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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film is still hard to beat
« on: June 11, 2012, 04:47:00 AM »
Hi Dr Croubie, I know you intend to scan the transparencies.  But I'd also suggest buying a slide projector and having a look at the projected images.  I seriously doubt that you'll find the scans are on par with digital.  But I don't think that's point.  Its not about which is "better"... I thinks its generally accepted that digital is "better".  Instead, its about the experience that each offers.  One of the differences is that viewing photos on a monitor is generally a solitary experience (or alternatively, is so common that it looses its impact).  But film gives you the chance to have a slide show!  Very old fashioned, but its fun to gather the family (and/or friends) around, turn off all of the lights and view wall sized projections.

Also, its not that hard or expensive to get into B & W printing - one of the other experiences that film offers.  Trust me, its fun.  If you do it at night time, you don't even need a real darkroom.  I just use my garage.  I've got a feeling you're in Australia?  If you don't have a local camera shop, have a look at Blanco Negro Supplies in Sydney.  Their prices and shipping costs are pretty good.

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That was kind of my point.  Consumers wont spend this much on new body.  They will either go with the one that's cheaper (and quite capable I might add) or realize that a consumer model is not what they need and jump right to the semi-pro models.

A couple of weeks ago, 1100D+kit lens prices dropped to under $AUD500 and I received a couple of queries about "should I buy it".  Yet the 550D is only $50 more.  And the 600D body is only high $500's.  Yet nobody asked about these - the interest was solely in the cheapest model.  In fact, because a lot of department stores only sell the 1100D, none of these people even knew that other camera models even existed. I know, I'm shocked too!  But believe me, there are people out there who aren't fully conversant in the features, subtle differences, pros and negatives of every Canon camera on the market.   

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Lenses / Re: Italy Trip Lens Advice - wide angle
« on: June 10, 2012, 04:50:25 AM »
Agree with the above about security.  The good thing about Italy is that it is a tourist destination and given the number of tourists, the rate of crime is very low.  While it is a concern, I wouldn't worry too much about it.  In the places you're likely to visit, you'd look out of place if you didn't have a camera.  And Italian's are very image conscious - members of the opposite will be very impressed that you have a shiny new 5Diii.  Just use some common sense, keep your eye on everything and try not to leave your gear unattended at a cafe, on the street etc.  If you're going to lose something, it will be because you've given an opportunistic thief the chance to grab it.  Although, with the influx of refugees using it as the gateway into Europe and general economic downturn, maybe things are a changin'. 

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Lenses / Re: Italy Trip Lens Advice - wide angle
« on: June 10, 2012, 01:33:59 AM »
Last time I visited Italy, I had a 30D, 10-22, 50 and 70-200.  Most of my photos were taken with the 10-22 and the 50mm.  The 70-200 didn't come out of the bag too often.

24mm at the wide end is probably "ok".  But if you've got a 16-35, I can't see why you wouldn't take it.  You'll have plenty of opportunitites to use it at the wider end.  Plus, it would be a good choice for indoor photos.  I often used the 10-22 at the 10mm end and often wished it was wider.  I don't have a fish-eye so can't comment on this.

While the 16-35 will produce "slanted walls" etc, if distracting, this can fixed later in software.  But a tilt shift lens might produce a better result.  (When you try to fix this via software, you lose part of the photo which makes framing difficult).

I took a good tripod with me on that trip.  But I was travelling with a baby and didn't get a lot of chances to go out at night to use it.  If I was doing the same trip now, I'd probably take a tripod again and try to get more dawn, dusk and evening shots.  But I agree, you can get away without taking one and buy one if needed.  Maybe take a gorillapod?

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 10, 2012, 01:08:53 AM »
Can't wait to read a few more reviews.  If the autofocus speed isn't too bad in non-video mode, I'll definitely add one to the shopping list.  Like most people, I shoot DSLRs because they offer the best combination of image quality and feature set.  I didn't set out thinking "I need a big camera and heavy lenses".  If Canon chooses to produce something different, I think that's great.  Even more so if the lenses are affordable.  And yes, I'm also waiting excitedly for next week's mirrorless announcement!!

