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EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 29, 2012, 04:34:40 AM »
(and it's iso25, x-raying in the post won't be as bad as x-raying P3200).

I buy film regularly from the US and on ebay and have it posted (my local camera shop wants $28/roll for velvia....).  Have never had any problems with x-rays.  Looking at the ebay sellers I use (generally pbarcelon, but occassionally hotshot), I don't recall seeing any negative comments about x-rays.  Not to say that it doesn't happen, but the odds of film being wrecked in the mail seem quite low. 

By the way, no need to let anyone else process your B & W film.  That's just lazy!  Just get a change bag, a developing tank, some developer and fixer, a couple of beakers to measure liquids (ie the developer and fixer), a thermometer and a watch.  The whole process will take about 30 minutes (15 to 20 minutes of real work and 10 to 15 minutes of film washing and cleaning up).  And you can do multiple rolls at once.  Its much faster, easier and cheaper than driving to a shop to drop film off and then going back a few days later to pick it up.

Thanks, was going to splash some cash on one of these.  You've saved me from a horrendous mistake!

I'll wait for the 1DX2.  Hopefully Canon will have fixed all of the defects.

If everyone else is repackaging the same core then what's the competitive advantage? 

This is an interesting topic - Have a look at Thom Hogan's site ( where he provides a good explanation why a Sony sensored Nikon is still a Nikon and has differences / advantages over other brands. 

The latest rumors suggest the Pentax FF will be a mirrorless camera.  Now, that will be very controversial.   Pentax has a couple of good bodies at the entry level and the k-5 enthusiast body has been well received.  But many people eventually leave Pentax as they don't have a FF option (ignoring the 645D).  I doubt a mirrorless camera is what Pentax users have been clamouring for.  But then, Pentax's owners, Ricoh, have always favoured smaller cameras.  Interesting times for Pentax and Pentax users.

As a side issue, I'm always surprised that Pentax ranks so low in camera sales.  Their products and pricing seem ok.  They release new cameras and lenses regularly, so they are investing in some R & D.  Some of their lenses get great reviews.  And they must have some brand loyalty from being a key industry player for so long.  Its a bit of a mystery to me why they don't do better.  Will a Leica clone change their fortunes?

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW FF Body that is able to take EF-S Lens
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:01:54 PM »
I'm sure its possible.  As mentioned, Nikon cameras can do it and I'm sure Canon engineers are just as capable.  With Nikon, If you mount a DX lens (similar to EF-S) the camera camera recognises this and works in "crop" mode.  Its not ideal as you potentially lose a lot of megapixels.  But otherwise, everything works fine.

If Canon, can't get things to work properly, due to mirror sizes, lens element to sensor distances etc then there's an easy solution.  The camera just works in mirror-up mode with EF-S lenses. Rather than using the viewfinder, you can autofocus and frame via liveview.  Its really not that hard.  In fact, this would work really well with the new touch screens.  While there are some historical reasons why they weren't compatible, I suspect that some of the innovations seen in the 650D will be seen in the next FF and this will give the camera the data processing capabilty to mount EF-S lenses.  If Canon doesn't do this, the decision will be purely sales driven.  It forces people to but new lenses if they move from APS-C to FF.

Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:26:11 AM »
I wonder if the OP is just saying that they prefer the aesthetics of the lens more when they add "Made In Japan".  In my opinion, the lens that is lacking this looks very bland and boring by comparison.  I also prefer the "Made in Japan" look.

Photocontinental in Brisbane are listing it at $219 (which is the max price it should be $199 + GST?).  Its currently on backorder.

Applying AF to the AF-ON button and leaving the shutter button for only the shutter increases speed and is really aimed at sports photography. I found the following article on Canons website which also references back focusing and being critcal for photographing F1 racing.

I photograph a lot of sports and motor racing and this is what I do (although I have to use the AE button as my camera lacks a dedicated AF-On button :( ).  I find I'm more likely to get the right exposure this way.  The only downside is that I'll sometimes pick up a camera, press the shutter button and wonder for a few seconds why its not focusing.

If you haven't already, try changing the custom functions.  Under CF IV, you have the ability to use the AF On button for focusing and the shutter button is just used for setting the exposure (and taking the photo!).  This way, you can maintain focus on the subject and the camera will continually adjust the exposure depending upon how bright or dark the section of the court is.  When its photo time, the camera calculates the exposure required at the time of taking the photo (and not when you first start focusing).  This works well when you are dealing with constantly changing lighting.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 430EX II Price Drops
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:42:15 AM »
I've been noticing the recent price drops on the 430EX II.  Do you think this is a sign that the 440EX-RT is imminent?

