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Video & Movie / Re: Happy 4th all
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:19:50 PM »
Happy 4th what? I don't get it.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Climbing Mt Fuji in August
« on: July 03, 2012, 08:45:58 PM »
Everything I shot on the Mt Fuji summit was wide. At the time that was a 24 f/1.4 on FF. But I'd certainly take the 70-200 with you as well, particularly if you are a strong hiker. A lot of the walk is on a crumbly cinder track, some sections can be almost as tiring as walking through soft sand-dunes. But the summit is a treat. Good luck for a clear morning.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 redefining lens choices?
« on: July 03, 2012, 08:38:30 PM »
Hi PW....how do you like 40mm shorty with 5D III so fall?
Dylan
So far so good. I'm not expecting $1500 L performance from it. But it's centre sharpness at f/2.8 makes it highly usable at that aperture. It kills my 24-70 f/2.8 at f/2.8 but that would not be hard. Corners can get a little mushy at f/2.8, but this is not an issue for most subjects I shoot. There is noticeable vignetting at f/2.8 but this is quickly fixable in LR4. Soon the fix will be automatic when LR4.x is released with updated lens profiles. I have an LR default set up for automatic lens correction on Import. Stopping down to f/4 ramps the IQ right up with f/5.6 delivering excellent results right across the frame.

Let's not forget the indisputable fun factor of such a tiny lens. And I just leave it on the body as a functional bodycap!

HTH,

PW

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Sports / Re: AFL (Australian Rules Football)
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:53:53 PM »
That's a first! Good to see some AFL images on CR. For those who may not be aware of the fact, AFL is the greatest sport on the planet. If you want to promote the great game, I would have left out the punch-ups.

They're nice shots, but personally I would not have gone quite so heavy on the vignetting and would have cropped a lot tighter on the action. 5D3 files shot at a mere 800 iso will take cropping with no problems.

PW


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 redefining lens choices?
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:42:46 PM »
The 5D3 & the 1D4 have both modified my lens requirements with their amazing high iso performance. I value rocket fast AF so I look to f/2.8 as a practical limit. My 300 f/2.8 focuses way quicker than my previous 300 f/4. But at the wider end of the equation, I find reduced need for f/1.4 lenses. I've replaced my 50 f/1.4 with an f/2.8 40mm (McShorty) which is SHARP wide open. My 24-105 f/4 is getting a lot more use than it used to. My copy is sharp wide open too, though I will pick up the new 24-70 f/2.8 when it ships.

Yesterday I did a job for a university shooting in a big lecture theatre. I shot with the 5D3 with 300 f/2.8 at 12,800 iso. You can't afford to underexpose, but when the exposure is perfect which is not hard with 5D3 metering, the results just knock my socks off.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:27:01 PM »
They're shipping in Australia. I had a call from my pro dealer in Sydney yesterday saying my 1DX was ready to be picked up.

PW

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Lenses / Re: 400 mm f/2.8 L Mk I
« on: July 02, 2012, 12:22:42 AM »
At five years old it's going to have IS. But check first. Just remember that until just a few months ago when the 400 f/2.8 II shipped, the 400 f/2.8 MkI was the holy grail of 400mm glass in the Canon Universe. It's a truly fabulous lens. The major benefit of the MkII is a radical weight loss. The MkI is a substantial 11.83lb / 5,370g vs the MkII at a svelte 8.48lb / 3,850g is a whole lot more manageable. But for the price I'd be jumping on it, subject to being in reasonable condition. If the lens does not work for you, you won't lose a penny re-selling it.

PW

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Lenses / Re: TSE Macro Lens
« on: June 30, 2012, 08:06:40 PM »
Considering how well my 90mm TSE lens takes extension tubes and/or a 1.4x teleconverter, a dedicated TSE macro lens seems unnecessary.
+1
This exactly mirrors my own experience and viewpoint.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 29, 2012, 03:53:33 AM »
APS-H is a dead end to me. Only FF or APS-C are valid formats as far as I'm concerned.
APS-H. Why? I really see no point in it anymore. It served a purpose when FF was wildly expensive and APS-C wasn't up to the IQ. It had an added advantage of faster frame rates and a higher useable ISO, great for low light level sports shooting. Now, with improvements in IQ in other sensor formats, the reason no longer exists for the format to hang around. It really is a no mans land for formats.

I'd ask both of you if you have ever owned an APS-H body? Dead End or No Man's Land? Try working with them.

I've had four starting with the original 1D. And over 1 million APS-H frames. Probably my favourite cameras ever are the 1D MkIIn & the 1D MkIV. Alongside these I've always had FF & APS-C as well. The extra reach with minimal IQ compromise is brilliant. I'll shoot a glossy DPS, full page or billboards with the 1DMkIV with total confidence. If I need full wide there is always the FF body. Photographers who use and value APS-H will miss it badly. Some are buying extra 1D MkIV bodies.

PW


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 07:03:37 PM »
This caught my eye...5DIII pricing under $3,000! It was inevitable, but so soon? It's $2975.
http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-body-only-digital-slr-camera.html
PW
I don't see their phone number or address under Contact Us. It doesn't look legit to me....NO THANKS.
Suit yourself. I've bought a number of lesser items here. No problems, fast free shipping with tracking.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:11:09 AM »
Price is dropping fast and is close to 3000 euro now in the netherlands so price is not an issue anymore

Where do you get this prize from? In Germany, it's no less than €3250, didn't drop a cent since release - obviously they're still serving back-orders and there's no competition yet.

Check this...Under $3000!
http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-body-only-digital-slr-camera.html

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DIII Price Drop
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:07:47 AM »
This caught my eye...5DIII pricing under $3,000! It was inevitable, but so soon? It's $2975.
http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-body-only-digital-slr-camera.html

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 27, 2012, 07:40:58 PM »
If 7D II is not FF, how to update?

61 point AF, greatly improved high ISO performance, 10 FPS, Digic 5+  & UFO detector for starters.
Video users will add to this list.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 27, 2012, 06:18:52 AM »
The 40 + 7D makes a great street combo - makes me uninterested in a mirrorless/rangefinder/P&S

40 + 7D for size yes, but the APS-C 64mm equivalent cuts into the street combo value for me.
Better on a FF for my taste.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 27, 2012, 04:49:24 AM »
I still believe the 7D2 will be APS-H. 8)

Believe or want? Believe based on what? Information? Come on, let us in!

PW

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