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Canon General / Re: Bangkok
« on: September 20, 2013, 12:17:33 PM »
Dear Sir, Mr. Sanj
Yes, I am Native in Bangkok and live in Bangkok for 25 years, Before Move to Study and work in North Carolina since 1974 = that another 39 years.---And I go back home every 2 years, Yes, My Home  in suburb of Bangkok too. Yes, Bangkok is one of the most beautiful city/ country in this world, But Past 5 Years, The Economic in Thailand/ Bangkok are so bad----Be careful  about to go any where, special in the Night time with your Camera equipment---You might lost your equipment to 2-3 bad guys  in the night of Bangkok--If you Lucky, In the Worst case you might lose your Life too----Yes, My Suggestion, When you stay in the Hotel in Bangkok, Try to be friend with the Hotel manager, and ask where to go in the night time in Bangkok, But ask the manager to hire  the out of duty/ the Security staffs in that hotel and pay him as your body guard and the tour-guide too. Yes, Although I am Native in Thailand and in Bangkok--I must go with my friend 2-3 of my friends, when I go to shoot the Night time  or early morning Photos.

I am sorry, but this is quite shocking. I have been in this part of the world for around 20 years, have spent a lot of that time in Thailand, and what you are saying is very over the top. I doubt Sanj is going to start taking pictures in the slums of Klongtoey, or any other iffy area - he is more likely to be in well populated places like the Grand Palace which is beautiful at night.

Thailand is one of the safest countries in the world, but of course you must be careful, and of course even more at night, and even more if you are a single female. But it is much safer than many western countries.

Common sense is important, because at night a lot of funny business goes on and you do not want to be taking pictures of that, or even to be thought to be taking pictures of that.

But asking the hotel manager to organise for body guards?!! 555 that is so funny, it makes me cry. What makes you think you can trust the "body guards" of a hotel, when you have basically told them that the stuff you are carrying is so valuable that you and it needs guarding?!! They also earn a lot less than the stuff you are holding.

Anyway, I am not having a go at you Surapon, but you do paint a very dismal picture of a very colourful place - which quite frankly is very un-Thai.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2 5d3's or 1d x
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:55:59 AM »
What do you need a second 5D Mark III for?

If I were you, I would keep the one 5D Mark III and put that extra money in your pocket to a holiday (or two) to take pictures on, or possibly a lens you do not have.

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Canon General / Re: CPS Changes
« on: September 11, 2013, 07:16:23 PM »
Don't CPS member have to be professional full-time image makers?  CPS is not aimed at the amateur/hobbyiest, so it does not matter that it's during business hours.

In some countries the answer to that question is yes. In many parts of Asia to be a CPS member you need to be able to prove you are a professional photographer.

CPS in the US is very, very different.

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Canon General / Re: Guess who! :)
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:10:31 AM »
Thanks for telling us her name, now I am going to Google her to find out who on earth she is!!

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Canon General / Re: EF 800 f/5.6L IS II [CR2]
« on: September 03, 2013, 06:15:30 PM »
Wow, this has got to be a dream lens for those that shoot birds and wildlife.

I bet neuro's already working out how to fit it into his finances...  :D

And, why not. The technology behind a lens like this must be pretty incredible. Kudos to Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Prices in Thailand
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:42:37 AM »
AV cameras has a website at avcamera.com (though it is a pretty bad one).

I am often in Thailand (though I do not buy my cameras etc there) and I like Big Camera, World Camera and Fotofile, but I often get the names of the shops mixed up. The price can be even cheaper in HK at some shops - just remember to negotiate.

HK is also very good for cameras, but only go to reputable dealers as there are plenty that will gladly rip you off.

Make sure you go to the Canon Centre in TST (HK) where you can play with pretty much every lens and camera you fancy.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:35:17 AM »
I think the emotion was real here in scotland its cold and i being stupid brought cold water to pour over the model so she was freezing and pissed off lol but i feel one of my strongest images yet :)

Surely pouring cold water over such a stunning model in cold conditions is either genius, or quite possibly a life threatening decision to make!

You know I love your images from Scotland so PLEASE do not take that the wrong way...

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Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:35:15 PM »
I cannot understand why any westerner would want to visit any mid-eastern country taken the recent state of relationship
twixt western folks and those that desire to eradicate us.         :o

Oh dear. I cannot post what I really think about your comment, as I would surely get reprimanded or possibly banned.

There are some very beautiful places in the Middle East, many with thousands of years of history. Travelling broadens the mind, and allows you to see things in a different light. I have travelled a lot through the Middle East and yet there are still some areas, I can't wait to see. On the whole the countries are safe, and the people warm and welcoming. Of course there are exceptions, but that is the same anywhere.

Maybe if you travelled more, you would understand that.

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Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:25:50 PM »
There is nothing interesting, new or, if I am very honest, very good about this picture at all.

Anyone that spends a reasonable time in the Middle East, especially some of the more "cosmopolitan" places like Dubai - and I use that term liberally - see such things every day in shopping malls.

Taking a picture of someone's shoes like that is really rather culturally insensitive. It makes me think of those guys that try to get pictures up women's skirts as they go up escalators, or as they are seated. Sure, it is not the same subject matter but, that does not make it right either.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Decisions decisions...
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:45:30 AM »
I agree with a lot of what Paul has said. A 5D iii is a very good camera, though not the best for high speed sports. I know some pros that use that as their secondary camera on the pitch. You already have a 7D which has a good fps, so between the two you should be able to get some excellent results to test how far you can push your sports photography etc. You already have sufficiently good enough gear to get your foot in the door and see where it takes you. Really, you do not need more. But....

The 1D X is the best camera in the world for sports. It is also an amazing camera, full stop. So if you can afford it, have no financial issues, then why not. Go get it.

The 300 is an amazing lens, wow. And of course, it, and the 1D X go perfectly together. Plus it is not that expensive if you compare it to the 400 f/2.8 or 200-400 1.4x.

It's different with pressure.  Would you keep calm even if a ball trashed one of your lenses...

Oh that very nearly happened to me twice in the same game, just recently. Once before the match (when they were training/warming up) and the ball missed my 400 f/2.8 by millimetres. I did not see it, but I knew by the guy's face next to me, just how close to the lens it must have been as he was nearly white, and even the crowd behind me raised some eyebrows when I turned round to them! The other later in the 2nd half but then it was by a couple of centimetres so I was not too worried!!


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EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx
« on: August 04, 2013, 01:23:21 AM »
It is an amazing camera, and if you have not used the 1 series before prepare to fall in love.

If you can afford it, then get it - there is nothing better!

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This isnt any update....just fixing some bugs!

The difference being? When you consider these cameras are no longer in production, this is an update.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 31, 2013, 01:21:57 AM »
There are two companies that make very high end workstation/desktop replacements Dell (Precision line) and Lenovo. Both have excellent screens, power, and are often customisable. But, as with a camera, if you want the best, then be prepared to pay.

Definitely wait at least a couple or more months until the latest Haswell models hit the shops.

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Great to see Canon still working on FW updates for these cameras which are no longer in production.

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