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Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 L lens - upgrade needed.
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:56:42 PM »
I still think the 300 f4L IS is very under-rated and stick a good TC on it you get 420mm f 5.6 with IS
its old i know but you can pick them up cheap (i got mine for $800 off ebay)
I also love built in lens hoods i wish more newer lenses had them (the 600 Fd has the built in lens hood setup too).
on the 5Dmk2 the balance of this lens (300f4L IS) with the tripod foot removed is awesome its a really nice comfortable to hold setup

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:48:56 PM »
great example!

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:35:43 PM »
Just trying to make sure we get this thread over 50 pages. People need to do their part to set a record here.

it'll hit a 100 pages before the 5D3 actually hits the streets...

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:32:10 PM »
I think that when it comes to cars, going overboard on HDR, has it's time and place.  And it's so easy to want to push the photo to it's limits. 

Personally, I despise any HDR that looks overtly HDR. If I submitted a cartoonish HDR image to any of my clients, they'd call me back asking "WTF is that $hit?" and that would be the last time they ever hired me for an assignment. I couldn't blame them, either.  If I were in their shoes, I'd do the exact same thing.

I hear you there man, Car phototography is a lot harder than people think, I dont do much of it and never have done it paid but it is very easy to tell the best from the rest. love your work.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just got word the 5D III isn't coming this week
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:26:30 PM »
My wife just told me to quit wasting time because the new 5D isn't even coming (CR 0.001)   ::)

Besides, you're not even a photographer!  (CR 2)   :'(

AND, you're definitely not getting one anyway!  (CR5)  >:(

Hahaha too funny!

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:25:29 PM »
wow great shots!

Canon General / Re: Setting up your Home Studio - advice/tips?
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:16:23 PM »
here is a very very cheap and portable option. all manual though but no different in setup to using studio strobes

get 3 or 4 of these

get 2 or 3 of these

get a set of these

go get yourself a cheap white sheet and a black sheet to use for back drops

under $200 all up and you can shoot anything and its fully portable. that way if you dont like studio shooting you haven't dumperd heaps of coin on studio gear

Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:07:25 PM »
Do your self a favour get a 50 f1.4 even grab the nifty 50 f1.8 for $100 it gives you close to 80mm on your crop and once you go FF 50mm is a wonderfull length then also get an 85mm for FF portraits I absolutely love my sigma 85 f1.4 its one of my favourite lenses

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:25:37 PM »
How's this for a consipiracy theory.  Canon intentionally leaks the photos and "release" date knowing they will stir the blogosphere into a wild feeding frenzy.  Then when the sharks are circling in for the kill, they clamp down really hard to seal off any more info getting out and let the "release" date pass with no announcement.  One week goes by, two week, maybe a month.  By then, all credibility in CR as a reliable source of Canon product information has been uterly destroyed.  Canon can now continue to operate securely in to the future knowing that anything that comes out on CR, regardlss of confidence level, will be completely dismissed out of hand.  (I don't really believe any of that.  Just thought I would throw a little blood in the water  ;))

The first part of your theory makes complete sense.
About the second part, I am positive that from Canon's perspective a site like this does a lot more good than harm. Let's face it, the harm is almost non-existent. It's not like Craig is posting roadmaps or detailed product specs years in advance or other information that competitors don't have. Most of the solid information comes very near to the announcement date and even then it's very limited in details.
On the other hand, a site like this generates ongoing "news" and brand coverage even when Canon don't have anything to announce or tell us. This kind of free and continuous publicity is priceless. Furthermore, I am positive that the buzz generated before an announcement, even if it "spoils" most of the surprises, is directly translatable to more preorder sales than if we just have waken up one day to a new model on the market.
So, in the end, while Canon might be a bit annoyed from time to time from this site, I am sure they know that they are better off with it on the air than not.

This place is free marketing for them

EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:11:24 PM »
I'm thinking about a spider belt...anyone in here with experiences?

I prefer this


I have some Really rigth stuff L brackets that i have modified to lock into these, and use the black rapid Tr-1
flap down loop to fix the RR bracket to the camera. the L bracket never ever comes off and the reapid strap stays connected when the bracket is clipped into the capture. It stops it swinging around and hitting stuff
also means if youare shooting with 2 cameras and one is clipped into your belt thenit doesnt fall to the ground when you are lying on the ground shooting with the other camera.

I use a think tank belt to attache the capture clips to

EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:07:45 PM »
wow great link wicked thanks +1 always fancied on of those

Is the 1/4" connecting Adapter the same. ie how secure is that? I'd be worried about overtightening it as would want to make sure it ain't going to go anywhere!

well i've been using the cheap ebay ones and the genuine ones for a couple of years now and even with a 1D and 24-105 or 70-200 on the ebay ones are completely fine, I do check to make sure the mount point is secure regularly though. that rubber crush washer helps them to stay fixed and not rotate out

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you think the 5D II will stay around
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:04:53 PM »
i think they will keep the 5d2 around

get ur gear from HK as everyone else has said. i'm a broke as(!) photography student and we only get 10% discount which is nothing since its only GST and that's only with the one store that's linked to the institution. i would def get all if not most from online HK dealers if it wasntr for the fact that it voids the warranty if it breaks.
the reputable dealers on ebay have full warranty, you just have to return it to them in hongkong
1 dealer i have used is different and that is ozdigital online their return address is in NSW which makes it much cheaper to return if there is an issue.

Lenses / Re: 70 - 200 f/4L vs. 70 - 300 f4-5.6 IS USM
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:20:03 AM »
oh sorry I failed at reading that properly  :-[

yeah definately the 70-200 f4L over the 70-300

however might I suggest another track

consider getting the 85mm f1.8 at $400 with a bit of movement of your feet you can cover the whole range of the 70-200 anyway, it's super fast, compact, light, brilliant IQ and you are already familiar with shooting primes
since getting my 85 for use at weddings I use it over the 70-200 most of the time now.
on the crop body its like 120mm which is a decent reach

and down the track at the long end saave up for a used 300f4L IS lenses seem to go quite cheap when they do pop up I picked mine up for $800 on ebay with the 1.4TC this becomes 420 f5.6 with IS i'll post up some pics from this lens at 300 and at 420 later this evening for you

i forgot to add that the kenko TC will also work on the 85mm if you need extra reach from that...

Hmmm... too many choices!!! I hadn't really considered the 85 1.8. I have read amazing things about it. Would it really be that much longer than my 50mm? And if I went that route, I would need to get another longer lens (as you suggested) to fill the gap when I go FF as I would be right back to where I started focal length wise (50mm * 1.6 = 80mm FF equivalent). But I do love the bokeh the 50mm produces.

when you go FF you could look at the 135 f2 which everyone loves, I dont have one but it is a very nice lens, just look at the lens gallery here for samples. see if you can try a 70-200 from someone that has one and check the zoom range then set it to 85 and see how far back and forward you need to physically move to cover the same range.

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:04:58 AM »
1. What do you guys read into this mistake made by Canon Japan?

2. Why so many times do Canon and Nikon make this mistake on their very own website! I mean, does the web admin type in Canon EOS 5D Mark III then click upload/update and then only realize that it's live and therefore needs to put the page "down" asap?

The credibility is high here, we're talking about Canon Japan's website!

bored IT admin showing his collegues how quickly he can whip several thousand people into a frenzy of speculation and hype?
trying to break a record for crashing the rumours server?
I think this exact same thing happend around the time the 1Dx was announced too

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