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Canon General / Re: Birders don't use Canons?
« on: October 21, 2011, 01:32:37 AM »
Do most police forces use Nikon?  They're always using Nikons in CSI, NCIS, Dexter, The Wire, Law and Order etc.  Most always have the logo prominently displayed on the camera strap, so I assume its paid product placement. 

Its interesting seeing old cameras in movies.  In the Godfather, there is a wedding photographer with a Sinar large format camera.  Couldn't imagine anyone doing that these days.  Rear Window is another of my favourite "camera" movies with James Stewart showing his photographic prowess.  Just googled it and found it is an "Exakta" that he uses.  Product placement hasn't really helped LF camera sales or Exakta.  Do people pay much attention to it?

Australia / Re: C'mon Aussies
« on: October 21, 2011, 12:55:39 AM »
Nothing wrong with Minolta.  My X-700 and SRT101 are still working perfectly. 

Recently picked up an Olympus micro 4/3 camera to give the lenses a new lease of digital life.  Most work surprisingly well.  Plus my 135mm becomes an image stablilized 270mm f2.8.  And my 400mm becomes an 800mm f5.6 IS.  How cool is that!  Now, if I could only get them to autofocus....

Canon General / Re: Photography kit getting more expensive...
« on: October 16, 2011, 12:12:43 AM »
Ilford's still around, isn't it?  And even though I live in Australia I buy your "Outdoor Photography" magazine.  So there's a couple of things the UK still exports :)

I sometime glance through the classified in the back of the magazine.  UK prices are almost double Australian Prices, and we're nowhere near US prices on most things.  But oddly enough, I pay $AUD12.50 for the magazine.  Its been that price for ages.  That equates to about 8 pounds.  Yet the cover price is 3.95 and our dollar has doubled against the GBP in recent years.  Film and chemical prices also seem unchanged.  Somebody's making a killing somewhere.

By the way, you do know that most Aussies are now driving Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Jags and Aston Martins because they're so cheap! ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: The New EOS [CR3]
« on: October 15, 2011, 11:18:19 PM »

No, and who says that Canon needs to keep the letter D for digital...
All cameras in todays world are Digital and everybody expect no less.

Canon could easily call it 3x or 3s or whatever they like it to call.

There are still plenty of film cameras being made.  Eos 1V comes to mind.  Plus there are a number of medium and large format models.  But, the buyers of these cameras know the difference between film and digital.  Its time for the "D" to go.

On camera names, I much prefer giving models names and not numbers.  At the very minimum, they should stop changing the numbers such as 40D, 50D, 60D - Just keep it 1, 5, 7, 10, 100, 1000 with a version number.

Numbers imply an inherent class structure and planned obsolesence.  They are a marketing tactic to encourage you to buy the latest and greatest by fostering a "Keeping up with the Joneses"mentatlity. 

Lenses / Re: 70-200 F4 L IS noise too much
« on: October 15, 2011, 12:45:44 AM »
Mine makes a similar noise, but it isn't that loud.  I wouldn't call mine distracting or annoying, but it is noticeable.

Canon General / Re: Photography - Equipment or Skill ?
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:39:33 PM »
Probably most people in the world can't be taught to throw a 100 mile an hour fastball or even 80. And there are plenty of minor league ball players that have dedicated their hearts and souls into getting into the majors but never do. And there are plenty that can't even make it into the farm system. It's nice to think that sheer will gives everybody the same chance. But the truth is that there's a lot of physiological variation between people. You wouldn't say that everybody in the major league is number one but they all have the ability to outperform most of the world in that sport.

You are right in several aspects.  Physiological differences play a part in sport.  But there are all sorts of sports.  Some favour strength, others agility, precision, accuracy and endurance.  Some people are better suited to football.  Others might do better at lawn bowls.  And at the top end of any sport, it is the very minor differences that separate the best from the rest.  Just because you want to play a particular sport, it doesn't mean that you're ideally suited for it.  But photography has so many aspects, portraits, wildlife, landscapes, macro for example, and most of the top photographers tend to find a niche. 

I agree that wanting something to happen and working towards that goal isn't necessarily going to make it happen.  Plus, the world is a hard place.  Despite putting their heart and soul into something, people often still fail.  But does that mean that people shouldn't try?   

