot more.  Probably a totally different market, so as suggested above, check with the local competition.  Attend a few wedding expos and see what the market rates are.

Nishi, I wouldn't be shocked if they went with someone more expensive.  My first thoughts when I see someone offer a low price for a service that I know requires a lot of skill and time is "Do they know what they're doing", "Have they done it before?",  "How reliable are they?".  A lot of people (ok....predominantly younger people) see a wedding as a once in a life time event.  Photos are an integral part of this.  Most people are comfortable (although maybe not happy) with paying a high price for someone they believe will document their big day with proper care.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Photo vendors in five years?
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:59:54 PM »
I can't imagine any big changes.  My trifecta is Canon, Sony then Nikon.  Nikon will still sell a lot of dslrs, but just won't be able to keep up with Sony's overall camera sales.

Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:02:09 AM »
I assume you're ok with the major cities / attraction.  Some other interesting places that I've come across: -

Glastonbury Tor, UK - while you're there, check out the Abbey (King Arthurs is buried there) and Chalice Well.  If you have a car, Glastonbury is a good base for exploring the region - Stonehenge, Wells, Bath, the coast, Exmoor, Cheddar etc.     

The Red Lion Pub, Avebury - the only pub inside a stone circle

Arbor Low, Peak District, UK - its a stone circle in the middle of some guy's farm.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Peak District - very photogenic at sunset.  BTW, if you're heading to the Peak District, spend at least one night at Chatsworth House (ie Cavendish Hotel).  Girls will be very impressed.  In fact, spend a week there - its a good base for exploring the area and there are a lot of interesting and scenic walks, towns etc.

Tintagel, Cornwall, UK - King Arthur used to live there and its got a cool looking post office.

(If you're detecting a King Arthur, Stone circle theme, you're right - I've done several trips searching for the holy grail and my wife is a tarot card reader...) 

The "Jurassic Coast", Uk - just watch out for dinosaurs!

The Abbey at Whitby, UK (and surrounding beaches) - great in the late afternoon.

York - if you like trains, vikings and walled cities, this is the place to be

Take a Boat Cruise on Loch Lomond, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

There are a lot of waterfalls in Scotland...

Stirling Castle, Scotland - where you can get a great shot of the Wallace Monument.  The staff are very good - If they don't offer, ask them to take your picture in the King / Queen's seat.

Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, Florence - a bit of a walk out of town, but you get a nice view.

Anywhere in Tuscany

Rome - my favourite place in Europe.  If you're even half considering going to Europe and not visiting Rome, slap yourself a few times until you come to your senses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A99 24MP Full Frame Press Release
« on: September 12, 2012, 03:59:00 AM »
Their glass is the main reason I'd ever consider switching to Sony.

Can you increase the budget a bit?  If so, have a look at the Sigma DP2 Merrill.  Apart from price, it seems to meet your other criteria.  Its even been suggested that the image quality exceeds most DSLRs (not the Canon ones, of course!). 

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