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Software & Accessories / Re: Rucksack Camera Bags
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:01:57 AM »
How much do you have to carry?

I have:

Kata Bumblebee-222 UL for 1-2 Pro DSLR w/70-200 lens + 4 lenses (fits 17" MBP)
Lowepro DSLR Video 350 AW
Lowepro 450 Pro Runner AW

I like the Kata for comfort. The harness is awesome and I like the grey color. The Lowepro 450 is primarily for flight carry-on. The Lowepro 350 was my first backpack & can't carry the 70-200 f/2.8.

For around town I use the Kelly Moore Thirst Relief. Primarily for the looks. Unfortunately it's very heavy with 5DM3, 50L, 100L, 16-35L & 70-200L.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII memory cards
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:14:35 PM »
What are your settings under [Record func+card/folder sel] ?

See Guide book p116 "Recording Method with Two Cards Inserted"

Can the more knowledgeable assist me?

85L vs 70-200L f/2.8 II; both @ f/7.1; both focused at the same distance ie 85mm...

Would the compression be the same? Would it be possible to achieve the same ratio of focus/bokeh that this presidential picture achieved?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My never ending Focus woes with my 5DMK3
« on: January 20, 2013, 11:31:59 AM »
Hobby Shooter,

try 'back button auto focus' for the golfer. It saves switching to manual every time. Back button AF takes AF away from the shutter button. You can hit the shutter button all day with no AF. To re-AF press the 'back button'.


Here is the breakdown:

    Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
    Lens: 85mm f/1.2
    Aperture: f/7.1
    Shutter Speed: 1/125
    ISO: 200

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens Filter For Landscape???
« on: January 16, 2013, 08:55:46 PM »
B+W slim does not have front threads and comes with its own special lens cap. The cap never stays on & I find that to be a real pain.

So do a search first to find out if your lens will benefit from the slim version.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 02:16:31 PM »
I don't have a problem to paying 'reasonably more' for good & on-going sales service. I have always calculated it into the purchase price.

How much more? depends on the product & the reputation/actual service received. Basically means i will mostly support bricks/mortar. Once I find a store with the level of service I like, then I generally will always return.

I won't buy (from the internet or bricks/mortar) for the cheapest price possible, if the seller doesn't provide or have a long established reputation for good service.

Lenses / Re: Tips needed for shooting in the cold
« on: January 16, 2013, 01:55:55 PM »
I had the opposite problem, which was going from a cold dry AC room to humid hot outdoors. Prior to departure, I would acclimatise my equipment on a balcony that, I felt, was reasonably safe from thieves & was always in view. It saved time, so I could start taking photos sooner.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 01:38:16 PM »
Sorry, but it's not a loophole.  In pretty much every state that charges Sales Tax, there's an equivalent Use Tax that applies to goods purchased out of state for use in the state where you reside.  The buyer is responsible for paying that tax to their state government.  A loophole is a technicality or ambiguity that allows you to avoid the spirit of a law while obeying the letter of that law.  Not paying Use Tax on internet purchases is flat out tax evasion.  Much like driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit, it's unlikely you'll ever be caught/penalized...but it's still against the law.

I totally agree with you neuro, but where is the line drawn for what must be declared on taxes?  Purchased on eBay (new or used)?  Craigslist?  Garage sale?  What is the letter of the law?

In Australia, it is the seller's responsibility to collect the sales tax from the buyer and pay it to the gov't. Sales tax on basically everything that requires manufacturing/processing of some kind; both new & used.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:19:18 AM »
Failure to adapt & incorporate the internet sales model has brought down many businesses; see HMV.

Currently, the major Australian chains & many independents are suffering from this. Failure to provide reasonable (if any) delivery options, competitive pricing & provision for greater customer service will always lead to business failure.

admittedly, many products have a regional price for Australia that is set ridiculously high. There is almost no way bricks & mortar can compete on price against overseas competition.

I bought 2 sterlingtek lp-e6 batteries. They are 2600mah.

They always report to the camera that they need to be replaced, when the camera is turned on. But after a couple of shots, the batteries report correctly to the camera.

Animal Kingdom / Re: I'll take your cat and raise you a kangaroo...
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:30:54 AM »
I've tried kangaroo and personally find it very strong and 'gamey'. I didn't like it at all.  :o

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8 vs Other L and non-L Canon Primes
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:28:53 AM »
try this web page


on the second half of the page there are reviews for specific lenses. I find the reviews easy to understand.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:22:34 AM »
50mm 1.2L  same reason as previous stated for the 40mm.

Canon General / Re: refurbished Canon 5d mk iii
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:17:20 PM »
I've been led to believe that refurbished is better than new. Because each item has been individually inspected by Canon to be within specified tolerances. As versus, to brand new where only a small percentage of products are examined for quality control.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

The only downside with refurbished is it may come with a shorter warranty period, which I personally find very odd.

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