BTW, its interesting to hear poms complain about local prices.  Guys, you really need to start looking overseas for good prices.  Its only when your local stores start seeing their sales go elsewhere that they'll drop their prices to be competitive (or pressure their supplier accordingly).  Prices in Australia used to be high, but now we're largely on par with the US.  I suspect that this is largely due to Australian's being big online shoppers.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Heavy camera...best strap?
« on: June 08, 2012, 04:10:32 AM »
You often hear of the need for a strong strap, but do (reasonable quality) camera straps ever break or snap in the real world?  Ok, I'm sure it has happened, but what are the chances?

With my Mamiya RB67 (my biggest camera - weighing several KGs), I just used the Mamiya strap and apart from some fraying, it held up fine.  With my other cameras (including a 1Ds II with a variety of lenses), after much experimentation, I now just use Tamrac N-45s.  I like the Tamracs because they are longer than most straps and have a comfortable suede shoulder bit.  To me, they just feel good.  I know that traditional looking camera straps aren't that popular any more, but I like them and I think that's the key to camera strap shopping.  Find something that suits you, as you'll be the one wearing it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Canon Rebel T4i/650D on June 8 [CR3]
« on: June 06, 2012, 05:20:27 AM »
I've heard that some Canon bodies apply far less in-camera sharpening than other models even on maximum sharpness settings (with "pro" models producing less sharp images than "consumer" models).  The idea being that less sharpening applied results in more detail being retained and the photographer can later achieve their optimal mix later via software.  If true, could that also be the case here?  Or is this just another old wives tale to disguise sloppy technique and/or poor camera and lens performance?

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Yes - That will be part of the sales strategy - forcing people who "like things the way they are" to shell out for a 1 series.

That being said, the next 5D, being the "Advanced Technology" model will be jammed packed with a lot of cool features - wifi, bluetooth, GPS, DLNA.  You'll be able to control all of the camera features (and flash settings) from your mobile phone / tablet.  The touchpad LCD will allow unlimited focus points.  And the new viewfinder will allow you to overlay a lot of data on top of an optical viewfinder image if you want - there will actually be no real downside.  All those people who are buying 5Diii's now, will be kicking themselves that they didn't wait four years for this thing. 

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In three / four years time, the 5Div won't be a DSLR in the conventional sense but will instead be an EF mount mirrorless camera with a hybrid electronic and optical viewfinder.  It will be billed as Canon's flagship advanced technology model.  The 1 series will stay as a DSLR for a bit longer for those requiring a more rugged, time tested design.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Gig photography tips.
« on: June 02, 2012, 04:15:20 AM »
I'm always in two minds about what to take to a concert.  I've been to some recent concerts where the band and security make it very clear they don't allow photos or videos etc even from mobile phones, which would make you feel a bit awkward if you came all kitted out.  (And yet, these same bands often try to get everyone to hold up their phones to simulate cigarette lighters....).

Of course, some bands don't care and are a lot more photographer friendly.  I went to a Def FX concert on Thursday.  The first thing announced was "take as many pictures and videos as you like, post them on youtube to show everyone else what they're missing!".  (And if you're curious, Fiona Horne still rocks!).

I've got no real tips.  I've never taken a flash to a concert and that hasn't really hindered me. The only advice I have is to take a real a camera and don't rely on your phone.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Considering an EOS 35mm (film) body
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:34:22 PM »
All Canon eos film SLR camera's take the same lenses as the 5D.  Photonotes.org is a good site for comparing different models. As mentioned, they all use the same sensor, so its just a question of choosing the right feature set - frames per second, eye control, number of focus points, weather sealing etc.

Very few people have problems buying on ebay.  KEH, Adoama, B & H etc also sell used gear and often at good prices.

