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Canon General / Re: Is Australia Canon's favorite?
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:26:37 AM »
Because we're nice! It's not called The Lucky Country for nothing...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Damn you 1DX!!!!!
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:09:14 AM »
Now, these days I'm looking to pair it with a cropped body so I'm killing myself over here waiting for the 7D2. 
Don't keep holding your breath for the 7DII...besides it may not have voice annotation.
Just find yourself the perfect partner for your 1DX, the APS-H 1D MkIV. Plenty of good ones around. It'll kick the 7DII's pants.


I am trying to get my photography business running but I am encountering a problem I am sure we all have:
"Everyone's a photographer!"
Seems these days if you buy yourself a cheap DSLR and know how to press the shutter you can call your self a professional photographer.
Apparently the same scenario played out in the early 1980's when reasonably high quality film SLR cameras flooded onto the market. To paraphrase, it seemed like anyone with an SLR who knew how to press the shutter could call themselves a professional photographer...Yeah right.

If you know you're a good shooter, that's a great start. Now go and enroll in a small business management course. Think about little else for several years. Promote, promote & promote. Absolutely 100% believe in yourself. Keep every time agreement you make. If your client need the shots delivered by Thursday, deliver on Wednesday. The talented amateurs around you will continue to be amateurs. It's a different field.

I like the story told by a very well known Hollywood actor who when asked how hard it is to crack it in Hollywood, he said, "making it in Hollywood is really easy...all you need is about fifty really lucky breaks."

And importantly, be reassuringly expensive.


None too soon...I've thought for years that Canon did a much better job of making hardware. The software was kind of OK, the GUI looked OK but the real-world workflow functionality meant that Canon software has remained largely unused by busy professionals with evolved workflows.

Shooting tethered I do used EOS looks like something out of the 1990's and has a number of baffling design points. Hopefully this will be tidied up into a good, functional tool.

Previous EOS Utility updates have played very badly with OSX updates. Let's hope that Canon & Apple are having compatibility conversations prior to the release of OS X Yosemite.


Lighting / Re: Quantum CZ-2 cable question
« on: June 15, 2014, 08:08:58 AM »
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Thanks msatter, I have skimmed through that epically long 303 pages/4532 replies thread. The Cheetah 360/Godox 360 is an awesome bit of kit, which does ship with the PB-960 battery. But references to cable compatibility with Quantum didn't jump out at me.

In a Google search just now I did see an oblique reference suggesting complete compatibility over at Flash Havoc, but direct user experience would be preferable.


Lighting / Quantum CZ-2 cable question
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:52:57 AM »
The expensive CZ-2 cables that connect Canon EX 580/600 speedlights to Quantum Turbo batteries seem to last me about 18 months before breaking. Once I foolishly tried cheap $14.00 eBay clone CZ-2 cables which were so sloppy at the battery end they just fell out of the Turbo and were so tight at the flash connection end that I wrecked a 580EX-II trying to pull it out. That was a $225 repair. So much for cheap cables.

But I have read (possibly here at CR) that the Canon cables that ship with the awesome value Godox PB-960 battery is identical to the Quantum CZ-2 cables.

Can anyone verify this?



Canon General / Re: Why does this happen?
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:15:25 AM »
There are all sorts of "prime-tyrants" out there...trolls, pixel peepers, insecure gear-nuts who follow the trends and of course the many genuinely brilliant photographers who undoubtedly produce their best work with primes.

With the exception of 300mm and longer, I'm a zooms guy with 16-35 f/2.8II, 24-70 f/2.8II and the awesome 70-200 f/2.8isII. They keep bag weight down and hugely reduce the need for lens changes in dusty locations. For me "content is king" and a zoom's innate flexibility helps to deliver the goods. I sold three primes when I bought the 24-70 f/2.8II. It's that good.

Why do they do it? Hell, I don't know. I suspect the the most dogmatic offenders are dreamers with too much time on their hands who may not even own a camera.


Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:40:05 AM »
Using my 300 4 L IS with either a crop body or 6d I get blur. I correct this by leaning my left shoulder against something. Do not have same issue with the 70 200 L. I do not want to always use a monopod as it is often getting in the way.
John the biggest cause of image blur when using longer lenses is camera shake. Go back and check the exif/metadata in the shots where you missed focus and check the shutter speed. Long lenses need a very steady hand, and preferably a monopod. Also, accurate positioning of focus points can be critical. The 300 f/4is is a very sharp lens, even wide open. Get your shutter speeds up!

When using long glass I'll routinely shoot wide open and adjust iso to get an appropriate, fast shutter speed. Anything where there is action involved will benefit from shutter speeds of over 1/1000th. It's not as fast as you'd peak moments in fast action sports, you'll even find a touch of motion blur in a perfectly focused shot.


EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 03:54:58 AM »
Yes.... the touch screen is a game changer... either use it like a 1DX or tap the screen.... as touchscreens mature it will be interesting to see what happens.
I think touch screens will have a lofty place among entry level cameras and mirrorless cameras. When it comes to professional grade cameras...I don't really think that touch screens are going to be all that important. They introduce a highly disruptive workflow for changing camera settings, one that is not conducive to action shooting at all (and, since this is the 7D II were talking about...action is basically what it's designed for.)
Touchscreens? I wouldn't want to swap the major controls on my 1-Series or 5D3 bodies for touchscreens...too slow...but the touchscreen is here to stay. I got a little SL-1 as a lightweight travel camera and was frankly surprised how well sorted its touchscreen is. The SL-1 is much slower than the premium bodies to make adjustments to all sorts of settings, but some of the functions are just plain excellent. Bring them on!


EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:08:15 PM »
Can somebody explain to me HOW lack of a mode dial is a good thing? I've never really understood the button system on the 1D line. To me it seems to be a lot slower to switch modes like this.
That's the point. You don't want the mode changing accidentally and more to the point, the mode doesn't change that often - less often than you change lens/camera.
It's not without sound reason and frankly awesome industrial design that mode-dial-free 1-Series bodies get constant accolades for close on perfectly resolved ergonomics.

Like a lot of pros I choose to switch off all other modes leaving just Manual and Av. It's all I use. How often have you tried switching modes on a 5D3 or other mode dial camera in darkness or very low light? It's slow and potentially inaccurate. The 1-Series top display where mode selection happens is illuminated. No problem. If you've never understood the buttons on a 1D system camera, I'd say you've probably never owned one.

If the 7DII has no mode dial and presents as an APS-C pro body, I won't mind a bit. I'll just go straight out and get one.


Lenses / Re: Looking for an wideangle lens about 20mm
« on: June 08, 2014, 08:28:03 PM »
Daniella, your old 17-35 might be a good copy but things have moved a long way in the 20 years since that lens replaced the mostly unloved 20-35 f/2.8 way back in 1995. I had the 17-35 which was OK on EOS-1n film bodies but my first "real" DSLR sensor on an original 1Ds just laughed at it. The results were awful.

A great value wide is the 17-40L f/4. It's not much chop wide open, but even one stop down to f/5.6 it's a match for my very good copy of the 16-35 f/2.8II. At f/11 it outperforms my 16-35 f/2.8II.

Spend a bit of time over at where there are 100's of independent user-reviews of just about any lens you could name. It's well organized and could be helpful locating a suitable 20mm for you.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens - Sharpness
« on: June 07, 2014, 08:09:59 PM »
Like Dr Neuro, I sold mine in favor of another lens, in my case a 300 f/2.8isII. And I miss the 300 f/4is! Honestly, there is room in my kit for both 300's. The f/4 is as tall and wide as a 70-200 f/2.8 and MUCH lighter. Therefore, I'd be far more likely to take a 300 with me as a matter of routine. With the bigger, heavier 300 f/2.8 I only take on location it when I know I need it.

My 300 f/4is dated from the 1990's but it's qualities have not diminished over time. Like most owners of this lens will report, it's pin sharp wide open and responds okay to a x1.4 TC. Another rarely mentioned benefit of the 300 f/4 is its ability to focus incredibly close, way closer than the 300 f/2.8.  It's almost a semi macro. I used to shoot a lot of food with the f/4, plus interesting portraits.

I did shoot sports with the f/4 and it did OK in strong light. The central reason I dropped $6.5k on a 300 f/2.8 was for action shooting, the blindingly fast AF and the extra stop are compelling. With the x1.4 TC it's still f/4.

The 300 f/4is is probably one of the great sleepers in the EF range. OP, if you're at all uncertain, get a second hand one, and if it's not for you you'll re-sell in a heartbeat and not lose a penny. Damn! I'm getting another one!


Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:45:56 AM »
It's not without its stellar performance reputation and extremely consistent build quality that the EF 70-200 f/2.8isII has found it's way into just about every Canon professional's bag on the planet. From this point it's frequently stated as being a "most-used" lens. So what's happening for you?

There is a chance that it is a very rare poor copy, it's in serious need of AFMA adjustment, there is comprehensive user-error or the unlikelihood of you being a malicious troll. I doubt this is the case!

Read up on AFMA (auto focus micro adjustment in case you were unsure) and do the adjustments as a start point.

This tends not to be a lens that disappoints. If you bought second hand, there are the occasional copies that have been dropped/damaged and badly repaired, then dumped into the hands of a trusting, unsuspecting buyer. As with anything pre-owned, YMMV.


My equipment cabinet is cold hard steel.
It's smooth and easy to slide cases and bags in & out.
Padding? Why? Do you live in an earthquake zone?


EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:28:22 PM »
I've been debating on this for a couple months now since I don't really use them for more than taking pictures of my kids and some occasional outings with our friends. My only requirement is that the camera shoots in RAW as I love to edit photos and touch them up in Lightroom.
Do yourself a favor and at least LOOK at the astonishing little SL-1. I see this camera as possibly the most interesting release from Canon in the past 12 months. It's light and tiny. It won't deliver files like your 5D3, but it's got a perfectly fine APS-C sensor.

Alternatively, running with the argument that the best camera is the one you have with you, the new Sony RX-100 III looks absolutely stunning.


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