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Site Information / Re: Optical Technician ?
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:35:36 AM »
Most lens designers have degrees in physics.  I assume that would also apply to camera lens designers.  But I've always had the impression that the lens designers for Canon and Leica were a very small, select group of people.  I doubt they have a lot of job vacancies.  Its good to set your sights high, but as stated above, I'd contact the companies directly to see what they look for.  Canon runs a graduate program.  Perhaps look into that.

Also, its often joked that Canon is run by accountants, not photographers.  Perhaps as one of their senior cost cutting, feature cutting, profit maximizing accountants you could have a real impact on their camera design.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is the future of DSLRs FF only?
« on: July 09, 2012, 05:10:46 AM »
Yes - In the next ten years, Canon will cease APS-C DSLR production as part of a move to APS-C mirrorless cameras.  They'll still make FF DSLRs as there will still be demand at the higher end.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II with my 3 lenses question
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:24:53 AM »
Your lenses are good choices and are great lenses.  I essentially used the same lenses for a few years.  Late last year, however, I purchased a 135mm / f2.  Since then, I've barely used the 70-200.  Although you lose the benefits of the zoom, you gain much more light gathering ability.  Its also sharper at f/4, smaller and black (so stands out less).  I think if you start doing more weddings, some faster lenses would be good options - and would consider the 24-70, an 85mm or 135mm.  But other than that, stick with what you have until you clearly identify that something is lacking.

I've been on a flash buying spree over the last year.  Bought my latest one last week.  It is a Nissin Di866 Mark ii (a decision I made after reading a few comments on this forum - thanks guys and girls).  They're cheap - $240.  The advantage of it over the Yongnuos is that it offers HSS and I felt this justified the increased price.  Played with it all weekend.  It works well.  On the downside, it makes a funny crackling sound.  I initially thought it was broken, but apparently that's what they do.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film Camera & Film Recommendations
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:04:02 AM »
Hi, I've got an elan 7e.  It's a good little camera.  These days, they are very inexpensive.  Given that it has a lot of features, I'd suggest it is a good starting point.   I also have a Mamiya 6 (which is also mentioned above).  Since "going digital", my 7e rarely gets used.  But I take the Mamiya out regularly.  But for what you are thinking, investing in a medium format system is probably overkill at this stage.  I suggest just buying a cheap film body.  If you find you like, you might be happy with what you have.  If you aren't happy, by that stage you'll know if a more advanced camera, or a change in format is for you.

What film to buy is probably the harder question.  If you have easy access to someone who develops slide film (you might see this listed as E6), then I'd suggest a good starting point is Fuji Provia 100.  If you like more saturated colours, maybe try Fuji Velvia 50 or 100.  Kodak Ektar is a good normal negative film (but I don't know about its long term availability).  Ilford Delta is also a good starting point for B&W film as it is readily available and there's lots of information out there about it.

If you tell us what you like to photograph, I'll throw some more film ideas at you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why so many different camera bodies?
« on: June 29, 2012, 04:46:59 AM »
My dad is looking for a camera and asked what he should do. The 1100D is pretty cheap and on special everywhere.  But the 550D is better and only $50 more.  But then the 600D is only $50 more.  And the new 650D is noticeably better and only $50 more.  But if you're going to spend that much, why not just get a 60D?  Then again, the price on the 7D looks very tempting.  Maybe he should just get the 5Dii.  But that's old technology - The 5Diii is so much more camera.  So within 5 minutes we've gone from a $400 camera to a $4k camera.  (I'd like to have suggested the 1DX but I don't know if they really exist yet).

Ultimately, its just marketing (and my dad, like 90% of people finds it far too confusing and will just going to buy the second or third cheapest model).

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.

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