My belief is that if you spent 5 years full time at photography (both practicing and also studying art) you would develop artistic compositional knowledge.  You would be virtually as good as almost any other photographer.  The thing that would stop you being seen as a great photographer probably wouldn't be your ability or style.  It would more likely be your self promotion, marketing, and contacts.  Its a crowded world out there and its hard to get noticed.  Your financial ability is also a major limiting factor.  Getting a job in a related field that gives you the freedom to pursue your goals is difficult.

To use your baseball analogy.  If you're playing minor league baseball, doesn't that still make you one of the best few thousand in the world?  Wouldn't you be almost as good as the major league players?  Despite being a hard place, the world is also full of opportunity.  As a photographer, you can choose your own path.  You're not reliant on a talent scout, coach or somebody else giving you a chance.  And there's no rankings in photography.  You can just get out there and do it. 

Canon General / Re: Photography - Equipment or Skill ?
« on: October 12, 2011, 03:28:31 AM »

While it is certainly true that people are born with inherent differences, it is the height of arrogance to proclaim that some are gifted with the golden touch, while others are forever doomed to live the mediocre and drab life of the non-artist.

Agree 100%.  I take a lot of interest in sports, sports psychology and junior sports development.  In a lot of ways, sports ability is seen to be similar to artistic ability. Many people think that you've either got it or you don't.  While some people do have a natural edge (and admittedly, you need a bit of this to make it to No. 1), the ones who make it to the top are invariably the ones who dedicate the time and effort, show up to training, enjoy what they are doing and have the desire to succeed.

Don't be fooled by the world's best who make things look easy.  Was Tiger Wood's success due to natural ability, or because he’s up at 6.00am, takes a four-kilometre run followed by gym stretches, then half-an-hour for breakfast, two hours on the driving range, nine holes of golf, lunch, two more hours on the range, another nine holes, some pitching, dinner and bed?  Despite all of his natural ability, look at how a few disruptions has impacted on him at the elite level.  Natural ability, while important, isn't as crucial as most people think.  But it gives everyone a good excuse for not being pro golfers, footballers, soccer players, worlds best photographer etc...

One of the contributors above asked the question about scientific studies and whether people can learn or develop ability as artists.  Another interesting exercise would be to round up the world's leading photographers and ask how much time they dedicate and the lengths they go to capture THE shot.  Pressing the shutter button is probably the easiest part of the process.  The hard part is the 3am wake up to get into position before dawn, the weeks on end in hides, the treks into remote locations, the trips to dangerous places (such as warzones), getting up close with deadly wildlife etc etc is 95% of the effort.  The reality is, virtually anyone could do this if they wanted to.  The person who you think has "artistic ability" in most cases is simple the one who just gets out there and does it.  Most of us don't want to to go outside our comfort zone (eg I hate early mornings and would rather be snug in bed than outside pushing the limits of photography), which is why most of us linger in the realms of mediocrity.

EOS Bodies / Re: someone identify this crazy video attachment/camera?
« on: October 10, 2011, 02:09:23 AM »
Just checked with head office and its the new "video enhanced" 5Diii.  They thought about releasing two 5Diii cameras.  One with a video emphasis.  Another which was a cheaper FF.  But they thought that marketing and naming issues (3D, 7Dii ??) were too much of a headache.  Problem solved with a video unit attachment.  You just plug it and away you go.  Plus this gives you extended battery power, satellite uplink, wifi, and more memory with inbuilt, hot swapable, 2TB HDD. 

The model above is fitted with the new 24-70/2.8 IS.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Astrophotography - Post Here.
« on: October 06, 2011, 04:01:26 AM »
The End Of The Day

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* People - Post Here.
« on: October 06, 2011, 03:46:31 AM »
The Long Walk

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Creative Lighting - Post Here.
« on: October 06, 2011, 03:38:19 AM »
Ghost Train

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* People - Post Here.
« on: October 06, 2011, 03:32:38 AM »
Its Cold Out Here

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Action & Sports - Post Here.
« on: October 06, 2011, 03:28:04 AM »

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* People - Post Here.
« on: October 06, 2011, 03:21:02 AM »
Wrong Place Wrong Time

Australia / Re: Insurance
« on: October 05, 2011, 03:52:36 AM »
CBA also insure camera gear out of the house and for accidental damage (as an add-on to their house contents policy) and I don't remember this affecting the premium too much.

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