I'm a 7e (AKA eso 30) user.  No complaints - Its a good little camera.  But if someone offered to swap an eos 3 for it, I'd take the 3 in an instant.  I think the 3 will be the long term collectors item and is the one to get.   

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What body and lens combo are you using to take these shots?

Hi, Thanks everyone for your responses.  Generally, I'm using a 1Ds Mkii and a 135 f/2.  I suspect that I'll eventually end up upgrading to the newer Canon radio controlled flashes.  Therefore, I've just ordered a cheap Yong Nuo ST-E2  (its only $100) to see if that helps with autofocusing and have started researching motion detectors and infrared camera traps.  I've decided that framing and lighting the scene as I want it, and pre-focusing might be the best solution.

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Canon General / Re: Beliefs and myths.
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:27:50 AM »
OK, I'll take the challenge.  Tell me if I pass.


* With all other factors being equal, more megapixels will give better IQ except in high ISO. True.

* Raw files opened in Adobe or in DPP will have identical IQ. Essentially True.  They might have a slightly different look, but I wouldn't say one would be better.

* In real life situations the result from Zeiss lenses will be mostly indistinguishable from Canon lenses, all other factors being equal. True.  There are minor differences, but mosty indistinguishable.

* The 5d3 is the camera to grab when getting the photo is of utmost importance rather than D800. True

* Nikon makes better wide-angle lenses including wide-angle zooms than Canon. Difficult one.  Possibly True, but the 10-22 EF-S is probably better than the Nikon alternatives.  Our WA tilt shifts are ok.  Same with the 14mm and 24mm.  It would be difficult to say Nikon is "Better".

* If the user understands Photoshop properly then Nik softwares are redundant. Probably True

* Film has lost the battle and digital rules and even looks better. False.  Film is very niche but has its proponents and benefits.

* Chromatic aberrations and lens vignette characteristics of a lens do not matter as these things can be fixed easily in Photoshop. Possibly False.  I suspect that it would be better to just get it right in camera rather than relying on software corrections.

* The IQ of 1dx and 5d3 at ISO 100 will be same. Probably True.  Maybe not the same but not much difference.

* Cropping in camera (1.6 factor) is not the same as cropping equal amount in post on a full frame camera. Not sure, but I think this is False

* Mac computers have no real advantage over PC when it comes to processing photos. Very contentious.  I'll say True

* 99.9 percent of equipment complaints are user errors including the 5d3 criticisms. False - Its 99.6%

* Canon will announce a high megapixel camera within six months. False

* 1Dx will ship in reasonable quantities and will fill in the initial demand mostly. False

* 5d3 will not eat into the sales of 1Dx.False

* New equipment may not make better pictures but certainly do help in making better pictures and people should stop criticizing people who want to buy new gear. True.  Buying new stuff is fun

* People who regularly visit photo forums or for that matter ‘pixel peep’ can also be wonderful photographers. True

* Manuel focusing can be learned with practice and once second nature, it is almost as fast as shooting with auto focus for subjects not moving so fast. True.  Faster in some situations

* It is ok to use auto exposure modes available in camera and that does not make anyone a lesser photographer. True

* The partial blur effect created by lens baby or tilt/shift lenses looks better than what is possible in photoshop.Maybe, but you have more post production possibilities in Photoshop.

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If I only had around $2k to spend, I think I'd move to Olympus.  Maybe an OM-D with a 12mm and a 45mm.

If I received an insurance payout, and was starting afresh, I'd go with a 5Diii with and a 24mm, 50mm (or 85mm), 135mm, and 400mm and a Mamiya 6 with a 50mm, 75mm and 150mm.

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EOS Bodies / Re: This should be more than a rumour
« on: May 27, 2012, 09:58:44 PM »
How about every camera having a unique code.  When you take a photo, the code is embeded into it.  If your camera is stolen, you can search the internet for your code to see who's uploading photos from your camera.  Maybe this can already be done?

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