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Site Information / Re: Record number of members online
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:26:43 PM »
IT'S A NEW RECORD!!!

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Congratulations CR! 


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EOS Bodies / Re: What is the difference between "good" AF and "bad" AF?
« on: February 29, 2012, 02:06:57 AM »
I'd say a good AF system: -

1. Works reliably in subdued lighting (this is the EV thing you see mentioned - the lower the better)
2. Has autofocus points across most of the image (not just the central portion)
3. Has more "cross type" autofocus points (these are more accurate)

From there, a good AF system would have a number of options relating to tracking objects better and choosing groups of sensors to use.  If you have a chance, download a 7D manual and you'll see the different options available and what's possible.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 L lens - upgrade needed.
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:51:40 AM »
The 400mm is well placed price-wise.  I'd be sad to see Canon make changes that might significantly increase the price.  If the rumoured $3,000 price of the new 100-400mm is true, there won't be many affordable options in the 400mm focal length range.  This would be a bit disappointing for a company that enjoys a lot of support from amateur sports and wildlife photographers.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eye Control Focus
« on: February 27, 2012, 02:40:41 AM »
D'oh.  Of course.   Thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eye Control Focus
« on: February 27, 2012, 12:22:44 AM »
Canon could also tie eye control with contrast detection autofocus.  If you look at one of the focus points, the camera could use phase detection for fast AF.  But if you look anywhere else (ie corners), contrast detection could kick in and the camera can do its best to focus. 
 
Canon sold more eos 30s (aka 7e) than 33s (the same as a 30 but lacking eye control).  Given the choice, the marketplace seemed to like eye control.  And why not?  Its a system that works well for most people. 

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 25, 2012, 02:09:19 AM »
My latest project is trying to photograph flying foxes.  As they're moving and its dark, I'm pushing my camera's autofocus system to the limit and a lot of the time it just won't lock on (I've only got a window of a few minutes where they're active and my AF still works before getting too dark).  I'm finding it a bit of challenge to get a decent shot.  But I'm slowly refining my technique, and I'll get there one day.  I know the type of composition I want, but I just can't get them to go where I want them!  Lens wise, I've settled on the 135mm.  Its the only fast telephoto that I've got.  Being sharp wide open makes it a natural choice.  It's an awesome lens. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will we do after Feb 27/28?
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:16:36 AM »
I hear that the 5Div will be one sweet camera.  Soooo much better than the 5Diii.

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Next Christmas, when Santa's little helpers are taking pictures of Santa and children, I can almost guarantee that they'll be using a t3i.  Elves know when they're onto a good thing.  And it also seems to be the current camera of choice for smart professionals.  Best combination of features, image quality and price.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Wish
« on: February 20, 2012, 11:33:28 PM »
Quality glass doesn't have to be big.  Leica lenses are quite small compared with similar Canon lenses and they are probably almost as good.  The size of the lens is probably one of the many considerations that designers take into account.  Canon designers seem to prefer bigger lenses  (For each focal length, I think our lenses are biggest!  Yay!).  I assume it makes other design problems easier to solve? 

There are also a lot of small APS-C lenses around.  Have a look at the new Pentax 40mm for their APS-C K-01.  It's tiny.  I think the whole mirrorless debate would probably be less relevant if Canon released some pancake EF-S primes. 

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As mentioned above, it is a combination of the small enhancements and extra thought that goes into the design that set them apart.  For me, the key differences are the build quality, weather sealing and "toughness".  You get the feeling that they'll just keep going and features like the dual card slots give you that extra level of redundancy if anything goes wrong.  Image-wise, they're no different to other cameras.  In fact, they also miss out on some things, too.  For example, the 1Ds Mk III only goes to ISO 3200, whereas the similar sensored (identical?) 5Dii goes to 25,600.  Also, 1Ds models lack video.  (Who ever heard of a camera that can't take videos??  There was meant to have been a firmware upgrade on 1 April last year which unlocked this feature, but it looks like Canon pulled this at the last minute - probably to get people to fork out more money for the 1Dx). 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Wish
« on: February 19, 2012, 07:59:08 PM »
There was nothing that could be considered ultra wide angle...

