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Animal Kingdom / New Species of Bird Discovered in Phnom Penh
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:43:58 AM »
- sorry I do not have a picture but am hoping someone here does!

A team of scientists have discovered a new species of bird with distinct plumage and a loud call living not in some remote jungle, but in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

Called the Cambodian tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), the species was found in Cambodia’s urbanized capitol Phnom Penh and several other locations just outside of the city including a construction site. It is one of only two bird species found solely in Cambodia.


I posted this here as so many people seem to love taking pictures of birds, and finding a new one is pretty exciting. Plus, as there are a couple of members from Cambodia here then we might even get some pics! Until then, Google Images will have to do I guess. :-)

Here is one which may be similar (the website describes it as the Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis:

Have you ever discovered an unknown species before? What is the rarest type of bird, or any animal, you have managed to take a picture of in the wild?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon XA20/XA25
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:40:46 AM »
Has anyone here had a chance to try the new XA20 or XA25 (only difference - apart from the price - between the two is the HD/SD-SDI output)?

If so, what are your thoughts?


Third Party Manufacturers / Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:23:35 PM »
This phone/camera is still a rumour, albeit a very strong one - with an official announcement expected on 20 June (London time).

It looks like a small p&s with a phone stuck to its back. Some are calling it chunky, but then many initial reviews of the Galaxy Note were negative when it first came out and look how successful that has been.

The Zoom is expected to have a 16MP camera with optical zoom and its own shutter button, using the volume controls to zoom in and out.

There are some pics here:

Personally, I think it is a nice idea, but will be interesting to find out more, such as battery life, weight, image quality etc.

If they offered different versions of the S4 Zoom, or even made it customisable then I would seriously consider this as a replacement for my current smart phone.

What do you think?

Software & Accessories / GoPro Video and Helicopters
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:31:43 AM »
There are times when I would like to take a bird's eye view of something. Perhaps it is a building by a beach, or a gathering/event out in the open.

Of course scaffolding is one answer, but I was looking at remote controlled helicopters the other day and started wondering just how good they are at getting such video. I could attach a GoPro at the angle I desire and if I can learn to fly the thing, I should be able to get a few seconds of decent shots. At least that is the idea.

Has anyone tried this? Am I being delusional, or can it work?

Software & Accessories / DPP Updates
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:51:02 AM »
There must be millions around the globe that have DPP installed on their computers. Why do you think it is that Canon has not inserted an auto update facility in it? Same goes for EOS Utility etc.

I only found out by chance that they recently updated DPP to

How hard can it be to have a Check for Updates option under Help or in the About section?

Canon General / Camera Phone
« on: April 26, 2013, 05:31:37 AM »
Just curious, but if Canon, or any of the other camera manufacturers came out with a good quality compact camera such as the RX1 or RX100, that could also make and receive calls, even use apps like whatsapp etc. Would you buy it?

What I mean is, a high quality compact camera designed primarily for photography but which also has the ability to make calls, whatsapp etc., rather than a phone that can do a little of everything, but which is primarily a phone.

What are your thoughts?

Software & Accessories / Lowepro ProRoller X300
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:19:21 AM »
Does anyone here use the Lowepro ProRoller X300? If so, what are your thoughts?

My trusted Targus roller broke on my last trip, and as it has already had new wheels, and the handle mechanism has broken twice over the years it is time for a new one.

The Lowepro ProRoller X300 caught my eye. It basically needs to carry all my camera gear, 17 inch laptop, and all the chargers, adapters that we all need to carry these days. It gets used a lot and so needs to be able to handle loads of abuse.


Site Information / 403 Cannot Reply
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:59:21 PM »
I keep getting a 403 (Forbidden) message when I try replying to one of my threads. This thread:

Not sure what is wrong. I have not changed anything at my end, and I am surprised that I can post here. But hopefully the admin will be able to take a look and fix whatever is broken.

Thanks.  :)

Software & Accessories / Lowepro Toploader 80/85 Pro AW
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:40:20 AM »
I know there are a few people here that like the Lowepro Toploader series. I have the Pro 75 AW and the 55 AW. I like them, and use them all the time, but they are far from perfect.

I just wish they would make one slightly larger, an 80 or an 85. Would you?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon XA20 and XA25
« on: April 03, 2013, 07:46:54 PM »
So they are not EOS, but they are Canon, and their specs are pretty impressive:

Two Ultra-Compact Professional Camcorders Enabling Wireless Digital Content Transfer and Remote Operation; New Canon XA25 and XA20 Camcorders Include a 20x HD Zoom Lens, Simultaneous MP4 and AVCHD Recording, a 3.5-Inch Organic LED Touch Panel Display, and Wireless Connectivity for Digital Content Uploading or Remote Operation Via Tablet or Smartphone ....... Essential for broadcast and professional use, the Canon XA25 HD camcorder provides an HD/SD-SDI connector (BNC) to feed video directly to a microwave van, satellite uplink, or other TV transmission system. The positioning of the connector allows for handheld shooting while the SDI cable is attached


What are your thoughts on this? This seems a nice step up from the XA10 and has some very useful features including XLR.

What would you like to see added to Canon's next firmware update for the 1D X?

I would like more than 6 choices in the My Menu. Even just 2 extra would be nice as I do find the My menu quite useful.

EOS Bodies / Digic 6
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:27:39 AM »
So what is this new Digic all about? Why did Canon opt to put it in the SX280 HS and SX270 HS but not the 100D and 700D?

Do we have any solid info yet on how it compares to the Digic 5+?

Software & Accessories / Tripod/Monopod - What a clever idea!
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:25:52 AM »
Was in a camera shop earlier, and came across this very clever tripod that not only weighs just 1.6kgs, has a maximum height of around 165 cm (without head), folds down to just 41 cms, and has a maximum load of 15 kgs, but you can also unscrew one of the legs to get a monopod! How clever!

I have never seen that before, and for those that travel (especially by air) and often need both a tripod and monopod at different times on a trip, then this is truly amazing!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / CF Cards - Where do you buy yours?
« on: March 08, 2013, 07:20:16 AM »
Now I have gone and bought the 1D X, I thought it would be wise to upgrade my CF cards and am now shopping around comparing prices.

According to my calculations, it seems the US is the cheapest place to buy them. The Lexar Pro 1000X for example costs US$ 133 / £ 135 for the 32 GB (US/UK respectively) US$ 289 / £ 280 for the 64GB.

That is quite a difference, and here in Asia CF cards are a lot more expensive than the UK price even.

In the past I have always purchased them in the UK, but am now looking a little further afield.

For those not in the US or Canada, do you buy yours online and get them shipped over? The price difference is quite big.

And is there anywhere cheaper than the US?

Edited: To make the question clearer, as it was too vague.

Lenses / EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:35:18 AM »
A very nice problem to have I know, but I have an important sporting event to shoot in April and have decided to rent a EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM.

As it is a fast moving sport (think soccer/football/rugby) in an open air stadium, I am very tempted to couple my 1D X with the 400 f/2.8L IS II USM especially as a Group A lens it makes the most of the 1D X's AF system, and will perform better in low light (thought the entire pitch will be very well flood lit. But (always a but isn't there!), the extra reach of the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM could be great to have. Both are version II.

I am not new to sports, but have never owned or used one of the very big whites so I do appreciate any input from those that do/have.


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