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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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My never ending Focus woes with my 5DMK3
« on: January 12, 2013, 02:09:14 PM »
There's a very good video on B&H Learn in Depth on Canon AF. It comes in 3 parts.

It explained to me what each Focus points looks for & what is special about Cross-type points. How to use servo etc

I think the problem is that the car has no contrast points for the AF to lock on to. Or more specifically aiming all the focus points at the car is not the right way. You have to aim one of the little boxes at a point with contrast that contains either a horizontal or vertical line.

Plus you have to give the AF system a moment to focus & lock the target.

Software & Accessories / Re: Are lens skins worth it?
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:33:22 AM »
I bought the grey camo lens coat for my 70-200 2.8 II. Not for protection of the lens but more for protection for me. Walking around the city with a big white lens screams "mug me".

The lens without the cover always draws comments & that just creeped me out. With the cover no one says a thing.

Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:53:53 AM »
I've had both versions of the lens. I kept the L.

Obvious reasons, IS, weather sealing & L glass.

The problem I had with the non-L is hand-held in darker situations & keeping shutter speed over 1/100 with a T2i (limited ISO performance).  Of course, it's now a different story with 5D3 high ISO. But it's also nicer for the photo to keep the ISO down, regardless of the camera's strengths.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The AF Setting Guide Book for 5DM3 and 1DX
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:49:44 PM »
I found this B&H Learn In Depth video to be helpful. There are 3 parts.

A Look at The Canon Autofocus System Part 1

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