Technical Support / Re: What type of paper do you use for Photo Book?
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:01:46 PM »
I've only used Adorama (Adoramapix).  I've been very happy with the quality, and as such haven't felt the need to look elsewhere.

Yes - Would seem like a smart idea to base it around the 25mm extension tube.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: right time to turn pro...?
« on: June 14, 2012, 01:12:06 AM »
I'm no pro photographer. Instead, I own an accounting firm.  However, I have several clients who are photographers and this gives me a unique insight into how they perform financially.  As you'd expect, it is a mixed bag.  Some do well financially and most enjoy an at least an average income.  Others wish they could be doing better.  But generally, established photographers tend to have fairly consistent businesses. But it takes many years to get to reach that stage.

The interesting thing is that it is really hard to pick who will be successful financially.  Sometimes it is simple things that do well.  I've got one client who travels throughout rural Australia taking photos and portraits of people and then blockmounting them.  There's nothing really "special" about his photos as they are almost all the same (that being said, they are good).  But he's out there every day knocking on doors to get work.  But I've seen other people who are exceptional photographers fail commercially.  Anyway, the point I'm trying to get across is that you don't know if it is the right time until you give it a try.

If you have a good idea about how your business will run, the type of work you want to target, pricing structure, how you will gain new clients and how you will promote yourself, then you are halfway there.  If you have sufficent financial resources to go a couple of lean years (and aren't afraid to risk it) then your chances of being successful increase dramatically.  And while the smart thing would be to stay in your current job, realistically, at some point you will need to commit fully to the new business.  If you've got everything in place now, why not make the jump?

However, be realistic.  Set some objectives based on the income you need to earn.  If you are nowhere near where you need to be, reassess the situation.  Sometimes, no matter what you do and how hard you try, things just don't work out.  Don't be too proud to give up temporarily and try again when you have some different ideas, more capital or the economy is performing better. OK, you might lose some money, but that's probably the worst that can happen.  You will gain some business experience.  You will gain some new ideas about photography.  You will learn what its like to do it professionally.  You'll know whether it is or isn't for you.  But most of all, you won't be sitting around in twenty years time living in regret wishing you'd have had a go and thinking you're too old, or have too many financial commitments to take the risk.

Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:11:34 PM »
I installed a new version of EOS utility recently when I purchased a new computer (running Windows 7) and now can't connect my 1Ds Mk ii via firewire.  A bit frustrating, but I don't use it enough to warrant a lot of time trying to fix it.  Good (?) to hear I'm not the only one with problems.  I think my issue is a driver problem.  I can see my camera listed as a device (if you click on devices and printers).  But it has a red mark on it and the error message talks about driver issues.  Looking at the Canon site, my camera doesn't seem to have a driver.  I just assumed Canon no longer supports my camera and I need to track down an older version of the software.  But maybe its a bigger issue.

... there are going to be at least half a dozen rebels at any wedding - and they will be all photo buffs, how will they feel about hiring you when you have equipment just like them? Hardly likely. Those guys with the rebels will be looking at you very closely and the next bride to be in the audience will be looking to them for recommendation.

You could just add a cheap battery grip and tape over the logo and model name.  That'll keep people guessing. They might think you're packing a 1 series.  If you mate this with a battered and scratched 70-200 f/2.8, 600ex and photo vest, your credibility will soar.  You'll be booked out for the next two years! :) 

...And yet a lot of pro's still shoot APS-C. Some even micro 4/3.  Ultimately, it depends on what you need it for.

For studio portraits where you can control the lighting or general photography in good, available light, you're unlikely to see much difference - especially if you are using good lenses.  In fact, I often see portrait photographers using rebels and it doesn't seem to affect their business.  (Hey, if you can keep costs down and customers are happy - its more profit for you).  But you also mention weddings.  Here you are relying on the prevailing conditions on the day.  I agree with the above comments that the 5Diii will give you a greater chance of better shots in deteriorating light.  And ultimately, that's what being a professional is about - having the skills, knowledge and equipment to get the results you are paid to get. The 5Diii is more capable.  By how much?  Its difficult to really tell.  In my opinion, the 5Diii has two benefits - slightly more background blurring capability and the ability to use higher ISO's and maintain good image quality.   Whether this is worth 4 times more is a question that you have to answer yourself. 

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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