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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:17:19 AM »
I've never been in the water with them.... It's COLD!

I suppose you could use a waterproof p/s camera on a pole and stick that into the water, but how would you trigger it?

They are not aggressive.... The ones we caught were a bit more than a foot long. Once you pull them out of the water they spray.... a stream that goes three or four feet. If you shoot from ten feet away you probably won't get a drop on the camera....

We jiggled at night.... They were attracted to the lights..... I'm not sure that's legal any more, you might be going out in the day... I'd ask...

It is definitely at night time - jigging - a word I have never used before, and if you had asked me a couple of weeks ago what it meant I would have presumed it was a type of dance. Maybe it is.

Thanks, Don.

They look much better in the ocean when they are alive and very much better than they look on a plate. :-)  This was made with a 40D in a housing in the waters off of Komodo, Indonesia.  Not to worry, you will have a blast.  “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”



Good luck!
Steve

That's a terrific shot, Steve, well done! Did you manage to shoot a few of the Komodo Dragons on land too?

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So Sony has just released new firmware for the Sony A7-A7r, NEX-5T/R and NEX-6.

According to Sony UK it improves image quality, reduces start-up time, provides support for SEL70200G and provides support for additional "PlayMemories Camera Apps" and features. In more detail it:

Provides support for SEL70200G:
- Improves Auto Focus speed
- Adds functions including the "Focus hold button"
-Reduces start-up time: The start-up time has been reduced in cases when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off
-Improves image quality
-Provides support for additional ”Play Memories Camera Apps” and additional features for previously supported apps:
- Provides support for "Liveview Grading" and "Smooth Reflection" applications
- Provides support for the smooth automatic exposure feature in the "Time-lapse" application ver. 2.00 and later

So, as always, Sony is being very vague. For those that have this camera what improvements are you seeing after the update?

BTW benefits listed above from: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/content/cnt-dwnl/prd-dime/sony-ilce7r-firmware-update-ver102-win/ILCE-7r

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Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:50:01 AM »
There have been quite a few rumours of late. The 800 ii, new wide angles, new versions of existing prime lenses and that is just the lenses.

What lens were you hoping for?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:50:08 AM »
a few from a recent basketball tournament

1dx and 24-70 2.8ii   all shot at roughly 3200 ISO

Nice shots, Northstar. Love the first one!

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Someone should make WiFi batteries for it....

I have not yet ever needed more than the two batteries I have, but it has been very close on one or two occasions. The ability to recharge them using some form of magic like WiFi would be amazing!  8)

Not exactly what I meant. I meant that instead of using the Canon Wifi adapter or wifi memory cards, one can insert a battery with built in wifi instead. That way we don't have to add the bulk of the transmitter.

Ah ok. Sorry, I misunderstood. Your idea is a very good one, I have no idea whether it is technically possible, or not, but it sounds good.

I would still like Canon to find a way for me to charge my batteries when I am on a pitch or wherever. Maybe a solar charger or something else. I know I could leave the charger and battery plugged into an outlet in the media centre or such like, but quite a few things go walkabout when you do that! It is only really for all day events, but still. I guess I could just buy a third battery.

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Someone should make WiFi batteries for it....

I have not yet ever needed more than the two batteries I have, but it has been very close on one or two occasions. The ability to recharge them using some form of magic like WiFi would be amazing!  8)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 19, 2014, 01:15:53 AM »
granddaughter came over tonight so pulled the camera out for a few fast ones her name is

 Kassidee she's 14 
   1Dx   85mm 1.2

Prefer the second one, Gary. I would never have guessed she is 14, but you can already tell that she is going to grow up to be a beautiful lady.

Looks like you have a lovely family.

Thanks for sharing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:16:34 PM »
Hi Expat, my experience has been of the smallish type, up to a foot long, jigged or jogged for, night time.

The Ink shouldn't present a real issue, the slime they are covered in will if it get's onto your Lens, but my experience is it can be cleaned off, although I'm not sure how it affects the new Lens coatings.

Other than that take a big pot & some cooking oil, they generally taste better than they look.

Hopefully you won't be seeing anything like the attached Image.

