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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.

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.   

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'. 

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?

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.

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.

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?

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. 

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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