Did you have a look at micro four thirds?  There's the Panasonic 7-14mm and the Olympus 9-18mm.  Although neither are cheap, so you'd have to be really comitted to buy one.

I've done a complete 180 on this.  I like mirrorless cameras, and a few months ago I would have happily joined into the "Canon must release a mirrorless camera or the sky will fall down" brigade.  And if you look at the camera sales outside of the US, mirrorless cameras are making up a noticeable and growing percentage of sales.  I think that even in the US, there is a growing interest in smaller cameras. 

But now I'm thinking, who really cares if Canon doesn't release one?  There's enough variety out there already. If they released one with EF & EF-S compatibility - great!  But otherwise, nobody needs a "Canon" mirrorless camera.  If Canon believe that their R & D budget is better spent on DSLRs and associated lenses and that their efforts shouldn't be diluted across a range of products, I'm not going to second guess them.  I'd much rather have them do one thing well than several things at an average level.

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Lenses / Re: IS substitute for faster glass in low light? Not convinced.
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:00:58 AM »
If taking a photo of a stationary object, then you'd have a greater chance of a sharp photo with the f/4 IS.  But you're still stuck with a 1/2 second shutter speed.  If you're taking photos of people or anything involving action, the faster shutter speed of a f/2.8 lens might work better.

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Canon General / Re: Is it worth *really* studying photography?
« on: February 17, 2012, 03:31:30 AM »
OK - it sounds like you've got an edge over a few of your fellow students. But how are you going to keep that edge and stay ahead of the pack? 

The 80 other people in your course are your job market competition.  At least if you stay in the class, you'll be able to prove to all and sundry how good you are compared to them.  Above average grades, maybe an award or two, a few glowing references and your job prospects should improve dramatically.

But don't let your experiences with these people in your first week deceive you.  Very few school leavers know much about anything when they leave high school.  Many probably chose your course because it sounded fun or cool.  But if they are driven to succeed, then they will achieve.  Plus, I doubt that your exams will involve questions like "what does 35mm mean?".  Instead, you'll be given tasks that require you to demonstrate artistic vision.  A knowledge of equipment can only take you so far.  If I was looking at two people in their first week and person A had a good technical knowledge about how to use a DSLR and person B didn't know much about cameras, but spent every second of the day drawing or painting or some other creative task, I'd be backing person B to be kicking Person A's butt in a photography course after 6 months.     

The people in your course would have been selected for a reason.  If its not their camera knowledge, it must be their art skills.  Watch out!

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EOS Bodies / Re: I can't decide what to do!
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:44:59 AM »
The 1Ds Mkii also lacks video, which might be important with weddings. 

But they're well built, have good battery life (1,500+ photos per charge), weather sealed, have dual card capability, excellent images at low ISOs, great autofocus.  For what they do well, and at the prices they're going for, they're a good buy.

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Lenses / Re: New canon 24 2.8 USM - consumer or Pro ?
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:07:21 PM »
Hi, I've seen the comment that this lens is designed for video use in a few places.  Is that simply because it has IS?  Or is there something else that Canon has incorporated to optimize it for video use? 

I've been intrigued by this lens, too.  I've been thinking about picking up a small, wide lens for a while.  But the old 24mm didn't seem any better than some of the zooms that I have and the price of the 24L didn't really excite me.  This new f/2.8 might just fit the bill.  Luckily, I'm in no rush to do anything and can wait for a few reviews to come out.  From some of the comments that I've seen, image quality should be very good and it will be interesting to see if it is comparable with the 24L.  With USM and IS, I think it could be a winner (especially if the street price is a bit lower than the $850 everyone is quoting). 

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