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Quick, bring back the negative karma....I'm about to support Ken Rockwell.

His site is entertaining.  If he can manage to support himself from it, good on him.  I don't think he's ever tried to portray himself as a professional photographer.  He has his biases, likes and dislikes and he doesn't try to hide them.  Sometimes its interesting to read his personal opinion, rather than a (supposedly) objective review.

He's been at it so long, that his site is very comprehensive.   There are some interesting, funny, and perceptive pages.  He might get some of the finer details wrong (such as his regular assertion that Nikon DSLRs are better than Canon's), but its rare for him to be totally off track.

RealRaw!  I love how he's coined the term and claiming that he's trademarked it.  You've got to admit - it's funny. 

Sadly, I don't know if he's lost interest in his site.  A couple of years ago, he was belting out some good content.  Now it seems solely like a money making exercise.  It's as though he's sold the site and someone new is just capitalising from the page visits.

Why do I like Ken Rockwell?  It's because I'm a bogan.  And I briefly lived in Logan, Queensland (the bogan capital of Australia).  I was a proud "Logan Bogan".

The 60D is a good camera.  While you would be able to see a diferrence in side by side shot comparisons with a 5Diii, for real life use, the differences are largely immaterial unless you are shooting at high ISOs, printing BIG or seeking more background blur.

... then do what the military does with their guns.

You mean "rifles".  ;)

I've got a cheapy carbon fibre tripod (triopo).  Apart from the occassional part falling off, it works well and I don't have any concerns using it in water or mud.  I just give a quick rinse in clean water when it looks dirty.  As mentioned above - they're designed to be used.

I'm also a ball head user.  I find it a good option for general use. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Unofficial Canon Mirrorless Concept
« on: March 23, 2012, 12:54:55 AM »
Where can I buy it?

Love the concept.  Like others, I'd prefer a shallower flange distance (you'd still be able to use EF and FD lenses with an adapter).  But I understand the design dilema.  The Olympus OM-D, which is the closest thing I can think of, looks a bit too narrow with the hump on top, and doesn't seem quite right.

If I was going to be nit-picky, I'd also suggest some form of grip on the RHS.  It also looks a bit too rounded, but I'd have to see it in real life.

I like the thought that's gone into the detachable viewfinder.  It looks very well integrated.

Where's the direct print button?

I'd be surprised if changing a focusing screen would void the warranty.  With my camera, the procedure is listed in the manual. If they didn't want you to do this, why would they be telling you how to do it? 

As mentioned above, different screens can affect metering and the manual gives some suggestions on how to work around this. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Negative Printer for 35mm film
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:24:59 AM »
I'd also be tempted to get a recent, second hand, Nikon film scanner.  You can also get various attachments to allow batch scanning of slides, rolls of film, etc. 

Failing that, a new Epson 750 and 700 would be a good bet.   

I use a Canon Scanner.  Its a 9950F.  It works well, but its not made any more.  You can see them reasonably priced on eBay occasionally.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Third party batteries for the 5DMKII
« on: March 19, 2012, 12:01:50 AM »
Cheap third party batteries might only give you 70% of the performance of genuine batteries.  But with such a big price difference, I've usually succumbed to their allure.  I do a similar thing - use the Canon batteries as my preferred option and the third party one's as back-up.   Its a system that works well for me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup body for dangerous areas
« on: March 18, 2012, 11:51:58 PM »
Are you going to have somewhere safe to keep the 5Dii and lenses while you're out with the other camera?  You might find that you're burdening yourself with more gear, only to find that you don't like leaving the expensive gear back in your room.  Otherwise, I'm thinking the 400D would be a handy backup option.  Its low cost and compatible with your other lenses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New to Rangefinders....
« on: March 17, 2012, 01:28:33 AM »
Have you considered going medium format with a Mamiya 7 or Mamiya 6?  Or one of the fuji's (eg GSW670 / GSW 690)?  While a little bigger than 35mm rangefinders, their size isn't that daunting.  And it will give you something a bit different to your current set up.  Most of these will come in well under budget.  The Mamiya 7 could be under budget depending on the lenses you want.

If you're not too sure if a rangefinder is for you, maybe start off with something fun.  A Canonet QL17 won't break the bank and will give you some retro coolness.  (Plus, maybe they'll increase in value when Canon releases a 40th anniversary FF digital version later this year?)  Until recently, I had a Yashica Electro 35 GSN.  This is a great little camera, too.  There are a lot of different fixed lens 35mm rangefinders around and they can all produce stunning photos.

EOS Bodies / Re: First DSLR: Canon 5d MkIII or Nikon D800...
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:52:12 AM »
If you think about which system you'd prefer to buy into, the solution is obvious.

In Canon's favour:

More people use Canon.  This means more opportunities to borrow things.  (But also means people might want to borrow things from you).

Even though you're thinking of using Zeiss lenses, ultimately, you might not.  Canon has a more extensive lens and accessory range.  Whatever you want, there is generally a Canon lens to fill the gap.  I'm not going to suggest Canon gear is better than Nikon (ok...it is!), but the Canon system is much more versatile.

Red is a much better colour than Yellow.  And you won't feel embarrassed every time Ashton Kutcher comes on tv.

Lastly, you get to discuss things with all the cool people on the CanonRumors forum.  (This fact alone should sway you towards the 5Diii.)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D cameras for walk-around and traveling
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:23:14 PM »
Most of the time its not a problem.  The 1 series cameras only weigh a few hundred grams more than the other bodies.  Its noticeable, but not much difference in the grand scheme of things.  Also, as mentioned, a DSLR is pretty conspicuous anyway.  The only time I feel a little awkward with it is when I'm at a party, the beach or the park and everyone else is taking photos with their phone.  Quality requires some sacrifices.

I wouldn't say I do a lot of video, but it something that I'm doing more and more.  I use an Olympus EPL-1 for my videos.  It has continuous AF and I use this occasionally and I enjoy using it.  If it wasn't for the noisy lens autofocus sound, I'd probably use it more.  However, I'm tending to use wide aperture manual focus lenses with an adapter, and obviously the camera won't AF with these.  Therefore, I'll say that continuous autofocus isn't needed.  But it is handy to have.  I wasn't really aware that Canon's latest cameras lacked this and I'm a little surprised.  It would seem like an easy thing to implement.

One thing my camera lacks that later models picked up was the use of face detection AF in video mode.  I can appreciate that professionals would never use such a thing, but for casual / fun / family videos, this would be a great feature to have. 

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 12, 2012, 04:16:18 AM »
Carrying big lenses, a tripod and a backpack full of gear is good exercise.  That's why we're all fitter, stronger. healthier, better looking and more interesting than non-photographers.   

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:48:26 AM »
I'd go for either an 85, 100, or 135mm.  The 135 would be an interesting choice.  Its slightly longer than your regular lens and therefore you're not doubling up.  It would be ideal for isolating detail.  Its a couple of stops faster, which would be good in low light photos where there's a bit of movement.  Great bokeh and narrow depth of field.  Also very sharp wide open.  Its a fun lens to have.

Canon General / Re: Restraint of trade?
« on: March 10, 2012, 12:14:56 AM »
I've seen similar comments about Amazon not paying taxes before and taking advantage of different sales tax regimes.  But their profit before tax for 2011 according to Yahoo Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?s=AMZN&annual) was $934m.  On this they paid $291m in tax.  In the prior year, they paid $352m in tax. In addition, they provide employment to 56,000 people.  Sounds to me like they are paying their way.  I'd be thinking we'd want more Amazons?

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