Here's some mild reading before you go, suggestion here is ChainMail, don't fall overboard while wearing it because you'll have all the attributes of an untethered Anchor.

http://www.americanmonsters.com/site/2010/09/giant-squid-kill-fishermen/

Haha! Thanks, Edward. After seeing that monster, I may just stay in the boat!  :o

I have already decided to buy a couple of extra filters rather than clean them on the boat, and I would have thought I will definitely get into the water - I love swimming too much not to - even if it is at night, and I would imagine a few shots from the water will be worth it as I doubt many people will join me, and it gives a very interesting perspective. Just need to decide which camera to take in with me!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:00:11 PM »
As the son of a Newfoundland fisherman, and as someone who has jogged squid and cod, let me offer the following advice.

Clothing: you will get squid juice on it... Wear stuff you don't mind getting dirty... And your hands will not be used to the lines so get a good pair of gloves.... The ones that are cotton on the inside and look like they were dipped into a vat of liquid rubber.. And DO NOT WEAR SHOES!

It can get slippery, make sure you have a safety line on the camera. Also, if you have eyeglasses, use a string to tie them on your head.

You will need a flash.... Squid jigging is done at night.

They won't take you out in rough weather so you don't have to worry about falling overboard. If it does get rough and you are on deck, they will insist you are on a line.

If you get juice or salt spray on the camera, you should be able to rinse it off with fresh water.

Don, I owe you a beer! Terrific advice, thanks.

What are the squid like if you do get in the water? Are they aggressive and do they attract larger more dangerous fish - like sharks? Had been thinking about getting a housing for one of my cheaper cameras and using that to get some shots from in the water.
I've never been in the water with them.... It's COLD!

I suppose you could use a waterproof p/s camera on a pole and stick that into the water, but how would you trigger it?

The cold water won't be an issue as I will be doing it in the warm waters off Malaysia. I was just wondering whether the squid in large numbers like that can be aggressive and whether their numbers attract more deadly fish such as sharks etc. Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:36:43 PM »
As the son of a Newfoundland fisherman, and as someone who has jogged squid and cod, let me offer the following advice.

Clothing: you will get squid juice on it... Wear stuff you don't mind getting dirty... And your hands will not be used to the lines so get a good pair of gloves.... The ones that are cotton on the inside and look like they were dipped into a vat of liquid rubber.. And DO NOT WEAR SHOES!

It can get slippery, make sure you have a safety line on the camera. Also, if you have eyeglasses, use a string to tie them on your head.

You will need a flash.... Squid jigging is done at night.

They won't take you out in rough weather so you don't have to worry about falling overboard. If it does get rough and you are on deck, they will insist you are on a line.

If you get juice or salt spray on the camera, you should be able to rinse it off with fresh water.

Don, I owe you a beer! Terrific advice, thanks.

What are the squid like if you do get in the water? Are they aggressive and do they attract larger more dangerous fish - like sharks? Had been thinking about getting a housing for one of my cheaper cameras and using that to get some shots from in the water.

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Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:31:51 PM »
The poll needs to be amended to include an arm and a leg.

True!

So far it seems 47.4% of people that voted think that it will be between US$ 15,000 and US$ 18,000.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS III
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:30:18 PM »
Not sure what there's left to improve besides weight to be honest.

The biggest improvement over the MKI was the much improved MFD and updated IS imo, but either version shoots wide open all day long leaving folks more than happy with the results.

They could always add Stabiliser Mode III and I guess a few other little tweaks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:27:31 PM »
Among the comments made by Nuero there is one Gem and I was unaware of it myself, that's the comment regards use of a Credit Card with Amazon extending the Warranty Period, I've checked the info and it appears correct, this is useful information for you (and anyone else) in the hope that your Camera may still be under Warranty, worth checking.

I did not know about that with Amazon either. I was aware that if you buy anything from anywhere (not just Amazon) with your American Express Card you get an extra year's warranty. So if a lens or body only comes with one year, you get two via American Express.

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Interesting Phil, thanks.

Not that I have a Nikon but decided to check my serial numbers as described in that DP article only to discover that my cards (Rev B) do not have a serial number on the sides!

I wonder what causes the issue, you do not expect CF cards to differ so greatly within the same brand and model range.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:02:49 AM »
Thanks. I have Canon's rain coats so am covered in that regard.

Any other issues with being on boats catching squids in the middle of the night?

Never done this before!

Wikipedia suggests the main components are melanin and mucus, not caustic or anything like that.  Still, I second the idea of raincoat - after all, do you really want pigmented snot on your camera?   ;)

You have given me the idea of buying extra filters! Thanks.

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